by seven playwrights
Other Voices in partnership with the Playwrights Center of San Francisco
Drama/ dark comedy
EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy St, SF
90 Minutes
TICKETS: $12 ($14.99 online)
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Donald Trump said he’d “#Drain the Swamp.” In a game changing presidency, we find ourselves wondering if it’s a swamp or America itself that’s being drained. In $WAMPLAND, seven award-winning Bay Area playwrights (Patrick M Brennan, Bill Hyatt, Susan Jackson, Charley Lerrigo, Lorraine Midanik, Madeline Puccioni and L. Zephyr) present their visions of what “making America great” really means. [www.swamplandvoices.com]
Charley Lerrigo (Producer; Playwright “Lesson Plan”) $WAMPLAND is Charley Lerrigo’s third appearance in the Fringe of San Francisco -- as both playwright and producer. He’s excited to join six other local award winning dramatists to wrestle with the social and political adversity of our times. Charley is a member of Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco and the Dramatist Guild. Recent plays have been in programs of the Dramatist Guild and Central Works Theater. He lives in Oakland with his wife Pat.
Bill Hyatt (Production Manager; Playwright “Fake News”) Produced plays include: CHRISTMAS IN CHECHNYA (Backstage West 2003 Critics List); IT CAME FROM FUKUSHIMA, HOW TO MAKE A VIDEO (TBA Award - Outstanding Production, Anthology). Direction includes: many World- and West Coast-premieres; and Bill was a director of THE LYSISTRATA PROJECT – an international theatrical effort protesting U.S. entry into Iraq. Bill is a co-founder of Undefined Symbol Theater. Professional memberships: Dramatists Guild, Pear Theater Playwrights Guild, PCSF, TBA, Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights. www.billhyatt.com
PATRICK M BRENNAN (Playwright "A Crime Can Always Be Found") : has had plays produced domestically and internationally, including SINGULARITEEN (San Francisco), NO POLITICS (Somerville, MA), MILGRAM'S WAR (Los Angeles), and GET OUT OF MY AMERICAN WAY (Boston). Patrick is a cofounder of Undefined Symbol Theater. Patrick's most recent play, TERMS OF USE, recently received staged readings at Dragon Theatre and Central Works Theater. Patrick is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco, the Pear Avenue Playwrights’ Guild, PlayCafe, and Playwrights’ Platform.
SUSAN JACKSON (Playwright “Not Worthy Enough to Wipe Your Ass”) received the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award. Her plays have been staged- read/produced in New York, Bay Area, Eugene O’Neill Foundation, William Inge New Works Festival, Sydney, a London Pub, and South Carolina. SAMARITAN was a finalist for the Henley Rose Competition--Female Playwrights. She’s a Resident Playwright for 3Girls Theatre. DEATH BE NOT LOUD! won Best of Fringe -- CAPITAL FRINGE. TAKEN will be published in Smith and Kraus’s BEST WOMEN’S MONOLOGUES, 2017.
LORRAINE MIDANIK (Playwright “Up the Wall”) CYCLED (ReproRights, 3Girls Theatre 2017), BENCHED (PCSF Playoffs 2016), BOY IMAGINED (ReproRights, 3Girls Theatre 2016), FREEDOM OF SPEECH (PianoFight, 2016), SPARSE PUBIC HAIR (PCSF’s SHEHEREZADE’S LAST TALES FESTIVAL - 2015 Stuey Award and TBA’s Award for Outstanding Production of An Anthology). SHOCK VALUE will be produced at PCSF’s Playoffs in November. Proud member of The Dramatists Guild, Playwrights Center of San Francisco, Theatre Bay Area (2015 ATLAS Playwright), and The International Centre for Women Playwrights.
MADELINE PUCCIONI (Playwright “No Longer A Ten (CE 2018 Amerika)”) is a “re entry” playwright, back in theater after grading English essays for 30 years. Her TWO O’CLOCK FEEDING was produced at The Magic Theatre some years ago, and published in West Coast Plays IV. Recent productions in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles, include: THE SATURDAY NIGHTERS (Towne Street Theatre, L.A.), BACKSEAT BETSY (3Girls Theatre, San Francisco), and SARAH GOODIN and EURYBIA AND THE PIRATE QUEEN (Those Women Productions, San Francisco).
L. ‘Z’ ZEPHYR (Playwright “2027”) has had plays produced in NYC, Chicago, Houston, Minneapolis, Ft. Lauderdale, and the Bay Area. She is a member of PlayGround and PCSF. By day she creates designs for a line of whimsical, sometimes political, dog ceramics. She is currently working on two full length plays that are testing her resolve and patience. In these challenging, and most interesting of times, she is happy to be a part of the $WAMPLAND voices.
