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Quixote Nuevo

Quixote Nuevo

Celebrated Latino playwright Octavio Solis takes us on a journey to the fictional modern-day border town of La Plancha, Texas, where Don Quixote (Sesame Street's Emilio Delgado) loses himself in stories of chivalrous escapades and embarks on a quest of imagination, adventure, and Tejano music. Casting himself as a larger-than-life knight-errant, he recruits a hapless but trusty sidekick in his search for lost love. As the community wrestles with containing Quixote's fantasies, his family and friends discover the joys and perils of being the hero of your own story.

Hugo Carbajal plays Papa Calaca, aka Death!

What: Quixote Nuevo
Where: Cal Shakes
When: June 13 - July 7
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Yesterday is Tomorrow

Yesterday is Tomorrow

The Cartier Sisters are back for their final run of Yesterday is Tomorrow, developed at the Mime Troupe as part of the Emerging Artist in Residence Program. Collective member Marie Cartier and her sister Genie take a satirical look at the past, present and future of a world increasingly dominated by technology and hostile to artists. Also, feminism. Also, boy bands.

What: Yesterday is Tomorrow
Where: Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter, SF
When: Aug 3, 4, 17, 18
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More info: Show website

Tobias, George


Stories by Tobias Wolff and George Saunders
Featuring: Deep Kiss and Victory Lap

Word for Word's twenty fifth anniversary show will be a true treat, featuring stories by two of our favorite authors, Tobias Wolff and George Saunders.

Tobias Wolff's "Deep Kiss" perfectly captures yearning adolescence: this is Joe Reed's story of his first love which nearly breaks him, yet resonates into his middle age.

In George Saunders "Victory Lap" three young people are thrust toward a critical life moment, suddenly and unexpectedly converging on a single point in space and time. Humor develops into great menace, with a soul-saving ending.

Karen Runk stage manages this Anniversary show!

What: Anniversary!
Where: Word For Word
When: Aug 8 - Sept 2
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Songs of Resistance

For Those Who Came After: Songs of Resistance from the Spanish Civil War

For Those Who Came After: Songs of Resistance from the Spanish Civil War, which Velina Brown recorded with the Brooklyn-based band Barbez, is now available on iTunes, and on the Barbez website!

Playwriting-Write Like a Maniac!

Michael Gene Sullivan will be teaching playwriting at the ACT Summer Congress.

Eight Classes

This workshop provides playwrights with practices designed to unleash their wild imagination on stage. It also offers strategies to give voice, and a solid foundational structure, to the often inarticulate urge for justice that hopes to effect change in our changing world. But before changing the world, the playwright must first give themselves permission to tap into the part of their consciousness that creates worlds and then solves those created worlds' problems by their own set of rules. Students will have writing assignments to do as homework between classes. In addition to long-form as well as flash writing exercises, the class will involve movement, acting, and improv. Students will also sometimes be asked to come dressed to move, as some exercises will have us up on our feet.

Playwriting-Write Like a Maniac! is for you if:
  • You already have some experience writing plays and wish to strengthen and expand your sense of structure in your writing.
  • You are a playwright who has a handle on existing dramaturgical structures and wishes to reinvent them.
  • You are a beginning playwright interested in creating activist theater.
What: Playwriting-Write Like a Maniac!
Where: A.C.T.
When: M/W 6/11-7/9 @ 6.30-9.30pm (No class 7/4)
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Pianola Granola

Pianola Granola

Joel Fadness (musician 2001-2004, 2008, 2012) just released a new album. Genre: Rock/Instrumental Rock. Joel also plays keyboards and drums for children's dance programs in Denver.

More info: Where to buy

Out of Town:


Learn more about 1984!
Michael Gene Sullivan's adaptation of George Orwell's 1984 will soon be playing at the Los Altos Stage Company, Wie is Van Rommelen performers in Amsterdam, Minnesota State University, Jobsite Theatre in Florida, and at the Drama Theatre on Podal, Kiev, Ukraine Fall. Full list of productions and scripts available at Playscripts, Inc.

Winston Smith is a cog in the giant machine of the State. Physically and mentally under the omnipresent eye of Big Brother, Winston has been caught struggling for scraps of love and freedom in a world awash with distrust and violence. With the brutal "help" of four Party Members, Winston is forced to confess his "Thought-Crimes" before an unseen inquisitor, and the audience -- which acts as a silent witness to his torture. This is a ferocious and provocative adaptation of one of the most prescient works of literature of the last century.

Bruce Barthol

Bruce Barthol will be playing for the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives annual event on May 12 in NYC. And he will be on tour in Ireland and the UK from July 12 to August 8!

The King & Logo

Brian Rivera (Doing Good, Posibilidad) is in the Broadway tour of The King and I. Track him down and order your tickets!

Love and Taxes

Josh Kornbluth (co-writer Mr. Smith Goes to Obscuristan) has a new film out! Love and Taxes, based on Kornbluth's critically acclaimed one person show, will soon be opening nationwide.

Rebecca Klingler

Rebecca Klingler

Rebecca Klingler (actor, Collective Member 1991-1995) has created and stars in a new web series "The Calamities of Jane".

Michael Oosterom

Michael Oosterom

Michael Oosterom (actor, Killing Time, Mr. Smith Goes To Obscuristan) is currently showing off his puppetry and improv skill on "No, You Shut Up!" on Fusion TV.

Telluride Theatre

Sasha Sullivan (SFMT Intern, 1998-99) is the Artistic Director of the Telluride Theatre!

The Walking Dead

Colman Domingo (Past Teacher, Youth Theater Project) is currently appearing in The Walking Dead television series and will be in the upcoming film Brith of a Nation.

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