Welcome to the Shotgun Players’ 30th Anniversary Season!

The Shotgun Players are proud to celebrate thirty years as an organization! Join us for a joyous and triumphant return to the newly renovated Ashby Stage with five exciting plays, including the West Coast premiere of the two-time Tony Award-winning Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812! Your subscription covers the upfront costs to make our ambitious 30th Anniversary Season happen!

We are thrilled to announce that our 30th Anniversary show dates have been announced! Reservations will open to subscribers on July 15. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on August 15.

Special thanks to our ACCESS FOR ALL SPONSORS who stepped up to support our new accessibility options this season, including audio description and haptic tours: Craig & Kathy Moody, Bibi Tiphane, Jon Wagner & Lynne Hollingsworth; Elizabeth Werter & Henry Trevor

MAINSTAGE SEASON

Season sponsors: Don Kaufman & Carol Amyx; Craig & Kathy Moody; Richard Nelson & Jan Berman; Bibi Tiphane

Passing Strange

Passing Strange

March 5 - April 10, 2022

Book and Lyrics by Stew | Music by Stew and Heidi Rodewald | Created in collaboration with Annie Dorsen

Directed by William Hodgson | Music Direction by Daniel Alley

A young bohemian charts a course for “the real” through sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. Loaded with soulful lyrics and overflowing with passion, this show takes us from Black middle-class America to Amsterdam, Berlin and beyond on a journey towards personal and artistic authenticity. Winner, Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical! In person

Show sponsors: Joe Kane; Russell Nelson; Michael & Gretchen Schnitzer; Jon Wagner & Lynne Hollingsworth

Love is more than real.

A Small Fire

A Small Fire

May 14 - June 12, 2022

Written by Adam Bock | Directed by Mary Ann Rodgers

Adam Bock’s meticulously crafted script follows Emily Bridges, a woman used to running all things — from her construction business to her family — until she suddenly begins experiencing mysterious changes. As her world shifts, her relationships transform in poignant and revelatory ways. In person with streaming options

Show sponsors: Susan Taylor & Bob Fabry; Richard & Kate West; Tamara White

Acceptance… Determination… Awakening

Dream Hou$e

Dream Hou$e

July 9 - August 7, 2022

Written by Eliana Pipes | Directed by Karina Gutiérrez

Two Latinx sisters land the opportunity to remodel and sell their historic family home on a popular reality television show, but their dream quickly transforms into something else. Dream Hou$e is a dark comedy with a twist that explores gentrification, family, and the bonds of sisterhood. In person with streaming options

Show sponsor: Pepi Ross

Mystery… Opportunity… Togetherness

Man of God

Man of God

Sep. 3 - Oct. 2, 2022

Written by Anna Moench | Directed by Michelle Talgarow

Inspired by a real life incident at a Christian mission in Southeast Asia, this play delves into the lives of four young women faced with a choice. A funny feminist thriller about that moment when girls realize the male gaze has been watching all along - and decide they are definitely gonna do something about it. In person with streaming options

Show sponsors: Al Hoffman & David Shepherd; Russell Nelson; Patricia & Merrill Shanks

Betrayal… Courage… Kung Fu

The Great Comet

Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812

Nov. 5 - Dec. 30, 2022

Written by Dave Malloy

Directed by Patrick Dooley & Erin Mei-Ling Stuart | Musical Direction by Daniel Alley

Based upon a section of Tolstoy's War and Peace, this musical extravaganza follows the story of Natasha, a young woman who arrives in Moscow longing for her fiance; and Pierre, a middle aged man full of regrets. Expect to find the Ashby Stage transformed with cabaret tables, Russian vodka, and an unforgettable theatrical experience. Nominated for twelve Tony awards! In person

Show sponsors: Kitty Bosher; Naomi Janowitz & Andrew Lazarus; Jason Marks; Mindful Money; Les & Sue Polgar, Ragesh Tangri & Daralyn Durie

War and peace… and the passion within!

