2010-2011 Season

2010-2011 Season

Sunset Limited

West Coast Premiere
By Cormac McCarthy
Directed by Bill English
September 28, 2010 to November 6th, 2010

To kick off the season we bring one of the most insightful writers of our time, Cormac McCarthy (The Road, No Country for Old Men) together with two of the most powerful actors in the Bay Area, Carl Lumbly (Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, Alias, Cagney & Lacey) and Charles Dean (White Christmas, Awake and Sing!). A startling encounter on a New York subway platform leads two strangers to a run-down tenement where they engage in a brilliant verbal duel on a subject no less compelling than the meaning of life. Read the Press Release


West Coast Premiere
Book by David Greenspan
Music and lyrics by Stephin Merritt
Directed by Bill English
Nov. 16, 2010 to Jan. 15th, 2011

Poor bored Coraline. She’s left to rattle ’round her perpetually distracted, workaholic parents’ house all by her lonesome. But late one night, her dreams of a better reality come true as she opens a big, carved, wooden door at the far end of the drawing room and passes into a perfect replica of her own world. When she’s greeted there by a vastly loving Other Mother and a kindly Other Father, she’s thrilled! But as the rats start to creep from the floorboards, and the way home becomes increasingly unclear, Coraline begins to suspect that, perhaps, all is not as perfect as it seems… Read the Press Release

Harper Regan

West Coast Premiere
By Simon Stephens
Directed by Amy Glazer
Jan. 25, 2011 – March 5th, 2011

On a startlingly bright Autumn night in 2006 Harper Regan walked away from her home and her husband and her daughter and she kept walking. She told nobody that she was going. She told nobody where she was going. She put everything she ever built at risk. For two lost days and nights, until it looked as though her entire life might unravel, she didn’t turn back. From Uxbridge to Stockport to Manchester and back again, Simon Stephens’ new play navigates the UK, exploring family, love and delusion; and how to live in a godless universe. Read the Press Release


Regional Premiere
By Benjamin / Brown
Directed by Susi Damilano
March 15, 2011 – April 23, 2011

Imagine that tomorrow anyone with the money could get a brain implant that automatically makes them a genius. What if you couldn’t afford it and your hated coworker could? The “wireheads” in this play find themselves at odds with the rest of their office as hilarity, mystery, and tragedy ensue, and we try to answer the question: “Just because something can be done, should it be done?” Read the Press Release


World Premiere
By Zayd Dohrn
Directed by Josh Costello
May 3-June 11th, 2011

This dark comedy takes an unsettling look at work, latex, and the power of creation. A young artist who crafts custom made dolls begins to suspect that a demanding client may be the mother who abandoned her at birth. As she tries to unravel the mystery, she discovers the path to her own “Reborning”. Read the Press Release

Tigers Be Still

West Coast Premiere
By Kim Rosenstock
Directed by Amy Glazer

Critically acclaimed in its 2010 New York premiere, Tigers Be Still is a quirky, endearing and deliciously dark new comedy. Sherry Wickman, a young woman expects the perfect career and life to fall into place immediately upon earning her master’s degree in art therapy. Instead, Sherry finds herself unemployed, overwhelmed and back at home hiding out in her twin-sized childhood bed. But when Sherry gets hired as a substitute art teacher, things begin to brighten up. Now if only her mother would come downstairs, her sister would get off the couch, her very first therapy patient would do just one of his take-home assignments, her new boss would leave his gun at home, and someone would catch the tiger that escaped from the local zoo, everything would be just perfect. Read the Press Release

Seven Days

World Premiere
By Daniel Heath
Directed by Susi Damilano
October 13, 2010 – November 6, 2010

Originally commissioned and developed by PlayGround, Seven Days by Daniel Heath, is a play about the love stories we tell each other and tell ourselves, and how a week can change everything. Three relationships spanning three generations play out over a single week as love is lost, found, and diagrammed on the wall.
Co-produced with PlayGround (Jim Kleinman, Artistic Director).Read the Press Release

All of the San Francisco plays listed above are productions of the San Francisco Playhouse, located at 450 Post Street on Union Square. For directions, click here. For tickets, please visit our San Francisco theater tickets page.

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