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THEATRE NEWS FOR SAN FRANCISCO BAY FOR WEEK OF OCTOBER 25

 

**NEW OPENING NIGHT DATE FOR ODYSSEO** THE WORLD’S LARGEST TOURING PRODUCTION WILL NOW MAKE ITS SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA DEBUT NOVEMBER 19

 

#OdysseoSF – The internationally acclaimed entertainment company Cavalia has announced it will arrive in San Francisco one week earlier than originally scheduled with its latest production Odysseo, that is wowing North American audiences and critics alike. With the addition of five performances to the show calendar, the 30 million dollar theatrical extravaganza will make its Bay Area debut under the White Big Top at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Thursday, November 19, 2015. Odysseo, which redefines entertainment with an epic performance that mixes equine arts with the grace and artistry of acrobats, aerialists, and musicians, is the world’s largest touring production. Tickets for Odysseo are now on sale and can be purchased online at www.cavalia.net or by calling 1-866-999-8111.

 

TICKETS – Tickets are priced from $44.50 to $154.50 + applicable taxes and fees. For a memorable evening, the Rendez-Vous package offers the best seats in the house, exquisite buffet dining before the show, open bar, desserts during intermission and an exclusive visit to the stables after the show. This unique VIP experience takes place in a tent alongside the White Big Top. The Rendez-Vous package prices range from $229.50 to $264.50 + applicable taxes and fees. Special pricing and packages also available for groups, children (2-12), juniors (13-17) and seniors (65+).

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TONY AWARD WINNER BILL IRWIN BRINGS ON BECKETT  TO A.C.T.’S STRAND THEATER

 

Featuring selections from Samuel Beckett’s canon, Irwin will also discuss his long, celebrated history working on the major plays and adaptations of Beckett.

 

TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY DECEMBER 11 & 12, 2015

 

– American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) Artistic Director Carey Perloff announced today that Tony Award winner and A.C.T. favorite, Bill Irwin, will bring On Beckett to A.C.T.’s Strand Theater for two performances only—Friday, December 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m. In this exhilarating night of plays, prose, poetry, and even some soft-shoe shuffle, Irwin combines a series of passages with personal musings from a lifetime of exploring Samuel Beckett’s work. Tickets for On Beckett range in price from $50–$100 and are available beginning Wednesday, October 21 at 12 p.m. PST by calling the A.C.T. Box Office at 415.749.2228 or online at www.act-sf.org.

 

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TONY TACCONE TO REPLACE LIESL TOMMY AS DIRECTOR OF AUBERGINE IN WORLD PREMIERE PRODUCTION AT BERKELEY REP IN FEBRUARY 2016

 

Tommy’s acclaimed production of Eclipsed at New York’s Public Theater will move to Broadway in February 2016

 

 

— Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announced that Michael Liebert Artistic Director Tony Taccone will direct the upcoming production of Aubergine, by Julia Cho, which is scheduled to have its world premiere performances at the Theatre in February 2016. Liesl Tommy, Berkeley Rep’s former associate director, has had to withdraw from the production following the just-announced Broadway transfer of Eclipsed, which Tommy is directing at the Public Theater in New York.

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TONY AWARD-NOMINATED ACTOR JONATHAN GROFF WILL BE NEXT SUBJECT OF “CURRAN: UNDER CONSTRUCTION” SERIES“GROUNDBREAKERS WITH KEVIN SESSUMS” CONVERSATION ONSTAGE AT THE CURRAN SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7 8:00 P.M.

 

 

San Francisco – Carole Shorenstein Hays announced today that for the next subject of Groundbreakers, the Curran’s Editor-at-Large Kevin Sessums will sit down with Tony Award-nominated actor Jonathan Groff, who is currently starring in the smash hit musical Hamilton, for a special conversation and performance.  Tickets for this event, taking place on stage at the Curran (445 Geary Street) at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 7, can but purchased for $25 via Eventbrite by visiting www.SFCURRAN.com.  Groundbreakers with Kevin Sessums is Curran: Under Construction’s recently announced occasional on-stage series of conversation and performance featuring today’s most compelling thought leaders and artists.

