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THEATRE NEWS FOR SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA—week of September 17

Theatre News for San Francisco Bay Area

 

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND Performances Begin February 6, 2018 at the SHN Orpheum Theatre Public On Sale Friday, September 15

 

— Back by popular demand, THE BOOK OF MORMON returns to San Francisco for four weeks only, February 6 through March 4, 2018, at the SHN Orpheum Theatre.  Single tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 15 at 10am PT. Tickets will be available online at shnsf.com or by calling SHN Audience Services at 888-746-1799.

 

THE BOOK OF MORMON features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated series, “South Park.” Tony Award-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q.  The musical is choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker.

 

THE BOOK OF MORMON is the winner of nine Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, Best Score (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Book (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Direction (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker), Best Featured Actress (Nikki M. James), Best Scenic Design (Scott Pask), Best Lighting Design (Brian MacDevitt), Best Sound Design (Brian Ronan) and Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus); the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album; four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical, and the Drama League Award for Best Musical.

 

THE BOOK OF MORMON features set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Brian Ronan.  Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus.  Music direction and vocal arrangements are by Stephen Oremus.

 

The Original Broadway Cast Recording for THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, is available on Ghostlight Records.

 

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OND’S WORLD PREMIERE PRODUCTION THE EVA TRILOGY STARRING JULIA MCNEAL (FRED’S DINER, A LIE OF THE MIND); PREVIEWS BEGIN OCTOBER 19, OPENS ON OCTOBER 28.

– Magic Theatre (Loretta Greco, Artistic Director and Jaimie Mayer, Managing Director) announced today the complete cast of Barbara Hammond’s World Premiere The Eva Trilogy. Previews begin on Thursday, October 19 at Magic Theatre’s Fort Mason location, with a press opening on Saturday, October 28. The production is helmed by Magic’s Artistic Director Loretta Greco. Tickets are on-sale now, and subscriptions to Magic Theatre’s 2017-2018 Season are also available.

 

Julia McNeal (Fred’s Diner, A Lie of the Mind) stars as “Eva.” The Company features Caleb Cabrera as “Tom,” Justin Gillman as “Father O’Leary,” Rod Gnapp as “Eamon,” Amy Nowak as “Roisin,” Lisa Anne Porter as “Teresa,” and Megan Trout as “Nymph.”

 

Barbara Hammond’s The Eva Trilogy is a lyrical Irish epic spanning thirty years over the course of three plays: Eden, Enter The Roar and No Coast Road. All three plays will be performed, in succession, during each performance. Each play stands alone as a complete work. Together they comprise a trilogy that artfully tells one comprehensive story.

 

In Hammond’s trilogy, an Irish expat named Eva returns home after 20 years and is forced to make a choice when her ailing mother’s fate is placed in her hands. Moving through time and space, the mundane and the magical the play fiercely questions, how do you stand up for what you know to be true when all of the forces around you ask you to compromise? Each play in the trilogy champions its own theatrical landscape, reflecting the tremendous range of Hammond’s writing and the evolving state of her subject.

 

Loretta Greco, Director of The Eva Trilogy and Artistic Director of Magic Theatre, said “I am thrilled to welcome Barbara Hammond to our Magic Theatre family of writers and to introduce her extraordinary work to Bay Area audiences. These three magnificent and distinct plays of The Eva Trilogy bring us together for a mystical, theatrical evening that challenges our minds, questions our values and ultimately touches our hearts.”

 

“The Magic Theatre has a stellar national reputation amongst theatre artists,” said playwright Barbara Hammond, “and actors from across the country who have worked with Loretta Greco all can’t wait for a chance to do it again. Rod, Lisa, Julia — who knew San Francisco had such a perfect cast for an Irish play? The role of Eva is a particularly difficult one to fill: deeply sensual but not overtly provocative, street smart but inadequately educated, wicked funny but with a hard-won compassion—and be believable from age 35 to 65.  She has to have serious chops.  Thank God San Francisco has a treasure like Julia McNeal.”

