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The Boxcar Playhouse
505 Natoma Street San Francisco, CA 94103
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No parking
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There is typically street parking in the neighborhood after 6pm.
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There is a paid lot on Minna and 7th.
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The theater is on Natoma St.
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Natoma is one of the alley streets btwn 6th adn 7th in SOMA.
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“A mordantly cheerful slice of Grand Guignol.” —The New York Times
“95 minutes of gritty, bawdy, bloody humor pregnant with incisive social commentary.” —The San Francisco Examiner


Crowded Fire champions the fiery voice of the subversive collective, The Five Lesbian Brothers, in the upcoming mainstage production of The Secretaries, a campy and irreverent feminist satire. With a rich

history of producing plays by women including Liz Duffy Adams, Sheila Callaghan, Lisa D’Amour, Caridad Svich and most recently Christina Anderson, Crowded Fire is proud to bring to the stage the transformative work of The Five Lesbian Brothers. According to a recent study by Princeton researcher Emily Glassberg Sands and Julia Jordan, theaters around the country this past season produced six plays by men for every one by a woman. “At the heart of producing this cutting edge play is the insertion of the female voice and body onto the American stage,” says Artistic Director Marissa Wolf. “The Five Lesbian Brothers’ work pops with such hilarious aching satire, it’s a pleasure to bring their humor to the Crowded Fire stage.”

The Secretaries follows Patty Johnson, the newest addition to Cooney Lumber Mill’s chainsaw-wielding, murderous secretarial pool. Amidst giggles, slim fast shakes, celibacy pacts, and clandestine encounters, the Cooney girls take down the community of Big Bone, Oregon, one lumberjack at a time. The Secretaries, performed by The Lesbian Brothers themselves at Theatre Rhinoceros and New York

Theater Workshop in 1994, received rave reviews. Ben Brantley of The New York Times predicted the piece was “destined to find a cult of its own,” while in The San Francisco Examiner, Rob Hurwitt proclaimed it “95 minutes of gritty, bawdy, bloody humor pregnant with incisive social commentary.” Coming out of the underground theater scene in the late 80’s and early 90’s, the Obie Award Winning writing/acting team called The Five Lesbian Brothers included Maureen Angelos, Babs Davy, Dominique Dibbell, Peg Healy, and Lisa Kron (Well, and In the Wake). The Five Lesbian Brothers’ work has become a vital resource in theater and queer/feminist studies courses in universities throughout the nation.

The piece will be directed by Crowded Fire’s Artistic Director, Marissa Wolf (DRIP, Gone, Thom Pain (based on nothing)/Cutting Ball, Truce/Vanguardian Productions) whose interest in reinvestigating the

work of The Five Lesbian Brothers comes from “their incredible humor that reveals sharp truths about systems of injustice in this country. The Secretaries will have you rolling in the aisles with laughter, gasping at the wild irreverence, and crying over all those slim fast diets you tried in the 90s.”

The Bay Area cast includes Crowded Fire Resident Artist Marilee Talkington (Dawn/Buzz), in addition to Leticia Duarte (Susan), Khamara Pettus (Ashley), Elissa Beth Stebbins (Patty), and Eleanor Reinhold (Peaches). Top Bay Area designers include Resident Artist Jarrod Fisher Green (light design), as well as Nick Olivero (set design), Miyuki Bierlein (costume design), and Madeleine Oldham (sound design).

About the Ticket Supplier: Crowded Fire Theater Company

Crowded Fire's ensemble produces poetic, bold theater created by new and contemporary artists. They seek to engage their community by producing adventurous work, innovative in structure, which addresses the diverse political and social concerns of their audiences.