9th Annual Full Houses Benefit Poker Tournament

This is the most fun you can have supporting the arts! Once again we’ll convert La Val’s into a den of poker iniquity, and we’ll fill the room with free pizza and desserts all night, great music, and a chance to win the grand prize of a $500 Amazon gift card!

But what makes this tournament better than any other? Here’s why we call it Full Houses: anyone who shows down a full house or better — even if you don’t win the hand — gets one of our amazing Full Houses prizes worth $20-100+! Gift certificates to great restaurants and entertainment, tickets to some of the best arts the Bay Area has to offer, sports memorabilia, even a Fossil watch!

Join us for our final poker tournament at La Val’s before Impact leaves it forever. Last time the event sold out — only 45 seats will be sold. Save your seat for the best fundraiser of the year!

Splathouse: Plan 9 from Outer Space

Impact leaves La Val’s with a huge bang as Splathouse returns with another thrilling live action/film mashup! This time it’s our adaptation of the greatest cult movie of all time, Plan 9 from Outer Space! Ed Wood’s B-movie masterpiece comes to life with a cavalcade of beloved Impact actors. This is the last Impact show for a verrrrrrrrrrrry long time, so get it while you can and have a blast at the same time!

Featuring: Dana Blasingame, Sarah Coykendall, Maro Guevara, Stacz Sadowski, John Terrell, Jordan Winer

Yes, we still need your help.


Though it’s true that we will suspend producing after this season ends in June, we still need your support — in fact, now more than ever. We have two more productions to go, and ticket sales still don’t cover production costs. Please help us continue our mission — we greatly appreciate anything you can do.

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!

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Thank you!

Many, many thanks to the amazing people and organizations listed below. You rock!

Your name here!

Alameda County Arts Commission
City of Berkeley
Paul & Gail Caslavka
Howard Chong

Anonymous, in honor of The Theater, The Bard, and my nephew Scott the Troubador
Paul Ethier
Carol LaPlant & Phil Brown

Anonymous (6)
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
Chas Belov
Roy Bergstrom
Tim Bishop
Martha Brown
Noah James Butler
Erin Carrino
Pete Caslavka
Monica Cappuccini
Katherine Copic
DioAmore Dance & Fitness
Chris Dutra
Team Dyson
John Ferreira
Maggie Ferrill
Tony Franklin
Prince Gomolvilas
Alan Goy
Woody Griffin
Don & Charlene Hillman
Sam & Melissa Marie Hillman
Kahn & Lyon family
Laurie Kahn
Katie Kiehn
Lynn Eve Komaromi
Julie Kuwabara & Chuck Lacson
George Silva Lester
Mary Ann Mackey
Dave Maier
Kevin Mann
Sheila McCormick & Paul Herzmark
Kim Mondelli & Miguel Gonzalez Baidez
Henri Picciotto & Irva Hertz-Picciotto
Andrea Plesnarski & Tom Nugent
Kathy Reynolds
Ellen Robey
Boyard Rowe
J. Elizabeth Smith
Sharon & David Strachan
Dave Weinstein & Mary Barkey

Anonymous (13)
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
Paul Anderson
Alyssa Bostwick & Wayne Rawley
Boxcar Theatre
Kevin Brown & Leann Christianson
Kathy Chao
Christopher Chen
Josh & Sadie Costello
Tiffany Cothran
Matthew Gunnison
Nina Haft
Anne Hallinan
Marija and David Hillis
His Holiness, Pope Edward of Juicytown
Dave Holstein
Jack Judkins
Kathleen Kahn
Sabrina Klein & Tom Clement
Pidge Meade
Nina Meehan
Nora Merecicky
Peter Sinn Nachtrieb
Kaya Oakes
Evren Odcikin
Claire Rice
Kathy & Hal Rucker
Amy & Miranda Seham
Zoe & Rzo Velasco
Gretchen vonDuering
Tracy Ward
Amy Wratchford
Dennis Yen

Anonymous (22)
Anonymous, in honor of Doric Wilson
Anonymous, in honor of “Go, Melissa!”
Thomas Ayres
Sarah Bordson
Rachel Bublitz
Donna Davis
Peter Easterbrook
Linda Eisenstein
Michaela Goldhaber
Nick Hayman
Bob Hill
Inbal Kashtan & Kathy Simon
Dana Lewenthal
Randy McMullen
Jerry Metzker
Patricia L. Morin
Meg O’Connor
Danielle Perata
Jennifer Roberts
Jonathan Spector
Nuno Subtil
Ryan Tasker
JoAnne Winter
Adam & Traci Wyss

For press

Press Release: Th-th-th-th-that’s all, folks! (Or is it?) (January 11, 2016)

Press photos (photos by Cheshire Isaacs unless noted otherwise):

The Comedy of Errors

Miyaka Cochrane and Jon Nagel in The Comedy of Errors at Impact Theatre (photo by Claire Ann Rice)

The Comedy of Errors

Julie Douglas and Maria Giere Marquis in The Comedy of Errors at Impact Theatre (photo by Claire Ann Rice)

The Comedy of Errors

Jon Nagel and Julie Douglas in The Comedy of Errors at Impact Theatre (photo by Claire Ann Rice)

The Comedy of Errors

Miyaka Cochrane, Jon Nagel, and Julie Douglas in The Comedy of Errors at Impact Theatre (photo by Claire Ann Rice)

The Comedy of Errors

Miyaka Cochrane and Maria Giere Marquis in The Comedy of Errors at Impact Theatre (photo by Claire Ann Rice)

The Comedy of Errors

Julie Douglas and Jon Nagel in The Comedy of Errors at Impact Theatre (photo by Claire Ann Rice)

The Gun Show

Peter Townley in the provocative and poignant celebrated solo play The Gun Show by E.M. Lewis at Impact Theatre in September 2015

The Oregon Trail

Ariel Irula, Jon Nagel, Maria Giere Marquis, and Cassie Rosenbrock in The Oregon Trail by Bekah Brunstetter at Impact Theatre in May 2015

The Dragon Play

Jed Parsario and Lindsey Marie Schmeltzer in The Dragon Play by Jenny Connell Davis at Impact Theatre in November 2014

Mutt: Let's All Talk About Race!

Michael Uy Kelly, Michelle Talgarow, Lawrence Radecker, and Patricia Austin in the world premiere of Christopher Chen’s Mutt: Let’s All Talk About Race! at Impact Theatre in a co-production with Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company in May 2014

Bread and Circuses

Sarah Coykendall and Michael Delaney in one of the short plays in the collection Bread and Circuses at Impact Theatre in February 2014

Fortunate Daughter

Thao P. Nguyen in her celebrated solo show Fortunate Daughter at Impact Theatre in July 2014

As You Like It

Alexander Lenarsky, Brandon Mears, Luisa Frasconi, and Maria Giere Marquis in As You Like It by William Shakespeare at Impact Theatre in February 2013. The production won four BATCC awards.

Titus Andronicus

Reggie D. White and Anna Ishida in Titus Andronicus at Impact Theatre in February 2012

Milk Milk Lemonade

Cindy Im, Charlie Cromer, and Sarah Coykendall in MilkMilkLemonade by Joshua Conkel at Impact Theatre in September 2010

Learn to Be Latina

Carlye Pollack and Marilet Martinez in Learn to Be Latina by Enrique Urueta at Impact Theatre in February 2010

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Jenny Kang and Pete Caslavka in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Impact Theatre in February 2009

Ching Chong Chinaman

Dennis Yen, Arthur Keng, Aidan Park, Cindy Im, and Lisa Kang in Ching Chong Chinaman by Lauren Yee at Impact Theatre in September 2008

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.