12 Apr TheatreFIRST announces director Domenique Lozano for third show of the season, The Drawer Boy, by Michael Healey

The third show of TheatreFIRST’S 09/10 season will open June 12th at The Marion E. Greene Black Box Theatre, 531 19th Street, on the ground floor of The Fox Oakland Building.

Oakland, Calif., April 6, 2010 – TheatreFIRST today announced that Domenique Lozano will be directing the third show of their 09/10 season, Michael Healey’s poignant comedy The Drawer Boy, which will open June 12th, 2010 in The Marion E. Greene Black Box Theatre at 531 19th Street on the ground floor of The Fox Oakland Building. The show runs Thursday through Saturday evenings at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2pm, through Sunday, July 4th. Tickets start at $10 and are on sale now at brownpapertickets.com.

Ms. Lozano is an Associate Artist at the American Conservatory Theatre and the California Shakespeare Theatre. She has directed ACT’s Main Stage production of A Christmas Carol for the past two seasons and recently adapted Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle for ACT’s production, which ran from February to March this year. Other directing credits include The Countess with Center REPertory Company, Two for the Seesaw with Marin Theatre Company, Inspecting Carol and the West Coast premiere of Jane Martin’s Anton in Show Business with San Jose Stage Company, and The Norman Conquests, Holiday, The Real Thing, and She Loves Me with Napa Valley Repertory Theatre, of which she was a founding member and Associate Artistic Director. Acting credits include work with such theatres as Cal Shakes, ACT, Berkeley Rep, San Jose Repertory Theatre, San Jose Stage Company, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

The Drawer Boy, one of the most successful plays in Canadian theatre history, tells the story of two aging farmers and their long-buried family secret, which is uncovered when an actor visits them to research life on a farm. The actor takes their stories back to his theatre group, profoundly affecting the trajectory of the farmers’ lives and forever altering their understanding of their past and their future. The Drawer Boy entices audiences with its quirky humor and questions the role of art in our day-to-day lives. Since its premiere in 1999 at Toronto’s Theatre Passe Muraille, The Drawer Boy has won countless awards, including Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Award and The Helen Hayes Award. It continues to delight audiences across Canada, The United States, and around the world. In 2001, The Drawer Boy made Time Magazine‘s top ten list as “a new classic”.

Michael Healey trained as an actor at Toronto’s Ryerson Theatre School in the mid-eighties. He began writing for the stage in the early nineties and his first play, a solo one-act called Kicked, was produced at the Fringe of Toronto Festival in 1996. He subsequently toured the play across Canada and internationally, and in 1998 it won Toronto’s annual theatre prize, the Dora Mavor Moore Award, for best new play. The Drawer Boy, Healey’s first full-length play, premiered in Toronto in 1999 and won the Dora Award for best new play, a Chalmers Canadian Playwriting Award, and the Governor General’s Literary Award. It has been produced across North America and internationally, and has been translated into German, French, Hindi, Portuguese and Japanese. His other plays include The Road to Hell (co-authored with Kate Lynch), Plan B (which won the Dora in 2002), Rune Arlidge (which was nominated for the Governor General’s award in 2004), and The Innocent Eye Test.

Michael continues to work as an actor, and is a writer-in-residence at Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre. His latest play, Generous, won the Dora when it premiered at the Tarragon in September 2006.

The Drawer Boy will run Thursday through Saturday evenings at 8:00pm with Sunday Matinees at 2pm from June 12th through July 4th. Tickets are $30 for Fridays, Saturday and Sundays, and $25 on Thursday evenings. Previews are on Thursday, June 10th and Friday, June 11th and tickets for those two shows are $10. Patrons under the age of 30 pay only $15 for regular performances. Tickets are available at brownpapertickets.com and more information can be obtained at www.theatrefirst.com or by calling 510.436.5085.

Since 1993, TheatreFIRST has been one of the most interesting and dynamic theatre companies around.  TheatreFIRST’s history of Bay Area premieres includes Blue Remembered Hills, Via Dolorosa, The Great Celestial Cow, Fronteras Americanas, Making Noise Quietly, and The Arab-Israeli Cookbook. Awards include Best Small Theatre by East Bay Express and the Bay Guardian’s Goldie Award For Theatre. Finishing up its first season in the Marion E. Greene Black Box Theatre, in the newly renovated Fox Oakland Building, TheatreFIRST is coming off its very successful run of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, and continues its commitment to remain Oakland’s resident professional theatre company.

Attention Calendar Editors

What: The Drawer Boy, by Michael Healey

Who: Directed by Domenique Lozano

When: Previews Thursday and Friday, June 10th and 11th at 8:00pm

Opening Saturday, June 12th at 8:00pm

Runs Thursday through Saturday Evenings at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2pm

Closes Sunday, July 4th, 2010

Where: The Marion E. Green Black Box Theatre

Located at 531 19th Street, Oakland, CA 94612 on the ground floor of The Fox Oakland Building, just one block from the19th Street BART station in downtown Oakland.

Regular Ticket Prices: $30 for Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees

$25 for Thursday shows

Under 30 $15

Previews $10

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