You Too Final Performance

Thanks to everyone who helped us to stage the You Too play, as well as to our community partner organizations like Narika and SAVE, who participated in panel discussions after each performance.

We had our final performance on November 15, 2019, at First Unitarian Church in Oakland.

You Too Cast and Crew After Final Performance on November 15, 2019
You Too Cast and Crew After Final Performance on November 15, 2019

If you’re interested in participating in future community-based theatre productions from the Ritual Art Troupe, please join the Theatre Makers meetup.

You can support new plays with social, political, economic, and environmental change (SPEEC) themes by donating to Ritual Art Troupe.

You Too Premier Success – Two Oakland Shows Nov. 14 & 15

The opening night show of the “You Too” play on November 9, 2019, was a smashing success!

It’s not too late to join us for the Oakland shows on November 14 and 15. You can buy tickets here.

During much of the performance, not a pin drop could be heard as the audience was mesmerized by the compelling and emotional drama exploring harassment, abuse, and the #metoo movement. In other scenes, the audience waved protest signs and hollered right along with the actors.

You Too play audience participation in rally scene
You Too play audience participation in rally scene

After the performance, representatives from local non-profit organization Narika and SAVE participated on a panel discussion, along with the director and co-author Iryna Lymar, actor Alia Rose, and actor Nadeem Anjum.

You Too play panel discussion with representatives from local non-profits Narika and SAVE
You Too play panel discussion with representatives from local non-profits Narika and SAVE
Actors Nadeem Anjum and Venee Call-Ferrer Played Harvey Cosby and Dianne Pelosi
Actor Kameron Thortona Brown joined by family and friends after the show
Actor Courtney Harman joined by friends after the show
Actor Alejandro Estaquio joined by friends after the show

Please join us for the Oakland shows on November 14 and 15. You can buy tickets here.

You Too Interview of Actor Courtney Hartman

Actor Courtney Hartman shares thoughts and feelings in this video about the “You Too” play from the Theatre Makers project of the Ritual Art Troupe.

The play is about abuse, the #metoo movement, and hope for the future.

You Too will have a limited run of performances in the San Francisco Bay Area: 

  • 7:00pm on November 9, 2019, at Fremont Community Center, 40204 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont, CA
  • 8:00pm on November 14, 2019, at First Unitarian Church, 685 14th Street, Oakland, CA
  • 8:00pm on November 15, 2019, at First Unitarian Church, 685 14th Street, Oakland, CA

Show info and tickets: http://www.ritualart.org/youtoo

You Too Media Release

For immediate release:
Media Contact: Stardust Doherty
theatre-makers@ritualart.org

Woman-Directed Play Called “You Too” Addresses #metoo Movement
Performances November 9 in Fremont, November 14-15 in Oakland

Developed by grassroots company Theatre Makers, “You Too” is a new play about abuse, the #metoo controversy, and hope for the future. The play revolves around modern-day issues, such as women’s rights, double standards in politics, the role of the media, and the personal stories of our characters.

Theatre Makers will present a limited run of “You Too” at 7:00pm on November 9 at the Fremont Community Center and at 8:00pm on November 14 and 15 at the First Unitarian Church in Oakland.

Produced by the Theatre Makers project of Ritual Art Troupe, a small non-profit organization, the play employs a diverse cast of actors and creative personnel living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Iryna Lymar will direct the play, which she co-wrote with Stardust Doherty.

“Writing ‘You Too’ and working with the actors has been a process of exploration, collaboration and liberation,” commented Director and Co-Writer Iryna Lymar. “Sharing ‘You Too’ with the audience may be the most powerful and healing experience of all.”

“I’m happy to portray a difficult story of abuse and harassment in the ‘You Too’ production,” said actor Courtney Hartman. “We believe that ‘You Too’ will inspire others to tell their stories, to realize they are not alone, and to heal from the trauma of abuse.”

