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JEFFREY SELLER ,SANDER JACOBS ,JILL FURMAN AND THE PUBLIC THEATER PRESENT “HAMILTON” IS COMING TO SAN FRANCISCO! PERFORMANCES BEGIN MARCH 2017

 

– Producer Jeffrey Seller, and SHN, announced to its Members today that the Broadway musical HAMILTON—with book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda—will open a national tour in San Francisco. Performances begin March 2017 at the SHN Orpheum Theatre.

 

HAMILTON will anchor the SHN 2016-2017 season and joins the previously announced THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME. Four additional Broadway productions will be announced this March to complete the season. New memberships are available now at shnsf.com or by calling 888-746-1799 (press 2).

 

Current SHN Member seats are guaranteed and available to renew in March. Single ticket on-sale for HAMILTON will be announced at a later date.

 

 

With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.

 

HAMILTON is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now.

 

HAMILTON’s creative team previously collaborated on the 2008 Tony Award-winning Best Musical IN THE HEIGHTS.

 

HAMILTON features scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe, and casting by Telsey + Company, Bethany Knox, CSA.

 

The musical is produced by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman and The Public Theater.

 

The HAMILTON Original Broadway Cast Recording is available everywhere nationwide. The HAMILTON recording received a 2016 Grammy nomination for Best Musical Theatre Album.  For information on HAMILTON, visit www.HamiltonOnBroadway.com,

 

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AMERICAN CONSERVATORY THEATER TO PRESENT WILL ENO’S THE REALISTIC JONESES A.C.T.’s Geary Theater March 9–April 3, 2016

—“The Realistic Joneses”, Will Eno’s brilliant new comedy, will play American Conservatory Theater’s Geary Theater (415 Geary St., San Francisco) for a limited engagement March 9–April 3, 2016. In a small American town, two couples who live next door to each other share the same last name—and much more—in this comedy that had Broadway audiences and critics howling with delight. Soon after the Joneses meet each other, they discover that they are suffering from a similar malady, which leads to a surreal deterioration of language and communication. This results in a complex game of wits that makes ordinary conversation an extraordinary adventure. In Will Eno’s inventive new play, what seems like a series of routine encounters between American neighbors becomes a captivating look at how impossible it is for words to fully capture feeling, and how miraculous it is for human beings to truly know each other. Press night will be held on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Single tickets (ranging from $25–$105) are available at the A.C.T. Box Office at 415.749.2228 or online at www.act-sf.org. Ticket prices are subject to change without notice.

 

Says A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff: “The remarkably inventive Will Eno takes us inside the marriages of two women both married to men with a bizarre affliction that begins to rob them of language and of logic. Eno’s wild imagination takes us inside these marriages in what is surely one of the most surprising family dramas ever. Under Loretta Greco’s direction, it is certain to be a theatrical event unlike any other.”

 

The cast of The Realistic Joneses includes Rod Gnapp (Bob Jones), Rebecca Watson (Jennifer Jones), James Wagner (John Jones) and Allison Jean White (Pony Jones).

 

The creative team for The Realistic Joneses, led by director Loretta Greco, includes Robert Wierzel (Lighting Designer), Brandin Baron (Costume Designer), Andrew Boyce (Set Designer), and David Van Tieghem (Sound Designer).

 

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BERKELEY REP ANNOUNCES COMPLETE CASTING  FOR SHAKESPEARE’S MACBETH Veteran Actors Conleth Hill and Frances McDormand head the cast directed by Daniel Sullivan; Production features 13 Bay Area actors

 

 

– Berkeley Rep presents Shakespeare’s dark and violent tragedy on the Roda Stage. This classic exploration of the ominous side of ambition tells the story of a couple bound together in their thirst for the Scottish throne. Driven by an evil prophesy and his scheming wife, Macbeth kills the king and claims his crown, thus beginning a moral descent into a reign of terror.

 

 

 

Macbeth starts previews Friday, February 19, 2016 and runs through Sunday, April 10. Press night for Macbeth will be held on Friday, February 26, 2016. Individual tickets start at $35 and can be purchased by phone at 510 647-2949 or online at berkeleyrep.org.

 

 

 

Directed by Daniel Sullivan and starring Conleth Hill (Macbeth) and Frances McDormand (Lady Macbeth), this production boasts a trifecta of talent. The three seasoned artists have undertaken Shakespeare previously, but this will be the first time each has been involved in a Macbeth production. “This is absolutely thrilling,” says Tony Taccone, Berkeley Rep’s Michael Leibert Artistic Director. “To have people of this caliber and talent and desire and ambition, it just doesn’t get any better than this.”

 

The full cast for Macbeth, in alphabetical order, includes:

 

 

 

James Carpenter (Duncan and Porter) has appeared in over 30 Berkeley Rep productions since 1984, including most recently Head of Passes; Pericles, Prince of Tyre; Three Sisters; and The Lieutenant of Inishmore.

