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Bill Russell – The Playwright & Lyricist of Side Show

July 13 @ 10:30 am1:00 pm

A Brüka Theatre Salon Gathering
With The Artist Behind The Side Show Curtain
Bill Russell – The Playwright & Lyricist of Side Show

In Connection With Brüka Theatre’s Production Of Side Show The Musical

Saturday, July 13, 2024

11 AM – 1 PM (Doors open at 10:30 AM)

$25 General Admission

*Limited Seating* Advance Reservations Suggested

Location: Brüka Theatre Main Stage – 99 N. Virginia St, Reno, NV 89501

SIDE SHOW & ADDITIONAL EVENTS ONLINE TICKET LINK: https://www.bruka.org/boxoffice

Meet the Man behind the curtain – Playwright Bill Russell as he talks about the history of Side Show, his inspirations and other works including Pageant and elegies for angels, punks and raging queens, Unexpected Joy and Lucky Duck and how he has made a professional career in the theatre. A question and answer “conversation” will follow Bill’s talk. Brüka’s 31st season concludes with the 2014 revival of SIDE SHOW – The Musical with book and lyrics by Bill Russell and music by Henry Krieger. Russell received a 1998 Tony nomination for Side Show for Best Book and shared a nomination with composer Henry Krieger for Best Score. The show was nominated as Best Musical. Side Show takes audiences back to the 1930’s, following the legendary Hilton twins, Daisy and Violet, on their heartwarming search for love and acceptance amidst the spectacle of fame. This is the updated book and score from the 2014 Broadway revival.

There will also be a Bill Russell “Meet & Greet” Wine Reception

The Playwright & Lyricist of Side Show

Friday, July 12, 2024 from 6 PM – 7 PM

Tickets are $10 per person for the meet and greet.

Location: Bruka Studio 44, 44 W. First Street, Reno, NV 89501

Please Note: Tickets to Side Show are an additional fee.
Side Show The Musical plays at Brüka Theatre from June 21 – July 20, 2024

AUDIENCE VIEWING RECOMMENDATION: Ages 10 and up due to adult themes.

SHOW TIMES: Saturday, July 13, 2024. 11 AM to 1 PM. Doors open at 10:30 AM.

PRICES: $25 for Salon Conversation. $10 for Bill Russell “Meet & Greet” Wine Reception. Additional Ticket fees will be incurred on all online and phone ticket transactions. All sales are final. Ticket exchanges incur a $3.66 per ticket fee, space permitting. There is NO late seating for the Salon Conversation.

RESERVATIONS: In person or by phone through the Brüka Box Office (775) 323-3221. Online at http://www.bruka.org or at the Melting Pot World Emporium @ their location: 1049 S. Virginia Street, Reno. Our box office is open Thursdays through Saturdays. From 3-6 PM and Wednesdays by appointment.

PARKING: Court Street parking lot across from The Pioneer Theater. FREE after 5:00 PM on weekdays and NO CHARGE on weekends. We validate 5-hour parking at the Parking Gallery on First and Sierra Street. Fee is $1 for the first 5 hours and $3 for every additional hour.

ABOUT BRÜKA THEATRE: Brüka Theatre enjoys its 31st season of live theatre in downtown Reno. The theme for the 2023/2024 season is “Thirty Wonderful – The Show Must Go On.” An artistic leader in the region, Brüka is recognized for innovative productions, exceptionally talented artists, and acclaimed Theatre for Children touring series since its founding in 1992. Central to Brüka is the commitment to the re-investigation of contemporary and classic plays and developing new plays within Brüka’s Artistic Collective, a group that includes winners of the Nevada Arts Council and Sierra Arts Foundation artist grants and nine local best actor honors. Brüka was named “Best Theatre Company” by Reno News and Review for twenty-one years. Brüka is a constituent company of TCG (Theatre Communications Group). Brüka Theatre has produced over 200 shows in our downtown Reno location. Sign up for our newsletter by going to our website at http://www.bruka.org.


Bill Russell is an American librettist and lyricist. Among his stage musicals are e8, Pageant and Side Show. Russell received a 1998 Tony nomination for Side Show for Best Book and shared a nomination with composer Henry Krieger for Best Score. The show was nominated as Best Musical. Russell was born in Deadwood, South Dakota in 1949 and raised in Spearfish, South Dakota. His grandparents were cattle ranchers. He attended Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa for two years with a major in theater before transferring to the University of Kansas. Russell’s first musical to be professionally produced was Fourtune, which ran Off-Broadway at the Actors’ Playhouse from April 27, 1980 to November 23, 1980. He wrote the book and lyrics for the musical Pageant with Frank Kelly, which has an all-male cast that plays beauty queens. Pageant played off Broadway and on world stages and was also presented at Brüka Theatre under the direction of Mary Bennett in 2009. https://billrussell.net/biography/


July 13
10:30 am – 1:00 pm
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