Monthly Archive for: ‘June, 2016’

THEATRE NEWS FOR THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA====Week of June 26th

 

The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation (REAF) Presents… “Broadway Bares SF: Tech Tails” New York’s Sexiest, AIDS Benefit Show Comes To San Francisco Monday, July 11, 2016 – 7:30 pm Club Fugazi   Home of Beach Blanket Babylon

 

https://www.reaf-sf.org/broadway-bares-sf.html

 

Philanthropy and all-star entertainment take center stage as the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation (REAF) presents Broadway Bares SF: Tech Tails – a special one-night-only strip show benefiting REAF and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. At Club Fugazi (home of Beach Blanket Babylon) 678 Green St. SF, 94133 (Stockton & Powell Sts.) in North Beach)

 

If you’re not familiar with Broadway Bares and wondering what it is – it’s a good old fashioned strip show in the Vaudeville tradition featuring dozens of hot guys and gals stripping to raise money for HIV and AIDS services. Funds raised will support local HIV services through REAF and nationally through Broadway Cares in NYC. So, if you don’t like looking at hot, naked bodies, this may not be the event for you. But if you do, join us for a whole lot of fun-raising & tongue-in-cheek hot bodies dancing their pants off — literally.

 

Special Guests scheduled to appear (as of 6-8-16):

 

JAI RODRIGUEZ         – Broadway/TV star (Queer Eye/Mailbu Country)

 

DAVID HERNANDEZ   – American Idol, recording star

CASSANDRA CASS     – Reality TV star (Trancendance)

RANDY HARRISON     – TV (Queer as Folk), Broadway star

 

and cast members from the Broadway touring cast of CABARET.

 

(more to be announced.)

 

Tickets for this Benefit show are:

 

$100         – Magnin Box (sold out)

$75 – VIP Dress Circle seated

$65 – VIP main floor standing

$45 – Rear Main Floor standing or Center Balcony seated

$30 – Balcony seated

 

Tickets are available by phone only by calling Beach Blanket Babylon Box Office  at 415-421-4222  (no on-line sales for this show.)

 

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THE BREADBOX PRESENTS WORLD PREMIERE STAGE ADAPTATION  OF “THE AWAKENING”  July 29 – August 20, 2016

 

 

— The Breadbox presents the World Premiere of THE AWAKENING, adapted for the stage by Oren Stevens and developed with Ariel Craft, based on Kate Chopin’s revolutionary novel. The Breadbox Artistic Director Ariel Craft (The Pillowman, Blood Wedding, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore) helms this stunning production, breathing new life into Chopin’s feminist masterwork. THE AWAKENING plays July 29 through August 20 (press opening: July 30) at EXIT Theatre (156 Eddy St.) in San Francisco. For tickets ($20) and more information, the public may visit breadboxtheatre.org.

 

 

 

Set in New Orleans at the close of the 19th century, THE AWAKENING follows Edna Pontellier, who, while vacationing with her husband and their two sons, finds liberation from her prudish behavior and repressed emotions and desires. At the coastal resort of Madame Lebrun, Edna struggles to reconcile her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the turn-of-the-century American South. Once a good Kentucky Presbyterian, and a proper wife and mother, Edna’s appetite for expression and independence is unleashed when an unspoken passion for a Creole companion takes over and she can no longer comply with convention.

 

The Breadbox has assembled a talented ensemble for THE AWAKENING. Maria Giere Marquis makes her debut at The Breadbox as Edna Pontellier in THE AWAKENING. She most recently appeared in When the Rain Stops Falling at Dragon Productions; additional credits include productions at City Lights Theatre, Pear Theatre, Custom Made Theatre, and Impact Theatre, where she is a company member.

 

Justin Gillman returns to The Breadbox as Robert Lebrun. An Associate Artist at The Breadbox, THE AWAKENING marks his fifth project with the company, where he appeared in The Pillowman, Blood Wedding, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, and Robot Hand. Additional credits include productions at Center REPertory, Shotgun Players, San Francisco Playhouse, 42nd Street Moon, Custom Made Theatre, Cutting Ball Theater, Playwrights Foundation, and New Conservatory Theatre Center, among others.

