Awesome Theatre’s 2019 Lineup

New plays, local artists, also weird

Awesome Theatre  is proud to present another year of world premiere plays written and performed by local artists, guaranteed to supply you with a metric crapload of laughs, bloodcurdling screams, and WTF moments. Liking Theatre not required.


nevereverlandNEVER-EVER LAND

Written by Sang S. Kim
Directed by Claire Rice

Winner of (In Search Of) THE FUNNIEST PLAY EVER. Peter Pan and Wendy. It’s a classic boy meets girl story but what happens afterwards?  What if the girl grows up but the boy can’t. Or won’t. Or could but he just can’t get his sh*t together.  

February 7, 14, 21, 28 & March 7, 14, 21, & 28 9PM


HSTWS“HOLY SH*T THAT WAS SCARY”

Found footage horror comes to life on stage with 6 brand new short horror plays embedded within larger multimedia-infused narratives, exploring the sinister corners of urban and rural terror.

PART 1: The Country
April 10, 7PM

PART 2: The City
July 10, 7PM


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Directed by Colin Johnson

Written and/or Performed by Jess Thomas, Meg Trowbridge, Clay Newman, Nora Doane, Edwin Ortiz, Molly Sanchez, Marc Abrigo,  Kaylamay Paz Suarez, and Puja Tolton 

A strange, silly, and subversive sketch comedy show about a children’s show gone horribly, wrong.

June 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, & 22 7PM


TRIVTERROR-RAMA IV: IN SPACE!
The Reading!

The Horror-Theatre Double Feature returns in 2020, but first, get a sneak peek of what we’re planning at the first public reading of these still-developing tales of terror!

Featuring:
Parallax Denigrate by Alandra Hileman
Space Babes from Planet Evil by Jess Thomas

Oct 14, 8PM


Let's Kill JessicaLET’S KILL JESSICA

Written by Claire Rice
Directed by Nikki Meñez

A twisted, blood-soaked office comedy where three co-workers named Jennifer plot to murder their co-worker Jessica, who is like, the worst.

Sept 26, & Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31 Nov 7, 14,  9PM

 


kylamoonproject.jpgTHE KAYLAMAY PROJECT

Written and Performed by Kaylamay Paz Suarez
Directed by Claire Rice and Jess Thomas

Created by our 2019 artist in residence. A wild ride through the intersections of the mind of a First generation, Filipinx, actor, and human being… trying to be human.

November TBA



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Do you love supporting local artists?
Do you love Awesome Theatre?

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AUDITION NOTICE: “NEVER-EVER LAND” By Sang S. Kim

Awesome Theatre,  wants YOU to audition for it’s next production, NEVER-EVER LAND, written by Sang S. Kim and Directed by Claire Rice.

October 14, 5-7PM and October 15, 6-8PM
PianoFight, 144 Taylor, SF

“Peter Pan and Wendy.  It’s a classic boy meets girl story but what happens afterwards?  What if the girl grows up but the boy can’t.  Or won’t.  Or could but he just can’t get his sh** together.  Seriously – it’s not like Wendy’s asking for much, Peter.  Seriously Peter bro – you’re getting in your own way.  We know you got a lot of stuff on your plate like unemployment and substance abuse.  And then there’s your complicated relationships with pirates, fairies and your shadow.  But dude – it’s time to stop being a lost boy and be a lost man.”


Rehearsals run January 14 – February 6, 2019  in San Francisco and Berkeley.

Performances will be at Pianofight, 144 Taylor in SF on Thursday Nights at 9PM February 7-March 28 2019. (8 Performances total)

Non-AEA, $200 Stipend Provided.


CASTING REQUIREMENTS

Wendy
Female – Any Race – Age 30s and over
Desc:   Sensible, smart and mature but not quite as grown up as she believes since she still allows herself to get caught up in Peter’s drama.

Tinkerbell
Female – Any Race – Age 40s and over
Desc:   She’s had to define herself based on the relationship of the men around her – maiden, mother and crone but she’s really trying to move on with that.

Supporting Character 1*
Male – Asian – 20’s -30’s Will be playing 1-3 supporting roles in the play.

Supporting Character 2*
Female – Asian – 20’s – 30’s Will be playing 1-3 supporting roles in the play


SIGNUP

UNPRODUCEABLE

Celebrating the Bay Area’s best playwrights by reading their most impossible plays.

Featuring “A History of Freaks” by Katie May
Directed by Claire Rice
Musical Guest: Claptrap

Saturday, November 17, 8PM
Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy Street
$10 Online Advance – $15 at the door

UNPRODUCEABLE is a reading series where Awesome Theatre brings to the stage the best Bay  Area playwrights and their most unproduceable plays. What makes a play UNPRODUCEABLE? Could it be too many characters? Does it have a live elephant crash through a wall? Do scorpions fall from the rafters in slow motion? Ultimately the story of what makes a play UNPRODUCEABLE is the story of what it means to be a playwright working in the modern theatre. Spend an evening in conversation with a celebrated Bay Area playwright and a hear a play that might not be coming to a stage near you but you’ll wish it was.

