Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 7/16/2017

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Damascus | Bay Area Playwrights Festival in Broadway DAMASCUS | BAY AREA PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL
Custom Made Theatre
7/16-7/21/2017
A high-stakes, road-rage thriller that delves full-force into the misguided politics of terrorism, Bay Area Playwrights Festival presents Bennett Fisher's Damascus. The 40th Anniversary Bay Area Playwrights Festival presents six newly written, unfinished works by an extraordinary group of culturally diverse, rising American playwrights who were selected from nearly 500 submissions. Performances: Sunday, July 16th at 1:30PM Friday, July 21st at 4:00PM
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We Swim, We Talk, We Go To War | Bay Area Playwrights Festival in Broadway WE SWIM, WE TALK, WE GO TO WAR | BAY AREA PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL
Custom Made Theatre
7/16-7/21/2017
An Arab-American woman and her nephew dip into treacherous waters in Mona Mansour's We Swim, We Talk, We Go To War. The 40th Anniversary Bay Area Playwrights Festival presents six newly written, unfinished works by an extraordinary group of culturally diverse, rising American playwrights who were selected from nearly 500 submissions. Performances: Sunday, July 16th at 5:30PM Friday, July 21st at 8:00PM
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The Fatales | Bay Area Playwrights Festival in Broadway THE FATALES | BAY AREA PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL
Custom Made Theatre
7/15-7/22/2017
An epic feminist pop crusade for a knowing justice, via musical defiance, Bay Area Playwrights Festival presents Lauren Gunderson's The Fatales. The 40th Anniversary Bay Area Playwrights Festival presents six newly written, unfinished works by an extraordinary group of culturally diverse, rising American playwrights who were selected from nearly 500 submissions. Performances: Saturday, July 15th at 12:00PM Saturday, July 22nd at 8:00PM
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Endangered Species | Bay Area Playwrights Festival in Broadway ENDANGERED SPECIES | BAY AREA PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL
Custom Made Theatre
7/15-7/22/2017
An afro-surrealist futuristic legend in which blackness ceases to exist, Bay Area Playwrights Festival presents Nilan Johnson's Endangered Species. The 40th Anniversary Bay Area Playwrights Festival presents six newly written, unfinished works by an extraordinary group of culturally diverse, rising American playwrights who were selected from nearly 500 submissions.
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Magic City | Bay Area Playwrights Festival in Broadway MAGIC CITY | BAY AREA PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL
Custom Made Theatre
7/15-7/22/2017
An explosive elixir of power, class, and immigration status in a Spanish infused adaptation of Strindberg's Miss Julie, Bay Area Playwrights Festival presents Hilary Bettis' Magic City. The 40th Anniversary Bay Area Playwrights Festival presents six newly written, unfinished works by an extraordinary group of culturally diverse, rising American playwrights who were selected from nearly 500 submissions. Performances: Saturday, July 15th at 8:00PM Saturday, July 22nd at 12:00PM
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The Book of Mormon in Broadway THE BOOK OF MORMON
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
7/11-7/23/2017
THE BOOK OF MORMON features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated series, 'South Park.' Tony Award-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q. The musical is choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python's Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker. THE BOOK OF MORMON is the winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Book (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Direction (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker), Best Featured Actress (Nikki M. James), Best Scenic Design (Scott Pask), Best Lighting Design (Brian MacDevitt), Best Sound Design (Brian Ronan) and Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus); the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album; four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical, and the Drama League Award for Best Musical. THE BOOK OF MORMON features set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Brian Ronan. Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus. Music direction and vocal arrangements are by Stephen Oremus.
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in Broadway THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME
Golden Gate Theatre
6/27-7/23/2017
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME transferred to London's West End, following a sold-out run at the National's Cottesloe Theatre in 2012. The production received seven 2013 Olivier Awards, including Best New Play. Fifteen-year old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor's dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever. The production is designed by three-time Olivier Award-winner Bunny Christie, with lighting by Tony Award-winner Paule Constable, video design by Finn Ross, movement by Scott Graham and Olivier Award-winner Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph.
