03 Aug Best Small Theater Company

And place for actors of color to find work

Confirming what many of our supporters knew all along, TheatreFIRST is now officially the East Bay’s Best!

This honor was bestowed on the company in May by the East Bay Express in their Best of the East Bay edition. TheatreFIRST was nominated as Best Small Theatre Company. TheatreFirst stands out, for “its commitment not only to producing shows rarely, if ever, seen in the States, but making sure those shows represent a rich cultural diversity that still is sorely lacking in the Bay Area theatre.”

Among the smaller companies, Artistic director Clive Chafer is on a tear, from the racially charged courtroom drama Color of Justice with a massive, multi-hued cast to the lilting Great Celestial Cow, about an Indian family transplanted to London. Chafer also took a incisive look last year at the clash between cultures with two David Hare works: Via Dolorosa, which chronicles Hare’s trip to the Middle East, and A Map of the World, which pits a V.S. Naipaul-like author against UNESCO at a conference of developing nations.

Our thanks go to Lisa Drostova, the East Bay Express reviewer who has steadfastly supported our work, and even exhorted in her review of Mooi Street Moves that “somebody needs to give TheatreFIRST a big pile of money and a dedicated space of its own”!

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