“A play like ‘You Too’ provides a productive forum for discussion of sensitive issues around harassment and abuse which are otherwise quite challenging to approach in public spaces,” said Bindu Fernandes, Executive Director of Narika, a community partner organization devoted to helping domestic violence survivors with advocacy, support, and education.

“Portraying the issues we face with our domestic violence clients in a theatrical setting gives those facing harassment and abuse a chance to experience solidarity with others, as well as providing audiences with much-needed information and resources”, said Yasi Safinya-Davies, Executive Director of SAVE, a community partner organization serving clients with knowledge and support needed to break the cycle of  domestic violence and build healthier lives.

Just after the play, we invite the audience to join us for a live panel discussion with the director/playwright, cast members, and representatives from the two nonprofit organizations — SAVE and Narika. Audience members will be able to ask questions (confidentially if they prefer) and get the latest info on both the play and the resources available for victims of workplace harassment and domestic violence.

Show Synopsis: “You Too” is a new play about abuse, the #metoo controversy, and hope for the future. The play revolves around modern-day issues, such as women’s rights, double standards in politics, the role of the media, and the personal stories of our characters.

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Adult language, scenes of domestic and work abuse, and simulations of slapping and harassment. No nudity. Parents, please consider the maturity level of your teenager before bringing them to the play — no pre-teens please.

More Show Info and Graphics: http://ritualart.org/youtoo
Actor/Crew Bios & Headshots: http://ritualart.org/youtoo/bios/

Theatre Makers provides common ground for diverse communities to collaborate on, incubate, and stage both newly created and historically relevant audience-participatory plays based on social, political, economic, and environmental change (SPEEC) themes. Theatre Makers activities include:

  • Discussions of all aspects of theatre creation and production
  • Exchanging information on opportunities available
  • Collaboration on incubating audience participatory plays and musicals based on social, political, economic, and environmental change (SPEEC) themes​
  • Workshops of plays and musicals under development
  • Readings and staged readings of plays and musicals for educational and motivational purposes

Theatre Makers particularly fosters events that are inclusive and affirming of people based on class, race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, (dis)ability, age, and other identities. More info about Theatre Makers: http://ritualart.org/theatremakers/

Theatre Makers is a project of the Ritual Art Troupe, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to fostering and developing inclusive, participatory, community-based arts. More info about Ritual Art Troupe: http://ritualart.org 

Narika is a local domestic violence intervention and prevention organization serving immigrant and vulnerable survivors of domestic violence through free counseling, safety planning, legal consultations and referrals, economic empowerment and wellness programs. Helpline 1-800-215-7308. For more information, please check out www.narika.org and follow us on www.facebook.com/NarikaBayArea

SAVE‘s mission is to strengthen every individual and family we serve with the knowledge and support needed to break the cycle of domestic violence and build healthier lives. 24-Hour Hotline (510) 794-6055. More info about SAVE: https://save-dv.org

This Release: http://ritualart.org/wordpress/?p=1711

This Release (PDF): http://ritualart.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/You_Too.media-release.20191008.pdf

For interviews, inquiries, and more info, please contact:
Stardust Doherty at theatre-makers@ritualart.org

For Calendar Editors

What: You Too: A Woman-Directed Play About Abuse, the #metoo Controversy, and Hope for the Future

When: 7:00pm on November 9 (Fremont), 8:00pm on November 14 and 15 (Oakland)

Where: Fremont Community Center, 40204 Paseo Padre Pkwy, Fremont, CA 94538 (November 9), 
First Unitarian Church in Oakland, 685 14th St, Oakland, CA 94612 (November 14-15).

Tickets general admission $20 (Healing) or front-row seats for $50 (Wellness) 
(All Tickets Advance Purchase Only, No Tickets at the Door): 
https://ritualart.ticketspice.com/you-too-play

Facebook event page links: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/924634101234213/ (Fremont)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1123695837826513/ (Oakland)

You Too Show Photos and Videos

Please feel free to share and publish these photos and videos of the You Too cast and show.

