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THEATER NEWS FOR SAN FRANCISCO BAY====week of July 30

 

CUTTING BALL THEATER PRESENTS The Mineola Twins by Paula Vogel directed by Ariel Craft September 28 – October 29, 2017 Press Opening: Monday, October 2 at 7 p.m The EXIT on Taylor 277 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA 94102cuttingball.com

 

– Cutting Ball Theater kicks off its 2017-18 Season with THE MINEOLA TWINS, Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel’s razor sharp and prescient satire about the women’s movement and the rise of conservatism. Associate Artistic Director Ariel Craft directs a cast of three: Elissa Beth Stebbins, Sango Tajima and Steve Thomas. The Mineola Twins opens in previews on September 28 and runs through October 29. Opening night is scheduled for Saturday, September 30 at 8 p.m. The press opening will take place the following Monday, October 2 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 – $45, and may be purchased online at cuttingball.com/productions/the-mineola-twins or by phone at 415-525-1205.

 

For the play’s visual design, Craft together with scenic designer Michael Locher have drawn inspiration from the impossible geometries of M. C. Escher. “Escher’s iconic worlds, with their many doors and many passageways, evoke some of the classic hallmarks of farce, but more than that we’re inspired to create an environment that’s as complex as these women, Myrna and Myra.” The production will also feature costume design by Morgan Louie, lighting design by Jax Steager and sound design by Sara Witsch.

 

 

Stebbins returns to Cutting Ball after making her CBT debut in 2015 as the Chorus Lead in Antigone. In The Mineola Twins she plays the twins, Myra and Myrna. A Bay Area-based actor much in demand, her other recent credits include Crowded Fire’s You For Me For You; Shotgun Players’ The Village Bike, Caught and The Rover; and The Little Prince at Marin Theater Company. Stebbins holds a B.A. from Santa Clara University in Theater and English, and has continued her training with Shakespeare & Company.

 

Tajima plays the roles of Jim and Sarah in The Mineola Twins. She is a core member of Ragged Wing Ensemble in Oakland as well as the political theater collective The Bonfire Makers. In addition to these, she has performed with Campo Santo, Marin Theater Company, FaultLine Theater, Impact Theatre and New Conservatory Theatre Center. This will be her second time on Cutting Ball’s stage after playing Rosaura in Life is a Dream. She holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Michigan.

 

Finally, Thomas plays the roles of Myra and Myrna’s sons, Kenny and Ben. Thomas is a recent transplant from Chicago. Last season he made his Cutting Ball Theater debut in Hedda Gabler. He has also performed in We Players’ Romeo and Juliet. In Chicago, Thomas studied with The Second City and worked with The Annoyance Theater in their production of The Power of Prom. Other Chicago and Midwest acting credits include Macbeth, Qui Nguyen’s Soul Samurai, Measure for Measure, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, Present Laughter, The Boys Next Door, Reefer Madness, Metamorphoses, Picasso at the Lapin Agile and Mr. MGET

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6th Street Playhouse Opens 2017/18 Season with the 50th Anniversary Production of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown – the Broadway Musical Month-long celebration being hosted with the Charles M. Schulz Museum

 

6th Street Playhouse is excited to announce the following special community events to coincide with its 2017-18 Season opener, the 50th anniversary of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, with Book, Music and Lyrics by Clark Gesner and Andrew Lippa, directed by Marty Pistone, music direction by Ginger Beavers and choreography by Melinda Murray.

 

The celebration begins on Saturday, August 5th, at 11 am and 1 pm, with a free preview of songs from the show performed by the cast at the Charles M. Schulz Museum.

 

On Sunday, August 13th from 1-4 pm, 6th Street Playhouse will host a free-admission Ice Cream Social for the community, and will feature $1 scoops of ice cream donated by Cold Stone Creamery, Peanuts character appearances, a photo booth with costumes, coloring stations, performances by the cast, a prize wheel, tours of the theaters and more.

