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"Juxtaposition" at the OPOP


February 02, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

The Readers' Theatre and The Jugless Jug Band will join Friday for an evening of "sarcastic seriousness."

With a presentation called "Juxtaposition," the two combos will come together for a "Friday Night at the OPOP" performance from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Old Post Office Pavilion auditorium in El Centro. Tickets for the event will be $5 at the door; $4 for students and senior citizens.

The Readers' Theater is a group of individuals who come together to read poems, stories and other readings to an audience.

The Jugless Jug Band is a group of local musicians who arrange parody music through traditional and nontraditional instruments like a banjo, a toilet plunger, tin whistles, triangles, harmonicas and a foot-long ratchet.


The two groups have teamed up to bring two different interpretations — seriousness and parody — to selected pieces of literature.

"We thought it would be fun to provide the contrast," said Jugless Jugger Nan Rebik, also interim executive director of the Imperial County Arts Council.

The event was first staged last year, but The Jugless Jug Band did not have enough members to play the entire two-hour set, said Rebik.

On Friday night the show will feature 20 readings, each one followed by a parody song of similar subject matter.

The selections will be as varied as Mother Goose stories to Bible scriptures, from transcripts from the recent presidential debates to works by Robert Frost.

The story of Noah's ark will be read from the Bible, followed by The Jugless Jug Band singing "Ain't Gonna Rain No More, No More."

Another reading will feature a story by Frost called "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening," a story about a girl named Hanna who freezes while walking through the woods on a cold, snowy day.

The Frost piece will be followed by "Get Up Off The Floor Hanna," played by The Jugless Jug Band.

"It should appeal to a wide range of people," said Rebik.

"It's like sweet and sour, cold and hot. You don't want to eat the same flavor all night long," she added.

Featured readings will be performed by Theresa Novinger, Ann Marie Wurzbach and Billy Brown.

"They all have their own quirkiness," Novinger said.

"We had fun choosing the readings and setting the music to it. It was quite a challenge to keep a serious face while choosing the music," Novinger added. "I'm sure the public will enjoy them."

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 370-8549.

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