03 Nov Newsletter – October 2013


Artistic Director’s Corner

Michael StormMost of you have been reading in the last few AD Corners how well things are going over at Live Oak Theatre, and that is indeed true. Hopefully you have been coming out to see these wonderful shows!

Next up is Symmetry Theatre Company, and they are one of the finer new companies in the Bay Area. No doubt you have heard of them already. If not because of us, then because of the terrific shows they have produced and the success they have had with the critics. I have seen several of their shows and they have all been fantastic. A company that boasts members like Robert Parsons, Stacy Ross, Danielle Levin and Lizzie Calogero…? Come on!

If that’s not enough, I should remind you that they are committed to providing as many female equity contracts as male equity contracts. I mean, come on! (Yes, I know I wrote that already…but, COME ON!!!) This is the type of diversity that needs to be supported. Right? And we know that you, as loyal followers of TheatreFIRST, will want to support them and their mission. This is a terrific group with good and talented people, and we are hoping that they will become one of the resident companies at Live Oak Theatre. So check out their website (SymmetryTheatre.com) and come on out to Live Oak to see the show. To show you how serious we are about this, during the first two weeks of the run we are offering a free drink (yes, that includes one of our gourmet wines or premium beers) for every patron that mentions “FirstThingsFirst.” Indeed, every patron! That’s how we roll. We want you at the Live Oak Theatre. So, come on out. Show your support. Help this wonderful community of artists grow.

You will want to be a part of this!


Lauren Gunderson! Lauren Gunderson! Read all about it!…in the SF Gate

What better timing for a piece about the prolific and talented Lauren Gunderson than just after our last newsletter announcing that Gunderson’s Fire Work will be starting off our 2014 season.

Want to get some Gunderson in before then? You can eat your fill and go back for seconds with The Taming, a Crowded Fire production at the Thick House in San Francisco, and I and You at Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley.

(Read the full article at sfgate.com)


PICASSO plays to sold out houses

The Live Oak Theatre has traveled the grapevine and now the word is out. Full houses for Actors Ensemble of Berkley’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile by Steve Martin prove it.


Next Up at the Live Oak Theatre…

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Symmetry Theatre Company, the badass Bay Area theatre company that proudly states “that women’s stories are as important as men’s” by producing work with just as many female characters as male (and just as many equity contracts), presents Carnival Round the Central Figure by Diana Amsterdam and directed by Chloe Bronzan. Carnival opens November 3rd and runs through December 1st at our very own Live Oak Theatre.

“Doesn’t everybody die?” The search for an answer leads Kate on a wild theatrical roller-coaster ride where all the manic denial in the world can’t obscure the inevitable truth. Diana Amsterdam’s powerful dark comedy is an unsettling examination of our inability to accept the fate that awaits us all.”

The play features a fantastic cast of El Beh, Velina Brown*, Steve Budd, Lizzie Calogero*, Amber Crane, Gregory Crane, Michael Patrick Gaffney*, Marissa Keltie*and Michael Gene Sullivan*. For tickets and more information check out the Symmetry website.


This Holiday Season Storm Storms Town Hall…to Direct a Play

Michael Storm, actor turned Artistic Director, pulls another card from his sleeve directing the Christmas show, Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!), this year at Town Hall Theatre Company in Lafayette.

Every Christmas Story, by Michael Carleton, Jim Fitzgerald and John K. Alvarez, is a “hilarious romp” that traverses the most famous and beloved Christmas tales from A Christmas Carol to It’s a Wonderful Life. Opening December 7th, Every Christmas Story will warm your holiday season with some old and new takes on the spirit of Christmas. Previews December 5th and 6th.



Also Coming This December, A New Take on the Ladies and Gents of Shakespeare

What if Hamlet met Juliet, and Joan of Arc lost her faith? Following the Wrong God Home explores what opportunities emerge when Shakespeare’s characters take an alternate journey, with startling outcomes. Not new to TheatreFIRST, Artistic Associate and Director MaryBeth Cavanaugh is well-remembered for directing Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Devised with text from Shakespeare and others, this theatre and dance piece is a collaboration by award winning choreographers, actors, a street performer and a playwright.

This production will premiere at Berkeley Rep’s Osher Studio, in the Arts Passage at Berkeley Central on Saturday, December 7th at 8pm and Sunday, December 8th at 5pm. Address is 2055 Center Street.  Running time: 1 hour and 15 minutes.  Tickets at the door are a sliding Scale:  $15-$25

Going to the Theatre? Grab Some Great (and Discounted) Grub

On your way to the Live Oak Theatre for a show you are bound to pass the lovely Bistro Liaison, located at 1849 Shattuck. With a thoughtfully constructed menu and long list of wines, this restaurant of “French food for the soul” is a great way to start an evening out. Even better, Bistro boasts a pretty sweet deal for those theatre bound for the night…10% off food!


Prorated Subscription Package

With one show down and two to go we are offering a special price on the remaining two shows if you subscribe in the next two weeks. $20 per ticket per show is a mark down of $10 per ticket off of the door price and $5 per ticket of the online price.

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