Footloose Presents the second
YES to Everything series three weeks May 5-20, 2017 at EXIT Theatre in San Francisco. Featured artists Paco Romane, Steven Westdahl, Tracy Shapiro, Andrea Mock, Jeremy Julian Greco and Nicky Martinez appear in their own premiere theatrical and musical pieces.
EXIT STAGE LEFT all shows at 8:00 pm
About the plays and playwrights:
FRIDAY MAY 5 and SATURDAY MAY 13
Written and performed by Paco Romane
Paco Romane plays himself in the comedy, Painfully White. He tells of growing up in a poor black neighborhood in a white racist small town in Michigan. His white mother who truly believed she was black, cooked soul food, subscribed to JET magazine and talked like she was Della Reese. She married his stepfather, an African-American named White. Paco didn't fit in: he could not sing, did not like Eddie Murphy or Prince and was the worst player on the basketball team. He was shy, uncool and painfully white. The cultural confusion was enough heartache and inspiration to make Paco the comedy performer he is today.
Paco is a comedian, writer, improviser, producer and actor and his authentic, engaging, and unpredictable style has established him as an audience favorite. He has worked with many of the top names in comedy and you can see him perform regularly at clubs, universities across the country. He has appeared on Comedy Central, national commercials and films. He has made countless festival appearances including the San Francisco Sketchfest, Outside Lands Festival and Comedy Day. He was twice voted “Best Comedian” by The SF Weekly and SF Bay Guardian and his comedy has been profiled on NBC Bay Area, NPR Forum, SF Examiner, SF Chronicle, SF Weekly, SF Bay Guardian and many others!
“Paco’s comedy is a mash-up of all things comedy – improv, sketch, stand up, you name it.” – SF Sketchfest
Keeping up with the Jorgensons
FRIDAY MAY 5 and SATURDAY MAY 20
Written and performed by Jeremy Julian Greco
Jeremy Julian Greco, a San Francisco-based actor, director and writer, recently performed excerpts of Keeping Up with the Jorgensons at The Marsh. This is Greco's newest solo play. It is a comedy based on a true story. The year is 1983. Jeremy will do and say anything that will secure a childhood road trip with his weekend father to the most magical place on Earth--Disneyland. Greco’s first solo show, With Held, directed by Mark Kenward, was based on six months of interviews with San Francisco artist and writer John Held Jr. Greco performed it at The Marsh, CounterPulse, San Francisco Fringe Festival, The Rogue Festival in Fresno and the Marin Fringe Festival, where Greco won a Critics’ Circle Best Actor Award.
Other credits include playing Cousin Bubba on the Discovery ID television show, I (Almost) Got Away With It. He performed in Woody Allen’s God: A Play at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Greco directed John Hamilton’s play, The Stetson Manifesto, for the 2007 SF Fringe Festival. He penned The Thrilling Adventures of Elvis in Space and The Thrilling Adventures II: Elvis Rex, after he had a dream about Elvis living on a secret base on the moon. Both plays were set to the tale of Oedipus, performed in the style of a 1940s serial radio show and premiered at the San Francisco Fringe Festival to sold out crowds and aired on Pirate Cat Radio for six weeks.
"With Held is a quietly transformative work, insightful, compelling, humorous, and ripe with what the stage should always possess - pathos.” - Huffington Post 9/9/2013
Read full article at huffingtonpost.com/thomas-gladysz
Sex with Buddha
SATURDAY MAY 6 and FRIDAY MAY 12
Written and Performed by Tracy Shapiro
Tracy Shapiro, singer and guitarist of the national touring rock band, Steel Cranes, is keeping her guitar but ditching the earplugs for a courtship of music and comedy in her new solo play, Sex With Buddha. Tracy takes a surreal spin on her arrival in the erotic playground that is the Bay Area. In 2016, a short version of Sex With Buddha was chosen, along with 36 others, for PianoFight's Shortlived playwright competition, the largest audience-judged playwright competition in the US. It finished in the top five.
