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Written by Andrew Hinderaker
Directed by Jon Tracy
truly innovative art!- KQED
Colossal pack[s] a mighty punch- Bay Area Reporter
Dazzling … a play unlike any I’ve ever seen- Chad Jones, Theaterdogs
It truly is colossal … an exciting 65 minutes of innovative theatre.- Talkin’ Broadway
When football and dance collide, you get more than you bargained for. Start with four full quarters and a half-time show, complete with a dance company, a drum corps, and a fully-padded cast: what have you got? Grace and violence, victory and defeat. Is football a metaphor for life, or just the bread and circuses of our time? Colossal is an epic event that impossibly merges the worlds of football and dance, loss and recovery, and the toughest act of all: being yourself. Read the Press Release.
San Francisco Playhouse’s production of Colossal is made possible by Executive Producers Susan Atherton, Bill Gregory, Producer Margot Golding, and Associate Producers Loni & Bob Dantzler, Harry & Kay Rabin, Tom & Mary Foote, Margaret Sheehan.
The team lines up for the first snap of the game.
Marcus (Cameron Matthews) makes life-defining catch.
Mike, in a wheelchair, (Jason Stojanovski) and his younger self (Thomas Gorrebeeck*) view playbacks of the defining play that changed his life.
A replay of the life-defining play.
Mike, in a wheelchair, (Jason Stojanovski) remembers Young Mike (Thomas Gorrebeeck*, center)’s workouts with the team.
Team captains Marcus (Cameron Matthews) and young Mike (Thomas Gorrebeeck*) prepare for football practice as players (Ed Berkeley, Travis Santell Rowland) look on.
The football team taunts the dancer, young Mike (Thomas Gorrebeeck*, blue sleeves). Players, L-R: Xander Ritchey, Travis Santell Rowland, Jacob Hsieh, Ed Berkeley).
Captains Marcus (Cameron Matthews, left) and Young Mike (Thomas Gorrebeeck*, right) confer with the coach (Dave Maier*).
Mike (Jason Stojanovski) talks with his physical therapist, Jerry (Wiley Naman Strasser).
Coach (Dave Maier*) examines young Mike (Thomas Gorrebeeck*) after a devastating hit.
Marcus (Cameron Matthews) lines up for a drill as his teammates (Travis Santell Rowland and Jacob Hsieh) look on.
Jerry (Wiley Naman Strasser) attempts to rehabilitate Mike (Jason Stojanovski), as the halftime show begins (Drummer: Alex Hersler).
The team prepares for a workout (L-R: Ed Berkeley, Brian Conway, Cameron Matthews, Thomas Gorrebeeck*, Xander Ritchey, Brandon Hsieh).
Young Mike (Thomas Gorrebeeck*) leads the team (Players: Jacob Hsieh, Ed Berkeley, Xander Ritchey, Cameron Matthews) in speed drills, as Coach (Dave Maier*) looks on.
Marcus (Cameron Matthews) and young Mike (Thomas Gorrebeeck*) compare injuries on the football field.
Young Mike (Thomas Gorrebeeck*) relives the glory days with his older self (Jason Stojanovski)
Mike, in a wheelchair (Jason Stojanovski), re-watches the play that changed his life.
The Cast of Colossal.
The Cast and Crew of Colossal.
Photos by Jessica Palopoli