John Fisher of Theatre Rhinoceros – Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

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Today I spoke with John Fisher, the Executive Director of Theatre Rhinoceros, the longest running queer theatre in the world. John directed the award-winning musical  – Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

After last year’s (2017) sold-out run, and the most successful show in the 40-year history of Theatre Rhinoceros is thrilled to be presenting – BY POPULAR DEMAND – an encore production for 2017/2018 Season of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – The Musical. Priscilla has a book by Australian film director/writer Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott, using well-known pop songs as its score. Adapted from Elliott’s 1994 Oscar-winning film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, the musical is the heart-warming, uplifting adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they could have ever dreamed of.

With a dazzling array of over-the-top costumes, extraordinary headdresses, A FULL SIZE BUS – ON STAGE, and a hit parade of dance floor favorites, this wildly fresh and funny musical is a journey to the heart of FABULOUS. SYNOPSIS: The Musical follows two drag queens and a transsexual (Tick, Adam, and Bernadette), who buy a run-down old bus (they call Priscilla) and set out on a road trip across the Australian Outback when one of them, Tick, is invited by his ex-wife to perform his drag show at her faraway resort. However, Tick is hesitant to tell his friends, Bernadette (a former performing icon whose best days are behind her) and Adam (a rambunctious young troublemaker), his own personal reasons for taking the trip. During their journey, the trio encounters an array of Australian citizens, some of who aren’t receptive to their lifestyle, including incidents of homo and transphobia, while widening comfort zones, finding new horizons, and strengthening their own friendship. 

Performances: Extended run to July 7, 2018

Location: Gateway Theatre – 215 Jackson St., (at Battery St.) SF, CA 94111 

Tickets: Available online from Brown Paper Tickets (http://bit.ly/priscilla_tix)or call the box office at 1-800-838-3006.

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Shotz! – The Tony Awards – Summer Broadway Sensations

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AMIOSWEST WAS FOUNDED  in 2012 as the West Coast outpost of Amios.  Amios (Art and Music in our Souls) was founded in 2009 by alumni of the National Theatre Conservatory. Since its inception Amios has worked with over 500 artists to produce more than 300 original short, one-act and full-length plays in New York City, San Francisco, Boston and Los Angeles.

 

Here’s the Next Performance of Shotz

THE MOON ALSO RISES

July 11th

 

Dramaturg: Jess Thomas
Producer: Christopher Robin Magee

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            THE PARAMETERS ARE…

 1. Relate to the theme “The Moon Also Rises” 2. One character must experience disgust  3. Include the word “gingivitis” or mention a stone fruit

We’re bringing Shotz to the 4th Street Theater in Berkeley. This time around, proceeds for the performance will benefit The Moonrisers. This fantastic theatre company, started by Christopher and Michael Magee, is a group of misfit Missoulians, writing, acting and producing homegrown original theater in the Bay Area.

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CARLY OZARD

Powerhouse Entertainer and actress Carly Ozard has had solo shows at The Rrazz Room, Feinstein’s at the Nikko, Feinstein’s/54 Below, Stage 72 at the Triad and The Metropolitan Room. She works in musical theatre, cabaret, and as a FEMcee for various events. An exceptional vocalist with comic and dark sides showcasing a repertoire that includes Musical Theatre, Contemporary Pop, Classic Rock and Electric Dance Music. A newly budding songwriter and cover artist, she just released her debut recording Universal Child on iTunes and CDBaby. Having acted as head judge of The Gay Pride Parade in San Francisco as well as a judge for The Voice of Vallarta and the San Francisco Cabaret Competition, Carly has been part of every community she has performed in. Carly has shared stages with Charles Strouse, Klea Blackhurst, Rita Moreno, Leslie Jordan, Maureen McGovern, Miranda Sings! and more. She is a two time Burner at Burning Man, a proud member of AEA and The New York City Friar’s Club, and she is reinventing herself and expanding her fan base! Carly Ozard performs regularly in San Francisco and is based out of New York.

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My Rant about Trump – Heisenberg at A.C.T. – You are my Sunshine at The Phoenix Theatre

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 1) A special Trump Rant – Enjoy

 

 

2) HEISENBERG

At A.C.T.

by Simon Stephens

Directed by Hal Brooks

March 14 – April 8, 2018 (closed)

A.C.T.’s Geary Theater

415 Geary Street

 

Running time: 1 hour 25 minutes, with no intermission

 

In a bustling London train station, free-spirited American Georgie unexpectedly kisses mid-70s British butcher Alex, and sets his world reeling. When she turns up in his shop a few days later, he is suspicious. Is she really attracted to him, or is there a longer con on the cards? As Alex is drawn into Georgie’s anarchic world, his conventional life becomes chaotic, uncertain, and undeniably richer.

