World Premiere

Love Missile

by Hal Gelb, Janaki Ranpura, and Torange Yeghiazarian

An original anti-war musical with puppets!

Love Missile

A surreal tale of passion, greed, denial and longing involving unnamable body fluids and orifice!

The play is a fusion of traditional American musical with Middle Eastern undertones as well as fantastical shadow puppetry. Original music is composed by Johaness Mager, Musical Director, composer, and Band Leader for Make*A*Circus from 1996 to 2002. Lisa Tateosian, dance choreographer, is a member of Khadra International Dance Theatre and Ballet Afsaneh, and has performed with Dance Brigade, CHODERA/dance, and Asian American Dance Performances.

June 12, 2003 - June 22, 2003

New Langton Arts

1246 Folsom St. (between 8th & 9th), San Francisco

Written by Hal Gelb, Janaki Ranpura, and Torange Yeghiazarian

Directed by Norman Gee

Featuring Sofia Ahmad, Vida Ghahremani, Lenny Moors*, Andoni Panici, William Todd Tressler*, Kris Welch

Music by Johannes Mager

Dance Choreography by Lisa Tateosian, Puppet Design and Direction by Janaki Ranpura

When a Godzilla attack interrupts the source of Shappa-Imageanna’s addiction to consumer goods, the prominent scientist, Dr Z and his newly arrived assistant Sharifa, a legal immigrant from Distancia, work feverishly to find alternatives. Ultimately, they find importing the goods is the only option and as it turns out, Distancia has the best goods. The dictator of Distancia rejects the generous offers made by Shappa-Imageanna’s President leaving him no alternative but to attack – with Love, a drug developed by Dr. Z and Sharifa that induces universal love. But is Love really all we need? A surreal tale of passion, greed, denial and longing involving un-namable body fluids and orifice.

Cast & Crew

Hal Gelb


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Johannes Mager

Musical Director & Composer

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Janaki Ranpura


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Lisa Tateosian


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Torange Yeghiazarian


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This production was made possible by a generous donation from Judy Wilber and Bob Miller

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