You Too Cast & Crew Headshots & Bios

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

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 Eustaqvio (Father Ford)

Alejandro (he, his, him) originally grew up as a musician playing the Flute. After discovering that music was more of a hobby than a career, in 2009, Alejandro made it his New Years Resolution to pursue his dream of acting. Aside from the Arts, Alejandro also enjoys traveling the world. “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 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)

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 (Sean O’Reilly)

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 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” (planned 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) and co-writer with Iryna Lymar of “You Too” (planned 2019) and the director of and a co-writer with Kari Barclay 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.



You Too Actors & Crew Information

This information is for actors and crew of the Theatre Makers play You Too. For general information about the play You Too, please go to ritualart.org/youtoo

Performance Schedule

Four performances, two each at these two venues:

  • Fremont Community Center, 40204 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont, CA
  • First Unitarian Church, 685 14th Street, Oakland, CA

Actors and crew should plan to arrive one hour before each performance to prepare for the show and stay for one hour after each performance to help with takedown and receive your public.

Show TimeLocationCall TimeEnd Time
7:00pm,
Saturday,
November 9,
2019
Fremont
Community
Center
06:00 PM10:00 PM
4:00pm,
Sunday,
November 10,
2019
Fremont
Community
Center
03:00 PM07:00 PM
08:00 PM,
Thursday,
November 14,
2019
First
Unitarian
Church
07:00 PM10:00 PM
08:00 PM,
Friday,
November 15,
2019
First
Unitarian
Church
07:00 PM10:00 PM

Rehearsal Schedule

DateLocationStart TimeEnd TimeAbsent
Sunday,
September 8,
2019
Narika,
3155 Kearny St,
Fremont
03:00 PM06:00 PMAlejandro
(not cast yet)
Monday,
September 9,
2019
304
Winfield
St,
San
Francisco
07:00 PM09:30 PM
Sunday,
September 15,
2019
Narika,
3155 Kearny St,
Fremont
03:00 PM06:00 PMAlia,
Ankur,
Nadeem
Monday,
September 16,
2019
304
Winfield
St,
San
Francisco
07:00 PM09:30 PMAnkur,
Venee
Sunday,
September 22,
2019
Narika,
3155 Kearny St,
Fremont
03:00 PM06:00 PMAnkur,
Jess,
Kameron
Monday,
September 23,
2019
304
Winfield
St,
San
Francisco
07:00 PM09:30 PMAlia,
Ankur
Sunday,
September 29,
2019
Narika,
3155 Kearny St,
Fremont
03:00 PM06:00 PMNadeem
Monday,
September 30,
2019
304
Winfield
St,
San
Francisco
07:00 PM09:30 PMNadeem
Sunday,
October 6,
2019
Narika,
3155 Kearny St,
Fremont
03:00 PM06:00 PMJess
(no show),
Kameron
(no show)
Monday,
October 7,
2019
304
Winfield
St,
San
Francisco
07:00 PM09:30 PM
Sunday,
October 13,
2019
Narika,
3155 Kearny St,
Fremont
03:00 PM06:00 PMAnkur
Monday,
October 14,
2019
304
Winfield
St,
San
Francisco
07:00 PM09:30 PMAnkur
Friday,
October 18,
2019
TBD07:00 PM09:30 PMAnkur
Sunday,
October 20,
2019
Narika,
3155 Kearny St,
Fremont
03:00 PM06:00 PMAnkur
Monday,
October 21,
2019
304
Winfield
St,
San
Francisco
07:00 PM09:30 PMAnkur
Friday,
October 25,
2019
TBD07:00 PM09:30 PM
Sunday,
October 27,
2019
Narika,
3155 Kearny St,
Fremont
03:00 PM06:00 PM
Monday,
October 28,
2019
304
Winfield
St,
San
Francisco
07:00 PM09:30 PM
Friday,
November 1,
2019
TBD07:00 PM09:30 PM
Sunday,
November 3,
2019
Narika,
3155 Kearny St,
Fremont
03:00 PM06:00 PM
Monday,
November 4,
2019
304
Winfield
St,
San
Francisco
07:00 PM09:30 PM

