Cleo, Theo & Wu
By Kirsten Vangsness
Directed by Lisa Sanaye Dring
Lucy is a modern Angeleno gal just trying to be her best self—the Cool Girl, Lady Boss and all-around getting sh*t done Boss Bitch. But, suddenly, the fate of the universe is in her hands and she’s gonna need to do better than self-help books and inspirational Insta Quotes. Never fear! Space creatures from the future and the forgotten women of ancient history are teaming up to get Lucy on the right track.
Careening through time and place, CLEO, THEO & WU takes Lucy on a heroine’s journey with the remarkable women who were so much more than the power-hungry, sex-obsessed obstacles that history books would have you believe.
November 1 – December 8, 2018
"Each scene is another adventure, sometimes mad-cap, sometimes bawdy and quite entertaining, along Lucy's wild trip. It is full of energy and uniqueness from start to finish, getting you all caught up in this wacky but enlightening saga."
-Valerie-Jean Miller, Broadway World
No exception to the company’s penchant for risky new works, Vangsness’ mind-bendingly nonlinear and experimental piece skips along the surface of reality while making some surprisingly cogent philosophical points. With her long list of illustrious credits, director Lisa Dring seems the ideal interpreter to corral Vangsness’ cheeky stream-of consciousness into a comprehensible format.
-F. Kathleen Foley, The LA Times
"Directed by the formidable Lisa Dring... Vangsness' quest for righting some tilting ancient windmills once turned by remarkable female rulers could not possibly stay lingering in the many-cylindered chambers tucked into the deepest crevices of their mentor’s volcanic mind. If you look up the term “force of nature” in the dictionary, don't be surprised if the entry includes a photograph of Kirsten Vangsness."
-Travis Michael Holder, Ticketholders LA
As with Vangsness’s prior plays, Cleo, Theo and Wu is an intensely personal work that charts the efforts of a single woman to attain self-realization and respect.
Ever a champion of her gender, Vangsness plays Lucy with her unique combination of ingenuous vulnerability and in-your-face manic energy.
-Deborah Klugman, Stage Raw