Monday, July 28, 2008

Support New Playwrights

Supporting new plays and playwrights is what keeps our art fresh and relevant. In that spirit I urge you to attend a reading of a new play that I've been told is quite good. Here's the scoop...

The Second Weekend in September
Tuesday, August 5, 2008 at 8:00 pm

What happens between David and Michael the second weekend in September has to be enough to last all year. In this absorbing new play, the “out and proud” David explores his identity over a twenty-five year period. During this time he shares a yearly clandestine meeting with Michael, a closeted married man, in a Seattle hotel room. A powerful look at the men's shared struggles, set against the backdrop of society's changing attitudes.

Playwright Andrew Black is the author of several full-length plays. Porn Yesterday (co-written with Patricia Milton) has been produced in San Diego, Phoenix, and New York. It's Murder Mary! (by Andrew and Patricia) was recently produced by the New Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. Watch out! This play will kill you! His other full-length plays are: Another Dude's Slingbacks and The Second Weekend in September . He has had short plays (about gay penguins and a secret affair between GI Joe and Ken) produced around the country. He is a member of the Dramatists' Guild and a board member of the Playwrights Center of San Francisco.

WHERE: City Lights Theatre Company

WHEN: Tuesday August 5, 8pm

TICKETS: $5.00 at the Door

A reception and audience TalkBack follows the reading.

529 South Second Street
San José, California 95112

(408) 295-4200

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

San Francisco Theater Festival

Last year I had the opportunity to perform in a short piece at the San Francisco Theater Festival. This thing is a blast! I highly recommend that you go and check it out!

This year I get to do it again with The Pear.

There will be everything you can imagine there and it's all free.

Featured at the 2008 festival:

-AfroSolo presents Angela Dean-Baham as Black Patti
-Amiri Baraka’s provocative plays of black experience, including his new play, “Sisyphus Syndrome”
-Lamplighters Music Theatre’s “The Mikado”
-Best of Playground’s one act plays
-Aleshia Brevard & Gina Grahame's transsexual production of "One Damn Man!"
-Oh My Godmother, gay Cinderella
-Best of the Buddy Club, 16 great children’s shows
-Improv Groups: Blue Blanket, BATS, SPF7, Big City & Stagebridge's Over-50 Improv
- The Pear Avenue Theatre performs two short pieces

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Ozard a Hit in Her Show - Bitter and Be Gay

Friday night the Octavia Lounge, a quaint San Francisco dinner club hosted a fantastic show by talented performer, Carly Ozard. The place was packed with over one hundred fans of this up and coming cabaret singer with a strong background in musical theatre.

First of all, I must give a disclaimer. Carly is a good friend and I helped her with the production in terms of publicity and direction and general moral support. But don't listen to me. She had the audience in the palm of her hand for nearly two hours. The show ended with multiple standing ovations and they were well deserved. Filled with wonderful song choices, hilarious conversation, and touching moments about her life, the show, "Bitter and Be Gay", is based on Carly's true to life romantic foibles. It's funny and heartbreaking all at the same time. Carly has the uncommon ability to interpret lyrics as if they were own and touch the hearts of those lucky enough to hear her sing.

Hopefully, we'll get to see this show at another venue soon. Carly is well known in the inner circle of San Francisco cabaret singers and I bet she'll soon become a fixture of San Francisco night life and entertainment.... unless she does something crazy like move to New York!

Hear Carly on her MySpace Page.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

High Schoot Tony Awards a Smash

For those of you who missed this year's High School Tony Awards, here's a recap. The talent was extraordinary this year with a particularly tough battle for the Most Sexual Tension During the Before Show Group Massage Award.

High School Tony Awards Honor Nation's Biggest Drama Club Nerds

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Go See This Show! Carly Ozard Live!

Carly is a fantastic singer and performer. She just returned from New York where she performed with some of the best cabaret artists in the country and she blew them away!

Less Than Two Weeks Until

bitter and be gay promo poster

Bitter and Be Gay!


July 18th, 2008


7:00 pm


Octavia Lounge

1772 Market St.

San Francisco 94114

$15 + 2 Drink Minimum

Octavia Lounge

Make Your Reservations NOW!

Octavia Lounge is MUNI and BART accessible. There is a small parking lot for customers and there is usually easy parking on and around Octavia and Valencia. PLEASE GET HERE EARLY if you want a good seat, as your reservation guarantees you a table, but your seating is first come, first serve. Your ticket price will be added to your bill at the end of the evening.

Visit Octavia Lounge AND Open Table