THEATRE NEWS FOR THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA—week of October 29

THEATRE NEWS FOR SAN FRANCISCO BAY

 

T H E   H U M A N S COMING TO SAN FRANCISCO JUNE 5–17, 2018  SHN ORPHEUM THEATRE  NATIONAL TOUR WILL FEATURE   RICHARD THOMAS, PAMELA REED,DAISY EAGAN, LAUREN KLEIN, THERESE PLAEHN, AND LUIS VEGA

SHN today announced a special engagement of the most acclaimed American play in recent memory: The Humans, which will be coming to the SHN Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco from June 5 through 17, 2018.

SHN Member first access and public on sale ticket details will be announced at a later date

The cast of The Humans first national tour will feature Richard Thomas as Erik, Pamela Reed as Deirdre, Daisy Eagan as Brigid, Lauren Klein as Momo, Therese Plaehn as Aimee, and Luis Vega as Richard.

Garnering the most ecstatic reviews of any play in recent memory, and heralded in 2016 as “The Best Play of the Year” by The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Record, Time Out New York, The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline, and The Wrap, the tour will feature the entire creative team from the Broadway production, led by Tony Award-winning director Joe Mantello and including Tony Award-winning scenic designer David Zinn, costume designer Sarah Laux, lighting designer Justin Townsend, and sound designer Fitz Patton.

The angst, anguish and amity of the American middle class are first coaxed–then shoved–into the light in this uproarious, hopeful, and heart-breaking play that takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate and give thanks at his daughter’s apartment in lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex, and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the Blake clan’s deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare.  Our modern age of anxiety is keenly observed, with humor and compassion, in this new American classic.

 

After transferring from Off-Broadway’s Laura Pels Theatre, the Broadway production began performances on Sunday, January 24, 2016 and officially opened on Thursday, February 18 at the Helen Hayes Theatre. Sweeping the 2016 Awards Season, including winning the Tony Award® for Best Play, the limited engagement was extended and moved, on August 9, to the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, thereby doubling its capacity.  At the time of its closing, The Humans had played 502 performances in New York.

 

The Humans is the recipient of 4 2016 Tony Awards including Best Play (Author, Stephen Karam), Best Featured Actress in a Play (Jayne Houdyshell), Best Featured Actor in a Play (Reed Birney), and Best Scenic Design of a Play (David Zinn), 4 Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Play, Outstanding Lighting Design of a Play (Justin Townsend), Outstanding Sound Design in a Play (Fitz Patton), and a 2016 Special Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble. In 2016, The Humans was named the Best Play of the Year by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, the Outer Critics Circle, and the Drama League. The Obie Awards honored Stephen Karam with a 2016 Award for Playwriting and Jayne Houdyshell with a 2016 Award for Performance.

 

The Humans, a 2016 Pulitzer Prize Finalist, is Stephen Karam’s second play commissioned by Roundabout Theatre Company, following his Pulitzer Prize Finalist Sons of the Prophet (his first Roundabout commission; 2011) and the hugely acclaimed premiere of Speech & Debate (2007).

The Humans is produced by Scott Rudin, Barry Diller, Fox Theatricals, James L. Nederlander, Roy Furman, Jon B. Platt, Eli Bush, The John Gore Organization, Jack Lane, Barbara Whitman, Jay Alix & Una Jackman, Sonia Friedman, Amanda Lipitz, Peter May, Stephanie P. McClelland, The Shubert Organization, Diana DiMenna. Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, and John Johnson serve as Executive Producers.

For more information on The Humans, please visit www.TheHumansOnBroadway.com or www.twitter.com/TheHumansPlay.

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The 2017 TBA Awards Celebration, now in its fourth year, honors the excellence of professionally-oriented theatre in the Bay Area by offering a peer-based adjudication process and awards celebration.

For the 2016-17 awards season, over 92,350 ballots were submitted by approximately 400 adjudicators who saw over 350 productions staged by more than 100 Bay Area arts companies. across three tiers based on operating budget and use of Actors’ Equity Association (union) talent.

Audiences, adjudicators, and theatre professionals gathered to celebrate the excellence of Bay Area theatre in a festive evening featuring live entertainment, hosted by Theatre Bay Area.

