The Producer From Another World

In preparation for this month’s Theater Pub, The Pub From Another World, we interviewed producer Sunil Patel about his vision and process for this show.

Take Me To Your Leader

Take Me To Your Leader

Who are you, in a hundred words or less.

I am a voracious consumer of stories in any medium—television, film, video game, book, comic, music, anecdote—who loves words more than anything. I love to create new stories, but I also love introducing people to stories I love. I’m a pop culture fan, a geek, a nerd, and when I love something, my first instinct is to share it. As of this night, I am a writer/actor/director/producer. By day, I work in drug safety and write about people with explosive diarrhea.

How did you get involved in Theater Pub?

I made my Bay Area theater debut with the Thunderbirds in 2010, and it was my first time onstage in seven years, so I was excited to get back into theater. And lo and behold, Theater Pub was holding auditions for The Theban Chronicles, and they didn’t even need monologues! I had gone to the February Theater Pub (the Valentine’s Day show), and it looked like a fun group to work with. I was in three of the four plays, and I got a death scene, and I’ve become more and more involved since then.

So, where did this idea come from?

At the Theater Pub retreat, we were asked to come up with pitches for the next year of Theater Pub. I was excited to be a producer, as I had previously only produced halftime shows, but I didn’t know what to suggest. I didn’t know any obscure plays I wanted to put on. I’ve had an idea for a murder-mystery Theater Pub for a couple years, but I hadn’t gotten it off the ground and I wasn’t going to pitch it if I didn’t think I could write it in time. We had talked a lot about inclusivity, though, and it suddenly hit me: I could create a space for new work. I’m a genre fan and a theater fan, but I don’t see a lot of genre theater, so why not give genre writers an opportunity to write for theater and playwrights an opportunity to write genre? I had the sense that the plays I wanted to see—whether or not they were being written—were not being produced because people look down on genre, so I was going to stand up say, “I will produce your genre plays! Let your geek flag fly!”

What defines something as “genre” and specific to these genres, what defines something as Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy?

I am by no means an expert and trying to define “genre” will result in hours of heated conversation in the company I keep, but I see “genre” work as work that uses or is informed by established tropes—which is sort of saying that genre is genre. In general, however, when someone refers to “genre” work, they usually mean the sci-fi/fantasy/horror genres, which are the genres that least resemble the real world. These works tend to take place in a world that is definitely not our own for one reason or another: hence The Pub from Another World.

Defining each genre is just as tricky as defining “genre.” To me, horror is not just about the obvious elements—ghosts, vampires, serial killers, etc.—but about evoking that visceral, primal fear. And in the best horror, the scary thing isn’t just a scary thing but a manifestation of a real, relatable fear. Similarly, sci-fi is not just about spaceships and time travel and aliens but about taking real science and extrapolating the implications. Some people prefer the term “speculative fiction,” which handily eliminates the need for science and brings in more dystopic fiction. These imagined futures can tell us a lot about our present.

Fantasy may be the easiest genre to identify thanks to its long, long history; today, the stories of Greek mythology can seem like fantasy, what with gods transforming into animals and people being magically brought back to life. Fantasy can be speculative as well, but, unlike science fiction, it has less basis in reality. My goal with this project was to tell unreal stories that have real emotion.

We don’t often think of these genres as applying to the theater, but there are many examples of each. What are your favorites in each category?

The first horror play that springs to mind is Nathan Tucker’s Dionysus, which kicked off the first Olympians festival. It really captured that sense of visceral horror. Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman had one of the most horrifying jump-scares I’ve ever experienced in a theater. And, although they’re a bit more comedic, I love Tim Bauer’s Zombie Town and Kirk Shimano’s Love in the Time of Zombies; both are great examples of the sort of genre theater I’d like to see more of.

I haven’t seen a lot of sci-fi theater, but I read a lot of great sci-fi scripts on the reading committee for Cutting Ball’s RISK IS THIS experimental theater festival a couple years ago. Consider for a second the fact that sci-fi theater is considered “experimental”; could that be why we see so little of it? Two of my favorite scripts—which have received readings but no full productions, to my knowledge—were Garret Groenveld’s The Hummingbirds, a wickedly funny Brazil-esque tale set in a bureaucratic dystopia, and Richard Manley’s This Rough Magic, which uses science fiction ideas to examine basic human truths about how we interact with our families and people in general. I also think Josh Costello’s Little Brother (adapted from the Cory Doctorow novel, produced at Custom Made Theater Company)—one of my favorite plays in recent years—counts as near-future dystopian sci-fi.

