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Suicide in B Flat
Boxcar Studios & Stagewerx
San Francisco, CA
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Suicide in B Flat
Do It Live Productions contributes Sam Shepard's SUICIDE IN B FLAT to Boxcar Theater's season of "Shep in Rep" this March.  Invited by Boxcar to direct a 'Shep' staged reading for their 'Young Director's Program,' Do It Live Artistic Director Will Hand chooses instead to fully stage Shepard's jazz-riddled absurdist farce which will continue its run at Stagewerx for three weekends after closing at Boxcar.

Two detectives arrive at the scene of the crime to reconstruct the suicide of jazz-man Niles. Maybe they get into his head a little too well, because its not long before these hard-nosed Republican dicks are on the razor's edge themselves. They're already in over their heads when the room starts to fill with musicians, dead-set on rehearsing with Niles.

DO IT LIVE'S production embraces this chaos with the help of Grayson Converse, accomplished jazz pianist making his theatrical debut by improvising the play's score each night. The grueling physicality of the detectives set to jazz is one of the many juxtapositions this production adds to Shepard's apoplectic and epileptic landscape of detectives and jazz musicians.

In light of Boxcar's Shep in Rep, director William Hand finds B FLAT a perfect fit. "SUICIDE is about Shepard yearning to kill off certain parts of himself, clearing the way for his 'Daddy Daddy' family plays." But that isn't what got Hand interested in the play. "Its about people who need facts in order to stay sane. When they don't have any facts to go on, these detectives realize that their 'calling' has stopped calling, and everything goes dancing out the window. Nothing can remind you of that more than the bright spark of a jazz musician. They're chilling. I get nervous around them."

SUICIDE IN B FLAT runs March 13 - 16, 2012, Tues, Wed, Thurs, & Fri @ 8pm; at Boxcar Studios 125A Hyde Street (@ Golden Gate),
March 24, 30-31, & April 6-7 2012, Fri & Sat @ 11pm; at Stagewerx 446 Valencia Street (@ 16th St),
Tickets are Pay-what-you-can at Boxcar and $15 at Stagewerx
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SUICIDE IN B FLAT is produced by Do It Live! Productions (Will Hand, Kenny Toll and Shay Wisniewski), the snarky upstarts who brought you the cell-phone toting TWO GENTS OF VERONA, HENRY THE SIXTH ("an ambitious and solid feat of theater"  SF Appeal) and BAD HAMLET ("thoroughly entertaining" -- This production is managed by Andrew Akraboff, Production Manager, and Jess Wretlind, Stage Manager. Directed by Will Hand with original music by Grayson Converse; and features:  Anthony Agresti, Arisa Bega, Will Hand, Michael Saarela, Leanne Tallis and Shay Wisniewski. Costume Design by Liz Weston. Scenic Design by Hannah Murray. Lighting Design by Joe D'Emilio. Poster Design by Amanda Ramirez.



Boxcar Studios & Stagewerx (View)
125A Hyde St & 446 Valencia
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States




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