San Francisco. April 22, 2013|
Spare Stage, the award-winning Bay Area theatre company, presents Oleanna, David Mamet’s exploration of sexual politics in academia, for two weekends only, June 6-16 at EXIT’s Studio Theatre, 156 Eddy Street in downtown San Francisco. The drama features Aaron Murphy and Frannie Morrison, and is directed by Stephen Drewes.
David Mamet is a prolific writer of plays about the darker side of the American experience, where profound truths emerge from what at first seem the most mundane conversations. His best known work includes Duck Variations (1972), Sexual Perversity in Chicago (1975), American Buffalo (1975), Glengarry Glen Ross (1984), and Speed-the-Plow (1988). His play, Race, about race and ethnicity, opened in New York in late 2009 and was the first new play to recoup its investment in the 2009-2010 Broadway season. Mamet also has made a name for himself as a Hollywood screenwriter. Among his films are House of Games, The Untouchables, Hoffa, and Wag the Dog, for which he was co-winner of the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay.
Spare Stage Producers and Cast for OleannaStephen Drewes, Director. A fifth-generation San Franciscan, Drewes began his career in 1970 as an actor at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Since then, he has performed over forty roles with such companies as the Magic Theatre and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He holds an MA from UC Berkeley in Dramatic Art and an MFA in Directing from Brandeis University. Drewes accepted his first professional directing assignment in 1975 for the Peoples Theatre in Cambridge, MA, and has since directed over 80 productions in every genre from children's theatre to grand opera. He has been a member of the faculty at Boston University, Middlebury College and Colgate University, and was Artistic Director of the Publick Theatre in Cambridge, MA, where three of his productions won Boston Critics Circle Awards for Directing. Drewes has taught and directed extensively, published theatre and cabaret criticism, and has been the recipient of grants from the Packard Foundation and the California Arts Council. For three years he was the Resident Stage Director for the Pocket Opera. Drewes taught at City College of San Francisco from 1988 to 2008.
Aaron Murphy (John) co-founded Spare Stage with Stephen Drewes in 2008, performing in productions of Here, Private Eyes, Afterplay, and Ashes to Ashes, as well as producing The Unexpected Man which received three BATCC awards. Recently he has performed in Arms and the Man and To Kill a Mockingbird (Center Rep), A Doll’s House (Willows), and Doubt: a Parable (Drama Association at Rossmoor). Other credits include Seven Days (SF Playhouse), Gaslight (Hapgood), Doubt: a Parable (Interplayers), Glengarry Glen Ross and Betrayal (Actors Ensemble of San Francisco), Uncle Vanya, Hedda Gabler, The Real Inspector Hound, the Homecoming, and American Buffalo. In the October he will perform in 444 Days with Golden Thread Productions. He earned his BFA in Acting at UC Santa Barbara. The production of Oleanna is a milestone in his collaboration Stephen Drewes, which began in 1993.
Frannie Morrison (Carol). A recent graduate of the theatre program at San Francisco State University, Frannie Morrison is a member of the “Do It Live!” troupe, SFSU grads whose goal is to “vandalize the classics.” Morrison was one of the “Juliets” in the Mark Jackson production of the play by the same name that reimagined the Shakespeare classic using seven different Juliets. At SFSU, she played the title role in Medea, directed by Kimberly Johnson. She appears in the indie film, Prep School, now in post-production.
Tickets and Performance Times for OleannaTwo weekends only. Opens Thurs., June 6 at 8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings, June 7-8, 14-15 at 8:00 p.m. Saturday matinee June 15 at 2:00 p.m. Sunday matinees, June 9 & 16, at 4:00 p.m. EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy Street in San Francisco. Tickets $25 General, $18 Seniors, Students, TBA Members. BrownPaperTickets.com (1-800-838-3006)
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For Calendar EditorsOleanna. David Mamet’s exploration of sexual politics in academia. Presented by Spare Stage. Directed by Stephen Drewes, with Aaron Murphy and Frannie Morrison. Two weekends only. Opens Thurs., June 6 at 8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings, June 7-8, 14-15 at 8:00 p.m. Saturday matinee June 15 at 2:00 p.m. Sunday matinees, June 9 & 16, at 4:00 p.m. EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy Street in San Francisco. Tickets $25 General, $18 Seniors, Students. BrownPaperTickets.com (1-800-838-3006) Gary Carr, Rising Moon Marketing & Public Relations (925) 672-8717, firstname.lastname@example.org EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy Street, San Francisco. (415) 673-3847, www.theexit.org.