Kalon Thibodeaux (Stage Manager / Sound Design) : Over the last 27 years, Kalon has worked as an actor, director, stage manager and designer for many theatrical companies throughout the bay area and the gulf south such as 42nd Street Moon, Southern Repertory Theatre, Custom Made Theatre Company, Evangeline Theatre Company, and the Dixie Theatre in Apalachicola, Florida. He most recently appeared off-stage as production stage manager of Custom Made Theatre Company’s world premiere of Kurt Vonnegut’s Mother Night.
Desiree Rogers (Ensemble) played Deborah Lacks in TheatreFirst's HELA by Lauren Gunderson & Greetha Reddy, Alberta Hunter in LEAVING THE BLUES, 3 characters in WAITING FOR GIOVANNI by Jewelle Gomez at NCTC, Siara in ENEMIES FOREIGN & DOMESTIC by Patricia Milton at Central Works, Mattie in Charles Johnson's, AIN'T IT SO with MET, understudied 3 roles in Naomi Wallace's THE LIQUID PLAIN at OSF/Ashland, 6 characters in Ed Decker & Robert Leone's RIGHTS OF PASSAGE at NCTC.
Meira Perelstein (Ensemble) is delighted to be returning to PCSF. She has previously worked with them during their 24-Hour Play Festival. She was most recently seen at The Shelton Theatre in their productions of BEYOND THERAPY and STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE. She has a BA in Theatre Arts from CSULB. She has also studied theatre at ACT, DVC, Berk Rep and other places with acronyms. In her spare time, she dreams of taking the cutest baby animal pic ever.
Philip Goleman (Ensemble) is happy to be back at the Fringe. Prior performances include ALL MY SONS, HARVEY, JOURNEY'S END (BATCC Winner – best Ensemble), ARMS AND THE MAN and THE UNDERPANTS (BATCC Award nominee) at Ross Valley Players; THE HOUSE OF RAMON IGLESIAS and BUG with Breach Once More; numerous SHEHEREZADE’s, LAWFULLY WEDDED & PEACHES EN REGALIA with Wily West and PCSF, an understudy step-in as Leartes in Cal Shakes' HAMLET, and ZINNIA ROSENBLATT at the SF Fringe.
NKECHI EMERUWA (Ensemble) is an actor, singer-songwriter, and performance artist. She recently performed her one woman show, LICENSED TO DRIVE WHILE BLACK, at Z Space. Theatre credits include THE SHIPMENT at Crowded Fire and performances at Custom Made Theatre, Alter Theater, Theatre Rhinoceros, The Stable, foolsFURY, Thrillpeddlers, Berkeley Playhouse and improv sketch comedy with Oui Be Negroes. Film credits include ABOUT CHERRY, 99%, and JUJULUV. Nkechi is a proud member of TBA and SAG-AFTRA. www.nkechi.com Rom 8:28!
Stefin Collins (Ensemble) is thrilled to be part of SWAMPLAND, sharing these stories about the world we live in now! Some favorite roles: Praxis, the owl MAIDRID’S BOW with Wily West, Otto THE FOOD CHAIN at SFSU & Little Stone in EURYDICE* with CMTC (*nominated for a SFBATCC award- Best Ensemble). He’s a member of LCTC, CMTC, TBA, & is ASL fluent. You can see him in THE MORNING AFTER with LCTC this November. AJ-ILYE. http://www.stefincollins.com/
Diana Brown (Ensemble) is an actor, improviser, producer, and teaching artist. She received the BATCC nomination for Best Actress/Solo Show in Susan Jackson's BLESSING HER HEART. She’s appeared with Expression Productions, Theatre Madcap, NCTC and Southern Railroad Theatre Company, among others. Diana performs in the improv duo Bingewatch and Radiostar Improv, Leela's #Sorry Not Sorry and Armando Company. She directs Leela's The Professionals. Listen to Diana narrating the audiobook ORSON WELLES: AMERICAN LEGEND on Audible.
Floriana Alessandria (Ensemble) has played a variety of roles and worked on many Bay Area including Marin Theatre Company, Shotgun Players, College of Marin, and Ross Valley Players. She was most recently seen as Beatrice in A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE (Shelton Theater) and as Kate in DANCING AT LUGHNASA (Main Stage West). She is thrilled to be part of this year's SF Fringe Festival and wishes to thank her family & friends for all their support.
Wesley Cayabyab (Director) is an actor and director. Wes has worked with Bay Area companies such as A.C.T., Berkeley Repertory Theatre, NCTC, World Arts West, Attic Light Productions, Axis Dance Company, and ODC. Wes recently directed the world premieres of DROWNING KATE, UNHINGED, and Susan Jackson's UNSUNG HEROES and DEATH BE NOT LOUD! (DC Fringe Award) which will be remounted at the Phoenix Theatre in November 2017. Other directing credits include: THE GENUINE SHOW, MY LADY ROSE, BILLINGS.