18 Oct Newsletter – October 2012


Artistic Director’s Corner

Michael StormWell, it has been a rough summer. As you have no doubt read, we are postponing our season and cancelling the next show. We are hopeful that Orlando is not in jeopardy, but we absolutely need to raise funds in order to produce the Bay Area Premiere of this fantastic Sarah Ruhl play. So, we are shutting everything down, including planning subsequent seasons, and we will be focusing all of our attention on raising funds. If you know anyone who can help, please ask them to go to the website and make a contribution and if they are interested in becoming a Show Sponsor, or even better a Season Sponsor, I can provide them with our Donor Benefits Package which will let them know about all of the wonderful perks associated with becoming a sponsor.

We will also begin work on a Kickstarter campaign, so keep your eyes on the website. We will need everyone to help circulate the Kickstarter video to friends, family and co-workers. We would also like to ask that you follow us on Facebook and Twitter, so that information can be passed on to your Facebook “friends” and fellow Tweeters. TheatreFirst needs your help and we thank you!

20th Anniversary Season On Hold Due To Lack of Funds

We regret to announce that our 20th Anniversary Season will be postponed to start in the latter half of 2013 and continue into 2014. This is solely due to a lack of funds and the fact that we are committed to producing the highest quality theatre. We thank you for your understanding and commitment to TheatreFirst.

Josie Alvarez Off To Grad School

Our very own Josie Alvarez (Anton in Show Business, Oleanna) is off to graduate school at the American Conservatory Theatre’s Master of Fine Arts Program. We are very proud of her and happy that she will be remaining in the Bay Area and around TheatreFirst. Congrats Josie!

I Am My Own Wife Postponed

Because of TheatreFirst’s inability to obtain the proper funding we are cancelling our upcoming production of I Am My Own Wife. This is an amazing play and we hope to produce it somewhere down the line. We are terribly sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and we look forward to being back in action toward the end of the summer.

We Need A Refrigerator

TheatreFirst is in need of a new refrigerator for concessions. We would prefer a restaurant style fridge with the clear glass facing, but beggars can’t be choosers, right? If you know of anyone with a full sized refrigerator of any kind that they might be willing to part with, please let us know.

Where Are They Now?

Aleph Ayin (Rosencrantz…) will be playing Guiseppe Zangara in Assassins with the Shotgun players. Assassins previews September 26 – October 4 and opens October 5, running through November 11.

Michael Barrett Austin (Grapes of Wrath) will be appearing in SF Playhouse’s Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, directed by Jon Tracy (Grapes). This will be the first show at SF Playhouse’s new larger home: 450 Post Street, the former Lorraine Hansberry Theatre.

Ukamaka Izuchi (Anton in Show Business) has begun the first year of classes at the University of Southern California’s Master of Fine Arts Program in Acting.

Roy Landaverde (Grapes and Hanging Georgia) is working on Impact Theatre’s The Fisherman’s Wife by Steven Yockey, previewing August 23 and 24 at 8pm, opening August 25 and continuing Thursday through Saturday nights at 8 pm through September 29.

Phoebe Moyer (Anton) continues voice-over duties as Jessica Fletcher for a video game based on Murder She Wrote.

Lisa Anne Porter (Asst. Director Rosencrantz…) is understudying The Normal Heart at American Conservatory Theatre in September, and she is directing It’s Wonderful Life at Town Hall Theatre in October.

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