THEATRE NEWS FOR THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
=Shotgun Players presents our 27th mainstage season!
For the past year, we’ve been working on a season of plays specifically selected to give us the opportunity to engage in extended conversations with our audience about the defining issues of our time. To further that decision, we came to the theater each night and hosted a conversation about what everyone had experienced. “Listen more and talk less” was our directive. These gatherings have reenergized our company and given the work more purpose and urgency.
This coming season is no different—if anything—we have doubled down on this commitment. It’s also forced us to ask “why.” Why is it so important that the theater really be a place to have difficult conversations? Founding Artistic Director Patrick Dooley says, “A key phrase of Shotgun’s mission is about creating plays that ‘challenge us to reimagine our lives.’ What we’ve been doing—more specifically—is asking our community to reimagine ourselves, not just our lives. Interrogate the lens we use to interpret at the world. It’s time to interrupt our frame of reference, something we each have carefully cultivated over a lifetime, and really SEE what it’s like to ‘walk in someone else’s shoes.’ That’s more than thinking differently. That’s acting differently.”
In addition to the mainstage plays in Shotgun’s 27th season, we’re also offering pairings—readings of five plays that have the power to inspire an even deeper look into the stories we tell and why we tell them.
2018/19 MAINSTAGE SEASON
Shotgun Players and Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble present
Iron Shoes World Premiere!
Created by Janet Kutulas, Michelle Carter, and Erika Chong Shuch March 15–April 22, 2018 | Opening night: Thursday, March 22
A contemporary, neo-feminist, folk opera brimming with humor, Iron Shoes transforms Eastern European fairy tales into a fantastical performance experience. A modern woman encounters three innocent girls, each suffering monstrous cruelties. She tries to understand their stories, but also tries to control their stories. It’s a real test to “walk a mile in someone else’s shoes.” Especially when they’re made of iron.
Written by Ruby Rae Spiegel, Directed by Ariel Craft May 17–June 17, 2018 | Opening Night: Friday, May 25
Amy and Ester are teammates on a suburban Florida high school swim team. Ester is aiming for a scholarship. Amy just wants to get through an unwanted pregnancy. The New York Times describes Dry Land: “this portrait of an unlikely friendship under uncommon pressure is tender, caustic, funny and harrowing… Ms. Spiegel demonstrates an uncanny gift for presenting the unavoidable messiness of being young.”
Written by James Ijames, Directed by M. Graham Smith July 6–August 5, 2018 | Opening night: Friday, July 13
Gus is a talented white male artist on the rise. His good friend Jane is the new curator at a prestigious museum. When Jane informs him he’s “the exact opposite of what I’m looking for” Gus is crushed. Then he hires Vanessa, an African-American actress who agrees to an unconventional role. White navigates the treacherous waters of code-switching and cultural appropriation with biting wit and a splash of disco realism.
Written by Guillermo Calderón, Directed Evren OdcikinPresented in association with Golden Thread Productions August 23–September 23, 2018 | Opening night: Thursday, August 30
A group of actors discover a script set in Damascus. They eagerly begin performing what appears to be a romantic melodrama, believing they will learn something about what it’s like to live in Syria. Then everything explodes. With subtly shifting perspectives, Kiss compels us to continually question our grip on reality. It’s a mystery and political thriller dressed up as a love story.
Women Laughing Alone with Salad
Written by Sheila Callaghan, Directed by Susannah Martin October 11–November 11, 2018 | Opening night: Thursday, October 18
Inspired by the internet meme of… “women laughing alone with salad”, Sheila Callaghan explores gender stereotypes, relationships, and sexism, with a healthy side of humor and mixed greens. Callaghan breaks all the rules of our image-obsessed culture in this raw, feminist comedy where everyone is about to get tossed!
Written by Tom Stoppard, Directed by Patrick DooleyNovember 30, 2018–January 6, 2019 | Opening night: Friday, December 7
The extent to which we are able to address life’s obstacles in an open and honest way is directly related to our ability to manifest our highest calling and most noble purpose—to love. Set on a country estate between 1809 and the present-day, Stoppard’s masterpiece explores mathematics, landscape gardening, Byron, and the undeniable power of the human heart.
