Newsletter — February 2015


Artistic Director’s Corner

Storm HS 1510 smallWe are so fortunate to have Hawkmoon Theatre Company coming to Live Oak Theatre to help keep the quality programming rolling along. As you know, we have learned that the space is not well known, even to Berkeley folks, and we are committed to keeping a steady stream of great shows at the Live Oak Theatre so that we keep getting the word out. You can help. Please inform everyone you know about Live Oak Theatre and bring them to the shows with you. Glengarry Glen Ross has an absolutely phenomenal cast and you will be glad that you shared such an amazing play with your friends and family. Especially if they are not regular theater goers. We have picked this show specifically for folks like them to enjoy.

Another show that will appeal to the non-theater going public is Stop Kiss, by Diana Son. I love this story and the way it unfolds in such a wonderfully unpredictable way, as we see two straight women gradually fall in love. It’s cute, endearing, challenging and a wonderful addition to the season. It also has some terrific roles for women, which is always at the forefront of my thinking. As I read this play during the deliberations with Actors Equity Association over the upcoming season, I realized very quickly that this was the perfect show to produce as a non-union production. I have 4-5 actresses who are essentially union caliber talent that I have wanted to work with for quite some time and this play is the perfect opportunity to get a couple of them involved. It is also a great play to involve some of our Acting Company Members. That’s right. Hopefully in next month’s newsletter you will be able to read about our first full-fledged acting company! And you will see many of them in Much Ado and Stop Kiss.

Tickets are already selling fast on line for Glengarry and everyone was very impressed at our Producers’ Read this past weekend. So, get your tickets soon, and if you can come early in the run that will allow you to promote the show to your friends, co-workers and family members. And keep your eye out for our IndieGoGo campaign for Glengarry coming soon. As always, that video will be a great promotional tool for you to distribute to all of your people.


2015/2016 Season Finalized

Stop Kiss by Diana Son has been added to the 2015/2016 line up and joins Glengarry Glen Ross and Much Ado About Nothing to create one of the most exciting seasons coming up in 2015/2016. Diana Son burst on to the scene with this beautiful and endearing comedy. Callie meets Sara when she agrees to cat sit at the request of a mutual friend. As their acquaintance grows they circle each other warily, nursing an unspoken attraction. After a few more meetings, the two women, both of whom have boyfriends, gradually realize they are falling in love. Stop Kiss examines how we deal with a love unexpected and the attraction we can have toward an unlikely partner. Known for producing challenging comedies with an edge, TheatreFIRST is back with this dynamic piece of theatre. The New York Times called it “…a sweet, sad and enchantingly sincere play.”

Casting complete for Glengarry Glen Ross


We are extremely proud to announce the entire cast for our upcoming production of Glengarry Glen Ross. Joining Warren David Keith (Shelley Levene), Michael Torres (George Aaronow) and Kevin Karrick (Dave Moss) are Tim Redmond as John Williamson, Chris Hayes as James Lingk and Robert Lundy-Paine as Baylen. We are honored to have such a terrific group of actors preparing to bring forth this amazing story in stellar fashion.

Tickets on sale now for Glengarry Glen Ross

Tickets are now on sale for Glengarry Glen Ross, which opens on Sunday April 26th at 5pm. Please note this is a special opening date for TheatreFIRST. We would also like to point out that this is an extremely well known playwright and one of his best plays so we strongly encourage you to purchase now.

Season Subscription Forms Available Online

Season subscription forms are available for download now at We will not be mailing this form out this year, unfortunately. We hope you are able to download, fill out the form and sent it back in to us via the mail. Subscribers get reserved seating at all events including the Free Shakespeare in the Park show AND The Hawkmoon Theatre Company bonus show (read more below). If you need further assistance or you would like to pick up a hard copy at the theatre, please call us at 510-981-8150.

Bonus Show For Subscribers

Another of our “sister companies” is bringing a show to the Live Oak Theatre and they have offered free tickets to any and all of our subscribers. The play is The Seafarer by Conor McPherson, Ireland’s most recent superstar playwright and is set on Christmas Eve in Baldoyle, a coastal suburb north of Dublin City. The play centers on James “Sharky” Harkin who attempts to stay off the bottle during the holidays as he contends with his irascible brother Richard and his own haunted conscience, but Richard is committed to celebrating the season with a cast of quirky and endearing characters. One by one the party grows and the ensuing card game has life or death ramifications due to the addition of a mysterious stranger from Sharky’s past. Nominated for multiple Tony Awards as well as the Laurence Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Play, The Seafarer promises to be the high point of your holiday season entertainment.

“…dark and enthralling Christmas fable of despair and redemption…tingles with the author’s acute and authentic sense of what is knowable and unknowable in life…the pick me up play of the season.”

The New York Times

“…a midnight-black comedy, one that wrenches laughter out of the despair of frustrated men whose lives have come to naught… No matter what you expect at the halfway mark, you won’t feel cheated when the curtain falls.”

The Wall Street Journal

“A timeless classic.”

The Hollywood Reporter

Subscribe to TheatreFIRST’s 2015/2016 today and get in on all of the fun!