Thursday, March 11, 2010

Upcoming: Insomnia, a musical comedy by Crank Collective at the Hideout Theatre, March 25 - April 10

UPDATE: KOOP-FM's Lisa Schepps interviews director John Cecil and the cast, and they perform two numbers from the show, March 22 (30 min.)

Found on-line:

Insomnia: A Musical Comedy

March 26 - April 10, Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.

Hideout Theater, 617 Congress Avenue (Mainstage, first floor, not the improv space upstairs)

(Google directions and map) Running Time: 60 minutes

Ticket Price: $15, general admission; $12 student/senior

Tickets by Phone: 866-811-4111 or on-line at

  • “Insomnia Patch activates the body’s own “alert centers,” creating a sense of well-being, enhancing productivity, and ELIMINATING THE NEED FOR SLEEP.”
Another light musical comedy from Crank Collective, who produced last year’s H1N1-themed Epidemic of Fear, The Influenzical. Insomnia is directed by John Cecil, and features Kacey Samiee, Joshua Meindertsma, Gail Hebert, Phil Rodriguez, Brett Tribe, Tracy Medberry and Kate Caldwell. Live music provided by Mikey Walters, Chris LaCava and the Hoyle Horns.

Crank Collective is a sponsored project of the Greater Austin Creative Alliance, a non-profit arts service organization, working to advance, connect and celebrate Austin's creative life. Insomnia is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division.

More information and media at, or contact John Cecil at or 512-569-6155.

Cast: Brett Tribe, Kacey Samiee, Phil Rodriguez, Tracy Medberry, Josh Meindertsma, Gail Hebert, Kate Caldwell (click image for bios)

Video montage from the 2008 production of Insomnia in Bucharest

Crank Collective is a sponsored-project of Austin Circle of Theaters, and this project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division

1 comment:

  1. Insomnia, a production of the Crank Collective, appearing Fridays and Saturdays for two more weeks, is the exact opposite end of the theatrical spectrum from Phantom of the Opera. While, this could be interpreted to mean that the music is catchy, has a beat and you can understand all of the lyrics-which is completely true, what I really mean by that is Phantom is about spectacle and operatic voice, Insomnia, is about telling a story and having a little fun along the way.
    John Cecil, the mad mind behind the Crank Collective, dives right into the logical extension of what if… What if there were a product that would let you stay awake and productive? What if life were a wonderfully campy musical with a live band?

    In the end, the worlds problems aren’t solved in the rendition, but a good time can be had at a decent price.

    Insomnia runs through April 10th at the Hideout Theatre (street level).

    ...more Insomniac fun:
    Tickets at theatre mania or the door
    Crank Collective, look 'em up on facebook
    Epidemic of Fear, all one word as the url