October 24, 2013, San Francisco, CA: Jaime Keeling’s “Point Break LIVE!,” the internationally lauded, full-immersion, smash hit, absurdist stage adaptation of the 1992 Keanu Reeves/Patrick Swayze extreme-sports blockbuster returns by popular demand to San Francisco’s DNA Lounge for a limited engagement.
Called “Hilarious” by Variety Magazine, “Point Break LIVE!” tells the story of former College-football-star-turned-FBI-agent, Johnny Utah, in pursuit of the surfing, bank robbing, skydiving, bare-hand-fighting adrenaline-junkie-cum-Zen-master Bodhi Sattva. Since its Seattle debut in 2003, “Point Break LIVE!” has ‘rawked’ sold out audiences and received rave reviews in Minneapolis, Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. The producers and cast of San Francisco’s first “Point Break LIVE!” production were honored with a City Proclamation from Mayor Gavin Newsom on its opening day, April 11, 2008, “for their efforts in creating another successful entertainment institution in San Francisco.” In response to such high praise, Gawker.com firmly stated, “They should make it TWO days.”
Check out the 1-minute promotional video for Point Break LIVE!, above.
Described by Australia’s PopMag.com, as “a cross between reality TV, a play, and all-time classic film ‘Point Break,’ every show features a new unrehearsed actor (selected from the audience), playing ‘Johnny Utah‘ with the lines read off cue-cards so as to capture Keanu Reeves raw acting talent.”
“Point Break LIVE!” features armed robbery, big-wave surfing, car chases, explosions, no less than two extended skydiving sequences and an indoor monsoon. “’Point Break LIVE!’ turns out to be a wild ride,” states SFWeekly, because this "action" play offers a true cathartic experience, putting you in the water with the surfers, throwing you out the door of an airplane, and robbing you at gunpoint. Add in the hotness factor - surfer dudes and female stunt doubles - and you have a night of unrivaled exciting live theater entertainment.
The audience doesn't just watch “Point Break LIVE!”; they are in it to the point HustlerofCulture.com proclaims “’Point Break LIVE!’ is the ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ for our generation.” Recommended optional "Survival Kits™” available to purchase at the concession, contain items to help audience members participate in "the ultimate ride," and include a plastic emergency poncho to protect the viewers from the action that literally spills forth from the stage.
In fact, there’s so much action spilling forth from the stage, it has to be videoed and played through a real-time live feed on TV monitors set to the side of the stage. Via the "Keanu Kam™", the audience can keep track of the volunteer Keanu when the action bursts out onto the street! At the end of the performance, the "volunteer Keanu" is handed a recording of his or her performance. The LA Weekly proclaimed “Point Break LIVE!,” "So hideously over the top, you can't stop laughing."
Executive producer Thomas Blake Jr., states, “San Francisco remains our most receptive and welcoming audience on par with Los Angeles. When we brought ‘Point Break LIVE!’ to San Francisco in April 2008, we hoped we’d maybe get a two-month run, but the demand remained so great we ran the show three-performances-per-week for three extra months. We then brought it back again in 2009 for another sold-out four month run at CELLSpace and ended with eight more months of sold-out shows at The Metreon.”
Blake continues, “The last few San Francisco performances really made us realize how much the crowds here loved the show. Tickets were being scalped for up to $100.00 and those that couldn’t get seats were nearly having nervous breakdowns in front of the venue. We had to bring ‘Point Break LIVE!’ back, we promised we would and we’re happy to bring it back to a much larger venue with more seating. With shows in both November and during the long Christmas Holiday break, Point Break LIVE! will sell out, so order your tickets now.”
What: “Point Break LIVE!” at DNA Lounge
Where: DNA Lounge, 375 Eleventh Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, tel: 415-626-1409, Web: http://www.dnalounge.com
When: Friday, November 1, 2013 with shows at 7:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.
Friday, December 6, 2013 with shows at 7:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.
Friday, January 3, 2014 with shows at 7:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.
Doors are 30-minutes prior to listed show times.
Tickets: $25 for GA floor or balcony, $35 GA table seating & $50 for the “VIP Ultimate Rush” which includes seating in the first three rows, a meatball sandwich, poncho and a Point Break LIVE! Tee-shirt. Only two six-person VIP booths with bottle service are available for each performance, and includes a bottle of liquor, a platter of special Angelo Pappas Memorial Meatball Sandwiches, and a poncho and Point Break LIVE! tee-shirt for each guest for $615.00. Tickets will be available exclusively through the DNA Lounge’s website at: http://www.dnalounge.com/tickets/pointbreaklive/