Assorted Domestic Emergencies
Home is where the heart isn't, when you're in an isolated cabin in a blizzard with only your dog, memories and cornbread to keep you warm. Or when your plumber demands more blind faith in his unconventional (to say the least) working methods than you can muster. Featuring the best of the San Francisco Bay Area's acting talent, Nancy Cooper Frank's "The Plumber" and Linda Ayres-Frederick's "Blizzard" explore survival strategies both comic and touching.
Linda Ayres-Frederick (Playwright, Blizzard), Phoenix Theatre's Artistic Director since 1985 (www.phoenixtheatresf.org), has enjoyed a diverse career as an actor, producer, director, critic and playwright in the San Francisco Bay Area with related work travel to NYC, Edinburgh, France, and Alaska. A member of the SF Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle (VP), American Theatre Critics Association, the Dramatists Guild of America, AEA, and AFTRA/SAG, Linda is twice a Shubert Playwriting Fellow with numerous productions and publications in Bay Area Festivals including Best of SF Fringe 2010 & 2011 (for her play Afield) and Best Play of Marin Fringe 2012 (for her solo Cantata #40, also read last year in Valdez, Alaska at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference). In 2013 at the Marsh San Francisco, and at the O'Hanlon Arts Center in Marin, she performed an earlier solo version of Blizzard. Her full-length play Kiska Bay was read at Tides Theatre in the Dramatists Guild Footlight Series. Her current full-length plays include The Unveiling, Black Swan, The Umbrella Play, and One Foot on the Water. In 2011, The Mav Mum Murder was read at the LFTC in Valdez, where Linda's various work has received readings seven times over the last nine years. Two of her plays (Dinner with the Undertaker's Son and Waiting in the Victory Garden) were performed and published by Three Wise Monkeys Theatre Company in two Bay One-Acts Festivals. She has had over 20 pieces produced and over 30 pieces read publicly. Her work also appears in Monologues from the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and Poets on Parnassus. For the last several years, Linda has been a member of the Monday Night Playwrights, the longest running writing group in San Francisco, and of Artists Development Lab. She also serves as a Member of the Board of Custom Made Theatre Company and the Advisory Committee of 3Girls Theatre. Since 2003 she has lived in San Francisco's Mission District with her partner.
Nancy Cooper Frank (Playwright, The Plumber). The Plumber won first prize at FirstStage LA's 2013 One Act Festival. It comes to the San Francisco Fringe fresh from its run in the Arundel Theatre Trail in Arundel, England (produced by the appropriately named Drip Action Theatre Company). A staged reading of Nancy's Daniil Kharms: A Life in One Act and Several Dozen Eggs, directed by L. Peter Callender, was chosen by Virago Theatre to celebrate the June 2014 inauguration of The Flight Deck in Oakland. Nancy, Kharms, and the several dozen eggs also traveled to the Great Plains Theatre Conference for a PlayLab reading this year. Nancy has contributed short plays and one-acts to the Philly Fringe (with Secret Room Theatre), Spare Change Theatre's In A New York Minute Festival, The San Francisco Theater Pub, The Bay One Acts Festival, Berkeley's Play Café, the Chameleon Theatre Circle's New Play Festival (Minnesota), to name a few. She is a proud member of the Drama!
tists Guild, the Monday Night Group workshop (www.mondaynightgroup.net) and the board of The Custom Made Theatre. Nancy used to teach Russian literature and still dips into Dead Souls when nobody is looking. She lives with husband Richard and a cat with too many names in San Francisco.
Joe Weatherby (Director). Known locally as 'The Tax Guy' (taxes4artists.com), Joe was a founding member of The San Francisco Actor's Theatre, where he directed the West Coast premiere of The Women. Other credits include three shows with Z Collective, directing for Eastenders and Calvary Theatre, being a member of the improv troupe Global Riot, and work at the Magic, Cowell, Exit, Zephyr, Phoenix, Rhinoceros, Josie's, Marsh, Mason Street, Actor's, and Mission Cultural Theatres. Recent awards include Bay Times 'Best of the Year' for directing Maureen Bogues's Coming Out Blonde, Best of SF Fringe Festival 2011 for directing Linda Ayres-Frederick's Afield and Best of SF Fringe 2010 for George Pfirrmann's Arousal. Joe's last project was directing Joy Cutler's Pardon My Invasion at the Phoenix Theatre. He is pleased to be part of this production.
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