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PianoFight’s ForePlays presents “The New California”  - 4 Shows ONLY

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Wednesdays, 8pm
Nov. 28 – Dec. 19
TJT 460 Florida St. (between 17th & Mariposa), SF

PianoFight’s female-driven sketch comedy group ForePlays shows you how life in the Golden State can get even weirder after an earthquake inconveniently breaks California off from America in “The New California.”  Tickets are $15-$20 General Admission. Also available are $30 VIP tickets, which include a $5 donation to Hurricane Sandy relief, best seats in house and a ForePlays gift. Purchase at www.pianofight.com/tickets.
 
Experience this new Pacific frontier as citizens scramble to claim beachfront property, celebrities battle landslides more powerful than their egos, shoppers band together to brave a dystopic mall and journalists ditch their teleprompters and get real. Leading seismologists say, “‘The New California’ is a 10 on the Richter scale (of comedy).”

A slew of talented female stand-up comedians such as Clare O’Kane and Anna Seregina, and musicians including Claire Plumb, Lady Blanche and Elisa Hammersla, will also take the stage each Wednesday night.  ForePlays is written, directed and produced by Kate Jones, Jessica Mele, Emma Rose Shelton, Rachel Rockwood, Meredith Terry and Sarah Wright. Joining the ForePlays ladies as actors and directors of “The New California” are Sara Staley, Chris Cadena, Bryan Quinn, Devin McNulty, Leah Shesky, Siobhan Marie Doherty, David Levine, Rich Egan and Carole Acuna.

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 FORKING II: A Merry FORKING! Christmas

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by Daniel Heath

Thursday – Sunday
December 6-30, 8:00pm
TJT 460 Florida St. (between 17th & Mariposa), SF

The Holidays are the most magical time of the year, unless you’re stuck in the mall on Christmas Eve. PianoFight’s FORKING II: A Merry FORKING! Christmas, penned by Daniel Heath, an emerging playwright on the national scene, chronicles the final hours of the Christmas shopping frenzy through the eyes of a pot-dealing Santa and his cookie-stand partner in crime, a mall security guard on her last legs, a bride-to-be deserted by her would-be fiancé, and a bored mortician who’s got nothing to do until people get back to the business of dying once the holidays have ended. The fates of these five characters and whether Christmas can be saved for each is left up to the audience who votes at crucial forks in the plot to determine the final outcome. Thanks to you all for coming out and navigating the 362,880 possible Forking paths through the show, to more often than not help save Christmas! See you again in December!

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PianoFight’s Roughin’ It 2: Theater. Oysters. Campfire. Booze. Again.

PianoFight will celebrate its 500th performance in 5 years with the site specific, waterside show Roughin’ It 2: Theater. Oysters. Campfire. Booze. Again. at the Tomales Bay Oyster Company in Point Reyes Station, CA. In the process of building a new theater complex with a restaurant and bar in downtown San Francisco, PianoFight is capitalizing on its time without a home with a sequel to last year’s wildly successful Roughin’ It. Featuring all-new, original material from local playwrights, set against the breathtaking backdrop of Tomales Bay at sunset, Roughin’ It 2 includes live music from a full band, beer from a local brewery, and dollar oysters around a roaring campfire. Tickets include a round-trip shuttle ride (21+) from San Francisco to the shorefront setting and audiences are encouraged to pack a picnic and BYO-Libations. The performances will happen Saturday, September 15th, 2012 and Saturday, September 22nd, 2012. Shuttles for PianoFight’s Roughin’ It 2 depart San Francisco at 4:00pm for the 6:00pm show time. Tickets are $50 with the shuttle-ride – $30 tickets are also available for those who prefer to drive themselves or are under 21-years-old.


Mission CTRL’s Duck Lake

The Avengers, Dark Knight Rises, and DUCK LAKE—Mission CTRL and PianoFight’s 3D summer blockbuster is coming!

Eccentric theater visionary Barry Canteloupe has won ‘Best Up and Coming Director’ 10 years in row—and he’s decided his next opus shall be ‘Swan Lake: The Musical.’ He takes his cast of actors on a retreat to Duck Lake in Ontario, Canada so they may be inspired by the regal water fowl—only it turns there are no swans anywhere. Just ducks. And then stuff gets weird.

Duck Lake is the world’s FIRST ballet-horror comedy! (Think Swan Lake meets Wet Hot American Summer meets The Birds.)

Written and produced by PianoFight’s sketch comedy troupe Mission CTRL, Duck Lake features choreography by the acclaimed Brian Gibbs of TAGsf, 3D shadow puppets, butchered Broadway numbers, and lots and lots and lots of ducks—who may or may not be murderous.