You Too play actors
You Too play actors
You Too play actors
You Too play actors

Actor Kameron Thorntona Brown shares thoughts and feelings in this video about the “You Too” play from the Theatre Makers project of the Ritual Art Troupe.

Actor Courtney Hartman shares thoughts and feelings in this video about the “You Too” play from the Theatre Makers project of the Ritual Art Troupe.

Actor Alejandro Eustaquio shares thoughts and feelings in this video about the “You Too” play from the Theatre Makers project of the Ritual Art Troupe.

Actor Jess Lazkano shares thoughts and feelings in this video about the “You Too” play from the Theatre Makers project of the Ritual Art Troupe.

Stage Manager Pulkit Gulati shares thoughts and feelings in this video about the “You Too” play from the Theatre Makers project of the Ritual Art Troupe.

You Too actor Kameron Thortona as TV News Host Sean O'Reilly
You Too actor Kameron Thortona Brown as TV News Host Sean O’Reilly
You Too actor Kameron Thortona as TV News Host Sean O'Reilly
You Too actor Kameron Thortona Brown as TV News Host Sean O’Reilly
You Too Director and Co-Playwright Iryna Lymar
You Too Director and Co-Playwright Iryna Lymar
You Too play co-playwrights Stardust Doherty and Iryna Lymar
You Too play co-playwrights Stardust Doherty and Iryna Lymar
You Too play co-playwrights Stardust Doherty and Iryna Lymar
You Too play co-playwrights Stardust Doherty and Iryna Lymar
You Too actors Venee Call-Ferrer, Kameron Thortona, and Nadeem Anjum
You Too actors Venee Call-Ferrer, Kameron Thortona Brown, and Nadeem Anjum
You Too actors Venee Call-Ferrer, Kameron Thortona, and Nadeem Anjum
You Too actors Venee Call-Ferrer, Kameron Thortona Brown, and Nadeem Anjum
You Too actors Venee Call-Ferrer and Nadeem Anjum
You Too actors Venee Call-Ferrer and Nadeem Anjum
You Too actors Venee Call-Ferrer and Nadeem Anjum
You Too actors Venee Call-Ferrer and Nadeem Anjum
You Too Actors Courtney Hartman, Alejandro Estaqvio, and Jess Lazkano
You Too Actors Courtney Hartman, Alejandro Eustaquio, and Jess Lazkano
You Too Actors Courtney Hartman, Alejandro Estaqvio, and Jess Lazkano
You Too Actors Courtney Hartman, Alejandro Eustaquio, and Jess Lazkano
You Too Actors Courtney Hartman and Jess Lazkano
You Too Actors Courtney Hartman and Jess Lazkano
You Too Actors Courtney Hartman and Jess Lazkano
You Too Actors Courtney Hartman and Jess Lazkano
You Too Actors Courtney Hartman and Jess Lazkano
You Too Actors Courtney Hartman and Jess Lazkano
You Too actors Venee Call-Ferrer and Nadeem Anjum rehearsing
You Too actors Venee Call-Ferrer and Nadeem Anjum rehearsing
You Too actors Jess Lazkano, Courtney Hartman, Venee Call-Ferrer, and Alejandro Estaqvio rehearsing
You Too actors Jess Lazkano, Courtney Hartman, Venee Call-Ferrer, and Alejandro Eustaquio rehearsing
You Too actors Jess Lazkano and Courtney Hartman rehearsing
You Too actors Jess Lazkano and Courtney Hartman rehearsing
You Too actors Jess Lazkano and Courtney Hartman rehearsing
You Too actors Jess Lazkano and Courtney Hartman rehearsing
You Too actors Jess Lazkano, Courtney Hartman, and Nadeem Anjum rehearsing
You Too actors Jess Lazkano, Courtney Hartman, and Nadeem Anjum rehearsing
You Too actors Courtney Hartman and Nadeem Anjum rehearsing
You Too actors Courtney Hartman and Nadeem Anjum rehearsing
You Too actors Nadeem Anjum and Venee Call-Ferrer rehearsing
You Too actors Nadeem Anjum and Venee Call-Ferrer rehearsing

