The Dragon Play
By Jenny Connell Davis
Directed by Tracy Ward
Starts Nov 6
Thu–Sat 8pm · Sun 7pm
No performances Thanksgiving weekend
Advance tickets: $15*/$20
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.
Trivia game: Which dragon is it?
Every day until The Dragon Play opens on Saturday, Nov 8, we’ll post a clue or image on our Facebook page, and you tell us the dragon-related play, movie, book, or song it comes from. For example, our first clue was “Shirtless legendary fighter’s last appearance,” and the answer was Bruce Lee’s final film, Enter the Dragon.
Each day we’ll randomly pick a winner from the correct answers and give a prize for the day — YOUR CHOICE of an Impact pint glass, Impact water bottle, or buy-one-get-one-free ticket to The Dragon Play! You’ll pick up prizes like water bottles or pint glasses when you come to see The Dragon Play — sorry, we can’t mail them out. All correct answer-givers will also be entered in a random drawing for the grand prize at the end of the contest, a $50 Amazon gift card!
Press Release: There Be Dragons Here, and They’re in Dangerous Love with Humans (October 14, 2014)
Press photos (all photos by Cheshire Isaacs):
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.
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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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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
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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!