NOTE: Performing Arts Studio will be closed for refurbishment for several weeks in January and February. See descriptions for locations of events and performances during this time. All events take place at Hillside Performing Arts Studio (Las Trampas), unless otherwise noted.
Arrive 15 minutes early to ensure seating.
Your 2 Cents: Kiss of the Spider Woman for Sherlock Hound by David Wilcox February 21 , 2 PM Club Room, Creekside Free
Actors: Lee Gale Gruen, Daniel Hoppe, Judith Hoppe, Ed Kimak, Kevin O’Byrne, Jon Rasmussen, Duke Robinson, Judy Scott, Gail Wetherbee and Jean Wilcox
Playwright David Wilcox studied playwriting under Rod McFadden, a successful bay area and national playwright and a DAOR instructor. His full-length play Latent Image was a finalist in the Contra Costa Times’ new-play contest in 2007. It was also a finalist in the Eugene O’Neil Center’s 2014 national competition. Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette, Calif. produced a staged reading of Latent Image in 2015. His 10-minute play, Getting It Off in Ought Eight was selected by the 2011 Marin Fringe Festival and the 2013 Between-Us 10-minute play festival in New York. His 10-minute The Code won first prize in the University of Illinois’ Gun Play Competition for 2015. The 10-minute Seven Stories Down was a winner in Calif.’ Camino Real’s competition in 2015. Wilcox has also written a full-length play about Galileo and an action-adventure for the stage, The Road Less Traveled By. Kiss of the Spider Woman… is a murder mystery featuring an abundance of humor. Those familiar with the plays of Tom Stoppard will recognize Wilcox’s play as a parody on such plays such as Dogg’s Hamlet, After Magritte, Jumpers and, of course, The Real Inspector Hound.
Your 2-Cents is a developmental reading program designed to test audience response and get feedback on a first reading of an original new play. Audience members will be issued forms to write their impressions after the play is over. This information is invaluable to the playwright as he revises and attempts to improve the play.
Naked Stage: The Dixie Swim Club by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten Director:Linda Kelp Producer: Jon Rasmussen March 20, 21, 22, 2 PM Watch this site for ticket information.
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 DIXIE SWIM CLUB 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.
Cast members are Bess Chosak, Anita Green, Judy Scott, Gail Wetherbee and Gay White. Scott and White are new to Naked Stage and Green is new to DAOR.
Curtain Up!: 50 Years of British Comedy Featuring Monty Python (50 YoBCFMP)
Directed by Tancred Agius Performances: Friday, April 17 & Saturday, April 18 2:00 PM Free
This is the first show in DAOR's new series, Curtain Up!, designed to provide our growing ranks of actors with additional opportunities to garner roles in a wide range of theatrical genres. Open Call Auditions for50 YoBCFMP Thursday, February 27 9:30 to 11:30 AM Club Room at Creekside
Audition applicants will read from various “sides” taken from multiple sketches which will be provided at the audition. Actors will be asked to read for a variety of roles. Although Monty Python casts were usually all male, 50 YoBCFMP has many roles that can be performed by either a man or a women (i.e., customers, shopkeepers, health inspectors, factory workers).
Prospective cast members needn’t be deterred by limited comedy experience. Developing any of the show’s madcap characters will boost your comedic chops by delivering lines ranging from drolly humorous to downright silly in these short zany sketches. And for good measure — memorization is not a requirement.
Curtain Up!: House of the Holy Moment Director: Jean Wilcox May 15
Naked Stage:Proof by David Auburn Director: Gary Green Performance Dates: June 19, 20, 21 Auditions: TBD - Late April/Early May 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.
Curtain Up!: Love in the Time of Caller ID By Rod McFadden August 21
Naked Stage:Sylvia by A.R. Gurney Director:Kevin O'Byrne Performance Dates: October 16, 17, 18 Auditions: TBD - Late August/Early September M-2; F-3/4
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.