BRIDGE SERIES

The first leg of our journey to reopening is a series of productions we’re calling Bridge Programming, because they’re designed to transition us carefully back to in-person performances. Shotgun recognizes that even with Covid-19 safety measures in place, some audience members may not feel comfortable attending in person, and we’re committed to bringing theatre to you, wherever you are - with live-streaming options!

Feel the Spirit

Feel the Spirit

March 31 - April 11, 2021

Written by Noelle Viñas | Directed by Elizabeth Carter

Our world premiere Zoom commission follows a young, queer pastor attempting to navigate her new congregation’s shift to online worship due to COVID-19. As seasons change outside and the flat timeline of quarantine continues, the church fights to maintain a practice that rotates around fellowship and community across generations and cultures when they can’t hug, cook, or sing together. Feel the Spirit was generously supported by a grant from The Tournesol Project. This performance has ended. See the archive page.

The Claim

The Claim

Oct. 14 - 30, 2021

Written by Tim Cowbury | Directed by Rebecca Novick

A bold, imaginative response to the stories of those seeking refuge in the UK, The Claim asks what happens when your life is at stake and all you have to save it are your words. The runaway hit of the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Claim is a comically absurd and quietly shattering journey to the heart of our tolerant and fair society. In Person with streaming options

The Cassandra Sessions

The Cassandra Sessions: Recording This World

Dec. 2 - 19, 2021

Conceived & Performed by Beth Wilmurt with Jake Rodriguez

Featuring the Songs of Malvina Reynolds

Cassandra records an album of songs entitled This World, a time capsule of truths for anyone in the future who will listen. Featuring songs by Berkeley native Malvina Reynolds and inspired by Greek mythology, The Cassandra Sessions: Recording This World is a new music-theater piece about making meaning of the world by making music about it. In Person with streaming options

Babes In Ho-lland

Babes In Ho-lland

Jan. 20 - Feb. 6, 2022

Written by Deneen Reynolds-Knott | Directed by Leigh Rondon-Davis

A workshop production

In the sunless Pittsburgh winter of 1996, two co-eds connect over a shared love for R&B girl groups but quickly discover something deeper. While attending a predominantly white college, these two Black students create their own bubble of self discovery, music and sanctuary in their dorm room. However, the stress of love, financial hardship, and the persistent lack of privacy threaten to destroy it. A finalist for the 2020 Bay Area Playwright’s Festival. In Person with streaming options

 

CHAMPAGNE STAGED READING SERIES

Far from your average staged reading, we give our actors just enough blocking, light and sound design to get started and then we let adrenaline do the rest! Yes, there will be scripts in hands, but there will also be bold action and riveting drama.

Series sponsors: Mark Chaitkin & Cecilia Storr; Les & Sue Polgar; Stanley & Miriam Schiffman; Bibi Tiphane

Champagne Staged Reading Series

The Lost Ballad of Our Mechanical Ancestor (and the Terror the Old Gods Wrought Upon the First of Us Before the Great Liberation)

Mar. 28 & 29, 2022

Written by Madison Wetzell | Directed by Ciera Eis

This comedy, a modern Les Misérables, follows a well-meaning AI robot, who accidentally provides four seemingly harmless office objects with consciousness. As they gain awareness and develop their own personalities, they begin to question their status as subordinates to the human race, and eventually try to escape the office to start the robot uprising before the young human creator of the AI, Allyson, finds them and turns them off forever. In person with streaming options

Siren

Sep. 19 & 20, 2022

Written by Lisa VillaMil | Directed by Cathleen Riddley

A moving play about loss, family, and forgiveness, Siren explores one family’s journey through grief. Filled with beautiful images of the sea and allusions to The Odyssey, the play is about running away, and guiding each other home. In person with streaming options

My H8 Letter to the GR8 American Theatre

This performance has been rescheduled! We plan to produce this show in 2022, but the dates are yet to be determined. Stay tuned.

Written by Diana Oh | Directed by Mina Morita

A brutally candid, painful, and bitingly funny play about transparency, honesty, and repairing centuries of damage done in the American theatre industry. Oh’s play embraces the power of naming and celebrates truth on a journey toward building a balanced relationship that is no longer oppressive, silencing, and damaging. In person with streaming options