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Bay Area Cabaret Announces Special Event in 2015-2016 season: Annaleigh Ashford performing Lost In The Stars  Sunday, April 24, 2016 Venetian Room of the Fairmont San Francisco

 

Tickets now on sale: www.bayareacabaret.org

 

Bay Area Cabaret, the non-profit organization devoted to presenting internationally renowned artists who expand the definition of cabaret, announce a special event—a return engagment by Tony Award winning Broadway and television star Annaleigh Ashford, performing April 24 in San Francisco’s historic Venetian Room. Singing an eclectic mix of Sondheim, Alanis Morisette, Kurt Weil and Donna Summer, Annaleigh Ashford will perform an energetic program that displays her clever sense of humor and emotional depth, and demonstrates the infinite possibilities of the cabaret genre. Tickets to Annaleigh Ashford in “Lost in the Stars,” go on sale Thursday October 22. To purchase tickets or for more information for this special event, as well as Bay Area Cabaret’s subscription series of concerts, please visit www.bayareacabaret.org.

In San Francisco’s Venetian Room, Ashford will be performing an updated version of her cabaret show Lost In The Stars, and celebrating the release of her debut solo album by the same name. The special added performance by Annaleigh Ashford joins other stellar cabaret artists previously announced for the complete 2015-2016 Bay Area Cabaret series. The full line-up for the season is available at www.bayareacabaret.org.

 

 

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An Evening with Neil deGrasse Tyson Best-Selling Author and Host of StarTalk Returns to San Francisco Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 7:30pm SHN Orpheum Theatre

 

– Innovation Arts & Entertainment and SHN today announced the return of astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson in an all-new live multi-media event, coming to the SHN Orpheum Theatre Wednesday, January 13 at 7:30pm. Dr. Tyson, the host of National Geographic’s StarTalk, bestselling author and Director of the Hayden Planetarium, guides the ship of imagination to transport viewers to the nucleus of an atom and the farthest reaches of the universe as he explores humanity’s quest for understanding.

 

Tickets for the general public go on sale Friday, November 6 at 10am.

 

Ticket Information:

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, November 6 at 10am, through shnsf.com and 888-746-1799. Tickets range from $73.50-$268.50. Prices are subject to change.

 

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SHOTGUN PLAYERS PRESENTS The Mousetrap By Agatha Christie Directed by Patrick Dooley

 

 

 

Berkeley— In the midst of a terrible snowstorm, Mollie and Giles Ralston open Monkswell Manor, a remote guesthouse. While they struggle to manage their first day of business, a policeman arrives to investigate a grisly crime. Comedy and chaos ensue, and then – MURDER! Who did it?  The mysterious Mr. Paravicini? The odd Miss Casewell? The nervous Christopher Wren? See if you can figure it out! When this mystery debuted in 1952, Christie hoped it would run at least eight months.  Little did she know it would become the longest-running show in history. The Mousetrap previews December 4-10, opens Thursday, December 11, and runs through January 24 at the Ashby Stage.

 

The Mousetrap features Set and Light Design by Mark Hueske, Costume Design by Valera Coble, Sound Design by Matt Stines, and Properties Design by Megan Hillard.

 

The cast of The Mousetrap features David Sinaiko, Adam Magill, Nick Medina, Trish Mulholland, Mick Mize, Karen Offereins, Alex Rodriguez, David Sinaiko & Megan Trout.

 

WHEN: Wednesday – Sunday, December 4, 2015 – January 24, 2016 WHERE: The Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley

 

 

TICKET PRICES: Pay What You Can Previews December 4 – 10. Opening Night Thursday, December 11 $30. Regular performance nights $20 – $40. Advance reservations strongly advised – shows will sell out!

 

 

For more information go to www.shotgunplayers.org or call 510.841.6500

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Chris Black  in TOUGH

 

 

— Chris Black puts her site-specific choreographic work aside and steps back onstage with a one-woman performance inspired by the life of the famed boxer John L Sullivan. Traveling throughout the US from 1881 to 1892, Sullivan would signal his arrival and willingness to mix it up with “My name is John L. Sullivan and I can lick any son-of-a-bitch in the house.” Wearing a custom suit for the occasion, Black circumvents drag, yet implies that ‘clothes make the man,’ as she incorporates the boxer into her own diminutive but sinewy five foot one, one hundred and five-pound frame.  Two Shows Only – Monday, December 14 and Tuesday, December 15 at The Ashby Stage.

