We are proud to present our 2021 lineup of new digital and live (we hope) content! From January to August, we’ll be rolling out a new horror anthology, a podcast, and an exciting new documentary. In the Fall, we plan to make our return to live shows with the finale of “Your New Favorite Musical”, and two brand new plays.
“HOLY SH*T THAT WAS SCARY” Part 3: The Cloud”
Featuring short films written by Alexandria Love, Tirumari Jothi, Claire Rice, and Colin Johnson.
Directed by Sarah Coykendall, Nikki Meñez, Alejandro Torres, and Colin Johnson
It started in the woods. It found its way to the city. Now… it’s everywhere.”
Part Three of our found footage horror anthology series has gone virtual, with four brand new horror shorts contextualized into an unrelenting stream of horror entertainment. Imagine a new, underground App that chooses you as an inaugural participant. What starts out as spooky fun with friends soon turns sinister, exploiting your worst insecurities and fears and daring you to uninstall at your own risk.
It turns out there’s a list.
A New Podcast featuring 6 original radio plays
According to Proverbs 6:16-19, “There are six things the Lord hates… haughty eyes, hands that shed innocent blood,a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are swift to rush into evil, one who sows discord amoung brethren and a false witness who speaks lies”. We’re asking 6 Bay Area writers to create an original radio play based on one of those things.
Empress Yee and the Magical History of Chinatown.
A documentary by Marc Pomerleau
Featuring Cynthia Yee
Following up on the incredibly successful “Fighting History of SF Chinatown”, host Marc Pomerleau teams up with Cynthia Yee to present “The Haunted History SF Chinatown”. This new documentary introduces explorers to the fascinating ghost stories of San Francisco Chinatown, stories rooted in the actual, bizarre, chilling, and sometimes brutal events and conditions that brought these stories into being. Watch as they walk Chinatown’s alleyways connecting Chinese supernatural folklore going back thousands of years and the historical and cultural context of the Chinese immigrant experience.
It’s time to pick a winner!
Late Summer, maybe Fall, ehh TBA
Featuring “Mommallia” by Jennifer Gallagher, “Pinball the Musical!” by Derek Lipkin, and “SINergy” by Liz Baker, Sang S. Kim and
After 3 rounds of online competition, our three finalists will have 15 minutes each to pitch their original musical LIVE to our panel of judges. The winner will get thier show produced by Awesome Theatre.
“THEM: A Feature Film
Written By J. Elliot Mendez
Directed by Nikki Meñez
“When the hunger for justice means you’re on the menu.”
While trying to outrun the apocalypse, four strangers hunker down in an all-but-abandoned house for the night. As the world ends outside, the secrets of each, Dakota – a suburban mom, Argentina – a grassroots political activist, and Milwaukee – the group’s gun-toting self-proclaimed protector, come crawling out and pulling at the ties that bind them together. But one by one they realize that Cincinnati hides the most dangerous secret and that it may come back to bite them. With time running out to make a final run for the safe zone, these unlikely allies will first have to answer the question that looms; “is it us or THEM?”
The Jersey Devil Play (Filmed)
Written by Allison Page
Directed by Jan Gilbert
The devil’s in the details — and their house.
Abby and Norman Kristoff have impulsively moved away from their steady lives in Sacramento to a cabin in Moorestown, New Jersey, sight unseen. Thankfully, the quirky locals know everything there is to know: where to eat, what to do, and who’s had a run-in with the Jersey Devil, a centuries-old horse-headed beast with hooves, claws, bat wings, and a bad attitude. The Kristoff’s invested everything they have into their new home and they’ll fight for it, tooth and nail. And they’ll need everything they’ve got because when the devil comes knocking, he rarely comes alone.
Alexandria is a stand-up comedian, writer, and performer from Oakland, California. She has been performing all over California since graduating from college in 2014. She’s performed at every major club in the Bay Area including SF Punchline, Cobb’s Comedy Club, and the San Jose Improv. She’s been a part of the following festivals: SF’s Comedy Day (2018), SF SketchFest (2018, 2019 and 2020), Out of Bounds in Austin, TX (2019), Silicon Valley Comic Con (2018, 2019), and South by Southwest (2019).
She’s been written about in the SF Chronicle multiple times, once referring to her as a “stand-out” for the Comedy Day Celebration. She was also voted as a “Comedian to Watch” by the SFist in 2019. Oakland residents might know her as the 19-time winner of Tourettes Without Regrets Haiku Battle. She has recently signed on to be a contributor for SF’s Awesome Theatre hour where she creates historical storytelling videos in a segment called Drunkaturgy. She has a M.A. in Communications from USF. You can see more of her writing at hereswhythatsfunny.com.
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