Stream “20/20” Online: A Presidential Re-Election Play Where You Decide the Future

Audience Testimonial: “Thanks to you and the troupe for presenting your thought-provoking 20/20. I continue with afternoon reveries, mostly of ways that decentralized revolution can happen. There’s rich fodder for me in several other scenarios. Blessing and thanks, Watersnake”

Media Coverage: Associated Press / Mercury News listed the 20/20 video as one of their Streaming Picks on May 14, 2020: 
https://www.pressreader.com/usa/the-mercury-news/20200514/283991834467994

For immediate release:

Media Contact: Stardust Doherty, theatre-makers@ritualart.org

Released on May 6, 2020

20/20: A Presidential Re-Election Play Where You Decide the Future
Now Available for Streaming Online!

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 is now available as a series of ten videos you can stream online from the comfort of your home at http://ritualart.org/2020/video

Developed by grassroots company Theatre Makers20/20 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 Video” is a series of videos documenting 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.

20/20 Video: http://ritualart.org/2020/video

20/20 Fringe Show Info and Graphics: http://ritualart.org/wordpress/2019/09/16/20-20-at-the-fringe/

Review of Original Production: https://theatrius.com/2019/09/14/20-20-envisions-post-trump-future-at-s-f-fringe-festival/

20/20 SF Free Library Tour: http://ritualart.org/2020

Theatre Makers: http://ritualart.org/theatremakers/

Ritual Art Troupe: http://ritualart.org/mission/

Donate: http://ritualart.org/donate 

This Release: http://ritualart.org/wordpress/?p=2398

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: Anytime from the comfort of your home at http://ritualart.org/2020/video

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

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.

20/20 Free Library Tour Photos and Videos

20/20 Free Library Cast and Crew
20/20 Free Library Cast and Crew
20/20 Free Library Tour rehearsal with actors Olga Molina, Chris Schachern, and Jude Gallegos
Actors Olga Molina, Chris Schachern, and Jude Gallegos at 20/20 Free Library Tour rehearsal
20/20 Free Library Tour Actors Saourubh Verma, Tajianna Okechukwu, and Olga Molina
20/20 Free Library Tour Actors Saourubh Verma, Tajianna Okechukwu, and Olga Molina
20/20 Free Library Tour Audience at San Francisco Main Library on March 1, 2020
20/20 Free Library Tour Audience at San Francisco Main Library on March 1, 2020
20/20 Free Library Tour Scenarios Selected by Audience at San Francisco Main Library
20/20 Free Library Tour Scenarios Selected by Audience at San Francisco Main Library
20/20 Free Library Tour Fans Mob Actor Saourubh Verma at San Francisco Main Library

We also have photos and videos from the prior production at the 2019 San Francisco Fringe Festival.

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

You Too

Update: Video Release Party!
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:

Narika logoHelpline
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.

Donate to Theatre Makers Revolutionary Theatre for the “20/20” Library Tour!

Dear Friend, 

Please support community-based revolutionary theatre and include Ritual Art Troupe and the Theatre Makers project in your giving this season!

Summary: Donate to our “20/20 Play Library Tour” crowdfundraiser We reached our initial goal for January 1, 2020. Now, we are trying to raise funds for the actors’ and stage manager expenses by the end of February 2020.

Ritual Art Troupe has accomplished a lot recently– you may have experienced some of our shows!

  • You Too: a play about the #metoo movement with 3 performances in Fremont and Oakland in partnership with local domestic violence prevention nonprofits Narika and SAVE (November 2019)
  • 20/20: a play speculating about the re-election of the President where the audience chooses from eight scenarios to complete the action with 4 performances (with a Sold-Out Opening Night award) at the San Francisco Fringe Festival (September 2019)
  • Animal Factory Farm and Ecopocalypse: plays addressing climate change in 4 performances as part of the global Rise for Climate in San Francisco (September 2018)
  • Regular Playwrights Circle meetings where playwrights share new work and receive constructive criticism (SF Bay Area)
  • Theatre Makers Mixers where everyone who co-creates theatre is welcome to come socialize (SF Bay Area)
  • Orchestra of the Moon and Rag on a Stick Puppet Theatre performances (Portland, OR)

Ritual Art Troupe has beautiful plans for the upcoming year:

  • 20/20 Play Library Tour” offering the 20/20 play to new audiences for free at local public library branches… please contribute to make this possible at https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/2020-play-free-library-tour
  • Where We Love play chronicling the stories of LGBTQ+ refugees and asylum seekers in English and also as Donde Amamos in Spanish (recipient of a CA$H Performs grant with performances slated for Queer Freedom month in June 2020 and community partners Rainbow Street, Russian LGBT Network, and AsylumConnect)
  • SPEEC Play Reading Series” for casual readings of historic plays with social, political, economic, and environmental change (SPEEC) themes (SF Bay Area throughout 2020)
  • Regular Playwrights Circle meetings and Theatre Makers Mixers (SF Bay Area throughout 2020)
  • Other projects — including an opera! — TBA

The Theatre Makers Project 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 is a project of the nonprofit Ritual Art Troupe, fostering and developing inclusive, participatory, and community-based arts.

Please donate to our “20/20 Play Library Tour” crowdfundraiser !

Or if you prefer, you can donate with a check or to other projects of the Ritual Art Troupe.

In solidarity,

Stardust Doherty
Theatre Makers Co-Founder
Ritual Art Troupe

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 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

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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.