PianoFight’s “Triple Threat” takes over the weekend

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 for Mission 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


Mission CTRL, PianoFight’s flagship comedy troupe, is charged with kicking off Triple Threat every week with their new Thursday show Mission CTRL Goes Public: The $7 Billion IPO. Finally giving the audience a chance to invest in these “SF sketch legends” (LAist.com), this public offering will be the group’s first since their disturbingly satisfying PANDERFEST, which ran every weekend last October, also at Stage Werx. Bringing everything from the Mission CTRL conglomerate to the table, including the patent-pending Erotic Juggernaut, wedding-vow-writing slam poets and The Zuck himself, it’s obvious these guys need to go public. Mission CTRL began producing sketch comedy with PianoFight in 2008 through their critically-lauded S.H.I.T. Show, a series of seven original sketch shows welcomed by a slew of sold-out audiences and impressed critics. With well over 100 sketches to their name, Mission CTRL’s start-up roots date back to the early-2000s when many of its members started sketching together at UC Berkeley. It all started with a dream, and now, with a comedy portfolio that’s been appraised as “seriously funny shit” (7×7 Magazine), it’s time to be bullish and come to market for Mission CTRL Goes Public: The $7 Billion IPO, happening 8pm on Thursdays at StageWerx, April 12-May 3.

PianoFight’s female-driven sketch comedy group, Monday Night ForePlays, is taking a break from their “Monday Night” custom with their debut weekend show, This American LieForePlays will continue to “embrace the absurd” (SF Weekly) in their upcoming show on Fridays, with brand-new sketches featuring special appearances from Carmen San Diego, Kathy Griffin, your favorite rapping duo Phat Scholastics…and a Justin Beiber sequins quilt!  As a platform for the best local female talent, This American Lie will showcase musicians such as Zoe Boekbinder and Debbie Neigher along with talented stand-up comics including Caitlin Gill and Anna Seregina.  Since its inception in November 2009, ForePlays has premiered 12 original productions and more than 60 individual performances.  The ladies of ForePlays have also performed in special Bay Area showcases including the SF ImprovFest and SF SketchFest at the Eureka Theater, WomenROCK at The Independent, Comedy Brains at The Marsh, Tourettes Without Regrets at the Oakland Metro Opera House, and A Funny Night for Comedy at Actors Theatre of San Francisco.  ForePlays has also worked alongside Scary Cow Productions to film an audience favorite from their sold-out show last April, Ketheron’s Bucket-Mending & Hymen Emporium. Come out on Friday nights for ForePlays’ This American Lie at Stage Werx, April 13-May 4.

Rounding out the Triple Threat weekend is 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, Lilly and Claire, and their 8-year-old daughter Anna, living the American dream of domestic normalcy.  This is threatened by the arrival of Anna’s absentee biological father, Grant, which forces them — and us — to examine the necessary yet difficult decisions made when starting a family on your own terms. The story unfolds backwards revealing that Grant has never met his daughter, and that he is the former best friend of Lilly, Anna’s biological mother.  Act I chronicles the evening of Grant’s arrival, and Act 2, jumps to nine years earlier and the events that lead to Anna’s conception. Octopus’s Garden is a marked departure from PianoFight’s wheelhouse of interactive theater and sketch comedy. On its surface this play is about the unique experience of gay men and women in America trying to find their own sense of normalcy. However, at its heart Octopus’s Garden is a classic American tale of kinship told through a modern lens. Running Saturdays at Stage Werx, April 14-April 28.