Author: Awesome Theatre

Mercy Killing

By Alandra Hileman

Directed by Claire Rice

Thursday nights at 9PM, June 21 & 25, July 5, 12, 19 & 26

Love is dead, literally.

Mercy is a barista in San Francisco. She’s also a serial killer. The only one who knows is a Grim Reaper named Thana, her girlfriend, sort of, it’s complicated. The two of them navigate a tenuous romance while trying to evade detection by the authorities on either side of mortality.

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Featuring

Olivia Brown,

Stephanie Whigham,

Noe Flores,

and Haley Bertlesen

 

 

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(In Search Of) The Funniest Play Ever FINALS

It’s a play.

It’s a playwriting contest.

It’s a play about a playwriting contest. 

Just go with it.

Twenty Bay Area playwrights have fought for comedic supremacy over four preliminary rounds, and a semi finals, now just two remain. On Wednesday April 11, Sang S. Kim and Bridgette Dutta Portman will battle for the title of FUNNIEST PLAY EVER! Both plays have been expanded and will be scored by our panel of Celebrity Judges. The winning play will be produced by Awesome Theatre in 2019.

Join our Hostess with the Mostess, Kaylamay Paz Suarez one last time as she guides us through this live reality game-show / backstage comedy / playwriting contest. Along with her insane Director, the stressed out producer, and a mysterious stagehand, she spray you down with a firehose of comedy, soaking you in laughter.

Your Finalists:

Portman

Demoted by Bridgette Dutta Portman

Directed by Christian Haines

VS.

Sang

Never-Ever Land by Sang S. Kim

Directed by Claire Rice

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Featuring Jan Gilbeert, Dorian Lockett, Shara Tonn, Randy Russell, Matt Gunnison, Charles Lewis III, Emily Stapleton, Katie Whitecraft, and Dan Kurtz

 

 

 


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Here they are, three humans acting in the name of the comedy gods. Meet the people who shall decide the fate of our comedic conquistadors.

Samantha Cubias– Audience Service Manager at Berkeley Rep
“Need an ark? I Noah guy!”

Rob Ready– Artistic Director at PianoFight.
Comedy is: “Just say it,” said Anthony, “I came to you.”

Sara Moore– Director of the Clown Conservatory at Circus Center in SF.
“Comedy is a doughnut for the soul”

 

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Christian Teen Dolphin-Sex Beach Party

Written By Anthony R. Miller and Jess Thomas

Directed by Colin Johnson

April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3 and 10, 9PM

$20 Online Advance, $25 at the door

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Maybe God DOES make mistakes

Ronnie and Judy are just two regular kids who love the lord. But when Judy is attacked and impregnated by a dolphin, their summer plans go out with the tide.  A greedy Pastor, an eccentric French Professor and a famous pop singer all get involved in this absurdist satire about religion, fame, and love.

 

Featuring: Ava Maag, Nickolas Rice, Stephanie Fields, Kate McGrath, Travis Maider, Kaylamay Paz Suarez, Meghan Chambers, and Puja Tolton

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( In Search Of) THE FUNNIEST PLAY EVER: SEMI-FINALS!

It’s a play.
It’s a play writing competition.
It’s a play about a play writing competition.
Just go with it

Awesome Theatre invites you to the SEMI-FINALS of the super groovy play writing contest that everyone seems to really enjoy, we didn’t take a survey. Just kidding, it’s hilarious.

Join your hostess with mostess, Kaylamay Paz Suarez as she keeps the laughs coming and tries to deal with her stressed out producer, her mysterious stagehand, and a drunk on power director, all in the name of their quest for comedy!

Somehow, from a comedic army of twenty playwrights, four have emerged.

Somehow, after four colossal prelim rounds, four heroes of humor remain.

Somehow, comedy found a way.

Here are your semi-finalists for February 21st

brigitte“Demoted” by Bridgette Dutta Portman

Losing your job is hard, especially when your job is being a planet. 

Directed By Christian Haines and featuring Kyle McReddie, Tavis Kammet, Charles Lewis III, Jan Gilbert and Matt Gunnison.