Rehearsal Guidelines

  • Punctuality: Please arrive by your call time and stay until your end time for each rehearsal. Your fellow actors and crew are depending on you!
  • Absences: Please notify Project Director Iryna Lymar well in advance if you aren’t able to attend a rehearsal. You may not miss more than 5 rehearsals. Also, please try to schedule any missed rehearsals toward the beginning of the rehearsal schedule, rather than close to performance time.
  • Refreshments: Each Monday rehearsal will offer healthy vegan snacks. Please feel free to bring vegan items to share if you like. Please no meat, dairy, or nuts (due to allergies).
  • Rehearsal Spaces: Please no meat, dairy, or nuts (due to allergies), no pets, and no tobacco inside the Monday rehearsal space, where you should be prepared to remove your shoes upon entry. Please keep both rehearsal spaces clean.
  • Feedback: Be prepared to provide and receive constructive feedback. Script change suggestions welcome until the end of the fifth rehearsal when we will do our best to make the script solid.
  • Cooperation: Follow the direction of crew members as appropriate to their roles.
  • Inclusion: Co-create an inclusive and diverse environment, with special attention to (dis)ability accommodation
  • Safety: Co-create an safe environment, with special attention to negotiating consensual connections for romantic and/or physical acting relationships (all participants are required to read, understand, and sign the anti-harassment policy)
  • Contacts: Provide basic contact info (name, city, email, phone, pronoun preference) and share it with the group. Please provide to the Project Director your full legal name (for checks) and full address, health insurance, and emergency contact information on the waiver form.
  • Publicity: Snap photos and shoot videos during rehearsals, plus provide headshot and bio to share for show publicity.
  • Marketing: Distribute print and online flyers to friends and family to encourage them to purchase tickets for the performances.
  • Party: Help figure out where and when to hold our cast/crew/donor party!
  • Stay Up-To-Date: Please join the Theatre Makers Meetup to find out about Theatre Makers opportunities, like auditions, parties, and play readings.

Roles by Actor Name

Here is the cast of roles by actor name as of September 22, 2019.

NameRole(s)
Alejandro EustaqvioFather Ford
Alia ThielSister Pelosi
Ankur GargMother Ford,
Prosecutor
Courtney HartmanAnita Ford
Jess LazkanoTommy Ford,
Ricky
Kameron ThorntonaSean O’Reilly,
Campaign Manager
Nadeem AnjumHarvey Cosby,
Man in Video
Venee Call-FerrerDianne Pelosi

Roles by Play Act / Scene

Here is the cast of roles by play act / scene as of September 22, 2019.

Play
Act/Scenario
Role(s)
Act I. Scene 1Dianne Pelosi, Sister Pelosi
Act I. Scene 2Sean O’Reilly, Dianne Pelosi
Act I. Scene 3Sean O’Reilly, Father Ford, Mother Ford, Anita Ford, Tommy Ford
Act I. Scene 4Tommy Ford, Anita Ford
Act I. Scene 5Harvey Cosby, Ricky, Anita Ford, Campaign Manager (Joey)
Act I. Scene 6Sean O’Reilly, Harvey Cosby
Act II. Scene 1Sister Pelosi, Prosecutor, Anita Ford, Dianne Pelosi
Act II. Scene 2Dianne Pelosi, Sister Pelosi
Act II. Scene 3Sean O’Reilly, Dianne Pelosi, Anita Ford
Act II. Scene 4Campaign Manager, Harvey Cosby, Rally Participants, Woman in Crowd, Another Woman in Crowd
Act II. Scene 5Rally Participants, Father Ford, Mother Ford, Anita Ford, Tommy Ford, Sean O’Reilly
Call & Talk-backEveryone

Crew List

We are currently recruiting crew for the following roles:

  • Stage Manager
  • Tech Director
  • Set Designer
  • Prop Master
  • Wardrobe Master
  • Marketing Manager
  • Fundraising Manager
  • Logistics Manager
  • Sign Language Interpreters (ASL)
  • Videographer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Painters/Builders/Makers/Movers/Shakers 🙂

Venue Stage and Load-In

Photos of the Fremont Community Center stage and the load-in path to the stage… coming soon.

Photos of First Unitarian Church stage and the load-in path to the stage… coming soon.

20/20 Photos and Videos

20/20 Cast & Crew in front of the EXIT Theatre in San Francisco
20/20 Play Cast & Crew Photo
20/20 Play Cast & Crew Photo

Actor David-Henry Bennett shares thoughts and feelings in this video about the 20/20 play from the Theatre Makers project of the Ritual Art Troupe.

Co-writer and director Stardust shares thoughts and feelings in this video about the 20/20 play from the Theatre Makers project of the Ritual Art Troupe.

Actor Geeta Rai shares thoughts and feelings in this video about the 20/20 play from the Theatre Makers project of the Ritual Art Troupe.

Actor Hima Menon shares thoughts and feelings in this video about the “20/20” play from the Theatre Makers project of the Ritual Art Troupe.

Actor Jess Thompson shares thoughts and feelings in this video about the 20/20 play from the Theatre Makers project of the Ritual Art Troupe.

Actor Nadeem Anjum shares thoughts and feelings in this video about the 20/20 play from the Theatre Makers project of the Ritual Art Troupe.

Actor Matt shares thoughts and feelings in this video about the 20/20 play from the Theatre Makers project of the Ritual Art Troupe.

