SOME GIRL(S), TAKE ME OUT and More Set For Dragon Productions Theatre's 2nd Stages Series, Beg. March 2014
Dragon's brand new 2nd Stages series launches in March. This new series will give local theatre makers the opportunity to fully produce their passion projects with the support of an established theatre company. This dynamic pairing will create an exciting new set of theatre options in downtown Redwood City.
Making dreams a reality by sharing our experience and support - that's the purpose of the 2nd Stages series. "I founded Dragon Productions as an actress wanting to create more theatre opportunities. I had performed on many stages across the country, but I didn't know the first thing about producing theatre when I began. I did, however, know my passion projects, and I was determined to make my dreams come true. This series is for those artists, who, like me, want to see their passion theatre project come to life, but who might not have the opportunity, the money, or the know-how to make it happen. If we can give others the same opportunities then I'll feel as if all our hard work has really been worthwhile. What good is a dream if you can't share it with others? That is all I want to do with Dragon's 2nd Stages program." - Meredith Hagedorn, Founder and Executive Artistic director
2nd Stages shows run for two weeks only on Fridays at 8p, Saturdays at 2p and 8p, and Sundays at 2pm. The flat rate ticket price of $15 per show will make trying something new both affordable and accessible to the general public. For the inaugural season we've chosen the following four productions for the 2nd Stages series at Dragon Productions:
Some Girl(s) by Neil LaBute
produced and directed by Jeffrey Lo
March 7 - March 16, 2014
Picture this: you're an up and coming writer with a blossoming career and a beautiful fiancée who loves you dearly. What would you do in this situation? In this dark comedy by Neil LaBute (In the Company of Men, The Shape of Things) you'd have a life crisis and go on a cross-country tour to visit your ex-girlfriends. LaBute's play is a portrait of an artist who steps back to look at past mistakes-and figure out what to do with the scars that still linger.
The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter
produced and directed by Jenny Hollingworth
June 6 - June 15, 2014
Highly controversial when it opened in 1958 and now considered a classic, The Birthday Party is one of Pinter's least subtle plays. Set in a seaside boarding house, it is part black comedy and part whodunit, with the central action literally happening in the dark. Like all great literature, it asks timeless questions: How can we be sure that anyone is who he says he is? Is it ever possible to pin down the truth of the past? And can we ever escape our deepest fears?
Take Me Out by Richard Greenberg
produced by Dale Albright
July 11 - July 20, 2014
Darren has it all. He's one of the biggest baseball stars on the planet. Millions of adoring fans. Endorsements. And then he decides to come out of the closet. This winner of the 2003 Tony Award for Best New Play and Pulitzer Prize finalist tackles homophobia and racism amidst America's most traditional pastime.
Arc:hive presents: A Moment (Un)Bound: Or, The Unreal Past
an original new work produced by Lessa Bouchard
September 19 - September 28, 2014
A new work exploring the tension between what we hold onto and what we let go of: how do we know which is which? The emerging whimsical text and themes are inspired by the notes and clippings left behind in the books donated to Friends of the Library in Palo Alto. More details about the team building this production and workshop performances can be found online at www.arc-hive.org.
The 2nd Stages series is funded in part by the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission. All performances run at the Dragon Theatre in downtown Redwood City, 2120 Broadway Street, Redwood City, Calif. For tickets, visit http://dragonproductions.net/box-office/2014tickets.html or call 650-493-2006 x 2 and leave a message and the box office will call you back within 48 hours. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for ticket related questions, group sales inquiries, or questions about the VIP box.