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Cattle Mutilation: The Musical – Puppeteers for Fears’ new show at Oberon’s Three-Penny Tavern

April 1, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - April 10, 2016 @ 5:00 pm



Ashland theater company Puppeteers for Fears’ new show, Cattle Mutilation: The Musical, showing Friday, April 1-10 at Oberon’s Three-Penny Tavern in downtown Ashland, will feature nine new songs from Ashland songwriter, Josh Gross.

Gross has deep roots in the Southern Oregon music as a founding member of local punk institution, The VAM Commanders, a history that brings an a-typical energy and style to the musical theater genre.

“Musical theater often has great songs that don’t stick with you the same way pop or rock tunes do,” says Gross. “Writing for Cattle Mutilation, I did a lot of research on why certain pop songs stick in your head, and incorporated those principles while composing, while also being sure that each song told its own story that added something to the plot and characters at large. It was a big balancing act.”

Puppeteers for Fears’ previous compositions used a string-band style acoustic trio for its accompaniment, but for Cattle Mutilation, Gross insisted the music be electric.

“Most of the show is set on a flying saucer, and it features a lot of pulp sci-fi themes, so the music needed to match that vibe,” says Gross. “So I pulled a lot of ideas from spage-age jazz and surf guitar, and blended them with the two-step bounce that makes musicals so peppy. But there’s also a pretty epic power ballad. My only regret is I couldn’t find a theremin player to really ram the sci-fi sound home.”

The music for Cattle Mutilation: The Musical will be performed live by Scott Howard and the Teenwolf Experience (Josh Gross on guitar, Will Shapiro on bass, and Mo Reno on drums), and the original soundtrack will be available for purchase at all performances.

Please contact puppeteersforfears@gmail.com for more info or to set up an interview or review passes.

Cattle Mutilation: The Musical was written and composed by Josh Gross, and directed by Beth Boulay. It stars Austin Comfort, Eric Solis, Beth Boulay, Alyssa Mathews, and Jessica Giannino.

No one will be turned away, but seating is limited, so attendees are advised to arrive early. Oberon’s will offer full food and drink service up until close at 2am. Live music from rotating artists will follow the show.


Cattle Mutilation: The Musical

8pm on April 1, 2, 8, 9, and 4pm all-ages matinees on April 3 and 10

Oberon’s Three-Penny Tavern, 45 N. Main St., Ashland

$6 all performances

NOTE: Attendees should be aware that though this is a puppet show, it is NOT a children’s show. The material is R-rated, and children should be brought to matinees only at parent’s discretion.


April 1, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
April 10, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
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Oberon’s Three Penny Tavern
45 N. Main St
Ashland, 97520 United States
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