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THEATRE NEWS FOR THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA WEEK OF DECEMBER 13TH

TICKETS FOR THE SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE GO ON SALE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11 at 10AM OCTOBER 4-30 SHN GOLDEN GATE THEATRE

 

– SHN announced today that individual tickets for the San Francisco premiere of the 2014 Tony Award®-winning Best Musical Revival HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH will go on sale Friday, December 11 at 10am through shnsf.com and 888-746-1799.

 

SHN will launch the highly anticipated tour with a four-week engagement October 4-30, 2016. Casting will be announced at a later date.

 

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, with book by John Cameron Mitchell and music and lyrics by Stephen Trask, directed by Michael Mayer, received rave reviews on Broadway and won four 2014 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival. It was also awarded Best Musical Revival by the Drama Desk Awards, Drama League Awards, and Outer Critics Circle Awards. The Grammy nominated Original Broadway Cast album for HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH is available from Atlantic Records.

 

“Internationally ignored song stylist” Hedwig Robinson brings her fourth-wall-smashing rock and roll saga to New York to set the record straight about her life, her loves, and the botched operation that left her with that “angry inch.”

 

HEDWIG has inspired a generation of young theatre writers and audiences. This wickedly funny and heartbreaking show was called “the Best Rock Musical Ever” by Rolling Stone and “the most exciting rock score written for the theatre since, oh, ever,” by Time Magazine.

 

David Binder, who first produced HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH in 1997, produced the musical on Broadway with Jayne Baron Sherman, Barbara Whitman, Latitude Link, Patrick Catullo, Raise The Roof, Paula Marie Black, Colin Callender, Ruth Hendel, Sharon Karmazin, Martian Entertainment, Stacey Mindich, Eric Schnall, and The Shubert Organization. 101 Productions, Ltd were the executive producers. The record-breaking production ran for over 500 performances at the Belasco Theatre.

 

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH was originally produced Off-Off-Broadway at Westbeth and then, under the direction of Peter Askin, ran over two years at the Jane Street Theatre beginning in February 1998. The musical won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical and both John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask won Obies in 2001. It won a 1998 New York Magazine Award and Entertainment Weekly’s “Soundtrack of the Year” Award. Time Magazine named Hedwig the Top Musical of 1998.

 

The film of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, directed by John Cameron Mitchell, won the Audience Award and Best Director Awards at Sundance. Mitchell won the Best New Director from the National Board of Review, the Gotham Awards, and the LA Critics Society. Stage productions have played for many years in Japan and in 2008, Korea hosted a popular televised reality show about the search for a new star to play Hedwig.

 

Follow HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH on Twitter @HedwigOnBway, Facebook and Instagram @hedwigonbway.

 

 

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MARIN THEATRE COMPANY PRODUCES  August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean Production Dates: January 14 – February 14, 2016 Opening Night: January 19, 2016

 

August Wilson Classic Returns to the Bay Area In a Reimagined, Jazz-Inspired Staging

 

—Marin Theatre Company continues its 49th Season with August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean. Set in 1904 Pittsburgh, Gem marks the beginning of Wilson’s ten-play century cycle dramatizing the African American experience during the 20th century; an unprecedented series that includes the Pulitzer Prize winning Fences and The Piano Lesson. Artistic Director Jasson Minadakis has committed to producing all ten century-cycle plays on the MTC Mainstage, with Gem following MTC’s award-winning productions of Fences (2014) and Seven Guitars (2011).

 

Wilson’s critically acclaimed Gem, though chronologically the first in his century-cycle series, was the second-to-last play he penned (2003), set in the Hill District neighborhood that Wilson himself called home for much of his early life. The most mystical of all of Wilson’s plays, Gem also features Wilson’s ubiquitous matriarch character, the 285 year old “Aunt Ester”, referenced in his other 9 plays but seen only in this 1904 story; MTC is excited to announce that Bay Area favorite Margo Hall will be taking on this role, originated by Phylicia Rashad on Broadway.

 

Taking the reins in his directorial debut at MTC is Daniel Alexander Jones, a New York based director and performer, who specializes in the Theatrical Jazz Aesthetic technique for artistic creation. Jones was recently featured in a book on the subject—Theatrical Jazz: Performance, Áse, and the Power of the Present Moment by Dr. Omi Osun Joni L. Jones—for his dedicated exploration of and commitment to working in this artform. He will be using this technique in his work on Gem, with Dr. Omi Jones collaborating as the production dramaturg for the show.

