The Open Door Theatre Company of Boston premiered, “ROCKFIGHTS… rich amusement” on January 14, 1976, at the Massachusetts College of Art, Overland Theater off Brookline Ave, Boston, MA near Fenway Park. This socially controversial, multi-media, musical comedy production played for 3 months to mixed reviews and eventual cast conflict. Eliot Norton, the dean of American theater critics, called ROCKFIGHTS, "original, crude, and tedious". Ray Murphy from the Boston Globe said, "...only a few sing well, and none of them can dance." Arthur Friedman called it, "...a Frankenstein monster- messy, loud, gross, and clumsy." And Stephen Schiff said, "There's something to repel everybody!"
Hey... we tried!
It starred: Howie Ritz, Red Stevens, Anthony Bartolini, Perry Barton, Suzie Braun-langsdorf, Mary DeMartino, Shelly DeBease, Dennis Embry, Gordon McConnel, Cissie McGinnis, Frank Mullaney, Paula Jean Nichols, Sally Oliver-Smith, and John Snyder.