Announcing The Cast Of Lucy Thurber's TRANSFERS At Crowded Fire

Crowded Fire Theater (CFT) Lucy Thurber's TRANSFERS will open Crowded Fire's 21st home season of new and contemporary plays. A brilliantly written, gut-punch of a play that strips the veneer off of meritocracy and asks us if we are willing to sacrifice ourselves to embrace a way out, this new production of TRANSFERS will feature an impressive cast directed by Ken Savage.

Miles away from the South Bronx where they grew up, two students unexpectedly rediscover each other on the eve of an interview that will determine their entire future. Each are looking to transfer to a prestigious northeast college, on the scholastic and athletic merits that the school has placed on them and deemed worthy. As they prepare to bare their souls and show the faculty what they think they want, Cristofer and Clarence have to decide whether to stick to their personal integrity or choose what they are willing to fake in order to call this beautiful brick-and-ivy bastion of privilege home.

TRANSFERS is the first production that Ken Savage, Associate Producer at American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), will direct for Crowded Fire. At the same time, in a synchronous transfer of our own, Crowded Fire's artistic director Mina Morita will herself direct at A.C.T.'s Conservatory, with Susan Soon He Stanton's BOTH YOUR HOUSES, a production of A.C.T.'s Master of Fine Arts Program. This co-commission from A.C.T. and Crowded Fire that shines a spotlight on life in a regional theater and the #MeToo movement will run February 21-March 2, 2019 at The Rueff at A.C.T.'s Strand Theater. More information at

Director Savage will lead a cast that includes Caleb Cabrera, David Everett Moore, Victor D. Ragsdale, Michael Wayne Rice, and Alison Whismore. Designers and the creative team include Kate Boyd (scenic), Chris Lundahl (lights), Mary Naughton (props), Madeleine Oldham (sound), Ely Sonny Orquiza (assistant director), Jackquelin Pedota (costumes), and Leigh Rondon-Davis (dramaturg).

TRANSFERS runs at the Potrero Stage, 1695 18th Street in San Francisco February 28 through March 23 (press opening Monday, March 4). Cast photos available at

Lucy Thurber (playwright) is the author of seven plays: Where We're Born, Ashville, Scarcity, Killers and Other Family, Stay, Bottom of the World, and Monstrosity. Her work has been produced at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Atlantic Theater Company, and the Tribeca Theater Festival. She was the recipient of the 2000/2001 Manhattan Theatre Club playwriting fellowship, and was a guest artist at The Perseverance Theater twice. She has had readings and workshops at The Public Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, The New Group, Primary Stages, WET at The Eugene O'Neill Playwrights' Center, MCC, Encore Theatre in San Francisco, PlayPenn, Williamstown, New River Dramatists, and Soho Rep. Lucy is a member of MCC Playwrights' Coalition, Primary Stages writing group, 13P, and New Dramatists.

Ken Savage (director) is a San Francisco theater director and the Associate Producer at American Conservatory Theater, where he is the line producer for the mainstage, M.F.A. program, Young Conservatory, and A.C.T.'s annual New Strands Festival. As a new works producer, he has shepherded new works by Lucy Thurber/Casey Lee Hurt, Susan Soon He Stanton/Mina Morita, Dipika Guha/Jeremy Cohen, Christopher Chen/Byron Au Yong, Marisela Treviño Orta, Lucas Kavner, Lauren Yee, Don Nguyen, and Dustin Chinn. Ken has worked at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Public Theater, Arena Stage, CalShakes, and TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Select directing credits: Tinderella: A Modern Musical(Custom Made Theatre Co. and Faultline Theater Company), The Mechanics of Love, The Aliens, The River Bride (A.C.T. M.F.A program), Spring Awakening (Stanford University director-in-residence), Sweeney Todd (SFBATCO), My Fair Lady (Broadway By the Bay). In development: Red Waters (an EDM musical about Qing Dynasty pirate queen Ching Shih) co-conceived with Kyle Ewalt and Gravity: A New(tonian) Musical (2017 O'Neill Finalist, 2016 TheatreWorks New Works Festival). He is a Stanford graduate (M.A. Communication with a focus on virtual reality and performance, B.A. Drama) and the recipient of the Silicon Valley Creates Artist Laureate Emerging Artist Award (2015)

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