20/20: A Presidential Re-Election Play Where You Decide the Future Coming to San Francisco Public Libraries on February 29 & March 1!

What happens if the President is re-elected? In 20/20, a play by Theatre Makers, the answer is up to the audience. 20/20 will be presented as part of the San Francisco Public Library’s “SF by the Bay” science fiction and fantasy celebration. Performances are free of charge on February 29 at 10:30am at the Bernal Branch Library (500 Cortland Avenue), February 29 at 3:00pm at the Richmond Branch Library (351 9th Avenue), and March 1 at 2:00pm at the Main Public Library (400 Larkin Street, Latino/Hispanic Community Room), in San Francisco.

Developed by grassroots company Theatre Makers, 20/20 combines speculative fiction and political satire in a work from co-writers Stardust Doherty and Kari Barclay. What would happen if the President were impeached? (that scenario came true!) If a corporation or the military staged a coup? If San Francisco became an independent country? A diverse cast of new talent performs roles ranging from dissident Muni drivers to frantic tech CEOs to new-age cult leaders to the President himself. With comedy and depth, the show asks how our current political situation will shake out.

20/20 engages audience participation around the events of our day, highlighting social, political, economic, and environmental change (SPEEC) themes to fuel co­ creation of our collective future,” said co writer Stardust Doherty.

“The world is full of possibility,” said co-writer Kari Barclay. “We’ve taken 20/20 to extremes of utopia and dystopia, and I’m excited to see which scenarios the audience chooses for the actors to perform.”

The “20/20 Free Library Tour” is a revival of the play’s award-winning original presentation at the 2019 San Francisco Fringe Festival.

Show Synopsis: The year is 2020. The President has been re-elected, the climate is heating up, the economy is 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.

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. The project welcomes those interested in dramatic and musical theatre, professional and amateur theater, commercial and non-profit theatre, including non-traditional theatrical events (performance art, street theater, pop-up theatre, home theatre, 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

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.

Theatre Makers is a project of the Ritual Art Troupe, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to fostering and developing multi-disciplinary arts, including conception, investigation, development, production, and sharing of musical, dance, visual, theatrical, cinematic, and literary works with special attention to conserving our cultural heritage, serving a wide range of audiences, and encouraging creators and creations from diverse communities.

More Show Info and Graphics: http://ritualart.org/2020
Preview Video of Original Production: http://ritualart.org/2020/preview
Review of Original Production: https://theatrius.com/2019/09/14/20-20-envisions-post-trump-future-at-s-f-fringe-festival/
Theatre Makers: http://ritualart.org/theatremakers/
Ritual Art Troupe: http://ritualart.org/mission/
This Release: http://ritualart.org/wordpress/?p=2153 (PDF available)

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

For Calendar Editors

What20/20: A Presidential Re-Election Play Where You Decide the Future

When/Where: February 29 at 10:30am at the Bernal Branch Library (500 Cortland Avenue), February 29 at 3:00pm at the Richmond Branch Library (351 9th Avenue), and March 1 at 2:00pm at the Main Public Library (400 Larkin Street, Latino/Hispanic Community Room), in San Francisco

Ticketing: All performances free of charge and open to the public

Actor Kari Barclay on 20/20 Play from Theatre Makers

Actor Kari Barclay 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” had four performances at the San Francisco Fringe Festival, September 7-14, plus a bonus performance on September 15, 2019.

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

20/20 at the Fringe

20/20: Winner of Fringe Sold Out Award (San Francisco Fringe Festival 2019)

Review: Excellent review from Theatrius.
Update: Check out our new preview video.
Opening Night: a big success with the audience choosing the Assassination and Decentralized Revolution scenarios!
Second Show: smaller crowd choosing the Impeachment, Assassination, and General Strike scenarios.
Third Show: a rowdy crowd choosing the Assassination and Decentralized Revolution scenarios.
Fourth Show: a great crowd choosing the Decentralized Revolution and General Strike scenarios.
Info: Media Release

Actors/Crew: please go here.

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”, co-written by Kari Barclay and Stardust Doherty, is scheduled for four performances only during the San Francisco Fringe Festival.

