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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A fresh spin on several Brothers Grimm fairy tales, Into the Woods interweaves and re-imagines the stories of a number of beloved characters to examine whether "happily ever after" is really even possible. Unable to bear children, a baker and his wife are lured into completing a number of tasks by a witch who promises to grant them their wish. During their journey, they encounter Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, the original Broadway run won critical praise and numerous awards. The cast recording, which includes "Children Will Listen," "Giants in the Sky" and "No One Is Alone," took home a Grammy. It's set to get the Hollywood movie treatment this year in a film starring Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep. Learn More
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- Read a <em>Wired </em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.wired.com/underwire/2010/02/wirehead/">article </a>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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The aim of the SF Playhouse is to provide a creative home and inspiring environment where actors, directors, writers, designers and theater lovers converge to create works that celebrate the human spirit. Founded by Bill English and Susi Damilano in 2003, SF Playhouse is Union Square’s intimate, professional theatre. Using professional actors and world-class design, the SF Playhouse — which won the Bay Guardian‘s 2006 Best Off Broadway Theatre Award and about which the San Francisco Chronicle raved "San Francisco’s newest theatre isn’t just another tiny stage carved out of a storefront…it’s an enticing introduction to a new company" — has become an intimate theatre alternative to the traditional Union Square theatre fare, garnering 20 Bay Area Theatre Critic nominations in its first year.