 

In addition to Ms. Hammond and Ms. Greco, the creative team includes Hana S. Kim (Scenic and Projection Design), Alex Jaeger (Costume Design), Stephen Strawbridge (Lighting Design), and David Van Tieghem (Sound Design and Composition).

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City National Bank Is Now the Official Bank of SHNCNB clients receive exclusive access to tickets under sponsorship.

 

— SHN and City National Bank announced today a multi-year sponsorship agreement, making City National Bank the Official Bank and Credit Card partner of SHN, the preeminent theatrical company that brings Broadway productions to San Francisco.

 

“SHN is one of the premier entertainment institutions in the Bay Area, bringing fresh hits from Broadway and one-of-a-kind events to the Orpheum and Golden Gate Theatres, and City National Bank is so proud to support them,” said Michael Walker, executive vice president and regional executive for City National in the Bay Area, where the bank has 10 offices and nearly 250 colleagues. “We continue to grow across the Bay Area, adding more new clients and key experienced colleagues. This is a very important region for us, and we look forward to offering our Bay Area clients special opportunities with this new sponsorship.”

As part of this new Bay Area sponsorship, City National’s personal and commercial Visa® credit card account holders will receive priority access to SHN show tickets before they go on sale to the general public.

 

Presale tickets will be available to City National clients for all remaining shows during the current 2017-2018 SHN season.

Account holders will be notified via email when presale tickets become available for each show.

Cardholders will also receive invitations to special events and performances and entrance into the newly renamed City National Bank Blue Room at the SHN Orpheum Theatre.

In addition, SHN and City National have created a new City National Blue Membership as part of the upcoming 2018-2019 season. Details will be announced at a later date.

“SHN is thrilled about this new relationship with City National Bank, which has made a commitment to supporting the Bay Area as one of the premier destinations for live entertainment,” said SHN CEO Greg Holland. “We look forward to a bright future with City National Bank.”

 

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THE MARSH SAN FRANCISCO PRESENTS Charlie Varon’s STORYBORSCHT A new, pop-up experience combining brunch and storytelling in the intimate setting of The Marsh Café 3 Sunday brunches – October 15, 22, and 29, 2017

The Marsh San Francisco presents Charlie Varon’s Storyborscht, a new pop-up experience featuring storytelling and cooking by award-winning performer Charlie Varon. Varon will serve Storyborscht at 11:00am on three Sundays: October 15, October 22, and October 29, 2017. The event takes place in the intimate Marsh Café, 1070 Valencia Street, San Francisco, and admission is limited to 20 people per brunch.  For tickets ($50-$75), the public may visit www.themarsh.org or call The Marsh box office at 415-282-3055 (1-4pm, Monday through Friday).

 

Charlie Varon’s Storyborscht is the latest innovation of an artist who has been pushing the boundaries of storytelling at The Marsh for over a quarter century. The San Francisco Chronicle has credited Charlie Varon with “redefining the medium” of solo performance. Varon’s many hit shows (including Rush Limbaugh in Night School and Second Time Around) and his directing projects (including Dan Hoyle’s many solo shows) have consistently surprised and delighted audiences.

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“An Enemy of the People” Gets New Director at Pear Theatre Ray Renati Bows Out for Medical Reasons: Betsy Kruse Craig to Direct

– Ray Renati, originally scheduled to direct Pear Theatre’s upcoming production of “An Enemy of the People,” has withdrawn due to medical issues. The production, which opens October 20, will now be directed by Artistic Director Betsy Kruse Craig, using Renati’s cast.

Written in 1882, Ibsen’s story of a altruistic man undermined by people concerned with profit still rings disturbingly true. Dr. Stockmann has discovered serious contamination in the town’s new bathing complex, an enterprise which had promised to revitalize the town economy. Unwilling to undertake the expense of correction, however, the town mayor — his own brother — accuses Stockmann of fabricating the story to enrich himself, and manages to turn most of the town’s population against the doctor and his family. This production will feature Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s adaptation of Ibsen’s work, which premiered in London in 2008 and saw a successful Broadway run in 2012.

