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This season, TheatreFIRST gets intimate. While our home at the Live Oak Theater is being renovated, this season will be held at our new black box space, The Waterfront Playhouse at 2020 Fourth St. in Berkeley.

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By Eugenie Chan, Britney Frazier, Akaina Ghosh, Lisa Marie Rollins, Cleavon Smith, Arisa White, Dan Wolf, and Steve Yockey

Directed by Elizabeth Carter, Cheri Miller, Lauren Spencer, and Kimberly Ridgeway

Eight playwrights reclaim their own histories and bring forward their ghosts with a one-of-a-kind theatrical event. The power of fear will put to the test… in an oversaturated world, can the past move you forward or only hold you back?

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New solo work from two of our community’s boldest: 

PUSSYGRABBINGREVENGE

Written and Performed by Elaine Magree
Directed by Susannah Martin

Elaine Magree’s PUSSYGRABBINGREVENGE is a seriously funny play about seriously unfunny things. Spanning 60 years, collective responses to sexual threats and violence are recounted and interrogated: is it revenge, resistance, subversion or justice? What is justice? 

 

A ONE MAN SHOW

Written and Performed by Skyler Cooper
Directed by Lisa Evans 

Skyler’s unabashed exploration of the human condition – navigating everything from first crushes to dressing rooms hijinks – ultimately lands him in this present moment: standing in front of us as living proof that real power is only found when we live in our truth.

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By Jeffrey Lo

An absurdist, meta-theatrical indictment of New Work’s Festivals, I THOUGHT I WOULD LIKE IT HERE focuses on a staged reading of a new work in progress by an emerging Filipino-American playwright that goes horribly awry in front of a ‘well-meaning’ audience. The play examines where we each position ourselves in the development of art and community, and shines a light of a possible future that rewards personal accountability and communal responsibility.

Funded in part by a grant from The Zellerbach Foundation

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In connection with Jeffrey Lo’s I THOUGHT I WOULD LIKE IT HERE, about the perils of new work festivals, we figure, we’d… do a new works festival. But different. Audiences will be able to come throughout May for drinks and a presentation of our new works in development. You’ll hear from these artists about the process so far, see selections of the work, learn about what’s next and be a part of the larger discussion about the power of new stories. Productions will include:

 

DELANO
By Carlos Aguirre, Jeffrey Lo and Lisa Ramirez
Developed by Sean San José

F.D.R. DRAG SHOW
Developed by M. Graham Smith and Regan Linton

A MARRIAGE
By Tom Swift
Developed by George Maguire

YADAM
By Kimiya Shokri
Developed by Evren Odcikin

BAD TENDENCY: THE VEXING CASE OF ANITA WHITNEY
By Sam Hurwitt
Developed by Erin Merritt

GOOD WHITE MEN
By Melina Cohen Bramwell
Developed by Linda Girón

BOUNDLESS AS THE SEA
By Cleavon Smith
Developed by Philippa Kelly

THE QUEEN OF THE ZYDEC
By Lady Zen
Developed by Jon Tracy

THIS SEPTEMBER 11TH
By Rob Dario
Developed by Domenique Lozano

THREE PERCENT
By Dazie Grego Sykes

Learn more about each of our productions in development HERE.

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SPECIAL EVENT!

Nov. 25th, 2019, Jan. 27th, and Mar. 9th, 2020

FINANCIAL AVENGERS PODCAST

With The Captain, The Oracle and other Agents Waging the Ongoing Fight for Financial Freedom

As an extension of TheatreFIRST’s living wage initiative, we have collaborated with Financial Avengers to bring our community a live podcast that uses theatre to break down the myths and expose the hard truths of capitalism. This developmental event offers financial planning for all of us, especially those who have been historically shut out of the conversation.

GENERAL FLEX-PASS : $100

STUDENT, SENIOR FLEX-PASS : $75

Here is the breakdown for what is offered:

One ticket to each of the four mainstage productions, FROM THE GROUND UP, PUSSY GRABBING REVENGE, A ONE MAN SHOW (in repertory under the title HISTORY KEEPS ME AWAKE), and I THOUGHT I WOULD LIKE IT HERE.

Four tickets to the FUTURE TENSE DEVELOPMENT FESTIVAL to be redeemed once the schedule of new works has locked in, January 1, 2020.

A glass of wine or water at concessions for each mainstage show.

A dramaturgical packet for each mainstage show and the development festival.

In-the know, subscriber only newsletters, letting you be the first to know about special events, including our Financial Avengers Podcast!

* After you purchase your season flex-pass, T1 Box Office will contact you about signing up for your dates! Any questions, please contact boxoffice@theatrefirst.com *

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