Monthly Archive for: ‘June, 2017’




All Decked Out! 2017 season gala honors NCTC Founder & Artistic Director Ed Decker and his first 36 yearsproceeds from gala support 2017-18 productions and education programs

New Conservatory Theatre Center (NCTC) and Gala Co-Chairs Andrew Smith and Chris Yaros are proud to announce the 2017 annual season gala, All Decked Out!, celebrating Founder & Artistic Director Ed Decker’s first 36 years of service to the community with many more to go.

The gala will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2017. Proceeds from the gala will support NCTC’s 2017-18 productions and education programs. Single tickets are $125, and Individual Sponsorship tables with VIP perks are $1,250. For more information and to purchase tables and tickets, please visit or call (415) 861-8972.

All Decked Out! will begin at 7pm with a cocktail reception in the historic lobby of 25 Van Ness Ave. At 8pm, guests will proceed to NCTC’s newly remodeled lobby and bar to be entertained by pop-up performances throughout the venue from an incredible lineup of surprise guest artists, as well as enjoy bites and libations from local restaurant & bar partners, including Alta, B-Side, Dirty Water Restaurant & Bar, Mina’s Brazilian Restaurant & Cachaçaria, Noir Lounge, Quinn’s Lighthouse, Rusted Mule, Mr. Tipples Recording Studio, and Tratto Restaurant with additional sponsors to be announced.

We’ve been looking forward to this event all year,” enthuses NCTC Executive Director Barbara Hodgen. “Great entertainment, great food, great wine – what better way to celebrate Ed and all the art and joy he has brought to San Francisco for the last 36 years?”

The Gala Honorary Host Committee for All Decked Out! includes Charles Busch, James L. Coran, Lou Fischer & Amy Meyers, Jewelle Gomez & Diane Sabin, Kate Kendell & Sandy Holmes, Mayor Edwin M. Lee, Terrence McNally & Tom Kirdahy, Enrique & Jason Monagas, Donna Sachet, Del Shores, and State Senator Scott Wiener.


The Gala Committee for All Decked Out! includes Co-Chairs Andrew Smith & Chris Yaros; Committee Members Maurice Kelly, Andrew Nance, and Eric Valko.



Boxcar Theatre has announced the first of several new shows to run in rotation with its runaway hit The Speakeasy. Opening Friday, July 7, A NIGHT AT THE PALACE welcomes audiences to the immersive, Prohibition-era world of The Speakeasy with a mix of lighthearted cabaret acts and interactive scenes. At A Night at the Palace, the cabaret is swinging, the casino tables are hot and the drinks are cold and strong.


“A Night at the Palace emphasizes the lighthearted and fun side of The Speakeasy,” said Nick A. Olivero, Boxcar Theatre artistic director and creator of The Speakeasy. “It’s The Speakeasy but without all hell breaking loose.”


A Night at the Palace features many of the same characters as The Speakeasy, alongside several new ones. There’s Velma Louise Cole, the chanteuse, Eddie the emcee, Sal the club owner, a few gangsters and con men, and a bevy of chorus girls and vaudeville acts. There are also one or more movie stars and a few “unsavory characters” that will go unnamed. A six-piece jazz band plays in the cabaret, with additional music acts in the bar.

The event, more loosely structured than The Speakeasy, allows audience members to enter and leave as they choose. The event begins at 8:30 p.m. and runs until 1:30 a.m. Cocktail attire is required; cell phones and other similar devices must be silenced and out of sight.

With the opening of A Night at the Palace, Boxcar’s marquee show, The Speakeasy, will continue running on Thursday and Saturday nights. Additional shows, including late-night neo-vaudeville acts and other special events will be announced over the coming weeks and months.

Tickets for A Night at the Palace are $95. To make a reservation, visit In keeping with historical speakeasies of the 1920s, the address of The Palace Theatre will remain undisclosed to ticket buyers until the day of the event. The day before their reservation patrons will receive a text or email providing instructions with a secondary address and a passcode for entry.



OSF’s Play on! project presents a reading of Julius Caesar

Playwright Shishir Kurup’s translation offered Sunday, July 9 at 1:30 pm


—The Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Play on! project, which has commissioned 36 playwrights to translate Shakespeare’s plays into contemporary modern English, will present a staged reading of Shishir Kurup’s translation of Julius Caesar on Sunday, July 9 at 1:30 pm at the Mountain Avenue Theatre at Ashland High School. Tickets for the reading are $5 and are available online, or by calling the OSF Box Office at (800) 219-8161, or stopping by in person at 15 S. Pioneer Street in Ashland.


Shishir Kurup is an accomplished writer, actor and director. Previously at OSF he directed two plays by Quiara Alegría Hudes—Water by the Spoonful and The Happiest Song Plays Last. His writing credits include On Caring for the Beast (Currican Theatre); Merchant on Venice (Lark Theatre); and Merchant on Venice, The DNA Trail: Bolt from the Blue (Silk Road Rising). He has been the resident composer/lyricist for Cornerstone Theater Company since 1994.


The director for the Julius Caesar reading is OSF’s 2017 Phil Killian Directing Fellow Olivia Espinosa. She is a member of Native Voices at the Autry’s Artist Ensemble, where she has taken on roles as an actor, director, playwright and stage manager. The dramaturg for the reading is Nancy Keystone.


The cast for Kurup’s Julius Caesar features OSF acting company members Jordan Barbour, Benjamin Bonenfant, K. T. Vogt, Catherine Castellanos, Jon Cates, Connor Chaney, Christiana Clark, Ted Deasy, Miriam A. Laube, Tamra Mathias, Armando McClain and Galen Molk. Several of these actors are in the cast of OSF’s 2017 production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar as well.


“We are so excited for audiences to hear Shishir’s complete first draft of his Julius Caesar translation,” said Play on! Director Lue Morgan Douthit. “It’s a vital step in the development of any new work to have fresh ears listening to the words and providing helpful feedback.”

Audience members will have the opportunity to participate in a talkback with the creative team after the reading.


In the nearly two years since Play on! was announced, Douthit and Assistant Director Taylor Bailey have worked with more than 463 actors, directors, stage managers and producers on readings, workshops, productions and demonstrations in 17 different cities around the world, collaborating with 23 different theaters and academic institutions. For more information on Play on!, visit


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