2013 On the Mainstage

January 11th, 2013 | CF Monkey | 2 Comments


West Coast Premiere of THE BEREAVED by Thomas Bradshaw
Directed by Marissa Wolf

Presented April 4-27, 2013

Previews: April 4, 5, 6
Press Opening: April 8
Closing: April 27


Wife and breadwinner Carol realizes she is on borrowed time. Before she goes, you can be damn sure she will put her affairs in order. After all, what is more important than being certain her family maintains their upper-class-private-school-Manhattan-lifestyle? Ferocious, startling, and unsettling, THE BEREAVED is a dark, gleaming comedy exposing the blithe entitlement of affluent America alongside the feral appetites and violent prejudices roiling just beneath the surface.

Thomas Bradshaw’s play BURNING was produced off-Broadway by the New Group in the Fall of 2011. His play JOB was produced by The Flea Theater in Fall 2012.  He is also the author of MARY, which premiered at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre in 2010; THE ASHES; THE BEREAVED, which was named one of the Best Plays of 2009 by Time Out New York and was a New York Times Critics’ Pick; and SOUTHERN PROMISES and DAWN, both listed among the Best Performances of Stage and Screen for 2008 in The New Yorker. Bradshaw has been featured as one of Time Out New York’s ten playwrights to watch, and as Best Provocative Playwright in the Village Voice. He is the recipient of a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship, the 2010 Prince Charitable Trust Prize, The Lark’s NVNY Fellowship for 2011, and the 2012 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award. He is creating a television series for HBO and Harpo Films. Bradshaw is also a Professor at Northwestern University.

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World Premiere of 410[GONE] by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig
Directed by Evren Odcikin

Presented June 6-29, 2013

Previews: June 6, 7, 8
Press Opening: June 10
Closing: June 29


Journey into a frenetic landscape ruled by the Goddess of Mercy and the Monkey King, where time is suspended, and Dance Dance Revolution holds the key to Transmigration.  Filled with richly poetic language, 410[GONE]looks at the bonds of love between siblings when a sister searches for her lost brother in the Land of the Dead.

Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s play LIDLESS received the Yale Drama Series Award, an Edinburgh Fringe First Award, the Keene Prize for Literature, and the David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize. In 2011 she was awarded the Wasserstein Prize by the Educational Foundation of America for her most recent work, THE WORLD OF EXTREME HAPPINESS. Her plays have been produced by the Goodman Theatre, Trafalagar Studios 2 on the West End, Page 73 Productions in New York, Interact Theatre in Philadelphia, Borderlands Theatre in Tucson, and the Contemporary American Theatre Festival in West Virginia. She has received commissions from South Coast Rep and Seattle Rep. Frances received an MFA in Writing from the James A. Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin, a BA in Sociology from Brown University, and a certificate in Ensemble Created Physical Theatre from the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. Her work has been published by Yale University Press, Glimmer Train, Methuen Drama, Samuel French, and Dramatists Play Service. Frances was born in Philadelphia, and raised in Northern Virginia, Okinawa, Taipei and Beijing.

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World Premeire of THE TAMING by Lauren Gunderson
Directed By Marissa Wolf

Presented October 3-26, 2013

Previews: October 3, 4, 5
Opening: October 7
Closing: October 26


Another installation in nationally-produced writer Lauren Gunderson’s “Revenge Comedies,” THE TAMING mashes up America’s solipsistic election-year rhetoric and the sexy, electrifying badinage of Shakespeare’s TAMING OF THE SHREW to ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country—with the help of some choice pharmaceuticals and a light-up beauty queen outfit. Hey, y’all, can we talk?

Lauren Gunderson is an award-winning playwright living in San Francisco. She studied at Emory University and NYU’s Tisch School of Performing Arts, where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. Her work has been produced and developed at companies across the U.S., including South Coast Rep (EMILIE, SILENT SKY), The Kennedy Center (THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF DR. WONDERFUL AND HER DOG!), Playwrights Foundation, The Lark, and The O’Neill (FIRE WORK). EMILIE: LA MARQUISE DU CHATELET DEFENDS HER LIFE TONIGHT is published with Sam French. The first play in her Shakespeare Series, EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR is published with Playscripts. Her second in the Shakes Series, TOIL AND TROUBLE, premiered last year at Impact. BY AND BY will premiere at Shotgun Players this May. She is currently under commission with SF Playhouse, Crowded Fire, and South Coast Rep and is working on a musical with Harry Connick Jr. She has spoken nationally and internationally on the intersection of science and theater. She is a Playwright in Residence at The Playwrights Foundation, and a proud Dramatists Guild member. More on Lauren here: www.LaurenGunderson.com

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