“An Enemy of the People” features Steven Guire Knight as Dr. Thomas Stockman, Hannah Mary Keller as his wife Petra Stockmann, and Rich Holman as his brother and town Mayor, Peter Stockmann. Rounding out the cast are Matt Brown as Billing, Michael Craig as Captain Horster, John Musgrave as Dr. Stockmann’s father-in-law Morten Kiil, Mohana Rajagopal as Katherine Stockmann, Anthony Silk as the printer Aslaksan, Ron Talbot as the newspaper publisher Hovstad, and Jerry Hitchcock and Mihaela Robb, as townspeople. The design and crew team includes costume designer Kathleen Qiu, lighting designer Meghan Souther, and stage manager Caylyn Skoog.

 

Betsy Kruse Craig directed the critically acclaimed production of MAJOR BARBARA last October at Pear Theatre. In addition to being the new Artistic Director for the Pear, she is also an instructor for theatre, speech, and debate at Stratford Middle Schools (San Jose, Fremont, and Santa Clara). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from University of Minnesota Moorhead and a Masters of Fine Arts in Acting/Directing from University of Arizona.

 

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Theatre Bay Area presents “Cultural Equity, Diversity and Artistry in Casting” panel and launches new Cultural Leadership program

Panel and Program Launch on Tuesday, September 19

 

– Theatre Bay Area will launch its Cultural Leadership program with a panel on “Cultural Equity, Diversity and Artistry in Casting” on Tuesday, September 19, starting at 7:00 PM. The event will take place at Bay Area Children’s Theatre’s Osher Studio (2055 Center Street in downtown Berkeley).

 

Vigorous conversations around equity in casting are echoing throughout rehearsal rooms and swirling online among national and local theatre communities. On September 19, Theatre Bay Area hosts a forum that promises to be both enlightening and provocative. A diverse panel of theatre artists — actors, directors, playwrights, and casting directors — will be joined by an attorney versed in employment and entertainment law. Together, the panel will unpack the complexities of equity, artistic license and legal parameters in approaching casting choices.

Register for this free event here. Confirmed panelists include actor Tracy Camp, director/playwright Jeffrey Lo, director Evren Odcikin, casting director Amy Potozkin, and attorney Douglas Robbins. Actor, poet, and cultural worker Lisa Evans will moderate the discussion.

This community forum launches Theatre Bay Area’s new Cultural Leadership program, supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. The Cultural Leadership program is designed to serve local theatre practitioners, artists, and board members by providing high quality and low cost, “nuts and bolts” instruction in management skills related to the process of producing and presenting theatre.

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A woman moves slowly across a dimly lit stage. There is a pool of dried blood on her collarbone. This image opens Citation, a boundary- pushing performance by RAEGAN TRUAX programmed at CounterPulse on September 22, 2017. With a daunting duration of 37 hours, Citation is an exhaustive work that traces queer and feminist performance lineages. It will be the first durational performance of this magnitude to occur on the CounterPulse stage. “CounterPulse has always been a body- based experimental space interested in the archive tradition of art-making,” says CounterPulse Artistic Director Julie Phelps. “Raegan literally embodies this tradition without erasing the struggle involved in bringing queer and feminist histories to the surface.”

TRUAX, whose work has been featured by the Marina Abramović Institute, has been making durational performances for nearly a decade. Her most recent performance, Sloughing, lasted 28-days and was featured by American Theater’s coverage of “Not my President’s Day,” naming TRUAX a groundbreaking feminist performance artist among Holly Hughes, Karen Finley, and Penny Arcade. With Citation, TRUAX foregrounds the artistic body as embedded within and creating from its archive and experience. An act of remembering and excavation, the performance recalls the work by feminist and queer artists from the 1960s to our present moment. Without re-performing them, TRUAX explores these citations as recognizable, exhaustive, and ephemeral structures of meaning.

