The original comedy FORKING! (full title is Fork Off Down Your Own Forking Adventure Which You've Forked: FORKING!) a fully scripted play in which the audience votes on how the plot will proceed will make its Los Angeles premiere February 20 at the Theatre Asylum, following a month-long run at San Franciscos Off-Market Theater, where its been playing to standing-room only audiences. The play will run Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm, from February 20 to March 14, at the Theatre Asylum, 6320 Santa Monica Blvd. Tickets are $20 at the door or $15 online at www.pianofight.com. The play is produced by SF-based PianoFight and executive produced by SF/LA-based C.A.F.E.
This full-length play came about after SF native Daniel Heaths short play Twice as Bright was awarded the top prize in Pianofight/C.A.F.E.s ShortLived, a three-month competition of 22 short plays by SF writers (that SF Weekly deemed Better than SNL), the winner chosen by the audiences. Heaths prize? The opportunity to write a full-length piece on anything of his choosing, to be produced
by PianoFight. Heath delivered a whopper with twists, turns, and multiple endings.
This time around, the audience again actively participates by voting. Six 20-to-30-somethings who live together in Los Angeles are thrust into or out of the sack with other characters, depending on how the audience votes. Each potential "fork" is scripted, and the sum of each audience vote will determine the outcome of the play. The SF Bay Guardian wrote Playing out like a cross between American Idol and The Real World, this is theater by and for the reality-show generation."
The story centers around Chastity, a wedding photographer with a bad knee and no health care, and Joshua, a Canadian who will lose his job if he can't get his visa renewed. After a night of heavy drinking, the two decide that the best way to solve both their problems is to get married giving Chastity health coverage and Joshua American citizenship. One problem: Will the audience get them to their joyous day?
The LA version will feature both LA and SF performers, including LAs Liz Osborn, Ashley Lambert, Teresa Reilly and Max Scher, and SFs Christy Crowley, Stefanie Goldstein, Nina Harada, Ray Hobbs, Kate Jones, Jeremy
Mascia, Rob Ready and Dan Williams. The play is directed by Eric Reid, who also helmed Heath's winning piece in ShortLived. An original score for FORKING! was composed and is performed live each night by Arlen Ginsburg.
PianoFight is an SF-based production company founded in June 2007 by Rob Ready and Dan Williams, and is committed to producing new work by new artists. C.A.F.E. (Combined Art Form Entertainment) was founded in 1998 by Matthew Quinn, who was joined by Steve Kahn in 2003 when they created SFs Off-Market Theatre and Studio 250, which has been managed by PianoFight since June of 2007, when C.A.F.E. expanded to LA with a new venue on theatre row in Hollywood, Theatre Asylum. For more information about each company, visit www.pianofight.com and www.cafearts.com
6320 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
|Minimum Age: 18|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|