Welcome to the Shotgun Players’ 30th Anniversary Season!
The Shotgun Players are proud to celebrate thirty years as an organization! Join us for a joyous and triumphant return to the newly renovated Ashby Stage with five exciting plays, including the West Coast premiere of the two-time Tony Award-winning Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812! Your subscription covers the upfront costs to make our ambitious 30th Anniversary Season happen!
Special thanks to our ACCESS FOR ALL SPONSORS who stepped up to support our new accessibility options this season, including audio description and haptic tours: Craig & Kathy Moody, Bibi Tiphane, Jon Wagner & Lynne Hollingsworth; Elizabeth Werter & Henry Trevor
Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Written by Dave Malloy
Directed by Patrick Dooley & Erin Mei-Ling Stuart | Musical Direction by Daniel Alley
Based upon a section of Tolstoy's War and Peace, this musical extravaganza follows the story of Natasha, a young woman who arrives in Moscow longing for her fiance; and Pierre, a middle aged man full of regrets. Expect to find the Ashby Stage transformed with cabaret tables, Russian vodka, and an unforgettable theatrical experience. What better way to celebrate being back together! Nominated for twelve Tony awards!
Show sponsors: Kitty Bosher; Naomi Janowitz & Andrew Lazarus; Jason Marks; Mindful Money; Les & Sue Polgar, Ragesh Tangri & Daralyn Durie
War and peace… and the passion within!
Written by Eliana Pipes | Directed by Karina Gutiérrez
Two Latinx sisters land the opportunity to remodel and sell their historic family home on a popular reality television show, but their dream quickly transforms into something else. Dream Hou$e is a dark comedy with a twist that explores gentrification, family, and the bonds of sisterhood. Streaming options will be available for this performance
Show sponsor: Pepi Ross
Mystery… Opportunity… Togetherness
Man of God
Written by Anna Moench | Directed by Michelle Talgarow
Inspired by a real life incident at a Christian mission in Southeast Asia, this play delves into the lives of four young women faced with a choice. A funny feminist thriller about that moment when girls realize the male gaze has been watching all along - and decide they are definitely gonna do something about it. Streaming options will be available for this performance
Show sponsors: Al Hoffman & David Shepherd; Russell Nelson; Patricia & Merrill Shanks
Betrayal… Courage… Kung Fu
Book and Lyrics by Stew | Music by Stew and Heidi Rodewald | Created in collaboration with Annie Dorsen
Directed by Brendan Simon | Music Direction by Daniel Alley
A young bohemian charts a course for “the real” through sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. Loaded with soulful lyrics and overflowing with passion, this show takes us from Black middle-class America to Amsterdam, Berlin and beyond on a journey towards personal and artistic authenticity. Winner, Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical!
Show sponsors: Joe Kane; Russell Nelson; Michael & Gretchen Schnitzer; Jon Wagner & Lynne Hollingsworth
Love is more than real.
A Small Fire
Written by Adam Bock | Directed by Mary Ann Rodgers
Adam Bock’s meticulously crafted script follows Emily Bridges, a woman used to running all things — from her construction business to her family — until she suddenly begins experiencing mysterious changes. As her world shifts, her relationships transform in poignant and revelatory ways. Streaming options will be available for this performance
Show sponsors: Susan Taylor & Bob Fabry; Richard & Kate West; Tamara White
Acceptance… Determination… Awakening
We know the first leg of our journey to reopening is a series of four productions we’re calling "bridge programming," because they’re designed to transition us from “Streaming Only” to “Streaming with Small Audiences.” Our mainstage season will begin only when we can safely operate at full capacity. Here’s a list of what we’ve got so far!
Every Time I Feel The Spirit
Written by Noelle Viñas | Directed by Elizabeth Carter
Our world premiere Zoom commission follows a young, queer pastor attempting to navigate her new congregation’s shift to online worship due to COVID-19. As seasons change outside and the flat timeline of quarantine continues, the church fights to maintain a practice that rotates around fellowship and community across generations and cultures when they can’t hug, cook, or sing together. Every Time I Feel the Spirit is generously supported by a grant from The Tournesol Project. Streaming Production
Written by Tim Cowbury | Directed by Rebecca Novick
A bold, imaginative response to the stories of those seeking refuge in the UK, The Claim asks what happens when your life is at stake and all you have to save it are your words. The runaway hit of the last Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Claim is a comically absurd and quietly shattering journey to the heart of our tolerant and fair society. Streaming Production with Limited In-Person Audience
The Cassandra Sessions: Recording This World
Conceived & Performed by Beth Wilmurt with Jake Rodriguez
Featuring the Songs of Malvina Reynolds
Unheard in her time, Cassandra records an album of songs entitled This World, a time capsule of truths for anyone in the future who will listen. But people today don’t really listen to each other. Streaming Production with Limited In-Person Audience
Babes In Ho-lland
Written by Deneen Reynolds-Knott | Directed by Leigh Rondon-Davis
In the sunless Pittsburgh winter of 1996, two co-eds connect over a shared love for R&B girl groups but quickly discover something deeper. While attending a predominantly white college, these two Black students create their own bubble of self discovery, music and sanctuary in their dorm room. However, the stress of love, financial hardship, and the persistent lack of privacy threaten to destroy it. A finalist for the 2020 Bay Area Playwright’s Festival. Streaming Production with Limited In-Person Audience
CHAMPAGNE STAGED READING SERIES
Far from your average staged reading, we give our actors just enough blocking, light and sound design to get started and then we let adrenaline do the rest! Yes, there will be scripts in hands, but there will also be bold action and riveting drama.
Series sponsors: Mark Chaitkin & Cecilia Storr; Les & Sue Polgar; Stanley & Miriam Schiffman; Bibi Tiphane
The Lost Ballad of Our Mechanical Ancestor (and the Terror the Old Gods Wrought Upon the First of Us Before the Great Liberation)
Written by Madison Wetzell | Directed by Ciera Eis
This comedy, a modern Les Misérables, follows a well-meaning AI robot, who accidentally provides four seemingly harmless office objects with consciousness. As they gain awareness and develop their own personalities, they begin to question their status as subordinates to the human race, and eventually try to escape the office to start the robot uprising before the young human creator of the AI, Allyson, finds them and turns them off forever. Streaming options will be available for this performance
My H8 Letter to the GR8 American Theatre
Written by Diana Oh | Directed by Mina Morita
A brutally candid, painful, and bitingly funny play about transparency, honesty, and repairing centuries of damage done in the American theatre industry. Oh’s play embraces the power of naming and celebrates truth on a journey toward building a balanced relationship that is no longer oppressive, silencing, and damaging. Streaming options will be available for this performance
Written by Lisa VillaMil | Directed by Cathleen Riddley
A moving play about loss, family, and forgiveness, Siren explores one family’s journey through grief. Filled with beautiful images of the sea and allusions to The Odyssey, the play is about running away, and guiding each other home. Streaming options will be available for this performance