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We’re delighted to be nominated for Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards for our 2013 season!
Into the Woods
David Möschler (Music Director)
Lauren Rosi (Choreographer)
CARRIE the Musical
Amanda Folena (Choreographer)
Cristina Ann Oeschger (Principal Musical-Female)
Heather Orth (Featured Musical-Female)
Ben Prince (Music Director)
Erik Scanlon Productions (Specialties-Projection Design)
More information on the awards, including the May 5th gala, at sfbatcc.org
We’re delighted to announce the talented cast of Triassic Parq.
Mime-a-saurus: Javi Harnly
Pianosaurus (and music director): Robbie Cowan
T-Rex 1/Kaitlyn: Monica Turner
T-Rex 2: Chelsea Holifield
Velociraptor of Faith: David Naughton
Velociraptor of Innocence: Lewis Rawlinson
Velociraptor of Science/Morgan Freeman: Alex Rodriguez
Ray of Light is pleased to announce the production staff for their first show of 2014, Triassic Parq.
Director: Alex Kirschner
Music Director (and Pianosaurus): Robbie Cowan
Choreographer: Dane Paul Andres
Technical Director: Daniel Cadigan
Set Designer: Annie Dauber
Lighting Designer: Joe D’Emilio
Costume Designer: Wendy Kaufman
Sound Designer: Anton Hedman
Props Designer: Kevin Pong
Assistant Director: Erik Scanlon
Ray of Light Theatre Announces Its 2014 Season of New Musicals
San Francisco company will produce Bay Area premiere of Triassic Parq and West Coast premiere of Yeast Nation (the triumph of life)
SAN FRANCISCO, November 29, 2013 — Ray of Light Theatre, San Francisco’s non-profit musical theatre company, announced its 2014 season, a lineup of fresh new musicals that explore the distant past.
Slated for June, Triassic Parq follows a pack of sexually evolving dinosaurs in a certain prehistoric, Spielberg-inspired amusement park as they struggle with love, faith and science. Triassic Parq, written by Marshall Pailet, Bryce Norbitz and Steve Wargo, won Best Musical at both Los Angeles’ Ovation Awards 2013 and the New York Fringe Festival 2010. Yeast Nation (the triumph of life) follows in October and imagines the hopes, hardships and political turmoil of the world’s first life forms: salt-easting yeasts. Writers Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis, whose smash-hit Urinetown set ticket sales records at American Conservatory Theatre in 2003, will work in-residence with Ray of Light to further develop this story of one dreamer’s curiosity and its colossal impact on the yeasts–and our history.
“Producing cutting-edge musical theater has always been part of our company’s DNA, so we’re delighted to produce two local premieres this season,” said Jason Hoover, artistic director of Ray of Light. “While Triassic Parq and Yeast Nation use stories and characters from ages past, the themes they present are still applicable to our modern lives. These shows are bold and exciting, and we can’t wait for Bay Area audiences to experience them, likely for the first time ever.”
“Ray of Light is exactly the kind of dynamic, imaginative, passionate, and fearless company needed to make Yeast Nation work,” said Greg Kotis, writer and lyricist for Yeast Nation. “It’ll be great to have the show on its feet in San Francisco.”
Season subscriptions will go on sale in December at www.rayoflighttheatre.com. Single tickets will be available in March.
About the Shows
Bay Area Premiere
June 2014 at the Eureka Theatre, San Francisco
Music by Marshall Pailet; Book by Marshall Pailet, Bryce Norbitz and Steve Wargo
Dinosaurs, showtunes and sex changes come together in this inventive new musical that will leave you laughing and crying all the way back to the prehistoric era. When one female T-Rex suddenly turns male, the entire pack must question their identity, gender, and what is possible. Winner of Best Musical at LA’s 2013 Ovation Awards and NY Fringe Festival 2010, Triassic Parq examines love, faith and science through a hilarious lens. And singing. Singing dinosaurs.
“Flat-out ingenious”-New York Times
“Monstrously funny”-Time Out New York
Yeast Nation (the triumph of life)
West Coast Premiere
October 2014 at the Victoria Theatre
Music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann; Book and lyrics by Greg Kotis
Ray of Light teams up with Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann, the brains behind the smash-hit Urinetown, to develop the West Coast premiere of this bizarrely hilarious rock musical. In the year 3,000,458,000 B.C., the salt-eating yeasts are the only living creatures on earth, and they’re up against a food shortage, a strange new emotion called “love” and the oppression of a tyrannical king. When the king’s dreamer of a son ventures out of the known yeastiverse, the yeasts’ story–and ours–is changed forever.
“This is the rare satire that knows exactly what it’s doing and commits to it.” -New York Times
“When you’ve stopped laughing from this yeast infection, you can tap your toes and clap your hands to a wholly lovable score.” -Chicago Tribune
About Ray of Light
Founded in 2000, Ray of Light has grown quickly and developed a reputation for fresh interpretations of the classics and bold new musicals that push boundaries. Show highlights include CARRIE the Musical (West Coast premiere, 2013), Into the Woods (2013), Sweeney Todd (2012), Assassins (2011), Jerry Springer the Opera (West Coast premiere, 2010), The Rocky Horror Show (2008) and Bat Boy (2005, 2006). In addition to full productions, Ray of Light presents exciting new cabaret talent in its Cabaret Spotlight Series, a partnership with Martuni’s piano bar. For more information, visit us at www.rayoflighttheatre.com, on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.
