All events take place at Hillside Performing Arts Studio (PAS) (Las Trampas), unless otherwise noted.
Arrive 15 minutes early to ensure seating.
DAOR's new series, Curtain Up!, provides our growing ranks of actors with additional opportunities to garner roles in a wide range of theatrical genres.
Curtain Up!: House of the Holy Moment Director: Jean Wilcox September 17
Curtain Up!: Love in the Time of Caller ID By Rod McFadden October 2 Zoom event, to include performance and talkback
Curtain Up!: 50 Years of British Comedy Featuring Monty Python (50 YoBCFMP) Directed by Tancred Agius November 19, 2:00 PM Free
The Sweet Delilah Swim Club (formerly TheDixie Swim Club) by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten Director:Linda Kelp Producer: Jon Rasmussen New dates TBA
Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids, and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh, and meddle in each other’s lives. The play focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years. As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women increasingly rely on one another, through advice and raucous repartee, to get through the challenges (men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce, aging) that life flings at them. And when fate throws a wrench into one of their lives in the second act, these friends, proving the enduring power of “teamwork,” rally ’round their own with the strength and love that takes this comedy in a poignant and surprising direction.
Naked Stage:Proof by David Auburn Director: Gary Green Performance Dates: TBA Auditions: TBA M-2; F-2
On the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father's who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine and the other characters into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father's madness—or genius—has she inherited? Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play.
Greg and Kate have moved to Manhattan after twenty-two years of child-raising in the suburbs. Greg's career as a financial trader is winding down, while Kate's career, as a public-school English teacher, is beginning to offer her more opportunities. Greg brings home a dog he found in the park—or that has found him—bearing only the name "Sylvia" on her name tag. A street-smart mixture of Lab and poodle, Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife. She offers Greg an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age. To Kate, Sylvia becomes a rival for affection. And Sylvia thinks Kate just doesn't understand the relationship between man and dog. The marriage is put in serious jeopardy until, after a series of hilarious and touching complications, Greg and Kate learn to compromise, and Sylvia becomes a valued part of their lives.
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The Morini Strad by Willy Holtzman
DAOR members Ed Kimak and Barbara Grant have recorded a full-length script-in-hand play. Zoom made this possible even though Barbara is now in Oregon, Ed is at Rossmoor, and their director Gary Green is in Berkeley.
The Morini Strad is based on the true story of violin maker/restorer Brian Skarstad’s stormy friendship with famed violinist Erica Morini in her final days. He repaired her Stradivarius, which was subsequently stolen in 1995 and not recovered to this day.
DAOR actors Lee Gale Gruen, Jon Rasmussen, Gail Wetherbee and Gay White and director Gary Green have completed a six-month project to produce a Zoom recording of The Cuban Swimmer, by Milcha Sanchez-Scott. The 35-minute play, about a Latino family, is written in the literary style of magical realism.
Because the play involves much action and various sound effects, producing this script-in-hand performance was a challenge for actors working simultaneously in their separate homes. The edited Zoom recording can be viewed on YouTube, at the link below.
On the same link are a number of shorter plays recorded this past December and January by several DAOR actors who worked with Gary Green.