Tracy Shapiro got her start in the anti-folk community in NYC with a solo musical comedy act she regularly took on the road often opening for the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players. Relocating to the Bay Area, Tracy has appeared as a musical guest on a wide range of productions including Bawdy Storytelling, Chardonnay Comedy (PianoFight's resident sketch group), Marga Gomez's Comedy Limbo and Estrogen With a Side of Balls at The Punchline. She was picked to host the Footloose comedy variety show, Bitch and Tell and returns with the debut of a full length show.
The Reverend Uncle Steven & His Suitcase Full of Short Plays
SATURDAY MAY 6 and SATURDAY MAY 20
Written and performed by Steven Westdahl
Steven Westdahl was one of the co-founding ensemble members of the San Francisco Neo-Futurists. He has since parted ways with the theatre company. Their 25 year-old format, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, has been stripped away from all three Neo-Futurist companies in Chicago, NYC and San Francisco. Steven is striking out on his own without a company to call home with a new format for Neo-Futurism: His Suitcase Full Of Short Plays. In each of the 16 compartments of his traveling display case, Steven will present the audience with 16 of his short plays, some world premieres and some classics from his days with the full company 2013-2016. Steven is a working actor with 30 years of credits from his start in children's theater in Alameda to Edinburgh Fringe, Indonesia, Russia...and 2010 Air Sex World Champion!
Awards and accolades for the SF Neo-Futurists incude:
The Moby Dick Diaries
SATURDAY MAY 13 and FRIDAY MAY 19
Written and performed by Andrea Mock
Directed by Leonard Pitt; developed with David Ford and Mark Kenward
Original music by Victor Spiegel; sound design by Andrea Mock and Jim Helman
Andrea Mock tackles first love, first death and first masterpiece in The Moby Dick Diaries. Part fiction, part memoir of Mock's upbringing in a farming community in California, this funny and poignant dance theater piece is set during last year's presidential election. As one character asks “What good is art if we all fry from global warming?” Your basic white girl who reads Moby Dick, decides to choreograph it for Porterville’s Got Talent as her ticket out of her depressing life. Her dance doesn’t save the earth, but it does save one quirky girl from being trapped in a stifling, drought-stricken town.
Andrea Mock has received four grants for her performances from the Flora and William Hewlett and Zellerbach Foundations. In 1982, Mock established Dancing Ear, Inc. with composer Victor Spiegel and produced eight dance and music productions. From 1996 to 2002 as writer-in-residence at the Speakeasy Theater, Mock penned and performed plays and solo shows:First Time, Brain_In_A Box, Jane Austen in Berkeley and Age of Enlightenment. Funded by a grant from ODC SF in 2015, Mock crafted choreography using novel-writing techniques. She won ODC San Francisco’s Take 5 choreography competition. One of the pieces became the basis for The Moby Dick Diaries which is making its full length premiere here.
FRIDAY MAY 12 and FRIDAY MAY 19
Written, directed and performed by Nichole "Nicky" Martinez with an ensemble chorus
Nichole “Nicky” Martinez is a playwright, director, actor and currently Program Manager at CounterPulse. A San Francisco native, Nicky earned a BA in Performing Arts and Social Justice at the University of San Francisco in 2016. Two plays Nicky wrote, directed, produced and presented at Pacifica Spindrift Players and the Mission Cultural Center for Latino arts were recognized and rewarded the Gender Justice Award at USF in 2016 for their work in addressing LGBTQ social justice issues. Nicky is the Program Manager at CounterPulse. A working actor, Nicky plays Caeneus in Dragon Theater's Caeneus and Poseidon by Bridgette Dutta Portman and will read a leading role for SF State’s Greenhouse production of A Dead Name April 22nd & 23rd.
Missing: Gender is a personal story written in poetical theatrical language, bordering spoken work. The performance personifies the struggles of anxiety and depression that many LGBTQ+ people face while on their journey of self-discovery. This performance balances the dark struggles of heteronormativity, cisnormativity, depression, body dysphoria, and suicide with faith, trust, pixie dust… and a few phone calls.