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THEATRE NEWS FOR THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA—WEEK STARTING DECEMBER 6

BERKELEY REP TO STAGE SHAKESPEARE’S MACBETH

Veteran Actors Conleth Hill and Frances McDormand head the cast directed by Daniel Sullivan Production features nine Bay Area actors

 

– Berkeley Rep presents Shakespeare’s dark and violent tragedy on the Roda Stage. This classic exploration of the ominous side of ambition tells the story of a couple bound together in their thirst for the Scottish throne. Driven by an evil prophesy and his scheming wife, Macbeth kills the king and claims his crown, thus beginning a moral descent into a reign of terror. Macbeth starts previews Friday, February 19, 2016 and runs through Sunday, April 10. Press night for Macbeth will be held on Friday, February 26, 2016. Individual tickets for Macbeth will go on sale at noon Wednesday, December 2. Individual tickets start at $35 and can be purchased by phone at 510 647-2949 or online at berkeleyrep.org.

 

Directed by Daniel Sullivan and starring Conleth Hill (Macbeth) and Frances McDormand (Lady Macbeth), this production boasts a trifecta of talent. The three seasoned artists have undertaken Shakespeare previously, but this will be the first time each has been involved in a Macbeth production. “This is absolutely thrilling,” says Tony Taccone, Berkeley Rep’s Michael Leibert Artistic Director. “To have people of this caliber and talent and desire and ambition, it just doesn’t get any better than this.”

 

For his critically lauded and numerous Shakespeare in the Park productions, the New York Times has called director Daniel Sullivan’s work “absolutely splendid” and rendered with “passion, expertise and uncommon intelligence.” Says Sullivan, “Macbeth with its hugely theatrical supernatural effects (witches, hallucinations and ghosts at the dinner table) is a daunting directorial challenge. To have these amazing actors by my side, I know we will create something incredible for Berkeley Rep’s audience.”

 

Joining Hill and McDormand in Macbeth will be nine Bay Area actors, and others from around the country, including:

 

  1. Scott Coopwood (Lennox),Derek Fischer (ensemble),Gene Gillette (Bleeding Captain), Korey Jackson (Macduff), Paul Jennings (ensemble), Billy Eugene Jones (Ross), Leon Jones (Macduff’s son), Adam Magill (Malcolm), Rami Margron (Witch), Nicholas Pelczar (ensemble), Tyler Pierce (Fleance), and Mia Tagano (Lady Macduff, Witch). And returning to the Berkeley Rep stage in the roles of Duncan and Porter will be longtime Bay Area favorite, James Carpenter. Carpenter has appeared in numerous Berkeley Rep productions since 1984, including most recently Head of Passes; Pericles, Prince of Tyre; Three Sisters; and The Lieutenant of Inishmore.

 

The creative team includes Douglas Schmidt (scenic design), Meg Neville (costume design), Pat Collins (lighting design), Dan Moses Schreier (sound design), Alexander V. Nichols (projection design), Michael Suenkel (stage manager) and Barry Kraft (dramaturg).

 

For the 2015-16 season, Berkeley Rep recognizes the generosity of returning season sponsors BART, Wells Fargo, and KPIX-TV (Channel 5), and welcomes Peet’s Coffee as its fourth official season sponsor. Macbeth is made possible thanks to the generous support of season sponsors Jack and Betty Schafer; Michael and Sue Steinberg; and the Strauch Kulhanjian Family, and lead sponsors Bruce Golden and Michelle Mercer; Helen and John Meyer/Meyer Sound; Stewart and Rachelle Owen; and The Bernard Osher Foundation.

 

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Custom Made Theatre Extends Run of Madhuri Shekar’s Award-Winning “In Love and Warcraft”Adds Three Performances December 17, 18. 19 at 8:00 pm

 

Critics and audiences are loving “In Love and Warcraft,” so Custom Made Theatre Company  is extending the run, adding three more performances, Thurs, Fri, Sat December 17, 18, and 19 at 8:00 pm.

In Madhuri Shekar’s award-winning virtual romantic comedy, Jane Austin meets Cyrano meets online gaming.  “In Love and Warcraft,” directed by James Nelson, continues at the company’s new location, the Custom Made Theatre at 533 Sutter St. (at Powell) just north of Union Square.