I also haven’t seen a lot of fantasy theater, although one of my favorite theater experiences was a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The best example of the sort of fantasy theater I’d like to see was Stuart Bousel’s Giant Bones (adapted from Peter S. Beagle short stories), as it transported the audience to a fantasy world and told stories as compelling as any in the real world.

As the producer, you have a lot of inside knowledge of this event- what are some things you’re really looking forward to sharing with the audience.

Personally, I’m just looking forward to sharing all eight plays with the audience, since they’re all very different and I think there’s something for everyone. I’m also very excited about my cast, since most actors play multiple roles, and I think it will be a real treat for the audience. AJ Davenport, Colleen Egan, Peter Townley, and Olivia Youngers all play three roles, no two alike. But with regards to inside knowledge…in Audrey Scare People Play, the monster, Scare People, is described as being “an octopus monster with wings,” and Meg O’Connor is attempting to make that costume. So I can’t wait to see it myself.

Did the unusual subject matter pose any particular challenges to the process?

See above re: octopus monster with wings. For the most part, however, no one wrote anything too outrageous because they were conscious of the limitations of theater and Cafe Royale specifically. You can do genre theater without a lot of special effects!

This show has a teaser at a bookstore. Tell us more about that and how you made that happen.

I have a good relationship with the people at Borderlands, and my original pitch included the preview reading because people who shop at a genre bookstore are more likely to see a night of genre theater, and vice-versa. It was a way to benefit my favorite bookstore and my favorite theater-in-a-bar. I floated the idea past Alan Beatts, the owner, and he was very receptive. And, to my surprise, he immediately suggested using microphones to broadcast throughout the store and draw people toward the reading and recording the reading as a podcast, which I hadn’t even considered. He wanted to make this the event it deserved to be.

We know you don’t drink, so what’s your favorite thing to order at the Cafe Royale on Theater Pub nights?

Coke. It’s the nectar of the gods. Not the Elder Gods, just the regular gods.

Don’t miss The Pub From Another World, playing one night only on May 20th, at 8 PM, for FREE, at the Cafe Royale!

Announcing The Line Up For May’s “Pub From Another World”

Audrey Scare People Play
by Audrey Kessinger
Audrey tries to get Scare People out of her house.

Support Group for the Mortally Challenged
by Bridgette Dutta Portman
Immortality isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

The Overnight Exchange
by Kirk Shimano
What if you had someone sleep for you? Would you miss your dreams?

Days of Future Whatever
by Sang Kim
Kevin time traveled. Kevin time travels. Kevin will time travel.

Mrs. Youngblood
by Allison Page
One psychotic nanny. One terrified girl. Three knives.

Origin Stories
by Sunil Patel
Two superheroes walk into a bar. Who walks out?

The Progress of Perception
by Timothy Kay
A mad scientist enhances his sight and doesn’t like what he sees.

Horny
by Marissa Skudlarek
You can have a unicorn, or you can have sex.

Don’t miss The Pub From Another World, on May 20th at 8 PM, only at the Cafe Royale!

An Interview With Sang Kim About Pajanuary

Sang S. Kim, writer, director, actor and widely-know comedic-talent-about-town, took some time to answer a few questions about the upcoming Theater Pub event, Pajanuary, which will be happening on Monday, January 21st.

We know you’re not stranger to Theater Pub, but this is your first time running a Theater Pub event, isn’t it?

That’s right.  Hopefully won’t be the last.

What’s been the best part?

Getting to hang out with my uber talented friends and boss them around.

What’s been the biggest challenge?

Uber talented friends are also uber busy.  Trying to coordinate schedules is like trying to get monkeys to roller skate.

How did you get hooked up with this job?

I think I was the most sober person in the room [at the Retreat] so yeah… joke’s on me.

Tell us more about Pajanuary. First off… what is a Pajanuary?

You’d have to ask Maria Leigh, who I think came up with the actual word Pajanuary (editor’s note: yes, indeed, it was Maria Leigh, at the 2012 Theater Pub retreat).  We also thought up Pajamuary with an “M” but then we’d have to offer Jam and that would get too messy.  Anyway, I’m more of a perserves man myself.