In this “vibrant and emotionally charged” (The New York Times) new play, Tony Award–winning playwright Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) crafts a comedy that rethinks the polar magnetism of opposites attracting, as well as the conventions of modern-day playwriting. With its perfect collision of strangers and strangeness, Heisenberg was an electric hit on Broadway from one of theater’s most original voices.

 

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3) YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE

You Are My Sunshine is a fact-inspired, multi-decade character study of a man of mythic American proportions whose passions and demons lead to tragedy, narrated in Woody Guthrie-style folk songs, accompanied by Bay Area music favorites Chris Haugen (guitar) and Trevor Marcom (vocals/guitar). This ensemble drama was spurned from a long-worn, much-hushed rumor in Kelli Kerslake Colaco’s family that her great grandfather, Ernest Fletcher Hodge (a semi-pro baseball player with the Detroit Tigers), lost his mind one hot summer night in Blytheville, Arkansas and killed his wife, his mother-in-law and then himself. Part John Steinbeck, part Coen Brothers, this intriguing play focuses on the search for truth behind a dark family legend vis-à-vis an ancestor and the women and children in his life. See You Are My Sunshine at San Francisco’s Phoenix Theatre.

Written by: Kelli Kerslake Colaco

Music and lyrics by: Kelli Kerslake Colaco

Music Arranged by: Chris Haugen

Directed by Kelli K. Colaco and Cristina Anselmo

An Equity Workshop Production

A fact inspired, (Steinbeck/Coen Brothers tinged,) multi-decade character study of a man of mythic American proportions whose passions and demons lead to tragedy, narrated in Woody Guthrie style folk songs. #The truth will set you free.

Cast/Company:

Tim Fullerton, Andrea J. Love, *Trevor Marcom, *Valerie Weak, *Kelli Kerslake Colaco, *Ray Renati and Elliott Hanson, and Chris Haugen

Chris Haugen on Acoustic Guitar

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 *Members of Actors’ Equity, the union of professional actors and stage managers.

 

 

Sweeney Todd, Bonnie Raitt, Hamlet

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This week I saw three shows and I thought I’d give you my take on each.

  • “Sweeney Todd” at San Jose Stage Company
  • The GREAT “Bonnie Raitt” at the San Jose Civic
  • “Hamlet” with National Theatre London

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Richard Fouts – Author of “The Birthday Lottery”

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SYNOPSIS of “The Birthday Lottery”

 

On December 1, 1969, five fraternity brothers gather together to listen to the U.S. Army’s draft lottery, which uses birth dates to determine the order in which they will be called to serve in Vietnam. Broadcast on national television and radio, the brothers anxiously listen as dates are drawn, one-by-one, over an excruciating 90-minute period. When the last date is drawn, the brothers react to the realization that their lives have been changed forever. They also begin to turn on each other.

 

Richard Fouts’ THE BIRTHDAY LOTTERY Opens At Z Space, 3/29

Today’s teenage boys worry about a lot of things, but being drafted to serve in a foreign war isn’t one of them. At least, not yet. The Birthday Lottery, Richard Fouts’ new play about the Vietnam draft, opens on March 29, 2018, directed by Suze Allen. It runs for four performances only, March 29-April 1 at Z Space, 450 Florida Street in San Francisco.

“This play highlights, in real time, what young men felt as they listened for their birth date to be announced over radio and television on the night of December lst, 1969” said playwright Fouts in a recent interview. “The order your

birthday was drawn became your draft number. A young Roger Mudd was the only broadcast journalist who covered the event, who calmly told America’s young men that if they had been born on September 14th, they’d be the first to go.”

Actor Nick Coleus, who plays David, commented in the play’s background video, “You can feel the tension of what it must have been like to live through that excruciating night. Though it occurred 50 years ago, it feels relevant for today’s young men, especially since there appears to be no end in sight around Iraq and Afghanistan. And now North Korea is in the news every day.”

Playwright Richard Fouts recalls the moment when he decided to write the play. “With the 50th anniversary of the draft approaching, I’ve been listening to Vietnam vets tell their stories of how their lives were abruptly interrupted with the Army’s sudden draft. Many of them were just 19 years old at the time. Hearing their vivid memories of that night convinced me that their stories belonged on the stage, in an intimate setting that only live theater can deliver.”

Place: Z Space Main Stage, 450 Florida Street, San Francisco 94110

Opens: Thursday, March 29, 8:00 pm.

Runs: March 29, 30, 31, at 8:00 pm, Sunday, April 1 at 2:00 pm.

