July 8th, 2018
Today I auditioned for a play at San Jose Stage Company called The Lieutenant of Inishmore, and tonight we are going to see Priscilla Queen of the Desert at Theater Rhinoceros in San Francisco. Music:!
****CORRECTION - the director of Priscilla Queen of the Desert is JOHN FISHER. ***
June 18th, 2018
Today I spoke with John Fisher, the Executive Director of Theatre Rhinoceros, the longest running queer theatre in the world. John directed the award-winning musical - Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
After last year’s (2017) sold-out run, and the most successful show in the 40-year history of Theatre Rhinoceros is thrilled to be presenting - BY POPULAR DEMAND - an encore production for 2017/2018 Season of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert - The Musical. Priscilla has a book by Australian film director/writer Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott, using well-known pop songs as its score. Adapted from Elliott's 1994 Oscar-winning film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, the musical is the heart-warming, uplifting adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they could have ever dreamed of.
With a dazzling array of over-the-top costumes, extraordinary headdresses, A FULL SIZE BUS - ON STAGE, and a hit parade of dance floor favorites, this wildly fresh and funny musical is a journey to the heart of FABULOUS. SYNOPSIS: The Musical follows two drag queens and a transsexual (Tick, Adam, and Bernadette), who buy a run-down old bus (they call Priscilla) and set out on a road trip across the Australian Outback when one of them, Tick, is invited by his ex-wife to perform his drag show at her faraway resort. However, Tick is hesitant to tell his friends, Bernadette (a former performing icon whose best days are behind her) and Adam (a rambunctious young troublemaker), his own personal reasons for taking the trip. During their journey, the trio encounters an array of Australian citizens, some of who aren’t receptive to their lifestyle, including incidents of homo and transphobia, while widening comfort zones, finding new horizons, and strengthening their own friendship.
Performances: Extended run to July 7, 2018
Location: Gateway Theatre - 215 Jackson St., (at Battery St.) SF, CA 94111
Tickets: Available online from Brown Paper Tickets (http://bit.ly/priscilla_tix)or call the box office at 1-800-838-3006.
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June 14th, 2018
This week we take a look at Shotz! in San Francisco, The Tony Awards and Robert De Niro, the Anthony Bordain tragedy, and finally your summer Broadway Show List!
AMIOSWEST WAS FOUNDED in 2012 as the West Coast outpost of Amios. Amios (Art and Music in our Souls) was founded in 2009 by alumni of the National Theatre Conservatory. Since its inception, Amios has worked with over 500 artists to produce more than 300 original short, one-act and full-length plays in New York City, San Francisco, Boston and Los Angeles.
Here's the Next Performance of Shotz!
THE MOON ALSO RISES
July 11th at 7 PM
4th Street Theater
2020 Fourth St
Berkeley, CA 94710
The ingredients. Each of the plays must:
1. Relate to the theme The Moon Also Rises
2. One character must experience disgust
3. Include the word gingivitis or mention a stone fruit
The playwrights are Sunil Patel, Jess Thomas, Jeremy Cole, Christopher Magee, Michael Magee, Ray Renati and Malinda Coler
The directors are Ray Renati, Anna Smith, Melanie Bandera-Hess, Puja Tolton, Malinda Coler, Jesse Lumb & Christopher Magee
The actors are Moshe Goodman, Celia Maurice, Katie Whitcraft
Randy Russell, Jayme Catalano, Cary Cronholm Rose, Megan Toth, Michael Magee, Christopher Magee, Anna Smith, Puja Tolton, Robyn Grahn, Angel Hertslet & Emily Stapleton
$20 at the Door
Powerhouse Entertainer and actress Carly Ozard has had solo shows at The Rrazz Room, Feinstein’s at the Nikko, Feinstein’s/54 Below, Stage 72 at the Triad and The Metropolitan Room. She works in musical theatre, cabaret, and as a FEMcee for various events. An exceptional vocalist with comic and dark sides showcasing a repertoire that includes Musical Theatre, Contemporary Pop, Classic Rock and Electric Dance Music. A newly budding songwriter and cover artist, she just released her debut recording Universal Child on iTunes and CDBaby. Having acted as head judge of The Gay Pride Parade in San Francisco as well as a judge for The Voice of Vallarta and the San Francisco Cabaret Competition, Carly has been part of every community she has performed in. Carly has shared stages with Charles Strouse, Klea Blackhurst, Rita Moreno, Leslie Jordan, Maureen McGovern, Miranda Sings! and more. She is a two time Burner at Burning Man, a proud member of AEA and The New York City Friar’s Club, and she is reinventing herself and expanding her fan base! Carly Ozard performs regularly in San Francisco and is based out of New York.