Tickets on sale NOW! Tickets Available through City Box Office:

CHARGE – BY – PHONE / INFORMATION: (415) 392-4400

Tickets Available at CITY BOX OFFICE, 180 Redwood Street

Order Online:  www.cityboxoffice.com

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The Prince of Egypt MAKES HISTORY AS THE HIGHEST-SELLING MUSICALIN THEATREWORKS SILICON VALLEY’S 48 YEARS

The world-premiere musical continues through November 5at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

 

– TheatreWorks Silicon Valley announced today that its current production, The Prince of Egypt, is now the highest-selling musical in the 48-year-old theatre company’s history. With 15 remaining performances, this new work from Grammy-and-Oscar-winning composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin) and book writer Philip LaZebnik (Pocahontas, Mulan), is a soaring celebration of the human spirit recounting one of the greatest stories ever told: the saga of Moses, his Pharaoh brother Ramses, and the indomitable people who changed both their destinies. Directed by Broadway’s Scott Schwartz, The Prince of Egypt has to date grossed more than $650,000 in ticket sales, surpassing the previous record-holder, Jane Austen’s EMMA, another TheatreWorks world-premiere musical which garnered more than $540,000 in ticket sales. Inspired by the DreamWorks animated film of the same name, The Prince of Egypt is presented by TheatreWorks now through November 5, 2017 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. For tickets ($40-$100) and more information the public may visit TheatreWorks.org or call (650) 463-1960. The Prince of Egypt, co-produced by Fredericia Teater, will next be re-mounted in Denmark for its international and co-world premiere in April 2018.

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Louie Anderson: Dear Dad | A.C.T.’s Strand Theater, San Francisco Louie Anderson: Dear Dad Six performances only! Jan 10–14, 2018 A.C.T.’s Strand Theater

Three-time Emmy Award winner Louie Anderson brings his bestselling memoir Dear Dad to the stage in this exclusive San Francisco engagement at The Strand.

Whether he’s portraying Zach Galifianakis’s mother on the FX hit Baskets or winning over audiences worldwide with his unique brand of stand-up, iconic comedian Louie Anderson has inspired and entertained with his inimitable brand of humor and warmth.

In his one-man show, Dear Dad, Anderson recounts his unique upbringing through the touching and outrageous letters he wrote to his late father. This work-in-progress is a journey full of laughs, love, and possibilities—you won’t want to miss the opportunity to see one of today’s top comedians share this powerful story in the intimate Strand Theater.

Order your tickets online or by phone at 415.749.222

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African-American Shakespeare Company Returns to Its Roots withWitty Reprise of Their Holiday Classic Cinderella at The Herbst

Samantha Williams as Cinderella in the 2016 production of Cinderella from the African-American Shakespeare Company (Brandon Callender); the 2017 production features Paige Mayes in the role of Cinderella

After numerous updates of their production over the last two decades—including last year’s very well received version co-produced by the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company (SFBATCO)—Sherri Young, executive director of the African-American Shakespeare Company has decided the time is right to go back to the company’s initial take on the story in order to rediscover the production’s original brilliance that featured a kind and gentle Cinderella, who while fully aware of the inequalities in her life, doesn’t allow them to define her

Cinderella runs 4 performances only, Friday, December 22, 8:00pm; Saturday, December 23, 11am & 3pm; Sunday, December 24, 1pm Tickets from $25-$30; Tickets at City Box Office

 

The African-American Shakespeare Company will return for the 2nd year in a row to The Herbst Theater, with Cinderella. After being a holiday staple for the company for more than two decades, with a number of revisions, additions and updates, Executive Director Sherri Young says, “I wanted to take our show back to its original brilliance. Over the years we have had so many alterations and changes, that now it’s time to go back to the hearfelt storytelling that makes Cinderella so special—with the uniqueness that only the African-American Shakespeare Company can bring.”

 

As always, the musical production will find our heroine thanklessly toiling away before seizing the opportunity to pursue her dreams. In this case, abetted by an extremely sassy and opinionated fairy godmother along with a pair of particularly life-changing shoes.

