The Crowded Fire Theater presents the West Coast Premiere of Thomas Bradshaw’s THE BEREAVED a wickedly funny take on Sex, Drugs, and the American Dream which opens on Monday April 8 at 8 PM at Thick House in San Francisco, (Previews April 4-7) and runs through April 27. This production marks the first fully staged production of a play in San Francisco by the satirical provocateur, playwright Thomas Bradshaw. Bradshaw’s aggressive voice undermines our cultural comfort and refuge inside of naturalism, taking well-worn tropes of the white middle class drama, and reframing them to reveal jarring truths. “Perhaps more than any American dramatist working today, Mr. Bradshaw walks — no, make that tramples — the lines that divide the good, the bad and the plug-ugly, both in art and in life. He aspires to amuse, shock, disgust, enlighten, bore and titillate you all at the same time” Ben Brantley, NY Times.
In THE BEREAVED the wife and breadwinner Carol realizes she is on borrowed time. Before she goes, you can be damn sure she will put her affairs in order. After all, what is more important than being certain her family maintain their upper-class-private-school Manhattan lifestyle? The play was a New York Times Critics’ Pick and named one of the Best Plays of 09’ by Time Out New York . Marissa Wolf directs this West Coast Premiere of Thomas Bradshaw’s THE BEREAVED featuring Jeremy Falla as Policeman, Denmo Ibrahim* as Katy, Michele Leavy* as Carol, Geoffrey Nolan as Doctor/Policeman, Lawrence Radecker* as Michael, Olivia Rosaldo as Melissa, Josh Schell as Teddy, and Reggie D. White as Jamal ( *member Actors Equity).
Thomas Bradshaw, Playwright
Thomas Bradshaw‘s plays have been produced at regional theaters, in NYC as as well as in Europe.
Commissions and productions from Soho Theatre (London),The Goodman Theater, Soho Repertory Theater (New York), The Flea Theater, Theater Bielefeld (Germany), and Partial Comfort Productions have garnered his work annual “best of year” inclusions in both the The New Yorker and Time Out New York. In 2012 Off-Off-Broadway the The Flea Theater’s production of Bradshaw‘s play JOB was described at its opening as “A jolting treat…. a bloody, Quentin Tarantino-esque tale, laced with graphic violence and fillips of frat-house humor.” (NY Times) JOB then went SRO and resulted this year in a remounted production in NY. In 2011, his play BURNING ran to rave reviews Off- Broadway at the New Group/NYC and the Goodman Theater produced his play MARY, which they had previously commissioned.
His play THE BEREAVED, produced by Partial Comfort, was named one of the Best Plays of 2009 in Time Out New York. At the New York premiere of THE BEREAVED the NY Times noted “His gift as a stylist marks him as a real talent. He has proved in play after play that he has a confident vision of the theater that is his own. No playwright applies as ruthlessly Hitchcock’s definition of drama ‘as life with the boring parts taken out.’ ” In 2008, two of his plays premiered in NYC: SOUTHERN PROMISES, at Performance Space 122 in September, and DAWN, at The Flea Theater in November, and both were listed among the Best Performances of Stage and Screen for 2008 in The New Yorker. Bradshaw has been featured as one of Time Out New York’s ten playwrights to watch, and as Best Provocative Playwright in the Village Voice. He is the recipient of a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship, the 2010 Prince Charitable Trust Prize, The Lark’s NVNY Fellowship for 2011, and the 2012 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award. He is creating a television series for HBO and Harpo Films. Thomas is also a Professor at Northwestern University.