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CR0WDED FIRE THEATER- Cast Announcement: A TALE OF AUTUMN

Meet the cast of A TALE OF AUTUMN
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Cast Announcement:
A TALE OF AUTUMN
When you manage to convince internationally renowned playwright Christopher Chen to write an absurd play for you about the absurd national climate, he makes a few absurd demands:
1) An unlimited supply of Red Vines and Diet Mr. Pibb
2) A weekly game of Settlers of Catan using multiple expansion packs
3) A stellar cast that speaks Chen and knows how to congeal

We are here to deliver on these demands.

Ed Berkeley
Skyler Cooper 
Sarah Nina Hayon+
Lawrence Radecker*
Maria Candelaria+
Nora el Samahy+
Michele Apriña Leavy*+
Christopher W. White
*Crowded Fire Resident Artist
+Member of Actors’ Equity Association

Potrero Stage

The World Premiere of A TALE OF AUTUMN by Christopher Chen
directed by Mina Morita
September 14 – October 7, 2017

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Potrero Stage

Formerly known as Thick House), 1695 18th Street, SF

Set in a parallel world, A TALE OF AUTUMN is a psychological rise-to-power fable. When the popular founder of the benevolent but formidable Farm Company dies, the struggle to find his successor unfolds in an absurd and eerily familiar landscape. With each twist and turn, Christopher Chen creates a perilous ‘House of Mirrors,’ in which intentions are blurred and convictions are shattered.

Visit www.crowdedfire.org for more information and to purchase tickets!

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS!
Ignite Fund
OUR ENRICHMENT FUND FOR THEATER DESIGNERS & TECHNICIANS

Launched in 2016, Crowded Fire’s Ignite Fund seeks to support the growth of and enhance the working lives of theater designers and technicians in the Bay Area with an eye towards supporting the plurality of race, culture, class, gender, and age in our local design and technical community.

Whether they are hanging from scaffolding with a hand full of gels, programming surround sound from under the seats, sourcing a crate of fresh persimmons in February, or giving directions with embroidery needles sticking out of their mouths, our theater designers and technicians build the worlds you see on our stage. They transform the visceral into the tangible. In short, they make the magic happen.

If you’re one of these incredible makers in the theater community, we want to support you! We understand that growth in and innovation of design comes from designer’s and technician’s investment in tools and training. We believe in your vision! Crowded Fire’s Ignite Fund provides grants for professional development workshops and training opportunities, to purchase design tools and equipment, and to strengthen the economic sustainability of an arts practice.

Each year a total of up to $10,000 will be granted through the Ignite Fund. Grants range between $1,000 and $5,000 to support theater designers and technicians who have worked on a minimum of one Crowded Fire production.

Submission deadline: July 15th, 2017 by 11:59pm P.S.T.
APPLY NOW!
Devon LaBelle, properties designer and recipient of a 2016 Ignite Fund grant, says,
“The Ignite Fund allowed me to get the most important tool in my tool kit that helps me do what I do best. Everyone has that one thing, but not everyone has access to it.”

Devon’s most important tool is the pickup truck she purchased with her Ignite Fund grant to help transport materials, tools and her award-winning props. Since acquiring this big orange beauty, Devon has mastered props for 24 productions and counting. We love spotting Clementine parked outside of theaters around the Bay Area!

“It’s definitely a unique opportunity to be a tech person and to be able to apply for a grant that furthers your career in some way.”
JUNE MONKEY PICK: Chris Chen, yet again
San Francisco Playhouse
Presents the World Premiere of
You Mean to Do Me Harm

In this world premiere by 2017 Obie Award winner Christopher Chen, an innocuous comment at a dinner of two interracial couples leads to a surreal escalation of Cold War-style paranoia. You Mean to Do Me Harm is a psychological exploration of Chinese and American foreign relations, and of the personal relations we hold most dear. Crowded Fire patrons can save $5 off tickets by using the code CFSAVE5. 

