Theater Around The Bay: A List of Things That Meg Likes About “I Like That!”

Meg Trowbridge talks about why you should come see our new show, I Like That!

Sara Judge and I first worked together on Theater Pub’s The Theban Chronicles, a four-play series following the Oedipus story. We recognized right away that we were kindred spirits. Her positivity and creativity make her an incredible director, and when she pitched I Like That! to us as a project she’d direct, I immediately offered her our November slot at PianoFight.

Although that meeting seems just like yesterday, here were are in November, and I Like That opens tonight! In honor of opening night, I wanted to provide potential audience members with a list of what I Like about I Like That!

1.) I like the playwright – Gabriel Leif Bellman. Gabriel and Sara conceived this story together, and Gabriel put it to paper. He’s a beautiful writer, and this is the second piece he’s written that I’ve had the pleasure of working on (I also directed his short play “Listen” for Theater Pub’s second Pint Sized Plays).

2.) I like the live musical accompaniment! Sara Breindel and Ryan B. Kelley provide live music and sound to this show, transporting you through space and time along with the story.

3.) I like the cast! We’ve got a group of very handsome performers, many of whom are making their Theater Pub debut! You may recognize Jake Arky as one of the playwrights from On the Spot, or Alejandro Torres as a director from this year’s Pint Sized Plays, but they both make their Theater Pub stage debut this month!

Come out to PianoFight to see what all the fuss is about! You have four chances before we close this beautiful show down!

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I Like That! has performances at PianoFight on Nov. 16, 17, 23 & 24 at 8:00pm. $5 suggested donation at the door.

Theater Around The Bay: Announcing I LIKE THAT!

Look what’s coming up this month at Theater Pub!

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“I Like That” is a modern rom-com time travel quest for jewels—or gentler days before post-modernism and meta-critiques prevented us from baring our souls. A love story about a guy, a gal, and a phone packed with every piece of information in human history, “I Like That” seeks to translate the Gen X, Gen Y, and Millennial species to each other and the robots that serve them.

“I Like That” stars Genevieve Perdue, Jake Arky, Lisa Darter, Karl Schackne, Stacy Beckley, Alejandro Torres, Kitty Torres, Wendy Taylor, Mark Steinberg, Liz Stone, and Drew Ellsworth. Music and Sound effects by Sara Breindel, Sound by Ryan B. Kelley. It is written by opera, film, and story artist Gabriel Leif Bellman, and directed by theater artist and songwriter, Sara Judge.

San Francisco Theater Pub is pleased to present the world premiere of the full length work, playing only four times at PianoFight (144 Taylor Street, San Francisco). Admission is FREE (with a five dollar suggested donation).

Monday, November 16, at 8 PM
Tuesday, November 17, at 8 PM
Monday, November 23, at 8 PM
Tuesday, November 24, at 8 PM

The play runs about 70 minutes. Don’t miss it- and be sure to come early (or stay late) and enjoy PianoFight’s full bar and menu!

Theater Around The Bay: Sara Judge Joins The Theater Pub Team

Anthony Miller and The Five has the day off, so we’re using this opportunity to announce a new addition to our team!

After the success of this year’s ON THE SPOT short play event, we’ve decided to make it an annual part of Theater Pub, a sort of spring sister event to Pint Sized at the end of the summer. As such, we’ve asked Sara Judge, who helped organize and plan this year’s event, to take on leadership of next year’s, which will once again happen in March.

Sara’s been a part of Theater Pub since the very first year, so we couldn’t be more excited to have her come on board in an official capacity. We’re so jubilant about it, and to ensure some healthy rivalry with the Tzarina of Pint Sized, we’ve come up with a truly grand title for the role: no less than Empress of On The Spot.

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Sara Judge is a theater artist and songwriter. She studied theater at
Rutgers University and spent time training at the Walnut Street Theatre, The
Wilma Theater, and EgoPo in Philadelphia and at ACT in SF. She has been an
actor and playwright in several “Guaranteed Overnight Theater” productions at
The Brick Playhouse in Philadelphia. She directed several plays and staged
readings for the Philadelphia Dramatists Center. Her work as an actress and
director has been featured in the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival. Sara won an
award for “Outstanding Achievement in Acting” as Lila in Ed Shockley’s SUNSET
JOHNSON at the Philadelphia ACT Festival, and first place in an entertainment
slam at the Philadelphia Theater Workshop for performing her song “5 Time
Loser.” In 2008, she drove to San Francisco and never left. She was lucky enough
to find the SF Theater Pub in 2010 where she had the pleasure of directing a
staged reading of Aeschylus’ SEVEN AGAINST THEBES, Ben Fisher’s DEVIL OF A TIME, a folk musical, Sharif Abu-Hamdeh’s CANARY YELLOW for the BOA X festival, composed musical adaptions of Oscar Wilde poems for Theater Pub’s Oscar Wilde Festival and co-wrote OPEN HOUSE for On The Spot 2015. More credits include directing Alison Luterman’s A NIGHT IN JAIL for No Nude Men, Michael Golden’s 90-minute musical ALASKA LEAVIN’ for the SF Fringe Festival, and a solo-performance piece with music for the L.A. based artist Rana Rines. She
co-produced a SOMA Salon, a semi-annual San Francisco theatre and performance
salon where she also developed and directed a staged reading of her original
play. She is a member of the Playwright’s Center of San Francisco. Her play THE
LOSS TEMPLE was produced as part of the PCSF Spring 2015 24hr Play Festival.

