The Dragon Play

The Dragon Play

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!

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For press

Press Release: There Be Dragons Here, and They’re in Dangerous Love with Humans (October 14, 2014)

Press photos (all photos by Cheshire Isaacs):

The Dragon Play

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.

The Dragon Play

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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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!

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

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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

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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!