We are going to see Point Break LIVE this weekend and I am SO STOKED. What’s Point Break Live you ask? Here’s a short synopsis:
Point Break LIVE!, is the absurdist stage adaptation of the 1992 Keanu Reeves/Patrick Swayze extreme-sports blockbuster that tells the story of former College football star, Johnny Utah, in pursuit of the surfing, bank robbing, skydiving, bare-hand-fighting adrenaline-junkie-cum-Zen-master Bodhi Sattva. Since it’s Seattle debut in 2003, Point Break Live! has ‘rawked’ sell-out crowds in Minneapolis, and New York City, and it continues strong after six-months in Los Angeles to rave reviews, with all shows sold out two weeks in advance.
Point Break LIVE! features armed robbery, big-wave surfing, car chases, explosions, no less than two extended skydiving sequences and an indoor monsoon. This “action” play offers a true cathartic experience, putting you in the water with the surfers, throwing you out the door of an airplane, and robbing you at gunpoint. Add in the hotness factor – surfer dudes and female stunt doubles – and you have a night of live theater that rivals anything by Samuel Beckett in terms of pure excitement and energy.
The starring role of Johnny Utah is selected from the audience each night, and reads their entire script off of cue-cards. This method manages to capture the rawness of a Keanu Reeves performance, even from those who generally think themselves incapable of acting. The fun starts immediately with the “screen test,” wherein the volunteer Keanus (usually 5-15 men and women vie for the role), go through a grueling audition process. The part is then cast via Applaus-o-Meter.
The audience doesn’t just watch Point Break LIVE!; they are in it. So, “Survival Kits ” are issued before the start of the show. “Survival Kits ” contain items to help audience members participate in “the ultimate ride,” and include a plastic emergency poncho to protect the viewers from the action that literally spills forth from the stage. It’s a messy show, it’s suggested you leave your fineries at home, but, that’s part of the fun, Brah.
Action, you say? There’s so much action, it can’t be contained in the theater! The stage action is videoed and played through a real-time live feed on TV monitors set to the side of the stage. Via the “Keanu Kam ,” the audience can keep track of the volunteer Keanu when the action bursts out onto the street! At the end of the performance, the “volunteer Keanu,” is handed a VHS tape of his or her performance.