NCTC Presents Heartfelt Comedy, STEVE

In March, New Conservatory Theatre Center presents Steve, written by Mark Gerrard and directed by local favorite, Becca Wolff. Named one of Ben Brantley's Top Ten in 2015 in The New York Times, this uproariously funny comedy is "the ultimate theatre-geek's tragicomedy" (Newsday). What happens when you get bored with "happily ever after"? Steve got his happy ending, but years later, his Prince Charming is sexting another man, his best friend is ill, and he's hitting the expiration date on his desirability. Chock full of acidic wit, musical theatre references, and plenty of heart, Steve is a hilarious and relatable comedy about growing up, without growing old.

Steve runs Mar 1 - 31, 2019. Opening Night is Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 8pm. Tickets are $25-55 and available at nctcsf.org, emailing boxoffice@nctcsf.org or by calling (415) 861-8972.

Make an evening of Steve! NCTC is thrilled to announce several new special events, including Second Date Night, Happy Hour Sing-a-longs, Opening Night Dinner, and Swipe Right Night.

During the entire month of March, celebrate Second Date Night! You've gotten the awkward first date out of the way and are ready for date #2. Make a night of it by visiting our neighbor, Cala, for a romantic pre-show dinner and get a FREE glass of sparkling wine with the purchase of an entree when you show your ticket. Later that night, get savings at NCTC's Mason's Bar when you show our bartender that you've checked into NCTC on Facebook, Yelp or FourSquare.

Since Steve is so full of musical theatre references, we couldn't resist belting out some show-tune classics. Join us pre-show on Wednesday nights Happy Hour Sing-a-longs, with drinks and showtunes starting at 7:15pm! Hosted by sing-a-long celeb and Martuni's pianist Joe Wicht on March 6 & 13, and local cabaret sensation Kitten on the Keys on March 20 & 27.

Celebrate opening night of Steve with the NCTC family! Before the show, join us and director Becca Wolff for a special Opening Night Dinner on March 9. Enjoy family-style tapas and fine wine pairings from 6:00-7:30 at Pause Wine Bar, then we'll take a short walk back to the theatre and enjoy the show. All-inclusive tickets for dinner and the performance are $114.

Looking for Mr. Right? On March 14 at 7pm, NCTC will host Swipe Right Night. Mingle with other singles as you enjoy drink specials, meet a dating expert and are treated to a special pop-up pitch from Tinder Disrupt, FaultLine Theater's monthly dating show where comedians make Power Point presentations to pitch their single friends.

Audiences can enjoy these special events during the run of the show:

- Second Date Night: During the month of March, visit Cala for a romantic pre-show dinner and get a FREE glass of sparkling wine with the purchase of an entree when you show your ticket. AND get savings at NCTC's bar when you show our bartender that you've checked into NCTC on Facebook, Yelp or FourSquare.

- Happy Hour Sing-a-longs: Join us pre-show on Wednesday nights for drinks and showtunes starting at 7:15pm! Hosted by sing-a-long celeb and Martuni's pianist Joe Wicht on Mar 6 & 13 and local cabaret sensation Kitten on the Keys on Mar 20 & 27.

Wednesdays at 7:15pm: March 6, 13, 20 and 27

Opening Night will take place on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 8pm. The performance will be followed by a catered reception.

- Opening Night Dinner: Before the show, join NCTC and director Becca Wolff for family-style tapas and fine wine pairings from 6:00-7:30 at Pause Wine Bar. All-inclusive tickets for dinner and the performance are $114.

- Swipe Right Night: The perfect night to find Mr. Right. Mingle with other singles as you enjoy drink specials, meet a dating expert and are treated to a special pop-up pitch from Tinder Disrupt, FaultLine Theater's monthly dating show where comedians make Power Point presentations to pitch their single friends.

Thursday, March 14 at 7pm

- Onstage Insight, Post-Show Discussion after the following performances featuring the cast, moderated by the director:

Sunday, Mar 17 at 2pm

Playwright Mark Gerrard's work has been developed by MCC, New York Stage and Film and New Group/New Works. His next play has been commissioned by The New Group through the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation Theatre Visions Fund. A one-time actor, his acting credits include: Law and Order, The Big C, and The Comeback (HBO). Originally from Oak Park, Illinois, he earned a B.A. in Classics from the University of Chicago and an MFA in Dramatic Writing Program from NYU/Tisch, where he won the John Golden Playwriting Award.

Director Becca Wolff is a California-based director and co-founder of Tilted Field Productions. She explores the intersection of the theatrical and the confessional, collaborating with virtuosic performer/creators to explore deeply personal material in bold new ways. She has directed new plays and premieres by Lauren Yee, Harvey Fierstein, Jen Silverman and Sarah Gubbins at venues including ACT, Theatreworks, San Francisco Playhouse and Z Space. Her work has been named to Best Of lists in the SF Chronicle and LA Weekly. Awards and nominations for her work include Princess Grace, Outstanding Solo Show & Outstanding Musical at the NYC Fringe, Ovations (Los Angeles), Theatre Bay Area and Bay Area Critics Circle. She is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and co-creator of SCOTUS Theater.

The cast of Steve includes Joey Alvarado (Stephen), Greg Ayers (Steven), Clove Galiliee (Carrie), Daniel Redmond (Matt), Vaho (Esteban) and ShawnJ West (Brian).

The creative team includes stage management by Kerri Blake Cavanaugh, costume and props design by Jorge R. Hernandez, sound and lighting design by Brittany Mellerson, projection design by Sarah Phykitt, dialect coaching by Patricia Reynoso, and scenic design by Randy Wong-Westbrooke.

New Conservatory Theatre Center has been San Francisco's premier LGBTQIA performing arts institution and progressive arts education conservatory since 1981. NCTC is renowned for its diverse range of innovative, high-quality productions, touring productions and shows for young audiences; its foundational anti-bullying work with youth and educators through YouthAware; and its commitment to developing new plays to continue expanding the canon of Queer and Allied dramatic work.

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