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NAPA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL: Gustavo Wine & Bottle Shock Fans

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 14, 12:30 pm at the Lincoln Theatre in Yountville (Napa), CA


presented by The Napa Film Festival

produced in conjunction with FOGG Theatre Company Written by James D Sasser and Charles Vincent Burwell

Directed by Kent Nicholson

Bottle Shock the musical is based on the 2008 film, with story originally by Ross Schwartz & Lynette Pabon and Jody Savin & Randall Miller, screenplay by Jody Savin & Randall Miller and Ross Schwartz.

Inspired by the true story of the famous 1976 “Judgment of Paris,” the musical follows one of the winning Napa wineries, Chateau Montelena, and the relationship between owner Jim Barrett and his son Bo. When English sommelier Steven Spurrier shows up in Napa looking for contenders for his “friendly and impartial competition” between French and American wines to be held in Paris, Barrett is skeptical. But at the urging of his son and the community, his Chardonnay is included, and history is made. Approximately 110 minutes. As a special benefit for the Napa Film Festival educational programming, this sneak peak concert is the latest step in developing this brand new musical - and the first time it​ has been heard on the west coast - what better place than Napa Valley! Featuring both Broadway and Bay Area based actors, to be followed by a wine tasting featuring the wineries from the story!



Stay after the concert presentation for a Q&A session with the authors about the process of creating and developing a new musical - followed by a Wine Tasting Experience featuring Chateau Montelena, Gustavo Wines, and more!

(Please note the wine tasting is a separate event ticket, also available here.) Admission to the post concert wine tasting is available at no additional charge to members of the NVFF Patron Circle

About the Authors

Burwell & Sasser’s musicals include CUBAMOR, a festival selection for the Village Theatre, NAMT, and TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. They are inaugural Uncharted Artists at Ars Nova in NY where Bottle Shock was first developed. Their songs have been heard at Lincoln Center, 54 Below, Joe’s Pub, Ars Nova, A Little New Music in LA, and other venues between and on both coasts. James grew up in Napa, and has been involved for two decades in dozens of new musical works as an actor, writer and producer on Broadway and internationally. Vince was born on the Presidio, grew up in Petaluma, and has worked all over the world as a performer, composer and musician.

About the Director

Kent Nicholson is the director of Musical Theatre at Playwrights Horizons in NY. He has worked at Seattle Rep, Berkeley Rep, South Coast Rep, Weston Playhouse, Actors Theatre Louisville, Prospect Theater and many other. A long time resident of the Bay Area, he was also the founding director of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s New Works Festival.

The Actors

With Colin Campbell McAdoo (Hart to Hart, We The People) as Bo, Ashley Bening as Sam, Diego Garcia as Gustavo, Calum Grant as Jim, James D Sasser (Riverdance, Jesus Christ Superstar) as Spurrier, Taylor Bartolucci (Lucky Penny Productions) as Jo, Roy Jimenez (Bottle Shock the film, Hill Street Blues) as Garcia, and featuring Lexy Fridell (Avenue Q), Hayley Lovgren (FOGG's Cable Car Nymphomaniac), Steven Zachary Ennis (Cable Car Nymphomaniac), and Tony Asaro (Cable Car Nymphomaniac).

​Developed and produced in partnership with FOGG Theatre Company. FOGG (Focus on the Golden Gate) commissions, develops, and produces locally relevant stories created for the San Francisco Bay Area. With special developmental support from Lucky Penny Productions in Napa. Lucky Penny creates, develops and presents professional local theatre and fosters educational opportunities for youth and adults in the greater Napa community.


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