Actor Ryan Samarakoon shares thoughts and feelings in this video about the “20/20” play from the Theatre Makers project of the Ritual Art Troupe.

Co-writer Kari Barclay shares thoughts and feelings in this video about the 20/20 play from the Theatre Makers project of the Ritual Art Troupe.

20/20 Play Character Anna in a trenchcoat wearing a pussy hat and carrying a rocket launcher
20/20 Play Character Anna with pussy hat, trench coat, and rocket launcher
20/20 Play Actors Jess Thompson, Hima Menon, Ryan Samarakoon, and Nadeem Anjum, on a well-deserved vegan meal break from rehearsals
20/20 Play: Assassin Choking President
20/20 Play: Rehearsal of Assassin Choking President
20/20 Play: Assassin Choking President
20/20 Play: Rehearsal of Assassin Choking President

Show info: http://ritualart.org/2020/
Buy tickets: https://20-20.brownpapertickets.com

20/20 Crew & Admin Recruitment

Positions: Techs (Painters, Builders, Makers, Driver, Stage Hands), Prop Master, Costumer/Dresser, Marketer/Social Media Maven, Fundraiser, Sign Language Interpreters (ASL), Videographer, Artists/Graphic Designers

Play: “20/20” by Kari Barclay and Stardust Doherty

Synopsis: It’s 2020. The President has been re-elected, the climate is heating up, the economy in meltdown. In this satirical participatory performance, audience members choose the scenarios to stage: impeachment? a coup? a revolution? “20/20” asks what people power looks like in a time of vast uncertainty when even choosing to do nothing has consequences.

Artistic Director: Stardust Doherty
Stage Manager: Bert van Aalsburg*

Union: No – Compensation: Possibly a share of ticket sales and funraiser funds.  (We would love to pay artists living wages, but we are an entirely unpaid company, unless we receive grants or other contributions… we are all working for social justice!)

Performances: at least four, as part of the San Francisco Fringe Festival at the EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy St, San Francisco: 5:30pm-8:30pm on September 7, 1:00pm-4:00pm on September 8, 7:30pm-10:30pm on September 11, 4:00pm-7:00pm on September 14, and an additional performance probably on September 15, 2019 (time TBA)

Commitment: 8 weeks and depending on role, twice weekly from July 30 to September 6, 2019, in San Francisco: 7pm-11pm Tuesdays, and 9am-7pm Saturdays (including set, props, and costume construction), plus performances dates above

Apply: Contact theatre-makers@ritualart.org with name, experience, and availability for performance and rehearsal dates/times. Appointments Available: flexible starting immediately

Show Website: http://ritualart.org/2020/

Tickets: $13 cash in person ($15.99 online tickets at https://20-20.brownpapertickets.com). Advanced purchase recommended due to limited seating.

Box Office: 415-673-3847 (for show information)

Company: Theatre Makers provides a common ground for those interested in dramatic and musical theatre, professional and amateur theater, commercial and non-profit theatre, including non-traditional theatrical events (performance art, pop-up theater, home theater, street theater, puppet shows, etc.) with activities including, for example:

  • 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

This group 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.

Company Website: http://ritualart.org/theatremakers/

Posting Updates: http://ritualart.org/wordpress/?p=1019

Please share this notice with anyone who might be interested.

* These Actors and Stage Managers appear with the special permission of Actors’ Equity Association.

20/20 Prop Master

Position: Prop Master, supervising the creation and acquisition of all Properties (including furniture, set dressing, soft goods, hand props, stage weaponry, food, and ephemera) for the “20/20” play production, including the following:

  • Construction/purchasing and finding of all props within the limitations of schedule and budgets
  • Generating pre-production props lists
  • Responsibility for the strike and return of all props, whether rented or built
  • Responsibility for the maintenance and inventory of props in our storage space
  • Assist in dressing the set as needed

The Prop Master works in close consultation with the Director, Tech, Set Designer, Costumer/Dresser, and other cast and crew.

Skills: Effective oral and written communication skills. Negotiating skills. Knowledge of theatrical building practices in soft goods, paper, wood, metal and of traditional and new materials. Mechanical skills in the use of hand and power tools. The ability to read and understand floor plans, design sketches, construction plans and the ability to produce working drawings. A problem solver, creative thinker, ability to work in a team environment. 

Physical Demands: Lift and carry materials weighing between 50 – 100 pounds. Physical activities such as, but not limited to, lifting, bending, standing, climbing, and/or walking. Ability to drive (with valid driver’s license). Involves getting dirty or dusty and being around paint fumes.

Inclusivity: sensitivity to and an understanding of the diverse socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of actors and crew, and to accommodating actors and crew with disabilities.