Your press release mentions that it is a night of “comfort theater”- want to be more specific?

During the meeting where this idea formed, Ashley Cowan pointed out that most suicides happen in late January.  From that wondefully cheerful thought, we came up with Pajamas and Bedtime Stories because statistically speaking, most suicides don’t happen in pajamas.  Wait… what was the question again?

I mean, he looks comfortable, doesn't he?

I mean, he looks comfortable, doesn’t he?

What do you think are some of the highlights of the evening?

Re-imagining the stories you grew up with while cuddled up next to your nearest and dearest with a drink.  Also – anyone who hasn’t had time to get into Harry Potter will probably never have to after that night.

Your press release also says people should wear their pajamas- will you be in pajamas?

I’m ordering them online as we speak.  Word of advice – do not google leather pajamas.

Do bathrobes count as pajamas?

Sunil Patel is coming in hospital scrubs so anything is pajamas after that.

What remains, to this day, your favorite bedtime story?

No joke – the Bible.  Floods, Fratricide, and giant Fishes.  It has everything a confused child wants to hear right before he falls asleep.

Don’t miss PAJANUARY, this first Theater Pub of 2013, playing one night only on Monday, January 21, at 8 PM at the Cafe Royale. The event is free with a suggested five dollar donation at the door. And don’t forget, our friends at Hide Away Blues BBQ will be there too, so come hungry!  

Announcing Our January Theater Pub!

Pa-January! – A Night of Bedtime Stories

The holidays are over but 2013 is now here with a New Year of Theater Pub!

With winter still ahead of us, we’re inviting everyone to cozy up in Café Royale for a Pajama Party and a night of Bedtime Stories.  We’re talking grade-A comfort theater, with stories old and new, a lullaby or two, crayons and coloring and of course booze – just like elementary school!

This Theater Pub will be brought to you by the Letter T for Talent, including Stuart Bousel , Megan Cohen, Jeremy Cole, Ashley Cowan, Jaime Lee Currier, Sang S. Kim, Dan Kurtz, William Leschber, Carl Luciana, Brian Markley, Jan Marsh, Karen Offereins, Sunil Patel and Marissa Skudlarek,

Pajamas are optional but whimsy is not. That said, if you come in your pajamas, we’ll totally enter you in a raffle to win a prize!

It all happens on January 21st, 2013 at the Cafe Royale in San Francisco! The show starts at 8, but get there early to support our friends the Hide-Away BBQ, who will be bringing pop-up deliciousness! Admission is, as always, free, with a suggested donation at the door!

Pint Sized Plays Interviews 6: Amanda Ortmayer Flies Solo

Pint Sized Plays III Opens Tonight! Don’t miss it! We start at 8, but get there early because we’re definitely going to fill up! And if you can’t make it tonight, we have shows tomorrow, the 23rd, the 30th and the 31st, in addition to a traveling show at the Plough and the Stars on July 18th!  

Meanwhile, we thought we’d introduce you to one of our new directors, Amanda Ortmayer, who joins us from the Exit, for her first Theater Pub!

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Who are you, in fifty words or less?

I am an EXIT Theatre family member.   I am lucky enough to do theatre for a living.  I am terrible at all other jobs.

What’s the play you’re directing about?

I am directing a play by Sunil Patel and it is about a man and his potential first beer.  Debate, conversation, and a real emotion connection ensue.  Do they have a future together?  Come and find out.

What drew you to this kick-ass show?

I was drawn to Theatre Pub because the community surrounding it is exciting.  I was drawn to this particular piece because the writing is funny and honest.

What are you discovering is the challenge of working at Theater Pub?

I think it’s a bit tricky to get people’s attention and keep it when you are in a bar.  It means the actors have to fight harder. Directing theatre in the round has its own set of challenges.

What has you most excited to be there?

I love the idea that we are magnifying moments that we would usually ignore in a bar.  Most people go to a bar to talk to their friends or drown their sorrows, not pay attention to everyone else who is doing some variation of the same thing.

What’s been your biggest, craziest, most HA! I PULLED THAT OFF, BITCHES! moment as a director?

Hmmm…  If we are talking about this show specifically I haven’t had too many challenges.  The script is funny, and the actors are great.  I have 2 props.  The most difficult thing I have had to do is schedule and that isn’t really all that impressive.