Thanks to the wonderful support from generous patrons like you, we’ve exceeded our fundraising goal and raised $11,000! That means that the anonymous donor behind our first ever Ray of Light Donor Match campaign will match your gifts with an additional $10,000–all of which will go toward creating high quality, affordable theater in San Francisco. Thanks for being a part of our mission to entertain, educate and enrich our community!
This year, we went Into the Woods, got Carried away and shone the spotlight on some great local talent. Every step of the way, we’ve counted on the support of our incredible audience. With your continued involvement, we’ve provided opportunities for local artists to explore their craft, reached out to new audiences and continued to prove that high quality theater can be accessible and affordable to everyone. Thanks for sharing another year of theater with us and stay tuned for a season announcement previewing what’s in store for 2014!
Ticket sales alone do not cover the cost of putting on a show or a season. This year we are thrilled to be able to launch our first ever Ray of Light Donor Match Campaign. Through the graciousness of an anonymous patron, every dollar we raise this year through your generosity will be matched, up to ten thousand dollars. Think of the good just one small donation can do for the San Francisco musical theater community. Currently, we have raised $5120 towards our $10,000 goal!
Ray of Light Theatre is Proud to Announce PopChips as an Official 2013 Season Sponsor
SAN FRANCISCO – May 10, 2013: Ray of Light Theatre (www.rayoflighttheatre.com), San Francisco’s inimitable, non-profit, volunteer-managed musical theatre company is pleased to announce that PopChips is an official sponsor of its 2013 Season.
PopChips is generously donating bags of their delicious chips for Ray of Light’s 2013 Season. Patrons will be able to enjoy their tasty treats at upcoming performances.
PopChips has a simple mission: To bring the fun back to snacking. And thanks to the magic of popping, they have found a way to pop all the flavor in, while keeping fake stuff and at least half the fat of regular flavored chips out. They don’t fry them (unhealthy). They don’t bake them (un-delicious). Instead they take the finest naturally delicious ingredients, add a little heat and pressure, and pop! it’s a chip. With their flavorful blend of seasonings and varieties, PopChips are a snack so delicious and crispy, you won’t even notice it’s healthier! Learn more at: www.popchips.com
PopChips joins an esteemed list of sponsors for Ray of Light’s 2013 Season that also includes Drake’s Brewing Company, Mollie Stone’s, Visa, Eventbrite, Yelp! and beloved individual donors that span the Bay Area and beyond.
Ray of Light’s blockbuster 2013 season includes Into the Woods (May 31st through June 29th at San Francisco’s intimate Eureka Theatre), CARRIE the musical (October 4th – November 2nd at San Francisco’s historic Victoria Theatre), monthly cabaret nights at Martuni’s, special events and educational opportunities.
Ray of Light Theatre’s mission is to entertain, educate and enrich the community. They provide diverse audiences with the opportunity to see live theatre by presenting affordable, high-quality productions that reflect the rich culture of the San Francisco Bay Area. They strive to provide authentic and practical experiences to allow artists to grow and develop their talent. Ray of Light Theatre is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization.
SAN FRANCISCO – April 23, 2013: Ray of Light Theatre, San Francisco’s inimitable, non-
profit, volunteer-managed musical theatre company is pleased to announce that Drake’s Brewing Company is an official
sponsor of its 2013 Season.
Drake’s Brewing Company is Ray of Light’s official liquor sponsor for our 2013 Season, donating all beer to be enjoyed by
our patrons at performances.
Drake’s Brewing Company is an urban craft brewery operating from the former powerhouse of a long-gone Caterpillar
plant in San Leandro, California. Established in 1989, Drake’s Brewing is celebrating over 23 years of making exciting
and extreme ales and lagers for distribution in the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California. Learn more at:
Drake’s Brewing Company joins an esteemed list of sponsors for Ray of Light’s 2013 season that also includes Mollie
Stone’s, Visa, Eventbrite, Yelp! and generous individual donors that span the Bay Area and beyond.
Ray of Light’s blockbuster 2013 season includes Into the Woods (May 31st through June 29th at San Francisco’s intimate
Eureka Theatre), CARRIE the musical (October 4th – November 2nd at San Francisco’s historic Victoria Theatre), monthly
cabaret nights at Martuni’s, special events and educational opportunities.
Ray of Light Theatre’s mission is to entertain, educate and enrich the community. They provide diverse audiences with
the opportunity to see live theatre by presenting affordable, high-quality productions that reflect the rich culture of the
San Francisco Bay Area. They strive to provide authentic and practical experiences to allow artists to grow and develop
their talent. Ray of Light Theatre is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization.
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