Memories Are Made of This
Center Repertory Company celebrates 50 years with a Million Dollar production.
Courtesy of Center Repertory Company
In 1968, a new theater company emerged in Walnut Creek—Center Repertory Company. Its first season was only two shows long and was entirely directed by then-artistic director Jay Paul Hornbacher. While the community hoped the theater troupe would succeed, it doubted the young company would last.
Fifty years later, Center Rep is an intrinsic part of Walnut Creek and East Bay culture. The community theater company is kicking off its celebratory milestone with Million Dollar Quartet—its first production of the anniversary season.
The jukebox musical re-creates the night of December 4, 1956, when rock ‘n’ roll titans Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Lee Perkins, and Johnny Cash recorded an impromptu jam session at Sun Records Studios in Memphis, Tennessee.
As if the show wasn’t star-studded enough, Center Rep is bringing in Broadway great Hunter Foster—known for his role as Bobby Strong in the original Broadway production of Urinetown—to make his Lesher Center for the Arts directorial debut.
Foster, who originated the role of record label owner Sam Phillips in the Broadway run of Million Dollar Quartet, has been travelling around the country directing the play at notable regional theaters. September 1–October 6, lesherartscenter.org.