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January 3, 2012 > Douglas Morrisson announces first "Bare Bones" staged readings

Douglas Morrisson announces first "Bare Bones" staged readings

Submitted By Marsha Howard

The Douglas Morrisson Theatre (DMT) is excited to introduce the first show in the 2012 "Bare Bones" staged reading series: "The Drunken City" by Adam Bock.

"What would it be like if all the characters in a play were drunk?" That's the question the playwright Adam Bock asked himself, and answers with quirkily charming results in "The Drunken City." Bride- to-be Marnie and her two bridesmaids, Melissa and Linda, hit the streets of Manhattan for a final, and fateful, bachelorettes night out on the town. These 20-something women stagger into Frank and his buddy Eddie outside a club, and before you know it, Marnie and Frank have paired off. What ensues is a hysterical night plus of soul-searching as we discover the lonely hearts hidden beneath the tipsy exteriors.

Bock's playful comedy "The Drunken City" inaugurates DMT's Bare Bones series - staged readings of edgier pieces by contemporary writers. "The Drunken City" was commissioned by and originally premiered in 2005 at New York's Kitchen Theatre Company, revised at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, and received its off Broadway premiere in 2008, produced by Playwrights Horizons.

"A lot of fun! Adam Bock's scapel-sharp insight has made him a potent force on today's theatre scene... Tart, smart, and intoxicating." -The New York Sun

Bay Area audiences will recognize Canadian playwright Bock through his long history with Shotgun Players. Bock's plays have been produced in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, London, Toronto, and Edinburgh. They include "Swimming in the Shallows" (Shotgun Players, Off-Broadway), "The Shaker Chair" (Shotgun Players, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Humana Festival), "The Thugs," "Five Flights" (Off-Broadway), "The Typographer's Dream" (Shotgun Players, 2003 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the Menier Theatre, London), "The Receptionist" (Manhattan Theatre Club), and "A Small Fire" (Off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons).

Director Dale Albright most recently directed "Sister Cities" (Dragon Productions), "Abigail Dreary" (Ianiro Productions), and "Tuna Christmas" (BusBarn). He has also directed for Dragon Productions and productions at theatre Q, as well as the San Francisco Fringe Festival. As an actor, Albright will soon be seen in "Bach at Leipzig" at The Pear Avenue Theatre (April 2012) and most recently appeared in "Compleat Female Stage Beauty" at City Lights Theatre Company of San Jose. Previous performances include playing Tennessee Williams ("Tennessee in the Summer" at New Conservatory Theatre Center, Bay Area Critics Circle nomination) as well as "Lips Together, Teeth Apart" (theatre Q), "Snakebit" (theatre Q), "Cloud 9" (co-produced by Dragon Productions/ theatre Q), "Terminating" (co-produced by Theatre Rhino/Eastenders), "Rough Crossing" (Town Hall Theatre) and Dragon Productions' "Chekhov in Yalta" and "Heidi Chronicles."

The Bare Bones series will continue with "Looking for Normal" by Jane Anderson and directed by Marilyn Langbehn on April 3, "Broke-ology" by Nathan Louis Jackson on August 7, and a reading to be announced for October 9.

The Douglas Morrisson Theatre is located at 22311 N. Third St. in Hayward, next to the Senior Center and the Japanese Gardens. The Box Office is open Tuesday through Friday, 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and can be reached at (510) 881-6777. Information is also available at

The Drunken City
Tuesday, Jan 10
8 p.m.
Douglas Morrisson Theatre
22311 N. Third St., Hayward
(510) 881-6777
Tickets: $10 open seating

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