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The Gough Street Playhouse
1620 Gough St San Francisco, CA 94109
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"A Bright Room Called Day"
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3.9 average rating
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38 reviews
4 stars
attended Mar 09 2012

The play is mesmerizing. Crackling dialog, very creative staging and superb acting. What more could you want? I found the words projected on the screen in the background not distracting at all, but rather adding to the experience. I cannot single...continued

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attended Mar 11 2012

Great little space, reminds me how much independent theatre means to San Francisco.

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10 stars
attended Mar 22 2012

This was the best play and production I have seen in San Francisco thus far. The acting, especially Agnes, played by Xanadu
Bruggers was moving. It was hard to take my eyes off her as she seemed to be completely feeling her character.

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“This is a play that is masterfully explosive. The political fiction can be very scary in this amazing gorgeous scenario. Kushner has a knack for words, as his play jumps around from poetry to prose … The story is riveting, as it brings out all the human foibles that you can carry in a German bag of tricks in 1932. The exhilarating actors are moody, athletic. complex and talented in this inspired work.” —
“This collection of passionate artists, activists, lovers are never dull and the snapshots of their personal lives played out against history engage us emotionally for the entire evening. Director (Brian) Katz … makes sure that the pace is varied and the actors engaged in every moment. The first rate company takes the audience on a wild emotional ride, full of highs and lows, passion and intellect.” —


Custom Made Theatre Company plunges into the maelstrom of art and politics with its production of A Bright Room Called Day by Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner. Custom Made Artistic Director Brian Katz directs an experienced ensemble cast that includes Maggie Ballard, Megan Briggs, Xanadu Bruggers, Steve Budd, Shelley Lynn Johnson, Chris Morrell, Jessica Rudholm, Nick Trengove, David Vega and Vahishta Vafadari.

This first play by Kushner premiered at the Eureka Theatre in San Francisco in October 1987, directed by Oskar Eustis. For the current production, director Katz has chosen to stage an “alternate version” of the play, as it was done in 1991 by the New York Shakespeare Festival at the Joseph Papp Public Theatre.

Director Katz is thrilled to once again dive into the lyrical, mystical and progressive world of Tony Kushner, having previously directed his Slavs! or, Thinking About the Longstanding Problems of Virtue and Happiness for Custom Made and Terminating, or Lass Meine Schmerzen Nicht Verloren Sein, or Ambivalence as part of Love’s Fire for La Vache Enragée Productions.

About the Ticket Supplier: Custom Made Theatre Co.

Winner of multiple SF Bay Critic Circle awards, and Theatre Bay Area Award nominations, including the Best Overall Play of 2012, The Custom Made Theatre Co. is a San Francisco-based not-for-profit theatre dedicated to ensemble-based, socially relevant productions. Custom Made Made Theatre Co., now in its 17th season, is the main producing entity of Custom Made Theatre, an intimate 99-seat house one block from Union Square, where the company presents a six play season, along with numerous free readings, workshops and classes.