BY TOM SWIFT | DEVELOPED & DIRECTED BY BRENDAN SIMON | VISUAL DESIGN BY BEN EUPHRAT
On a quiet, lonely night, two unlikely men make the unlikely decision to fall in love. The play tells the story of that night and the thirty years that follow.
The story will first be told in two video essays where the playwright and director share their lived experiences, culminating in the full production.
ASL interpretation will be provided.
A Marriage is one of six new commissions told episodically through our season. From October to June, audiences will join characters and artists for intimate stories told in chapters through a serialized format, delivered to you online each month.
MEET THE CREATIVE TEAM
TOM SWIFT (HE/HIM/HIS) PLAYWRIGHT
Tom Swift (he/him/his) is the Captain of the Financial Avengers. In past lives he has been a playwright, producer, performer, pornographer and political organizer. He has also survived two plagues.
It has been a long life. What matters is the future. Onward.
BRENDAN SIMON (HE/HIM/HIS) DIRECTOR/DEVELOPER
Brendan Simon is an award-winning creative and performing artist. He is a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association (AEA) who has dedicated over 25 years to his artistic crafts, and directed and performed on local, regional and national stages. Working for Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre (KPET) since 2001, Brendan is the recipient of Kaiser Permanente’s 2017 Community Health Innovator Award for directing and co-devising the company’s Resilience Squad programming for high schools. He also co-created RISE UP, a national initiative for educators to foster resilience in school environments despite the adverse childhood experiences and traumas affecting students. Brendan recently began working to transform Educational Theatre’s middle school programming to address racism and include messages of equity and social justice.Brendan believes the future of theatre exists at the intersection of joyful activism and the visibility of underrepresented communities. Art has no more important task than amplifying our painful truths, that we may begin to heal ourselves, our communities, our nation, and our world. Brendan is thrilled to be on the Board of TheatreFIRST. #allblacklivesmatter
BEN EUPHRAT (HE/HIM/HIS) VISUAL DESIGN
Ben is a bunch of things. Video designer, audio designer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and actor to name a few. His audio/visual work has been seen in TheatreFirst’s The People’s History of Next, Far Far Better Things and both of the Between Us series as well as a variety of ads and promos for T1. As an actor/musician he’s performed all around the bay area at theaters such as ACT, Berkeley Rep, TheatreWorks, The Magic, Marin Theatre Company, Shotgun Players and a brief but mighty stint off-broadway in New York. His most recent solo album Portrait of Girl was released last year and is available on all the places where music is available. Check it out and check him out at beneuphrat.com