Remaining Dates

December, 3-5 and 9-12, Wed 7:30; Thurs-Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm & 8pm December 17-19; Thurs-Sat. at 8:00 pm. Tickets $20-42; (415) 798-CMTC (2682), http://www.custommade.org Running Time:  Approx. 2 hours.

 

 

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6​th​Street Playhouse launches ​Star Seekers Contest​- transforming STEM to STEAM!

– The 6 th Street Playhouse, in its mission to connect with our community through arts and education, announces the Star Seeker Contest​. We are challenging all Sonoma County Middle School students to celebrate the work of women in the STEM fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, through the creation of ART!

 

The contest is part of the Star Seeker Project,​highlighting the story of Henrietta Leavitt, a 19th century astronomer who made an important discovery that became the “yardstick to the universe” used by Edwin Hubble and others to make discoveries that changed our view of our galaxy and the universe.

 

Invitations have been sent to all 33 Sonoma County middle schools, inspiring students to research and learn about an important STEM female, and to create an original piece of art. Entries can be one of several forms (song, poem, theatrical script, sculpture, painting, mixed media, photography and several more). Submissions for the top 3 entries from each school are due by March 4, 2016.

 

After a formal adjudication by several prominent community leaders, the top three winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on March 19 th at 6 th Street Playhouse, with prizes awarded of $1,500 for First place, $1,000 for Second place and $500 for Third place.

 

Several exciting events will culminate when the top 10 winners have their art displayed during the run of Silent Sky, Lauren Gunderson’s play about Henrietta Leavitt which opens on April 1st and runs through April 17th in the 6th Street Playhouse’s Studio Theatre. An Art Show and Opening Night reception on April 1st will feature Dr. Lynn Cominsky, Chair of the Physics and Astronomy department at Sonoma State University, as a keynote speaker. Lauren Gunderson will be speaking about her plays at a special event on April 9th at the Studio Theatre.

 

More information about the contest, along with official entry forms and guidelines, can be found at the 6th Street Playhouse website: http://www.6thstreetplayhouse.com/education/star-seeker-project/

 

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The Flight Deck is honored with a $100,000 Google Impact Challenge grant towards The Launch Pad, a project creating opportunity and employment for underrepresented Oakland artists

 

 

November 30, 2015:  The Flight Deck is proud to be one of the 25 finalists chosen by Google and a panel of advisors to receive funding from the Google Impact Challenge: Bay Area. Google.org is giving $5 million to local nonprofits with innovative ideas for building an even better Bay Area. Though The Flight Deck is not up for public vote, it will receive $100,000 from Google.org and support from Google volunteers toward The Launch Pad, a project that will help small, Oakland-based nonprofit arts organizations build sturdy business models and improve their practices in hiring, retaining, and nurturing local artists. The other finalists can be viewed at g.co/bayareachallenge.

 

Host company Ragged Wing Ensemble opened The Flight Deck in 2014 to support the work of Oakland artists by creating a space where practitioners of theater, film, music, dance, and visual art could grow and share their work. Through access to a 99-seat black box theater, gallery, rehearsal studio, and co-working office, dozens of companies and hundreds of artists so far have been able to learn, collaborate and bring their work to a larger audience. The Google Impact Challenge award will help Ragged Wing and The Flight Deck widen their vision and more deeply engage in supporting the arts in Oakland.

 

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PlaywrightsFoundation Announces Its Annual Winter Event Featuring MicroPlays By the Bay Area’s Finest Playwrights! December 6& 7 ONLY! FlashPlays:40+ Playwrights, 80+ Plays, 50+ Actors Sunday,December 6 and Monday, December 7 at 8pm 2015 BravaTheater, San Francisco

 

 

 

FlashPlays- Ferociously Fast Theater 50+ Actors Participating:AlanCoyne , Alix Cuadra, Amy Nowak, Andre San-Chez, Anjelica Diaz, AnneHallinan, Anthony Agresti, Anthony Houston, Ariel Leasure, BenRotenberg, Caitlin Evenson…

 

 

FlashPlays- Groundbreaking Local Playwrights Including Chris Chen, Aaron Loeb,Joan Holden, Lauren Gunderson,  Prince Gomolvilas, GuggenheimFellow Anthony Clarvoe……. Directors- Christine Young, Logan Ellis, Rem Myers, John R. Lewis, SangoTajima, Libby Vega, MIchael Moran, William Hodgson, RyanMarchand, and Sydney Painter