 

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Berkeley Rep to Open Renovated Theatre in January 2016Newly Named Peet’s Theatre Honors Major Partnership with Peet’s Coffee Renovations feature first North American installation of Meyer Sound’s Constellation Acoustic System for live, unamplified theatre usage Free grand opening celebration on Saturday, January 9, 2016

 

– Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announced the reopening in January 2016 of its signature theatre space in downtown Berkeley, following nine months of renovation. The Thrust Stage, which opened in 1980 as Berkeley Rep’s first permanent home, will be renamed the Peet’s Theatre in recognition of a new major partnership with Peet’s Coffee.

 

The Peet’s Theatre will have a grand opening celebration on Saturday, January 9, 2016, which will be free and open to the public. Details are available at berkeleyrep.org/peetstheatre.

 

Originally designed by renowned Bay Area architect Gene Angell, the renovated 400-seat Peet’s Theatre retains the intimate layout (11 rows of seats that surround the stage on three sides) that was considered so revolutionary 35 years ago and remains cherished by artists and theatregoers alike. As Tony Taccone, Berkeley Rep’s Michael Leibert Artistic Director, explains, “The intimate relationship between actor and audience is almost perfectly realized in our Thrust Stage. But after 35 years the space was in need of a major makeover. We took the need to fix our operational systems as an opportunity to upgrade the entire environment, as we expand our aesthetic possibilities and move into the 21st century.”

 

The reopening follows nine months of extensive renovation that left no space untouched and will enhance the experience for all theatregoers. The centerpiece of the renovation is the installation of the Constellation Acoustic System from Meyer Sound in Berkeley. Constellation offers complete acoustical flexibility in transforming a space to support the particular needs of the work being presented, while providing superior sound clarity for both actors and audience. The award-winning system has been installed in concert halls, commercial theatres, cinemas, and restaurants worldwide, but this will be its first application in North America for live, unamplified theatre presentations. Founded by John and Helen Meyer in 1979 as a manufacturer of premium quality loudspeaker systems, Meyer Sound is now recognized globally as an entrepreneur in world class, technologically sophisticated sound solutions across a huge range of applications.

 

Other features of the new Peet’s Theatre include a new, centrally located box office and reconfigured entry point for patrons; new energy-efficient architectural lighting and plumbing; heating and ventilation improvements; refurbished seats, concessions and lobby areas; and other aesthetic upgrades. The Theatre also boasts a full electrical upgrade and control booth, new lighting dimmer racks, as well as enhanced accessibility, including wheelchair seating, and new ADA-accessible and gender neutral restroom facilities.

The opening of the Peet’s Theatre marks the successful close of phase one of Berkeley Rep’s Create Campaign, a $50 million comprehensive campaign launched in 2013 to invest in theatre for the next generation. To date, the campaign has raised $33.6 million from over 1,000 donors throughout the Bay Area. Phase one targeted the renovation of the 1980 Thrust Stage and established The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work. Phase two will focus on continued funding of The Ground Floor and developing Berkeley Rep’s Harrison Street campus as a home for the development of new work.

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BROADWAY’S NEWEST SMASH HIT  BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL RETURNS TO SAN FRANCISCO AT THE SHN ORPHEUM THEATRE AUGUST 9 – SEPTEMBER 18

 

– Producers Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing announce that the Tony® & Grammy® Award-winning Broadway hit Beautiful—The Carole King Musical, about the early life and career of the legendary and groundbreaking singer/songwriter, will return to San Francisco after its pre-Broadway premiere in 2013 to the SHN Orpheum Theatre for six weeks August 9 – September 18. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, December 11 at 10am, through shnsf.com and 888-746-1799.

 

“The homecoming of Beautiful—The Carole King Musical gives us all an opportunity to see how the production has developed since it first had its world premiere with SHN in 2013,” said Greg Holland, SHN CEO.

 

“Carole King might be a native New Yorker, but her story of struggle and triumph is as universal as they come – and her music is loved the world over,” producer Paul Blake said.  “We know that audiences throughout the country will embrace this show just as Broadway and London audiences have.”

 

For more information and a video sneak peek, please visit www.BeautifulOnBroadway.com.

 

With a book by Tony® and Academy® Award-nominee Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni and choreography by Josh Prince, Beautiful features a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil.  The show opened on Broadway at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre (125 West 43 Street) in January 2014, where it has since broken all box office records and recently became the highest grossing production in the Theatre’s history.