You Too Cast & Crew Headshots & Bios

ActorsCrew / Personnel
Nadeem AnjumIryna Lymar
Venee Call-FerrerStardust Doherty
Alejandro EustaquioPulkit Gulati
Ankur Garg
Courtney Hartman
Jess Lazkano
Alia Thiel
Kameron Thorntona Brown

Actors

Nadeem Anjum headshot

Nadeem Anjum (Harvey Cosby)

Nadeem (he, his, him) is from Calcutta and has been in San Francisco Bay Area for 5 years now. He has been acting since he was a kid and has appeared in several theatre and film roles. He debuted with Theatre Makers when he appeared as a wealthy entrepreneur in “Ecopocalypse” (2018) and as a Gorilla in “Animal Factory Farm” (2018). His most recent theatre appearance was in the SF Fringe Festival where he appeared as a socialist in “20/20” (2019). He is excited to be combining his passion for acting and social justice with his participation in “You Too”.



Venee Call-Ferrer

Venee Call-Ferrer (Dianne Pelosi)

Venee (she, her, her) is drawn to Theater because of its ability to bring about social change, personal transformation, and inspire understanding, compassion, and tolerance in the world. Venee has a B.A. in Arts and Social Change from New College of California, with studies in Drama Therapy, Film/Video, Photography, Studio, and Performance Art. She is also an avid abstract photographer and traveler. She was just nominated for the Arty Awards 2019, Best Supporting Actress for the part of Jesses in Sweat, BOTTG. Past performances include Improv with Pan Theater Oakland, Living Tarot, and The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Uuo. “You Too” is Venee’s debut with Theatre Makers.



Alejandro Eustaquio

Alejandro Eustaquio (Father Ford)

Alejandro (he, his, him) was born in Vallejo, CA and is the youngest of five children. Alejandro originally grew up as a musician playing the flute. He had plans to pursue The Juilliard School In New York; however, he realized that music was more of a hobby than a career. In 2009, Alejandro made it his New Year’s resolution to pursue his dream of acting. He has filmed various films and commercials around the Bay Area and currently studies at the Beverly Hills Playhouse In San Francisco. Aside from the Arts, Alejandro also enjoys traveling the world. He has visited 12 countries amongst Europe, Asia, and Latin America. “You Too” is Alejandro’s debut with Theatre Makers.



Ankur Garg

Ankur Garg (Mother Ford)

Ankur (she, her, her) is thrilled to be a part of this timely production! She is an avid actor and singer who performed across Washington DC, Minneapolis and Los Angeles prior to her recent move to San Francisco. Ankur was last seen in Terminal Lucidity at the Baltimore Theatre Project, and the Page-to-Stage New Play Festival at the Kennedy Center. She trained at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and The Actors Center in Los Angeles. “You Too” is Ankur’s debut with Theatre Makers.



Courtney Hartman (Anita Ford)

Courtney (she, her, her) is a licensed psychologist in CA with a background in theatre. She has been practicing in CA for over three years, and has been performing in various visual art installations and bay area theatre projects for 10 years. She had her directing debut last VDay season with VDay East Bay the Vagina Monologues with a focus on racial diversity and acknowledgment of the limitations of a script that aims at representing the experiences of all women. She is very excited to be joining forces with Theatre Makers to continue creating theatre to address social justice issues. “You Too” is Courtney’s debut with Theatre Makers.



Jess Lazkano (Tommy Ford, RICKY)

Jess (he, his, him) was born in Mexico from a Mexican mother and Spanish father. He moved to the US when he was 13. He is currently a singer-songwriter in the pop and experimental music genres delivering strong and out-of-the-ordinary messages. He is also exploring acting and photography. “You Too” is Jess’ debut with Theatre Makers.



