IOU Theatre performs ‘Rip Van Winkle Caper’ this Sunday

Press release

IOU Theatre performs Twilight Zone’s


at the Double L Saloon

March 20, 2016 at 7:00pm

LONE PINE, CA, March 8, 2016 –  Metabolic Studio’s IOU THEATRE will present their next radio play relevant to the Owens Valley, Twilight Zone’s “The Rip Van Winkle Caper” on Sunday March 20 at the Double L Saloon at7:00pm.


Collective listening will also be held inside the Gertrude Stein Salon, a recreation of the art collection of this American writer living in Paris who collected masterpieces of Modern Art before they were well known, at 123 Main Street. (Free Friday afternoon teas are also held in the Gertrude Stein Salon from 2:304:30pm and it is open by appointment by calling 800-571-0745.)

A live broadcast of the production can also be heard at and 89.9FM in Lone Pine.

The Rip Van Winkle Caper was filmed in the Alabama Hills and aired on CBS in 1961. The story follows a band of gold thieves who attempt to escape the law after stealing $1 million worth of gold bricks from a train on its way from Fort Knox to Los Angeles.  Led by scientist-mastermind Farwell, they hide in a secret cave in Death Valley, California. Farwell has designed suspended animation chambers and set them for approximately 100 years, figuring that, by 2061, no one will remember the robbery, and the gang will be in the clear. But when they wake up, things begin to go awry…

Director Jeanie Smith states “I went with unpredictable casting for the roles of the thieves in order to avoid stereotypes and make it more challenging for the actors. I aim to give the show a quirky, unexpected flavor, and create a new balance of voices, particularly in the traditional role of the villain.”

The IOU Theatre troupe of performers from the Owens Valley (from Bishop to Darwin, CA) will read the radio play and perform live sound effects and old time foley art. IOU Theatre performers and musicians include: Jim Shallcross, Max Rosan, Henry Begaye, Sharon Avey, Kathy Goss, Ann Strohm, Judy Wickman, Mark Long, Yaney MacIver, Judyth Greenburgh, Victor Silvas, Jeanie Smith (direction), Manuel Ruiz, Nip Morgan, Nina Weisman, Victor Silvas and Sandy Anderson.

Why IOU Theatre?   Since 1914 Los Angeles has been exporting water from the Owens Valley. Metabolic Studio has been working to transform resources into actions that support life in the Owens Valley. The Metabolic Studio IOU Theatre joins the IOU Garden (2009-present) as a way to add additional culture to what’s on offer in the Owens Valley.  The Metabolic Studio launched “IOU THEATRE” in Lone Pine in 2014 and they have also performed in Los Angeles, Lancaster and Death Valley.

Since 2009 Metabolic Studio has programmed space donated to us by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. We call this the IOU Garden.  Over the years it has been a garden and resource center. We’ve distributed soil, IOU Dirtbags, Owens Dry Lake Bread and held one hundred conversations about water during a year long commemoration of the centenary of the opening of the Los Angeles Aqueduct.

ABOUT METABOLIC STUDIO – Derived from the Greek word for change, “metabolism” is the process that maintains life. In continuous cycles of creation and destruction, metabolism transforms nutrients into energy and matter. Lauren Bon’s studio practice includes a team of individuals that work together across a range of investigative platforms, transforming resources into energy, actions and outcomes.

Ms. Bon is trained as an architect and is a practicing visual artist. Her Metabolic Studio creates “devices of wonder” that are specific to sites; interrogating land and water use and positing new modalities in thinking and behavior. The Inter-Mountain West, stretching from the Rockies to the Sierra Nevada is a terrain formed by the forces of water and fire over glacial time. It is our shared watershed that is the focus of the geographic scope of the Metabolic Studio’s work.

To learn more about Metabolic Studio, go to:

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