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TOOTH OF CRIME (Second Dance) Opens April 7, 2017





An Environmental Rock Experience - Dress in your rock and roll duds and come out for the experience of the season!

Written by Sam Shepard

Directed by David Richards

Tooth Of Crime is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

APRIL 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 19A, 20, 21, 22 @ 8PM  
MATINEES - SUNDAY - APRIL 9* @ 2PM  SATURDAY - April 15 @ 2 PM   2017

A = Artist Night $10 - ALL Tickets $10

**Followed by a talkback

Playing at:  Brüka Theatre 99 N. Virginia Street Reno, NV  89501


 Reno, NV.  Tooth of Crime (Second Dance) by Sam Shepard is the 1997 revision of the 1972 play an innovative rock drama featuring aging rock star Hoss in a world in which entertainment and street warfare go hand in hand, Hoss must defend himself against Crow, a newcomer who battles him for fame. Combining musical styles and intense dialogue in an unconventional musical-fantasy, Tooth of Crime riffs brilliantly on rising stars and fading legends. The show features local rock performers creating original music for the production and a set that invites the audience in to not just witness, but be a part of the spectacle.

 In 2015 the original team of Zaumeyer, Richards and Dundas produced Tooth Of Crime at Jub Jub’s on Wells Avenue.  For 2017, they will bring it to the Bruka Theatre space, which has been an artistic home for these artists for many years.  The creation team of Tooth Of Crime, including Dave Richards, Lewis Zaumeyer and Scott Dundas stress that this show is not for the faint of heart, or for anyone unwilling to step out of his or her comfort zone. Their goal is not just to put on a theatrical production, but to use the space to create a world for the audience to enter.  They hope the audience will be transported into a post-apocalyptic desert compound, with a crudely constructed throne room in the center. This is the kingdom of a guerrilla leader known only as Hoss, the king and rock god who sits on the throne. Local punk band Vampirates – renamed “The Markers” will crank up the volume, delivering a punch right off the bat. Live pyrotechnics and industrial effects will light up the room.  (part from - News & Review – April 2015)

Dress in your Rock & Roll, costume attire!  Tooth Of Crime opens with a post-show opening night champagne reception and appetizers from the Wild River Grille on April 7, 2017. The show runs weekly Thursday through Sunday through April 22, 2017. Evening shows begin at 8:00 pm (Artist night is Wednesday April 19, 2017. ALL TICKETS are $10 for Artist Night.) There is one Sunday matinees on April 9.  The matinee begins at 2:00 PM and is followed by a talk back with the company and our audience.  The doors open a half an hour before curtain time. Suggested for ages 14 and up.

 Reservations are available through our box office at (775) 323-3221. Individual tickets are $22 for general $20 for students, seniors and military and all tickets are $25 at the door. Reservations are also available at the Melting Pot World Emporium @ their new location: 1049 S. Virginia Street, Reno. We validate convenient parking at the Parking Gallery on First and Sierra Street.  Check us out at  Season Tickets and Gift Certificates are on sale.  Online tickets available at 

In its 24th season in downtown Reno, Brüka has been named “Best Theatre Company” by The News and Review nineteen years running.  Brüka Theatre is a leader in the region, recognized for its productions, artists and theatre for children series since it’s founding in 1992. Central to Brüka is the commitment to the reinvestigation of contemporary and classic plays and developing new plays within Brüka’s Artistic Collective, which include winners of the Nevada Arts Council and Sierra Arts Foundation artist grants and 9 local best actor honors.  Brüka is a non- equity and not-for-profit theater TCG small professional company that has produced over 100 shows in our downtown Reno location. Sign up for our email newsletter by going to our website at



Pulitzer Prize winning author (Buried Child) The play was written in 1972 when Shepard moved to London with his wife and son to become a rock star. It combines realistic and nonrealistic elements, celebrates popular culture (rock music, movie Westerns, drugs, and cars), offers dramatic meditation on the subject formed within and, to a great extent, determined by contemporary (sub)cultures.  Shepard wrote both the music and the lyrics.

In 1997, Shepard rewrote the play as THE TOOTH OF CRIME (SECOND DANCE)




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