So the pandemic sweeping the globe put a hold on many large gatherings, including the infamous, glamorous — and, yes, trashy, but we like to think hilarious — Gridiron 2020.
But the delay was only temporary and now it’s almost here! Get your tickets here. The would-be thespians and the SPJSA board (that relies on the funds they raise) insisted the show must go on: Damn the ‘rona! Full speed ahead! OK, OK, masks and social distancing have been in full use, but we have been hard at work on musical numbers and skits skewering local, state and a few well-known national politicos. There has been plenty of fodder!
The annual Saturday Night Live-style fundraiser is go, but in a nod to current events, we are going VIRTUAL.
Tickets are cheap and the jokes are even cheaper. Buy tickets here. You’ll need just $20 of that coveted spare change to get an eyeful! Show premieres Friday, Oct. 30, just before Election Day (big hint on the content, folks). It will repeat Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, at 8 p.m. each night. We also will have a matinee (que fancy) on Sunday at 2 p.m.
For that $20, you will have access to the hour-long (more or less) show for four glorious hours. For once, if you’re late, it won’t matter! You can still watch the whole thing. Well, so long as you start before 11 p.m. Because it will shut off at midnight sharp if you bought an 8 p.m. show, no matter what time you tuned in. For the matinee, it shuts off at 6 p.m. sharp.
Entertainer Extraordinare Michael Quintanilla has already conjured some amazing performances from first responders and front-line health care workers and all kinds of officials — just wait till you see it! Director/Choreographer Francisco Saucedo Jr., Cinematographer Gary Cooper and Executive Producers Nora López and David Elizondo are creating a tour de force. Well, a tour de farce, anyway.
Join us! Buy a ticket, buy an ad and /or donate here. It will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. And wouldn’t that be nice these days?