The Dragon Play
By Jenny Connell Davis
Directed by Tracy Ward
Starts Nov 6
Thu–Sat 8pm · Sun 7pm
No performances Thanksgiving weekend
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Door tickets: $20*/$25
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In the frozen north a woman and her husband, weathering the challenges of their marriage, receive a mysterious visitor who threatens to upend their world. Decades before and thousands of miles away in the burning south, an 11-year-old boy and a 300-year-old — yet still relatively adolescent — dragon girl meet and fall in love. Far from fairy tales or airbrushed fantasies, these two achingly poignant stories alternate in a heart-rending dance of desire, longing, and commitment that spans time and geography. The intensity of the ways these characters yearn and fall for each other is like nothing audiences have witnessed on stage, and the staggering final revelation will stop your heart with its beauty.
“Bittersweet, clever, sexy and ultimately breathtakingly beautiful and disturbing at the same time…Lindsey Schmeltzer is riveting as the dragon girl…it’s the best thing the company’s done in years.”
“It’s really quite a marvel how much this short play and this astute production convey and convey powerfully. There’s deep feeling and imagination here, humor and sexiness, surprises and satisfaction. In other words, it’s just about a perfect Impact Theatre play.”
Come to happy hour with us at SomaR Bar Nov 17 6–8pm!
On Monday, November 17, SomaR Bar (1727 Telegraph, Oakland) is hosting a wonderful fundraiser for Impact, and all you have to do is come and have a drink or three with us! They’re giving us a percentage of all drink sales from 6 to 8pm, so come join us for an early evening of fun and prizes. Great Zamboni will MC the event and answer all of your burning questions, and everyone who has contributed $20 or more since the start of the 2014-15 season will be eligible to win cool stuff in our raffle! RSVP here, and we’ll see you there!
The 20/20 Campaign: Get us to our 20th season with a donation of at least $20
Frankly, it’s a miracle we’ve made it to our 19th season. Most people go to theatre that has a large element of familiarity: a well-known play and/or a well-known playwright and/or a well-known cast member or two. At Impact, we’re on the opposite end of that spectrum: we produce new plays by playwrights most people haven’t heard of (yet), performed and produced by casts and crews who are often artists on the rise, some just starting out. Despite these unfamiliar elements, in our tiny basement space we continue to create amazing live theatre you just can’t see anywhere else in the Bay Area.
We’re creating the kind of theatre that the next generation of theatre patrons wants to see. And we’re creating theatre that’s affordable for everyone. And we’re doing our best to pay our artists as much as we possibly can. But we can’t do that all on our own.
Simply put, we need your help to get us to our 20th season and beyond. That’s why we’ve created the 20/20 campaign. Help us achieve our amazing vision and continue to create the kind of theatre we do by donating at least $20 before the end of 2014. Here’s what your donation can help us afford:
$20A piece of clothing that a character wears on stage
$60One day of our rent each month
$100A piece of furniture on the set
$500Paying an artist to work on a show
$1000A set or costume budget for a show
You can make your gift in a single payment or spread out in recurring payments over an interval of your choice (monthly, quarterly, semiannually). As you can see, it doesn’t take much to be considered a major donor in our eyes. Please help us reach our 20/20 vision with a gift of at least $20. Thank you so much for your support!Donate now!
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Many, many thanks to the amazing people and organizations listed below. You rock!
Alameda County Arts Commission
City of Berkeley
Paul & Gail Caslavka
Anonymous, in honor of The Theater, The Bard, and my nephew Scott the Troubador
Carol LaPlant & Phil Brown
Anonymous, in memory of Barbara Oliver
Anonymous, in honor of David and Cari Trease
Anonymous, in honor of Diana & Alan Goy
Anonymous, in honor of Stacz Sadowski
3Girls Theatre Company
Benj Azose & MacKenzie Stuart
Noah James Butler
DioAmore Dance & Fitness
Don & Charlene Hillman
Sam & Melissa Marie Hillman
Kahn & Lyon family
Lynn Eve Komaromi
Julie Kuwabara & Chuck Lacson
George Silva Lester
Mary Ann Mackey
Sheila McCormick & Paul Herzmark
Kim Mondelli & Miguel Gonzalez Baidez
Henri Picciotto & Irva Hertz-Picciotto
Andrea Plesnarski & Tom Nugent
J. Elizabeth Smith
Sharon & David Strachan
Dave Weinstein & Mary Barkey
Anonymous, in honor of Bitter Gertrude
Anonymous, in honor of Cheshire Isaacs (2)
Anonymous, in honor of Cthulhu
Anonymous, in honor of Jon Tracy
Anonymous, in honor of Melissa Hillman
Anonymous, in memory of Frank and Sherry Snyder
Anonymous, in memory of Janet Johnston, actor extraordinaire
Alyssa Bostwick & Wayne Rawley
Kevin Brown & Leann Christianson
Josh & Sadie Costello
Marija and David Hillis
His Holiness, Pope Edward of Juicytown
Sabrina Klein & Tom Clement
Peter Sinn Nachtrieb
Kathy & Hal Rucker
Amy & Miranda Seham
Zoe & Rzo Velasco
Anonymous, in honor of Doric Wilson
Anonymous, in honor of “Go, Melissa!”
