NEW CONSERVATORY THEATRE CENTER – Announcing 2009/10 Pride Season

Comedian Jim David’s South Pathetic opens Saturday, August 8th

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Ed Decker, Founding Artistic Director of New Conservatory Theatre Center is delighted to announce the 2009/10 Pride Season. Now in its fifteenth year, NCTC’s Pride Season programming promotes the Company’s visionary mission to promote exploration and open dialogue among audiences and developing playwrights in order to celebrate diversity and foster community. “We look forward to a new season of coming together as a community here at NCTC,” says Founding Artistic Director, Ed Decker. “Now more than ever we need to embrace the synergy that comes with the comfort, creativity, and critical thought inspired by the shared experience of theatre.”

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JIM DAVID

The 2009/10 Season will jumpstart in August with a limited engagement of New York-based comedian Jim David’s South Pathetic, a comic chronicle telling the misadventures of directing A Streetcar Named Desire at a community theatre in his Southern hometown. Award-winning comedian/actor Jim David plays himself and all the other eccentric town folk mounting a doomed production of the Tennessee Williams classic. The season will culminate in July 2010 with the West Coast Premiere of Paul Rudnick’s critically-acclaimed The New Century. The Season’s musicals include the off-Broadway hit Dames at Sea, and the West Coast Premiere of Boys will be Boys.

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Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s Good Boys and True makes its West Coast Premiere, and Jonathan Harvey’s timeless love story Beautiful Thing returns for the ten-year anniversary of its U.S. stage premiere at NCTC . The Season continues with Douglas Carter Beane’s The Little Dog Laughed (Tony nomination for Best Play, 2007), and local playwright Nathan Sanders’ spellbinding drama, The Sugar Witch.

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The celebrated drama Doubt, A Parable (2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner), and internationally-acclaimed playwright Terrence McNally’s Master Class (Tony Award for Best Play, 1996) complete the season.

All performances take place at The New Conservatory Theatre Center, located at 25 Van Ness Avenue near Market Street, in San Francisco. For more information: 2009/10 New Conservatory Theatre Center

MONDAY- AUGUST 17th, 2009 – 7:30 pm
Jim Schalchlin’s“And I Played John Lennon’s Piano”
A Benefit Concert for the NCTC Challenge Campaign

Over the next 60 months, NCTC must match 2-to-1 a generous half-million dollar legacy gift from philanthropists James L. Coran and Walter Nelson-Rees. The Legacy Challenge Campaign goal is to raise one million dollars from individual donors and corporate matching gift programs by the end of August 2012. Steve Schalchlin is a “Best Musical” awards winner. His mantle includes the LA Ovation Award, GLAAD Media Award, and another from the NY Drama League. The evening will include his partner, phenomenal author and comedian Jim Brochu whose play about Zero Mostel, Zero Hour, is bound for New York. Click here for ticket information: And I Played John Lennon’s Piano

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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”, which is being prepared for publication. 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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