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The Birds of Empathy | Bay Area Playwrights Festival in Broadway THE BIRDS OF EMPATHY | BAY AREA PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL
Custom Made Theatre
7/14-7/23/2017
Audobon's Birds of America becomes a gay man's guide to relationships and casual sex in Clarence Coo's The Birds of Empathy. The 40th Anniversary Bay Area Playwrights Festival presents six newly written, unfinished works by an extraordinary group of culturally diverse, rising American playwrights who were selected from nearly 500 submissions. Performances: Friday, July 14th at 8:00PM Sunday, July 23rd at 5:30PM
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GHOST LIMB
BRAVA Theater Center
7/8-7/23/2017
Ghost Limb by Marisela Treviño Orta Set in Argentina during the Dirty War and riffing on the Greek myth of Persephone and Demeter, Marisela Treviño Orta’s Ghost Limb tells the story of los desaparecidos—the disappeared of Argentina—and the mothers who fiercely protested the military dictatorship who took their children. When Consuelo’s son Javier is disappeared from his home by the military, the world plunges into winter, and only a lone pomegranate tree—whose fruit Persephone was tricked into eating, forever binding her fate to the underworld—remains. During Javier’s abduction, Consuelo’s arm is badly injured by soldiers. As the pain in her arm grows stronger, so too does her connection to her son, as his pain at the hands of his torturers becomes her own.
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Much Ado About Nothing in Broadway MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Forest Meadows Amphitheatre
6/23-7/23/2017
Marin Shakespeare Company opens its 2017 summer festival season with Shakespeare's “Much Ado About Nothing." Previews are presented 8 p.m. Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24 and 4 p.m. Sunday, June 25. Opening performance is 8 p.m. Friday, June 30, with weekend performances continuing to July 23, 2017. Robert Currier directs Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, featuring the ultimate battle of the sexes, where love triumphs over antics, revenge and misunderstandings. Award-winning actors Dameion Brown and Elena Wright star as romantic misfits living in a rural setting in the South. The production features original bluegrass and jug band music by award-winning composer, Billie Cox. The cast features Barry Kraft, Debi Durst, Teddy Spencer, Joshua Hollister, Steve Price, Nicole Apostol Bruno, Lyndsey Schmeltzer, Laura Miller, Ben Muller and Chris Hammond. Audiences are encouraged to bring picnics or purchase snacks at the Theatre Cafe. Warm clothing, jackets and blankets are recommended for evening performances. Parking is free. Free pre-show and post-show conversations with a company artist or scholar are presented on select performance dates. Shakespeare Dinners are presented at 6:30 p.m. on select Saturdays for an additional $35 for a gourmet picnic and intimate pre-show talk. Wine, beer and soft drinks are available for sale, or bring your own. Shakespeare Dinner reservations are required at least two hours in advance. WHEN: June 23 to July 23, 2017 Previews: 8 p.m. Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24 and 4 p.m. Sunday, June 25 Opening: 8 p.m. Friday, June 30 Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 4 p.m. Sundays; and 8 p.m. Sundays July 2, July 9, July 16 and July 23. Senior Day: 4 p.m. Sunday, July 9 (Half price tickets for seniors $17) Family Day: 4 p.m. Sunday, July 16 (Youth 18 and under admitted free) COST: $10 to $37 Admission at the door is $37 general; $34 senior; and $12 youth (25 and under). Preview performances are $15 general and seniors; $10 youth. "Pay Your Age" is offered to audience members between the ages of 26 and 34 when purchasing tickets at the Box Office on the day of any performance, with valid identification. Marin Shakespeare Company also offers those 65 and over half-price tickets at Senior Matinees and those ages 18 and under admitted free at Family Matinee performances. TICKETS: www.marinshakespeare.org/tickets/ WHERE: Forest Meadows Amphitheatre at Dominican University of California 890 Belle Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901 PHONE: 415-499-4488 WEBSITE: www.marinshakespeare.org
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Midsummer of Love in Broadway MIDSUMMER OF LOVE
We Players
6/22-7/30/2017
An erotic comedy of consent, cruelty, and control... Journey into a forest full of fairies and lovers with We Players’ six-person adaptation of Shakespeare's steamy, summer, all time favorite. A dark and hilarious exploration of the complexities of love, our complicated human relationships, and the boundaries between reality and imagination. Lush, effusive, bursting at the seams - like nature in the middle of summer. Double the magic with performances in two fantastical forests... We Players is thrilled to work with the San Francisco department of Recreation and Parks for the first time, offering a dozen performances in Golden Gate Park. We're breaking ground in the East Bay as well, offering four performances in Kennedy Grove, part of the East Bay Regional Parks District.