If you could direct anything, with limitless budget and stars, what would it be and why?

I like limitations because I like making choices bases on what I have.  I would probably find some great building (something old and creepy) and find a play that needs to take place there.  If anyone has an old creepy house, hook me up.

What’s up next for you?

The SF Fringe Festival.  I’m the Production Manager and the fun never stops.

What else in the SF Theater scene has you excited?

I think site-specific work is really exciting.

What is your favorite beer?

Duvel or any Chocolate Stout.

Pint Sized Plays Interviews 4: Megan Cohen and Sunil Patel

Two more playwrights tell all, just in time for your July 4th celebrations!

So how did you hear about Theater Pub’s Pint-Sized Play Festival and what possessed you to send something in?

Sunil Patel: I really enjoyed the first Pint-Sized, and I was in the second Pint-Sized. Last year, I did submit a short play about two superheroes in a bar that I do like but, in retrospect, didn’t really fit in the festival. So, having seen two festivals, I thought about what sort of play would really be appropriate in a festival of shows centered around drinking beer, especially considering that I don’t drink. And it’s funny that you used the word “possessed,” because that’s what happened: I was possessed by this image of a guy talking to a giant beer that is trying to convince him to drink it, along with the title Man vs. Beer. I thought it would be a fun contrast to submit a piece about not drinking.

Megan Cohen: This is my third year having a play in Pint-Sized. I work with Theater Pub a lot, but Pint-Sized tends to be my favorite show of the year because it really makes the most of the bar setting. Since all the shorts in the evening are meant to happen in a bar, it’s a totally immersive theater experience– the festival really invites the audience to live inside the plays, which I love.

What’s the hardest thing about writing a short play?

Sunil Patel: You have such a short time to develop your characters, you need to make every word count. You want your characters to have an arc, but you want it to feel natural and not rushed, even though any change will have to occur in a few minutes, rather than over an hour or two.

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Megan Cohen: People are less amazed afterwards than if you’d written a long play. A short one’s not actually easier– it’s a lot quicker, but in the time you spend writing and editing, it’s just as difficult.

What’s the best thing about writing a short play?

Megan Cohen: There are only two difficult things about writing: starting, and finishing. With a short play, finishing is easier than with a long piece just because you need less time– when you’re only aiming for a few pages, you have a genuine fighting chance of getting the whole thing done before you get distracted by a loud noise, hunger, facebook, a house fire, or by a so-called “better idea” that lures you away.

Sunil Patel: There are some concepts that are uniquely suited to short plays: no one wants to sit and watch a guy talking to a beer for two hours. Well, unless it were a really interesting, erudite beer. With this play, I wanted to make sure it didn’t overstay its welcome; it was nice to know that it was designed to have a specific trajectory that lasts a short amount of time. I could simply stay focused on that rather than worry about supporting characters, subplots, or other things that can complicate longer works.

Who do you think is a major influence on your work?

Megan Cohen: Writer/director Charles Ludlam (founder of the “Theater of the Ridiculous”), and the devising ensemble Forced Entertainment are really huge for me. Tom Stoppard and Stephen Sondheim are the writers I wanted to be when I grew up, so they’ll always loom large. I really love the pilot episode of “Lost,” it’s sort of like an hour-long narrative manifesto for me right now. Lanford Wilson, of course; he was one of the first “real” playwrights who I actually worked with in the same room, and my work doesn’t sound like his at all tonally but his empathy as a writer and as a person are definitely a heartbeat in terms of what motivates me to write.

Sunil Patel: Joss Whedon. I think I’ve picked up a lot of his rhythms and dialogue quirks, especially his use of humor (though I am perhaps more fond of puns). And we both like taking unusual, ridiculous situations and characters and treating them with sincerity.

Megan Cohen


If you could pick one celebrity to be cast in your show, who would it be and why?

Sunil Patel: Alison Brie as Beer! She’s hilarious, and she’s shown such range on Community and Mad Men (and she also had a small role in Scream 4, what the hell) that I think she could portray the different facets of Beer. Also, then I could meet Alison Brie. (Oh! Donald Glover as Teetotaler! Somebody make this happen.)

Megan Cohen: Well, our actor (Allison Page) is already pretty famous– she performed with Bill Irwin this year, and has been in viral videos that pretty much a zillion people have seen– so, this question is basically moot, ’cause I have a celebrity already. But I always say– and it’s true of this piece as well– all the roles in all my plays are written for Madeline Kahn.