2018/19 CHAMPAGNE STAGED READING SERIES
We give our actors just enough staging and tech to get started and then we let adrenaline do the rest! Yes, there will be scripts in hands, but there will also be bold action and riveting drama. This is a donation-based series, but $15 at the door gets you a glass of champagne!
Written by Madeleine George Monday April 23 & Tuesday, April 24, 7pm
Yes! A new play by the author of The Watson Intelligence and Precious Little. This is both a modern re-imagining of The Bacchae and a darkly comic piece that addresses climate change.
Some Incredible Play Reading
Written by a playwright who will set your imagination on fire
Monday, June 11 & Tuesday, June 12, 7pm
Written by Yasmina Reza, Translated by Christopher Hampton
Monday, July 30 & Tuesday, July 31, 7pm
How much would you pay for a white painting? Would it matter who the painter was? Would it be art?
Winner of the 1998 Tony Award for Best Play. Winner of the 1996 Olivier Award for Best Comedy.
Written by The Five Lesbian Brothers (Maureen Angelos, Lisa Kron, Babs Davy, Dominique Dibbell, Peg Healey)
Monday, November 5 & Tuesday, November 6, 7pm
In the guise of satiric exploitation-horror, The Secretaries takes an unflinching look at the warping cultural expectations of femininity.
The Cherry Orchard
Written by Anton Chekhov, Adapted by Emily Mann
Monday, January 14 & Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 7pm
Universally acknowledged as one of the masterpieces of world theatre. “…direct and accessible…[Mann] has illuminated her scenes with broad, bittersweet and warmly wry comic moments…” —Variety
For more information, go to shotgunplayers.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 510.841.6500.
SHN ANNOUNCESTHE RETURN OF THE HARRY POTTER FILM CONCERT SERIES WITHHARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS™ IN CONCERT SATURDAY, AUGUST 11 at 8PM SUNDAY, AUGUST 12 at 1PM 2018
Audiences will experience the second chapter of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series with a live symphony orchestra performing music from the film live to picture
Tickets available starting November 17 at 10am PT
) — The Harry Potter Film Concert Series returns to Davies Symphony Hall with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert, the second film in the Harry Potter series. On Saturday and Sunday, August 11 and 12, 2018, a live symphony orchestra will perform John Williams’ unforgettable score from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, while the film plays in high-definition on a 40-foot screen. SHN is proud to be the official ticketing partner in San Francisco.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, November 17 at 10am PT at shnsf.com or by calling SHN Audience Services at 888-746-1799.
The Harry Potter Film Concert Series, which is another magical experience from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, kicked off in June 2016 with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and is scheduled to include hundreds of performances across more than 35 countries around the world through 2018.
In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, cars fly, trees fight back and a mysterious house-elf pays Harry a visit to warn him of what lies ahead this year in the world of wizardry. This year at Hogwarts, spiders talk, letters scold and Harry’s own unsettling ability to speak to snakes causes his friends to doubt him. It’s a year of adventure and danger when bloody writing on a wall announces: “The Chamber of Secrets has been opened.” Saving Hogwarts will require all of Harry’s, Ron’s and Hermione’s magical abilities and courage.
Earning a Grammy nomination for the score, the incredible music composed by John Williams became an instant classic, conjuring beautiful and soaring motifs continuing the adventures of Harry Potter on his magical journey.
This film concert series has been created by CineConcerts, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, and will be conducted by its creator and Producer, Justin Freer. He explains, “The Harry Potter film series continues to be a once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomenon that delights millions of fans around the world. It is with great pleasure that we introduced for the first time ever an opportunity to experience the award-winning music scores played live by a symphony orchestra, all while the beloved film is simultaneously projected onto the big screen. This will be another unforgettable event.”