Duck Lake runs every Friday and Saturday from July 6 – 28 at TJT, 470 Florida in San Francisco.

 


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ForePlays’ Expiration Date: Still Good

ForePlays is bringing back a compilation of fan-favorite sketches, special musical guests, and the best stand-up comedians for only TWO THURSDAY NIGHTS this summer – July 12th and 19th

“Expiration Date: Still Good” will remind you that all ForePlays is good ForePlays with original sketches dating all the way back to 2009! Learn how to get rid of those monthly “manstruation” symptoms, pray for Dora the Explorer as she experiences San Francisco’s Tenderloin district, get tips on your finances from your favorite pop group and see Clovers’ reject cows milk the pain away.

Thursday Nights – July 12th & 19th @ 8pm
Traveling Jewish Theater (470 Florida St., San Francisco)

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The Second Annual Endless Weekend Tour

PianoFight takes off on a long weekend to tour the coast of California with its Second Annual Endless Weekend Tour, a traveling show featuring original sketch comedy and live music that comprises PianoFight’s “Greatest Hits” of their 2011-2012 season. Happening May 22-27, the tour kicks off in Oakland(5/22), then voyages South to Santa Cruz (5/23), Los Angeles (5/24-25), Santa Barbara (5/26), and San Diego (5/27). Tickets are $20 online and $25 at the door.

The show features top content from PianoFight’s two resident sketch comedy groups, Mission CTRL and ForePlays, and live music from the company’s own music department, PFMD.  Oakland, LA and SB will also feature a live music soul-set after the show. More info here.

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PianoFight’s Triple Threat
3  world premier productions from PianoFight
April 12 – May 5  -  Stage Werx, 446 Valencia St (between 15th & 16th), SF

PianoFight is taking over the weekend with Triple Threat, a showcase featuring three brand-new productions. This three-part throw down begins with original sketch comedy on Thursday nights with Mission CTRL Goes Public: The $7 Billion IPO, followed by the female-driven sketch comedy and variety show ForePlays’ This American Lie on Fridays nights, and closes with the original full-length drama Octopus’s Garden on Saturday nights.  Triple Threat runs Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm, April 12 – May 5, at Stage Werx, 446 Valencia Street, San Francisco. Tickets forMission CTRL and ForePlays are $20 at the door and Octopus’s Garden tickets are $25 at the door. To purchase tickets and get more information on Triple Threat please visit www.pianofight.com/triplethreat

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Octopus’s Garden by Scott Herman
directed by Devin McNulty
March 17 – April 7  – Alcove Theater, 414 Mason St, 5th Floor, SFApril 14 – 28 – Stage Werx, 446 Valencia St (between 15th & 16th), SF

The first full-length play by Scott Herman, Octopus’s Garden, the slice-of-life story of a modern family made up of two moms and an 8-year-old daughter named Anna, living the American dream of domestic normalcy.  This is threatened by the arrival of Anna’s absentee biological father, which forces them — and us — to examine the necessary yet difficult decisions made when starting a family on your own terms. Octopus’s Garden is showing Saturday nights at 8pm from March 17 – April 7 at the Alcove Theater, 414 Mason Street, then transferring to Stage Werx Theater at 446 Valencia Street from April 12 – 28 where it will become part of PianoFight’s Triple Threat.

 


 

PanderFest 2011
by Mission Control & Crisis Hopkins
Thurs, Fri & Sat, 8:00pm, Oct 7 – Oct 29
Stage Werx 446
446 Valencia St (between 15th & 16th)Two of the Bay Area’s favorite comedy troupes – Crisis Hopkins and Mission Control – join forces this October to present PanderFest 2011 – a comedy show scientifically calibrated to completely satisfy its audience by any means necessary.  Panderfest 2011, an “official pick” of the Bay Area Comedy Hall of Fame, is the first show at San Francisco’s newest theater, Stage Werx 446.

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Don’t Tell Mom the Weekend’s Dead!
by Monday Night ForePlays
Mondays, 8:00pm, Sept 19 – Oct 24
The Dark Room
2263 Mission St (between 18th & 19th)

“Don’t Tell Mom the Weekend’s Dead!” will help keep the Saturday spirit alive! How? Through the showcasing of common Saturday night motifs and scenarios; you’ll see bison pan-sexuality, a vinyl-brassiered pop group giving financial advice,  gamete on gamete romance in fertilization, and a special appearance from 90’s teen book club favorite, The Babysitter’s Club. “Don’t Tell Mom the Weekend’s Dead!” will feature comedians Natasha Muse, Kelly McCarron, Liz Grant, and Lilibeth Helson, along with music from Miranda Jones, Mal Blum, Jena McRae, and Zoe Boekbinder. If that’s not a recipe for weekend sustainability, we don’t know what is!


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