2017 Season Information
ABOUT THE SEASON
Women Take Center Stage - Dragon Productions Theatre Company was founded by actress Meredith Hagedorn because she wanted to make theatre filled with great roles for women. Dragon is a company largely run by women, and has given opportunities to women in all aspects of production, so for our 17th season we decided to celebrate women. Two of our plays have all-female casts, two of our plays were written by women, and two of our plays are directed by women. All of our plays let women take center stage to tell funny, poignant, powerful stories.
Dead Accounts by Theresa Rebeck
Directed by Michael Champlin and Kristen Kaye Lo
January 27 – February 19, 2017
When Jack, a New York banker, suddenly shows up at his parents’ Cincinnati home in the middle of the night with a sack full of ice cream and no wife, his sister Lorna wants to know what’s going on. Where’s his socialite wife? Is he home for good? And why is he giving away so much money? Theresa Rebeck’s (Bad Dates, Dragon 2011) dark comedy examines the conflict between Main Street and Wall Street, flyover state values versus coastal state values, and the humor within a family in turmoil.
The Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Church by Bo Wilson
Directed by Cindy Powell
May 12 – June 4, 2017
No flood will keep the ladies of the Charitable Sisterhood from fulfilling their sworn mission of providing relief to the homeless of Guatemala! The pastor’s wife, a mother of nine, the local Yankee, a new-to-town Georgian, and a mysterious stranger all meet in the basement of the Second Trinity Victory Church to sort a monstrously large pile of donated goods while slinging quips and unravelling a mystery. This delightful comedy is a loving tribute to the power of sisterhood.
Airswimming by Charlotte Jones
Directed by Executive Artistic Director Meredith Hagedorn
August 4 – August 27, 2017
This poignant drama by Charlotte Jones (Humble Boy, Dragon 2007) takes place in England in the 1920s. It is the somewhat true story of two women who were locked up in a hospital for the “criminally insane” because they had children out of wedlock. Forgotten by their families, they stayed imprisoned for more than forty years. To pass the time, Dora and Persephone create alter-egos, Dorph and Porph, and act out fantastical stories under the watchful eye of St. Dymphna, patron saint of the mentally ill. A tribute to both Doris Day and the forgotten women of this generation in Ireland and England, Airswimming is ultimately a tribute to the resilience of the female spirit.
The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabbler by Jeff Whitty
Directed by Dale Albright
October 27 – November 19, 2017
This comedy picks up immediately after the events of the Ibsen classic. Hedda finds herself in fictional character purgatory with child-murdering Medea and Mammy (from Gone With the Wind). They set off to find The Furnace, the place from which all fictional characters are born, because Hedda is determined to break her cycle of dramatic suicide. Along the way they meet all kinds of fictional stereotypes and learn that with change comes sacrifice.
Emerging Voices - Making theatre is a labour of love, so we created our 2nd Stage Series to take all of our experience and pay it forward to other artists. Through this program, we mentor up-and-coming theatremakers and give them a chance to produce their passion project from start to finish. This season we’ve chosen three stories to showcase the diversity of the Bay Area. There are two new plays from Bay Area playwrights and one play that two emerging artists pitched separately because the story resonated so powerfully with each of them. All of the stories are brave, compelling, and give a voice to people who are often misunderstood.
Caeneus and Poseidon by Bridgette Dutta Portman
Produced by Bridgette Dutta Portman, Patrick Moyroud, and Wm. Diedrick Razo
Directed by Amy Crumpacker
March 10 – April 2, 2017
Caeneus and Poseidon is contemporary retelling of a verse play inspired by the Greek myth of Caeneus, a young man who begins his life as Caenis, biologically female. After the sea-god Poseidon grants his wish for a masculine body, Caeneus feels compelled to hide his former identity from all but his closest friend, Hippodamia, as he seeks the acceptance of his kinsmen and community. But as he and Hippodamia begin a relationship that challenges their society’s strict social order, and as a vengeful Poseidon works behind the scenes to bring about Caeneus’ exposure and downfall, the young man must find the strength to openly embrace his identity and his past. Caeneus and Poseidon is a world premiere originally written for the 2012 San Francisco Olympians Festival.
The North Pool by Rajiv Joseph
Produced by Jacquelyn Montellato and Salim Razawi
Directed by Jacquelyn Montellato
June 23 – July 16, 2017
When Khadim, a Syrian-born student in a large U.S. high school is called into the vice principal's office to discuss recent absences, he soon becomes caught in a web of lies about crimes he may (or may not) have committed. This psychological thriller is a timely look at racial, cultural, and gender profiling in America.
Cirque Exotique du Monde by Kathy Boussina
Produced by Kathy Boussina
September 15 – October 8, 2017
Inspired by Germany’s Circus Sarrasani, we enter the big-top of a world-renowned circus in 1936 Berlin. When a peculiar anthropologist visits Cirque Exotique du Monde seeking oddities for his own collection, the equilibrium of this patchwork family of misfits is shaken. But when the circus catches the eye of Frau Goebbels, all is at stake. Illusions must be maintained, secrets kept and personal sacrifices made. The show must go on because lives depend upon it. World premiere.
General Ticketing Information
Anybody can come to the theatre one half hour before curtain (7:30pm) and get on the rush list. At 7:55pm we will start going through the rush list. Rush ticket availability will be based on that night's unsold seat availability and the list will be cleared in order of arrival - so it's first come first served. This list will be managed at the discretion of the Box Office staff on a daily basis. Opening weekend is EXCLUDED from this offer.
All rush tickets are $15 and it's CASH ONLY at the door. Two rush tickets per person. We cannot guarantee availability in advance but you can check our website or our Facebook page to see if an event is sold out before you head down to the theatre!