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THEATRE NEWS OF SAN FRANCISCO BAY WEEK of March 27–SHN 2016-2017 upcoming season

SHN SEASON 2016–2017



– SHN Chief Executive Officer Greg Holland announced today four additional musicals that will complete the 2016–2017 SHN Season.Productions include Lincoln Center’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 2015 Tony Award®-winning Best Musical Revival, THE KING AND I, the story of how Peter became Pan in Broadway’s FINDING NEVERLAND, Stephen Sondheim’s interwoven fairy tales twisted together in Fiasco Theater’s INTO THE WOODS, and a journey through a Princess’ secret vacation in the pre-Broadway premiere of ROMAN HOLIDAY – THE COLE PORTER MUSICAL.

These four productions join the previously announced THE CURIOIUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME and HAMILTON.


The SHN 2016–2017 season is available for new and renewing Members at or by calling SHN Audience Services at 888-746-1799 ( Renewal invoices are currently being mailed.


Winner of Four Tony Awards® including Best Revival of a Musical

Lincoln Center Theatre’s Production of


November 15–December 11, 2016

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score which features such beloved classics as Getting To Know You, Hello Young Lovers, Shall We Dance, I Have Dreamed, and Something Wonderful. Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.



Bartlett Sher is reunited with the award-winning creative team from South Pacific and The Light in the Piazza. The current Broadway production of THE KING AND I has sets by Michael Yeargan; costumes by Catherine Zuber; lights by Donald Holder (all three nominated for 2015 Tony Awards®); sound by Scott Lehrer (2015 Drama Desk Award nomination); and casting by Telsey + Company/Abbie Brady-Dalton, CSA. THE KING AND I features choreography by Christopher Gattelli based on the original choreography by Jerome Robbins.

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Winner of’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical FINDING NEVERLAND SHN Orpheum Theatre

January 18–February 12, 2017


Directed by visionary Tony®-winner Diane Paulus and based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award® winning film starring Johnny Depp, FINDING NEVERLAND tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. FINDING NEVERLAND “captures the kid-at-heart,” says TIME Magazine. Vogue cheers, “It’s a must-see you’ll remember for years to come!”

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Tony Award®-winning and Academy Award® and Golden Globe Award-nominated INTO THE WOODS SHN Golden Gate Theatre

March 7–April 2, 2017


Including dazzling songs like “Children Will Listen” and “No One Is Alone,” this thrillingly clever new version of INTO THE WOODS made Ben Brantley of The New York Times fall “head over heels. Mind the wolf, heed the witch and honor the giant in the sky at this extraordinary musical about the power of wishes and what really happens after they come true.”


The production brings together the Dodgers, current producers of Jersey Boys and Matilda, and the original Tony Award-wining producers of INTO THE WOODS with Bernadette Peters, and of its revival with Vanessa Williams, with NETworks Presentations, the wizards of the road who recently brought you South Pacific, Phantom and War Horse, to present the acclaimed Fiasco Theater production of INTO THE WOODS.

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Pre-Broadway Premiere based on the classic Academy Award®-winning film Prior to Broadway Engagement of ROMAN HOLIDAY – THE COLE PORTER MUSICAL SHN Golden Gate Theatre

May 24–June 18, 2017

Featuring such unforgettable Cole Porter songs as Night and Day, Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye and Easy to Love, ROMAN HOLIDAY comes to San Francisco in the pre-Broadway premiere of the musical sure to steal your heart.

In the midst of a whirlwind tour of European capitals, a young princess yearns to experience life – to explore the world beyond diplomatic dinners and Royal balls. Enter an American reporter, who, almost overnight, goes from covering the royal family to covering up her great escape.   And in the span of 24 unforgettable hours, they discover the magic of Rome, the promise of love, and a secret they will share forever.

Based on the Paramount Pictures Corporation Motion Picture, ROMAN HOLIDAY – THE COLE PORTER MUSICAL has a book by Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman; and Paul Blake. Learn more at


Season Information:

The SHN 2016–2017 season is available for new and renewing members at or by calling SHN Audience Services at 888-746-1799 (Press 2). Season prices range from $245–$850. Single tickets for all productions will go on sale at a later date.


