Upcoming Shows That You Should Know About
There are a lot of great theatre events on coming up and/or happening now! You should know about them, so you can go!
###Playwrights Foundation’s Bay Area Playwrights Festival, now - 7⁄28
Playwrights Foundation’s annual festival is in full swing, and we’re entering on it’s final weekend. This year features six brand new plays!
#####Before & After by Erin Bregman
Grapples with memory and afterlife in a metaphysical journey
#####The Brothers Paranormal by Prince Gomolvilas
Serves up real and imagined Ghosts, in a Thai style sci-fi mystery
#####FSM by Joan Holden
A play about the Free Speech Movement, a partnership with Stagebridge Theatre
#####brownsville song (b-side for tray) by Kimber Lee
A poetic, dreamlike, and tragic meditation on the cost of inner city violence
#####Hannah and the Dread Gazebo by Jiehae Park
North vs South Korea can’t stop the wild beasts of the DMZ
#####The Comparables by Laura Schellhardt
A ballsy satire between three women at the top of their game
The festival comes to a close this Sunday, for show times and tickets go to playwrightsfoundation.org
###San Francisco Theater Pub’s Pint Sized Plays IV, July 29th, and 30th at 8pm
You only have TWO more chances to see Pint Sized IV. Don’t hate yourself later, see the show! Here’s the line-up for all of those forgetful folks out there:
Multitasking by Christian Simonsen, directed by Jonathan Carpenter
The Apotheosis of Grandma Shimkin by Sang Kim, directed by Charles Lewis III
200-Proof Robot by Kirk Shimano, directed by Neil Higgins
Tree by Peter Hsieh, directed by Colin Johnson
Mark +/- by Dan Ng, directed by Adam Sussman
Llama IV by Stuart Bousel, directed by Colin Johnson
Pint Sized Plays IV opens July 15th, at Cafe Royale in San Francisco at 8pm. There is a $5 suggested donation at the door.
I am super excited to be seeing this play on Sunday. I have heard SO many great things about it.
A dizzying, dazzling, ambitious work, Rob Handel’s A MAZE interweaves a teenage girl recreating her identity after eight years held captive in a suburban basement, a pair of rock stars re-inventing themselves after a hit song, and a self-taught artist gaining a cult following for his 15,000-page comic book.
All performances at 8pm Live Oak Theater, 1301 Shattuck Avenue (at Berryman)
To purchase tickets in advance, go to justtheater.brownpapertickets.com
###31 Plays in 31 Days, August 1st - 31st
This one is nice and simple, you don’t even have to leave your house! All you have to do is write 31 plays in the month of August. Simple, easy, AWESOME! You can still sign up! We’re 8 days away from all the fun, you don’t want to miss it.
I’ve been lucky to see a few plays written by Stuart Bousel, and because of that I make sure not to miss anything new that’s being produced. Here’s a bit about the play from the facebook event page:
The Age of Beauty, written and directed by Stuart Bousel, is a 90 minute one-act play developed from four conversations between four pairs of women.
In New York, Susan (Emma Rose Shelton) and Regina (Sylvia Hathaway) are re-united for the first time after a decade of not speaking, and over lunch they dance around the possibility of rekindling their friendship. In Oakland, long-distance friends Imogen (Emma Rose Shelton) and Jenny (Sylvia Hathaway) are having lunch during Imogen’s visit to the Bay Area following the birth of Jenny’s first child and the publication of Imogen’s book about their mutual past. On a train between Oakland and New York, Lisa (Allison Page) and Deva (Megan Briggs), who have been attending the same yoga class for the last year, negotiate taking their budding friendship to a deeper level. In separate places, Pauline (Megan Briggs) and Vera (Allison Page) each contemplate the end of their romantic relationship with one another, and how we process a relationship that has run its course.
Sort of The Heidi Chronicles meets My Dinner With Andre, this quiet comedy is about how we change, how we grow apart, how we grow back together again, and how our perceptions of each other bridge or create the distance between any two people at any given time in our lives.
Lighting Design by Wil Turner IV. Sound Design by Jim Lively. Art Design by Cody Rishell.
August 1-17, 8 PM, at the Exit Theatre in San Francisco.
Tickets available at:
Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy St, San Francisco, California 94102-2708
###THE FANTASY CLUB by Rachel Bublitz, August 2nd - 11th
Like how I snuck my play in there? I just know how sad you’d be if you forgot to come out to see this hilarious sex comedy, it’s you I worry about, really.
Here are the details about the MUST SEE SHOW OF THE SUMMER:
The Fantasy Club by Rachel Bublitz
Directed by Tracy Held Potter
August 2 – 11, 2013
(Fri & Sat at 8pm, Sun at 5pm)
The Alcove Theater, 414 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA
Siobhan Marie Doherty*, Rob Dario, Claire Rice, and Tavis Kammet
*Nominated for the 2013 Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award
Purchase tickets here: http://fantasyclub.brownpapertickets.com/.
After you buy your tickets, tell ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS! It’s going to be a good time, I promise.
###City Lights New Play Reader Series presents FRIAR LAZARO by Bridgette Dutta Portman, August 6th at 8pm
Especially if you’re in or near San Jose, this reading is for you!
Friar Lazaro, or the King of Terrors
Directed by Steve M. Boyle
August 6, 2013, 8:00 PM
City Lights Theater
529 South 2nd St., San Jose, CA
Tickets $10 at door ($5 City Lights subscribers)
Set in a Spanish mission in 19th-century California, Friar Lazaro tells the story of a young padre whose religious doubts lead him to madness and murder. Lazaro, tormented by the possibility that that nothing lies beyond death, begins to murder ill Indians in order to witness their dying visions. Unsatisfied, he turns on the other inhabitants of the mission, including the Indian woman who was once his secret lover.
###Saturday Write Fever, August 17th at 8:30
This event is always a blast, seriously, if you haven’t already go and see for yourself what all the fuss it about! Here’s a tiny bit about the event:
Every third Saturday of the month, we invite writers, actors, directors, theater creators and theater audiences alike to a free evening of quick script-making and flash-fried performance!
If you need more, hit up their facebook event page. RSVP, then go!
Long list, I know, August is a hot month for theatre in the Bay Area! And it just keeps getting hotter with the SF Fringe Festival, BOA, and San Francisco Olympians’ Festival just around the corner! Now get out there and see some shows!!!