Sightlines and Release Point: 2 Plays in Repertory From Custom Made Theatre Co.
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The last date listed for Sightlines and Release Point was Saturday June 23, 2012 / 7:00pm (Double Feature: Sightlines and Release Point).
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Sure, war is hell, but when author Kurt Vonnegut is telling the tale, it can be hellishly funny, too. Perhaps the greatest American humorist since Twain, Vonnegut (Cat's Cradle, Breakfast of Champions) is at his absolutely best in Slaughterhouse-Five, recounting the horrors of World War II with sly wit, sci-fi zaniness and the profound insight of a survivor and veteran. Now the Custom Made Theatre Co. brings this modern literary masterpiece to the stage with a brilliant adaptation by Oscar winner Eric Simonson. An ensemble of 11 actors plays dozens of characters in a production enriched with Vonnegut-inspired animations and an evocative set. Deeply hilarious from the get-go -- and increasingly moving as the story progresses -- Slaughterhouse-Five is one play you won't soon forget. Learn More
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Featured review from John Navas
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The writing in Release Point is strong and compelling, and the baseball analogy works well. The high point of the evening is the terrific acting of Paul Stout in the male lead, making the difficult and challenging material seem real, and Julia Belanoff is a delight. Ashley Cowen in the female lead makes a valiant effort, but her attempt to show discomfort with the father comes across more as discomfort with the material, which probably reflects in part the inexperience of Director Xanadu Bruggers. Nonetheless, despite these shortcomings, it was a courageous and memorable evening of theater.
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Gamification of the grief of good bye...to see or not to see remains a question.
Release doesn’t bring relief, scars can split at the seams; baseball continues to...continued
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Okay, so I went to see Sightlines, and went into it with reasonable expectations. I've seen a lot of plays in the city with varying budgets, and they have usually been pretty compelling. This, however, was very difficult to watch. Kim Bromley, who...continued
Release Point by Gino DiIorio
(June 7, 9, 15, 22)
Directed by Xanadu Bruggers
Starring Ashley Cowan and Paul Stout with Julia Belanoff
Mike is a convicted pedophile who has just been released from a fifteen-year prison sentence. His son, a young baseball prospect, refuses to see him or hear from him, but Kerry, his older daughter, tries to re-establish contact. Release Point is the story of a father and daughter and the uneasy truce that they develop that allows them to survive, day by day.
Gino DiIorio is a playwright and Professor of Theatre at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. His play_ The Jag_ was the winner of the 2010 Firehouse Theatre’s Great American New Play Award. The play was also a Yale Drama Series Finalist in 2010. Reparation received its world premiere at Luna Stage in February 2012. Dead Ringer received its world premiere at the New Jersey Rep in 2009, and its second production at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre. The play won 1st place in the BBC’s 2005 International Playwriting Competition and was performed on BBC Radio. Dead Ringer is published by Samuel French.
DiIorio has written a number of screenplays, including_ Fatboy _and Morally Straight, a 2002 Austin Film Festival Semifinalist. _Morally Straight _ was given a reading by The Actor’s Playground in NYC, featuring Norbert Leo Butz in the lead role. Gino has won a number of awards for his teaching including a Logan Faculty Fellowship and a Hayden Junior Faculty Fellowship. He has also taught at The New School for Social Research, NYU, Rockland Community College, and Acteen at the Weist Barron School. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild.
Sightlines by Mark Eisman
(June 8, 14, 16, 21, 23)
Directed by Leah S. Abrams
Starring Kim Bromley and Richard Wenzel
Two strangers come together in the strangest of places, grasping in the dark for a human connection that will guide them out of the rabbit hole. For Ruth, life is a series of betrayals that have led her to tread between a lonely reality and a dreamlike revision of herself as daughter and mother. Davis offers her a way to capture the images in a way that will help her navigate an ever-blurring world.
Playwright Mark Eisman returns to the Custom Made Theatre Company, where his Shove was produced in 2006 and Dodo for President was produced in 2008. _Shove _is the recipient of the LA Weekly’s Best Playwright Award and New York’s Abingdon Theatre’s annual award for playwriting excellence. Mark has had three plays presented at the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. His work has been seen at regional theatres including the Magic in San Francisco and The Denver Center Theatre Company. For TV, he has written for _Jeopardy! _and children’s series including _Reading Rainbow _and _The Great Space Coaster. _He is the recipient of two Emmy Award nominations, The Beverly Hills Theatre Guild/Julie Harris Playwriting Award and The Charles MacArthur Fellowship for comic writing.
About the Ticket Supplier: Custom Made Theatre Co.
Winner of multiple SF Bay Critic Circle awards, including the Best Overall Play of 2012 (Edward Albee’s The Play About the Baby), The Custom Made Theatre Co. is a San Francisco-based not-for-profit theatre dedicated to ensemble-based, socially relevant productions. Custom Made, now in its 16th season, is the managing company of the Gough Street Playhouse, an intimate thrust theatre, where the company presents a six play season, along with numerous free readings, workshops and classes.