UNPRODUCEABLE brings Katie May’s “A History of Freaks” to the EXIT Theatre main stage. May’s entertaining dark comedy circus play tells the story of the Stromboli brothers traveling circus and sideshow, the last vestige of the golden age of traveling shows, is trying to survive in a modern era where screens have replaced live entertainment, and the photo-shopped freak is more appealing than the real thing. We’ll talk with May about the joys of creating commissioned work for a university setting (no character limits!) and the pitfalls of transitioning those shows to other stages (too many characters!) We’ll also hear the play itself performed by great local bay area actors along with some fantastic musical guests. Join Awesome Theatre for an evening of UNPRODUCEABLE new work that will leave you hungry for more.


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KATIE MAY’s full length plays include Abominable (PlayGround/Symmetry Theatre Company, San Francisco; The Lark Playwrights Conference, NYC; commissioned by SF PlayGround), Manic Pixie Dream Girl (fringeNYC, A.C.T. Costume Shop, San Francisco, commissioned by SF PlayGround), Black Sheep Gospel (Great Plains Theater Conference), A History of Freaks (Finalist David Mark Cohen Award in Playwriting), and Secrets of Gardenias (Piper Center New Play Development Fellowship). Her short play Rapunzel’s Etymology of Zero (Best of Playground Festival, Short + Sweet Sydney) was published in the Best of PlayGround Anthology, 2011, and was subsequently made into an animated short film that screened in festivals both nationally and interntationally. May has been a member of the San Francisco PlayGround Writers Pool since 2008, and a PlayGround Playwright in Residence since 2014.  Her work has received productions in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Arizona, Idaho, and Sydney, Australia. May is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Virginia Piper Writing Center, National University of Singapore, Women in Film LA, and a two-time SF PlayGround E-merging Writers Award winner. She holds an MFA from Arizona State University. http://tinyurl.com/newplayexchangeKatieMay


 

Claptrap is the brainchild of Meg Trowbridge (Killing my Lobster, The Ballroom Improv, Pint Sized Plays, SF Olympians Festival, etc) and Eric Rubin (Killing my Lobster, Speechless Live, SF Sketchfest, etc). Their original comedic songs blend genres (hip hop, country, German Aria, etc) and touch on historic and topical themes fed by Meg’s classically trained voice and Eric’s elastic physicality. They were recent winners of the Battle of the Comedy Bands SF and have performed from their debut comedy album Heart of Snarkness throughout the Bay Area from Redwood City to Sacramento.


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TERROR-RAMA III: DEAD THE WHOLE TIME

Directed by Christian Haines
Hosted by Sindie Chopper

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

TERROR-RAMA III: DEAD THE WHOLE TIME amps up the terror in Awesome Theatre’s third production of its horror series with more blood, more screams, and more thrills! Two plays are presented in a “Midnight Movie” double feature style, complete with Horror-Host, Sindie Chopper.

Featuring Matt Gunnison, Theresa Miller, Meghan Chambers, Travis Maider, Caitlyn Prather, and Devin Goodman.

Production / Artistic Staff: Christian Haines, Anthony R. Miller, Apple, Katie Whitcraft, Colin Johnson, Cassie Barnes, Natalie Ashodian, Sissy St. Maarten, Claire Rice, Stephanie Whigham, and Jess Thomas

October 12, 13, 19,20, 26 & 27 7PM
$30 GA at the door, $25 GA online advance $18 for groups of 6+
PianoFight, 144 Taylor, SF

TheSufferedThe 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.

 

 


CannibalSummerMy 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.

 


 

READ MORE ABOUT THE HISTORY OF TERROR-RAMA

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Mercy Killing

By Alandra Hileman

Directed by Claire Rice

Thursday nights at 9PM, June 21 & 28, 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

 

 

Set Design by Katie Whitcraft, Light Design by Mark Weddle, Prop Design by Robby Nothstine, Costume Design by Natalie Ashodian, Sound Design by Colin Johnson, Fight Chioreography by Kyle McReddie, Graphic Design by Stephanie Whigham

 

 

 

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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

PianoFight, 144 Taylor

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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Awesome Theatre’s 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.


FINALS, 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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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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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

 


TR3BANNERTERROR-RAMA III: DEAD THE WHOLE TIME

Directed by Christian Haines
Hosted by Sindie Chopper

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

October 12, 13, 19,20, 26 & 27 7PM


TheSufferedThe 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.

 

 


CannibalSummerMy 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.

 

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Featuring “A History of Freaks” by Katie May
Directed by Claire Rice

Saturday, November 17, 8PM
Exit Theatre
$10 Online Advance – $15 at the door

UNPRODUCEABLE is a reading series where Awesome Theatre brings to the stage the best Bay  Area playwrights and their most unproduceable plays. What makes a play UNPRODUCEABLE? Could it be too many characters? Does it have a live elephant crash through a wall? Do scorpions fall from the rafters in slow motion? Ultimately the story of what makes a play UNPRODUCEABLE is the story of what it means to be a playwright working in the modern theatre. Spend an evening in conversation with a celebrated Bay Area playwright and a hear a play that might not be coming to a stage near you but you’ll wish it was.

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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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