Under one man’s direction and performance, Crosspoint SCV will present the one-man show “Barbarian” on April 18.
Written by, directed by and starring actor Rick Segall, and set in Rome during the first century, the performance looks at two men, Peter Simon and Regulus, on the eve of their respective executions. One of the men finds his life has completely changed, but viewers will have to find out by seeing the performance, said Sean Sottile, Crosspoint’s executive director.
“That’s the element of surprise,” Sottille said. “He’s playing multiple characters, and it’s something you don’t realize who exactly he is until the end. Some of our team members saw (the show) ahead of time and found the turning point really brings a revelation to the show.”
It was decided at Crosspoint SCV, formerly known as Church on the Way Santa Clarita, that placing this show in the middle of Holy Week, ahead of Good Friday, would further amplify the holiday weekend, Sottille said.
“Watching this really puts it together,” he said. “It really adds input into what you’ll experience.”
Segall, who was cast as a regular on “The Partridge Family” at the age of 4, was inspired by the late actor Dean Jones to make a one-man show. Jones developed the one-man stage show “St. John in Exile.” Segall also plays other offstage characters, without any props, set designs or lighting changes for the show.
“In a nutshell, I would say don’t assume you know what you’re going to see,” Segall said.
The show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets will cost $5 and are available at crosspointscv.org, on the Crosspoint SCV mobile app and on the church’s Facebook page. Child care is provided for children in 5th grade and younger at no extra cost, as the show is considered mature for audiences below junior high school age, Sottille noted.
Crosspoint SCV is located at 23415 Cinema Drive, Valencia.