21 Aug Newsletter – August, 2011


Artistic Director’s Corner

Michael StormWhat an exciting two years! We are very proud of the work and the incredible group of artists and staff that have come on board. With all of these supporters contributing their incredible talents the future is getting brighter and brighter. We have added an Assistant to the Artistic Director, a Social Media Coordinator, an Administrative Intern, Assistant Directors, Assistant Stage Managers and two Production Assistants to the fold. The word continues to get out about T1 and more and more people are interested in working with us. That is great news for this Artistic Director let me tell you! Having all this support as we move into production on the next show makes everything progress much more smoothly.

Hanging Georgia is going to be very cool! We had our first production meeting last week and Jake Margolin (Director) a company member of the TEAM in New York, and the design team which features T1 regulars Martin Flynn (Set), Devon LaBelle (Props) and Ryan Lee Short (Sound), along with new comers Selina Young (Lighting) and Nick Vaughan (Costumes), have come up with some amazing ideas. Renting a professional facility is allowing them to spice things up quite a bit and we are really looking forward to getting started.

I would like to extend a personal thank you to Leo P. and Deborah Dashow Ruth as well as the Morgan-Richards Fund for helping to keep TheatreFIRST rolling along. They are AMAZING!!!

Don’t forget that the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco where the Thick House is located is a wonderful neighborhood and we strongly recommend that you come over early for drinks and/or dinner at the neighboring establishments. Please note the adjusted time for Thursday shows, 7:30pm and the new time for Sunday matinees at 5pm.

Also keep in mind that we have added three post show discussions to take place on Sundays immediately following the show on October 9th, 16th and the 23rd. TheatreFIRST and BootStrap are both known for their lively and engaging post show discussions and we strongly encourage you to attend if you can.

And a gentle reminder that the importance of financial contributions cannot be overstated right now as we begin to plan for a 2012 season. Your assistance will have a direct and profound impact on what we are able to produce and accomplish in 2012. TheatreFIRST is very hot right now and the buzz throughout the Bay Area theatre community is amazing. We have a lot of splendid artists interested in working with us and we want to keep that momentum.

Thanks everyone! And now, go buy your tickets for Hanging Georgia!!!

Opening night of Hanging Georgia is selling out!!! Get Your Tickets Now!!!

Our next production is a World Premiere co-production with BootStrap Theatre Foundation and is not part of the 2012 season, so be sure you go to BrownPaperTickets.com and get your tickets for Hanging Georgia, about the life and work of Georgia O’Keeffe. Hanging Georgia opens Saturday, October 8th, 2011 and tickets are on sale now!!!

Season announcement

Once Hanging Georgia is complete we will announce our 2012 season. The 2012 season will include a show at the Berkeley City Club in the Spring and our first Summer show most likely followed by a show in the Fall of 2012, hopefully both back in Oakland! There is a possibility that we will only offer the season brochure online, so EVERYONE should make sure they are signed up for the monthly newsletter. Obviously you are because you are receiving this month’s newsletter, but if you know of any T1 supporters who are not receiving FirstThingsFirst please forward this to them now.

Supporting the future of TheatreFIRST

Keep your eyes out for our Kickstarter video to be launched very soon. It is a great way to tell your friends about Hanging Georgia and it is a fun way to help support the project and be a part of the T1 family.

If you are able to make a financial donation to the cause now we really need it to help keep this exciting work coming your way! You can do so on the website, www.theatrefirst.com, by clicking on the PayPal button or by mailing a donation to the PO Box. As always, because no one is on salary at TheatreFIRST, your donation goes directly to the artists and resources associated with the productions.

But we also need you to spread the word and sell some tickets! Let’s get people into the seats and keep TheatreFIRST moving forward! Send this newsletter on to your friends. They can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Our new Social Media Coordinator, Christina Chan, is going to be keeping those sites up to date with fun facts and important information.

Don’t Forget You Can Now Donate Your Car to TheatreFIRST!

Charitable Auto Resources is now accepting automobile donations on behalf of TheatreFIRST! And remember, 70% of the proceeds from the sale of your automobile go directly to T1. Donations can be made by phoning 877-537-5277 or by going to our website www.theatrefirst.com and submitting the online form located at the bottom of our Donate Page.

