20/20 Video

Theatre Makers is pleased to present a video collection of the 20/20 play as performed at the 2019 San Francisco Fringe Festival. The collection starts with the Prologue / Act I / Decision Point video. At the Decision Point, viewers may choose to view one of the eight scenario videos or the Coda / End Credits video. See the Assassination Disclaimer below.

You can choose the 20/20 Video playlist:

20/20 Video Playlist

Or you can choose the videos of the eight scenarios and Coda / End Credits one by one below:

Prologue / Act I / Decision Point
Decentralized Revolution Scenario
Assassination Scenario
General Strike Scenario
Impeachment Scenario
Military Coup Scenario
Corporate Coup Scenario
Electoral Progress Scenario
Do Nothing Scenario
Coda / End Credits

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Assassination Disclaimer:

The writers expressly denounce the assassination of political figures and intend the fictional Assassination scenario in the “20/20” play to discourage any such actions. During these politically polarized times, we have noticed a trend on left and right to direct animus toward individual figures and to imagine that violence against individuals would solve shared political woes, when the truth is that such strategies or tactics would only cause a strong reaction of repressive laws and human rights abuses, rather than constructive political change. Out of concern for human life and for our collective power, we oppose true-life assassinations and present them here merely in the context of fiction to channel those impulses harmlessly in a sort of catharsis for those daydreaming about such possibilities.

You Too

Update: Report on our final performance.
Update: Report on opening night.
New: Media Release

Actors/Crew: please go here.

Theatre Makers is co-creating a new play called You Too. The play is about abuse, the #metoo movement, and hope for the future.

You Too play flyer

You Too tells the story of a female Senate candidate running against a former Hollywood director accused of harassing women. The media orchestrates the race between the two candidates and manipulates the reaction from the audience, playing with true and false accusations, and questioning the whole nature of harassment. Throughout the course of events in the play, our characters evolve and learn to find their own ground. Join us for a thought-provoking and inspiring theater experience! 

Join us just after the play for a live panel discussion with the director/co-playwright, cast members, and representatives from nonprofit organizations such as SAVE and Narika. You’ll be able to ask questions (confidentially if you prefer) and get the latest info on both the play and the resources available for victims of workplace harassment and domestic violence.

This original play will have a limited run of performances in Fremont and 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.

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.

Performances

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

The Fremont venue is accessible to wheelchair users (and we are trying to verify that the Oakland venue is also accessible). Captions will not be available at these performances.

Tickets

Ticket sales beyond expenses benefit our non-profit community partners.

Tickets no longer on sale for this play.

Publicity

You Too Cast and Crew Headshots and Bios

You Too Show Photos and Videos

You Too Media Release

Facebook event for Fremont performance and for Oakland performances.

Community Partners

Theatre Makers is grateful for the support of the following community partners for the You Too production:

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1-800-215-7308
24-HOUR HOTLINE
(510) 794-6055

These non-profit organizations are doing amazing work in the area of domestic violence prevention, advocacy, support, education, healing, and wellness.

Volunteer

We are seeking set designers, painters, prop master, wardrobe master, roadies (rental truck driver), sound and light crew, funders, venue staff, sign language interpreters (ASL), and other volunteers to stage this new woman-directed play.

To volunteer and participate in production of the You Too play, please send an email to iryna@ritualart.org

The best way to find out about volunteer opportunities is to join the Theatre Makers Meetup group. More info at http://ritualart.org/theatremakers/

Please volunteer, donate funds, or donate venue, food, materials or equipment to make this show possible!

Activities

Playwrights Circle reading and critique session of the You Too play at the St. James School in San Francisco on November 14, 2018.

Recruitment for the You Too play at the Women’s Marches on January 19, 2019, in Oakland and San Francisco.

Kick-Off Meeting for the You Too play from 7pm to 9pm on Monday, March 18, 2019.

Auditions for the You Too play took place on August 25, 26, 27, and September 14, in San Francisco.

Rehearsals for the You Too play have taken place on September 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, and 30, October 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, and 28, and November 3 and 8 in Fremont, Oakland, and San Francisco.

Opening night of the You Too play took place on November 9 at the Fremont Community Center in Fremont, CA.

Performances, including our final performance, of the You Too play took place on November 14 and 15 at the First Unitarian Church in Oakland, CA.

20/20 Play: Preview Video

Last chance to see “20/20” at the SF Fringe Festival is 5:00pm on Saturday, September 14, 156 Eddy Street, San Francisco.

Tix: https://20-20.brownpapertickets.com (or 30 minutes before showtime at the door)

It’s the year 2020. The President has been re-elected, the climate is heating up, and the economy is in meltdown. Now, it’s up to all of us to figure out what happens next. In this 60-minute satirical participatory performance, audience members choose from a list of possible scenarios they want staged: 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 at all has its consequences.

“20/20” will have four performances at the San Francisco Fringe Festival, September 7-14, plus a possible bonus performance on September 15, 2019.

Show info and tickets: http://www.ritualart.org/2020

20/20 Cast & Crew at EXIT Theatre

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

Last chance to see “20/20” at the SF Fringe Festival is 5:00pm on Saturday, September 14, 156 Eddy Street, San Francisco.

Tix: https://20-20.brownpapertickets.com (or 30 minutes before showtime at the door)

It’s the year 2020. The President has been re-elected, the climate is heating up, and the economy is in meltdown. Now, it’s up to all of us to figure out what happens next. In this 60-minute satirical participatory performance, audience members choose from a list of possible scenarios they want staged: 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 at all has its consequences.

“20/20” will have four performances at the San Francisco Fringe Festival, September 7-14, plus a possible bonus performance on September 15, 2019.

Show info and tickets: http://www.ritualart.org/2020

Actor Hima Menon on 20/20 Play From Theatre Makers

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.

It’s the year 2020. The President has been re-elected, the climate is heating up, and the economy is in meltdown. Now, it’s up to all of us to figure out what happens next. In this 60-minute satirical participatory performance, audience members choose from a list of possible scenarios they want staged: 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 at all has its consequences.

“20/20” will have four performances at the San Francisco Fringe Festival, September 7-14, plus a possible bonus performance on September 15, 2019. 

Show info and tickets: http://www.ritualart.org/2020

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 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.



Hima Menon headshot

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

Kari Barclay headshot image

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.