All events take place at Hillside Performing Arts Studio (Las Trampas), unless otherwise noted.
Arrive 15 minutes early to ensure seating.
Diane Armstrong 1936-2021
It is with sadness that we announce that long-time DAOR member Diane Armstrong passed away in August from lung cancer.
Introducing the DAOR Board for 2022
Donna Kaulkin, Jane Sprouse and Gay White have been elected to the Board for a term of two years.
The elected Board for 2022 is as follows: Jon Rasmussen, President Bill Oakley, Vice President Diana Nugent, Secretary Martin Kelp, Treasurer Jane Sprouse, Publicity Donna Kaulkin, Webmaster Gay White, Hospitality
Wanted: House Manager(s)
Help make theater happen in Rossmoor. Join the DAOR Naked Stage Team.
Naked Stage is looking for one or more individuals to help oversee key House Management functions associated with DAOR’s Naked Stage productions. This may be your chance to contribute to Rossmoor’s theatrical efforts in a vital and essential role, without which our curtain would never go up.
The House Manager oversees those “front-of-the-house” volunteers and operations that are essential in putting on a Naked Stage production. These include ticket reservations and sales, ushering, and refreshments coordination. We need individuals like Sandra who are committed, well-organized, detail-oriented, and enjoy working with people.
Third Monday of each month, 10 am, beginning October 18 Vista Room, Hillside Facilitator: Tancred Agius
The Play Reading group is reconvening after an absence during the pandemic. Participants must be members of DAOR, and all newcomers are welcome, both actors and non-actors. If interested, just show up at a meeting.
The meeting atmosphere is relaxed and fun. A new play for the group is offered. Those present at meetings are each given a character at the beginning of the gathering and the newly chosen play is read aloud. Enjoyable discussions follow.
The group will read a variety of plays, some comedies, new and contemporary plays, and older plays. Members will have an opportunity to choose a play.
DAOR Playwrights Coordinator seeks submissions of original, unproduced works from member writers for possible developmental readings during the 2022 “Your Two Cents” program year. Ten-minute plays, one acts (30-45 pages), and full-length scripts (90-100 pages) are eligible for consideration. An application form and updated guidelines are available for pick up from the DAOR mailbox located in the Gateway Clubhouse office. For additional information, contact: Edna Coulson Hall firstname.lastname@example.org 925 / 988-9937
DAOR Annual General Meeting October each year
The General Meeting traditionally held in October was postponed. The election of board members, usually conducted at the General Meeting, will be conducted electronically.
Jean Wilcox Scholarship Ceremony October each year
Because of the pandemic, DAOR’s Jean Wilcox Scholarship presentation to A.C.T. students was held via Zoom this year. Allen Darby and Breezy Leigh, the two recipients, joined us for a lively discussion on the challenges of studying acting and performing remotely. They pointed out the difficulty of timing, especially with comedy, when the other members of your cast are not in the same room with you.
Both Allen and Breezy expressed their deep appreciation for the scholarship awards, stating that it helped ameliorate additional expenses that they have had to incur due to having to study remotely.
The DAOR board of directors created the Scholarship for Theatre Arts in 2009 to honor Jean Wilcox, a founding member of DAOR and its first artistic director. She also served as its president from 2009 to 2011.
A native of England, where she received drama training at the London School of Drama, Wilcox immigrated to the Bay Area in 1962. She has received a Best Actress Shellie Award for her portrayal of the title character in Shirley Valentine. Under the auspices of the Walnut Creek Civic Arts program, she taught Shakespeare to incarcerated youth at Juvenile Hall in Martinez.
DAOR Traveling Troupe Ongoing
Enliven a meeting or program with a theatrical piece performed by our experienced actors. Funny or poignant, these scenes run about 10 minutes. There is no charge for this service, but requests must be made five weeks in advance of event. Contact: Gail Wetherbee email@example.com or 925-934-6896
Rossmoor Follies October each year
The Performing Arts Guild of Rossmoor presents an evening of fun with performances by members of PAGR, including DAOR.
Holiday Party December 2 Dollar Clubhouse
Gathering of the Company January each year
"The Company": Everyone involved in putting on a show, including playwrights, actors, directors, tech, backstage crew, publicity, house and ticket workers. Join us for a review of the calendar for the new year, hear from class instructors, learn about new programs, play games, enjoy refreshments and visit with theater colleagues.
Seeking . . . Play Suggestions & Directors for Naked Stage Productions Contact: Kevin O'Byrne firstname.lastname@example.org
DAOR seeks suggestions for plays to be considered for future Naked Stage productions. Parameters:
4 - 8 actors, seated on stools, with scripts; minimal props or costumes
(some exceptions, such as Our Town)
play must be suitable for Rossmoor audiences
Please include a note explaining your choice.
Also, if you have directing experience and would like to direct a Naked Stage show, please send description of your interest and background (resumes welcome). Mention plays you would like to direct, noting why they would be good candidates for the Naked Stage readers theater format and the Rossmoor community.