The TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Equation

In honor of Proof, our upcoming mathematical drama, we here at TWSV have decided to give you a little problem to solve using your knowledge of our production history!

Each factor in this equation has something to do with a subset of the productions TWSV has produced over the years.

A equals the number of Sondheim musicals produced here at TWSV in which he wrote both the music and the lyrics.  

B equals the number of Shakespeare plays produced, not including musicals inspired by Shakespeare. We’ll cheat a little bit and give you the answer to that one, which is 22. 

Then there’s C, which equals the number of nomination received by Triangle at the 2015 the TBA Awards.

D equals the total number of TheatreWorks productions to date, including Proof.

Just like the graphic below asks, can YOU solve the equation?

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Introducing the cast of PROOF

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We’re delighted to be welcoming back two audience favorites while introducing two new, dynamic talents to the TheatreWorks Silicon Valley stage in Proof. One of the most recognizable faces of the Bay Area theatre scene, L. Peter Callender returns as Robert in Proof. The artistic director of San Francisco’s African American Shakespeare Company, his TheatreWorks credits include Radio Golf and To Kill a Mockingbird. Newcomer Michelle Beck’s credits include understudying the role of Beneatha in Broadway’s A Raisin in the Sun and a full season at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Bay Area audiences may recognize Ashley Bryant, also making her TheatreWorks debut, from Berkeley Rep’s production of Eve Ensler’s Emotional Creature. Her film and television credits include Gossip GirlElementary, and Nurse Jackie. Lance Gardner was previously seen in Superior Donuts and Auctioning the Ainsleys here at TheatreWorks. ProofFirstDayPhoto

The cast and artistic team gathered earlier this week to begin rehearsals with director Leslie Martinson, assistant director Jeffrey Lo, and rehearsal understudy Davied Morales.

Get your tickets now to see Proof!

AudienceWorks – An Interactive Experience

A few years ago, we here at TheatreWorks got together and asked ourselves a question: How could we make the audience experience to our shows more inclusive? We settled on a new program called AudienceWorks, which focused on giving our patrons fun, interesting ways to spend their lobby time. Since then, AudienceWorks has been a great success and we’ve always gotten wonderful feedback from people attending. Some shows are more inclusive or complicated than others, but in the end, everyone gets to feel like they get to be a little part of the show, too!

The AudienceWorks experience for The Country House was tailored to be a bit of a brain teaser! On one side is a list of actors and on the other is a list of productions that were in the Williamstown Theater Festival. As you can probably guess, each actor has been in a production and audience members were asked to match who belonged in what show.

Let’s see how they’ve done so far:

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Hmm…looks like we could use some help. If you’re in the lobby over the next few days, make sure to stop by the board and lend a hand!

A Conversation with Leslie Martinson and Jeffrey Lo

The five years of directing collaboration between Associate Artistic Director Leslie Martinson and Company Manager and Casting Associate Jeffrey Lo can be summed up in one sentence, aptly coined by Lo:

Proof that warrior water painters are still superior.

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Acting as assistant director, Lo has collaborated with Martinson on Superior Donuts, The Pitmen Painters, Time Stands Still, Warrior Class, and most recently Water by the Spoonful. This month, they will begin rehearsals for their sixth production, the stirring drama Proof. We recently sat down with Lo and Martinson for a conversation about their directing process, partnership, and the resonance of Proof to today’s Silicon Valley audience. Continue reading

Actor Spotlight on Stephen Muterspaugh

Muterspaugh, StephenIn The Country House, Stephen Muterspaugh plays Elliott, a grieving actor who is giving playwriting a shot for the first time in front of the harshest critics of all, his show biz family. We’re delighted to be introducing Stephen’s work to TheatreWorks Silicon Valley audiences with this role! Check out Stephen’s responses to our Actor Spotlight quiz below: Continue reading