Play: “20/20” by Kari Barclay and Stardust Doherty

Synopsis: It’s 2020. The President has been re-elected, the climate is heating up, the economy in meltdown. In this satirical participatory performance, audience members choose the scenarios to stage: impeachment? a coup? a revolution? “20/20” asks what people power looks like in a time of vast uncertainty when even choosing to do nothing has consequences.

Artistic Director: Stardust Doherty

Crew:

  • Stage Manager, Techs (Painters, Builders, Makers, Driver, Stage Hands), Set Designer, Prop Master, Costumer/Dresser, Marketer/Social Media Maven, Fundraiser, Sign Language Interpreters (ASL), Videographer, Artists/Graphic Designers

Union: No

Compensation: Possibly a share of ticket sales and funraiser funds. (We would love to pay artists living wages, but we are an entirely unpaid company, unless we receive grants or other contributions… we are all working for social justice!)

Performances: at least four, as part of the San Francisco Fringe Festival at the EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy St, San Francisco

  • 5:30pm-8:30pm on Saturday, September 7, 2019
  • 1:00pm-4:00pm on Sunday, September 8, 2019
  • 7:30pm-10:30pm on Thursday, September 11, 2019
  • 4:00pm-7:00pm on Saturday, September 14, 2019
  • An additional performance probably on September 15, 2019 (time TBA)

Commitment: 2 months, twice weekly through September 6, 2019, in San Francisco: 7pm-11pm Tuesdays, and 9am-7pm Saturdays (inc. set, props, and costume construction), plus load-in and striking performances listed above in San Francisco

Apply:

  • Contact theatre-makers@ritualart.org with name, prop design experience, and availability for performance and build dates/times.
  • Appointments Available: flexible starting immediately

Show Website: http://ritualart.org/2020/

Tickets: $13 cash in person ($15.99 online tickets at https://20-20.brownpapertickets.com). Advanced purchase recommended due to limited seating.

Box Office: 415-673-3847 (for show information)

Company: Theatre Makers provides a common ground for those interested in dramatic and musical theatre, professional and amateur theater, commercial and non-profit theatre, including non-traditional theatrical events (performance art, pop-up theater, home theater, street theater, puppet shows, etc.) with activities including, for example:

  • 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

This group 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.

Company Website: http://ritualart.org/theatremakers/

Posting Updates: http://ritualart.org/wordpress/?p=900

Please share this notice with anyone who might be interested.

20/20 Set Designer

Position: The Set Designer is responsible for developing an innovative and original set of design drawings for the “20/20” play production that include the following:

  • Basic ground plan showing all scenic elements
  • Section of the stage space incorporating all elements
  • Front elevations of every scenic element

This will involve a close reading of the script and consultations with the Director, Tech Director, Prop Designer, Costume Designer, and other cast and crew.

Portability: Due to requirements of staging at the San Francisco Fringe Festival (15 minutes to load in and 15 minutes to strike), portability is a crucial design element for this production. We are considering design and construction of a large, portable, re-useable “cranky” to display and cycle through painted muslin backdrops on a continuous roll.

Experience: practical work experience in set design, including working knowledge of construction, lighting design, stage rigging, audio and sound reinforcement, stage management/or production management, and professional standards of stage safety.

Skills: Effective oral and written communication skills. Negotiating skills. The ability to read and understand floor plans, design sketches, construction plans and the ability to produce working drawings.

Physical Demands: Lift and carry materials weighing between 50 – 100 pounds. Physical activities such as, but not limited to, lifting, bending, standing, climbing, and/or walking. Ability to drive (with valid driver’s license). Involves getting dirty or dusty and being around paint fumes.

Inclusivity: sensitivity to and an understanding of the diverse socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of actors and crew, and to accommodating actors and crew with disabilities.

Play: “20/20” by Kari Barclay and Stardust Doherty

Synopsis: It’s 2020. The President has been re-elected, the climate is heating up, the economy in meltdown. In this satirical participatory performance, audience members choose the scenarios to stage: impeachment? a coup? a revolution? “20/20” asks what people power looks like in a time of vast uncertainty when even choosing to do nothing has consequences.

Artistic Director: Stardust Doherty

Crew:

  • Stage Manager, Tech Director, Set Designer, Prop Designer, Costume Designer, Marketing Manager, Fundraiser, Logistics Manager, Sign Language Interpreters (ASL), Videographer, Graphic Designer, Painters, Builders, Makers, Stage Hands, Movers, Shakers

Union: No

Compensation: Possibly a share of ticket sales and funraiser funds. (We would love to pay artists living wages, but we are an entirely unpaid company, unless we receive grants or other contributions… we are all working for social justice!)