Brady Beaubien of CineConcerts and Concert Producer for the Harry Potter Film Concert Series added, “Harry Potter is synonymous with excitement around the world and we hope that by performing this incredible music with the full movie, audiences will enjoy returning to this magical world, and to the many wonderful characters that inhabit it.”
For more information on the Harry Potter Film Concert Series, please visit www.harrypotterinconcert.com.
CENTRAL WORKS 2018 SEASON
4 Plays – All New – All Premieres
3 Comedies, 2 Adaptations, 1 Classic
February – November 2018 – A Season of New Works
Where Boundaries Are No Barrier
To Laughter And Engagement
Bamboozled by Patricia Milton (Feb 17–Mar 18)
Palace Wreckers, Inc by Gary Graves (May 12–Jun 10)
King of Cuba by Cristina García (Jul 21–Aug 19)
Chekhov’s WARD 6 by Gary Graves (Oct 13–Nov 11)
CENTRAL WORKS 2018 SEASON features 4 plays, all new, all world premieres beginning February 17, and running through November 2018. This is a season where boundaries, national and otherwise, are no barrier to laughter and genuine engagement with three comedies, two adaptations and one new play inspired by a classic. Central Works 2018 season, launches in February with a new comedy about family valuables. The show Bamboozled by Patricia Milton (Feb 17–Mar 18), inspired by a true story, looks at what we value and what it costs when a Daughter of the Confederacy is defrauded out of family Civil War heirlooms worth over $1M. Milton has developed several hits and award winning plays with Central Works. Spring brings COMEDY with a vengeance with the a new Central Works Method play, Palace Wreckers, Inc by Gary Graves (May 12–Jun 10). Then in July, award-winning writer Cristina García will premiere an adaption of her hilarious and often touching comic novel King of Cuba (Jul 21–Aug 19). The season closes in the fall with a tale of madness, alienation and moral responsibility Chekhov’s WARD 6 by Gary Graves (Oct 13–Nov 11).
Bamboozled Written by Patricia Milton
A New Comedy about Family Valuables
Previews Feb 15 & 16 Feb 17–Mar 18
World Premiere #58 from the Central Works Writers Workshop
Palace Wreckers, Inc Written by Gary Graves
COMEDY with a vengeance!
Previews May 10 & 11 May 12–Jun 10
World Premiere #59:
A new Central Works Method comedy
King of Cuba Written by Cristina García
Adapted From Her Comic Novel
Previews July 19 & 20
July 21–Aug 19
World Premiere #60 from the Central Works Writers Workshop
Chekhov’s WARD 6 Written by Gary Graves
A Tale Of Madness, Alienation & Moral Responsibility
Previews Oct 11 & 12 Oct 13–Nov 11
World Premiere #61 from the Central Works Writers Workshop
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Performing at the Berkeley City Club 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley
Tickets: $30 – $35 online at centralworks.org or $35 – $15 sliding scale at the door.
Previews and Thursdays are pay-what-you-can at the door.
For more information call 510.558.1381 or visit centralworks.org
AURORA THEATRE COMPANY EXTENDS BAY AREA PREMIERE OFMARCO RAMIREZ’S THE ROYALE TO DEC. 10, 2017
— Critics and audiences agree: THE ROYALE delivers a knockout punch. Aurora Theatre Company announces it will add an additional 7 performances to the Bay Area premiere of the riveting ringside drama about boxing and race by award-winning TV writer and producer Marco Ramirez (Orange Is The New Black, Sons of Anarchy).
THE ROYALE now plays through December 10 (added performances Tuesday Dec. 5 at 7 pm; Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 7pm; Thursday, Dec. 7 at 8pm; Friday, Dec. 8 at 8pm; Saturday, Dec. 9 at 8pm; Sunday, Dec. 10 at 2 pm and 7 pm) at the Aurora Theatre Company in Berkeley. For tickets and information the public can call 510-843-4822 or visit auroratheatre.org.