 


mccurdy“Way Too Schtoned” by Kyle McCurdy

I smoked way too much party before this weed. An out-of-mind experience.

Directed by Colin Johnson and featuring Edwin Ortiz, KC Gleason, Hannah Rose Stangbye, and Kyle McReddie.

 


sangheadshot“Never-Ever Land” By Sang S. Kim

Growing up sucks. 

Directed by Claire Rice and Featuring Matt Gunnison, Jan Gilbert, and Charles Lewis III.

 


garahan“HMO-Z” by Sean Garahan

Health Care for all, including Zombies.

Directed by Jess Thomas and featuring Randy Russell, Shara Tonn, Sissy St. Marten, Puja Tolton, and Tavis Kammet

 


The four winning playwrights of our preliminary rounds will present expanded versions of their plays. The Judges will score and critique all four plays. The play with the  top score goes to finals. The second finalist will be chosen by the audience. Finals are on April 11, the winning play will be expanded and produced by Awesome Theatre.

Who are these Judges? Funny you should ask.


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Who are these people?

We searched high and low throughout the Bay Area and  our Facebook friends lists to bring you three experts in comedy, story telling and theatre. Not to mention good taste.

Baruch Porras Hernandez – Writer, comedian, host of DondeEstaMiGente, Voice of Shipwreck
“I do Comedy because it’s such a Men’s club, and I wanna touch all those Dicks.”

Miss If’n Whendy- Co-Artistic Director of DIVA or Die Burlesque
“Fart jokes are for rubes and children so quit sucking. YAY COMEDY”

Rob Ready – Artistic Director of PianoFight
Comedy is: “Just say it,” said Anthony, “I came to you.”


 

How does this judging thing work?

After each play, the judges will give a short critique and present a score from 1 – 10 using decimal points to avoid a tie. The play with the highest cumulative score will go to semi-finals. Judges will base their score according to the  “Funniest Play Ever” criteria, which is comprised of:

  • Comedy
  • Clarity
  • Producability
  • Accessibility
  • Originality

 

So join us, as we SEARCH for, THE FUNNIEST PLAY EVER!

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Announcing the 2018 Lineup!

 

Awesome Theatre is proud to present it’s official line up for 2018. This promises to be our most ambitious year yet, full of comedy, horror, and general strangeness.


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It’s a play, it’s a playwriting contest, it’s a play about a playwriting contest, just go with it. 

Hosted by Kaylamay Paz Suarez

After four preliminary rounds, our four finalists will now expand their plays to ten minutes and face off for the two coveted spots in finals.

 

Your Semi-Finalists are,

 

Never-Ever Land by Sang S. Kim

Growing up sucks. 

Demoted by Bridgette Dutta Portman

When planetary personnel problems get personal.

Way Too Schtoned by  Kyle McCurdy

I smoked way too much party before this weed.

HMO-Z by Sean Garahan

Health care for all, even Zombies

 

The highest scoring play and the audience Favorite from semi-finals expand thier plays to 30 minutes and go head to head to win a full production.


IMG_3336FINALS, APRIL 11, 7PM

The people have spoken! Two gunslingers of guffaws have made it to the final round. Now both plays will be expanded and go head to head all for the glory of being named THE FUNNIEST PLAY EVER!

Hosted by Kaylamay Paz Suarez

Featuring: Never-Ever Land by Sang S. Kim and Demoted by Bridgette Dutta Portman

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CTDSBP_5x5_144Christian Teen Dolphin-Sex Beach Party

By Anthony R. Miller and Jess Thomas

Directed by Colin Johnson

Maybe go DOES make mistakes.

Ronnie and Judy are just two regular kids who love the lord. But when Judy is attacked and impregnated by a dolphin, their summer plans go out with the tide.  A greedy Pastor, an eccentric French Professor and famous people all get involved in this absurdist satire about religion, fame, and love.