What is a writing project you are currently working on?

Sunil Patel: Last year, I wrote the first act of an epic sci-fi drama called Gravity, and the second act was improvised, so I am trying to write my own second act. I am also working on a romantic comedy about a golem, tentatively titled The Dating of Gilgamesh.

Megan Cohen: So far this year I’ve written my first game, my first TV script, and my first screenplay; next, I’m planning to write my first good TV script, and maybe my first novel. I also have a lot of projects bubbling for next year that I can’t talk too much about, but expect some adventures in transmedia storytelling with live and online components… and I am revising two full-length plays and drafting a whole new one… the new one is probably the craziest thing I’ve ever written.

What’s next for you?

Sunil Patel: See above. I would love to finish both those projects this year, but life is busy!

Megan Cohen: Oh man, I am working on like seven hundred things– I blog about them at http://www.megancohen.com, and tweet about them @WayBetterThanTV, so you can always keep tabs on me there!

So what upcoming shows or events are you most excited about in the Bay Area Theater Scene?

Megan Cohen: Really excited for the San Francisco Olympians Festival this winter– my play Zeus is on Dec. 20th, but I’ll be coming to as many of the other shows as I possibly can. I love the diversity of voices in the festival, a lot of different viewpoints and styles at work.

Sunil Patel: Custom Made’s Merchant of Venice, because who doesn’t want to see American Psycho meets Mad Men? And Vamp’s It’s All in the Mix, because I have no idea what it is except this “DJ play” and I’ve never seen a play about a DJ. Oh, and Dark Room’s Princess Bride Live!

What’s your favorite beer?

Sunil Patel: Ginger.

Megan Cohen: Who’s buying? If it’s me, PBR. If it’s you, Consecration from Russian River Brewing.

Don’t miss the Pint Sized plays, opening July 16 and playing July 17, 23, 30 and 31 with a special performance at the Plough and the Stars on July 18. All the rest are at our usual stomping grounds, Cafe Royale, located at the corner of Post and Leavenworth in San Francisco’s lovely Tendernob neighborhood. Performances are free, no reservations necessary, but show up early and stay late- we’re bound to be sold out and the crowd is always the best part of Theater Pub!

Artistic Director Julia Heitner Announces This Year’s Pint-Sized Plays!

I spent a marathon day on Monday getting inspired at the Theatre Bay Area annual conference, gathering information about interactive experience from Burning Man founders and tips from site-specific mavens, Kim Epifano (Epiphany Productions/Trolley Dances) and Lauren Chavez & Ava Roy (We Players.) With this knowledge fresh in my mind, I am so pleased to announce the line-up for our annual bar-specific play festival, The Pint Sized Plays!

We have 10 new plays by 10 fantastic local playwrights. For Pint Sized III I plan to include everything our audiences love about the festival: entertaining theatre, great acting and direction, live music, beer drinking, and of course, our resident llama! For the first time this year, we are also taking the show on tour to other bars around San Francisco. First stop, the fantastic Irish Pub, The Plough and Stars on Clement Street!

The Line-up:

Beeeeeear
by Megan Cohen
Third time Pint-Sized fest playwright, Megan Cohen continues to surprise us with this play about a beer-drinking bear.

Beer Theory by Marissa Skudlarek
Boy meets Girl. Dionysian meets Apollonian.

Celia Sh*ts by William Bivins
What happens when all the mystery is lost from a relationship?

Circles by Seanan Palmero
Watching a Nascar race brings up philosophical questions from the bar patrons. Are we all just going in circles?

Circling by Nancy Cooper Frank
Don’t we all deserve… a parking place right out front?

To Deborah by Leah M. Winery
Friends and family reveal their true feelings about the dearly departed.

Llama by Stuart Bousel
The llama is back!!!

Man vs. Beer
by Sunil Patel
A Teetotaler is peer pressured by a talking beer.

Play it Again, Friend
 by Tim Bauer
Man contemplates life through the music of the bar pianist.

Put it on Vibrate
by Tom Bruett
Pleasure party + Mother-in-Law = Hilariously Uncomfortable

The festival runs July 16,17, 23, 30 & 31, 8pm @ Café Royale, (800 Post St @ Leavenworth in San Francisco) with a special touring performance, July 18, at Plough and the Stars, (188 Clement St. @ 2nd Ave in the Richmond District), SF. Additional dates for the festival TBA.

