YES to Everything Series with guest artists John O'Keefe, David Schein, Bob Ernst, Margery Kreitman, Candace Roberts and Ady Lady.
YES to Everything Series schedule:
EXIT STAGE LEFT all shows at 8:00pm
EXIT STUDIO all shows at 8:00 pm
ABOUT THE PLAYS:
John O'Keefe, internationally acclaimed playwright and director, gets back onstage in his "I'm still no performer" stance reading his newest narrative, The Sequined Lady. Local theater hero, O'Keefe, has been on stages around the world and always returns to his Mission district roots. He proclaims his new play, set in San Francisco at the end of the Barbary Coast era, is his "Divine Comedy," metaphorically and materially. The city is being demolished and reconstructed into unrecognizable foreign edifices in this Ulysses story. A man of 73 sells his studio of 30 years and leaves his beloved San Francisco on a freighter out to sea. The old man decides to have one last private dance with a legendary stripper to bless his adventure. On the way, he meets for the last time, the ghosts in his life, makes amends and then enters the temple of Aphrodite.
Kicking Facebook, Written and performed by Margery Kreitman. Developed and directed by Jayne Wenger. After the breakup with her long-time partner, Margery learns to maneuver in the digital world and finds how easy it is to become addicted to electronic life while trying to find love, joy, emotional support and connection. She intertwines topical news observations with her search for a match. "Getting over a break-up has never been easy, but the 21st century brings its own set of post-relationship complications, not the least of which is the danger of social media addiction. Before you scoff, see monologist Margery Kreitman share her own hilarious, harrowing and very real experiences with Internet dependency in “Kicking Facebook” Marin IJ August, 2015
From Piss to Bliss, Written and performed by Ady Lady. Developed with and directed by David Ford. Ady Lady aka Ady Abbot desperately wants to love mankind. She valiantly searches for higher consciousness among the pee smells of life. Her sense of compassion is strained by interactions on MUNI, in a Port-A-Potty on a breast cancer walk, and at her day job--escorting tourists on Segways throughout Golden Gate Park. When Ady Lady says, "Namaste, people," should we believe her? This new solo comedy is receiving rave audience reviews. At The Marsh Rising showcase in February 2016, the audience jumped up for a standing ovation.
Sharing the bill with Ady Lady is Candace Roberts, whose cabaret shows are full of original and cover songs that deliver big on social commentary and confessional story-telling, covering everything from sex, self-worth, consumerism and gentrification, to immigration and racism.
>Schein On: Selected Theater Works1974-2015 demonstrates the huge range of an artist who always pushes limits. David Schein will present a solo performance of selections from works created over the past 40 years, including monologues dialogue and songs, some created alone by Schein and some with artists such as Whoopi Goldberg, Guillermo Gomez Peña, and Candace Natvig. Schein’s work has been described as mordant and lyrical, wild, yet well-crafted; perhaps not so much outside the box as his inside his own construction – of satire, celebration, social commentary and lament. He is known for his innovative staging and use of character, poetic language, voice and music. He is a physical and kinetic performer for whom the whole theater is a playing area, and who reverses audience’s expectations – all in the interest of telling stories.
Actor/Writers Bob Ernst and David Schein continue their 40-year history of collaboration by performing two pieces back to back. Duki Be Bob is an hilarious, metaphorical return to 1967-74 when Ernst and Schein met in Iowa City and developed in the cornfields the extremely avant-garde Iowa Theater Lab. This story of two guys becoming artists follows them from Iowa to California at a time when their minds, marriages, art and idea of themselves exploded, reformed and expanded. Lathered with pathos and vaudevillian shtick, this show is full with music, physical theater poetic songs, rants and chants.
So Doo Oh Lo is an eclectic collection where Schein and Ernst use their well-honed physical and vocal tuning in a series of shorts. Each appears in a piece written by the other which they have never before performed as a duet. From the harmonies of Buck Owens to the polyphony of Coltrane; the silliness of the Three Stooges to the stillness of butoh, these two avant weirdos are lifetime brothers.
John O'Keefe is an American playwright, director and solo performer. Notable awards include National Critic Citation, four San Francisco Drama Critics Circle Awards, the 2002 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Times Like These, and a Bessie Award for Shimmer, which was also made into a motion picture by American Playhouse. He has read his work at Lincoln Center, The Chicago Symphony, The Berkeley Rep, the Magic Theater and The Swan in London.
Born in Waterloo, Iowa, O'Keefe was raised in Catholic orphanages and juvenile homes. He received a vocal scholarship at the University of Iowa, where he earned a BA degree in Philosophy and an MFA in Theater. O'Keefe came to San Francisco in the early 1970s, beginning an affiliation with the Magic Theatre. He co-founded the Blake Street Hawkeyes ensemble based in Berkeley. O'Keefe also wrote the libretto for Chrysalis, a new opera written with Clark Suprynowicz for the Berkeley Opera in 2006.
