For the fourth year in a row SF-based production company PianoFight teams with local playwright sensation Daniel Heath for the production of FORKING II: A Merry FORKING! Christmas, a fully-scripted play in which the audience votes on how the plot will proceed. With nine votes in the play, audiences are treated to 362,880 possible paths to the final outcome with the sum of each vote adding up to a cheerful holiday or a bah-humbug Christmas. The director of this uniquely participatory holiday play is Christy Crowley and the run will again feature acclaimed pianist and composer Arlen Hart who will play his original score live each night. The score, recorded as A FORKING Album, was produced by PianoFight and New York-based record label SoundVise and is available on iTunes. FORKING II: A Merry FORKING! Christmas runs Thursdays through Sundays, December 6 – 30 at 8:00pm at TJT, 470 Florida Street, in San Francisco’s Mission District. Tickets are $18-$40 and can be purchased here.
In January of 2009, Heath and PianoFight caused a sensation when they came up with the novel idea of a fully scripted play in which the audience votes on how the plot should progress. The result was FORKING!, which opened to rave reviews and sold out runs in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Since then, the sequel FORKING II: A Merry FORKING! Christmas has taken on a life of its own. Revised and re-imagined each year, the 2012 version of the play marks the second time Christy Crowley will direct and the sixth collaboration between Heath and Hart. This year’s cast is made up of PianoFight company members Rachel Ferensowicz, David Levine, Emma Shelton, Andy Strong and Sarah Wright-Schrieberg who are joined by acclaimed Bay Area actors Jamie Lee Currier, Daniel Redmond and Kelly Rauch.
“It’s become a tradition,” says PianoFight Artistic Director Rob Ready. “Every year we rustle up some friends, make some new ones, and enjoy performing through the holidays. What’s fun is that you get a huge range of audiences – from families to young couples to office Christmas parties – and give all those different groups the opportunity to choose how they want the story to go. It’s holiday populism with a tinge of spiked apple cider.”
Posted November 9, 2012 at 5:03 pm