MAY 2016

Lifetime: Theater for Women

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There are hammers for women. Pens for women. And now, finally, there’s Theatre For Women. Join us as we cover the unfamiliar ground of womanhood. From The Craft, to Leonardo DiCaprio circa 1997, to stories about women being stalked by men they eventually fall in love with, we’ll cover it all in Lifetime: Theatre for Women. It’s for women. Guaranteed.

Thurs. May 19th @ 8:00 pm (Pay-what-you-can)

Fri. May 20th @ 8:00 pm

Sat. May 21st @ 7:00 pm

Sat. May 21st @ 9:00 pm

PianoFight, 144 Taylor St. SF, CA

CAST & CREW

Director: Allison Page

Head Writer: Amanda Rosenberg

Writers: Elaine Gavin, Mike Ottum, Kate Elston, Margaux Poupard, Carolyn Racine, Meg Trowbridge, and Erin Carter

Performers: Ray Hobbs, Jeunée Simon, Griffin Taylor, Kyna Wise, Manie Grewal, and Olivia Kingsley

NEXT CLASS

Sketch Comedy Writing 1

Dates: Tuesdays, 7-10p  | July 12 – August 23 2016
Price: $295
Instructors:  Mike Ottum and Amanda Rosenberg

Sketch Comedy Writing 2

Dates: Thursdays, 7-10p  | October 6 – November 17 2016
Price: $375
Instructor: Mike Ottum

 

Monthly Newsletter – April

Dear Lobster Fans,

Eight years ago I attended my first Killing My Lobster writing class.  After being involved with several shows I was eager to participate more.  I had, however, noticed a definite lack of diversity represented on stage, at the time I had seen no people of color on a Lobster stage.  I chose to highlight this in a series of sketches where rapper Jay-Z was invisible, the idea being that you would have to use his recorded voice for those lines.  This obviously wasn’t a solution, as much as it was an attempt to use comedy to bring attention to this disparity.

I reflected on this last week when Artistic Director Allison Page, Production Manager Mark Weddle and I all attended the annual Theater Bay Area Conference where diversity and inclusion remained a focus.  I wondered how or whether KML had changed through all these years and being a bit of nerd, delved into some statistics to see what I could find.

  • 60% of our current acting pool is female
  • 31% of our current acting pool are people of color
  • 53% of our current writing pool is female
  • 21% of our current writing pool are people of color
  • Women represented 110 of 173 (64%) of our creative positions in 2015.
  • People of color represented 22 of 173 (13%) of our creative positions in 2015.

As we celebrate the future voices of comedy this month in our 826+KML=BFFs show we owe it to ourselves to continually evaluate the legacy and examples that we are setting for these young people.  These numbers are certainly informative.  Is there room for improvement?  Always.  It is why we have been focusing on diversity in 2016.  Our Diversity in Comedy Fellowship is in full swing and we’ve hosted several auditions with an emphasis towards bringing a wider array of voices to our stage.  We are striving to ensure that our audience and our collaborators reflect the rich cultural landscape of people and voices surrounding us here in the Bay Area.  So we are always working to improve.

But we are also celebrating our success in this area too.  Lifetime: Theater for Women next month highlights our bevy of female comedic talent.  I hope you’ll join in me celebrating their hilarious voices.  At the end of the day Funny Always Wins and these women are damned funny!