Tag: Jayme Catalano

{In Search of} the Funniest Play Ever

As a founding member of the re-booted Awesome Theatre company, I’ll be appearing throughout the search for the funniest play ever! First up: May 10 at PianoFight! I’ll be playing a reporter interviewing Rod Serling. Don’t miss your chance to see the inaugural “episode” of this recurring sketch comedy/play contest. Tickets on sale HERE.

ShotzSF: Shotzcars

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ShotzSF is back from short hiatus with a February show! Join us on Sunday, February 19 at 7:30 pm for a hilarious night of short plays to benefit Ragged Wing Ensemble.

AmiosWest presents
For your consideration….
The 246th Annual
a benefit for Ragged Wing Ensemble

The Glamour! The Glitz! The SHOTZ! February’s theme is award season! The red carpet, the fashionistas, the speeches. Win or lose, it’s really just an honor to be nominated…We were nominated, right?!

Beer combo available by advance sale only.
For tickets:

SHOTZ! is a theatrical pressure cooker that every month gives six groups two weeks to write, two weeks to rehearse, two hours to tech, and one chance to perform all-new short plays by the Bay Area’s finest. Unified by three common criteria, each collection of plays captures a variety of perspectives around each month’s theme.

For more info as well as tickets: www.amioswest.org

Mutiny Radio

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I am absolutely smitten with Adrienne Price’s amazing play Paper Face. I will be playing the lead Cheryl in the radio production being recorded Saturday, February 4 from 8 to 10 pm. There is limited space for a live studio audience, so get your tickets HERE if you’re interested. Otherwise, tune in to mutinyradio.fm at 8 pm PST on Saturday to hear the play.


Bicycling to Afghanistan

I will be playing Interrogator 2 in the staged reading of Karl Schackne’s amazing, funny, and very unusual Bicycling to Afghanistan. A world premiere, the play follows Nicole as she attempts to escape from the drudgery of life, dragging her friend Marcel along on the adventure of a lifetime. The reading will occur on Sunday, November 20 at 7 pm at the Shelton Theater at 533 Sutter St. in San Francisco. There will be a wine reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by a talk back after the reading.

Click HERE for more info.

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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