Performances: at least four, as part of the San Francisco Fringe Festival at the EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy St, San Francisco

  • 5:30pm-8:30pm on Saturday, September 7, 2019
  • 1:00pm-4:00pm on Sunday, September 8, 2019
  • 7:30pm-10:30pm on Thursday, September 11, 2019
  • 4:00pm-7:00pm on Saturday, September 14, 2019
  • An additional performance probably on September 15, 2019 (time TBA)

Commitment: 2 months, twice weekly through September 6, 2019, in San Francisco: 7pm-11pm Tuesdays, and 9am-7pm Saturdays (inc. set, props, and costume construction), plus load-in and striking performances listed above in San Francisco, in San Francisco

Apply:

  • Contact theatre-makers@ritualart.org with name, set design experience, and availability for performance and build dates/times.
  • Appointments Available: flexible starting immediately

Show Website: http://ritualart.org/2020/

Tickets: $13 cash in person ($15.99 online tickets at https://20-20.brownpapertickets.com). Advanced purchase recommended due to limited seating.

Box Office: 415-673-3847 (for show information)

Company: Theatre Makers provides a common ground for those interested in dramatic and musical theatre, professional and amateur theater, commercial and non-profit theatre, including non-traditional theatrical events (performance art, pop-up theater, home theater, street theater, puppet shows, etc.) with activities including, for example:

  • 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

This group 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.

Company Website: http://ritualart.org/theatremakers/

Posting Updates: http://ritualart.org/wordpress/?p=893

Please share this notice with anyone who might be interested.

20/20 Play Actor & Crew Bios

ActorsCrew / Personnel
Nadeem AnjumKari Barclay
David-Henry BennettStardust Doherty
MattBert van Aalsburg *
Hima MenonTyler Mann
Geeta RaiPeter Menchini (Videography)
Ryan SamarakoonTyler (Fringe Tech)
Jess Thompson
Dennie Warren

Actors

Nadeem Anjum headshot

Nadeem Anjum (SOCHE)

Nadeem (he, his, him) is from Calcutta and first started acting in college. Since then, Nadeem has focused on improv with the South Bay Improv group and had his U.S. acting debut with the Theatre Makers as Gorilla in “Animal Factory Farm” (2018) and as a wealthy entrepreneur in “Ecopocalypse” (2018).



David-Henry Bennett (ELLIS)

David-Henry (he, his, him) is a native of Atlanta who started acting at the age of 3. He has acted in many roles, both comedic and dramatic and is currently studying his final year for an MFA in Acting at Academy of Art University. He plans to work in television and stage after graduation. David-Henry is also a dancer and writer. He also want a career in education as a means of giving back. He feels that acting is a way of expressing things we don’t normally get to express and allowing ourselves to be in harms way as a way of sharing with people how they can heal. David-Henry first appeared with Theatre Makers as Cow in “Animal Factory Farm” (2018) and as a wandering indigent in “Ecopocalypse” (2018).



Matt (ENSEMBLE)

Matt (he, his, him) first performed at a Fringe Festival in Edinburgh at the age of 16 and is happy to be back, this time in San Francisco. Matt also acted in the Theatre Makers productions of “Animal Factory Farm” (2018) and “Ecopocalype” (2018). Matt is a multimedia artist and virtual reality developer. He co-founded Virtual Bytes, an art, education and research collective creating virtual reality experiences and research that utilize neuroscience concepts to explore the mind/body connection. He is passionate about using his background in creative media and technology to develop virtual reality experiences that challenge our preconceptions about the world around us, and help us connect to each other in new ways. Matt also serves on the Board of the Ritual Art Troupe.



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Hima Menon (TV NEWS HOST)

Hima (she, her, her) is very happy to be part of Theatre Makers. She is from the San Francisco Bay Area where she is currently training with The Meisner Technique studio. She is passionate about art in any form and loves to be part of theatre productions as much as possible. She is a software engineer by the day but strives to complete her training one day and submit more of herself to art. She has been part of a few art projects around the Bay Area and hopes to be able to contribute more as time progresses. “20/20” is Hima’s debut with Theatre Makers.



Geeta Rai (MASTER OF CEREMONIES)

Geeta (she, her, her) is a Bay Area Theater and Film Actor whose recent theater credits include Naatak’s “Rabbit Hole” and “EnActe Arts, Go to Your Room, Mother!”. Her theater education includes the Trinity College of London’s Speech and Drama Curriculum and Foothill College Acting Coursework. When she is not on stage/set/auditioning, she helps manage a theatre non-profit that promotes South Asian themed theater and children education programs. She is excited to perform at the Fringe Festival in San Francisco. “20/20” is Geeta’s debut with Theatre Makers.



