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.



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

Co-Writer and Director Stardust on 20/20 Play From Theatre Makers

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.

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 Media Release

For immediate release:
Media Contact: Stardust Doherty
theatre-makers@ritualart.org
Fringe Festival contact: Nicole Gluckstern
publicist@sffringe.org

20/20: A Presidential Re-Election Play Where You Decide the Future
Coming to the 2019 San Francisco Fringe Festival on September 7, 8, 11, 14!

What happens if the President is re-elected? In 20/20, a new play by Theatre Makers, the answer is up to the audience. 20/20 will be presented as part of the 28th annual San Francisco Fringe Festival. Performances are on September 7 at 6:30pm, September 8 at 2:00pm, September 11 at 8:30pm, and September 14 at 5:00pm at the EXIT Theatre (mainstage), 156 Eddy St, in San Francisco.

Developed by grassroots company Theatre Makers, 20/20 combines speculative fiction and political satire in a new work from co-writers Stardust Doherty and Kari Barclay. What would happen if the President were impeached? 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.”

Actor Jess Thompson (Anna) commented, “Being on stage gives me a lot of energy, but I’m also excited to be merging that with social justice.”

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 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, 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.

Now celebrating its 28th season, the San Francisco Fringe Festival is produced by EXIT Theatre and is the oldest grassroots theatre festival in the Bay Area, and the second-oldest Fringe Festival in the US. The festival is part of a global Fringe community, and is run in accordance with CAFF (Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals) principles, including non-curated, unjuried show selection, and 100% of ticket sales going to the artists. In all, 21 unique productions will be performed in EXIT Theatre—at 156 Eddy Street—from September 5-14, 2019.

More Show Info and Graphics: http://ritualart.org/2020
Actor/Crew Bios & Headshots: http://ritualart.org/2020/bios/

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

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

This Release: http://ritualart.org/wordpress/?p=952
This Release (PDF): http://ritualart.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/2020.media-release.20190709.pdf

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

For Calendar Editors

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

When: September 7 at 6:30pm, September 8 at 2:00pm, September 11 at 8:30pm, and September 14 at 5:00pm

Where: EXIT Theatre (mainstage), 156 Eddy St., SF, 94102; 415-673-3847; www.sffringe.org

Ticketing: $13 ($15.99 online). Tickets available at the door 30 minutes before curtain. Show starts on time with no late seating. Frequent Fringer passes are also available at the Fringe hospitality desk during the festival.

Advance Ticket link: https://20-20.brownpapertickets.com

Facebook event page link: https://www.facebook.com/events/450405595516289/

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

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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.