Thursday nights at 9PM, April 5, 12, 19 & 26 and May 3 & 10

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MercyKilling5x5Mercy Killing

By Alandra Hileman

Directed by Claire Rice

Love is dead, literally.

Mercy is a barista in San Francisco. She’s also a serial killer. The only one who knows is a Grim Reaper named Thana, her girlfriend, sort of, it’s complicated. The two of them navigate a tenuous romance while trying to evade detection by the authorities on either side of mortality.

Thursday nights at 9PM, June 21 & 25, July 5, 12, 19 & 26

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TERROR-RAMA III: DEAD THE WHOLE TIME

The Horror-Theatre Double Feature Rides Again with two world premiere tales of terror.


sufferedThe Suffered By Colin Johnson

Frederick, a once popular author, now seeing his fame fade retreats to a small hotel for the memorial of his recently deceased wife, Lillian. But when a strange song awakens the truth of Lillian’s death, Frederick cannot escape his secrets.


cannibalMy Cannibal Summer By Claire Rice

A gated community of cannibals welcomes home one of their own from war. But something is different, Eddie doesn’t have “The Hunger” anymore. When he falls for the community’s newest resident Sonia, he decides to escape and finds out coming home is easy, but leaving could kill you.

Directed by Christian Haines
Hosted by Sindie Chopper

October 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, and 27


UNPRODUCABLE

Celebrating the Bay Areas best playwrights by reading their worst play.

November, TBA


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November 8 Lineup (Round 4)

Sang S. Kim , Bridgette Dutta Portman, and Kyle McCurdy have all been selected for the semi-final round. Now we choose the fourth and final warrior of whimsy, one last juggernaut of jokes, one more jouster of jocularity, the person who may be the person who writes what could eventually become THE FUNNIEST PLAY EVER!


Love Is On The Menu by Melissa Keith

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MELISSA KEITH is a playwright, actress, director and definitely not a kidnapper. Most recently, she directed Killing My Lobster’s puppet sketch comedy show, PUPPETRY OF THE LOBSTER. She is a resident playwright with PlayGround and is currently enjoying her fifth year in the writers pool. Her short play MISSION: AMBIVALENT was part of last season’s Best of PlayGround 21, which is nominated for TBA’s 2017 Outstanding Anthology Production. Melissa has also worked with Virago, SF Shakespeare Festival, KML, NCTC, Open Tab, Theatre Rhino, and PCSF. She does not have anyone held against their will in her basement, however you still can’t come over just to check it out, because of other reasons.

Featuring Charles Lewis III, Puja Tolton, and Matt Gunnison. Directed by Colin Johnson


You Dream Mad Bruh? by Nora Doane

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Nora is just another Bay Area, tech-employed artist trying to make her way in this wide world. When she’s not writing or performing at Pianofight, Nora can be found working, sleeping, or correcting others’ grammar nation-wide — occasionally all at the same time.

Featuring Melissa Keith, Chris Morrell, and Chris Magee. Directed by Claire Rice

 

 


HMO-Z by Sean Garahan

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Sean Garahan is a local actor, playwright, and teaching artist. He was recently seen as 15 different characters in the Ross Valley Players production of The 39 Steps – A TBA nominated production! You can check out what he’s up to next at seangarahan.com

Featuring Randy Russell, Sissy St. Maarten and Shara Tonn. Directed by Jess Thomas


R & J by E.B. Mitchell

ebEB Mitchell is a theatre artist in the area who hasn’t tried their hand at playwriting in quitesome time. They’re thrilled to be making their Bay Area writing debut at PianoFight and hope that you get a chuckle out of their play!

 

Featuring Jamella Cross and Tavis Kammet. Directed by Alandra Hileman

 


The Cat by Christian Simonsen

simonsenChristian Simonsen’s plays have been produced in San Francisco, Denver, Houston, Columbus, and Louisville, as well as overseas in Seoul, Sydney, Oxford, and London. (He is very pleased that he just got to use the “Oxford Comma” following the actual word “Oxford”). Christian’s short play Eve of the Vertebrates won 1st Place in the 2016 Stony Brook University Science Playwriting Competition. His current project is writing for Killing My Lobster’s sketch comedy show, Bag of Dickens.