Theater Around The Bay: We Open Tonight!

Opening Tonight: On the Spot, a night of 10 minute plays written in 24 hours! Six playwrights will be selected on March 5th, and put “on the spot” the morning of March 13th to write a 10 minute play that must include a line of dialogue, prop, and set piece all provided by Theater Pub. Their scripts are due the morning of March 14th. Six teams of actors and a director will rehearse and stage these brand new works at PIANOFIGHT the last two Mondays and Tuesdays of March.

Our six playwrights (five, plus one team of two!) for the evening are Jake Arky, Gabriel Bellman & Sara Judge, Rachel Bublitz, Barry Eitel, Seanan Palmero, and Madeline Puccioni!

Our six directors are Mike Fatum, Neil Higgins, Christine Keating, Charles Lewis III, Rem Myers, and Sam Tillis!

Our fabulous acting company is Xanadu Bruggers, Andrew Chung, AJ Davenport, Jan Gilbert, Annabelle King, Michelle Navarrete, Annette Roman, Carole Swann, Jess Thomas, Meg Trowbridge, Steven Widow!

The show plays four performances at PIANOFIGHT (144 Taylor Street):

Monday, March 23 @ 8:00pm
Tuesday, March 24 @ 8:00pm
Monday, March 30 @ 8:00pm
Tuesday, March 31 @ 8:00pm

As always, admission is FREE, with a $5 donation suggested at the door. No reservations required, but we suggest getting there early to get a good seat and remember to show your appreciation to our hosts at the bar!

Come early to PIANOFIGHT to try out their great new dinner menu!

See you at the Pub!

Theater Around The Bay: Writers, Directors and Casts Are In For On The Spot!

Coming to Theater Pub this March: On the Spot, a night of 10 minute plays written in 24 hours! Six playwrights will be selected on March 5th, and put “on the spot” the morning of March 13th to write a 10 minute play that must include a line of dialogue, prop, and set piece all provided by Theater Pub. Their scripts are due the morning of March 14th. Six teams of actors and a director will rehearse and stage these brand new works at PIANOFIGHT the last two Mondays and Tuesdays of March.

Our six playwrights (five, plus one team of two!) for the evening are Jake Arky, Gabriel Bellman & Sara Judge, Rachel Bublitz, Barry Eitel, Seanan Palmero, and Madeline Puccioni!

Our six directors are Mike Fatum, Neil Higgins, Christine Keating, Charles Lewis III, Rem Myers, and Sam Tillis!

Our fabulous acting company is Xanadu Bruggers, Andrew Chung, Steven Danz, AJ Davenport, Jan Gilbert, Annabelle King, Michelle Navarrete, Annette Roman, Carole Swann, Jess Thomas, Meg Trowbridge!

The show plays four performances at PIANOFIGHT (144 Taylor Street):

Monday, March 23 @ 8:00pm
Tuesday, March 24 @ 8:00pm
Monday, March 30 @ 8:00pm
Tuesday, March 31 @ 8:00pm

As always, admission is FREE, with a $5 donation suggested at the door. No reservations required, but we suggest getting there early to get a good seat and remember to show your appreciation to our hosts at the bar!

Come early to PIANOFIGHT to try out their great new dinner menu!

See you at the Pub!

Theater Around The Bay: Announcing Playwrights and Directors for On The Spot!

We are excited to announce the playwright selection process has been made for On the Spot! We had a lot of great playwrights interested in participating, but these are the lucky seven (two of whom are a writing team) who were drawn to participate:

On the Spot Playwrights

Jake Arky
Gabriel Bellman & Sara Judge
Rachel Bublitz
Barry Eitel
Seanan Palmero
Madeline Puccioni

These playwrights will receive the prompts (one line of dialogue, one prop and one set piece) on the morning of March 13, and by the morning of March 14, they will submit their scripts to be rehearsed that day!

Leading those rehearsals, is our fantastic directing team:

Mike Fatum
Neil Higgins
Christine Keating
Charles Lewis III
Rem Myers
Sam Tillis

The show plays four performances at PIANOFIGHT (144 Taylor Street):

Monday, March 23 @ 8:00pm
Tuesday, March 24 @ 8:00pm
Monday, March 30 @ 8:00pm
Tuesday, March 31 @ 8:00pm

As always, admission is FREE, with a $5 donation suggested at the door. No reservations required, but we suggest getting there early to get a good seat and remember to show your appreciation to our hosts at the bar!

It’s fast-and-loose theater, people! Come along for the ride!