With Joan Van Antwerp producing, Brian will direct a production of BOY by Anna Ziegler. This intriguing play is inspired by a true story of a boy who, due to a tragic accident at birth, is raised as a girl. The play concerns his growth and final determination to live as a man. The story is poignant and reflective of our times. The production will be staged at the Broadway Playhouse in Santa Cruz. Casting and further information will be posted as the production date nears.
Listen tonight, Tuesday, April 11, at 7:30PM.
Bruce Bratton interview about upcoming production of The Nether.
www.KZSC.org it’s streamed live!!! And it’s archived for two weeks at
SEETheatre will present, for the first time on the Central Coast, Jennifer Haley's provocative and deeply disturbing The Nether. This play's New York premier was at the MCC Theatre in 2015. The Nether is a virtual reality wonderland that provides total sensory immersion. But when a young detective uncovers a disturbing brand of entertainment, she triggers an interrogation into the darkest corners of the imagination. Part sci-fi thriller and part crime drama, The Nether raises questions of privacy and morality. The play is the winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize (2012); the Los Angeles Ovation Award (Original Play - 2012); and the ATCA Francesca Primus Prize (2014). The production will be staged at Center Stage and will have a limited three-weekend run. Watch this site for further information and for audition and ticketing information.
I'll be on Bruce Bratton's Grapevine talking about MOTHERS AND SONS, this coming Tuesday evening. Tune in at 7PM.
Listen to the live stream at www.KZSC.org.
And it’s archived for two weeks at
We're now moving into the rehearsal stage of the process. Of course, this means getting as many cast members as possible to as many rehearsals as possible! When you're dealing with all of the work, school and personal conflicts of a number of people, that can be daunting! Our first rehearsal will be Friday, March 11th, with any luck. We are fortunate to have a good rehearsal spot and that is sometimes difficult in Santa Cruz! Below is an image of the poster for the show created by Mickey Ta.
I have set up a GoFundMe account for the production of 'Mothers and Sons.' The link is https://www.gofundme.com/3uwj6abg. Please go to the link, if you wish to make a donation to this production.
Presently, the adult cast is set with Mindy Pedlar playing Katharine Gerard; David Jackson playing Cal Porter; and Benjamin Pletcher playing Will Ogden. The role of Cal and Will's son has not yet been cast. I'm looking for a very young actor and need to ensure that both the actor and his parents are comfortable with this rather vital role.
Coming in May 2016 will be Terrance McNally's Mothers and Sons at Center Stage in Santa Cruz. This exciting new vehicle from McNally tells the story of a mother who visits the former partner of her son who died 20 years ago from AIDS. She finds her son's lover to be highly successful and in a married relationship with a man and sharing the parenting of a six-year-old boy who is the biological son of his husband. The journey of the mother from rather open antagonism to acceptance and possibly understanding, is the arc of the play. Tyne Daly (to whom the play was dedicated) played the mother in the Broadway production. The SEETheatre production will be the first on the Central Coast. There are 4 roles available: Katharine Gerard - the mother of Andre who died of AIDS, late 60's, stylish but not over-done, a woman of strong mind, not easily persuaded; Cal Porter - Andre's former lover, currently married to Will, about 49, happily settled with his life and family; Will Ogden - Cal's husband and biological father to Bud, 34, a writer, very sure of himself and his place in the world and with his family; Bud Ogden-Porter, 6 years old, inquisitive but not obnoxious, truly understands what it means to be the son of two dads. Auditions and casting to be announced.
My production of Copenhagen by Michael Frayn has ended its highly successful run at the Radius Gallery in Santa Cruz. We sold out 6 of our 8 performances and garnered standing ovations at 6 of the performances. The audience reaction was wonderful with kudos to the entire cast (Lucien Leutzinger played Werner Heisenberg, Mindy Pedlar played Margrethe Bohr, and I played Niels Bohr). We did not get a review in a local paper, but the Monterey Bay Performing Arts Newsletter sent Philip Pearce to review the show. His glowing review is posted on the front page of this site. It is possible that the show will see one further performance. A Professor Emeritus in Physics from UCSC saw the show and was so taken by it that he wants to try to get it produced on the campus. We'll see how that works out. It would be fun and fairly easy to move the show, but a lot of logistics would need to be worked out. Of course, as successful as the show was, it still did not break even! But that really can't matter when you have a show that is so very well received. (Photo credit: janamarcus.com)
Ben in 'Death of a Salesman' at Cabrillo College, Aptos, California. Directed by Wilma Marcus Chandler. Photo credit Steve DiBartolomeo. Finally got a chance to work on the new Crocker Theater stage! Cast: Willy Loman - Chad Davies; Linda Loman - Lisa Hadley; Biff Loman - Lucien Leutzinger; Happy Loman - Nat Robinson; Young Happy - Kevin Weatherwax; Young Biff - Sam Johnson; Bernard - Joseph Chavarria; The Woman - Hannah Eckstein; Charley - Martin Kachuck; Uncle Ben - Brian Spencer; Howard Wagner - Miguel Reyna; Jenny - Caitlin Hawkins; Stanley - Jason R. Vinson; Miss Forsythe - Kiera Atashkarian; Letta - Julia Wong; Waiter - David Wiedel.
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