 

  • Scott Coopwood (Lennox) Scott is a seasoned Bay Area actor whose many Shakespeare credits include title roles in Hamlet, Macbeth, Cymbeline, and King John. He is also co-executive director of Shakespearience!, a Bay Area nonprofit education program for kids.

 

  • Derek Fischer (First murderer) is making his Berkeley Rep debut. He has worked with numerous companies throughout the Bay Area, including SF Playhouse, California Shakespeare Theater, PianoFight, Sleepwalkers Theatre, Town Hall Theatre Company, the Bay One Acts Festival, Cutting Ball Theater, and others.

 

  • Gene Gillette (Bleeding captain and Seyton) recently completed the national tour of War Horse in which he played Ted Narracot for the National Theatre of Great Britain, and has appeared with many regional theatres across the United States.

 

  • Conleth Hill (Macbeth) is a highly acclaimed actor on stage, film, television, and radio, as well as a writer and director. Conleth has received accolades for his stage performances in New York and London including an Olivier Award for his work in Stones in His Pockets, and several Tony Award nominations for his work on Broadway. He currently appears as Lord Varys in HBO’s Game of Thrones.

 

  • Christopher Innvar (Banquo and Siward) is making his Berkeley Rep debut. Other collaborations with Daniel Sullivan include King Lear at the Delacorte Theater and Sharr White’s The Snow Geese for Manhattan Theatre Club.

 

  • Eddie Ray Jackson (Donalbain) was last seen at Berkeley Rep in X’s and O’s (A Football Love Story) and reprised his role at Center Stage in Baltimore. He was seen off Broadway at Classic Stage Company in Much Ado About Nothing, and his regional credits include Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Marin Theatre Company, and Magic Theatre, among others.

 

  • Korey Jackson (Macduff) is making his Berkeley Rep debut. His New York stage credits include appearances at the Public Theater and Playwrights Horizons, in addition to numerous film and TV projects.

 

  • Paul Jennings (Mentieth) is a Bay Area actor returning to Berkeley Rep. In 2013, Paul was selected as an International Fellow at Shakespeare’s Globe, London.

 

  • Billy Eugene Jones (Ross) is making his Berkeley Rep debut. His Broadway credits include A Raisin in the Sun, The Trip to Bountiful, The Big Knife, The Mountaintop, Passing Strange, Radio Golf, and Gem of the Ocean.

 

  • Leon Jones (Macduff’s son) is a Bay Area native, who is making his Berkeley Rep debut.

 

  • Adam Magill (Malcolm) is making his Berkeley Rep debut. His Bay Area credits include performances at SF Playhouse, Marin Theatre Company, Shotgun Players, City Lights Theater Company, and FaultLine Theater.

 

  • Rami Margron (Witch/Gentlewoman) is returning to Berkeley Rep after appearing in Pericles, Prince of Tyre. She has performed locally with California Shakespeare Theater, Crowded Fire Theater, Intersection for the Arts, The Magic Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Shotgun Players, among others, as well as with several dance companies.

 

  • Frances McDormand (Lady Macbeth and Witch) is making her Berkeley Rep debut. On Broadway, she received the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance in David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People directed by Daniel Sullivan. Recently, Frances received an Emmy for her performance as the title character in Olive Kitteridge, which she also produced. She has appeared in many films, including Fargo, for which she received an Academy Award.

 

  • Nicholas Pelczar (Angus and Second murderer) is making his Berkeley Rep debut. His Bay Area credits include performances with American Conservatory Theater, Marin Theatre Company, Pacific Repertory Theatre; San Francisco Shakespeare Festival; Aurora Theatre Company; and California Shakespeare Theater.

 

  • Tyler Pierce (Fleance) appeared at Berkeley Rep in How to Write a New Book for the Bible and Crime and Punishment. He has also performed with Utah Shakespeare Festival, Theatre @ Boston Court, South Coast Repertory, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and the Guthrie Theater, among many others.

 

  • Mia Tagano (Lady Macduff and Witch) is making her Berkeley Rep debut. She recently appeared in the West Coast premiere of Love and Information at American Conservatory Theatre and has also performed locally with Magic Theatre, TheatreWorks, California Shakespeare Theater, and San Francisco Shakespeare Theatre. In New York, Mia worked with Daniel Sullivan at Lincoln Center Theater.

 

Paul Henry and Devin O’Brien (ensemble)

 

The creative team includes:

 

Douglas W. Schmidt (scenic design), Meg Neville (costume design), Pat Collins (lighting design), Dan Moses Schreier (composition/sound design), Alexander V. Nichols (video design), Barry Kraft (dramaturg), Dave Maier (fight director), and Lynne Soffer (voice coach).

