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Ride the Cyclone

Mar 10 – May 20, 2018

Book, Music & Lyrics by Brooke Maxwell & Jacob Richmond
Directed and Choreographed by Rachel Rockwell
A co-production with and presented at ACT – A Contemporary Theatre

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At 8:17 PM, the Saint Cassian High School Chamber Choir will board the Cyclone roller coaster. At 8:19, the front axle will break, sending them to their tragic demise. Trapped in fantastical carnival-like purgatory, the recently deceased teens discover a mechanical fortune teller, who invites them to tell their stories of life interrupted, with the promise of a prize like no other. Welcome to the West Coast premiere of Ride the Cyclone, a wildly original new musical. Part comedy, part tragedy and completely unexpected, this wonderfully weird story is at every turn satirical, macabre, creepy, campy and hilarious.

“A delightfully weird and just plain delightful show… knocked out of the park” -The New York Times

TodayTix, ACT, and The 5th Avenue Theatre are thrilled to bring you $20 Rush tickets to the West Coast premiere of Ride the Cyclone. At 9AM every performance day, a limited number of Rush tickets will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis. Click the graphic to learn more and to get your Rush tickets!

Some shows deal with mature themes and may not be appropriate for all children. For information about whether a particular show is suitable for your child, we strongly encourage you to read the Content Advisories for each production. Children under 4, including babes in arms, will not be admitted. 

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Ride the Cyclone

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A Co-Production

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Whether this is your first visit to ACT or your 20th, we want to ensure that you enjoy every moment. If you have any questions about the theater accommodations or services, please contact ACT staff at or 206.292.7676 (12:00pm-6:00pm, Tues-Sun).

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Where is ACT located?

ACT is located in downtown Seattle just two blocks from The 5th, at the corner of 7th Avenue and Union Street. Visit ACT's Directions & Parking page for more information.


ACT is located at 700 Union Street, Seattle, WA 98101. 
Ticket Office Phone: 206.292.7676. 

Arrival Time

Productions begin promptly, so please arrive at least 15 minutes early. Doors open 60 minutes before the show and seating begins 30 minutes before the curtain.

Late Seating

Patrons arriving late will be seated at the discretion of House Management at the first suitable pause in the performance in the least disruptive location.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is NOT allowed in any part of the theatre or within 25 feet of the entrance. 

Firearms Policy

No firearms of any kind are allowed in any part of the theatre.

Food & Drinks

Food is not allowed in the theatre. Tuxedos & Tennis Shoes is the exclusive caterer of ACT. Drinks are allowed in the theatre, provided they are in a plastic cup with no ice. No glass allowed.

Lost & Found 

Call 206.292.7676 between 12:00pm and 6:00pm, Tues-Sun. 


ACT offers the Figaro MobiTxt® Closed Captioning System for audience members who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing (HH). This system is offered at multiple performances for each production. Devices can be requested upon arrival at the theatre. ACT is also equipped with the Williams Sound® Audio Equipment, which amplifies stage sounds with the aid of headsets (ask staff for assistance). ASL interpreted performances for the Mainstage Season are offered at least once per play (check the website or contact the Ticket Office for ASL dates). Wheelchair seating is also available. Learn more on ACT's Accessibility page.

Emergency Evacuation Procedures

In the event of an emergency, please wait for an announcement for further instructions. Ushers will be available for assistance.

Emergency Number

The theatre's emergency number in the Union lobby is 206.292.7667. Leave your exact seat location with your emergency contact in case they need to reach you.


All performances will take place as scheduled, regardless of weather conditions.


ACT  welcomes children ages 5 and older. Children under 5 years of age, including babes in arms, will not be admitted. 

Some shows like Ride the Cyclone deal with mature themes and may not be appropriate for all children. For information on whether a particular show is suitable for your child, please see the Content Guidelines.

Lost Tickets

If you lose your tickets or forget to bring them with you to the theatre, contact the ticket office at 206.292.7676 and ACT will replace them.

