TheatreFirst reveals short, powerful HeLa

May 23

TheatreFirst reveals short, powerful <i>HeLa</i>

Chances are good that, unlike so many scientists for so many years, you have heard of Henrietta Lacks, whether from Rebecca Skloots' best-selling book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks or, more recently, the HBO movie based on the book starring Oprah Winfrey as Lacks' daughter Deborah. The story continues to be told, this time for the stage, in the world premiere play from TheatreFirst: HeLa by Bay Area playwrights Lauren Gunderson and Geetha Reddy.

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TheatreFIRST gets tempest tossed in Bagyó

Oct 11

TheatreFIRST gets tempest tossed in <i>Bagyó</i>

When one of the Bay Area theater scenes most reliably inventive, resourceful and rewarding directors takes over a theater company and begins making changes, you pay attention. Jon Tracy is now at the helm of the Berkeley-based TheaterFIRST, a small but ambitious company that has had bumps and triumphs over the last 20 years while building a reputation as a haven for actors and playwrights to share voices from around the world.

The company's new season officially launched on Monday with the world premiere of San Francisco playwright Rob Dario's Bagyó.

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TheatreFIRST seeks leadership

Nov 12

No one ever said running a small theater company was easy. Last summer, TheatreFIRST founding artistic director Clive Chafer handed leadership of the company over to Dylan Russell and Allison Studdiford as artistic director and producing director respectively. Last month, this passing of the baton was celebrated at a gala event at Oakland’s Chapel of the...

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New seasons: TheatreFIRST, Broadway by the Bay

Oct 22

TheaterFIRST, under the new artistic direction of Dylan Russell, has announced its 15th anniversary season, which will run from January to June 2009 and will include a staged reading series and a Harold Pinter revival. The season opens with a staged reading series from mid-January to mid-February. Plays and location still to be announced, but the readings will be at...

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TheatreFirst reboots

Sep 02

Oakland’s TheatreFirst, the intrepid troupe led by founding artistic director Clive Chafer that has managed some fantastic shows in the face of an impossibly nomadic existence, is moving into the next phase of its existence. Chafer is stepping down as artistic director and Dylan Russell and Allison Studdiford are stepping in as the new artistic and producing...

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TheatreFirst moves again

Feb 26

Seems like we’ve written this sentence before — because we have. TheatreFirst, the intrepid small theater company that just will not give up, is moving again. The itinerant troupe always seems to find itself without a home after having been promised a permanent home. After bouncing from rec room to church to make-shift theater space, Clive Chafer’s...

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