 

On opening weekend, from August 18th-20th, there will be a complimentary pre-show reception in the  Studio gallery with sparkling wine and nibbles, Peanuts character appearances and a special Peanuts exhibit from the Schulz Museum featured throughout the run of the musical.

 

Lastly, pre-show activities for kids will be available Saturday, Aug. 26, Sept. 2 and 9, and post-show discussions with cast members will occur on Sunday, Aug. 27, Sept. 3 and 10.

 

Produced in association with the Charles M. Schulz Museum, and made possible, in part, by a generous grant from the City of Santa Rosa, our season opener is a true, hometown revival celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the classic Broadway musical based on the famous “Peanuts” comic strip by Santa Rosa’s own Charles M. Schulz.

 

“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is not just a celebration of Charles M. Schulz, or of Charlie Brown and his Peanuts gang, which is obviously reason enough for any community-minded theatre in Santa Rosa, California to produce the show, paying homage to one of our most beloved hometown heroes,” says Artistic Director Craig A. Miller. “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is a lot more than that to everyone who encounters it, young and old – Peanuts aficionado, or not! Set these colorful characters and situations loose, backed up with a terrific score of lovable, toe-tapping tunes, and with a dream cast and artistic staff who bring enormous talents, warmth and love to this show – we believe it is the most excellent gift we could give our community at the top of our season!”

 

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown features a cast of Dominic Williams as Charlie Brown, Erik Weiss as Snoopy, Katie Kelley as Sally, Amy Webber as Lucy, Cooper Bennett as Linus, Bobby Finney as Schroeder and Siena Warnet as Blanket/Little Red Headed Girl/Rabbit. You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown opens in the G.K. Hardt Theatre August 18th and runs through September 17th. Tickets are $15-$38, and feature a new Under 30 ticket price of $22, as well as a Family Package Discount every Saturday matinee, which adults can get for $25 with the purchase of a child’s ticket.  ##################################

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A SNEAK PREVIEW OF TELLING TALES   AT THE 18THEUGENE O’NEILL FESTIVALThe 18TH

Annual Eugene O’Neill Festival gets underway in September with the production of two important

Irish–themed plays, as well as several special events that highlight the Festival’s focus on “Telling Tales,” — a celebration of Irish story-telling. Audiences wishing to get a sneak preview of the upcoming programs can attend one of the special free FestivalPreviews planned by the Eugene O’Neill Foundation, Tao House, in cooperation with libraries in Danville and Lafayette.

The O’Neill Festival opens with a Role Players Ensemble production of John Millington Synge’s classic Irish play The Playboy of the Western World,    playing September 1-17 at the Village Theatre, 233 Front Street, Danville.

The Eugene O’Neill Foundation’s production of O’Neill’s A Touch of the Poet       – written in 1942 at Tao House — will be performed September 16-30 in the Old Barn at Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site in the Danville hills.

“This year’s Festival is a tribute to the resilient and indomitable spirit of the Irish people,” says Eric Fraisher Hayes, director of artistic programs for the Eugene O’Neill Foundation. “These two great plays capture all the humor and drama of a long tradition of spinning yarns. Gather around and let us tell you a story.”

Tickets for these two productions are now on sale at www.villagetheatreshows.com or by calling (925) 314-3400.armalade.

 

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San Francisco Fringe Festival 156 Eddy Street, San Francisco Eclectic theatre for adventurous audiences September 8 – September 23, 2017

Reclaiming Vietnam Plays the 2017 San Francisco Fringe Festival September 8, 10, 16, 17 She’s not willing to keep their secrets anymore.

 

Kim Chinh will present Reclaiming Vietnam, a play about identity, truth-telling and taking matters into your own hands as part of the 26th annual San Francisco Fringe Festival, September 8 through 23, 2017. Reclaiming Vietnam will be presented Friday, Sept. 8 (8:30), Sunday, Sept. 16 (5:30), Saturday, Sept. 16 (6:00) and Sunday, Sept. 17 (7:00pm) at Exit Stage Left.