 

Robin Gabrielli makes his Breadbox debut as Leonce Pontellier in THE AWAKENING. Credits include productions at Boston’s Flat Earth Theatre (The Farnsworth Invention, Terra Nova, Reader, Rocket Man), Science Fiction Theatre (The Singularity), and Flyleaf Theatre (Doubt). Also making her Breadbox debut is Kirsten Peacock as Adele Ratignolle. Credits include productions with Cutting Ball Theater, Theatre Rhinoceros, and Entita (UK); she can be seen at the Arabian Shakespeare Festival in October.

 

Rounding out the cast are Genevieve Perdue as Mademoiselle Reisz and Elliot Lieberman as Alcee Arobin. Perdue most recently appeared in Six Degrees of Separation at The Custom Made Theatre Co.; additional credits include productions at Wily West Productions, Actors Ensemble of Berkeley, San Francisco Theater Pub, and the San Francisco Olympians Festival. A recent graduate of San Francisco State, Lieberman makes his professional stage debut in THE AWAKENING.

 

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The Bay Area Children’s Theatre (BACT) will bookend its 2016-2017 season with two original musicals inspired by popular children’s books.

 

The company opens its season, today, with “Good Night, Good Night, Construction Site—The Musical”, a tune-filled re-imagining of the New York Times bestselling picture book about hard-working construction vehicles by Sherri Duskey Rinker, with illustrations by Tom Lichtenheld.

 

BACT will complete its musical arc in spring 2017 with Fly Guy, the Musical, inspired by the New York Times bestselling series about a boy and his pet fly by author-illustrator Tedd Arnold.

 

Playwright, lyricist and composer Austin Zumbro, the creative force behind BACT’s acclaimed The Day the Crayons Quit—the Musical, is adapting both stories for the stage.

 

BACT is known for bringing great children’s books to life onstage in imaginative shows selected and designed for young audiences. In addition to producing beloved, established plays, the company creates new work that introduces children and their families to imaginary worlds and different cultures.

 

Family Flex Pass subscriptions to BACT’s 2016-2017 season are now available, with “early bird” savings through June 30. To purchase Family Flex Passes or learn more, visit www.bactheatre.org or call 510/296-4433.

 

SEASON SUMMARY

BACT’s line-up of main stage shows for the 2016-2017 season features exciting tales, both old and new, for children and their families:

 

1) Good Night, Good Night, Construction Site—The Musical

 

“Down in the big construction site, the tough trucks work with all their might.” Rhyme abounds and personalities clash, as Excavator, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Bulldozer, and Dump Truck try to finish their work before nightfall.  A world premiere with book, music and lyrics by Austin Zumbro. Directed by Nina Meehan. Recommended for all ages.

 

Venues, Dates, Times:

 

OAKLAND: Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Ave, Oakland, CA 94610, June 25 – July 31, Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

 

SAN FRANCISCO: Children’s Creativity Museum Theater, 221 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, August 6 – 28, weekends at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

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2) Seussical, TYA

The Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, Gertrude Mc Fuzz and other Dr. Seuss favorites in this streamlined, TYA (theatre for young audiences) version of the Broadway musical by Tony Award winners Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. Recommended for age 3 and up.

Venues, Dates, Times:

BERKELEY: Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA 94703, October 8 – November 6, weekends at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (no performances Saturday, October 23)

 

SAN RAMON: Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center, 10550 Albion Road, San Ramon, CA 94582, November 12 – 13 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

 

SAN FRANCISCO: Children’s Creativity Museum Theater, 221 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, November 19 – December 18, weekends at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

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3) Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas – The Musical

 

Fancy Nancy brings Christmas to the Bay Area with her uniquely personal flare! Book by Cara Lustik and Matthey Hardy, music by Randy Klein, lyrics by Matthew Hardy, orchestrations and vocal arrangements by Randy Klein, adapted from Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas by Jane O’Connor. Recommended for age 4 and up.

Venue, Dates, Times:

BERKELEY: The Osher Studio, 2055 Center Street, Berkeley, CA 94704, weekends: December 3 – 18; weekdays: December 20 – 23 and December 26 – 29, at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.