 

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PLAYGROUND ON THE MOVE… INTO THICK HOUSE! 22-YEAR-OLD BAY AREA PLAYWRIGHT INCUBATOR TO LAUNCH CENTER FOR NEW PLAYS AT POTRERO HILL VENUE

 

– PlayGround, the Bay Area’s leading playwright incubator, and Art Space Development Corporation (ArtsDeco), owner of Thick House, announced today that PlayGround has signed a six-year master lease for the 78-seat black box theatre in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood, with a five-year extension option through 2026. Under PlayGround’s leadership, the Thick House venue will expand its role as a hub for diverse small theatre companies and independent artists and a platform for the development and production of great new works. To that end, PlayGround has launched a $260,000 capital campaign to support significant capital improvements and continued artist accessibility/affordability and plans to temporarily close the venue for 6-8 weeks in late 2016/early 2017 to complete the renovations, including new HVAC, seating, lighting and signage. The renovated and renamed theatre (new name to be determined) will reopen mid-January 2017 with a community-wide celebration, showcasing the many artists and small theatre companies that call Thick House home and in recognition of the theatre’s new role as a center for new plays.

 

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LIMITED EDITION ICE CREAM AVAILABLE NOW!

 

– To celebrate the opening of A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL at the SHN Orpheum Theatre next Wednesday, Humphry Slocombe and SHN announced today a limited edition A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL-inspired ice cream flavor. Influenced by elements of the show, the new flavor features Peppermint Bark and Sugar Cookies in Tahitian Vanilla ice cream.

 

“Because Christmas is the only time of year where indulgence is encouraged,” said Humphry Slocombe’s Owner and Imagineer Jake Godby. “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth over doing.”

 

Humphry Slocombe will be passing out free samples of the CHRISTMAS STORY ice cream to all patrons attending the Wednesday, December 9, at 7:30pm performance. The limited edition ice cream will also be available at both Humphry Slocombe locations (2790 A Harrison Street [Mission Location] and 1 Ferry Building [Ferry Building Location]) now through December 13. Visit HumphreySlocombe.com for more information.

 

The San Francisco premiere engagement of A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL opens Wednesday, December 9 and runs through December 13 at the SHN Orpheum Theatre.

 

A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL chronicles young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker as he schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams, an official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Air Rifle (“You’ll shoot your eye out kid!”). An infamous leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a maniacal department store Santa, and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the distractions that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas wish. Chock-full of delightful songs and splashy production numbers, A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL has proudly taken its place as a perennial holiday classic for the whole family.

 

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Theatre Bay Area Announces TBA Awards Recommended Productions for the week of December 2, 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, three 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:

 

Bright Half Life / Magic Theatre / San Francisco

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/2111

REVIEW IS UP ON SF REGIONAL OF TALKINBROADWAY

 

Scrooge in Love! / 42nd Street Moon / San Francisco

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/1781

REVIEW IS UP ON SAN FRANCISCO REGIONAL OF TALKINBROADWAY

 

Man of La Mancha / Los Altos Stage Company / Los Altos Hills

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/2120

 

Previously recognized TBA Awards Recommended productions still running:

 

Disgraced / Berkeley Repertory Theatre / Berkeley

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/1986

REVIEW IS UP ON SAN FRANCISCO REGIONAL OF TALKINBROADWAY

 

The Hypocrites’ Pirates of Penzance / Berkeley Repertory Theatre / Berkeley

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/1964

REVIEW IS UP ON SAN FRANCISCO REGIONAL OF TALKINBROADWAY

 

The Kid Thing / New Conservatory Theatre Center / San Francisco

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/1843

REVIEW IS UP ON SAN FRANCISCO REGIONAL OF TALKINBROADWAY

 

In Love and Warcraft / Custom Made Theatre Co. / San Francisco

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/1853

REVIEW IS UP ON SAN FRANCISCO REGIONAL OF TALKINBROADWAY

 

The Monster-Builder / Aurora Theatre Company / Berkeley

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/2113

REVIEW IS UP ON SAN FRANCISCO REGIONAL OF TALKINBROADWAY

 

Stage Kiss / San Francisco Playhouse / San Francisco

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/1603

REVIEW IS UP ON SAN FRANCISCO REGIONAL OF TALKINBROADWAY

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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