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THEATREWORKS SILICON VALLEY PRESENTS “CYRANO” By Edmond Rostand Translated by Michael Hollinger Adapted by Michael Hollinger and Aaron Posner Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts April 6 – May 1, 2016– TheatreWorks Silicon Valley continues its 2015/2016 season with the Regional Premiere of the dazzling romance, Cyrano, a new sprightly adaptation by Michael Hollinger (Opus) and Aaron Posner (My Name is Asher Lev, The Chosen) of Edmond Rostand’s classic Cyrano de Bergerac. Alive with swashbuckling swordplay, witty wordplay, and irresistible romance, this classic tale of unrequited passion and panache flows from the rollicking theatres of 17th century Paris to distant battlements long besieged. This new take on Rostand’s epic romance was described by DCTheatreScene as, “By far the funniest Cyrano you will ever see (and that includes Steve Martin’s contemporary retelling in the 1987 movie Roxanne).” This production will be directed by Robert Kelley with performances April 6 – May 1 (press opening: April 9) at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro Street (at Mercy). For tickets ($19-$80) and information the public may visit or call (650) 463-1960. Here literature’s greatest love triangle evolves in a modern, intimate, and good-humored adaptation that entangles the enchanting heiress Roxane, handsome cadet Christian, and nose-challenged swordsman Cyrano in the love affair of a lifetime. To make the play more accessible, adapters Michael Hollinger and Aaron Posner created a whirlwind production in which actors play multiple roles. The result is hilarious and at times wonderfully intimate.TheatreWorks has assembled a stellar cast for this production of Cyrano, including J. Anthony Crane, Darren Bridgett, Michael Gene Sullivan, Chad Deverman, Sharon Rietkerk, Stephen Muterspaugh, Christopher Reber, Peter James Meyers, Kit Wilder, and Monica Cappuccini.





– This summer, Lamplighters Music Theatre will present Gilbert & Sullivan’s masterpiece THE MIKADO in theatres throughout the Bay Area. In the spirit of sensitivity towards cultural and ethnic inclusivity and diversity, the Lamplighters are moving this production from the traditional setting of a fictional Japanese town to Victorian England. Singers of all backgrounds and ethnicities were invited to attend their widely publicized open auditions earlier this month, and final casting is currently in process. Lamplighters Music Theatre is a long-time contributor to, and participant in, the arts community in the San Francisco Bay Area, and feels it is important to be responsive to input from peers, stakeholders and industry leaders.


With its hilarious plot line, ingenious dialogue, memorable characters and wonderful music, THE MIKADO is very possibly the most popular musical comedy in the English language, and a playful satire of the timeless and universal frailties of our shared human nature. In a time when flirting was a capital offense, wandering minstrel Nanki-Poo has fallen in love with the beautiful Yum-Yum, fiancée to the recently appointed Lord High Executioner Ko-Ko. When the honored Lord Mikado demands the execution of Ko-Ko, and Nanki-Poo volunteers to take Ko-Ko’s place under the condition that he first be allowed to marry Yum-Yum, chaos, desperation, and comical mayhem ensue in classic Gilbert and Sullivan style, with impromptu marriages, forged death certificates, and the revelation of a prince in disguise.


This will be the Lamplighters’ 22nd production of THE MIKADO since 1953, and will be directed by Ellen Brooks, and conducted by Resident Music Director, Baker Peeples. Single tickets will be on sale in June.


