Show and Tell by Anthony Clarvoe
One morning, just before show-and-tell time, an instructor in a small suburban grade school leaves her students momentarily to retrieve her autoharp from the faculty lounge. In her absence an unimaginable and catastrophic event occurs. What follows is an intriguing crime scene investigation with a well-travelled forensics team joining with parents and teachers to track down the origin of the disaster. Show and Tell addresses issues that are both current and timeless. We are asked: what are the events we choose to remember; how do we decide (what do we keep) to remember them; what is our individual responsibility to each other in a crisis; what should the government's response be; how do we deal with survivors' guilt; how do we place blame for such a horrifying event? Despite the seeming darkness of the theme, there is humor, human attraction, and even redemption in the play.
Symmetry Theatre Company is a brand new company whose mission is to redress the imbalance in professional theatrical union contracts given to male versus female performers (currently 80% men/20% women) and, more broadly, the gender inequity in entertainment offerings as a whole. Cast for Show and Tell includes Erika Salazar, Wylie Herman, Jessica Powell*, Chloe Bronzan*, Robert Parsons* and Julia Brothers*.
ANTHONY CLARVOE is happy to be coming home to his native San Francisco. Before he left, he received the Will Glickman, Bay Area Drama Critics' Circle, and Drama-logue Awards and an American Theatre Critics Awards Citation for PICK UP AX, as well as the Stavis Award from the National Theatre Council as the promising playwright of the year. Since then he's been roaming the country, writing plays and raising a family. He has received a dozen commissions from South Coast Repertory, the Mark Taper Forum, Playwrights' Horizons, and others; fellowships from the Guggenheim and McKnight Foundations, National Endowment for the Arts, TCG/Pew Charitable Trusts, Kennedy Center/Fund for New American Plays; and critics' awards from LA to New England. His plays, including THE LIVING, LET'S PLAY TWO, THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV, AMBITION FACING WEST, CTRL+ALT+DELETE, and THE ART OF SACRIFICE, are published by Broadway Play Publishing, Inc.
SHOW AND TELL was written in 1989-90 in the Berkeley Public Library and Mendocino, thanks to a commission from South Coast Repertory and fellowships from the Irvine and Jerome Foundations. It received readings and workshops from South Coast Repertory, Upstart Stage, New Dramatists, and the Playwrights' Center's Playlabs. The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis produced the world premiere. Notable productions since have included New York's Ensemble Studio Theatre and 78th Street Theatre Lab and LA's Circle X Theatre, which received Backstage West Critics' Pick, LA Weekly Pick of the Week, and Drama-Logue Critics' Choice Awards.
*appear courtesy of Actors Equity Association
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