Featuring Laura Peterson, Meghan Chambers, and Kyle McReddie. Directed by Aeron Macintyre.

 


 

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Celebrity Judges for November 8

 

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Who are these people?

We searched high and low throughout the Bay Area and  our Facebook friends lists to bring you three experts in comedy, story telling and theatre. Not to mention good taste.

Rob Ready – Artistic Director of PianoFight
Comedy is: “Just say it,” said Anthony, “I came to you.”

Samanta Cubias – Audience Development Manager at Berkeley Rep
“Need an ark? I noah guy!”

Wonder Dave – Writer, Performer, Swell human being.
“The end is nigh. Might as well laugh.”


Are they the judges for every show?

No, the judges will rotate from show to show, but expect to see them more than once.

How does this judging thing work?

After each play, the judges will give a short critique and present a score from 1 – 10 using decimal points to avoid a tie. The play with the highest cumulative score will go to semi-finals. Judges will base their score according to the  “Funniest Play Ever” criteria, which is comprised of:

  • Comedy
  • Clarity
  • Producability
  • Accessibility
  • Originality

Is there any Audience Choice?

Funny you should ask, 2 plays will go to finals. One will be chosen at semis by the judges, the other will be chosen by the audience at semis. We also encourage the audience to let the judges know how they feel about the scores.

How can you assign a numeric score to art?

From 1-10 with decimal points, that’s how. Look, we know competition isn’t for everyone. We think this will be a fun experience for writers and audience members to get a real look at what Producers and theatrical artists look for when critiquing work, our goal is to encourage and develop, not crush dreams.


 

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TERROR-RAMA III First Public Reading October 16

The Horror-Theatre Double Feature Rides Again!

In October 2018 we will present TERROR-RAMA III: Dead The Whole Time, the third installment of Awesome Theatre’s Horror Anthology with two World Premiere plays guaranteed to delight and disgust with Horror Host, Sindie Chopper. But because we know you creeps can’t wait a year,  on October 16 at PianoFight you get to see whats brewing. Join us for staged readings of the terrifying new tales and help us raise money for the 2018 production.   Help us make next year’s production a graveyard smash. (Yeah I Said it.)


sufferedThe Suffered By Colin Johnson

Frederick, a once popular author, now seeing his fame fade retreats to a small hotel for the memorial of his recently deceased wife, Lillian. But when a strange song awakens the truth of Lillian’s death, Frederick cannot escape his secrets.

 

 

 


cannibalMy Cannibal Summer By Claire Rice

A gated community of cannibals welcomes home one of their own from war. But something is different, Eddie doesn’t have “The Hunger” anymore. When he falls for the community’s newest resident Sonia, he decides to escape and finds out coming home is easy, but leaving could kill you.

 

 

 


 

Featuring: Jason Bayani, Melvign Badiola, Matt Gunnison, Tavis Kammet, Nicole Odell, Kaylamay Paz Suarez, and Puja Tolton.

Directed By Anthony R. Miller, Hosted By Sindie Chopper


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Celebrity Judges for September 13

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Who are these people?

We searched high and low throughout the Bay Area and  our Facebook friends lists to bring you three experts in comedy, story telling and theatre. Not to mention good taste.


Samanta Cubias – Audience Development Manager at Berkeley Rep
“Need an ark? I noah guy!”

Jeremy Cole – Director, Writer, and Actor
“Comedy is like sex. Everyone loves it…but so few do it well”

Sara Moore – Director of the Clown Conservatory at Circus Center in SF.
“Comedy is a doughnut for the soul”


Are they the judges for every show?

No, the judges will rotate from show to show, but expect to see them more than once.

How does this judging thing work?

After each play, the judges will give a short critique and present a score from 1 – 10 using decimal points to avoid a tie. The play with the highest cumulative score will go to semi-finals. Judges will base their score according to the  “Funniest Play Ever” criteria, which is comprised of:

  • Comedy
  • Clarity
  • Producability
  • Accessibility
  • Relevance
  • Strength of Voice
  • Originality

Is there any Audience Choice?

