By Joan Holden
Saturday, July 20 at 12pm
Sunday, July 28 at 12pm
Dramaturg: Marge Betley
Cast: Marie Acosta, Abe Bernstein, Pat Davis, Gary Green, Rosie Hallett, *Wylie Herman, Charmaine Hitchcox, Lynne Hollander, *Patrick Kelly Jones, *Marissa Keltie, Bill Liebman, Marilet Martinez, *Remi Sandri, *Aaron Wilton, Brady Morales-Woolery
Designer: Melpomene Katakalos
*Member of Actors' Equity Association
Half a century ago, thousands of the best and brightest students in California rose up in a mass nonviolent protest that put Berkeley on the world map. They resisted weeks of divide-and-conquer tactics, performed miracles of self-organization, closed down the campus with a strike, and won. Formally, they demanded freedom for political speech; just under the surface, they were demanding it for themselves, from the grey-flannel life that was being prepared for them by authority, parents’ expectations, the hypocrisy and rigidity of the 1950’s.
Joan Holden (Playwright) As playwright for the Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe (1970-2000), Joan wrote or co-wrote many of the company’s best-remembered plays, including THE INDEPENDENT FEMALE, THE DRAGON LADY’S REVENGE; FALSE PROMISES; THE HOTEL UNIVERSE; FACTWINO; RIPPED VAN WINKLE; STEELTOWN, SEEING DOUBLE, OFFSHORE and CITY FOR SALE. She has translated and adapted works of Beaumarchais, Fo, Jonson and Moliere for ACT, Berkeley Rep and others, and participated in many international collaborations. Holden is best-known nationally for the widely produced stage adaptation of Barbara Ehrenreich’s NICKEL AND DIMED. She will work with composers/lyricists Bruce Barthol and Daniel Savio on the final version of FSM to be co-produced by Stagebridge and BAPF in the fall of 2014.
Erin Merritt (Director) is an award-winning director, dramaturg, and producer best known locally as founder of the all-female Shakespeare company Woman’s Will, where her productions included two “Top Ten Shows of the Year”—the Brecht/Weill musical Happy End and an ASL-translated Pericles. Several of her adaptations (Good Person of Szechuan; an expressionist Hamlet; and a 5-person Macbeth) also have garnered rave reviews locally. Since leaving Woman’s Will in 2009, she has produced a film for and about chimps for Primate Cinema in LA, served as dramaturg for Grounded (BAPF 2012) and directed a variety of projects including the world premier of Arthur Jolly’s “The Secret of Jarlsberg” for Still Speaking Theatre (LA); her own translation of Bertolt Brecht’s Drums in the Night in Kansas City, MO; and, with Bay Area Children’s Theatre, both Click Clack Moo and Cat in the Hat; the latter is currently running at Oakland’s Children’s Fairyland. But her real passion is brand new plays like these.
Marge Betley (Dramaturg) is Executive Director of Stagebridge Senior Theatre. She has worked with companies around the country including Sundance Theatre Lab, Houston Grand Opera, Denver Center Theatre’s New Play Summit, Arena Stage, O’Neill Playwrights Conference, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Under her leadership of its new works program, Geva Theatre Center developed over 150 new plays and musicals by professional and amateur playwrights and produced more than a dozen world premieres. She has collaborated with writers and directors including Dan O'Brien, John Belluso, Michele Lowe, Chay Yew, Eisa Davis, Dan Dietz, Aaron Posner, Davis McCallum, Michael John Garces, Jose Cruz Gonzalez, Naomi Iizuka, Lisa Peterson, and The Debate Society, among others. She has served as a grants panelist for the NEA, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, and the MAP Fund, and has written for American Theatre and Opera News. Betley is a former Fulbright Scholar in Dramaturgy.
Melpomene Katakalos (Designer) is the director of the New Play Design Lab and is happy to be returning to San Francisco for another season at BAPF. A professor at Lehigh University, she is a bicoastal designer. Her designs have been seen on the stages of La Jolla Playhouse, SF Mime Troupe, California Shakespeare Theatre, La Mama, HERE Arts Center, NY Musical Theatre Festival, Columbia Stages, and Cornerstone Theatre. Specializing in new works, she has designed over 25 world premieres, over 12 west coast premieres, and countless regional premieres. She is a cofounder of Crowded Fire Theater Company, San Francisco. She has received many nominations and awards for her designs, including two San Diego Playbill Awards, two Bay Area Critics Circle nominations, and the honor of Best Set Designer for 2008 from The East Bay Express. Upcoming: Christopher Chen's Caught with 2by4 Theatre this fall.