Get To Know Some of the Actors of the Pint-Sized Plays!

Who doesn’t love actors? They’re charming, they’re pretty, and if they’re in Pint-Sized you can see them for free! We took a moment to catch up with a few of them and ask some get-to-know you questions so that everyone heading out to see the Pint-Sized Plays this month would have a jumping off point should they find themselves suddenly next to an actor before, during, or after the show. Enjoy!

What do you love best about theater pub?

Matt Gunnison: The casual, fun atmosphere and an audience that’s there to have a good time.

Sunil Patel: I love that Theater Pub is a casual, free theatre experience that is still very high quality and is produced by very talented people. I love it the most when it makes use of the space in interesting ways, seating actors at tables or having their voices boom down from the balcony above.

Sarah Moser: I love getting to hang out with some of the most talented and most gorgeous human beings in the history of the universe.  And also beer+theater=world peace.

What’s your favorite moment in this year’s Pint-Sized?

Matt Gunnison: Scripted?  Nicole Hammersla: “Awkward silence!”  Unscripted?  Ray Hobbs and Duncan Wold’s dueling baseball caps.

Sunil Patel: I don’t want to spoil it, but there is a line in Endgame II that is one of the greatest things that has ever been said in the English language. I also love all of Nicole Hammersla’s expressions during English for the Romantically Challenged.

Sarah Moser: My favorite rehearsal moment was our first rehearsal for Drinking Alone.  Megan Cohen was kind enough to let us rehearse at her family’s temporary pad in North Beach.  We drank beers, rehearsed in a living room, played with a pet bunny, stood on the porch and talked about Dumbledore, and generally wallowed in our chemistry. My favorite performance moment is watching Megan Briggs’s amazing face in Listen.

What attracts you to a character as an actor?

Matt Gunnison: Dynamism.  Seeing that character change and grow, becoming someone different as a result of their circumstances and choices.  Getting to play those moments of the character stepping onto new ground.

Sarah Moser: I like visceral language that kicks you in the gut.  Also, I like characters who are loners, who aren’t quite coloring inside the lines.

Sunil Patel: I am never attracted to my character as an actor. That seems like it would make for a very awkward time in the bedroom, so I think we should just be friends.

What’s a role you’ve always wanted to play?

Sarah Moser: Oh man.  Right now, I would really, really love to Kayleen in Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph or Cassy in Clementine in the Lower 9 by Dan Dietz.

Matt Gunnison: I was always more interested in trying out different types (the hero, the villain, the comic relief, etc.) and the many different versions of each.  A character descending into madness would be a thrill.

Sunil Patel: I feel a strong connection to Guildenstern in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Or is it Rosencrantz? I can never remember.

Who is your favorite actor?

Matt Gunnison: There are too many good actors to narrow it down, but I’m really fond of Kevin Spacey and Gary Sinise for drama, and John Lithgow and Christopher Lloyd for comedy.

Sarah Moser: My favorite actors are Ben Whishaw and my aunt Barbara.  I also love watching local actor Omoze Idehenre.

Sunil Patel: Any actor who can make me forget that I’m watching an actor.

What show are you doing next, or what Bay Area show do you most look forward to this season?

Matt Gunnison: A staged reading of Roy Conboy’s My Tia Loca’s Life of Crime at SFSU’s Studio Theatre on September 17, the SF Olympians Festival at The Exit in October, and–of course–more Theater Pub!

Sarah Moser: I’m excited to be part of the adventure that is turning Megan Cohen’s one act, A Three Little Dumplings Adventure, into a FULL LENGTH PLAY and life experience.

Sunil Patel: I will be playing a thieving heroin addict in Megan Cohen’s Orion as part of the San Francisco Olympians Festival. I am looking forward to Megan Cohen’s full-length play, How to Love, as I presume it is some of sort of theatrical instruction manual. I just love Megan Cohen. Isn’t she great?

What’s your favorite thing to order at a bar?

Matt Gunnison: A new beer that I wind up liking.  Or a vodka tonic if I feel like I have to look classy.

Sarah Moser: It changes all the time.  But I do love me some Jack Daniels, neat.

Sunil Patel: Rum and Coke, hold the rum.