June 2nd, 2018
Why are we focusing on Roseanne Barr when the real problem is the President of the United States and his use of Twitter, and the fact that we have become a reality TV show as a country?
June 2nd, 2018
Today I talk about the touring version of The Color Purple. The show has some impressive voices and energy but needs more specific direction.
May 2nd, 2018
My day in San Francisco auditioning for plays including the goat by Edward Albee.
April 20th, 2018
Tonight we had our preview of you are my sunshine at the Phoenix Theatre in San Francisco. I tell you the ins and outs of all the BackStage. shenanigans, and why one should avoid Thai food right before going on stage.
April 15th, 2018
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1) A special Trump Rant - Enjoy
by Simon Stephens
Directed by Hal Brooks
March 14 – April 8, 2018 (closed)
A.C.T.’s Geary Theater
415 Geary Street
Running time: 1 hour 25 minutes, with no intermission
In a bustling London train station, free-spirited American Georgie unexpectedly kisses mid-70s British butcher Alex, and sets his world reeling. When she turns up in his shop a few days later, he is suspicious. Is she really attracted to him, or is there a longer con on the cards? As Alex is drawn into Georgie’s anarchic world, his conventional life becomes chaotic, uncertain, and undeniably richer.
In this “vibrant and emotionally charged” (The New York Times) new play, Tony Award–winning playwright Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) crafts a comedy that rethinks the polar magnetism of opposites attracting, as well as the conventions of modern-day playwriting. With its perfect collision of strangers and strangeness, Heisenberg was an electric hit on Broadway from one of theater’s most original voices.
3) YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE
You Are My Sunshine is a fact-inspired, multi-decade character study of a man of mythic American proportions whose passions and demons lead to tragedy, narrated in Woody Guthrie-style folk songs, accompanied by Bay Area music favorites Chris Haugen (guitar) and Trevor Marcom (vocals/guitar). This ensemble drama was spurned from a long-worn, much-hushed rumor in Kelli Kerslake Colaco's family that her great grandfather, Ernest Fletcher Hodge (a semi-pro baseball player with the Detroit Tigers), lost his mind one hot summer night in Blytheville, Arkansas and killed his wife, his mother-in-law and then himself. Part John Steinbeck, part Coen Brothers, this intriguing play focuses on the search for truth behind a dark family legend vis-à-vis an ancestor and the women and children in his life. See You Are My Sunshine at San Francisco's Phoenix Theatre.
Written by: Kelli Kerslake Colaco
Music and lyrics by: Kelli Kerslake Colaco
Music Arranged by: Chris Haugen
Directed by Kelli K. Colaco and Cristina Anselmo
An Equity Workshop Production
A fact inspired, (Steinbeck/Coen Brothers tinged,) multi-decade character study of a man of mythic American proportions whose passions and demons lead to tragedy, narrated in Woody Guthrie style folk songs. #The truth will set you free.
Tim Fullerton, Andrea J. Love, *Trevor Marcom, *Valerie Weak, *Kelli Kerslake Colaco, *Ray Renati and Elliott Hanson, and Chris Haugen
Chris Haugen on Acoustic Guitar
*Members of Actors' Equity, the union of professional actors and stage managers.
March 27th, 2018
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