2020-21 Season — Our Inside/Outside Season

This season – our forty-fourth – we will begin inside with some slammin’ live stream productions and then, we hope, venture outside into theaters again. Along the way we present the hottest and latest in diverse LGBT stories, with an emphasis on the stories of African-American and Latinx individuals. Please join us for an adventurous and topical season.

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Upcoming Productions

ALLIGATOR MOUTH/TADPOLE ASS
Written by J. Julian Christopher
Directed by Richard Mosqueta
December 4 – 13, 2020
A twistedly queer memory play about a troubled man in 1985 looking for answers at Miss Chelley’s Fortune Shop. He connects with a young man working there: they cruise and dance their way through the past leading them to a dangerous night of improper role play.
A World Premier Commission by an Incisive Latinx Playwright
A Live-Stream Presentation

THE REVIEW, or How to Eat Your Opposition
Written by Donnetta Lavinia Grays
Directed by Tanika Baptiste
January 22 – 31, 2021
Dana has just written a blog review questioning the artistic integrity of Naomi, an iconic African-American visual artist. Naomi reaches out to Dana and the stage is set for a sexy, emotional, and intellectual game of football between critic and artist.
West Coast Premier
A Live-Stream Presentation

MARK NADLER TONIGHT
Devised and Performed by Mark Nadler
May 21 -23, 2021
The comic cabaret master Mark Nadler comes to SF straight from NYC with his high-octane performance of classic songs and incisive wit in this one-of-a-kind musical event.
West Coast Premier
Live Onstage! (Unless we have to plan otherwise.)
Venue TBA in San Francisco, CA

TBA Final Production by an African-American Playwright
June 3 – 19, 2021
We are considering a couple of thrilling new plays. Titles under consideration include Kheven (The Legend of Pink) LaGrone’s PILLOW TALK and Nilan (Endangered Species) Johnson’s A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE.
Premier
Live, Onstage! (Unless we have to plan otherwise.)
Spark Arts, 4229 18th Street, San Francisco, CA

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Blood at the Roots

In association with the

Cal State East Bay Department of Theatre and Dance

Written by Dominique Morriseau
Directed by Darryl V. Jones
Choreographed by Laura E. Ellis.

Online On-Demand November 7 – 15

A striking new ensemble drama based on the Jena Six: The Six Black students who were initially charged with attempted murder for a school fight after being provoked with nooses hanging from a tree on campus.

This bold new play by Dominique Morisseau (Ain’t Too Proud, Sunset Baby, Detroit ’67, Skeleton Crew) examines the miscarriage of justice, racial double standards, and homophobia as they intersect in teen culture.

When the central character, a black female student named Raylynn, decides it’s time for a change in her high school, she sits under a tree around which only white students regularly gather. In response—as was the case in Jena—nooses are subsequently hung from that tree, causing many black students to erupt in protest.

Things come to a head when six black students, including Raylynn’s brother, attack a gay white student and are brought up on trumped-up charges.

Blood at the Root
THIS AUDIO-VISUAL PRESENTATION WAS PRODUCED BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT WITH CONCORD THEATRICALS CORP. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Overlooked Latinas

2020-21 Season Opener!

Written and Performed by Tina D’Elia
Directed by Mary Guzmán

November 13 – 22

Butch dyke Angel Torres thinks she’s having one of the best days of her life.
She’s gaining buy-in from an NBC producer to sign onto her show highlighting legendary Latinx movie stars.
Enter the femme fatale creating chaos with Angel’s wife and Angel’s life.

A Live-Stream Presentation

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See the Trailer on YouTube

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Tina D’Elia

Tina D'Elia - Photo Lisa Keating Photography

Photo by Lisa Keating Photography

Tina D’Elia

Tina D'Elia; photography by Sarah Deragon

Photo by Sarah Deragon

Tina D’Elia

Tina D'Elia; photography by Sarah Deragon

Photo by Sarah Deragon

Tina D’Elia

Tina D'Elia; photography by Sarah Deragon

Photo by Sarah Deragon

Publicity Postcard

Overlooked Latina's Postcard

Previous Essential Services Projects by John Fisher

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This performance is posted on YouTube. Click on the video for the complete performance. Enlarge to full-screen!

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John Fisher as Randy Shilts

This performance is posted John’s Facebook page.
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The performance starts 1 hour and 23 seconds into the recording.

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This performance is posted on YouTube. Click on the video for the complete performance. Enlarge to full-screen!

This performance is posted on YouTube. Click on the video for the complete performance. Enlarge to full-screen!

This performance is posted on YouTube. Click on the video for the complete performance. Enlarge to full-screen!

This performance is posted on YouTube. Click on the video for the complete performance. Enlarge to full-screen!

This performance is posted on YouTube. Click on the video for the complete performance. Enlarge to full-screen!

This performance is posted on YouTube. Click on the video for the complete performance. Enlarge to full-screen!

This performance is posted on YouTube. Click on the video for the complete performance. Enlarge to full-screen!

This performance is posted on YouTube. Click on the video for the complete performance. Enlarge to full-screen!

This performance is posted on YouTube. Click on the video for the complete performance. Enlarge to full-screen!

This performance is posted on YouTube. Click on the video for the complete performance. Enlarge to full-screen!

This performance is posted on YouTube. Click on the video for the complete performance. Enlarge to full-screen!

This performance is posted on YouTube. Click on the video for the complete performance. Enlarge to full-screen!

This performance is posted on YouTube. Click on the video for the complete performance. Enlarge to full-screen!

This performance is posted on YouTube. Click on the video for the complete performance. Enlarge to full-screen!

This performance is posted on YouTube. Click on the video for the complete performance. Enlarge to full-screen!

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This performance is also posted on YouTube. Click on the video for the complete performance. Enlarge to full-screen!

Zoom Catastrophe

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A Murder in Hawaii
Clarence Darrow’s Last Case, My Father and Me

Murder in Hawaii

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This performance is also posted on YouTube. Click on the video for the complete performance. Enlarge to full-screen!

This performance is also posted on YouTube. Click on the video for the complete performance. Enlarge to full-screen!

This performance is also posted on YouTube. Click on the video for the complete performance. Enlarge to full-screen!

This performance is also posted on YouTube. Click on the video for the complete performance. Enlarge to full-screen!