The new season features six productions of bold new plays:
The Big Meal by Dan LeFranck
Zombie Town by Tim Baur
Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon,
You Got Older by Claire Baron
Race by David Mamet
The Money Shot by Neil Labute
Santa Rosa, CA (April 21, 2016) Left Edge Theatre’s Artistic Director Argo Thompson announces the theatre’s 2016-2017 season.
The Big Meal
A comedy by Dan LeFranck
September 9 – 25, 2016
Directed by Argo Thompson
"Packed with humanity and humor, The Big Meal dishes up laughs and tears." —NY Daily News
THE STORY: Somewhere in America, in a typical suburban restaurant on a typical night, Sam and Nicole first meet. Sparks fly. And so begins an expansive tale that traverses five generations of a modern family, from first kiss to final goodbye. A stunning, big-hearted play that spans nearly eighty years in roughly ninety minutes, The Big Meal tells the extraordinary story of an ordinary family.
A comedic mockumentary by Tim Bauer
October 14 – 30, 2016
Directed by Nick Sholley
Big Easy Awards 2010 Best Comedy nominee!
THE STORY: A theatre collective from San Francisco goes to Harwood, Texas to interview the surviving citizens of a recent zombie attack. This documentary play is the result of those interviews. Waiting For Guffman has nothing on this hilarious and hellacious satire of overly earnest theatre troupes, documentary plays and zombie madness.
A comedy by Joshua Harmon
November 18 – December 4, 2016
"The best comedy of the season!" —NY Times
THE STORY: The night after their grandfather's funeral, three cousins engage in a verbal (and sometimes physical) battle. In one corner is Daphna Feygenbam, a "Real Jew" who is volatile, self-assure and unbending. In the other is her equally stubborn cousin Liam, a secular and entitled young man, who has his shiska girlfriend, Melody, in tow. Stuck in the middle is Liam's brother, Jonah, who tries to stay out of the fray. When Liam stakes claim to their grandfather's Chai necklace, a vicious and hilarious brawl over family, faith and legacy ensues.
You Got Older
A comedy by Claire Baron
February 3 – 19, 2017
Winner 2015 Obie Award for Playwriting and Performance
THE STORY: Mae returns home to help take care of Dad and—maybe (a little) —herself. You Got Older is a tender and darkly comic new play about family, illness, and cowboys—and how to remain standing when everything you know comes crashing down around you.
A drama by David Mamet
March 10 – 26, 2017
Directed by Carl Jordan
THE STORY: Multiple award-winning playwright/director David Mamet tackles America's most controversial topic in a provocative new tale of sex, guilt and bold accusations. Two lawyers find themselves defending a wealthy white executive charged with raping a black woman. When a new legal assistant gets involved in the case, the opinions that boil beneath explode to the surface. When David Mamet turns the spotlight on what we think but can't say, dangerous truths are revealed, and no punches are spared.
The Money Shot
A comedy by Neil Labute
May 19 – June 4, 2017
Directed by Sandra Ish and Kimberly Kalember
Winner 2015 Obie Award for Playwriting and Performance
THE STORY: Karen and Steve are glamorous movie stars with one thing in common: desperation. It’s been years since either one’s had a hit, but a hot-shot European director could change that with his latest movie. The night before filming a big scene that will undoubtedly bring them back onto the pop culture radar, Karen and her partner, Bev, meet with Steve and his aspiring actress wife, Missy, in order to make an important decision. How far will they let themselves go to keep from slipping further down the Hollywood food chain? The Money Shot is a hilarious and insightful comedy about ambition, art, status, and sex in an era—and an industry—where very little is sacred and almost nothing is taboo.
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The New Actors’ Theatre
In 1984, a group of local actors joined together to take a risk: produce a contemporary play never seen in the county before. Presented in an empty storefront in downtown Santa Rosa, the play was an astonishing critical and popular success. It became obvious there was an audience in Sonoma County that desired a contemporary point of view, an audience hungry for new work, the kind of cutting-edge, smart audience you wanted to have over for dinner.
For 20 years, Actors’ Theatre of Sonoma County delivered bold plays for contemporary audiences. Winning countless awards and accolades (including Best Theatre Company by the NB Bohemian readers poll 1998-2004), its audiences grew until merging with the Santa Rosa Players to form the 6th Street Playhouse.
Continuing the tradition of Actors’ Theatre, Left Edge Theatre endeavors to produce daring plays imaginatively staged for adventurous audiences.