Rapid Descent and Footloose present Moliere's TARTUFFE

Shotwell Studios, 3252-A 19th Street, San Francisco, 94110
Opening Weekend Gala shows on Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23, 2011 at 8 pm - $35
Continues Fridays, Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 7 pm October 28 - November 13 - $20
Advance tickets recommended as seating is limited and this show will sell out.
Purchase with credit card at brownpapertickets.com/event/202220 or call them at 800-838-3006
Info/Reservations: 415-289-2000




Sometimes it takes a lie to catch a liar. What's a family to do when the head of their household falls under the influence of a religious fake and vagrant and puts him up as a houseguest? They soon find out that all their favorite things are deemed sinful by this interloper. They must come up with a plan to expose Tartuffe's chicanery. This fast and funny production of the classic French farce brings audiences literally onto the set so they are swept up into the action.

Tartuffe is directed by Megan Finlay and features a talented cast of ten performers with live music composed and performed by trumpeter, Aaron Priskorn. Rapid Descent had a successful debut performance in August last year of Skin Tight at CounterPULSE. This is their second production. "…the Bay Area theater community can thank its lucky stars that Megan Finlay came to town…" Stark Silver Creek

Rapid Descent's Tartuffe is proudly supported by the Zellerbach Family Foundation. Footloose is funded in part by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund and generous businesses and individuals.

Director/Choreographer: Megan Finlay Translation: Richard Wilbur Original Music/Live Performance on Trumpet/Looping: Aaron Priskorn Set: Darl Andrew Packard and Matisse Michalski; Costumes: Sibilla Carini Lights: Darl Andrew Packard; Photos by Jeremy Pearl; Graphics by Ernesto Sopprani

Cast: Jessica Chisum, Maria Leigh, Brian Livingston, Ryan Marchand, Wiley Namen Strasser, Adam Sussman, Addie Ulrey,and Zack

BIOGRAPHIES:

Director/Choreographer Megan Finlay is an award winning director and choreographer with extensive experience directing classics and comedy, and a reputation for creating engaging, energized and focused productions. Founding member of CUT Theatre Company in Sydney of which she was the artistic director for 9 successful years, she is also experienced in both sound and lighting design. Megan has spent the last 4 years studying dance and physical theatre both in London and here in America, and while in London directed an hour-long radio play starring Sir Derek Jacobi and Joanna Lumley.

Composer/Musician Aaron Priskorn performs around the Bay Area and also teaches trumpet privately in SF. His passion as a performer is to present the trumpet in a new way. He mixes his classical background with influences from all genres. At times he is jamming with his loop station; playing new transcriptions and arrangements of classical music, often infusing improvisation to try and bring new breath to music of the past; or he's mixing his sound with house music in dance/club venues. He also performs and records with his band, entamoeba.

Jessica Chisum (Elmire) is a BFA graduate of the Cornish College Acting Conservatory in Seattle, WA. She has appeared in numerous productions in Seattle, Los Angeles and the Bay Area; favorites include Chloe in Arcadia at Theatreworks, Rose in Dancing at Lughnasa at Big Idea Theatre, and Geraldine in What The Butler Saw at The Empty Space. She is also a playwright and founder of ZOOTOH Dance Collective. Thank you to Meg for this amazing opportunity, and big love to Adam!

Emlyn Guiney (Officer) received her BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota. Locally, she's performed with Fools Fury, Ragged Wing Ensemble, Darvag Theatre, and The Jewish Theatre. Her one-woman show, Red String, was featured in the New Voices Festival at the Marsh in 2010. She recently directed four staged readings for the SF Olympians Festival 2011. She is the founder of TENT, a FREE Oakland-based performance salon featuring short acts from adventurous interdisciplinary performing artists. www.tentisup.org

Wiley Naman Strasser (Cleante) received a BA in Theater from UCLA and is pleased to call the bay area his home once again. Credits include work with Cutting Ball, Golden Thread, Los Angeles Theater Center, Cabrillo Stage, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Actor's Ensemble of Berkeley, The Powerhouse, LA Opera, and Bay Area Playwrights Foundation. Favorite past productions include Cleansed (Rod), Dionysus in '69 (Dionysus), and Marisol (Lenny). Dance training includes time with Alonzo King's Lines, Northwest Dance Project, The Edge Performing Arts, and UCLA's Department of World Arts and Cultures.

Adam L. Sussman (Damis) is a writer, performer, director and dramaturge originally from Boston. His work has been seen in among other locales: Boston, Providence, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. His short play Sex and Cynicism was selected to be part of "Come As You Are," a nationally produced evening of queer theater. He recently finished directing Quatre-Vingt-Quatre which played to sold out houses at this year's SF Fringe Festival (and had a related performance this summer at SFMoMA) and was recognized with a "Best of the Fringe" award.

Addie Ulrey (Dorrine) was raised by farmers, house painters, meditators, and real-life radicals in Charlotte, Michigan. She holds a BA in theatre from Oberlin College, and has trained at the Eugene O'Neill Center, the Moscow Art Theatre, and Double Edge Theatre laboratory. In the spring of 2010 she moved west to seek her fortune.