 

Growing up in a bi-racial home with a white mother and a Vietnamese father, Kim spent years wishing away her father’s less-than-desirable immigrant status and skin color and all the painful family secrets she inherited. Determined to face her demons, she joins a volunteer organization in Vietnam. As she begins to discover the beauty of her roots, she chooses to confront the trauma of her past and put its secrets behind her forever.

 

Now celebrating its 26th season, the San Francisco Fringe Festival presents a bold line-up of eclectic theatrical offerings for adventurous and open-minded audiences of all persuasions. Often over-the-top and under-the-radar of traditional theatre-going fare, the Fringe champions the motto No Risk, No Art and has its rabid devotees and wins more fans every year. Most performances run under one hour and it all takes place under one roof, allowing audiences to march from venue to venue, seeing as many shows as possible in a single day.

 

The 2017 San Francisco Fringe Festival runs September 8 through 23, with performances all days except Mondays, and brings 30 unique productions to San Francisco’s EXIT Theatreplex located at 156 Eddy Street in the Tenderloin. For complete listings of shows and curtain times, patrons can visit sffringe.org or call the Fringe Hotline at (415) 673-3847. Tickets are $12 (at the door, cash only) or less per show, with a ten-show Frequent Fringer pass available at $85 and a five-show pass available at $45. Advanced ticket sales are available through the Fringe website: sffringe.org

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HOPE MOHR DANCE ANNOUNCES A ONE-NIGHT-ONLY ENGAGEMENT OF TRANS PERFORMER BECCA BLACKWELL IN THEY, THEMSELF AND SCHMERM

Monday, September 18, 2017 at 8 p.m. Z Below470 Florida St., San Francisco, CA 94110

 

– Hope Mohr Dance has announced a one-night-only engagement of Becca Blackwell, Monday, September 18 at Z Below. Part stand-up comedy, part “teen zine vomit confessional,” THEY, THEMSELF AND SCHMERM is the New York City-based trans performer’s personal tale of being adopted into a Midwestern religious family, trained to be a girl, molested, and plagued by the question, “How do I become a man and do I even want that?”

 

Blackwell recently performed They, Themself and Schmerm at Under the Radar in New York to critical acclaim. “[Blackwell is] a seasoned artist who’s smart enough to know that an honest personal performance can pack a political and consciousness raising wallop,” exclaims BOMB Magazine. “Blackwell flirts with and confides in a crowd that can’t get enough,” writes New York Theatre Review. “It would have taken me two years of focus groups to make being molested that funny,” declares playwright and director Young Jean Lee.

 

Blackwell’s last performance in San Francisco was in Young Jean Lee’s Untitled Feminist Show in 2014. Over their two-decade stage career, Blackwell has worked collaboratively with playwrights, directors and ensembles including Lee, Half Straddle, Jennifer Miller of Circus Amok, Richard Maxwell, Sharon Hayes, Theater of the Two Headed Calf and Lisa D’Amour. They, Themself and Schmerm is directed by Elena Heyman. Blackwell is a 2015 recipient of the Doris Duke Impact Artist Award.

 

Hope Mohr Dance’s presentation of They, Themself and Schmerm looks forward to the seventh annual Bridge Project, November 3 – 11, the company’s signature platform that approaches curating as a form of community organizing to convene interdisciplinary cultural conversations. The theme of this year’s event is Radical Movements: Gender and Politics in Performance, and features activists, scholars and performers including boychild, Judith Butler, Jack Halberstam, Monique Jenkinson, Peacock Rebellion, Maryam Rostami and Julie Tolentino, among several others. All of the participants have been asked to respond to the prompt: What does it mean to have a radical body? A description of the complete program is online at hopemohr.org/2017-bridge-project.

