Crowded Fire Theater to Stage SHE RODE HORSES LIKE THE STOCK EXCHANGE, 3/20-4/12

The Crowded Fire Theater (CFT) 2014 season begins with the World Premiere of Amelia Roper's She Rode Horses Like the Stock Exchange, her first play to be produced in the Americas. She Rode Horses... opens with a press night on Monday March 24 (previews March 20-23) running through April 12 at the Thick House in San Francisco's Potrero Hill.

Directed by M. Graham Smith, She Rode Horses... is an absurdly funny, on The Edge of disaster ride through a downsized, foreclosed America. "Marked by incredibly dry humor and sharp wit, Roper's writing comes out of a Beckettian absurdism..." remarks CFT Artistic Director Marissa Wolf, "the play offers a heightened and experimental approach to language while exposing what happens when the bubble of comfort and luxury bursts." Currently writing for Yale Rep and for the 2014 Humana Festival, the Australian playwright, Amelia Roper, is a bright new voice in the American theater. The cast of She Rode Horses... features Zehra Berkman (Amy), Kevin Clarke (Max), George B. Sellner (Henry) and Marilee Talkington (Sara).

Amelia Roper poses incisive questions about money, materialism, and prejudice in She Rode Horses Like the Stock Exchange. Manners crumble with delicious comedy and bite when old resentments arise and financial disasters of catastrophic proportions are revealed. Who ultimately has power, and what does it truly bring them? She Rode Horses ... has been developed at the BLACK SWAN Lab at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 2012, National New Play Network's MFA Festival at the Kennedy Center, 2012, Old Vic, New Voices T.S. Eliot Exchange at the Old Vic, London 2012, Ground Floor, Berkeley Repertory Theater, 2012, Moscow Playwright & Director Center, Russia in translation, 2010.

Crowded Fire Theater (CFT) presents the World Premiere of SHE RODE HORSES LIKE THE STOCK EXCHANGE by Amelia Roper, Directed by M. Graham Smith. Running March 20-April 12, with Press Night Monday, March 24 at 8 pm. (Previews March 20-23) Location: Thick House, 1695 18th St., SF (between Carolina St.& Arkansas St. in Potrero Hill ) Performances: Wed-Saturdays 8 PM Special Opening Night Monday March 24 8 pm Tickets: Prices range from $15-$35 progressively during the course of the run. We offer Pay-What-You-Can Preview performances and student/senior/group rates. Tickets: Visit www.crowdedfire.org for more information and to purchase tickets. Box Office by phone (415) 746-9238.

World premiere programming in Crowded Fire's 2014 Season is funded by generous support from the San Francisco Foundation (The Matchbox), and the San Francisco Arts Commission (The Matchbox). Crowded Fire gratefully acknowledges general operations funding from Grants for the Arts/SF Hotel Tax Fund and The Kenneth Rainin Foundation Crowded Fire Theater Company was founded in 1997 by a group of young artists interested in experimental contemporary theater, Crowded Fire gained early acclaim for urgent, poetic, and bold work. In 2005 The San Francisco Bay Guardian awarded CFT the Goldie Award for Theater noting, "A well-deserved reputation for challenging modern work as aesthetically rich as it is politically and socially provocative." As the company's visibility and production values have grown, we have continued to offer beautiful, risk-taking contemporary theater, and have won consistent critical recognition for our gutsy, innovative spirit. In 2012 CFT achieved significant recognition when its production of THE HUNDRED FLOWERS PROJECT by Christopher Chen (co-produced with Playwrights Foundation) received both the Glickman and the Rella Lossy Award. FLOWERS also garnered five Bay Area Critics Circle nominations.

Amelia Roper (PLAYWRIGHT) Amelia Roper is currently writing for Yale Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville's REMIX 38 for the 2014 Humana Festival, Berkeley Rep's FOOD PROJECT and Soho Rep's Writer/ Director Lab in NYC . Her plays have been produced in Australia by the Melbourne Arts Centre, St Martins Youth Arts Centre and FortyFortyHome. Roper's work has been developed by the Melbourne Theatre Company, the Old Vic in London, Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, American Theater Company in Chicago, NNPN at the Kennedy Center and the Moscow Playwright and Director Center in Russia. Awards include the Cheryl Crawford Scholarship (Yale 2012), the Howard Stein Scholarship (Yale 2011), the St Martins Emerging Playwrights' Award (Australia 2007), a MUST National Playwriting Award (Australia, 2003), two Ian Potter Cultural Awards (2010/11) and a Dame Joan Sutherland Cultural Trust Award from the American Australian Association. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, a MacDowell Fellow and a recent graduate of the Yale School of Drama.




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