Ryan Samarakoon (President)

Ryan (he, his, him) is from London, was raised in the midwest, and has now lived in the Bay Area for 3 years. He is excited to get back into acting after a hiatus during his neuroscience studies. He has had a passion for the arts since he was 6 years old when he began singing, acting, and playing violin. He will be training at the American Conservatory Theatre in the fall. Ryan is thrilled about his debut role with Theatre Makers in “20/20”.



Jess Thompson (ANNA)

Jess (she, her, her) studied Social Work in her graduate program and Acting and Psychology in her undergraduate program. Jess currently works as a therapist with low-income high school students. She is excited to merge her passions for theatre and social justice. “20/20” is Jess’ debut with Theatre Makers.



Dennie Warren (OCTAVIA, VP)

Dennie (she, her, her) has appeared in a wide variety of films, television series, and plays, as a featured actor and as an extra. Dennie is excited for her theatrical debut to be a role in “20/20” with Theatre Makers.



Crew / Personnel

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Kari Barclay (CO-WRITER)

Kari (he, his, him) is a director, playwright, and researcher completing his PhD in Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford University. Originally from Washington, DC, he has made work regionally and in New York at venues including the San Francisco Mime Troupe Studio, Round House Theater, and Manbites Dog. His original play, “Can I Hold You?”, was one of the first plays about asexuality performed in the U.S. and enjoyed runs in San Francisco and Brooklyn. Kari is a co-writer of the Theatre Maker play “20/20”. More at kari-barclay.com



Stardust Doherty (DIRECTOR/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) and co-writer with Iryna Lymar of “You Too” (planned 2019) and the director of and a co-writer with Kari Barclay of “20/20” (San Francisco Fringe Festival 2019).



Bert van Aalsburg (Stage Manager)*

Bert (he, his, him) embarked on a full-time theater career in the mid-70s as the technical director and utility player for the Red Barn Theater in Saugatuck, Michigan. In 1987, he came west as technical director for the Great American Melodrama in San Luis Obispo. After a season with the Melodrama, Bert moved to the Bay Area. In 1999, he joined the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre to stage manage their first production of Black Nativity. He continued as their SM of choice and recently stage managed their productions of How I Learned What I Learned and Urban Retreat this past spring. Other notable productions include the premieres of Stones in His Pockets at Magic Theatre and Mission Magic Mystery Show with Culture Clash. The list also includes Godfellas with SF Mime Troupe and The Thomashefsky’s at SF Symphony. When not stage managing, Bert keeps busy in other areas of theater where he has earned critical acclaim as a lighting and scenic designer. Additionally, Bert is an active member of Actors’ Equity.

* These Actors and Stage Managers appear with the special permission of Actors’ Equity Association.

20/20 Actors & Crew Information

This information is for actors and crew of the Theatre Makers play “20/20”. For general information about the play “20/20”, please go to ritualart.org/2020

Performance Schedule

Four performances as part of the San Francisco Fringe Festival at the EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy St, San Francisco. Performances last exactly 60 minutes starting one hour after the call time listed below. Actors and crew should plan to stay for one hour after the performance for takedown and audience adulation.

DateCall TimeEnd Time
Saturday, September 7, 201905:30 PM08:30 PM
Sunday, September 8, 201901:00 PM04:00 PM
Wednesday, September 11, 201907:30 PM10:30 PM
Saturday, September 14, 201904:00 PM07:00 PM
Sunday, September 15, 2019 (at 304W)12:00 PM07:00 PM

Rehearsal Schedule

DateStart TimeEnd TimeAbsent
Tuesday, July 9, 201907:00 PM11:00 PMDavid-Henry (sick)
Saturday, July 13, 201903:00 PM07:00 PMGeeta, Hima
Tuesday, July 16, 201907:00 PM11:00 PMGeeta, Nadeem (sick)
Saturday, July 20, 201903:00 PM07:00 PMGeeta (late)
Tuesday, July 23, 201907:00 PM11:00 PMDavid-Henry (arrived late, leaving at 9pm), Nadeem (arrived late)
Saturday, July 27, 201903:00 PM07:00 PMDavid-Henry, Dennie, Geeta (late), Matt
Tuesday, July 30, 201907:00 PM11:00 PMDavid-Henry (leaving a little early, never arrived), Dennie, Geeta, Matt, Nadeem (arrived late)
Saturday, August 3, 201903:00 PM07:00 PMDavid-Henry (unscheduled), Dennie (sick), Hima (missing last half of rehearsal), Jess
Tuesday, August 6, 201907:00 PM11:00 PMHima (death in family), Jess
Saturday, August 10, 201903:00 PM07:00 PMGeeta (leaving early, but no show), Jess, Nadeem (late)
Tuesday, August 13, 201907:00 PM11:00 PM
Saturday, August 17, 2019 (Run-Through)03:00 PM07:00 PMRyan
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 (Run-Through)07:00 PM11:00 PMGeeta (late), Nadeem (late)
Saturday, August 24, 2019 (Run-Through)03:00 PM07:00 PM
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 (Run-Through)07:00 PM11:00 PMGeeta (late), Nadeem (late)
Saturday, August 31, 2019 (Dress Rehearsal)03:00 PM07:00 PMDavid-Henry (late), Geeta (late), Hima (late and leaving early), Nadeem
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 (Dress Rehearsal)07:00 PM9:30 PMNOTE: This rehearsal will be at the EXIT Theatre!
Friday, September 6, 2019 (Dress Rehearsal)07:00 PM11:00 PMNOTE: This rehearsal is on a Friday!