 

The Original Broadway Cast Recording of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical (Ghostlight Records), won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and is available on CD, digitally, and on vinyl.  Beautiful opened in London at the Aldwych Theatre in February 2015 and launched its First National Tour in September 2015.

 

The creative team of Beautiful also includes Derek McLane (Set Design), Alejo Vietti (Costume Design), Peter Kaczorowski (Lighting Design), Brian Ronan (Sound Design), Charles G. LaPointe (Wig and Hair Design), Steve Sidwell (Orchestrations and Music Arrangements), Jason Howland (Music Supervision) and John Miller (Music Coordination).

 

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical is produced on Broadway by Paul Blake, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Jeffrey A. Sine, Richard A. Smith, Mike Bosner, Harriet N. Leve/Elaine Krauss, Terry Schnuck, Orin Wolf, Patty Baker/Good Productions, Roger Faxon, Larry Magid, Kit Seidel, Lawrence S. Toppall, Fakston Productions/Mary Solomon, William Court Cohen, John Gore, BarLor Productions, Matthew C. Blank, Tim Hogue, Joel Hyatt, Marianne Mills, Michael J. Moritz, Jr., StylesFour Productions, Brunish/Trinchero, and Jeremiah J. Harris.

 

Ticket Information:

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, December 11 at 10am, through shnsf.com and 888-746-1799. Tickets range from $45-$212. Prices are subject to change.

 

 

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TICKETS FOR THE SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE OF ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY’S TONY AWARD® -WINNING PRODUCTION OF CABARET GO ON SALE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11 at 10AM JUNE 21 – JULY 17 SHN GOLDEN GATE THEATRE

 

– SHN announced today that individual tickets for the San Francisco premiere of Roundabout Theatre Company’s CABARET will go on sale Friday, December 11 at 10am through shnsf.com and 888-746-1799.

 

As part of their 50th Anniversary Season, the critically acclaimed and award-winning Roundabout Theatre Company is proud to present, direct from Broadway, the national tour of SAM MENDES (Skyfall, American Beauty) and ROB MARSHALL’s (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films) Tony Award®-winning production of CABARET, playing June 21 – July 17 at the SHN Golden Gate Theatre.

 

 

JOHN KANDER, FRED EBB and JOE MASTEROFF’s Tony-winning musical features some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.” CABARET is set in the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd––and to leave their troubles outside.

 

Roundabout Theatre Company’s acclaimed production of CABARET opened in Spring of 2014 with Alan Cumming reprising his Tony-winning role as the Emcee.  The show closed on Broadway on March 29, 2015, starring Alan Cumming and Sienna Miller at Studio 54.

 

The creative team includes direction by Sam Mendes, co-direction and choreography by Rob Marshall, set and club design by Robert Brill, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Peggy Eisenhauer and Mike Baldassari and sound design by Brian Ronan.  Cabaret is based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood. Casting for the tour has not yet been announced.

 

ROUNDABOUT ON TOUR:

Roundabout Theatre Company was most recently represented across the country with the critically acclaimed, multi-award-winning national tour of Anything Goes starring Rachel York which toured for 48 weeks.  Before that, Twelve Angry Men toured for 2 years, spending 63 weeks across the United States and Canada. Roundabout’s longest-running musical, the revival of Cabaret, received a multi-year tour across the country beginning in 1999. In 2011, Roundabout Theatre Company’s acclaimed work reached a worldwide cinema audience with the HD capture and broadcast of their Tony nominated production of The Importance of Being Earnest, starring Brian Bedford.

 

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​San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus Partners With Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy This Holiday SeasonChorus to Raise Funds for Local Public School At Holiday ConcertsDecember 11-12, 2015 – Nourse Theater December 24, 2015 – Castro Theatre

– Today, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC) and Dr. Timothy Seelig, Artistic Director, announced a partnership with the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy to help raise funds for the Academy at SFGMC’s upcoming holiday concerts.

 

“One of the pillars of our mission is community building through music,” writes Seelig. “We could not be more thrilled to be assisting the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy with much needed educational enhancements for the K-5 children in this public school that sits right in the Castro.”

 

The Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy empowers student learning by teaching awareness, acceptance and non-violence, celebrates diversity, and achieves academic excellence while also fostering strong family-school-community connections. “As a parent of a 2nd grader at Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy, I’m overwhelmed that the Gay Men’s Chorus would support our children in this way,” writes Jeff Fassnacht, President of the Harvey Milk Parent Faculty Club.