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The Playwrights Foundation- The 40th Bay Area Playwrights Festival Line-up

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The University of Arizona Poetry Center-Check out the exciting events happening here in May 2017

Check out the exciting events happening here this month!
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Speedway & Swan returned for a special episode with special host Susan Briante and her guest, Alison Hawthorne Deming. Check out the hour of incredible poetry and conversation here.
Writing the Community student Wren Awry wrote this heartfelt letter to U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera after his visit to Tucson, specifically Davis Bilingual Elementary School.

Awry writes, “Your picture books, poems, activism, humor, and exuberance are testaments to a life lived this way, where poetry is action and action is poetry. ” The whole letter is well worth your time, and it even got a shout-out from Herrera himself on Twitter!

May Events

UA Student Broadside Exhibition: May 1-May 26 /  Presenting a broadside exhibition of 2016-2017 contest-winning writing and art by students at the University of Arizona, presented in partnership with the UA School of Art.

Creative Writing MFA Graduate Readings: May 4, Thursday at 7:00 PM / Students graduating from the University of Arizona MFA in Creative Writing program read from their work.

Community Event: Open Mic: May 6, Saturday at 12:00 PM / Poetry Center Docents host an Open Mic Event and all are welcome. The open mic will be round-robin style, which means each attendant will have the chance to share their own or a favorite poem. This event takes place in the Hillman Odeum at the Poetry Center.

Spring Classes & Workshops Reading: May 11, Thursday at 7:00 PM / Students and instructors who participated this spring in the Poetry Center’s Classes & Workshops program read from their work.

Book Launch for Writing the Community: May 13, Saturday at 10:00 AM / Celebrate the first annual publication of Writing the Community’s anthology. Featured writers are from Tucson K-8 schools.

Main Library Poetry Circle: Native American Poets: May 20, Saturday at 10:30 AM / Led by UA Poetry Center docents, Poetry Circle is a program to expand participants’ knowledge and appreciation of poetry. No prior poetry experience necessary. This event takes place at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library.

Kirk-Bear Canyon Poetry Circle: Walt Whitman: May 22, Monday at 1:00 PM / Led by UA Poetry Center docents, Poetry Circle is a program to expand participants’ knowledge and appreciation of poetry. No prior poetry experience necessary. This event takes place at the Kirk-Bear Canyon Library.

Oro Valley Poetry Circle: The Poems of e.e. cummings:  May 25, Thursday at 2:00 PM / Led by UA Poetry Center docents, Poetry Circle is a program to expand participants’ knowledge and appreciation of poetry. No prior poetry experience necessary. This event takes place at the Oro Valley Public Library.

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Arizona International Film Festival- ENVIRONMENTAL DAY (APRIL 24) at the 26th Arizona International Film Festival

ENVIRONMENTAL DAY (APRIL 24)
at the 26th Arizona International Film Festival
Keri Pickett
United States, 2017, 94 min.
 
The “Prophecy of the 7th Fire” says a “black snake” will bring destruction to the earth. We will have a choice of two paths. One is scorched and one is green. For Winona (Ojibwe for “first daughter”), the “black snake is oil trains and pipelines. When she learns that Canadian-owned Enbridge plans to route a new pipeline through land granted to her tribe in an 1855 Treaty, she and her community spring into action to save the sacred wild rice lakes and preserve their traditional way of life.

Winona dreams that she is riding her horse against the current of the oil. Launching an annual spiritual horse ride along the proposed pipeline route, speaking at community meetings and regulatory hearings.

Monday, April 24, 6:00 p.m.
$6 admission
David McIlvride and Roger Williams
Canada, 2016, 95 min.
Narrated by clean water supporter Jason Priestley, RiverBlue follows international river conservationist, Mark Angelo, on a journey that uncovers the dark side of the fashion industry.
Spanning the globe to infiltrate one of the world’s most polluting industries, and speaking with fashion designers and water protectors worldwide, RiverBlue reveals stunning and shocking images that truly change the way we look at how our clothing is made.
This groundbreaking documentary examines the destruction of our rivers, its effect on humanity, and the solutions that inspire hope for a sustainable future. An exquisitely crafted, fascinating, emotional and moving documentary turned global agent for change.
 