 

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Actor Kevin Rolston’s darkly comic one-man play tells a very modern tale about what happens when a talented artist unwittingly (perhaps) strikes up a relationship with a handsome and cultivated European gentleman who oscillates from seduction to intimidation and who also happens to have the gift of breathing fire; while the artist seeks a way out, another pursuing success and fame wants in; among other things, the play asks the chilling question: who is that charming man?

 

14 performances March 25-April 16 at The Costume Shop; Tickets $25.00 http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2194657

 

– Actor Kevin Rolston brings his one-man play Deal With The Dragon back to the San Francisco stage after it was deemed “Best of the Fringe” during its short run in 2014. Only now fully completed, this dark and comic look at a bargain that only reveals its Faustian undertones after the fact, deals with a number of dragons, including but not limited to, the choices we make.

 

In addition, the play asks the chilling question: who is that charming man? And as it unfolds, deals with the tensions and exuberance that comes along when one becomes adept at fooling others and by extension, fooling oneself. But as with all bargains a price will be paid, but by whom and how much?

 

During its run at the Fringe, Rolston would often refer to the play as “my twisted and perverse contribution to the “It Gets Better” campaign”. This statement later came back to haunt him when Mark Rucker, an early and very important advocate of the show’s eventual journey to The Costume Shop, was found dead in his apartment.

 

Stunned and bereft by his friend and mentor’s sudden death, he was filled with terror at the idea that “any of us could lose the same battle,” and “in the course of a day, how often do you do something you know you shouldn’t?”

 

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Theatre Bay Area Announces TBA Awards Recommended Productions for the week of January 31, 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, 11 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:

 

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee / Hillbarn Theatre / Foster City

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/1949

 

A Song at Twilight / Theatre Rhinoceros / San Francisco

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/2300

 

Gem of the Ocean / Marin Theatre Company / Mill Valley

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/1933

 

The Gospel of Lovingkindness / Ubuntu Theater Project / Oakland

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/2307

 

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin / TheatreWorks / Mountain View

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/1924

 

The Mountaintop / Pear Theatre / Mountain View

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/1731

 

The Nether / San Francisco Playhouse / San Francisco

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/1604

 

One Man, Two Guvnors / 6th Street Playhouse / Santa Rosa

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/2211

 

Peer Gynt / ArtistsRepSF / San Francisco

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/2273

 

The Pirates of Penzance / Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre / Livermore

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/1865

 

Satchmo at the Waldorf / American Conservatory Theater / San Francisco

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/2390

 

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In April 2016, Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre (PCRT) will be presenting the World Premiere of “Enchanted April”, A New Musical Romance. It has been work-shopped at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. with Broadway actors, and may well be headed to Broadway (we have received inquiries from producers in New York).

 

The PCRT production includes Broadway veteran David Bryant (the original Marius in the original Broadway production of Les Miserables). In addition, the creative team of this World Premiere production will be led by Broadway veteran and Bay Area Director/Actress/Choreographer Lois Grandi, Lois will direct this production and have the assistance of Enchanted April creators, Charles Leipart (Lyrics/Book) and Richard B. Evans(Music and Orchestrations) along with award winning Music Director, Pat Parr.

 

“Enchanted April’ was commissioned by West Bay Opera (http://wbopera.org), the highly respected opera company based in Palo Alto, with General Director Maestro José Luis Moscovich. West Bay Opera is the second oldest opera company in the western United States.

 

Mr. Bryant* will be joined on stage in the PCRT production by several national touring and Bay Area professional actors, including Joy Sherratt*, Christopher Vettel*, and David Judson*. [*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers]

 

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PLAYWRIGHTS FOUNDATION and the NATIONAL CENTER FOR NEW PLAYS AT STANFORD

 

February Rough Readings Fidelis by Christina Gorman – February 1 & 2

The Most Dangerous Highway in the World by Kevin Artigue February 20 & 21

 

ROBLE HALL, STANFORD UNIVERSITY and CUSTOM MADE THEATRE, SAN FRANCISCO FEBRUARY – APRIL 2016

 

 

SAN FRANCISCO – Playwrights Foundation and the National Center for New

Plays at Stanford present the February Rough Readings. The plays and playwrights are:

 

Fidelis by Christina Gorman Monday,

February 1 – 7:30pm at Stanford

Tuesday, February 2 – 2:00pm at Custom Made Theatre

 

The Most Dangerous Highway in the World by Kevin Artigue

Sunday, February 20 – 5:00pm at Custom Made Theatre

Monday, February 21 – 7:30pm at Stanford

 

all readings will be performed at ROBLE HALL in Stanford University,

and CUSTOM MADE THEATRE, 533 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.

For information visit us at http://www.playwrightsfoundation.org.

 

 

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