Critics acclaim Aurora’s production. “[In The Royale,] physical and verbal jabs cut with equal flair and precision,” said Lily Janiak of the San Francisco Chronicle. “What’s really at stake in this finely chiseled drama…is full American citizenship.”
AlterTheater Announces 2018 Season
November 2, 2017—AlterTheater announces its 2018 season of socially relevant works created by award-winning local artists, all of which were developed in AlterLab, AlterTheater’s ground-breaking playwright residency program.
Remount of Princess Grace Award semi-finalist BONDAGE by Star Finch, Jan. 11-21
World Premiere commission of COW PIE BINGO by Larissa FastHorse, Jan 11-Feb 18
Staged Reading of BR’ER PEACH by Andrew Saito, in partnership with Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, Feb. 5
BONDAGE by Star Finch
A Princess Grace Award semi-finalist and Theater Bay Area Recommended production during its original run in Marin County, BONDAGE is being remounted at the A.C.T. Costume Shop Theater in San Francisco, in repertory with COW PIE BINGO.
“BONDAGE is exciting because it speaks to historical legacies that are very present to all of us at this very moment,” says BONDAGE director Elizabeth Carter. “The automatic sexualization and consumption of black women’s bodies are echoes from the past, but still viscerally current.”
Hierarchies of race and gender collide in this AfroSurreal tale of an enslaved girl who dares to follow her own instincts on an island plantation. Set during pre-Emancipation times on a remote island plantation, BONDAGE is the story of two cousins, girls on the cusp of womanhood–one “white”, one “black”. The story uses an Afro-Surrealist artistic lens to imagine mixed-race Zuri determined to find a new way out of her imposed reality on what seems to be a known battlefield. With Star Finch’s poetic language, BONDAGE creates a new story for our daughters.
“We were awed by the critical and audience response for this show, and we are thrilled to partner with A.C.T. to bring it to a wider audience,” says artistic director Jeanette Harrison.
Called “gorgeously staged and stunningly unexpected” by the North Bay Bohemian, the Marin Independent Journal said, “[Playwright Star] Finch’s dialogue is potent, beautifully expressed and mysterious”.
BONDAGE returns for two weekends only, January 11th through January 20th.
COW PIE BINGO by Larissa FastHorse
A world premiere commission developed within the 2016-2017 AlterLab by Larissa FastHorse (Winner, 2016 PEN USA Literary Award in Drama for AlterTheater commission LANDLESS), COW PIE BINGO follows four socially awkward humans and a cow as they try to navigate an increasingly grey world while staying true to a black and white moral compass. Has doing a good deed ever been more difficult? COW PIE BINGO joins BONDAGE in rep in San Francisco at A.C.T. Costume Shop, before its regular run in San Rafael. Directed by Amy Resnick.
Larissa FastHorse says she was inspired to write COW PIE BINGO because she has a deep respect for the place she grew up, South Dakota, and the people who live there. She says, “This play is very close to my heart because it is set in a world I was a part of as a child and is often misunderstood. In the past year I’ve seen these people mocked or vilified as a stereotype. But I came from the middle of this country and did 4-H and I love fairs and animals and don’t fit any of the stereotypes. I have an appreciation for people who live their lives with passion and honesty, no matter what their profession or goals. I live in Los Angeles now and ‘simple’ lives can be seen as less important to city people, but they are as important to the person living it as your life is to you.”
In addition to writing from the standpoint of people living in “the middle of this country,” she says, “I also wanted to write about my second favorite animal, cows. They are free of sarcasm, honest and peaceful. I think we could all use more of that.”
She adds, “I’m thrilled to be working with AlterTheater again and Amy Resnick for the first time. Their combined vision and passion to make great theater that is accessible inspires me. And I always love working in the Bay Area. The theater scene is so vibrant. I’m honored to be a part of it again.”
In addition to director Amy Resnick, COW PIE BINGO’s artistic team includes dramaturg Scott Horstein. Cast includes AlterTheater associate artists Cathleen Riddley, winner of two Theatre Bay Area Awards for her work in AlterTheater’s THE AMEN CORNER, Jeanette Harrison, and Gwen Loeb.