Funny you should ask, 2 plays will go to finals. One will be chosen at semis by the judges, the other will be chosen by the audience at semis. We also encourage the audience to let the judges know how they feel about the scores.

How can you assign a numeric score to art?

From 1-10 with decimal points, that’s how. Look, we know competition isn’t for everyone. We think this will be a fun experience for writers and audience members to get a real look at what Producers and theatrical artists look for when critiquing work, our goal is to encourage and develop, not crush dreams.


SEPTEMBER 13 LINEUP

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September 13 Lineup (ROUND 3)

Two Semi Finalists have already been named. Now, we name a third. Round 3 of our hunt for hilarity is nigh! Gaze with awe and childlike wonder at the 5 juggernauts of jokes that will compete for the title of FUNNIEST PLAY EVER! (After a rigorous development process)


“Cheesecake” by Elizabeth Flanagan

flanghan.jpgElizabeth’s plays have been produced by: San Francisco Theater Pub, All Terrain Theater, Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco, and Wily West Productions. She is a cofounder of Ex Nihilo Theater and previously served on the board of the Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco. She is currently writing a one act for the 2017 San Francisco Olympian’s Festival. You can follow Elizabeth on twitter @writesinpublic.

Featuring Randy Russell and Meghan Chambers, Directed by Jess Thomas

 


“Way Too Schtoned” by Kyle McCurdy

mccurdy.jpgKyle McCurdy graduated from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo with a B.A. in Theatre Arts. Kyle is a Pianofight company member, has performed improv comedy for over ten years including two month long runs performing in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, and is currently in the middle of writing/directing/acting/producing content for the Pianofight sketch comedy group S.H.I.T Show Revival (soon to be known as Basement Party.) Kyle has also directed and written for Pint Sized Plays, and recently directed a piece for the Short-lived Play Festival that competed in the finals.

Featuring  Kyle McReddie, Directed by Colin Johnson


“The Snowstorm” by Moshe Goodman

mosheMoshe Goodman is new to The Bay Area. In his native New York, Moshe worked with the Wednesday Repertory Company, Naked Chicken Productions, Love Creek Productions, and The Love Tank, acting in, writing & directing for, and producing tens of one act play collections. In the Bay Area, Moshe’s work has been seen at ShortLived and he has performed in The Playwrights Center’s 24 hr Play Festival. Moshe is currently performing in the Sf Fringe show, Submitted For Your Approval and looks forward to performing at Piano Fight in his own full length play, “The Judah Encounter” in October.

Featuring Dan Kurtz and Jan Gilbert


“Fata Morgana” by Alandra Hileman

alandraWhen not writing plays about dunk reincarnated knights, incestuous gothic-romantic cousins, badass sword-wielding ladies, queer students of magical history, and whatever the heck this one you’re about to see is, Alandra Hileman can be found huddled over a fire made of her many diplomas begging for Taco Bell at various BART stations. Read more about her plays, and get updates, info, clever snark and mythical creatures by visiting her website at ajhileman.com.

Featuring Puja Tolton and Rebecca Grayce, Directed by Anthony R. Miller


 

“The Haverfords” by Aeron Macintrye

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Aeron Macintyre has been acting, directing and producing for stage, film and television for more than 25 years. He has had the pleasure of appearing throughout the Bay Area, Los Angeles and New York including in the critically acclaimed Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party in San Francisco which won Best Production at the New York City Fringe Festival. Film and television credits include Trauma, The Evidence, Hearts Afire. Film credits includeKiller Clowns from Outer Space, Etruscan Smile and the starring role in Nominated.  Since 1985 he has been teaching acting and directing for stage, film and television both privately and in a number of professional training programs. He is currently an instructor and the Associate Director of Film Acting Bay Area and runs the PEG access television station in Berkeley.

Featuring Laura Peterson, Tavis Kammett, and Charles Lewis III, Directed by Aeron Macintyre


 

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