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A monthly workshop/salon for cabaret performers at which artistes can sing songs, do comedy acts, and present excerpts from theatrical shows before getting feedback from the audience.
A monthlong celebration of brand new plays featuring more than 150 Bay Area writers, actors, and directors.
A series of six original movies adapted from the best PlayGround Festival scripts of yesteryear. Screenings are also held in Berkeley, Palo Alto, a...
Anthology films are always a dicey proposition (witness last year's disjointed and overly slick Stars in Shorts), but the second annual PlayGround Film Festival gets it right. Featuring six short films based on equally short plays by Bay Area... More »
Many theater companies say that making "provocative" art is part of their mission. The Thrillpeddlers is one such company – depending on what you mean by "provocative." Founded in 1991, the Thrillpeddlers pay homage to two gratuitously sexy... More »
The mission of Theatre Rhinoceros has long been to produce gay theater that doesn’t simplify complex issues — or, in the words of Artistic Director John Fisher, doesn’t “put a warm and fuzzy blanket over gay people.” In that spirit, Fisher’s crew... More »
Life is a series of fleeting moments that we desperately — and fruitlessly — attempt to seize. For some, in fact, it will take longer to read this article than those serendipitous encounters and otherwise life-altering happenings. It seems... More »
From veteran performance artist Karen Finley writhing around naked in chocolate sauce in her iconoclastic solo shows to Nicole Kidman's brief nude scene in David Hare's 1998 drama The Blue Room, the "serious" theater has long been a repository for onstage female nudity. Despite the popularity of such organ-waggling comedies as Puppetry of the Penis, theaters (other than those that cater to gay audiences) seem less interested in producing plays featuring undressed men. Ask a woman to take off... More »
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