Margery Kreitman is a San Francisco playwright, monologist and solo performer. Her solo pieces, The Boot, A Singular Story and Soul Stone were launched in the 3Girls Theatre reading series. Margery’s other solo works include Home Plates (Dean Goodman Choice Awards), Thirty Years Later, Phenomenal Dread of Intimacy, Mug Shots, Payday at Pukalani (A Maui Fringe Festival winner) and Bouncing. Kicking Facebook was presented in 3Girls Theatre’s 2015 Salon series. An excerpt will be part of the "One for All" festival at the Douglass Morrisson Theatre in Hayward April 10. Her award-winning comedies, one acts, and sketch comedy shows have been produced in San Academy of Art University, and The New Conservatory Theatre Center. She is creator and curator of LEZWRITES!, a reading series for lesbian writers. margerykreitman.com
Ady Lady, a native of the Bay Area and a graduate of UC Berkeley, has been performing much of her life. She co-founded Heretic Theatre in 2003 and performed with them until 2009. Her first solo, Sara Jane Tried to Shoot the President, premiered at the 2012 SF Fringe Festival and played to enthusiastic audiences at Stage Werx, The Marsh and the Los Angeles Women's Theater Festival. From Piss to Bliss, her second solo show, developed with and directed by David Ford, was showcased in Solo Sundays, Beyond Words, Monday Night Marsh, and most recently at The Marsh Rising. Ady Lady can also been seen in Candace Roberts' videos. adylady.com
Candace Roberts is a San Francisco based singer/songwriter, filmmaker and performance artist. Her recent music video "Hello Ed Lee" calling out San Francisco's mayor during the Super Bowl went viral. Take Back Your Beaver, a comic feminist short film followed the success of 2014’s much-lauded and critiqued short film, Not My City Anymore. Since Candace released her album Honeymoon for One in 2010, she’s been playing to full houses, most notably the Fillmore, Cafe du Nord, the Lost Church, and the Make-Out Room. She also rocks the house concert circuit and was in residence at Martuni’s Piano Bar for three years. candaceroberts.com
David Schein lands in the Bay Area for a 3-week residency of performances, reunions, readings and workshops. He has written and performed ten solo shows, and authored many plays, musicals and performance poems. His opera TOKENS, a Play on the Plague won three San Francisco Bay Area Drama Critics Awards and three Hollywood Dramalogue awards. He wrote for and toured with Whoopi Goldberg. In Tijuana with "Border Brujo" Guillermo Gomez Peña, created radio for American Public Radio. He has performed his solo, Out Comes Butch, throughout the USA, Canada and Europe for 30 years. He co-founded One Love AIDS/HIV Awareness Theater, which performs shows about AIDS and gender equality in market places throughout Ethiopia. His article about founding that theater, Incident in Awassa, was featured in The American Theater Reader. David recently completed Hotball, a musical about global warming, written with Vermont poet, Geof Hewitt, and premiered Schein On, a retrospective selection of his works 1974- 2015. Schein's book of performance poems, My Murder and Other Local News, was recently published by Fomite Press. He just completed a novel about Ethiopia and America, The Adoption, to be published by Fomite in 2016. David lives in Burlington, VT with his wife, the actor Dana Block. davidschein.com
Robert Ernst has performed on large and small stages in his 42 years in the Bay Area. Selected stage roles include: Road at the Eureka Theater, The Time of Your Life at ACT and Seattle Rep., Speed of Darkness and People’s Temple at Berkeley Rep, Red State with The S.F. Mime Troupe, Play Land and The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite at The Magic Theater. His own work, Catherine’s Care was nominated for a Critic’s Circle award for Best Play. Robert’s pocket opera, The John, was picked for Best of the Year Series by the Bay Guardian. He received Dramalogue awards for Best Director and Best Production for Tokens. Robert performed non-stop, according to The Guinness Book of World Records rules, for twenty-four hours and one minute. He is a member of the band, Smooth Toad.
"Schein...a gifted actor and wickedly funny writer." - Chicago Reader
"...an amazing series of verbal, sexual and personality transformations." -
SF Chronicle review of “Out Comes Butch”
“Ernst; a true local treasure at the top of his game.“ - SF Bay Guardian
“His talent is awesome, conveying an intensity and focus that other actors can only envy.” - SF Chronicle
SF ARTS MONTHLY Article by Jean Schiffman, October 2015 issue: Local Theater Legends Schein and Ernst Perform at EXIT
SF CHRONICLE Preview by Rob Hurwitt, October 7, 2015: Return of a Hawkeye