Rehearsal Guidelines

  • Schedule: We will provide a detailed schedule for each rehearsal on Meetup where you can RSVP about your specific attendance for that rehearsal. (So please join the Theatre Makers Meetup.)
  • Punctuality: Please arrive by your call time and stay until your end time for each rehearsal. Your fellow actors and crew are depending on you!
  • Absences: Please notify Stardust well in advance if you aren’t able to attend a rehearsal. You should not miss more than 2 or 3 rehearsals. Also, please try to schedule any missed rehearsals toward the beginning of the rehearsal schedule, rather than close to performance time.
  • Refreshments: Each rehearsal will offer healthy vegan food and drink. Please feel free to bring vegan items to share if you like. Please no meat, dairy, or nuts (due to actor allergies) and mark any items containing gluten, thanks!
  • Feedback: Be prepared to provide and receive constructive feedback. Script change suggestions welcome until the end of the second rehearsal when we will do our best to make the script solid.
  • Cooperation: Follow the direction of crew members as appropriate to their roles.
  • Inclusion: Co-create an inclusive and diverse environment, with special attention to (dis)ability accommodation
  • Safety: Co-create an safe environment, with special attention to negotiating consensual connections for romantic and/or physical acting relationships (sexual harassment and abuse strictly prohibited)
  • Contacts: Provide basic contact info (name, city, email, phone, pronoun preference) and share it with the group.
  • Publicity: Snap photos and shoot videos during rehearsals, plus provide headshot and bio to share for show publicity.
  • Marketing: Distribute print and online flyers to friends and family to encourage them to purchase tickets for the performances.
  • Party: Help figure out where and when to hold our cast/crew/donor party!

Roles by Actor Name

Here is the cast of roles by actor name as of July 20, 2019.

NameRole(s)
Ryan SamPresident
German Newscaster
Venezuelan Newscaster
Lead Soldier
Protestor #3
Soldier
Jeff Zuckergates
David-Henry BennettEllis
Arabic Newscaster #2
Republican Representative
Assassin
Soldiers Group
Dennie WarrenSarah Palin
Hebrew Newscaster
Vice President
Student #2
General
Alexis
Octavia
Geeta RaiMaster of Ceremonies
Secret Service Goon #1
Russian Newscaster
Chinese Newscaster
Democrat Representative
Student #3
Protestors Group
Opposition Politician
Zuckergates Assistant
Protestor
Protestor #1
Hima MenonTV News Host
Business Newscaster
Brazilian Newscaster
Lead Protestor
Protestor #2
Jess ThompsonAnna
French Newscaster
Protestors Group
MattBackstage Voice
Secret Service Goon #2
Democrat Senator
Soldiers Group
Security Guard
Nadeem AnjumSoshe
Arabic Newscaster #1
Republican Senator
Student #1

Roles by Play Act / Scenario

Here is the cast of roles by play act / scenario as of July 20, 2019.

