(All performances located at our San Francisco Mainstage unless otherwise noted)j
September 11 & 25
“GOOD SICK” by Brittany Bernan
A comedic look at living with mysterious and unexplained chronic illness. It looks at creative and absurd ways of coping, and explores the shenanigans that make up Brittany’s symptoms. And never fear! You won’t walk away without your share of scatalogical (poop) humor. Think X-files meets Phillis Diller. You are welcome in advance!
“PRETTY LITTLE WHITE GIRL” by Phyllis Dantzler
“Pretty Little White Girl” is a work-in-progress about growing up as a child racist in South Carolina, and overcoming it as an adult. Act I deals specifically with childhood memories of being raised in a culture of hate.
Phyllis is a monologuist, stand-up comedian, writer, filmmaker, artist, slacker extraordinaire. She lived the first 30 years of her life within spitting distance of where the Civil War started. She defected from The South in 1982 when she moved to San Francisco. Phyllis currently lives in Oakland with her two dogs, cat, and five chickens.
“THE DEEPEST CUT” by Svea Vikander
Svea Vikander is a Berkeley-based therapist and the co-host of Arts in Review, the Bay Area’s longest-running culture radio show. Her work circles around themes of bodily self-determination, feminism, and secrets. “The Deepest Cut” is about word origins, intimacy, and a job she had dealing blackjack naked for an online casino. Developed in a class taught by Alicia Dattner.
“YES YES YES!” by Arnie Warshaw
Jimmy is not the brightest bulb on the string, but he works hard collecting cans and bottles and does so without complaint. When he gets a tip that something might be out there waiting for him he immediately goes on the hunt, eyes wide open for a mysterious treasure that just might change his life.
“MEMORIAS CUBANAS” by Diana Gonzalez-Morett
“Memorias Cubanas” follows Carmen, an elderly Cuban woman living with Alzheimer’s in New Jersey. Upon receiving startling news, Carmen and the audience are transported to Havana for a brief encounter with her past. Join Carmen as she re-experiences the Revolution, falls in love, and relishes in her memories. Written and performed by Diana Gonzalez-Morett, a 2017 graduate of A.C.T’s MFA Acting Program. This piece is inspired by true experiences and is dedicated to her family.
October 2 & 16
“UNDER CALIFORNIA” by Camilla Ford
This is the first part of a longer piece about a Gringa and her family moving to a small beach town in Baja from San Francisco. Camilla Ford uses movement, character development, and storytelling to explore the transition ans the differences between the two worlds. Take a trip do south to the border and experience a slide of life Under Baja, CA.
Camilla Ford developed this piece in a class taught by David Ford (no relation). She currently works in the Bolinas library through Marin County Free Library and teaches ESL and leads Story Time in English and Spanish. She returns to Baja yearly to direct Baja Shakespeare shows.
“SONG FOR LIVING” by Venus Unisex
Venus Unisex (the exalted self of Lara Maykovich) slips between dimensions lifting the veils of illusion to reveal the true nature of the soul, immortal, infinite, erotic, Divine!
“MASTER OF WAR, MASTER OF PEACE” by Maya Dorn
Join Maya Dorn as she takes us through her journey of growing up in the 1980s with bohemian, beat poet parents, and then as an adult meeting two world leaders that she had learned about growing up. Watch as she seamlessly weaves in three of her songs that are politically and socially relevant to the story throughout the piece.
“SURRENDER DOROTHY” by Ponder Goddard
I’m in love with Judy Garland. I have been since I was a child. She’s my best friend. But lately, she’s becoming more and more erratic. Meanwhile my mother;s drug problem is getting worse. I want to help them. But what can I do to keep them from destroying themselves that won’t destroy me instead? And is strange ti have imaginary friends…in your thirties?
October 23 & 30
“CALL ME TANIA: THE UNAUTHORIZED OCCUPATION OF PATTY HEARST” by Leonard Dolivio
Part psychological thriller–part heartbreaking drama–part spectacular farce, the play presents the unbelievable true story that once held the entire world captive: the 1074 political kidnapping of a 19 year-old media heiress by a ragtag militant group. After being held captive in a closet for 57 days, she emerges declaring her new identity as Tania and her “choice” to join her kidnappers’ mission to overthrow the US government. Ultimately, it;s an uplifting story of survival, self-discovery and self-determination, as its historic central figure triumphantly overcomes seemingly impossible internal and external obstacles. Hear songs online & find our more at www.dolivio.com
“SOME COOL NEW THING” by Geoff Hoyle
“TAUGHT ME TO PRAY” by Dorothy Richman
Do you want to hear some Jewish gospel? Taught Me To Pray juggles The Jazz Singer, Aretha Franklin, and medieval law codes to question what it means to pray and how to find your voice.
“GODDESS RAGE” by Larissa Farias
Medea, Judith, Carry, Lorena Bobbitt. Female rage has been alive and well in our literature, history, religion and -oh well- in real life. From Virginia Woolf’s refined anger to the rise of uber-positive “girl squad” culture, women’s rage has been a powerful, destabilizing, and often misunderstood force. In Goddess Rage -a one woman cabaret comedy packed with physical theater, accordion and singing-, Brazilian performer Larissa Garcia explores the various aspects of the dark side of female psyche. In the last few years Larissa has produced and performed two solo shows -Billie Cox’s A (Bearded) Lady and Mario Echevarrias Memoirs of a Virgin-, being awarded best actress for both pieces. She has worked with several theater companies around the Bay Area, including Magic Theater (in Taylor Mac’s production of The Lily’s Revenge), Shotgun Players, Climate Theater, Theater of Yugen and as a performer in the San Francisco street promotion of Cirque du Soleils’ show, OVO.
“STALKING GRACE” by Bárbara Selfridge
Any three points make a triangle. Like when there’s a pair of writer/activists and you show up to work for only one of them. Can the political effectiveness you achieve as Grace Paley’s personal assistant counteract the damage you do at 5am, when her husband wants to start writing but you’re sleeping in his study? You can’t give up, tho, can you? Are you a feminist or are you Goldilocks?
Buy Tickets Online Here:
- September 25, 2017 7:30 PMMonday Night Marsh 09-25-17 (SF)
- October 2, 2017 7:30 PMMonday Night Marsh 10-02-17 (SF)
- October 16, 2017 7:30 PMMonday Night Marsh 10-16-17 (SF)
- October 23, 2017 7:30 PMMonday Night Marsh 10-23-17 (SF)
- October 30, 2017 7:30 PMMonday Night Marsh 10-30-17 (SF)
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November 6 & 20
November 13 & 27