Drumming with Anubis

This raucous supernatural comedy about a group of myth-obsessed, heavy metal fans on a drum circle retreat in the desert starts off with a bang (literally) and quickly segues into a brutally funny satire. Following the death of their founder, a legendary DethDog drummer named Joshua Tree, the members of the Friends of Anubis Neo-Heathen Male Bonding and Drumming Society gather for one last weekend of chanting,...
This raucous supernatural comedy about a group of myth-obsessed, heavy metal fans on a drum circle retreat in the desert starts off with a bang (literally) and quickly segues into a brutally funny satire. Following the death of their founder, a legendary DethDog drummer named Joshua Tree, the members of the Friends of Anubis Neo-Heathen Male Bonding and Drumming Society gather for one last weekend of chanting, smoking, drinking and drumming, along with a few metal-inspired "rituals." When a clueless new member proves to be more than he seems, a series of life-altering surprises - including at least one other unexpected guest - begin to unfold. Before it's over, the group will face a long night of the soul (hotdogs optional). This award-winning two-act is both a skewering of toxic masculinity and false bravado, and a sneaky dissection of what makes a certain kind of man squirm, with a strong female character written to challenge the notion of a supporting performance by basically taking over the show (effectively upstaging an actual Egyptian god) half-way through.
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Drumming with Anubis

Development History

  • Workshop
    ,
    Left Edge Theatre
    ,
    2017
  • Reading
    ,
    San Francisco Olympians Festival
    ,
    2016

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    Ted Wold Productions, Zoom-based production, NYC
    ,
    2020
  • Professional
    ,
    Left Edge Theatre, Santa Rosa, CA
    ,
    2019

Awards

Winner
,
Best Ensemble (Chris Schloemp, Ivy Rose Miller, Nick Sholley, Anthony Martinez, Richard Pallozial, Mark Bradbury)
,
San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critics Association
,
2019
Finalist
,
Best Original Script
,
San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critics Association
,
2019
Finalist
,
Best Production Bay Area
,
San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critics Association
,
2019
Finalist
,
Best Production North Bay
,
San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critics Association
,
2019
Finalist
,
Best Lighting Design (April George)
,
San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critics Association
,
2019
Finalist
,
Outstanding Original Script
,
San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critics' Circle Awards
,
2019
Finalist
,
Performance in a Principle Role (Chris Schloemp)
,
Theatre Bay Area
,
2019
Finalist
,
Outstanding Production of a Play
,
Theatre Bay Area
,
2019
Finalist
,
Outstanding World Premiere Play
,
Theatre Bay Area
,
2019