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GYPSY in Broadway GYPSY
Sonoma Arts Live
7/14-7/30/2017
Sonoma Arts Live is proud to present the final show in its WOMEN WHO DARE season. Regarded by many theater professionals as the greatest musical ever created, GYPSY is the ultimate tale of an ambitious stage mother fighting for her daughters’ success… while secretly yearning for her own. Set in the 1920’s, when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born, this landmark show explores the world of two-bit show business with brass, humor, heart, and sophistication. Led by multiple award winner Dani Innocenti Beem as Rose, Danielle DeBow in the title role, and Tim Setzer as Herbie, this entire cast boasts amazing talent. Come enjoy classic theater at its best!
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The Most Happy Fella in Broadway THE MOST HAPPY FELLA
El Cerrito High School Performing Arts Theater
7/21-7/30/2017
For a midsummer treat, bursting with song and romance, don’t miss The Most Happy Fella, produced by Youth Musical Theater Company (YMTC). The book, music, and lyrics for this classic musical were written by Frank Loesser. It tells the story of Rosabella, a young woman from San Francisco, who is wooed by Tony, an aging Italian grape farmer from Napa Valley. Their age difference naturally leads to trouble, but love prevails. The richly emotional show boasts a gorgeous score of nearly 40 songs, including “Standing on the Corner” and “Warm All Over.” A 30-piece orchestra of professional musicians will support the talented cast of performing arts students. “The Most Happy Fella is such an exciting show for us to do,” says YMTC Artistic Director Jennifer Boesing, “not just because of its operatic scope and because it’s so rarely done, but because it’s a love story about the transformative power of kindness and forgiveness. And, at this moment in history, when so many people feel divided and afraid, it’s hard to think of anything we need more.” YMTC provides exceptional training to young theater artists through the production of exceptional musical theater. The organization brings together the Bay Area’s most talented and dedicated young singer/actors—as well as students of technical theater—with professional directors, designers, and musicians. They take on challenging and sophisticated musical and dramatic themes, and productions are always accompanied by a full, live orchestra.
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DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST in Broadway DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Diablo Valley College Performing Arts Center
7/21-8/6/2017
Join STARS 2000 in the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the stage version combines the beloved story with all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman and new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. The original Broadway production ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical. This beloved tale comes to life through the charming story of Belle, a young woman from a small village, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love another and earn their love in return, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is filled with spectacular storytelling and an Academy Award-winning score. Toes will tap to the inviting “Be Our Guest” and hearts will warm to the melody and lyrics of the title song “Beauty and the Beast”. Bring the entire family to this heartwarming “tale as old as time”. Reserve your tickets by calling Brown Paper Tickets (800) 838-3006.  Tickets can also be purchased at the door.  Ticket prices range from $16 to $22 with special pricing for students, seniors and groups.  For any questions, call (925) 324-7359.  For additional information, please visit our website at www.stars2000.org or go directly to www.brownpapertickets.com to purchase tickets online.
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