Auto Parts at the Fremont

Aug 19, 2013
Deanna Watkins and Ben Sharpies; photo by Marissa Hall

Deanna Watkins and Ben Sharpies; photo by Marissa Hall

Do you like a good mystery? Then perhaps Auto Parts at the Fremont Centre Theatre has been constructed just for you.

Not only does the production have “love, longing, theft, failure, sex, marriage, infidelity, and murder,” but four interrelated parts are presented each night according to the audience’s picks. Before each performance, an audience member blindly pulls ping pong balls out of a canister, determining in which order these story components shall be performed.


  1. A woman struggles to keep her husband
  2. A man and a call girl—still in the afterglow—get a big surprise
  3. Thieves find they’re implicated in a murder, but they’re thieves, not killers
  4. Two police officers, male and female, hunt for guilty

“In our first run…reactions after the show always included some measure of delight that the entire affair wasn’t a well-intentioned train wreck,” writes writer/director Steve Stajich in an essay for L.A. Stage Times.

“The component parts of Auto Parts feature characters that are, in different ways, wondering aloud if they are doing the right thing. Letting their stories unfold in a sequence that had been determined by random chance certainly wouldn’t screw things up any more than the decisions and actions they were taking, regretting, or running from.”

The Fremont Centre Theatre is led by co-artistic directors Lissa Reynolds, President of the California Performing Arts Centre, and James Reynolds, two-time Emmy nominee and 30-year veteran of the soap opera “Days of Our Lives” playing the character Abe Carver.

Auto Parts
Friday, Aug. 23rd-Friday, Sept. 20th, 8 p.m., Sunday matinees at 3 p.m.
1000 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena 91030
Tickets: Opening Night, $20; other dates, $15
Buy online at OvationTix or call 866.811.4111





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