 

Seelig notes, “The holidays are the time of giving. Sometimes, we don’t know what to give or what someone might need. In this case, we know both. This year, our gifts are going to the children of the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy. The fact that the children will know that thanks to the patrons of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, they will have fresh fruit in their rooms each week or a person who teaches them constructive play during recess is incredibly rewarding to all of us.”

 

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AMERICAN CONSERVATORY THEATER ANNOUNCES  ITS FIRST-EVER NEW STRANDS FESTIVAL

The free four-day festival is devoted to supporting artists in the creation and completion of new works for the theaterFestival to feature new theatrical pieces, works in progress, readings, as well as experimental work by local and national playwrights, dance companies, musicians, and animation artists

 

JANUARY 21–24, 2016  A.C.T.’s Strand Theater

 

)—American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.)’s Director of New Works, Beatrice Basso, announced today A.C.T.’s first-ever New Strands Festival at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater (1127 Market Street, San Francisco) running January 21–24, 2016. Featuring new theatrical pieces, works in progress, readings, and experimental work by A.C.T.-commissioned local and national playwrights, renowned dance companies, musicians, animation artists, and more, the New Strands Festival enables artists and audiences to connect and collide, inspire each other, share and nurture one another’s projects and nurture their artistry, and for artists to intersect with projects as they take shape and participate in the life of A.C.T.’s all-new performance venue. Performances at the New Strands Festival are free and open to the public. Reservations are strongly encouraged and will be available in early January 2016 at www.act-sf.org/newstrands.

 

New Strands is A.C.T.’s newly expanded commissioning and development program, devoted to supporting artists in the creation and completion of original theater for A.C.T.’s multiple performance venues. Year-round, A.C.T. offers artists and companies under commission mentorship, feedback, time, and space to work in ways that suit each project specifically, with the goal of seeing their creations on one of A.C.T.’s stages and beyond. From translations and adaptations to original work, A.C.T.’s commissions include interdisciplinary projects, San Francisco–inspired stories and pieces that have an international scope.

 

Says Basso: “The New Strands Festival was created as a way for local and national artists to present their works in progress and experiments to Bay Area audiences in an atmosphere of openness and collaboration. At its heart, the New Strands Festival is about sharing the artistic process with each other and the community and embracing diverse disciplines and perspectives. For four days this January, The Strand Theater will be activated from top to bottom, morning to night, with performances ranging from contemporary music experiments to readings of new works and everything in between. We look forward to offering this free event to audiences who are interested in seeing the artistic process come alive!”

 

The lineup for The New Strands Festival will include*:

 

Works in progress by ZACCHO DANCE THEATRE

 

A new collaboration by SHELDON SMITH, CAREY PERLOFF, and performers STEPHEN BUESCHER, GREGORY WALLACE, PETER ANDERSON, and BASIL TWIST

 

An excerpt of the adaptation of A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS with novelist KHALED HOSSEINI and composer DAVID COULTER

 

Contemporary music experiments by BYRON AU YONG, LUCIANO CHESSA, and DOHEE LEE

 

Readings by playwrights CHRISTINA ANDERSON and MELINDA LOPEZ

 

Open lab with choreographer KEITH HENNESSY

 

Solo animation show and LED screen video work by MIWA MATREYEK

 

After-hours music by BANDA SIN NOMBRE, the creators of THE UNFORTUNATES, and Bay Area DJs

 

*A complete lineup and schedule will be announced in early January 2016.

 

The New Strands program is made possible by Hewlett Foundation’s New Works Endowment, The Edgerton Foundation Fund for New American Theatre, and the Priscilla and Keith Geeslin New Strands Fund.

 

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New Conservatory Theatre Center presents the world premiere of award-winning Sagittarius Ponderosapoetic and profound new play by MJ  Kaufman to be directed by Ben Randle

 

 

— In January, NCTC is proud to present the world premiere of a whimsical and powerful new play, Sagittarius Ponderosa by MJ Kaufman, directed by Ben Randle. Winner of the 2014 Global Age Project at Aurora Theatre Company and featured on The 2015 Kilroy List of the most recommended new plays by female and trans* writers, the play introduces us to Archer (still Angela to his family), who makes the journey back home to the forests of Eastern Oregon. His journey back proves to be just the beginning when he meets a handsome stranger at night under the oldest Ponderosa Pine. What follows illuminates the transitions of life and death, the comings and goings of love, and the mysteries of the human heart.

 

Sagittarius Ponderosa runs January 22 – February 28, 2016. Opening Night is Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 8pm. Tickets are $25–45 and available at nctcsf.org or by calling (415) 861-8972.

