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Apocalypse at the Rainforest Cafe Opens at Hollywood Fringe Festival

Apocalypse at the Rainforest Cafe | Image courtesy of Misfit Toys

This summer’s Hollywood Fringe Festival features several shows by CalArtians, including Magdalene Taylor’s (Theater BFA 23) Apocalypse at the Rainforest Cafe, playing at the Broadwater Main Stage Theater in Los Angeles. The two-hour immersive show is an “exhibition of celebration, love, laughter, sadness, death, anarchy, and devastation.”

The show is set in the Rainforest Cafe, a place brought to life by the workers and animatronic animals living there, and the Illuminati, who are trying to take over the world. The show is filled with secrets, love stories, betrayals, and a battle to protect and control the Rainforest Cafe.

Written and directed by Taylor, the show is produced by Rory Leech (Theater BFA 23) and his production company Misfit Toys. The lighting design is done by Charlie Jacobs (Theater BFA 24).

The show stars Shelby Ryan Lee (Theater BFA 22), Ling Chang (Theater BFA 23), Jordan Oaktree (Theater BFA 24), Brian Nai (Theater BFA 25), Romy Kim (Theater BFA 25), Eva Chendricks (Theater BFA 25), Elizabeth Goldmane (Theater BFA 25), Gabrielle Milman (Film/Video BFA 25), Maddie Rivera (Theater BFA 25), Freddy Fu (Theater BFA 25), and Stella Pappas (Theater BFA 25).

The show will be performing Thursday, June 9 at 9 pm and Friday, June 10 through Saturday, June 11 at 5:30 pm. Tickets are available for purchase for $12. The Apocalypse team aims to donate all leftover funds from Hollywood Fringe proceeds to the Rainforest Trust in order to save the rainforests and its inhabitant animals. The show may not be appropriate for audiences younger than 16. 

The Hollywood Fringe Festival this June features other CalArtian shows, including Something in the Air,Yellow/Blue, Signals and Terrible Lizard.

—by Ishika Muchhal

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As digital content and social media producer, Taya enjoys lifting up the stories and accomplishments of CalArts' students, alums, and faculty. She fancies herself a visual artist but is really more of an overzealous collector of art supplies.

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Apocalypse at the Rainforest Cafe Opens at Hollywood Fringe Festival