Bill Gates Gathers With Computer Industry Trailblazers in Drama First
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Julia's never bought a baby before. OK, she's adopting, but the agency makes her feel like she's buying in the new comedy Children are Forever (All Sales are Final!). Just five days after signing the (non-refundable) contract, Julia and her partner Amy are chosen by a birth mother to raise her baby daughter. That is, until it all falls apart. While this play deals with some heavy topics, writer and star Julia Jackson -- a semifinalist at the San Francisco International Comedy Competition -- keeps the laughs coming as the drama increases. Learn More
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Very well done. Loved the acting and the vintage set and costumes. There were times when to story lagged and I found myself getting sleepy, then all of a sudden I would hear a loud outburst when seemed kind of over the top from the other actors. I enjoyed seeing this story.
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- "If you’re looking for a slice of the 1970s or solid acting from a small but engaging cast, <em>First</em> offers both to a Silicon Valley audience that might have initially overlooked art as a medium of portraying the humanity behind technology." --<em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.dailycal.org/2013/10/17/play-depicts-programmers-gateway-founding-microsoft/">The Daily Californian</a></em>
- "Anyone interested in events leading up to the PC revolution will likely enjoy reliving the era of leisure suits, punch cards, 27K memory, and software shared via computer tape. <em>First </em>is a lively and nostalgic step back in time ..." --Leslie Katz, <a target="_blank" href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57608383-1/petulant-and-passionate-new-play-imagines-bill-gates-at-20/ ">Cnet</a>
- "<em>First</em>, which was commissioned and developed by PlayGround ... details the origins of the digital revolution. With drama. And humor." --<em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.marinscope.com/mill_valley_herald/lifestyles_entertainment/article_a37761a4-3501-11e3-abfd-0019bb2963f4.html ">Mill Valley Herald</a></em>
First was commissioned and developed by PlayGround (James A. Kleinmann, Artistic Director,) and given a staged reading at the Best Of PlayGround Festival in May of 2012. Michael French directs the World Premiere in San Francisco this fall.
Directed by Michael French. A co-production of Altair Productions, Aluminous Collective and PlayGround. Originally commissioned and developed by PlayGround. Evelyn Jean Pine writes plays about that moment when you feel your life is brand new. In addition to First, her PlayGround commissions include The Secrets of the World about Queen Isabella and the Indians in Spain, and Astonishment about the birth of the movies. The SF Olympians Festival commissioned three of her plays.
A PlayGround Resident Playwright, she’s won the Distinguished Playwright Award, the Emerging Playwright Award (five times) plus the June Anne Baker Prize. This summer she is a 2013 Resident Writer at the Djerassi Artists Residency Program in Woodside, CA. Her short play, Sweet Dreams, launched the Manhattan Shakespeare Project’s Emerging Voices Festival and her award-winning short plays have been staged around the country.
She served as Executive Director of the Community Memory Project, Managing Director of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, Director of HandsNet’s Working Families Online Roundtables, and founding Director of the Tides Foundation's Community Clinic Voice. She is a proud co-owner of the most groundbreaking social networking site on earth, The Well.