 

 

 

Sagittarius Ponderosa is a personal exploration for Kaufman, who was encouraged by Yale faculty member and playwright Sarah Ruhl to ​”​​explore ​new plot form​s​ ​for writing about gender​,” says Kaufman, who received an MFA from Yale School of Drama. “I had been feeling frustrated that most queer narratives are coming-out stories and most transgender narratives are transition stories. Why are the most prominent narratives organized around arriving at a more stable identity? I wanted trans narratives that would focus on fluidity, highlighting the way many of us are different genders in different spaces. I wanted to create art that would acknowledge constant change as an intrinsic part of being a person.”

 

“I am overjoyed to see the world premiere of Sagittarius Ponderosa at NCTC,” exclaims Kaufman. “San Francisco feels like the perfect place to premiere this exploration of love, family, forests and identity.”

 

The cast of Sagittarius Ponderosa features SK Kerastas, Andy Collins, Janis DeLucia, Michaela Greeley, and Matthew Hannon.

 

The creative team of Sagittarius Ponderosa includes scenic design by Christian V. Mejia, costume design by Miriam Lewis, lighting design by Anthony Powers, sound design by James Ard, puppet design by Dave Haaz-Boroque and prop design by Adeline Smith.

 

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Club Inferno returns for 16 Performances

 

Thrillpeddlers present…  CLUB INFERNO  A Rock Musical Based on Dante’s The Divine Comedy  Concept, Book, and Lyrics by Kelly Kittel / Music & Lyrics by Peter Fogel  Add’tl. Material, Musical Direction & Arrangements by Birdie-Bob Watt Choreography by Marilynn Fowler Directed by Russell Blackwood  WHEN:           Feb. 4 – March 5, 2016 – 16 Performances only!       Thurs., Fri. & Sat. – 8:00 pm Preview Feb. 4, 2016 – 8:00 pm Opening Night – Fri. Feb. 5, 2016 – 8:00 pm (special Valentine’s Day performance on Sun. Feb. 14 ) TIX:                 https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=thril or by calling 415/377-4202 $30 Gen. Admission $35 for Front Row Seats, “Shock Boxes” and “Turkish Lounges”  VENUE:         The Hypnodrome – 575 10th St., in SF. 94103 (Bryant & Division Sts.) WEB PAGE:  http://hypnodrome.org/  FACEBOOK:  https://www.facebook.com/events/919895248059168/ INFO:              For more info – please call 415/ 377- 4202

 

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RING IN 2016 WITH  LUIS BRAVO’S FOREVER TANGO

Post-performance VIP Milonga will feature FOREVER TANGO’S 10-piece orchestra performing live,light hors d’oeuvres and a champagne toast at the stroke of midnight

 

New Year’s Eve Tickets on sale now!

 

– Luis Bravo’s FOREVER TANGO, the internationally celebrated  entertainment event that has been seen throughout Europe, North America, South America, Asia, and Australia, rings in 2016 with a special performance on Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 9 p.m. at San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre (401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco). Tickets for the special New Year’s Eve performance of FOREVER TANGO range in price from $49– $99.

VIP tickets are available for $199 and include a post-performance meet-and-greet with Anna Trebunskaya and Dmitry Chaplin as seen on “Dancing with the Stars.” Guests are also invited to join the cast and orchestra at a special VIP Milonga – an event where tango is danced – in the Herbst Theatre’s Green Room. The Milonga will feature FOREVER TANGO’S 10-piece orchestra performing live, light hors d’oeuvres and a champagne toast at the stroke of midnight.

 

All tickets can be purchased now online at cityboxoffice.com, by phone at (415) 392-4400 or in person at the City Box Office [180 Redwood St. Ste. 100].

 

Starring Anna Trebunskaya and Dmitry Chaplin – and featuring vocals by Marcela Rios – FOREVER TANGO features 12 world-class tango dancers and an on-stage 10-piece orchestra anchored by the bandoneón – the accordion-like instrument that is the mainstay of tango music – in an evening that celebrates the passionate music and dance of Argentina.

 

FOREVER TANGO will play at the Herbst Theatre for a strictly limited three-week engagement – December 20, 2015 – January 10, 2016.

