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2017 – 18 SEASON

THE FARM Oct. 15th – Nov. 11th 2017
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Oct. 15th – Nov. 11th  2017

THE FARM

A song-poem by Jon Tracy, adapted from George Orwell’s Animal Farm

Directed by Michael Torres and Elena Wright

Arrangements by Carlos Aguirre and Stephanie Prentice

 

The classic cautionary tale of animal uprising that resonates now more than ever. Originally commissioned at Shotgun Players, TheatreFIRST redevelops this song-poem to address our own experiences of oppression and maybe most importantly, the oppressor inside us all.

 

CAST

Tierra Allen / Napoleon

Anthony Frederick Aranda / Old Major

Dameion Brown / Boxer

Laura Espino / Mollie

Anna Joham / Clover

Dean Koya / Benjamin

Celeste Martore / Sheep

Molly O’ Brien / Snowball

Stephanie Prentice* / Clover

Marlon Richardson / Squealer

Dezi Solèy / Moses

Danie Citlali Valdivieso / Sheep

Jesse Vaughn / Dog

 

DESIGN

Randy Wong  Westbrooke / Scenic Designer

Stephanie Anne Johnson / Lighting Designer

Kristoffer Barrera / Sound Designer

Ting Na Wang / Properties Designer

Miyuki Bierlein/ Costume Designer

 

PRODUCTION

Kristoffer Barrera / Production Stage Manager

Liz Johnson / Rehearsal Stage Manager

Caymus Smith Pierce / Sound Board Operator

PARTICIPANTS Dec. 3rd - 23rd 2017
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Dec. 3rd – 23rd  2017

PARTICIPANTS

A discussion in twelve parts:

 

GODFORSAKEN

By Linda McLean

Directed by John Patrick Moore

 

SHOW OF HANDS

By Anthony Clarvoe

Directed by Erin Gilley

 

SHAKE IT

By Rohina Malik

Directed by Bridgette Loriaux

 

LIVING PROOF

By Skyler Cooper

Directed by Mary Guzmán

 

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By Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko

Directed by Ashley Smiley

 

FOREST

By Christopher Chen

Directed by May Liang

 

TAKE THE TICKET

By Star Finch

Directed by Brit Frazier

 

A SURE CURE LURE STORY

By Aaron Loeb

Directed by Elizabeth Carter

 

A HOLE IN THE SHAPE OF A PLAY

By Geetha Reddy

Directed by Jessa Brie Moreno

 

EVE AND STEVEN

By Carl Lumbly

Directed by Josh Costello

 

SCENES FROM MY TERRIFIC DEATH

By Dipika Guha

Directed by Susannah Martin

 

BREAKAWAY

By Octavio Solis

Directed by Ellen Sebastian Chang

 

Participants delves into how we individually and communally act in times of social and political unrest. Built around new work by internationally renowned playwrights, Participants is structured as a community discussion that will challenge the audience to ask: where have we been, what are we doing, and where do we go now? Special guest speakers and nightly surprises makes Participants a play like none other.

 

ENSEMBLE

Ed Berkeley

Skyler Cooper

Jordan Don

Cheri Miller

Aaron Murphy

Michelle Navarette

Akash Patel

Rebecca Pingree

Marjan Safa

Dezi Solèy

 

DESIGN

Kristoffer Barrera / Sound Designer

Miyuki Bierlein/ Costume Designer

Teddy Hulsker / Video Design

Stephanie Anne Johnson / Lighting Designer

Ting Na Wang / Properties Designer

Randy Wong – Westbrooke / Scenic Designer

 

PRODUCTION

Kristoffer Barrera / Production Stage Manager

Jake Fong / Rehearsal Stage Manager

Celeste Martore / Rehearsal Stage Manager

Jesse Vaughn / Rehearsal Stage Manager

Brendan West / Video Programmer

BETWEEN US Feb. 18th – Mar. 10th 2018
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Feb. 18th – Mar. 10th 2018

BETWEEN US

 

TheatreFirst gives you Between Us, stories of the struggle: eight solo plays split into two presentations in repertory:

 

PROGRAM A

 

LAVEAU: A conjuring of Marie Laveau

By Brit Frazier

Directed by Margo Hall

With Dezi Soley

 

SEVEN FINGERS: The story of Larry Itliong

Written and Directed by Jeffrey Lo

With Mike Sagun

 

PUSSY HAT: The story of one woman’s march

By Katie May

Directed by Phoebe Moyer

With Jennie Brick

 

JUST ONE DAY: A story of Martin Luther King’s legacy

By Cleavon Smith

Directed by Elizabeth Carter

With Sam Jackson

 

PROGRAM B

 

TURNING THE PAGE: The story of Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga

By Jeanne Sakata

Directed by Jeffrey Lo

With Heidi Kobara

 

LA PROFESSORA: The story of Nibia Sabalsagaray

By Written and directed by Noelle Viñas

With Virginia Blanco

 

THE RACKET: The story of Smedley Butler

By James Tracy and Jon Tracy

Directed by Robert Parsons

With Aaron Murphy

 

DESIGN

Nikki Anderson Joy/ Costume Designer

Kristoffer Barrera / Sound Designer

Ben Euphrat / Video Designer

Stephanie Anne Johnson / Lighting Designer

Randy Wong – Westbrooke / Property and Scenic Designer

 

PRODUCTION

Jake Fong / Stage Manager

WAAFRIKA 123 May 6 – June 10 2018
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May  6 – June 10 2018

WAAFRIKA 123

By Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko

Directed by Lisa Evans

1992 Kenya. The tiny, rural village Luoland, some 250 kilometers northwest of Nairobi. Two women fall in love: Bobby, an American development worker and Awino from the Luo tribe. When famine strikes, the villagers blame the women’s love. To regain equilibrium and make everything “normal” once again, Awino be “circumcised” — by force — so s/he can act like a “real” woman rather than “a woman who wants to be a man,” and Bobby must leave. Will Awino and Bobby agree to separate for the good of their community? Or will the village itself change?

 

CAST

Troy Rockett / Awino

Anastasia Barron / Bobby

Dameion Brown / Chief

Awele / Mama Mugabe

Jeunée Simon / Mama Otieno

Jasmine Williams / Mama Opio

 

DESIGN

Regina Evans / Costume Designer

Stephanie Anne Johnson / Lighting Designer

Celeste Martore / Co-Property and Scenic Designer

Randy Wong – Westbrooke / Co-Property and Scenic Designer

Kristoffer Barrera / Sound and Video Designer

 

PRODUCTION

Kristoffer Barrera / Stage Manager

Ayumi Namba / Deck Manager

Tierra Allen / Assistant Director

Elena Wright / Fight Director

Vanessa Rochelle Lewis / Intimacy Facilitator

Edris Cooper / Dialect Coach