Regional Premiere of Thought-Provoking Thriller Wirehead at SF Playhouse
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The last date listed for Wirehead was Saturday April 23, 2011 / 8:00pm.
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This clever series of comic vignettes by the legendary composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney… More
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Featured review from bwkbwkRed Velvet
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Very interesting story and excellent acting.
The storyline is a real parable about human nature and peoples' desire to further themselves at others' expense, and what happens to those left behind.
My only complaint about the show was the ending, which felt incomplete and left some things unresolved.
I saw the show during previews week, so hopefully the ending will be eventually modified somewhat.
Other than that, I thought that the play was well done and provocative, and it maintained my interest throughout.
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this was an amazing production!!! the stage is so beautiful and they change the set for every scene. Totally will recommend to all my friends.
The acting was excellent and the story is very fresh. I'm pretty sure that it will make it's way to the...continued
Quotes & Highlights
Read a _Wired _"article ":http://www.wired.com/underwire/2010/02/wirehead/about the play.
Imagine that tomorrow anyone with the money could get a brain implant that automatically makes them a genius. What if you couldn’t afford it and your hated coworker could? The “wireheads” in this play find themselves at odds with the rest of their office as hilarity, mystery, and tragedy ensue, and we try to answer the question: “Just because something can be done, should it be done?”
_Wirehead _dives headlong into the universal human fear of change to explore what happens when a wire implant that increases one’s intelligence is made available to the public. This will be the second
production of _Wirehead _which had its world premiere at Los Angeles’s Echo Theatre Company.The SF Playhouse invited the writers to conduct a week long workshop last fall to work on the play with its current cast resulting in a significant rewrite and exciting new script.
*Matt Benjamin *(Playwright) graduated from Northwestern University’s Theater program, and is a playwright, screenwriter, producer and actor. His plays include How to Act Around Cops, which received the Playwriting Award at the 2003 NYC Fringe Festival and the Fringe First award at the 2004 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, _Wirehead _and The Old Inn. His plays have been produced in London, Edinburgh, Dublin, NYC, Chicago, Sydney, and most recently in Los Angeles. His most notable readings include one at Manhattan Theatre Club directed by Mark Brokaw and another as part of Ars Nova’s Out Loud series directed by John Cameron Mitchell. He currently resides in NYC with his wife.
Logan Brown (Co-writer) graduated from Northwestern University’s Creative Writing for the Media Program. His produced plays include _Hogs _(Northwestern University), _Oasis _(Hanger Theater) and _How To Act Around Cops _(with writing partner Matthew Benjamin), which won Best Play at the 2003 New York Int’l Fringe Festival and a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Int’l Fringe Festival. _Cops _then went on to a successful run at London’s Soho Theatre where it received a Critic’s Pick in Time-Out London. It has since been published and produced around the world, including numerous performances in England,
America and Australia.
Logan also created the web series Not Alone, which can be viewed at www.notalone.tv, and he wrote and directed the short film, Simulacrum, which has screened at over a dozen film festivals, including the 2009 Palm Springs Int’l Film Festival, London Sci-Fi Film Festival and Sedona Int’l Film Festival. It won the Playhouse West Film Festival’s Audience Choice Award for Best Comedy Short.
Most recently, his new play with partner Matthew Benjamin, Wirehead, was produced in Los Angeles by the Echo Theater Company.
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