Bill Gates Gathers With Computer Industry Trailblazers in Drama First
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Dan Hoyle brings his critically-acclaimed hit solo show The Real Americans to the Marsh in Berkeley. After the success of his previous plays Circumnavigator and Tings Dey Happen, Dan Hoyle turned his sights on America. Leaving the liberal bubble of the Bay Area, Hoyle spent 100 days traveling the country in search of a way to bridge the urban/rural political gap. His exploration of the matters that unite and divide the country is funny, poignant and insightful. He's toured the country with it, and it's enjoyed multiple long runs at the Marsh in San Francisco. Learn More
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Featured review from Austin Nation
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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, First offers both to a Silicon Valley audience that might have initially overlooked art as a medium of portraying the humanity behind technology." --The Daily Californian
- "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. First is a lively and nostalgic step back in time ..." --Leslie Katz, Cnet
- "First, which was commissioned and developed by PlayGround ... details the origins of the digital revolution. With drama. And humor." --Mill Valley Herald
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.