Showtimes:
SAT SEPT 7 6:30 PM (SOLD OUT advance tickets)
SUN SEPT 8 2:00 PM
WED SEPT 11 8:30 PM
SAT SEPT 14 5:00 PM
BONUS SHOW & PARTY: SUN SEPT 15 2:00PM
Chart of Tickets Sold to 20/20 Play by Show Date
201 total tickets sold (163 of 240 advance tickets sold, 38 tickets sold at the door, 12 comps)(Ticket sales table updated September 16, 2019.)

Tickets: $13 cash in person if available one half hour before show (arrive early to get in line) OR
$15.99 online (no longer on sale)
Advanced purchase recommended due to limited seating.

Tickets for Bonus Show & Party: (no longer on sale)

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/450405595516289/

Location: EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy St, San Francisco

Cast and Crew Headshots and Bios: http://ritualart.org/wordpress/2019/06/18/20-20-play-actor-crew-bios/

20/20 Show Photos and Videos: http://ritualart.org/wordpress/2019/07/31/20-20-photos/

We are seeking costumers, set designers, painters, prop makers, roadies, sound and light crew, funders, venue staff, sign language interpreters (ASL), and other volunteers to stage this new play.

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

Thanks to our show donors: Stardust, Brad, Anonymous 1, Matt, and Anonymous 2.

Thanks to our in-kind donor:

Arizmendi logoAwesome worker-owned pizzeria and bakery for yummy vegan pastries and bread to nourish our actors and crew for rehearsals.
20/20 Play Cast & Crew Photo
20/20 Play Cast & Crew Photo

Activities:

Playwrights Circle reading and critique session of “20/20” at the Ingleside Branch Library in San Francisco on May 21, 2019.

Auditions held on May 31, June 1, June 3, and June 7. More info: http://ritualart.org/wordpress/2019/05/24/20-20-play-casting-notice-for-sf-auditions-on-may-31-june-1-deadline-may-28/

Cast Callback / Party at Stardust’s home in San Francisco on Sunday, June 16.

First rehearsal at Stardust’s home in San Francisco on Tuesday, July 9.

Second rehearsal at Stardust’s home in San Francisco on Saturday, July 13.

Third rehearsal at Stardust’s home in San Francisco on Tuesday, July 16.

Fourth rehearsal at Stardust’s home in San Francisco on Saturday, July 20.

Fifth rehearsal at Stardust’s home in San Francisco on Tuesday, July 23.

Sixth rehearsal at Stardust’s home in San Francisco on Saturday, July 27.

Seventh rehearsal at Stardust’s home in San Francisco on Tuesday, July 30.

Eighth rehearsal at Stardust’s home in San Francisco on Saturday, August 3.

Ninth rehearsal at Stardust’s home in San Francisco on Tuesday, August 6.

Maker Party for Props/Sets at Stardust’s home in San Francisco on Saturday, August 10.

Tenth rehearsal at Stardust’s home in San Francisco on Saturday, August 10.

Eleventh rehearsal at Stardust’s home in San Francisco on Tuesday, August 13.

Maker Party for Props/Sets at Stardust’s home in San Francisco on Saturday, August 17.

Twelfth rehearsal at Stardust’s home in San Francisco on Saturday, August 17.

Thirteenth rehearsal at Stardust’s home in San Francisco on Tuesday, August 20.

Maker Party for Props/Sets at Stardust’s home in San Francisco on Saturday, August 24.

Fourteenth rehearsal at Stardust’s home in San Francisco on Saturday, August 24.

Fifteenth rehearsal at Stardust’s home in San Francisco on Tuesday, August 27.

Maker Party for Props/Sets at Stardust’s home in San Francisco on Saturday, August 31.

Sixteenth rehearsal at Stardust’s home in San Francisco on Saturday, August 31.

Maker Party for Props/Sets at Stardust’s home in San Francisco on Monday, September 2.

Seventeenth rehearsal (Tech Rehearsal) at EXIT Theatre in San Francisco on Tuesday, September 3.

Eighteenth rehearsal (Final Dress Rehearsal) at Stardust’s home in San Francisco on Friday, September 6.

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 Ryan Samarakoon on 20/20 Play from Theatre Makers

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.

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 Matt on 20/20 Play from Theatre Makers

Actor Matt 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

Actor Nadeem Anjum on 20/20 Play from Theatre Makers

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.

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 Jess Thompson on 20/20 Play from Theatre Makers

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.

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