 

Additional stops on Blackwell’s West Coast tour include the TBA Festival in Portland, Oregon, and Velocity Dance Space in Seattle. For more information about Blackwell visit beccablackwell.com. To purchase tickets – $20 to $35 – to Blackwell’s performance in San Francisco visit Brown Paper Tickets.

 

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AUDITION CALL  for The Parting

Hope and despair. Courage and cowardice. Ignorance and politics. Survival. The  greatest mass displacement in human history interpreted through lived experiences of survivors of the 1947 Partition.

The Parting is a compelling play, the fabric of which is woven with real-life stories from survivors of the 1947 Partition of India and Pakistan.

 

A multi-sensory interpretation performed through theater, dance, music and visual design, The Parting, presented by Z-Space and funded partially by a generous grant from the Creative Work Fund (supported by the The Walter and Elise Haas Fund and the William and Flora Hewitt Foundation) premieres in San Francisco at Z-Space in January and moves to San Jose at the Hammer Theater in March.

 

Produced by EnActe Arts and Noorani Dance. Written and directed by Salil Singh. Dance and music direction by Farah Yasmeen Shaikh. Original score composed by Raaginder Singh Momi. Visual Design by David Murakami.Production Head Vinita Sud Belani.

 

In collaboration with: The 1947 Partition Archives India Currents

Roles

 

5 Girls South Asian (9-16 years)

4 Boys South Asian (9 – 16 years)

3 Females South Asian (16-25 years)

2 Females South Asian (30-35 years)

3 Females South Asian (40-65 years)

1 Male South Asian (20 -25 years) Singing required

5 Males South Asian (18 -25 years)

2 Males South Asian ( 35-40 years)

1 Male Caucasian (35-55 years)

 

Audition Dates and Time  When: August 12 and 13, 1 – 5 pm  Where: EnActerium (830 Stewart Drive, Suite #115, Sunnyvale, CA – 94085)

 

A fully professional production. All cast and crew will be paid.

 

How to Audition   1. Please respond to audition@enacte.org with your headshot and résumé latest by Monday, August 7.

  1. We will assign a time slot for your audition between 1 and 5 pm.
  2. Please prepare a 1-2 minute monologue.

Rehearsal Schedule

Rehearsals begin September 30, 2017  Tuesday Evenings  Saturday, Sunday Mornings

Tech Rehearsals and Performances

Tech rehearsals: Jan 16-18, 2018

Performances:

When – Jan 18-20, 2018 Where – Z-Space (450 Florida St, San Francisco, CA 94110)

Tech rehearsals: March 22-23, 2018

Performances: When – March 23-24, 2018

Where – Hammer Theatre (1 Washington Sq, San Jose, CA 95192)

 

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3Girls Theatre (3GT) Company Presents… The 6th  Annual New Works Festival: 3GT Celebrates Radical Hope and The New ResistanceThursday, August 17 to Sunday, August 27, 2017 Potrero Stage (formerly Thick House), 1695 18th St., San Francisco

FREE! But tickets are recommended

Info/Tix: www.3girlstheatre.org/2017-3gt-new-works-festival Presents The 6th A      nnual NewWorks Festival representing the best of 3GT’s work in developing, producing and promoting original work by women playwrights throughout the year. The 10-day free festival takes place from August 17 to 27, 2017  at the Potrero Stage (formerly  Thick House), and is part of PlayGround’s Potrero Stage Presenting Program.

All events are FREE to the public, but many performances “sell out” so advance reservations are recommended.

3Girls Theatre Company is proud to be one of the few theater companies in the country that produces only plays by women playwrights. 3GT seeks more than

“gender parity” in theater: the company has a vision of a world where stories told by women are heard onstage just as often as stories told by men.

Less than 20% of new plays produced annually by the American mainstream theater are written by women the same today as it was a century ago).

Each year, 3GT chooses a theme for its annual festival; this year’s theme is 3GT Celebrates Radical Hope and The New Resistance

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