Alia Thiel

Alia Thiel (Sister Pelosi)

Alia (she, her, her) is thrilled to be a part of her first project with Ritual Art Troupe. She feels passionately about spreading awareness about the #metoo movement and the perspective of victims of abuse and harassment. Alia has performed with local college theater at Diablo Valley College, Cal State Eastbay, and Chabot College. She was last seen in “​A Musical Comedy of Murders” with The Orinda Starlight Players. “You Too” is Alia’s debut with Theatre Makers.



Kameron Thorntona Brown (Sean O’Reilly, CAMPAIGN MANAGER)

Kameron (he, his, him) is originally from Sacramento and moved to the Bay Area last year. He has starred in multiple plays, but recently took on new challenges pursuing Television and Film. One of Kameron’s favorite roles was being a “stand-in” and “background” actor for the Netflix show, “13 Reasons Why”. Kameron would like to thank his mother, family, and girlfriend for all their love and support. “You Too” is Kameron’s debut with Theatre Makers.



Crew / Personnel

Iryna Lymar (Director, Co-Writer)

Iryna (she/her/her) was born in Ukraine, lived in China for 8 years, and eventually moved to California. She studied linguistics and speaks 4 languages: English, Chinese (Mandarin), Ukrainian, and Russian. While doing management and translation jobs in China, Iryna started exploring writing and the theater world. She wrote a compilation of stories about strangers called “Just some strangers on the way” (the book is registered in Ukraine) and a short script called “Robot Buddha”. She co-directed the “Robot Buddha” play in Shenzhen, China, in 2016. Besides that, she was an active member of an improv group called “Planet Factory” and acted at monthly shows for a year. Now Iryna lives in San Francisco, teaches yoga, and participates in local theater life. Iryna is a co-writer of the Theatre Maker plays “Animal Factory Farm” (2018), “Ecopocalypse” (2018), and “You Too” (2019), the last of which Iryna is also directing.



Stardust Doherty (CO-WRITER)

Stardust (ze/per/herm) is a playwright, composer, musician (oboe and English horn), and English teacher. Stardust is focused long-term on the True of Voice musical dance theatre production and is a co-organizer of the Theatre Makers Meetup, as well as other playwrighting and composing projects. Stardust serves on the Board of Ritual Art Troupe, as well as two other non-profit organizations, the Online Policy Group and the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra. Stardust formerly worked at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Verified Voting Foundation, and at various high-tech companies during a prior career. Stardust began directing plays with per Shakespeare adaptation “A Midwinter Afternoon’s Nightmare” and the original “Bush Faeries: The Musical” (2018) staged at Breitenbush Community Hot Springs winter radical faerie gatherings. Along the way, there was an agit prop production of “Occupy San Francisco Employee Retirement System” (2013) in response to the bankster housing crisis. Stardust is a co-writer with Iryna Lymar and director of the Theatre Maker plays “Animal Factory Farm” (2018) and “Ecopocalypse” (2018), a co-writer with Iryna Lymar of “You Too” (2019), and a co-writer with Kari Barclay and the director of “20/20” (San Francisco Fringe Festival 2019).



Pulkit Gulati

Pulkit Gulati (Stage Manager)

Pulkit (he, his, him) is a Bay Area actor, filmmaker, and dancer who completed a two-year intensive acting program under Jim Jarrett, Sandy Meisner’s last teaching protege. Pulkit’s work includes “Serial Monster: Ted Bundy” on ReelzTV, “Is this Meta?”, “Consequences!” as well as other indie shorts. Pulkit can soon be seen in a VR Short Film which was produced in collaboration with University of California Berkeley. He’s won best comedy for “Perspective” at a Bay Area 24 Hour Film Festival and was part of HBO Asian Festival nomination “The Great Escape”. “You Too” is Pulkit’s first project with Theatre Makers.