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WALNUT CREEK  WHERE:     Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive WHEN:       Friday, August 5 at 8PM • Saturday, August 6 at 2PM & 8PM • Sunday, August 7 at 2PM


MOUNTAIN VIEW WHERE:     Mountain View Center for Performing Arts, 500 Castro Street WHEN:       Saturday, August 13 at 2PM & 8PM • Sunday, August 14 at 2PM


SAN FRANCISCO WHERE:     Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard Street, San Francisco
 WHEN:       Thursday, August 18 at 8PM • Friday, August 19 at 8PM • Saturday, August 20 at 2PM & 8PM • Sunday, August 21 at 2PM


LIVERMORE WHERE:     Bankhead Theater, 2400 First Street, Livermore
 WHEN:       Saturday, August 27 at 8PM • Sunday, August 28 at 2PM







– Bay Area Musicals!, the newest non-profit theatrical organization to join the vibrant San Francisco Bay Area arts community, presents its inaugural benefit fundraiser, A Twist of Limelight, on Monday, May 9, 2016 at the Castro Theatre (429 Castro St) in San Francisco. Stage and screen actress Eden Espinosa (Rent, Wicked, Brooklyn the Musical) – best known for playing Elphaba in the musical Wicked – will give a special performance. Proceeds from the benefit support upcoming productions by Bay Area Musicals!


The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception. During this time, guests will be given a chance to win raffle prizes, as well as participate in the silent auction. Immediately after, Matthew McCoy – Bay Area Musicals’ Founder and Artistic Director – will be announcing their second season with the help of local performers.  There will also be a live auction featuring one-of-a-kind items including a packed wine selection from R&B Cellars, four Disneyland Park Hopper tickets and an overnight stay for two at Tiburon Tavern. At 8:45 p.m., guests will be treated to an hour-long concert by Eden Espinosa.


Individual tickets range in price from $40 – $100.   For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit or call 415-340-2207.


“With Bay Area Musicals! still in its first season, we are constantly looking to bring ourselves up to the next level,” says Matthew McCoy. “I could not be more thrilled to share that at our inaugural benefit fundraiser, A Twist of Limelight, we will have the amazingly talented Eden Espinosa perform an hour-long concert. It only seemed right to invite Eden to perform at our benefit since she performed in San Francisco with Wicked for several months. With performances by local performers and Eden, it’s going to be a night full of celebration for the musical theater arts and our second season!’



FOOLSFURY THEATER COMPANY PRESENTS THE SIXTH   FURY Factory Festival of Ensemble Theater Main Stage shows by Hand2Mouth, Poor Dog Group, UMO, Green T Productions, Bandelion, Sokeo Ros and The Independent Eye


Raw Materials program features works-in-progress by a dozen additional companies June 14 – 26, 2016


FoolsFURY, “one of the brightest stars of the San Francisco experimental theater scene” (San Francisco Arts Monthly), is pleased to announce the program for the sixth FURY Factory Festival of Ensemble Theater, June 14 – 26, 2016.


Since 2005, FURY Factory has presented a cross-section of the field of devised or collaboratively created theater with works by more than 80 companies from around the U.S. and beyond. Initiated by foolsFURY Founder and Co-Artistic Director Ben Yalom, the festival has evolved to encompass a series of Main Stage performances and a series of works-in-progress or “Raw Materials.” This year’s festival presents eight main stage shows — including three Bay Area premieres, two West Coast premieres and two world premieres — and 14 works-in-progress. Packed into two weeks, the festival will occupy the Mission district’s Project Artaud arts complex comprising Z Below, the Joe Goode Annex and Theatre of Yugen’s NOHspace.


FoolsFURY is proud to present the following ensembles making their FURY Factory debut: Green T Productions, Poor Dog Group, Sokeo Ros and UMO Ensemble. Returning artists include Bandelion, Deborah Slater Dance Theater, Hand2Mouth and The Independent Eye.



These main stage groups represent the metropolitan areas of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Portland, Seattle and Providence, Rhode Island. Among the works on view will be plays drawing inspiration from literature (Shakespeare and Beckett, to name two); performance with hand-made puppets; experiments with clowning; technique informed by Grotowski, Viewpoints and LeCoq; performance interested in tackling complex social issues; and solo works created within an ensemble context. “Above all,” says Yalom, “the festival showcases the endless imagination of ensemble artists making devised theater today. There is no other festival in the U.S. that’s shaped quite like this.”



