YES to Everything
Footloose presents the fourth YES to Everything festival of playwrights who perform in their own dramatic, comedic and musical pieces. Each night is a different double bill that runs the gamut from comedy to storytelling to music and movement. Some are group pieces and some solos--all are premieres. Be part of theater history in the making and say you saw these shows in their first run: More info at www.ftloose.com
FRI June 15: Jovelyn Richards & Ensemble, plus Ron Jones
SAT June 16: Jovelyn Richards & Ensemble, plus Kathleen Denny
FRI June 22: Julie Drucker, Running With Glitter sketch comedy
SAT June 23: Julie Drucker, plus Kathleen Denny
FRI June 29: Ron Jones, plus Bob Ernst & Aldo Della Maggiora
SAT June 30: Bob Ernst & Aldo Della Maggiora plus post show party and music jam
ABOUT THE PLAYS AND PLAYWRIGHTS:
Osell's 517 Club
FRIDAY JUNE 15 and SATURDAY JUNE 16
Written, directed and performed by Jovelyn Richards with live music by jazz pianist/composer Damu and actors Tim Fisher, Krystle Liggins, Jazmine Mora, Roberta Murdock, Sugar, Kimberly Turner, Ricardo Williams, Nekia Wright
Jovelyn Richards, master storyteller of black love and intimacy, heads a diverse ensemble to recreate the smoky atmosphere of the infamous Osell's 517 Club. Racism was softened by blues and jazz for those migrating to Milwaukee during the 1950's to 1970's. A haven for musicians, gays and anyone living on the fringes, Osell's was also the place of danger, drugs, betrayal and deception. The story opens in 1963, with a phone call that sets the night on fire.
FRIDAY JUNE 15 and FRIDAY JUNE 29
Written and Performed by Ron Jones; Directed by David Ford
Ron Jones takes the stage in his newest solo, Naked Zombie. It all started when he was asked to nude model for a drawing group. The elder artist, Helen Ludwig McGill, (portrayed by Ron) becomes friends with Ron and together they encounter the world of digital madness. A cat named Ralph, a Frog in a tutu, Pixar and Creativity Explored become parts in this comical adventure of mortality and divine revelation.
To Be of Use
FRIDAY JUNE 22 and SATURDAY JUNE 23
Written by Julie Drucker in collaboration with and directed by Nina Wise, this is a solo drama with timely themes of immigration, trauma, forgiveness and the complex family dynamics passed down through generations. In a dream, Julie's Romanian Jewish grandfather told her, "You have to tell my story!" Julie did her research--even took a trip to Vienna to dig into his past--and uncovered the layers of shame, secrecy and guilt surrounding his mysterious demise in Nazi occupied Vienna in 1938. The result is a nail biter with a poetic cadence and fluid narrative guided by the incomparable Motion Theater Director, Nina Wise.
SATURDAY JUNE 16 and SATURDAY JUNE 23
Written and performed by Kathleen Denny whose new show is a true and funny account from her years as a union machinist in the air transport industry. Long before Anita Hill and #MeToo, women of the Rosie the Riveter generation pushed back against intolerance on the job. When Kat decides to do something about the pinup calendar in the machine shop--Miss September is not demonstrating a mechanical technique--she tests the boundaries for women working next to men.
Running With Glitter
FRIDAY JUNE 22 - ONE NIGHT ONLY
Sketch comedy co-directed by Sara-Jean Bartky and Elizabeth Simone; Lighting/sound Erica Anderson
Performers: Pallav Agrawal, Sara-Jean Bartky, Khela Campos, Rosie Fry, Cesar Herrera, Christopher Hughes, Krystle Liggins, Emily Russell, Elizabeth Simone, Daniel Wilcox
This new comedy group writes and performs original, fast-paced material that deals with personal and global politics and ranges from satire to commentary on pop culture. Their first show last month at Oakland's All Out Comedy Theater sold out and launched some of the freshest Bay Area comedic writers and actors.
HOME, poems and songs by Keith Lee White
Old, New, Borrowed & Blue, by Bob Ernst
FRIDAY JUNE 29 and SATURDAY JUNE 30 (Post show music jam)
Live music and spoken word performed by Bob Ernst with Aldo Della Maggiora
HOME is a musical interpretation with minimal theatrics of the songs and poetry of Keith Lee White who was incarcerated at the age of fifteen and is currently doing life at Corcoran State Prison. NEW is fresh material by local theater legend, Bob Ernst and his collaborator, musician/drummer, Aldo Della Maggiora.
Footloose is funded by San Francisco Grants for the Arts, generous individuals and businesses.
Exit Theater (View)
156 Eddy Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
|Minimum Age: 10|
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: Yes!|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|