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Theater Company Puts New Twist On Live Performances

By taking scripted works by local writers and mixing it with improv comedy, Errant Phoenix Productions is experimenting with the definition of live theater.

The production company collected four original one act works by local Sacramento writers. Then the company searched for five brand new directors and handed them a cast of 12 talented actors to perform Parameters: A One Act Festival With a Twist! Once those hilarious one acts are nimbly performed, the actors will perform the scene again but with the new parameters the audience will set. It’s theater meets improv and will be a performance the audience will never forget.

Parameters was conceived to give local writers an outlet to showcase their talent, and allow those who have an interest in directing the opportunity to learn how to direct in a kind, welcoming environment. In addition, it gives area theater actors the chance to test their skills and build new ones.

Elizabeth Dean, Errant Phoenix’s Producing Artistic Director, said, “As a non-profit theater company, our mission is to give new and veteran artists the opportunity to explore and refine their talents in a non-competitive environment. We want to encourage our community members to create art and it’s our responsibility to give them a gateway. Parameters is the perfect way to introduce new talented artists to our community.”

Parameters will run at the William J Geery Theatre at 2130 L St., Sacramento, for one weekend only with performances starting Friday, July 13 and ending Sunday, July 15. Times vary. Tickets are $18 online and $20 at the door. Seating is limited. Tickets are on sale now at

The four one acts will include The Bench written by Veronica Jarboe and co-directed by Jarboe and Doug Coleman; Possession: Nine-tenths of the Lord written by Karina Summers and directed by Kevin Johnson; Piston’s End written and directed by Gordon Sharp; and Driving Drunks written by Cliff Hicks and directed by Mallory Brodeur.

Errant Phoenix Productions is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that provides a platform that supports, promotes, and empowers local performing artists as they contribute to the cultural enrichment of the Sacramento region. Tax-deductible donations are always welcome. For more information, visit the website at