Pulitzer Prize Winner Tony Kushner's A Bright Room Called Day
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The last date listed for A Bright Room Called Day was Sunday April 22, 2012 / 7:00pm.
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the play/performance was very good, however, a bit long....could have been edited.
The venue's setting can be difficult since the stage is centered around a circle of viewers. For example, you will miss certain 'frontal' of the actors if you are sitting on one side of the circle. I recommend finding a seat on the right side of the room as you enter...unless of course, the actors reverse their acts.
Quotes & Highlights
- “This is a play that is masterfully explosive. The political fiction can be very scary in this amazing gorgeous scenario. Kushner has a knack for words, as his play jumps around from poetry to prose ... The story is riveting, as it brings out all the human foibles that you can carry in a German bag of tricks in 1932. The exhilarating actors are moody, athletic. complex and talented in this inspired work.” --BeyondChron.com
- "This collection of passionate artists, activists, lovers are never dull and the snapshots of their personal lives played out against history engage us emotionally for the entire evening. Director (Brian) Katz ... makes sure that the pace is varied and the actors engaged in every moment. The first rate company takes the audience on a wild emotional ride, full of highs and lows, passion and intellect." --Examiner.com
Custom Made Theatre Company plunges into the maelstrom of art and politics with its production of A Bright Room Called Day by Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner. Custom Made Artistic Director Brian Katz directs an experienced ensemble cast that includes Maggie Ballard, Megan Briggs, Xanadu Bruggers, Steve Budd, Shelley Lynn Johnson, Chris Morrell, Jessica Rudholm, Nick Trengove, David Vega and Vahishta Vafadari.
This first play by Kushner premiered at the Eureka Theatre in San Francisco in October 1987, directed by Oskar Eustis. For the current production, director Katz has chosen to stage an “alternate version” of the play, as it was done in 1991 by the New York Shakespeare Festival at the Joseph Papp Public Theatre.
Director Katz is thrilled to once again dive into the lyrical, mystical and progressive world of Tony Kushner, having previously directed his Slavs! or, Thinking About the Longstanding Problems of Virtue and Happiness for Custom Made and Terminating, or Lass Meine Schmerzen Nicht Verloren Sein, or Ambivalence as part of Love’s Fire for La Vache Enragée Productions.
About the Ticket Supplier: Custom Made Theatre Co.Winner of the SF Bay Critic Circle award for Best Overall Play of 2012, The Custom Made Theatre Co. is a San Francisco-based not-for-profit theatre dedicated to ensemble-based, socially relevant productions. Custom Made is the managing company of the Gough Street Playhouse, an intimate thrust theatre without a bad seat in the house, where they present a five play season, along with numerous readings, workshops and classes. Most recently, Custom Made produced the Goldstar ROAR award-winning "Eurydice"
and the Bay Area Premiere of Christopher Durang's "Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them."