Tickets: $25 general admission, $15 seniors and students, $10 veterans (of any war, not just Vietnam)

Learn more & buy tickets at 866-811-4111 or https://www.thebirthdaylotteryplay.com/

All shows at Z Space are ADA accessible

For details, go to http://www.zspace.org/birthdaylottery

 

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“Ragtime” at Berkeley Playhouse: https://tickets.berkeleyplayhouse.org

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Music by CARLY OZARD: http://carlyozard.com/

 

Episode 43 – Kelli Colaco – San Francisco Bay Area actor, director, writer, producer

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Kelli Colaco’s writing credits include the plays Underbelly, The Meeting, You Are My Sunshine (O’Neill National Playwrights Conference Semi-Finalist) and the web series “The Meek Shall Inherit.” She is a founding member of The Independent Shakespeare Company. She is currently a Teaching Artist at Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley, CA. She received an M.F.A from the P.T.T.P. (The Professional Theatre Training Program) at the University of Delaware following the actor training program at P.C.P.A (The Pacific Coast Conservatory for The Performing Arts) in Santa Maria, CA. She is a member of the 72nd Street Gang, a collective of dramatists who meet and share work in New York City.

Colaco spent the better part of 2016-17 as a writer of the documentary “The Mad Hannans,” directed and co-written by Martin Shore, now circulating film festivals throughout the country. She recently finished a two-and-a-half year periodic Teaching Residency on Acting and Playwriting at Madrone Continuation High School in San Rafael CA. Her senior class writers of the short play The Break made it into the Finals of The Bay Area Young Playwrights Competition produced by The Marin Theatre Company.

Colaco and her Alma Theatre Company will produce her play You Are My Sunshine at The Phoenix Theatre in San Francisco in April 2018.

Kelli is a member of Equity and British Equity.

 

“You Are My Sunshine” 

by Kelli Colaco

at the

Eureka Theatre in San Francisco, CA

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Preview 4-19-18

the show runs through 4-29-18

Possible extension

Episode 42 – Emily Corbo – actor, singer, artist based in San Francisco

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Emily Corbo is an actor, singer, and art maker based in San Francisco.

A commercial actor by day and theatrical by night, you can find her running to and from auditions and rehearsals throughout the Bay Area. When she’s not running to her next audition, she spends her time playing music, teaching figure drawing and scouring her local library for plays and books.

Favorite roles include Chrissie in “Religomania The Musical” at SF Fringe Festival and Jean in “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” at SF City College.

She holds a BA in Art History and Studio Practice from San Francisco State University. You can catch her in a workshop production of “The Birthday Lottery”, a new play by Richard Fouts, opening the last weekend of March at Z Space in San Francisco.

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Episode 41 – Suze Allen

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Suze Allen is a resident playwright at Three Girls Theatre and a co-founder of the company. 3Girls Theatre Company is proud to be one of the very few theater companies in the nation that produce only plays by women playwrights. 3GT seeks more than “gender parity” in the theater: the company has a vision of a world where stories told by women are heard onstage just as often as stories told by men.  In other words – 3GT wants to help change our cultural mindset!

Suze is a published author, teacher, dramaturg and director with credits on both coasts. She was the creator of Fresh New Works San Francisco, The Maine Playwrights’ Lab and Short Works Festival, Artistic Director for the SF Writers and Actors Lab, Director for Fertile Ground Writing Studio and the resident Dramaturge and playwriting instructor at The Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco. Her work and the work she has directed has played the Dramatists Guild’s SF Footlights, Tides Theatre, Brava Theatre, 450 Geary, The Marsh, Intersection for the Arts, Noh Space, The Phoenix, OutNorth Contemporary Art House in Anchorage Alaska and The San Francisco and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. Her show THE MANIC MAMA DANCE premiered at the Marsh Café and played Birthfest 2008. Suze co-authored the book, The Time-Starved Woman’s Guide to Emotional Well Being with SD Shanti and advises writers through her company Manuscript Mentor.

Suze will be directing a new play called “The Birthday Lottery” by Richard Fouts. The show opens on March 29th, 2017. The location is ZSpace in San Francisco, CA and it runs for 4 nights.

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Episode 36 – Kevin Spacey’s Downfall, The Right Way to Audition, TV Today

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It looks like Kevin Spacey’s career might be over. Apparently, he has used his status to harass numerous people over the years. It’s rumored that he might be investigated by British police for other acts of sexual harassment. This is such a sad ending to a great career. Of course, I feel for the victims, and I also feel for Spacey. Everyone has been destroyed by his behavior including himself. 

I also talk about the right way to audition. Is there a right way? I think so. 

Finally, I explore my opinion on the sorry state of television right now. In my opinion, the existence too many programs are having a detrimental effect on overall quality. 

I hope everyone had a spectacular Thanksgiving!

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