Author: Jayme Catalano

Paradise Street

paradise_street-web-copyI am thrilled to announce that I will be appearing in the North American premiere of Paradise Street by Clive Barker this holiday season. Broadway World did a lovely write up about the show, and their words far exceed my own when describing the magic:

“This December, EXIT Theatre presents the American Premiere of a truly unusual Christmas play by Clive Barker, best-selling author and mastermind behind cult films Hellraiser and Candyman. Stuart Bousel directs Barker’s play about England’s greatest monarch, the search for meaning in a godless world, and STDs.

Set in Liverpool at the end of the 20th century as the city is undergoing a massive urban revitalization movement, Paradise Street follows the romantic and philosophic misadventures of the Bonner brothers, their lovers, the local doctor, and a homeless prophet as they meet, part, love, fight, prophesy, and debunk miracles on the last Christmas Eve before their street is demolished. At midnight, the celebrated monarch Queen Elizabeth I steps through time accompanied by the famous poet Ben Jonson, her lover, his lover, and their pet ape. Why is she there and what will happen when her entourage crosses paths with the contemporary populace of England’s most infamous of port cities?

Director Bousel describes Paradise Street as “A Midsummer Night’s Dream crossed with A Christmas Carol crossed with a Blackadder Episode crossed with Look Back in Anger.” Bousel says that Barker borrows from these sources “and then throws them in a blender without any reverence and hits the buttons until something freakish looking but amazingly tasty comes out. His characters are incredibly rich, complex people, and so real but also so stylized, so hyperbolic. He thumbs his nose at conventional storytelling demands, while creating work that is incredibly structured, full of parallels and symbols and clues, as tight as a sonnet.”

Clive Barker’s Paradise Street will open at EXIT Theatre on December 1, 2016 in a production directed by Stuart Bousel. Paradise Street features performances by David Bohnet, Kyle McReddie, Nicole Odell, Jeunee Simon, Cat Luedtke, Phil Wong, Steven Westdahl, Luke Brady, Jayme Catalano, Jan Carty Marsh, and EXIT Theatre’s Artistic Director Christina Augello in the role of Queen Elizabeth I. The production features scenic designs by Mary Naughton, lighting design by Amanda Ortmayer, costume designs by Brooke Jennings, sound design by Ryan Lee Short, and music by Clayton Horath.

Performances run December 1 – December 17, 2016. Tickets are $20-$30 and on sale now through Brown Paper Tickets.

EXIT Theatre has been presenting indie theatre since 1983 and operates five storefront performance spaces in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco. With a focused mission, the EXIT provides opportunities for artists to create and showcase their work and develop their audiences. In addition to housing the productions of 100 independent theatre companies each year, the EXIT is single-handedly responsible for the annual San Francisco Fringe Festival, the largest grass roots theatre festival in the Bay Area, and is the birthplace of DIVAfest, a year-long producing organization dedicated to the projection of female voices.”

ShotzSF: Shotztopia?

I’m thrilled to announce that I will be appearing in the upcoming November ShotzSF. The theme this month is Shotztopia, and it comes right on the legs of the zany presidential election. I will be appearing in a piece by Alandra Hileman, directed by Jess Thomas and co-starring Andrew Chung.

Each of the plays must adhere to the following guidelines:
1) Must relate to the theme “Shotztopia?”
2) There must be one instance of ostracizing and once instance of comforting.
3) Include the line, “It’s only good, unless it’s bad” or “It’s only bad, unless it’s good.”

The show will be on November 9 at 7:30 pm at PianoFight. Tickets are $15 online and $20 at the door.

Upcoming Staged Readings

I am pleased to announce that I will participating in two upcoming staged readings. I will be returning to SF Olympians for Acheron on October 12 at 8:00 pm and then I will be making my At Last Theatre debut with Bicycling to Afghanistan on November 20 at 7:00 pm. Both readings will occur at Exit Theatre.

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Z Roach

I am currently filming the independent short film Z Roach, written by Jacob Davis and directed by Keith Schikore. In the movie, I play Samantha, a woman out to avenge her sister’s death from government created, biologically engineered super-weapons. The role has given me so many opportunities to flex my action hero muscle, and it also marks the first time I’m playing the lead in a film. Produced by Futures Explored.


Don’t Rush Safety: Look Up

I just wrapped shooting on a public service announcement for Don’t Rush Safety. The PSA, entitled “Look Up,” was coordinated by the Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol; Castro Valley, San Leandro Valley, and Hayward School Districts; Public Works Agency; and Supervisor Miley’s office and was produced by Futures Explored Film Workshop. I played a toy unicorn come to life. It was an incredibly rewarding experience working with so many talented kids and community members, and I can’t wait to see the final product when it’s released in August. It was also wonderful to be reunited with my Uno director Hester Wagner.

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The Fellowship

778072_14db36323c7a47159e314e8b4f47991aI will be playing Amy in the staged reading of The Fellowship at Ross Valley Players on Saturday, August 27 at 8 pm.

Armed with J.R.R. Tolkien as a peculiar moral compass, a misfit in a rural community sets out on a quest to find a friend. Can a deranged fire chief, homophobia, or a wild bear hopped up on crystal meth stop him?

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LongShotz: Collateral Damage

Next up: LongShotz Collateral Damage! I will be performing at PianoFight on June 3 and at the Temescal Arts Center on June 9, 16 & 18. I will be performing in the play Ashes at Dusk by Nima Slone, directed by Christopher Magee.


It’s Shotz… but longer!!!


We’ve given six playwrights 30 days to write a 30-minute. The plays are precast and follow certain parameters:

*Each play must relate to the theme COLLATERAL DAMAGE,
*The playwrights are asked to find inspiration in Jane’s Addiction’s “Of Course” lyric “Of course this land is dangerous, all of the animals are capably murderous”.
*Each play must interact with nature in some way.


ShotzSF: Culturama

I will be appearing in ShotzSF: Culturama in the short play Flying While Moorish by Ignacio Zulueta and directed by William J. Brown, III. One night only, on Wednesday, May 13 at PianoFight at 7:30 pm, the short play festival will benefit Arabian Shakespeare Festival. A fresh take on Othello, I play a very hangry Desdemona concerned that my husband is cheating on me with a flight attendant named Casio.