25 Jan Newsletter – January 2011


Artistic Director’s Corner

Michael StormThis month (of course) is about our next production,
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, adapted by Frank Galati. The design team has done a wonderful job and watching the director, cast and crew work in the Black Box gets me more and more fired up about Friday night. Speaking of which, Friday and Saturday of opening weekend are selling out. Sunday we still have a few tickets, but the word is out! Don’t wait!

With a multi-talented cast of eight, a stage of dirt, live music and Jon Tracy’s unique brand of direction, this show promises to be one of the highlights of this year. We hope you join us and we know that if you do you will rush out and tell your friends. Theatre in downtown Oakland appears to be taking hold and we have you all to thank for that. Let’s keep spreading the word about TheatreFIRST and The Grapes of Wrath.


Book Auction

Clars Auction Gallery has announced that information about their next auction, which includes the First Edition, First Print of The Grapes of Wrath, generously donated to the T1 cause by longtime supporter Doug Ferguson, will be up on their website this week! Check it out!


Video of The Grapes of Wrath

There’s a new video on our website with an in-depth interview of Jon Tracy. It’s a great way to get a preview of the production, and to gain a bit of insight into Jon’s directorial inspiration.



We’re planning an exciting new reading series for 2011 beginning in March. Keep an eye on your inbox for news about our acclaimed and always engaging series in the month to come. We’ll be exploring new works by TheatreFIRST favorite Laura Jacqmin, local playwright/actor Soren Oliver and many more. Favorite Bay Area directors will be collaborating with us, including Susannah Martin, Domenique Lozano and Nancy Carlin.

To submit work for consideration in the series, or if you’re interested in participating, please contact Jenn Wagner via email:

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