Hanging Georgia

Our world premiere co-production with BootStrap Theatre Foundation, the wonderful group who brought us Tell It Slant about the life and work of Emily Dickinson, is under way! This exciting new play about the life and work of Georgia O’Keeffe promises to be different from anything T1 has done to date.

Casting is just about complete and joining the Slanters Ensemble which includes Paz Pardo as Georgia O’Keeffe, Michael Sommers, Nick Allen, Juliet Strong and Bear Capron are Claire Slattery and Maryssa Wanlass.

Post Show Discussions Added

There will be three post show discussions with writer, composer and cast immediately following the first three Sunday matinees (5pm curtain) on October 9th, 16th and 23rd.

More information, cast bios, and photographs are on the website now. Check it out!

Tickets are on sale now at BrownPaperTickets.com

Remember, the Thick House is an intimate venue and we have to accommodate the following of two successful theatre companies. You will want to purchase tickets now!

Industrious Monkey Takes Over for Creative:Mint

Our branding company, Creative:Mint has concluded its two year contribution to the T1 cause and has now handed over the reins to Industrious Monkey, an Oakland-based company. We thank Creative:Mint (and Heather McDonald in particular) for all of their wonderful (and free!) branding work. T1 could not have been SO cool SO fast without them. That is for sure. Industrious Monkey’s handiwork can be seen now on the T1 homepage.

Town Hall Theatre presents Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapine Agile

One of our favorite theatre companies, Town Hall Theatre presents Picasso at the Lapin Agile by Steve Martin, opening in September and directed by Lisa Anne Porter.
September 22 – October 15, 2011

“Why do all the nuts show up in one evening?”

In this intelligent and touching farce from one of America’s most loved comedians (Steve Martin), Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein meet in a Paris café and muse upon the nature of life, love and creativity.

This show features Clive Worsley (Stones in His Pockets) and Beth Deitchman (Anton in Show Business) and is directed by Lisa Anne Porter (Assistant Director on Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead)

Where are they now?

Ryan Tasker (Grapes of Wrath) is playing Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet at Carmel Shakes this summer. http://www.pacrep.org/RomeoandJuliet

Martin Flynn (Set Designer) has been busy designing sets for The Road to Hades at Shotgun Players, directed by Sabrina Klein, and Sweeney Todd for Berkeley Playhouse at Ashby Stage, directed by Jon Tracy. He also designed Of Dice and Men directed by Melissa Hillman at Impact opening August 27.

Jon Tracy (Grapes director, Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter actor) is directing The Tempest at Marin Shakespeare this summer. http://www.marinshakespeare.org/

Lisa Anne Porter (R&G Assistant Director) will be directing the Steve Martin classic, Picasso at the Lapin Agile for our good friends out at Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette. That show will include some familiar faces including Beth Deitchman from Anton in Show Business and Clive Worsley from Stones in His Pockets. http://www.thtc.org/

Phoebe Moyer (Anton) will be directing Broadway Bound in January for the Masquers Playhouse in Point Richmond. http://www.masquers.org/

Michael Barrett Austin (Grapes) will be playing Benvolio in scenes from Romeo and Juliet at Napa’s Festival del Sole this summer. http://fdsnapa.org/
He is also appearing in The Internationalist with Just Theatre at the Ashby Stage, November 4th through the 20th. http://www.justtheatre.org/

Mina Morita (Seven Staged Reading Director) will be directing The Nature Line, an original play written by emerging playwright J.C. Lee.

Alex Hersler (Grapes) is appearing as Ferdinand in The Tempest at Marin Shakespeare directed by Jon Tracy, running August 19th through September 25th. http://www.marinshakespeare.org/

Karol Luque (Jenny Sutter) is playing Matron Mama Morton in Chicago at Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre in Pleasanton, performing August 20-September 4th at the Firehouse Arts Center.  www.pcrtproductions.org

Jerry Metzker (Marketing Volunteer) will be presenting his one man show, Mercy Buckets, at the SF Fringe Festival this year. Performances are Friday, September 9th at 7pm, Saturday, September 10th at 1pm, Monday, September 12th at 7pm, Saturday September 17th at 7:30 pm, Tickets are $12.99 and available at:

Danielle Levin (Grapes) is appearing at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in Man of Rock: http://www.nymf.org/module-ShowManager-display-sid-1759.html

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