 

4) Pippi Longstocking

 

The outrageous adventures of Astrid Lindgren’s beloved, super-strong, unconventional young heroine come to life—with songs to boot! Adapted for the stage by Thomas W. Olson.  Music by Roberta Carlson.  Additional Music by Victor Zupanc. Recommended for age 5 and up.

 

Venues, Dates, Times:

 

BERKELEY: Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA 94703, January 28 – February 12, weekends at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

 

SAN RAMON: Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center, 10550 Albion Road, San Ramon, CA 94582, February 18 – 19 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

 

SAN FRANCISCO: Children’s Creativity Museum Theater, 221 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, February 25 – March 19, weekends at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

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5) Fly Guy—the Musical

 

When Buzz takes Fly Guy to school, his winged pet and a newfound insect pal, Fly Girl, keep things buzzing for their human friends! A world premiere, with book music and lyrics by Austin Zumbro.  Recommended for age 4 and up.

 

Venues, Dates, Times:

 

BERKELEY: Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA 94703, April 8 – May 7, weekends at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

 

SAN RAMON: Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center, 10550 Albion Road, San Ramon, CA 94582, May 13 – 14 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

 

SAN FRANCISCO: Children’s Creativity Museum Theater, 221 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, May 20 – June 11, weekends at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

 

((hi-res .jpg attached of the cast of Good Night, Good Night, Construction Site—The Musical. L. to r., Simon Trumble, Jamella Cross, Kristin Avila, Isabel To, Austin Zumbro. Photo credit:  Melissa Nigro))

 

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Theatre Bay Area Announces TBA Awards Recommended Productions for the week of June 22, 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 scoring threshold to be named “TBA Awards Recommended.”

 

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

 

New TBA Awards Recommended productions:

 

Value Over Replacement / PlayGround / San Francisco

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/2485

 

The Velocity of Autumn / TheatreWorks / Mountain View

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/2496

REVIEW IS UP ON SAN JOSE/SILICON VALLEY OF TALKINBROADWAY.COM

 

 

TBA Awards Recommended productions still running:

 

ABOMINABLE or The Misappropriation of Beverly Onion by Forces Beyond Her Control / PlayGround / San Francisco

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/2933

 

American Idiot / Contra Costa Civic Theatre / El Cerrito

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/2242

 

Elect to Laugh: 2016 / The Marsh / San Francisco

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/2633

REVIEW IS UP ON SAN FRANCISCO REGIONAL OF TALKINBROADWAY

 

The Invisible Hand / Marin Theatre Company / Mill Valley

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/2931

REVIEW IS UP ON SAN FRANCISCO REGIONAL OF TALKINBROADWAY

 

Othello / Ubuntu Theater Project / Berkeley

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/2963

 

Play It Again, Sam / Town Hall Theatre Company / Lafayette

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/2944

 

Red Velvet / San Francisco Playhouse / San Francisco

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/1796

REVIEW IS UP ON SAN FANCISCO REGIONAL OF TALKINBROADWAY

 

Rock of Ages / Center Repertory Company / Walnut Creek

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/2462

 

Six Degrees of Separation / Custom Made Theatre Co. / San Francisco

REVIEW IS UP ON SAN FRANCISCO REGIONAL OF TALKINBROADWAY

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/2394

 

The Village Bike / Shotgun Players / Berkeley

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/2912

REVIEW IS UP ON SAN FRANCISCO REGIONAL OF TALKINBROADWAY.

 

 

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

 

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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Fantastical Family Night” July 15 and 16

Jack London State Historic Park, 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen, CA Pre-show picnics begin at 5:00 pm; Shows commence at 7:30 pm

 

Tickets to “Broadway Under the Stars” shows range from $42 to $134. Special Youth prices available for “Fantastical Family Night” shows only. Season Flex Passes Available (3-4 shows). $5 of every ticket sold for Broadway Under the Stars shows will benefit Jack London State Historic Park. All shows in the 2016 Transcendence Theatre Season are on sale now at www.TTCsonoma.org

 

Group tickets for all shows are available at a special discount for individuals and organizations.

Contact the box office for more details at (877) 424-1414. For more information about Transcendence Theatre Company’s 2016 season and to purchase tickets, please visit the website at www.TTCsonoma.org or call the box office at 877-424-1414.

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