Joseph Ritsch to perform as his drag persona, Sunrize

Joseph Ritsch to perform as his drag persona, Sunrize

Rep Phase, the qualified regional theater in residence at Howard Neighborhood University in Columbia, Maryland, will current a special engagement of Sunrize “With A Z” Off-Off…OFF Broadway, November 19–21, 2021, established and executed by Making Artistic Director Joseph W. Ritsch.

Joseph W. Ritsch. Photograph courtesy of the artist. Textual content excerpted from The Sunlight(rize) will occur out tomorrow…’

Sunrize “With A Z” Off-Off…OFF Broadway is a loving satire of contemporary musical theater divas. With her exclusive track stylings interspersed with whimsical reflections, sage tips, and insightful backstage tales, Sunrize shares her ups and downs in the “business we phone display.” The output, made by Joseph W. Ritsch as a benevolent tribute to the musical theater artists he adored as a boy or girl, is a innovative endeavor that brings together his function as both a drag artist and a musical theater performer.

Joseph W. Ritsch as Sunrize. Picture by Michael Wakefield.

“I hope that you will uncover that what has made Sunrize so endearing is her naivete, her huge heart, and her passion for entertaining. Her tale is at periods bumpy, humorous, susceptible, and celebratory, but normally focuses on discovering our legitimate selves, defining our very own own meanings of good results, and residing with a dedication to like and kindness,” claims Ritsch. “I am so enthusiastic to share this piece of my record with you at an evening that will go away you with a smile on your experience and warmth in your heart.”

Joseph W. Ritsch as Sunrize. Photograph by Michael Wakefield.

Sunrize was a critically acclaimed staple of the New York Town nightlife and cabaret scene, headlining in these types of prestigious venues as The Duplex, Judy’s, and Fez, as properly as touring across the U.S. and internationally, with these types of reviews as “You’ll chortle so tough tears will roll down your cheeks” from New York Newsday.

Joseph W. Ritsch as Sunrize. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Sunrize “With A Z” Off-Off…OFF Broadway is manufactured in partnership with Howard Neighborhood College’s Academic Basis. A percentage of all tickets revenue will go toward funding meal kits that are distributed by the school foods pantry to students who encounter food stuff insecurity. Selection bins will be at each individual overall performance for donations of canned and dry products, as well as personalized care solutions.

Joseph W. Ritsch as Sunrize. Picture by Michael Wakefield.

Sunrize “With A Z” Off-Off…OFF Broadway opens November 19, 2021, for a few performances via November 21 in The Rouse Enterprise Foundation Studio Theatre of the Horowitz Visible and Doing Arts Heart, 10901 Very little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD. Tickets are $35 for standard admission and $20 for learners with a present ID. For tickets and added information and facts, visit or connect with the box workplace at 443-518-1500.

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Sunrize: Joseph W. Ritsch

Artistic Crew
Creator & Director: Joseph W. Ritsch
Seem Style and design: Bryan Schlein
Lighting Design and style: Conor Mulligan
Costume Design: Matthew Smith
Projection Design and style: Daniel Ettinger
Wig Layout: Lucy Wakeland
Movie Production/Modifying: Carl Merritt
Stage Manager: Tiffany Ko

Rep Phase, the expert regional theater in home at Howard Group School, generates partaking and evocative up to date American classics and new performs. Led by Creating Inventive Director Joseph W. Ritsch, Rep Phase is committed to collaborating with regional artists in its commitment to bringing richly varied get the job done to audiences. Acknowledged as a expert Washington, DC, metropolitan-spot theater company by Theatre Washington, Rep Stage has a very pleased heritage of Helen Hayes Award–winning productions and nominations about its 28 years. The theater is a member of the Bigger Baltimore Cultural Alliance and Theatre Communications Group. Performances are made doable by Howard Arts Council, Maryland Condition Arts Council, Howard County and Maryland state governments, and generous individual donors.