Theatre Bay Area Announces TBA Awards Recommended Productionsfor the week of March 23, 2016

– 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:


Colossal / San Francisco Playhouse / San Francisco




Swimmers / Marin Theatre Company / Mill Valley





tokyo fish story / TheatreWorks / Palo Alto





Previously recognized TBA Awards Recommended productions still running:


The Comedy of Errors / Impact Theatre / Berkeley



The Unfortunates / American Conservatory Theater / San Francisco






Information about the TBA Awards program can be found at


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Qui Nguyen’s Vietgone joins OSF rep Playwright’s irreverent comedy chronicles his parents’ journey from Vietnam to America


The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will open Vietgone by Qui Nguyen, directed by May Adrales, on April 3 in the Thomas Theatre. Preview performances are March 30, April 1 and April 2.


With an electric combination of humor, sexuality, saltiness and tenderness, as well as added ninja fights for good measure, the play traces Nguyen’s parents’ 1975 escape from war-torn Saigon to a relocation camp in Arkansas. Rather than choosing to tell his family’s story through a sentimental lens, Nguyen opted for a different approach, creating, in his words, “a sex comedy about my parents.” As the Los Angeles Times enthused about the play’s premiere at South Coast Repertory in 2015, “…Nguyen’s antic manner conveys the extent of his characters’ losses, and their brave determination to survive them, more piercingly than a more sentimentally somber work would.”


Playwright Nguyen is the co-founder of Vampire Cowboys, an OBIE Award–winning “geek theatre” company that creates and produces new works of theatre based in action/adventure and dark comedy with a comic–book aesthetic. The company actively pursues the blending of different genres with varied theatrical styles to create an eclectic structure to tell its stories.


The cast of Vietgone features James Ryen as Quang and ensemble, Jeena Yi as Tong and ensemble, Will Dao as Asian Guy, American Guy, Nhan, Khue and others, Amy Kim Waschke as Thu, Huong, Asian Girl, American Girl and others and Paco Tolson as Playwright, Giai, Bobby and others.


Director May Adrales has been part of Vietgone from the first draft of the play. “Vietgone is one of the most important plays I’ve worked on to date. It speaks to the resilience, courage and strength of the Vietnamese, giving voice to often voiceless refugees. It’s a love story first and foremost between two people who have lost absolutely everything but their sense of humor and their ability to love. Never before have I had to stage a production replete with raps, kung fu fights, motorcycle bump and runs and a romantic montage sequence. Never before have I laughed and cried and been so thoroughly changed by a piece of theatre.”


Vietgone was recently announced as a finalist for the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, recognizing playwrights for the best scripts that premiered professionally outside New York City during 2015. Vietgone was also a finalist for the 2016 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History.


Scenic and costume design for Vietgone is by Sara Ryung Clement, and lighting is by Seth Reiser. Shane Rettig is composer/sound designer, Lydia G. Garcia is dramaturg, David Carey is voice and text director, Shawn Duan is video designer and Karl Alphonso is stage manager. Playwright Qui Nguyen also serves as fight director, with U. Jonathan Toppo as associate fight director.


Brad and Louise Edgerton are the Production Sponsor for Vietgone; Production Partners are Peter and Jane Carpenter, Sandy Farewell, Kevin and Suzanne Kahn, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oregon Cultural Trust. OSF’s 2016 season is sponsored by U.S. Bank.


Founded by Angus Bowmer in 1935 and winner of a 1983 Tony Award for outstanding achievement in regional theatre, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival has grown from a three-day festival of two plays to a major theatre arts organization that presents an eight-month season consisting of 11 plays that include works by Shakespeare as well as a mix of classics, musicals, and new works. The Festival also draws attendance of more than 400,000 to almost 800 performances every year and employs approximately 575 theatre professionals. In 2008, OSF launched American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle, a 10-year cycle of commissioning new plays that has already resulted in several OSF commissions finding success nationwide.



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