December Shows to See

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Sindu Singh as Roma and Rita Bahita as Sumitra in Greater Than at the Sunnyvale Theatre.

Unquestioned Integrity: the Hill-Thomas Hearings
Written by: Mame Hunt
Directed by: Erin Merritt
Performed by: Velina Brown, Dorain Lockett, Gene Thompson
Produced by: Those Women Productions
Those Women Productions presents a staged reading of Unquestioned Integrity by Mame Hunt, directed by Erin Merritt, on Tuesday, December 11 at the Live Oak Theater in Berkeley. This electrifying docudrama deploys verbatim quotations from the testimony given by Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas before the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1991. Unquestioned Integrity premiered at the Magic Theatre of San Francisco in early 1993. Now, in the wake of the Kavanaugh hearings, Hunt’s play feels more significant than ever.
Runs on December 11 at 8 pm, The Live Oak Theatre (Berkeley)

Greater Than
Written & Directed by: Basab Pradhan
Performed by: Brian Levi, Sindu Singh, Rita Bhatia, Paul Costello, Edward Keyani, Sarah Williams
Produced by: Bay Area Drama Company
Concentric Ventures is a leading Venture Capital firm in Silicon Valley. Jennifer Johnson, the Founder CEO of Blended Health, a startup, is pitching her company to Concentric for an investment. Ash Williams, a General Partner at Concentric is pulled into Jennifer’s pitch meeting for a second opinion. Ash maneuvers Jennifer into coming to his apartment later under the pretext of discussing the investment. What happens that evening in Ash’s apartment sets off a chain of events that could end Ash’s career and bring the entire firm down with him. Will Jennifer’s accusations of sexual harassment stick? Will Concentric disavow Ash? Or will the technology industry’s status quo of male dominance and bro culture prevail?
In the age of #MeToo, the greatest cultural shift in a generation, Greater Than explores power and gender politics in Silicon Valley.
Runs on select dates from November 29th through December 8th, Sunnyvale Theatre (Sunnyvale)

The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley
Written by: Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon
Directed by: Megan Sandberg-Zakian
Performed by: Jennie Brick, August Browning, David Moore, Melissa Ortiz, Neiry Rojo, Madeline Rouverol, Kenny Toll
Produced by: Marin Theatre Company
This holiday season, MTC is revisiting Regency romance with the World Premiere of Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon’s The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley—a companion piece to the duo’s delightful Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley—both continuations of Jane Austen’s popular novel, Pride and Prejudice. As the events of Miss Bennet unfold upstairs at Pemberley, the servants below stairs find themselves in the midst of a different holiday scandal. An unwelcome visitor has stumbled into the hall in the middle of the night—Mr. Darcy’s nemesis and Lydia’s incorrigible husband: Mr. Wickham. The bustling housekeeper Mrs Reynolds, Cassie the resilient new serving girl, and Brian the helplessly romantic groomsman, must each balance their holiday preparations with keeping Wickham confined—for a secreted letter may be the key to bringing him to justice. But before long, old grudges and new misunderstandings reach a boiling point, and as the festivities spiral into chaos, Pemberley’s residents struggle to keep peace without taking sides. Warm and sensational, Gunderson and Melcon’s second Austen adaptation delves into class, privilege, family and forgiveness—and what it means to truly give, in the season of giving.
Runs from November 29th through December 9th, Marin Theatre Company (Mill Valley)

Ripcord
Written by: David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by: Daren A.C. Carollo
Performed by: Ann Kendrick, Sandi Weldon, David Bogdonoff, Peter Budinger, Kim Donovan, DC Scarpelli
Produced by: Contra Costa Civic Theatre
Abby has always had a quiet room to herself at the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility; if a new roommate was assigned to the second bed, Abby — cantankerous and private — quickly got them out. That is until enthusiastic, optimistic Marilyn arrives. Abby finds that if she is going to get Marilyn out, she’ll have to do it herself, and the high-stakes bet that the two women make leads quickly to an all-out war of comic proportions.
Runs on select dates from November 30th to December 9th, Conta Costa Civic Theatre (El Cerrito)

Men on Boats
Written by: Jaclyn Backhaus
Directed by: Tamilla Woodard
Performed by: Arwen Anderson, Rosie (Roselyn) Hallet, Lisa Hori-Garcia, Libby King, Amy Lizardo, Sarita Ocon, Annemaria Rajala, Katherine Romans, Liz Sklar, Lauren Spencer
Produced by: Clay Foundation-West
Spinning historical, theatrical, and gender conventions on their heads, this subversive tale of 10 men, four boats, and two rivers contains none of the above. Pack your gear for this 21st-century telling of 19th-century American explorer and one-armed Civil War veteran John Wesley Powell, who assembles a brawny band of soldiers, trappers, and adventurers to explore the waterways of the American West. Inspired by Powell’s actual travel log from 1869, Jaclyn Backhaus’s nimble and ingenious script is provocative, laugh-out-loud theater, performed by a diverse cast of women who infuse America’s historic myths of male conquest with a sly blast of subtext.
Runs from October 17th through December 16, A.C.T’s Strand Theater (San Francisco)

Dames at Sea
Written by: George Haimsohn & Robin Miller
Directed/Choreographed by: Nicole Helfer
Performed by: Ashley Cowl, Chaz Feuerstine, Lauren Meyer, Jeffrey Scott Parsons, Keith Pinto, Melissa Wolf Klain
Produced by: 42nd Street Moon
It’s 42ND STREET meets ANYTHING GOES meets Busby Berkeley in Hollywood in this gem of a show which opened Off-Broadway in 1968 and helped launch the career of Bernadette Peters. Sweet, innocent Ruby arrives in New York with big dreams and lands in the chorus of a new show – but the theatre is about to be torn down! Can sailor-turned-songwriter Dick find a new venue for the show while juggling temperamental diva Mona, frazzled producer Hennesy and starry-eyed ingénue Ruby? Full of vim, verve, and tap-dancing, DAMES AT SEA will charm its way into your heart.
Runs from November 28th through December 16th, Gateway Theatre (San Francisco)

Southern Lights
Written by: Lee Brady
Directed by: Andrea Gordon
Performed by: Megan Wicks and Cameron La Brie
Produced by: 3Girls Theatre Company
3Girls Theatre Company turns Z Below in the Mission into an intimate down-home east Texas bar to tell a bluesy tale of country music, true love, success and betrayal with our 21st century take on  Lee Brady’s 1991 hit play with music:  SOUTHERN LIGHTS! All bets are off when former teen sweet-hearts (and step-siblings)  Callie Callendar (Megan Wicks) and Lonn McGee (Cameron LaBrie) come together years later to deal with the legacy of their famous country-star father and the painful memories of their own tragic break-up.
Runs from December 5th through December 22nd, Z below (San Francisco)

 

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