Center REPertory Company leads off its 2012/13 OFF CENTER, second stage season with the World Premier comedy with Music STATUS UPDATE

Annabel has one boyfriend, two dinner guests and – most crucially – 534 friends on Facebook. When her birthday party goes from bad to terrible, Annabel decides to abandon the “real world” altogether and jumps head first, like a 21st-century Alice, down the wormhole with her pal Keyboard Cat. Once inside the Wonderland of the Internet, Annabel finds ex-boyfriends, old colleagues, political action and even her mom – but she keeps looking for a way back to herself. A comedy with music about Internet addiction for the curious and the curiouser.

The intimate Knight Stage 3 Theatre. Lesher Center for the Arts 1601 Civic Drive in downtown Walnut Creek.

Performances begin Thursday, November 1st at 8:15PM. Press opening is Saturday, November 3rd at 8:15 PM. Closes Sunday, November 18th at 2:15PM.


For more information go to or call 925.943.SHOW (7469). You can also visit the LCA Ticket Office at 1601 Civic Drive or the Ticket Office Outlets at Barnes & Noble in Walnut Creek and the Downtown Walnut Creek Library.

Becca Wolff (Director) is artistic director of IAMA Theatre Company in Los Angeles and co-founder of Tilted Field Productions: a geographically diversified collective of artists with members in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. Her upcoming directing projects include the West Coast Premiere of Dan LeFranc’s SIXTY MILES TO SILVERLAKE (IAMA, February 2013) and THE LAST DAYS OF MARY STUART – an opera composed by the rock band TONY (Son of Semele Ensemble, Summer 2013). She directed USHER, named Outstanding Musical at the 2008 NYC International Fringe Festival, and a host of works at regional and international venues including Ensemble Studio Theatre (NYC), Perishable Theatre (Providence), Odyssey Theatre (LA) and The Edinburgh Fringe. STATUS UPDATE marks Wolff’s third world-premiere collaboration with Dorothy Fortenberry, and the team’s second with Colin Wambsgans as composer. She helmed WE’RE CELEBRITIES (2006) and BICYCLING FOR LADIES (2007), both at the Yale Cabaret in New Haven, CT. In the themed entertainment world, she is creative director on several attractions for RGH Entertainment’s THE RED SEA ASTRARIUM, a theme park set to open in Aqaba, Jordan in 2014. Wolff began directing as an assistant to Center Rep’s own Michael Butler, who inspired her to make her passion her career. Wolff is a graduate of The New School, NYC, and holds an MFA in Directing from Yale School of Drama.
Dorothy Fortenberry is a Los Angeles-based playwright, originally from Washington, DC. Her work has been developed at Arena Stage, Ars Nova, Geva Theatre, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival, among others, and produced by Chalk Rep, Red Fern Theatre, and The Management. She is a winner of the 2011 Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights, and a two-time Finalist for the O’Neill Conference (for her plays STATUS UPDATE and MOMMUNE). She has received an EST/Sloan commission, a fellowship to the MacDowell Colony, a residency at the Djerassi Program, and a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. This summer, she was in residence with Page 73 in New Haven working on her new play PARTNERS, and she is currently working on a commission from Yale Rep. Dorothy is an alumna of Youngblood, a member of the Playwrights Union, and a founding company member of Tilted Field. MFA, Yale School of Drama.

Off Center is Center REP’s second stage season of new plays and musicals. Theatre that is not only new, but adventurous, thought-provoking and brazen. The Off Center season is performed in the intimate 130-seat Knight Stage 3, with the same excellence and professional standards that patrons have come to expect from Center REP.

Center REPertory Company, the resident professional theatre company of the Lesher Center for the Arts (LCA), will be celebrating its 46th Subscription Season of high-quality theatrical productions during 2012-2013. Center REPertory Company’s mission is to celebrate the power of the human imagination by producing emotionally engaging, intellectually involving, and visually astonishing live theatre and, through our outreach and education programs, to enrich and advance the cultural life of the communities we serve.

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association

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