 

Of special interest to Young is how young girls of color hear things like “not good enough,” “not pretty enough,” or “not special enough” more than other children—so she wanted Cinderella to be a gift to them. “Needless to say, our Cinderella doesn’t fit in the traditional Disney version. Yes, our Cinderella is kind and gentle, but she is fully aware of the inequalities in her life—and yet she does not allow those inequalities to define her. She fights to remain positive and rise above. Our Cinderella discovers that even if there is no Prince (spoiler alert!) in her life, that she is able to pursue her dreams and become a strong woman capable of making her own happy ending.

As always, young audience members will have the chance to see and try on the shoe, just to see if it fits.

This year sees a new Cinderella in town, the actress Paige Mayes, who in the 2016 production played the grandmother. Most recently seen as Helena in AASC’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, she also had multiple roles in the company’s well received production of The Colored Museum.

The 2017 production features Ricky Soto as Prince Charming, choreography by Jarrett Holley, and direction by Sherri Young.

Cinderella: Paige Mayes Prince Charming: Rickey Soto Evil Stepmother: Alison Whismore Shaniqua (evil stepsister): Devin Cunningham Zonia (evil stepsister): Jourdan Olivier-Verde The Duke: Gabe Ross Fairy Godmother: Kim Saunders Grandmother: Ginger Smyly

 

More information here: http://www.african-americanshakes.org/productions/cinderella/

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California Revels Presents “A Scottish Celebration of the Solstice”

Ten Performances at Oakland Scottish Rite Theater December 8 – 17

 

For its 32nd year, the Bay Area’s beloved Christmas Revels salutes the season, this time taking audiences to Scotland for “A Scottish Celebration of the Solstice.”

 

With the skirling of pipes and the swirling of kilts, the 2017 Christmas Revels celebrates the turning of the year in Scottish style. Join the Revelers this December in the land of Robbie Burns to pass the shortest day in song, dance, and spirited folk tales. Be there for haggis and Hogmanay, first-footing, wool-waulking, mouth music, and the Scottish custom of Guising – going house to house disguised in fancy dress.

 

Expect plaids a-plenty, as Scots of all ages gather the clans to observe the return of the sun in the Bay Area’s most treasured holiday tradition.  This tuneful excitement comes studded with Revels touchstones including The Abbots Bromley Antler Dance, Sussex Mummers’ Carol, and The Lord of the Dance. Be prepared to sing and dance along, if you so desire.

 

Featured performers in A Scottish Celebration of the Solstice are Revels stalwarts singer Susan Rode-Morris, singer and fiddler Anne Goess, dancer Jeri Reed, and Shira Kammen, an expert performer

 

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WORD  for WORD  AND  YOUTH  ARTS  PRESENT “HOW  A  MOUNTAIN WAS  MADE “ A  BENEFIT  — Word  for Word Performing   Arts Company present Greg  Sarris’  “How  a  Mountain Was Made  , a performance  of  California      Indian folktales  on  Saturday, November 11, at 11am and  1 pm  at  Z Space.  The  performance is for children 5  years  and older and their adults.  Tickets  for  adults  are  $17 and  $12 for children 5 to 12  years. Z Space is located at 450 Florida Street, SF, CA

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BACT presents Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka for young audiences, opening Nov. 10  What can be better for the holidays than chocolate?

 

Bay Area Children’s Theatre (BACT) is celebrating the holidays with a musical treat for the whole family, a version of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka specially written for young audiences, based on Dahl’s timeless book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and featuring the catchy tunes from the original Gene Wilder movie.

 

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka opens Friday, November 10, at the BACT Theatre Center, 2055 Center Street, Berkeley, CA 94704, and plays through Sunday, December 31—Fridays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

 

The musical then moves to San Francisco, where it opens at the Children’s Creativity Museum, 221 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, Friday, January 5, and plays through Sunday, January 21—Fridays at 6:30 p.m. ; Saturdays at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.; and Sundays at 10:30 and 1:30 p.m.

 

For Friday night performances, BACT is again making the evening easy for busy families by offering each audience member a free slice of pizza.

 

TICKETS:  $15 – $27

BOX OFFICE:   www.bactheatre.org  or call (510)296-4433