Monday, April 24, 8:00 p.m.
 
Preceded by
Dawn George
Canada, 2016, 6 min.
Up close, mold is an intricate mass of branching filaments and delicate fruiting bodies creating a colourful connected web. When viewed from a distance, mold loses its complexities and a more destructive nature is realized – much like the world we live in.
 
Monday, April 24, 8:00 p.m.
$6 admission
All films will be screened at The Screening Room

located at 127 East Congress in downtown Tucson

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Ruminate Magazine-The 2017 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize

Contest closes May 15th
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Friends, distill that moment.


 “I like having a phrase lying around to get poems started.
It’s like having a key.”  — Shane McCrae

If you’re like us, you have poems everywhere—half-hidden in files and folders and titled things like “Renewal,” “Family,” or “Conflict.”  They creep into margins, install themselves in the pages of your notebooks. And sometimes, you can watch them crystallize around a single photo, a single phrase, a single second.

Our finalist judge, Shane McCrae thinks of these phrases as keys, unlocking the truth hiding in that moment. The poem that forms around those phrases makes that truth accessible in a way no other form can—it invites the reader to experience it for themselves.

So return to that poem, the one that is only partly done but already rings true. Sit with it. Return to the phrase that created it and unlock that door.

The 2017 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize closes May 15th, with a $1500 cash prize and publication in Ruminate awarded to the winning poet and $200 and publication in Ruminate awarded to the second-place poet.

Please, accept our invitation to submit your poems.  It’s time to share that truth.

SUBMIT YOUR WORK

Warmly,

Kristin George Bagdanov

Poetry Editor
Ruminate Magazine
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The Playwrights Foundation-TD MITCHELL RETURNS WITH A NEW PLAY LAST ROUGH READING ANNOUNCED WE’RE HIRING AN OFFICE MANAGER! SAVE THE DATE: PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL

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  • TD MITCHELL RETURNS WITH A NEW PLAY
  • LAST ROUGH READING ANNOUNCED
  • WE’RE HIRING AN OFFICE MANAGER!
  • SAVE THE DATE: PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL 
April 12, 2017

DON’T MISS OUR NEXT ROUGH READING

VRTU-L
BY T.D. MITCHELL

Directed by Jayne Wenger
Featuring:      
Amin El Gamal*, Kenny Toll*, Valerie Weak*, &Kathryn Zdan*
*Actor’s Equity Association

 Eventbrite - Playwrights Foundation ROUGH READINGS Series

Fresh off the printer just this week, the play experiments with the
disorienting and ridiculous, prone to shifting rules, technical issues like pixellation and buffering, and yet finding moments of honesty, intimacy and human longing. VRTU-L is the final play in T.D.’s Veterans Trilogy, that includesQueens for a Year (BAPF 2013) and Beyond the 17th Parallel.


Best known as writer and story editor for the acclaimed TV series “Army Wives”, TD MITCHELL’s award-winning play scripts include A Gray Matter, In Dog Years, and Beyond the 17th Parallel (being adapted as a feature film), and Queens For A Year (World Premiere at Hartford Stage Sept 2016; read at BAPF).

Learn more about the play HERE and read TD’s interview on VRTU-L HERE


UP NEXT – BERTA, BERTA by Angelica Chéri


Our last Rough Reading of the 2016-17 season – May 8 & 9

Directed by Steven Anthony Jones

From this up and coming playwright by way of the Tisch School, UCLA ,and Columbia comes a searing, sexy new play inspired by the prison chain gang song “Berta, Berta” that originated in the notorious Parchman Farm, Mississippi State Penitentiary.  It is an electrifying, imaginary origin story.

SAVE THE DATES!
40th ANNIVERSARY
BAY AREA PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL  JULY 14 – 23


Lineup to be announced soon!

WE’RE LOOKING FOR A FESTIVAL OFFICE MANAGER

COULD THIS BE YOU?



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