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SPARE STAGE Presents the Bay Area Premiere of
Alan Bennett's
TALKING HEADS at Royce Gallery, March 11—27
Directed by Stephen Drewes
An award-winning series of solo pieces, classics of contemporary drama, hailed for their razor-sharp wit and deeply felt humanity.

“These extraordinary portraits of ordinary people confirm Alan Bennett's place as one of the most gifted, versatile, and important writers in the English language.”

”Few write sharper dialogue or probe more tellingly into the frailties and occasional strengths of the human psyche than Alan Bennett.”
- William Trevor


Susan MaederAnnie LarsonLaylah Muran De Asserto

Performance Dates
Friday 8:00   Saturday 8:00   Sunday 4:00
March 11   March 12   March 13
March 18   March 19   March 20
March 25   March 26   March 27


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Alan Bennett (Playwright)   is a renowned British essayist, storywriter, actor, and playwright (The Madness of King George, The History Boys, and The Habit of Art). His first great success was as a member and coauthor of the legendary satirical revue “Beyond the Fringe.” Over his long and illustrious career, he has won more than 35 distinguished honors, including the Tony, numerous British Academy Awards, and the Laurence Olivier, Drama Desk, and NYC Critics Circle Awards. His screenplay for The Madness of King George was nominated for an Academy Award. The film version of his famous short story The Lady in the Van, starring Maggie Smith, will be released in 2016.

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Stephen Drewes (Director),   a fifth-generation San Franciscan, accepted his first directing assignment in 1975 for The People's Theatre in Cambridge, MA. He has since directed more than 85 productions in every genre from children's theatre to grand opera. He has been a member of the faculty at Middlebury College, Boston University, and Colgate, and taught at CCSF for twenty years. He was Artistic Director of the Publick Theatre in Cambridge MA, where three of his productions won Boston Critics Awards for Direction, and resident stage Director for Pocket Opera. He co-founded Spare Stage in 2008, and won a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for his direction of The Unexpected Man in 2009.

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Susan Maeder   (Susan in Bed Among the Lentils),   appeared most recently in the Bay Area alongside renowned veteran actor Ken Ruta in the revival of Spare Stage's award-winning production of The Unexpected Man. Before that, she shared the stage with Phoebe Moyer in another two-hander, The Breath of Life. Over a thirty-year career, she has played queens (Gertrude in Hamlet and Eleanor of Aquitaine in The Lion in Winter), scholars (Vivian Bearing in Wit and Ruth Steiner in Collected Stories) and nuns (Sister Aloysius in Doubt) and looks forward to adding a Vicar's wife to her repertory this time around.

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Annie Larson   (Miss Fozzard  in Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet)  has performed in the San Francisco Bay Area and nationally for more than 30 years. Favorite roles include those performed in Here (for Spare Stage), The Mariner, Speakeasy, Angels in America, Gypsy, Holes, Absolutely Fabulous, The Archbishop's Ceiling, Hot Greeks, The Bride of Death, Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma, and Pearls Over Shanghai. Other credits: Up Your Ass (Off-Off Broadway), Mini Supreme, Iberia, and I'll be Seeing You (film). She has written and performed three shows for the San Francisco Fringe Festival, receiving Best Musical Comedy Awards, which include her solo piece, Flying Home. Annie began her career as a founding member of the “Over Our Heads” improv troupe, who recently celebrated 25 years together.

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Laylah Muran De Assereto   (Celia  in The Hand of God)  is a San Francisco area playwright, actor, director, and producer. From 2008-2014 she produced the annual short play festival “Sheherezade,” which received a TBA nomination for Outstanding Anthology. In 2015 she was one of the contributing playwrights to Wily West Production's I Saw It. Her play Fortress Found was part of the 2015 SF Olympians Festival. Her short plays, Anonymous Me, Jain, and Cash For Capes were included in Wily West's TBA Outstanding Anthology-nominated Superheroes. She has directed for Scheherazade, PCSFs Reading Series, Southern Railroad Theatre's I Do Declare series, and Repro Rights! @ Risk.

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