NEW CONSERVATORY THEATRE CENTER – Announces 2011-12 Pride Season

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
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Ed Decker, Founding Artistic Director of The New Conservatory Theatre Center has announced the 2011-12 Pride Season. Now in its seventeenth year, NCTC’s Pride Season programming promotes the theatre’s visionary mission to promote exploration and open dialogue among audiences and developing playwrights in order to celebrate diversity and foster community. 

The 2011-2012 Pride Season starts in August with the World Premiere of Waiting for Giovanni by Jewelle Gomez in collaboration with Harry Waters Jr. as part of NCTC’s New Plays Commission. Next up is the Bay Area Premiere of The Temperamentals, a love story centered around a pre-Stonewall gay rights organization. Two San Francisco Premiere musicals continue the season; Douglas Carter Beane’s Xanadu and The Story of My Life by Brian Hill. The season continues with the US Premiere of Maurice, a play based on E.M. Forster’s suppressed 1914 novel held back from publication until after his death, and the San Francisco Premiere run of The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later. Slipping, a drama by Daniel Tabott and Lips Together, Teeth Apart, a comedy by Terrence McNally, complete the season.

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JEWELLE GOMEZ — JON MARANS

WAITING FOR GIOVANNI — By Jewelle Gomez
In Collaboration with Harry Waters Jr.
Runs: August 19 – September 18, 2011 • Wed – Sat 8pm/ Sun 2pm
Based on a split second of indecision in the mind of world-renowned author James Baldwin, Waiting for Giovanni explores the emotional and professional dilemmas that loom over a fierce young Harlem man who insists on being true to love, to politics, and to the ghosts that live in his head.

THE TEMPERAMENTALS — By Jon Marans 
Runs: November 4 – December 18, 2011 • Wed – Sat 8pm/ Sun 2pm
“Temperamental” was code for homosexual in the early 1950′s – part of a created language of secret words that gay men used to communicate. The Temperamentals tells the story of two men – the communist Harry Hay and the Viennese refugee Rudy Gernreich  as they fall in love and build the first gay rights organization in the pre-Stonewall United States.

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DOUGLAS CARTER BEANE — NEIL BARTRAM

XANADU — Book by Douglas Carter Beane; Music and Lyrics by Jeff Lynne
Runs: December 2, 2011 – January 15, 2012 • Wed – Sat 8pm/ Sun 2pm
Set in 1980, Xanadu follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, California on a quest to inspire a struggling artist named Sonny to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – the first roller disco.

THE STORY OF MY LIFE — Music and Lyrics by Neil Bartram
Runs: January 20 – February 26, 2012 • Wed – Sat 8pm/ Sun 2pm
The Story of My Life is a richly melodic musical and a profoundly moving tale of lifelong best friends, Thomas and Alvin. A story about the power of friendship, the personal cost of success, and the choices we make at the turning points of our lives.

MAURICE — By Roger Parsley and Andy Graham
From the novel by E.M. Forester
Runs: February 24 – March 25, 2012• Wed – Sat 8pm/ Sun 2pm
Maurice takes place before World War I, when homosexuality was outlawed in Great Britain. Clive, an aristocratic Englishman with a life of privilege, suddenly shocks his close friend Maurice by declaring his love for him. Maurice is based on E.M. Forster’s suppressed 1914 novel that was held back from publication until after his death.

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MOISES KAUFMAN — DANIEL TABOTT

THE LARAMIE PROJECT: Ten Years Later — By Moises Kaufman, Leigh Fondakowski, Greg Perotti,
Andy Paris, and Stephen Belber
Runs: March 23 – April 29, 2012 • Wed – Sat 8pm/ Sun 2pm
Ten years after the brutal death of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, five members of Tectonic Theatre Project returned to Laramie to try to understand the long-term effect of the murder. They found a town wrestling with its legacy and its place in history.

SLIPPING — By Daniel Tabott
Runs: May 18 – July 1, 2012 • Wed – Sat 8pm/ Sun 2pm
Alone, numb, and friendless after the violent death of his father, high school senior Eli moves with his mom from San Francisco to a fresh start in Iowa. A new relationship with a boy at school exposes Eli again to the possibility of closeness and the danger of being swallowed by it.

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TERRENCE McNALLY — E.M. FORESTER

LIPS TOGETHER, TEETH APART – By Terrence McNally 
Runs: June 1 – July 1, 2012 • Wed – Sat 8pm/ Sun 2pm
A gay community on Fire Island provides an unlikely backdrop for two straight couples who are discovered poolside, staring out to sea. With gay men partying in the houses surrounding them, the four characters divert themselves with food, cocktails, fireworks, charades and biting jabs at each other. Even the boys next door aren’t safe.

All performances take place at The New Conservatory Theatre Center, at 25 Van Ness Avenue near Market St., in San Francisco, 94102.  Subscriptions are available now for returning NCTC subscribers and to the general public on May 16th.
Click here for ticket information: NCTC

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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