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STRANGE LADIES to Close Central Works' 2017 Season This Fall


STRANGE LADIES to Close Central Works' 2017 Season This Fall

The Central Works 2017 season concludes this Fall with Strange Ladies by Susan Sobeloff running Oct 14-Nov 12 (previews Oct 12 & 13) at the renownEd Berkeley City Club.

Strange Ladies is a Central Works Method Musical inspired by the Suffrage movement. The production is told with music of the period under the musical direction of Milissa Carey.

1917: a diverse group of Suffragists are fighting to gain the vote for women as the US enters World War I. Torn between loyalty to their political cause and loyalty to the war effort, these women each struggle to make difficult choices in a time of tremendous social upheaval. The personal pits each against the political in Strange Ladies.

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the imprisonment of the "Silent Sentinels." These women were arrested and sent to Occoquan Workhouse Prison after picketing the White House and demanding the right to vote. Their brutal treatment and subsequent hunger strike earned them the epithet of the "Strange Ladies" and forced the issue of Woman Suffrage into the national consciousness. 2020 will be the centenary of the ratification of the 19th amendment to the constitution, granting women the right to vote.

A Central Works Method Musical Strange Ladies is written by Susan Sobeloff, with direction by Jan Zvaifler, musical direction by Milissa Carey. The production is developed in collaboration with Milissa Carey, Gary Graves, Gwen Loeb, Regina Morones, Radhika Rao, Renee Rogoff, Gregory Scharpen and Jan Zvaifler.



Written by Susan Sobeloff

Directed by Jan Zvaifler

Musical direction by Milissa Carey

Oct 14-Nov 12 (Previews Oct 12 & 13)

Performing at the Berkeley City Club 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley

Tickets: $30 online at or $30 - $15 sliding scale at the door.
Previews and Thursdays are pay-what-you-can at the door.

For more information, call 510.558.1381 or visit

Susan Sobeloff (playwright) is a Bay Area playwright whose plays have been produced at the Exit Theatre, Custom Made Theater Company, SF Olympians Festival, SF Theatre Festival, The Marsh and the Woman's Will Playfest. She is a two-time Fellow at the Helen R. Whiteley Center, and an alumna of the TBA Atlas Program for Playwrights. She has been an invited member of the Central Works Writers Workshop since 2012 where she developed the script for Strange Ladies.

Jan Zvaifler (director) is Co-director of Central Works along with Gary Graves. A founding member of the company, she has participated as an actor, designer, director and/or producer for the past 27 seasons. For Central Works, she has recently directed RLS: Jekyll and Hyde, Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper, Dracula Inquest, The Lion and the Fox, and RICHARD THE FIRST; a trilogy. She has also worked with many local theater companies including the Berkeley Rep, Berkeley Shakespeare Festival, Marin Theater Company, San Francisco Playwrights Foundation, and San Francisco Shakespeare Festival.

Milissa Carey (music director) is a Bay Area theater veteran, guest director for the ACT MFA program, and faculty member of Foothill College and the SF Conservatory of Music. Her training includes a B.M. in vocal performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, a M.M. in vocal performance from the University of Southern California as well as a Certificate of Acting from The American Conservatory Theatre. She has performed throughout the Bay Area as well as in the 25th Anniversary Broadway National Tour of Evita under the direction of Hal Prince.

The script was created using the Central Works Method of collaborative play development. In a supportive workshop environment, group exploration and collective brainstorming contribute to the development of the script. The play emerges as a rich mix of group research, dramaturgical analysis and shared imagination. "The creative simmering that takes place gives a Central Works production a different brand from other more conventionally created productions...a unique style of theater not to be missed"-San Jose Mercury News.

Central Works fills a special niche for theater artists in the San Francisco Bay Area, producing more new plays by local playwrights than any other company in the region. "The New Play Theater" utilizes three basic strategies: some come to the company fully developed, some are products of the Central Works Method, and some are developed in the Central Works Writers Workshop, an ongoing commissioning program established in 2012.

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