Play
Act/Scenario
Role(s)
PrologueMaster of Ceremonies (Geeta)
Act IPresident (Ryan)
Secret Service Goon #1 (Geeta)
Secret Service Goon #2 (Matt)
TV News Host (Hima)
Anna (Jess)
Soshe (Nadeem)
Business Newscaster (Hima)
French Newscaster (Jess)
German Newscaster (Ryan)
Russian Newscaster (Geeta)
Sarah Palin (Dennie)
Brazilian Newscaster (Hima)
Venezuelan Newscaster (Ryan)
Chinese Newscaster (Geeta)
Hebrew Newscaster (Dennie)
Arabic Newscaster #1 (Nadeem)
Arabic Newscaster #2 (David-Henry)
Ellis (David-Henry)
Decision PointsMaster of Ceremonies (Geeta)
Backstage Voice (Matt)
ImpeachmentSoshe (Nadeem)
Anna (Jess)
TV News Host (Hima)
Republican Representative (David-Henry)
Democrat Representative (Geeta)
Republican Senator (Nadeem)
President (Ryan)
Democrat Senator (Matt)
Ellis (David-Henry)
AssassinationAssassin (David-Henry)
President (Ryan)
Anna (Jess)
Ellis (David-Henry)
Soshe (Nadeem)
Secret Service Goon #1 (Geeta)
Secret Service Goon #2 (Matt)
Vice President (Dennie)
TV News Host (Hima)
Decentralized
Revolution
Ellis (David-Henry)
Anna (Jess)
Soshe (Nadeem)
TV News Host (Hima)
Student #1 (Nadeem)
Student #2 (Dennie)
Student #3 (Geeta)
Military CoupLead Protestor (Hima)
Lead Soldier (Ryan)
Protestors Group (Geeta, Jess)
Soldiers Group (David-Henry, Dennie, Matt)
Soshe (Nadeem)
TV News Host (Hima)
Anna (Jess)
General (Dennie)
Opposition Politician (Geeta)
General StrikeSoshe (Nadeem)
Anna (Jess)
TV News Host (Hima)
Jeff Zuckergates (Nadeem)
Assistant (Geeta)
Alexis (Dennie)
Corporate CoupSoshe (Nadeem)
Anna (Jess)
TV News Host (Hima)
Ellis (David-Henry)
Security Guard (Matt)
Octavia (Dennie)
Electoral ProgressSoshe (Nadeem)
Anna (Jess)
Ellis (David-Henry)
TV News Host (Hima)
Do NothingAnna (Jess)
Soshe (Nadeem)
Ellis (David-Henry)
Protestor (Geeta)
TV News Host (Hima)
CodaMaster of Ceremonies (Geeta)
Everyone! (David-Henry, Dennie,
Geeta, Hima, Jess, Matt, Nadeem, Ryan)

Crew List

We are currently recruiting crew for the following roles:

Venue Stage and Load-In

To see photos and videos of the EXIT Theatre main stage and the load-in path to the stage, see http://ritualart.org/wordpress/2015/07/13/exit-theatre-load-in/

20/20 Stage Manager

Update: Position filled by Bert van Aalsburg.*

* These Actors and Stage Managers appear with the special permission of Actors’ Equity Association.

Position: Stage Manager. Seeking a detail-oriented person with a good sense of timing who can wrangle a diverse cast of cats (actors, crew, and props) to co-create an amazing theatrical production. Both established and aspiring stage managers welcome to apply.

Play: “20/20” by Kari Barclay and Stardust Doherty

Synopsis: It’s 2020. The President has been re-elected, the climate is heating up, the economy in meltdown. In this satirical participatory performance, audience members choose the scenarios to stage: impeachment? a coup? a revolution? “20/20” asks what people power looks like in a time of vast uncertainty when even choosing to do nothing has consequences.

Artistic Director: Stardust Doherty

Crew:

  • Stage Manager, Tech Director, Set Designer, Prop Designer, Costume Designer, Marketing Manager, Fundraiser, Logistics Manager, Sign Language Interpreters (ASL), Videographer, Graphic Designer, Painters, Builders, Makers, Stage Hands, Movers, Shakers

Union: No

Compensation: Possibly a share of ticket sales and funraiser funds. (We would love to pay artists living wages, but we are an entirely unpaid company, unless we receive grants or other contributions… we are all working for social justice!)

Performances: at least four, as part of the San Francisco Fringe Festival at the EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy St, San Francisco

  • 5:30pm-8:30pm on Saturday, September 7, 2019
  • 1:00pm-4:00pm on Sunday, September 8, 2019
  • 7:30pm-10:30pm on Thursday, September 11, 2019
  • 4:00pm-7:00pm on Saturday, September 14, 2019
  • An additional performance probably on September 15, 2019 (time TBA)

Commitment: 2 months, twice weekly through September 6, 2019, in San Francisco: 7pm-11pm Tuesdays, and 9am-7pm Saturdays (inc. set, props, and costume construction), plus performances dates, in San Francisco

Apply:

  • Contact theatre-makers@ritualart.org with name, stage management experience, and availability for performance and rehearsal dates/times.
  • Appointments Available: flexible starting immediately

Show Website: http://ritualart.org/2020/

Tickets: $13 cash in person ($15.99 online tickets at https://20-20.brownpapertickets.com). Advanced purchase recommended due to limited seating.

Box Office: 415-673-3847 (for show information)

Company: Theatre Makers provides a common ground for those interested in dramatic and musical theatre, professional and amateur theater, commercial and non-profit theatre, including non-traditional theatrical events (performance art, pop-up theater, home theater, street theater, puppet shows, etc.) with activities including, for example:

  • 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

This group 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.

Company Website: http://ritualart.org/theatremakers/

Posting Updates: http://ritualart.org/wordpress/?p=768

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