16 Mar Newsletter – March 2014
Artistic Director’s Corner
Well March is turning out to be an exciting month indeed. Escanaba is one of the best received shows I have EVER been involved with during my twenty five years in professional theatre. I have never seen so many people love a show so much AND we had some people attending the theatre for the first time in a long time, which of course means we were reaching new audiences. That is always a rare and unique experience for a theatre and one that will pay dividends down the road. Very exciting.
Our Fleetwood Mask benefit concerts are coming up this week and that should be a blast. Now that we have settled into the Live Oak Theatre we are looking for ways to diversify our programming when the space is not being used by a theatre company. I saw Fleetwood Mask at Town Hall Theatre a few months back and they were terrific. We are thrilled to have them coming to our theatre and half the proceeds will go to benefit TheatreFIRST. We are also in the process of reaching out to Petty Theft, The Sun Kings and we are already working on a deal with the Neil Young and Crazy Horse tribute band, Tribe of the Red Horse. This will be an outstanding way for us to raise additional funds. We hope you will join us for these unique concerts.
The other exciting opportunity that is in the works is that we are currently replacing Boy Gets Girl as the third show of our 20th Anniversary season with the World Premier of Lauren Gunderson’s Fire Work. Directed by Bay Area superstar Mina Morita, this will immediately put us on the map with the new works groups in the area. We have workshops scheduled and TheatreFIRST is actively developing the script with writer, director and an absolutely fabulous cast. What an amazing time!
Where Did February Go?
Here’s the thing: February is a silly month. Don’t get us wrong… Here at TheatreFIRST, we understand that February got put in a rough spot. Sandwiched between two months marked by riotous socializing—New Year’s Eve and St. Patrick’s Day—what did February get? Candy Hearts. Yep. It’s a sad, soggy holiday marked by stale candies with creepy clichés and copious amounts of red roses.
Not only that, February was robbed of two whole days. 48 hours of possible holiday redemption, gone. And we know what you’re about to say… “What about Leap Year?” Yes, that’s really pleasant. “Here, February, you can have an extra day. Not two. Not the same amount as the other months. But we’ll give you one more. Only every four years, though. That makes up for you getting Valentine’s Day, doesn’t it?”
It’s disgraceful. And honestly, we are embarrassed that you even thought that. Leap Year. What a joke. But we’re not going to judge you. We like you. Tell you what… We’ll look away for a minute so you can change the subject.
So, because you thought something so silly AND because February is silly, knows it, and doesn’t want any more attention than it already gets, we decided to skip the February newsletter and go straight on to March. Enjoy these exciting March events!
Next Up at the Live Oak Theatre…Something to Turn Twilight on Its Head
Looking for a little blood-lust this March? Virago Theatre Company has just the thing, and it’s winging its way into the Live Oak Theatre this March. Vampire Lesbians of Sodom and Coma/Sleeping Beauty, written by Charles Busch and directed by Dale Albright, is gracing (or more likely sinning) the Live Oak audience with its sexy and stimulating presence.
One of the longest running plays in Off-Broadway history, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom tells the saga of two fatally seductive vampiresses whose rivalry as bloodsuckers and as actresses endures over two thousand years–with stops in both 1920 Hollywood’s silent-movie era and contemporary Las Vegas.
Brought to you by Virago Theatre Company, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom runs from Saturday, March 28th to April 19th, with a Preview March 28th. Weekly performances are Thursdays through Saturdays 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm.
“Nothing escapes the demolition of laughter…the audience laughs at the first line and goes right on laughing at every line to the end!” —New York Times
And we haven’t mentioned the plethora of sensational events yet, including an Opening Night with vampire cocktails and a Closing Night Bash with drinks, food, and music. But there’s more…For those of you who saw TheatreFIRST’s own Escanaba in da Moonlight, you get $5 off Vampire Lesbians of Sodom tickets. And if you come in costume (vampire, drag or otherwise show-related) to any Vampire Lesbians of Sodom performance, free cocktail for you!
General admission tickets are $27.50, with a variety of discounts, and on sale at www.viragotheatre.org.
You Haven’t Missed the Mask Yet!
If you were worried you missed the first delights of spring, you’re just in the “Nicks” of time. Literally, what better way is there to ring in spring blossoms than with the wild and evocative music of Stevie Nicks and the infamous Fleetwood Mac.
Fleetwood Mask, the incredible Fleetwood Mac tribute band, is here to do just that for you Saturday March 22nd at 8:00 pm and Sunday March 23rd at 2:00pm at the Live Oak Theatre.
See and hear the iconic rock band Fleetwood Mac’s 40 plus years of musical history brought to life by these talented Bay Area performers. The early blues tunes, songs from the best selling Rumours album, and more recent hits are woven into a story of success, despair, and reunion.
This is a special benefit performance weekend with half the proceeds going to benefit TheatreFIRST. Its a “win win”.
Celebrate spring the right way. Reserve your tickets at theatrefirst.com/tickets.