 

 

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Sierra Stages presents “a play in a day”a one-day theatre workshop for childen ages 7-15 directed by paulette gilbert saturday september 30 in nevada city

 

Sierra Stages is pleased to present “A PLAY IN A DAY”, a unique one-day children’s theatre workshop on Saturday, September 30 at the Sierra Stages Rehearsal Studio in Nevada City. Kids will experience the excitement of producing a play from start to finish – in just one day! Everyone will be involved in all aspects of production starting with auditions and ending with a performance for friends and family at the end of the day.

 

“A PLAY IN A DAY” is directed by Paulette Gilbert and designed for children ages 7-15. The one-day workshop begins at 9:30 am and continues until 3:30 pm. The workshop fee is $60.00 and it is easy to register online at www.SierraStages.org or by phone at 530.346.3210. Registration closes on Monday, September 25, and enrollment in the workshop is limited to 20 kids.

 

The idea for “A PLAY IN A DAY” comes from similar workshops offered by children’s theatres around the country. “I’m always looking for projects that are different, things that I haven’t done and that might be new and exciting for kids who are interested in theatre,” says workshop director Paulette Gilbert, adding. “when I read about other children’s theatres doing one-day workshops, I thought what a great idea – it’s an easy time commitment for the kids, affordable for parents, and most important – a lot of fun!”

 

The “PLAY IN A DAY” workshop includes all aspects of play production, including auditions, blocking, rehearsal techniques, character building, working with costumes and props, and putting all these elements together to make a play. “The day will include all the aspects of a traditional rehearsal experience, just crammed into one day,” says Gilbert.  The workshop culminates with a full performance for friends and family.

 

Gilbert is in the process of choosing a script that will be fun for both boys and girls and will be challenging for all levels of theatrical experience. “Kids should participate in the workshop because theatre is great, doing a play is great, and doing it all in one day is something new and different,” says Gilbert. “The kids will meet actors from other schools and groups, and make something memorable together.”

 

Sierra Stages presents “a play in a day”a one-day theatre workshop for childen ages 7-15 directed by paulette gilbert saturday september 30 in nevada city

 

Sierra Stages is pleased to present “A PLAY IN A DAY”, a unique one-day children’s theatre workshop on Saturday, September 30 at the Sierra Stages Rehearsal Studio in Nevada City. Kids will experience the excitement of producing a play from start to finish – in just one day! Everyone will be involved in all aspects of production starting with auditions and ending with a performance for friends and family at the end of the day.

 

“A PLAY IN A DAY” is directed by Paulette Gilbert and designed for children ages 7-15. The one-day workshop begins at 9:30 am and continues until 3:30 pm. The workshop fee is $60.00 and it is easy to register online at www.SierraStages.org or by phone at 530.346.3210. Registration closes on Monday, September 25, and enrollment in the workshop is limited to 20 kids.

 

The idea for “A PLAY IN A DAY” comes from similar workshops offered by children’s theatres around the country. “I’m always looking for projects that are different, things that I haven’t done and that might be new and exciting for kids who are interested in theatre,” says workshop director Paulette Gilbert, adding. “when I read about other children’s theatres doing one-day workshops, I thought what a great idea – it’s an easy time commitment for the kids, affordable for parents, and most important – a lot of fun!”

 

The “PLAY IN A DAY” workshop includes all aspects of play production, including auditions, blocking, rehearsal techniques, character building, working with costumes and props, and putting all these elements together to make a play. “The day will include all the aspects of a traditional rehearsal experience, just crammed into one day,” says Gilbert.  The workshop culminates with a full performance for friends and family.

 

Gilbert is in the process of choosing a script that will be fun for both boys and girls and will be challenging for all levels of theatrical experience. “Kids should participate in the workshop because theatre is great, doing a play is great, and doing it all in one day is something new and different,” says Gilbert. “The kids will meet actors from other schools and groups, and make something memorable together.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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