‘Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll’ at the PAC

The hit series “One Night Delights,” opens its second season on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. with a play reading of “Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll,” by playwright Eric Bogosian, directed by Mary Eastman and presented by New Visions Arts, in collaboration with the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA). 

“Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll” brings to life 10 hilarious, separate, oddball characters in a one-man-show. This profane, raunchy and smart performance piece sinks its teeth deep into America and gives us something to chew on. Marc Maislen plays every role in this production, capturing each different character with shifts in attitude, movement and vocality.

Those pillars of hedonism — namely, sex, drugs and rock & roll — all make cameos in Bogasian’s play but the overarching meaning is evident. Bogasian’s revolving cast of characters — an aging rock star, a homeless bottle man, a self-absorbed businessman and a handful of others — tie together the values of the 1980s, the masculine hedonism of that era and what the underpinning values of society reflect.

The reading is presented as part of the ongoing “One Night Delights” reader’s theatre series presented by the OCCA and four local theatre companies: Coastal Act Productions, New Visions Arts, Porthole Players, and Red Octopus Theatre Company. All proceeds support an ongoing fundraising effort to renovate the David Ogden Stiers Theatre at the Newport Performing Arts Center.

Admission to Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll is $18 and includes the added intermission delight of pineapple upside-down cake. The event takes place in the David Ogden Stiers Theatre at the Newport Performing Arts Center.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 541-265-ARTS, online at www.coastarts.org, or by visiting the PAC box office during normal business hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Those who attended the series last year know that these shows tend to sell out. New Visions Arts and OCCA recommend advance ticket purchasing.

Jan. 15 is the final day to purchase a “One Night Delights” season pass. Season pass holders pay $15 per performance and have priority seating. Spotlight Club members also receive priority seating.

The series continues on March 3, with a reading of “Kaleidoscope,” by Ray Bradbury, directed by Jennifer Hamilton and sponsored by Porthole Players.