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The Gough Street Playhouse
1620 Gough St San Francisco, CA 94109
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"Little Brother"
67 ratings
4.6 average rating
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10 events
1 review
5 stars
attended Jan 15 2012

a very interesting evening at the theater, although not a comedy, i found myself laughing repeatedly, it was more thought provoking and life and freedom affirming. i thought the cast handled what could have been a heavy thing very well, making a...continued

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attended Jan 13 2012

Little Brother was the first show I've seen at Custom Made Theater, and I was really impressed! The actors are perfectly cast for their principal roles, and each played a number of other supporting characters. It's small cast on a simple stage, so...continued

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Brian Boyle
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6 reviews
21 stars
attended Jan 14 2012

I'd read the novel from which the play was adapted and was dubious that it could be done convincingly on stage. How wrong I was -- with an absolutely minimalist set and props, three gifted young actors and expert direction, it WORKS, it is WORTH...continued

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Custom Made Theatre Company stages the world premiere of the timely and frightening thriller, Little Brother, adapted by Josh Costello from Cory Doctorow’s New York Times best-selling novel. Little Brother has been compared to Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World for its warnings of a society controlled by a strangling bureaucracy. At the same time, it is a “techie love story” with youthful romance set against a world which forces the first-time lovers to become underground revolutionaries.

Cory Doctorow is a science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist. He is the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing (, and a contributor to The Guardian, the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Wired and many other newspapers, magazines and websites. His New York Times Bestseller Little Brother was published in May 2008. Little Brother was nominated for the 2008 Hugo, Nebula, Sunburst and Locus Awards. It won the Ontario Library White Pine Award, the Prometheus Award as well as the Indienet Award for bestselling young adult novel in America’s top 1000 independent bookstores in 2008.

Josh Costello (Adaptor and Director) is the Artist Director of Expanded Programs at Marin Theatre Company, and a founder of Impact Theatre. His other adaptations include Ubu for President with the Shotgun Players, Henry IV: The Impact Remix with Impact Theatre (where Josh was the founding Artistic Director), and The Rover, which he directed for the Chance Theatre in Orange County and for a live television broadcast on LA and Orange County’s PBS affiliate. His other directing work includes the world premiere of Zayd Dohrn’s Reborning at SF Playhouse, House of Lucky at Magic Theatre, and R_omeo and Juliet: A Fire Ballet _at The Crucible in Oakland. Josh holds a BFA in Theatre from Boston University, and an MFA in Directing from the University of Washington, Seattle.

Daniel Petzold (Marcus) makes his Custom Made debut as Doctorow’s beleaguered hero. His previous stage experience includes roles in _Romeo and Juliet _with Pacific Rep, Macbeth with Marin Shakespeare, Twelfth Night with Town Hall, The Tempest with SF Shakespeare on Tour, The Salt Plays: In the Wound and Of the Earth with Shotgun Players, and Forever Never Comes with Crowded Fire. He has a B.A. in Theater and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley.

Marissa Keltie (Ange) marks her first appearance with Custom Made Theatre. She has worked throughout the Bay Area, with roles at Marin Theatre Company, Cal Shakes, SF Playhouse, Shotgun Players, Crowded Fire Theater Company, Central Works, Berkeley Playhouse, and Impact Theatre, where she is a company member. Up next she will be playing Sally in A Lie of the Mind with Boxcar Theatre.

Cory Censoprano (Darryl) was last seen touring the Bay Area last summer in 2012: The Musical! with the Tony-Award-Winning San Francisco Mime Troupe. He received his degree in theatre from San Jose State in May. His acting credits include Konstantin in The Seagull, Feste in Twelfth Night, David Henry Hwang in Yellow Face and Cosme in Luis Valdez’s Mummified Deer.