Third-Party Tickets

Our trusted third-party vendors are Goldstar and TodayTix. We strongly discourage patrons from purchasing tickets through any other outside vendors. Tickets bought from scalpers, brokers or by other third-party means may be counterfeit or inadmissible, and they are often grossly overpriced. These purchases do not benefit the performers, producers, The 5th Avenue Theatre or ACT Theatre. Purchasing directly from The 5th or ACT is your best bet for best seats and best available prices. 

Cameras & Recorders

Photographic or recording equipment are not allowed in the theatre. As a courtesy to our audience and actors on stage, we ask that all cell phones, pagers, and other electronic devices be turned off BEFORE the show.

Ask an Usher

If you experience any discomfort during a performance, an usher or the House Manager will be glad to assist you.

Ride the Cyclone

Ride the Cyclone is set in a warehouse that holds the detritus of Wonderville, once an amusement park, including the remains of The Cyclone, a huge roller coaster. The Amazing Karnack, a magical fortune-telling machine, narrates the show. The cast: the teenage members of the “former Saint Cassian Choir,” whose fortunes Karnack told before they boarded the Cyclone for its final ride. Now one of these six will be given a chance to come back. As Karnack tells us, this is their chance to express not what they were perceived to be (“Our Six Saints”) but what they dreamt to be.

Recommended for ages 14 and up.


Adult Language:

At one point, all the teenage choir members agree on one thing: “Why’d I even go to class? / Algebra 12, kiss my ass!” Ricky addresses Ocean as “badass.” Also heard one or two times: “bitches,” “son of a bitch,”“shit,” “goddam” and “dick” (as in “Don’t be a dick”).

Ocean, campaigning to be the one chosen, sings of her friends, “Add ‘em all up and you still get zero / What you really need is a futher-muckin’ hero.” However, the actual “F” word is used when Noel says of his female drag alter ego (about whom he also uses the word “whore”), “I want to be that f—d-up girl.”


Sexual References:

One of the teens, Mischa, looks back on his fate and berates himself: “Sex? Oh, God, why did I wait?”

Another, Noel, notes that “being the only gay man in a small rural high school is a bit like having a laptop in the Stone Age. I mean, you can have one, but there’s no place to plug it in.” Noel reminisces about his ad libbing a line from Waiting for Godot during a 7th grade Christmas pageant: “There’s no room at the inn, for it is Christmas. Shall we hang ourselves? I hear it gives you an erection. Then we should hang ourselves immediately.” He was, he says, “a sexual provocateur and novelist who never wrote a novel or had sex.” Noel sings a song in drag as his alter ego, a French “hooker with a heart of charcoal;” he and Mischa dance a tango and kiss.

Ricky, who suffered from a degenerative disease that affected his mobility and took his voice, sings of his fantasy of a race of cat-like aliens (“the sexy Cat Women from Zolar”) whom he saved by fathering their next generation. 

One of the teens tells a story of how, tired of being dismissed as “nice,” she had sex for the first and only time with a carnie in a port-o-potty just before riding the Cyclone.  She is the only one of the six who did not die a virgin.



The show’s cast are the six children who took a last ride on the doomed roller coaster, which derailed at the apex of its loop-the-loop. The accident is implied through a series of projected images.

Constance becomes annoyed with Ocean’s self-centeredness and punches her “in the friggin’ boob,” as Ocean puts it.



As the children reminisce about their fall from the coaster, one asserts that the “carnie” operating it was drunk. 

Noel’s alter ego, Monique Gibeau (based on Marlene Dietrich in The Blue Angel), sings of “a whirl of boozy, floozy light;” she is a chain smoker and sells herself for opium.

Mischa, the rap singer, says of his “homies:” “We pass around the chronic / We party all night.”  “Chronic” is high-quality marijuana.

Mischa and Noel are seen chugging vodka.