BR’ER PEACH by Andrew Saito
In partnership with the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre comes a staged reading by AlterLab playwright Andrew Saito. BR’ER PEACH is inspired by the author’s multi-cultural family, and brings African-American and Japanese cultural traditions together. Inspired in part by the author’s uncle, a rural mail carrier in the great state of Georgia, and Momotaro, the “Peach Boy” in Japanese folklore, BR’ER PEACH begins with an elderly African-American couple who eat a magic Georgia peach, and give birth to a Japanese boy. The staged reading takes place Monday, February 5th, at the African American Art & Culture Complex at 762 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.
“Andrew Saito’s first play, EL RIO, was the first play AlterTheater ever read aloud as a company. We’ve loved his voice, his imagination, and are so thrilled that the timing finally worked out for both us and Andrew,” says Harrison. “It’s inspiring to be working with him on this deeply personal and wildly inventive tale.”
Playwrights Foundation Announces The Annual Winter Festival of Micro Plays40+ Playwrights – 80+ Plays – 90+ Minutes of Fast and Furious Fun!FLASHPLAYS!
THREE performances ONLY!
December 16, 8 PM & 17, 3 PM & 8 PM 2017
Dennis Gallagher Arts Pavilion, French American International School
66 Page Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Ferociously Fast Theater with Groundbreaking Local Playwrights :
Featuring playwrights Anthony Clarvoe, Britney Frazier, Patricia Milton, Tanya Shaffer, Jonathan Spector, Michael Gene Sullivan and many more!
– Playwrights Foundation announces FlashPlays!, its 8th annual winter festival on December 16 and 17, featuring an evening of newly penned micro plays that together evoke a complex mosaic of San Francisco with its shimmering beauty, fascinating legacy, and the current challenges – written by a cadre of the Bay Area’s finest playwrights. FlashPlays! features 40+ Playwrights, 80+ Plays, and 90+ Minutes of Fast and Furious Fun! For two nights only FlashPlays! Saturday, December 16 at 8 PM and Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 3 PM and 7PM presented at the Dennis Gallagher Arts Pavilion, 66 Page Street in San Francisco. A community benefit for Playwrights Foundation, tickets range from $20 advance general admission to the $36 VIP package (reserved best seat and festive drink of your choice), and go on sale at www.playwrightsfoundation.org Nov 15th. Tickets will be $25 at the door. We are grateful to our Event Community Sponsor, the French American International School.
Playwrights Foundation Artistic Director Amy Mueller notes, “The idea of FlashPlays! is to create a theatrical composite of our beloved city in short flashes of insight, recognition, revelation, anger, despair, and ebullience that reflect us here in this moment, against the backdrop of of San Francisco’s inspirational legacy as a place of hope, celebration and sanctuary. Among the 80+, 60-second plays in this year’s crop are gems that celebrate our wildly diverse voices, who poignantly and theatrically speak about the current challenges that face us. An evening, replete with cocktails and mocktails, that will be sure to be both entertaining and engaging.”
Education | Performing Arts WHAT Spring Education Classes WHEN Running (Various Lengths) January – June, 2018 WHERE Marin Theatre Company | 397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941 HOW TO REGISTE To register for a class, please contact Ashleigh Worley, Director of Education(415) 322-6049 | email@example.com
Regarding classroom accessibility: MTC provides handicap accessible classrooms and our teaching artists are experienced at working with a wide spectrum of differently abled students. For more information on how we might work to accommodate your specific needs, please contact our Director of Education, Ashleigh Worley, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regarding student performances: For visually impaired patrons, Large Print playbills are available with one week’s advance notice. To request a Large Print playbill, call MTC’s Box Office, (415) 388-5208, or use the California Telecommunications Relay Service by dialing “711.” For hearing impaired patrons, amplified sound Assistive Listening Devices are available. Our system will also work with personal assistive hearing devices equipped with a T-coil.