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La Val's Subterranean Theatre
1834 Euclid Ave Berkeley, CA 94709
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No problem with street parking. Free after 6.
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108 events
103 reviews
181 stars
There is an assortment of cheap restaurants above. Very nice selection and you can bring your meal in.
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Starred Review: “Lighthearted… subtly related themes of animal-lust, competition, self-image and possession cleverly at work” with “well-honed, true-to-life repartee.” —SF Bay Guardian
“Light and smart…there are lots of clever plays out there…but Large Animal Games is different — and a lot more enjoyable.” —Berkeley Daily Planet
“Compelling…desire gets carnal in Large Animal Games.” —East Bay Express


Co-world Premiere

Written by Steve Yockey

Directed by Melissa Hillman

Impact introduced Atlanta-based playwright Steve Yockey to the Bay Area with his absurdist comedy _Cartoon _(named one of the top ten plays of the year by the East Bay Express) and the experimental dreamscape Sleepy. He has since made splashes with his plays _Octopus _and _Skin _at other local companies. He now returns to Impact with Large Animal Games, an incisive look at relationships, big-game hunting, and intimate apparel, all seen through the delightfully cockeyed lens of Steve Yockey, one of the new generation of playwrights who should be on your must-see list.

In Large Animal Games, characters roam emotional savannahs, hunting elusive connections. Rose went off to Spain on her own and has returned impetuously with Miguel after experiencing a bullfight with him. Nicole dreams herself the predator but finds herself the prey. Valerie’s African safari vacation is not at all what she expected. Stan and his fiancée, Alicia, discover they still have major things to learn about each other. Connecting all of them is Jimmy, maker and purveyor of handcrafted intimate apparel, supplier of each character’s perfect skin.

Featuring Elissa Dunn, Cindy Im, Marissa Keltie, Roy Landaverde, Leontyne Mbele-Mbong, Timothy Redmond, and Jai Sahai.

Large Animal Games is a co-world premiere with Dad’s Garage Theatre in Atlanta, which will debut its own production simultaneously with Impact. Impact’s production, featuring a powerhouse cast of Impact audience favorites, will be directed by Artistic Director Melissa Hillman.

About the Ticket Supplier: Impact Theatre

Since 1996 Impact Theatre has spoken to a new generation of theatregoers and enthusiasts alike who want to see something fresh and bold on stage. Impact's audience ranges from students to professionals to seniors, all of whom share a taste for exciting, unpretentious theatre that doesn't conform to stale assumptions of what constitutes high culture.

Impact's primary mission is to directly contribute to the future of American theatre through focusing on new plays by emerging playwrights. Impact has produced 17 full-length world premieres, including 12 by local playwrights, as well as dozens of world-premiere ten-minute plays by burgeoning writers nationwide in the Impact Briefs series. Impact also prides itself on its fast-paced, vital, contemporary spins on classic drama.

Impact shows compel, provoke, and inspire, at prices everyone can afford. And nowhere else in the Bay Area can you eat pizza and drink beer while you're watching a play. The Daily Californian included three Impact shows in its list "Top Ten Plays of 2006."