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Shelter in Place
By Elizabeth Hersh
Directed by Marilee Talkington Click to buy tickets

Featuring: Robert Parsons*, Molly Shaiken, Jeri Lynn Cohen, Kendra Lee Oberhauser*, Daniel Petzold, Cindy Goldfield*, Gabriel Marin*

*appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association

In this dark, surreal comedic take on post apocalypse America, we find ourselves in the aftermath of a massive and mysterious cyber-terrorist attack – where suddenly the darkest corners of every citizen's online activity are visible. Deep within the confusion and chaos, a suburban family faces an apocalypse of its own: intimacy – even as a hostile parade of outsiders fills their home with blood. Shelter in Place is the darkly surreal exploration of one family's struggle to survive in a post-privacy world.

About the Playwright

Elizabeth Hersh is a playwright, designer and educator living and working in San Francsico. She has taught creative writing to incarcerated students in San Quentin State Prison and ensemble-generated theater at Stanford University. Recent design works include: sound design for The Bluest Eye and Dead Man's Cell Phone, and lighting and video design for Thin Fire in Stanford's TAPS department. She is a co-founder and active artist-partner of Performance Design Acronym (PDA) a semi-permeable, collaborative work/design collective disguised as a production company. Recent PDA works include: Alcatraz - Art Behind Bars in collaboration with ReDesigning Theater and The d.school at Stanford, and Isle of Noises in collaboration with Trickster Events. Elizabeth holds a BFA in Performance Production from Cornish College of the Arts, and an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University.

About the Director

Marilee Talkington has directed, designed and acted in over 75 new plays, staged readings and happenings with such acclaimed playwrights as Constance Congdon (with Olympia Dukasis), Taylor Mac, Eugenie Chan, Chris Chen, Lauren Gunderson, Mark Jackson, E. Hunter Spreen, Kate E. Ryan, Amelia Roper, J.C. Lee, Nikole Beckwith, Brian Thorstenson, Enrique Urueta, Garret Groenvald, Lachlan Philpott, Leonore Confino, Justin Pelegano, just to name a few. Locally she has directed for Crowded Fire Theater (Sticky Time, Wormhole, Truck Stop, Into the Clear Blue Sky), Ambit Theater (Attrition, Rape Poems), Playwrights Foundation (Des Vois Festival, Rough Reading Series), SF Playhouse (New Play Festival) &s; Vanguardian Productions (Daughter of the Floods, Oh!). Marilee’s original works have been seen on New York Stages, UK stages, Bay Area stages, and have been heard on BBC4 Radio and even inside of our very own SF City Hall. She is a Macdowell Fellow, a Californa Center for Cultural Innovation Award winner, a BATCC award winner and holds her M.F.A in Acting from A.C.T.

About the Dramaturg

Dori Jacob is in her 4th season as the Director of New Play Development for Magic Theatre. At Magic, Ms. Jacob dramaturged the revival of Claire Chafee’s Why We Have a Body in 2011 and the world premieres of Octavio Solis’ Se Llama Cristina, Linda McLean’s Every Five Minutes and Christina Anderson’s pen/man/ship. Further Bay Area dramaturgy/producing credits include: Still Waiting for Godot (The OFFCENTER), Assassins (Shotgun Players), Marilee Talkington’s The Creative Process (SOMArts) and Laura Schellhardt's The Comparables (Playwrights Foundation). As the resident producer for Magic’s developmental programming, Ms. Jacob’s credits include: 2011, 2012, 2013 &s; 2014 Virgin Play Series, the 2012 Asian Explosion Reading Series and the 2013 Costume Shop Festival. Ms. Jacob serves on both the executive board and literary committee for the National New Play Network and is a proud member LMDA. She is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

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