 

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Theatre Development Fund (TDF) receives a $35,000 grant from The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation for Phase II of Triple Play, a consortium project with Theatre Bay Area (TBA)

 

Triple Play is exploring relationship between playwrights and other generative artists, theatres and audiences

 

— Theatre Development Fund (TDF) and Theatre Bay Area (TBA) are pleased to announce that they have received a grant in the amount of $35,000 from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Fund for National Projects in support of Phase II of their consortium project, Triple Play. Triple Play explores the crucial relationship between playwrights and other generative artists, theatres and audiences. This exploration aspires to create a paradigm shift in the way the field thinks about audiences and the way audiences experience new work, and in so doing will increase audience appetite for new work and help to restore theatre’s relevance as a national art form.

 

 

To expand the scope of Phase II, the National New Play Network (NNPN) and HowlRound/Arts Emerson will distribute an online survey (created by Wolf Brown) to their audience members across the country.  HowlRound/Arts Emerson will continue the Triple Play conversation online through the dissemination of “bright spots”, which they will solicit from the field and will be curated by Dr. Zannie Voss.

 

 

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Playwrights Foundation Announces Its Annual Winter Event Featuring Micro Plays By the Bay Area’s Finest Playwrights!

 

FlashPlays: 40+ Playwrights, 80+ Plays in One Fabulous NightSunday, December 6 and Monday, December 7 at 8pm 2015Brava Theater, San Francisco

 

FlashPlays – Ferociously Fast Theater with Groundbreaking Local PlaywrightsIncluding Chris Chen, Aaron Loeb, Joan Holden, Lauren Gunderson,Prince Gomolvilas, Guggenheim Fellow Anthony Clarvoe…….

 

– Playwrights Foundation delivers lightning in a bottle with FlashPlays a lively new format of 30 second to 2 minute plays on December 6 & 7, 2015. Over 40 playwrights will create roughly 80 short plays to drive this whirlwind event at the historic Brava Theater in San Francisco. These short works come together forming an artistic mosaic of the here and now, a depiction the world around us in a fun and dynamic format.

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Theatre Bay Area Announces TBA Awards Recommended Productions for the week of October 21, 2015

 

– Each week, hundreds of adjudicators attend and evaluate eligible productions from all over the Bay Area on behalf of the TBA Awards. Based on the overall production scores from their peers, Theatre Bay Area issues a weekly list of productions that have reached the required threshold of scoring to be deemed “TBA Awards Recommended.”

 

This week, two new productions are recommended through the TBA Awards process, which involves more than 250 industry volunteers attending shows and logging scores within 48 hours of viewing the performances.

 

New productions receiving TBA Awards Recommended status this week are:

 

Ada and the Memory Engine / Central Works / Berkeley

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/1609

 

Proof / TheatreWorks / Mountain View

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/1919

REVIEW IS UP ON SAN JOSE  REGIONAL OF TALKINBROADWAY

 

Previously recognized TBA Awards Recommended productions still running:

 

Black Virgins Are Not for Hipsters / The Marsh / San Francisco

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/1233

 

Dogfight / San Francisco Playhouse / San Francisco

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/1602

REVIEW IS UP ON SF REGIONAL OF TALKINBROADWAY

 

The Nance / New Conservatory Theatre Center / San Francisco

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/1838

REVIEW IS UP ON SF REGIONAL OF TALKINBROADWAY

 

Nunsense / Altarena Playhouse / Alameda

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/2062

 

RFK / San Jose Stage Company / San Jose

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/1991

REVIEW IS UP ON SAN JOSE REGIONAL OF TALKINBROADWAY

 

This Is Our Youth / Custom Made Theatre Co. / San Francisco

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/1732

REVIEW IS UP ON SF REGIONAL OF TALKINBROADWAY

 

Truck Stop / Crowded Fire Theater Company / San Francisco

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/1606

 

 

Information about the TBA Awards program can be found at theatrebayarea.org/?page=Awards.

 

Information about Theatre Bay Area can be found at theatrebayarea.org.

 

For discounts on Bay Area shows (including TBA Awards Recommended Productions) sign up for the Theatregoer, theatrebayarea.org/default.asp?page=TheatreGoer, Theatre Bay Area’s weekly email newsletter, with discounted tickets, show recommendations and more.

 

Theatre Bay Area supports more than 300 theatre companies in the Bay Area. Founded in 1976, Theatre Bay Area’s mission is to unite, strengthen, promote and advance the theatre community in the San Francisco Bay Area, working on behalf of our conviction that the performing arts are an essential public good, critical to a healthy and truly democratic s

 

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