18 Jan Newsletter — January 2016
Artistic Director’s Corner
A bittersweet Artistic Director’s corner this month as I announce that I have submitted my letter of resignation to Bonnie Stiles, Board President, TheatreFIRST. It has been an amazing 8 years and I am extremely proud of the 15 shows and five seasons we produced during my tenure, but it is now time to turn my attention back to acting, directing and teaching. As I ponder this shift I also take pride in the fact that I was able to find us two different homes, which doesn’t happen very often to small theatres. Also I can’t help but reflect on the incredible diversity here at TheatreFIRST. I can think of no other theatre in the Bay Area that has had as much diversity both on stage and behind the scenes. And I see a lot of theatre. There is a great legacy here for the next Artistic Director to continue and build on. I will be remaining on through the closing of Stop Kiss on March 12th. Thank you to all of the TheatreFIRST diehards who have supported us throughout the years and have made this such a wonderful experience for me personally and professionally.
TheatreFIRST Once Again Leading the Way on the Diversity Issue
TheatreFIRST has been one of the few companies truly committed to diversity and Stop Kiss is no exception. In fact, it is one of the main reasons we chose the piece. With over half the cast comprised of actors of color we are extremely proud to remain at the forefront of this important issue in Bay Area theatre.
Producers Read for Stop Kiss, by Diana Son
Thank you to all who came out for our Stop Kiss Producers Read. We had a great time and the buzz on the show is very strong. Another great script with a stellar cast. Many folks commented on how “perfect” the casting was.
Stop Kiss opens February 12th and plays Thursday through Saturday at 8pm with Sunday matinees at 5pm through March 12th.
The cast will be :
Heather Gordon* (Callie)
Stephanie DeMott (Sara)
Matt Monaco (George)
Mohammad Shehata (Peter)
Michelle Navarrete (Mrs. Winsley)
Jamella Cross (Nurse)
Robert Lundy-Paine (Detective Cole)
SPECIAL TICKET OFFER: We are offering a Valentine’s Day weekend ticket deal. Two for one tickets available for February 12th, 13th and 14th using the promo code: gokiss
On our opening weekend we will be serving complimentary Champagne and gourmet cupcakes to celebrate Valentine’s Day Weekend. This will be for all three shows Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets are on sale now at www.theatrefirst.com/tickets
And don’t forget to choose a delivery option in the pink window above the promo code window.
*Appears courtesy of Actors Equity Association
The Seafarer has sailed
We said goodbye to a great production of Conor McPherson’s The Seafarer last month. Attendance was strong and feedback was incredible. Another crowd pleaser at Live Oak Theatre. And don’t forget your 2 for 1 discount code for all tickets to the first two weekends of Stop Kiss. That code again is: gokiss
Michael Storm’s Tenure as Artistic Director Coming to an End
A note of thanks from TheatreFIRST’s Board of Directors: Thank you Michael for your tireless work in guiding TheatreFIRST through the many changes of the last few years. Your efforts to bring in new voices on the page as well as to broaden the array of artists who have shared their talents with us is much appreciated. It has truly been a gift for our audiences. We wish you all the best and look forward to seeing the fruits of your future endeavors.