 

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PlayGround celebrates the holidays hitchcock-style with MONDAY NIGHT PLAYGROUND short play reading series

December 21 at Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Six 10-Minute Plays Inspired by the Topic “A Very Merry Hitchcock Christmas”

 

 

– “What is drama but life with the dull bits cut out.” – Alfred Hitchcock. PlayGround continues its twenty-second season and celebrated monthly staged reading series, Monday Night PlayGround, on December 21 at Berkeley Rep’s Roda Theatre with six original short plays inspired by this month’s topic… A VERY MERRY HITCHCOCK CHRISTMAS. Bay Area-based playwrights in the PlayGround Writers Pool have four-and-a-half days to write and submit scripts inspired by the topic. The six finalists will be presented as script-in-hand staged readings at 8pm on December 21. Six plays by Los Angeles playwrights based on the same topic will be performed at West Hollywood’s Zephyr Theatre on December 14. Advance tickets are $15-$20 and $20 at the door, subject to availability. For tickets and more information, visit http://playground-sf.org/monday.

 

The monthly Monday Night PlayGround staged reading series provides a unique opportunity for the debut of fresh new works by the Bay Area’s most promising new voices, performed by some of the Bay Area’s favorite actors on what is typically their only night off. PlayGround audiences get to enjoy a unique behind-the-scenes perspective, with a free Pre-Performance Discussion at 7:10pm, with several of the featured playwrights.  Audience members can also experience the thrill of being a producer through the monthly People’s Choice Awards, helping to determine which plays and playwrights go on for consideration in PlayGround’s annual showcase, the Best of PlayGround Festival.

 

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The Shakespeare Theatre Association (STA) has some exciting news to share!  STA is a service organization representing over 150 producing member theaters and festivals including some of the biggest and most respected in the world.  The 2016 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death has provided STA with the opportunity to harness the collective power of these theaters to create and implement a yearlong celebration of Shakespeare’s work.  From individual theatre celebrations to global partnerships, see what STA has in store for this remarkable 400th Anniversary! A brief description of each program is below.  Full details can be found in the attached press release.

 

We are Shakespeare: Digital Video Festival

 

STA, in partnership with Shakespeare at Notre Dame, is hosting a digital mass participation festival of video clips created by Shakespeare enthusiasts worldwide. We welcome videos from artists, global influencers, educators, students, civic and community leaders, audiences, and more sharing their love of Shakespeare.

 

400 Dreams: Shakespeare Around the Globe

 

To celebrate Shakespeare’s life, work and universal appeal, STA will chronicle performances, readings of his plays and sonnets in every populated time zone around the world. 400 Dreams initiative is envisioned as both an Interactive Cultural Map for events planned for April 23, 2016 (and all throughout 2016) and a real-time, around-the-world celebration like those on New Year’s Eve.

 

First Folio!  The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare

 

Folger Shakespeare Library’s traveling exhibition, “First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare” brings a copy of the First Folio to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico in 2016.

 

Visitors will come face to face with the original 1623 book, open to Hamlet’s speech in which he debates whether “to be or not to be.” Each host location has also planned public events and activities in joyful celebration of the book that saved so many of Shakespeare’s dramas and the amazing plays it holds.

 

World Shakespeare Day

 

Shakespeare’s unique genius is universally acknowledged – yet almost 400 years after his death, no international day of celebration has been declared in recognition of his contribution to our world today. STA is working to have member’s home municipalities all over the world declare April 23 as World Shakespeare Day.

 

Shakespeare App

 

Get the free Shakespeare Passport for discounts and freebies to events, theaters and museums all over the world. The Shakespeare Passport is a virtual ticket or coupon that’s free to download and easy to use on your mobile device. Shakespeare companies from around the globe are participating, offering you multiple ways to honor Shakespeare’s legacy.

 

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Theatre Bay Area Announces TBA Awards Recommended Productions for the week of December 9, 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, a new production is 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.

 

The new production receiving TBA Awards Recommended status this week is:

 

Sheherezade’s Last Tales / Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco / San Francisco

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/2160

 

Previously recognized TBA Awards Recommended productions still running:

 

Disgraced / Berkeley Repertory Theatre / Berkeley

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

REVIEW IN SF REGIONAL OF TALKINBROADWAY

 

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

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

REVIEW IN SF REGIONAL OF TALKINBROADWAY

 

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

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

REVIEW IN SF REGIONAL OF TALKINBROADWAY

 

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

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

 

The Monster-Builder / Aurora Theatre Company / Berkeley

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

REVIEW IN SF REGIONAL OF TALKINBROADWAY

 

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

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

REVIEW IN SF REGIONAL OF TALKINBROADWAY

 

Stage Kiss / San Francisco Playhouse / San Francisco

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

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