Cutting Ball Theater to Open 15th Season with World Premiere of SIDEWINDERS, 10/18-11/17
Cutting Ball Theater has assembled a talented ensemble for SIDEWINDERS.
DavEnd (Bailey) is a genderqueer songwriter, performance artist, and costume designer. Recent credits include Magic Theatre's production of Taylor Mac's The Lily's Revenge. DavEnd wrote, produced and starred in 2 sold out runs of the original musical Fabulous Artistic Guys Get Overtly Traumatized Sometimes: The Musical! at CounterPULSE. Additionally, DavEnd has released two studio albums (How To Hold Your Own Hand, Fruits Commonly Mistaken For Vegetables) and tours the U.S. extensively, performing at queer teen centers, festivals, and colleges.
Lauded physical comedienne Sara Moore (Dakota) has created, directed, and performed material for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, The Krofft Puppets, The New Pickle Circus, and Circus Center, among others, and has opened for and performed with such stage greats as Chita Rivera, Carol Channing, Rita Moreno, Sammy Cahn, and Phyllis Diller. Regional theater credits include productions at New Conservatory Theatre Center, Theatre Rhino, Aurora Theatre Company, Brava Theater, Center Repertory Company, The Rrazz Room, and Z Space; New York credits include productions at La Mama ETC, Ars Nova, Women's Project, The Vital Theatre, and P.S. 122. Additionally, Moore is the recipient of awards and commissions from The McKnight Independent Film Fund, The Jerome Foundation, and The Playwrights Foundation, among others. Her "human cartoon," Wunderworld, made its World Premiere at the Children's Creativity Museum in summer 2013; in 2014 she will debut Cyclones with fellow San Francisco clown Joan Mankin, directed by M. Graham Smith and co-produced with Z Space.
Donald Currie (Sandy) is a company member of Boxcar Theatre and Artist in Residence at Virago Theatre. Credits include productions at Virago Theatre, Theatre Shark, Theatre Rhino, Boxcar Theatre, and New Conservatory Theatre Center.
Norman Muñoz. (Sam) is a dance, theater, circus, and burlesque performer. A current teaching artist with TheatreWorks, credits include productions at San Francisco Playhouse, New Conservatory Theater, and tours of Europe and Africa with Theatre of Yugen.
Co-founded in 1999 by theater artists Rob Melrose and Paige Rogers, Cutting Ball Theater presents avant-garde works of the past, present, and future by re-envisioning classics, exploring seminal avant-garde texts, and developing new experimental plays. The company has commissioned, developed, and produced new experimental plays, and has partnered with Playwrights Foundation, and the Magic Theatre/Z Space New Plays Initiative to commission new experimental works. In addition to producing West Coast Premieres and re-imaging various classics, Cutting Ball Theater has produced nine World Premieres and seven World Premiere translations. Cutting Ball received the 2008 San Francisco Bay Guardian Goldie award for outstanding talent in the performing arts, and was voted "Best Theater Company" in the 2010 San Francisco Bay Guardian Best of the Bay issue. The company also earned the Best of SF award in 2006 and "Best Experimental Theater Company" in 2012 from SF Weekly, and was selected by San Francisco magazine as Best Classic Theater in 2007. Cutting Ball Theater was featured in the February 2010 and 2012 issues of American Theatre Magazine. In 2012, Cutting Ball was awarded a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund a three-year residency for resident playwright Andrew Saito. The American Theatre Wing, best known as the creator of the Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards, awarded the company with a 2013 National Theatre Company grant.
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Following the World Premiere of SIDEWINDERS, Cutting Ball presents Alfred Jarry's provocative UBU ROI in January, directed by Yury Urnov, in a new translation by Rob Melrose. RISK IS THIS...THE CUTTING BALL NEW EXPERIMENTAL PLAYS FESTIVAL returns in February with five new works in staged readings that push the boundaries of what theater can be. Rounding out the main stage season in April, Cutting Ball presents the American Premiere of Samuel Gallet's COMMUNIQUÉ N°10, in a World Premiere Translation, and directed by, Rob Melrose.