Inbal Kashtan & Kathy Simon
Patricia L. Morin
Adam & Traci Wyss
Press Release: There Be Dragons Here, and They’re in Dangerous Love with Humans (October 14, 2014)
Press photos (all photos by Cheshire Isaacs):
Lindsey Schmeltzer plays Dragon Girl, still a relative teenager at nearly 300 years old, in the beautiful and brutally poetic West Coast premiere of The Dragon Play, by Jenny Connell Davis in her Bay Area debut.
Dragon (George Sellner, right) plays a dangerously alluring visitor who reenters the life of a woman he once knew (Sarah Coykendall) and her husband (Michael Michalske), while in the background, Boy (Jed Parsario) longs for his own beloved dragon, in the beautiful and brutally poetic West Coast premiere of The Dragon Play, by Jenny Connell Davis in her Bay Area debut.
Boy (Jed Parsario) yearns for his love, Dragon Girl (Lindsey Schmeltzer, right) as Woman (Sarah Coykendall) exists in another time and place, in the beautiful and brutally poetic West Coast premiere of The Dragon Play, by Jenny Connell Davis in her Bay Area debut.
A woman (Sarah Coykendall) still has feelings for a dangerous visitor she once knew (George Sellner), in the beautiful and brutally poetic West Coast premiere of The Dragon Play, by Jenny Connell Davis in her Bay Area debut.
A boy (Jed Parsario) and a young dragon (Lindsey Schmeltzer) are in love in the beautiful and brutally poetic West Coast premiere of The Dragon Play, by Jenny Connell Davis in her Bay Area debut.
A young dragon (Lindsey Schmeltzer) flies with the boy she loves (Jed Parsario) in the beautiful and brutally poetic West Coast premiere of The Dragon Play, by Jenny Connell Davis in her Bay Area debut.
George Sellner plays a dangerously alluring visitor who reenters the life of a woman he once knew (Sarah Coykendall), in the beautiful and brutally poetic West Coast premiere of The Dragon Play, by Jenny Connell Davis in her Bay Area debut.
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Still to come in Impact’s 2014–15 19th season
By Jenny Connell Davis
Directed by Tracy Ward
In this beautiful and searing love story spanning both time and place, humans and dragons have fallen in love. But this is no fantasy — this West Coast premiere is a powerfully told drama by an incredibly talented playwright on the rise. The Austin Chronicle says, “We catch ourselves reflected in the mythical beast’s shining scales, seeing what it is to sacrifice our identity for love and choose the ordinary over the extraordinary.”
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Melissa Hillman
For this season’s classic, Artistic Director Melissa Hillman dives into the quintessential portrait of ruthless political greed. As with previous outings, this will be Shakespeare from an Impact perspective: a younger Richard, hungry and ambitious, with a surprising ability to charm both his victims and the audience. If you think House of Cards is good, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.
The last play in the 2014–15 season has yet to be finalized, but rest assured it’s going to be awesome. Subscribers like you are the life force of any theatre company, because we know you trust us to bring you something we know you’ll love. And we won’t let you down.
About Impact Theatre
Melissa Hillman, Artistic Director
Cheshire Isaacs, Managing Director
Read Tuddenham, Production Manager
Jon Nagel, Technical Director
Christina Novakov-Ritchey, Literary Manager
Alice Ly, Associate Managing Director
Luisa Frasconi, Patron Services Manager
Artistic Associates: Miyaka Cochrane, Sarah Coykendall, Mike Delaney, Sarah Isaacs, Anne Kendall, Marissa Keltie, Tunuviel Luv, Maria Giere Marquis, Marilet Martinez, Cassie Rosenbrock, Lizabeth Stanley, Jacqueline Steager, Diana Strachan, Colin Trevor, Reggie White, Jordan Winer
Since 1996 Impact Theatre has spoken to a new generation of theatregoers and longtime enthusiasts alike who want to see something fresh and fearless on stage. Our audience ranges from students to professionals to seniors, all of whom share a taste for exciting, unpretentious theatre that doesn’t conform to traditional assumptions of what constitutes high culture. Impact ensures the continued strength of American theatre by
- featuring new plays by emerging playwrights
- producing vital, contemporary spins on classic drama
- engaging new audiences
- fostering the development of Bay Area theatremakers
Impact shows compel, provoke, and inspire, at prices everyone can afford. We’re looking forward to having you at our next show!
Impact Theatre performs at La Val’s Subterranean, located at 1834 Euclid Avenue in Berkeley. Street parking is usually plentiful right near the theatre.
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Questions? Comments? Please contact us at info at impacttheatre dot com or call us at 510 224-5744.
Want to see your play on our stage?
As our mission is to produce kickass new plays by upcoming playwrights, we generally select only unpublished full-length plays that are either world or regional premieres or have had very few prior productions. Here’s how to have your best shot at getting your play produced at Impact:
1. Your submission should be a single PDF document with the title being “[writer’s last name]_[playtitle].” So if your name is Jane Q. Badass and your play is titled Make Mine a Double, your PDF should have a filename like badass_makemineadouble.pdf. If your play title is long, feel free to title your PDF with a shortened play title.
2. This ought to go without saying, but your script should include a list of characters at the beginning, along with any notes about doubling or tripling. We need to know from the start what the cast size and requirements are.
3. Your email to us should include your play’s production and/or development history.
That’s it! Please email your masterpiece or any questions about the process to Literary Manager Christina Novakov-Ritchey (christina [at] impacttheatre [dot] com). Christina will email you a confirmation upon receipt. You should expect to hear back from us about your script within two months. Thank you for your interest in working with us!