QUEER CAT PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS:

THE GAY DIVORCE PLAY,

By Nicole Jost, Carson Beker, with Genevieve Jesse, Directed by Nikki Meñez


…TJ & Luz Are Uncoupling…

Save The Date!

June 13th, 2019 at Google Community Space (reserve tickets here!),

And!
August 15-18, 22-25 at Potrero Stage.

WITH

Alisha Ehrlich  as  LUZ  - Alisha Ehrlich is so excited and honored to join Queer Cats on this adventure as Luz! She is currently understudying the role of Hermia in Tyne Rafaeli's production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at Cal Shakes and was last seen onstage as both Marianne and Elinor (on alternating weeks) in Town Hall Theatre's production of Kate Hamill's "Sense and Sensibility," directed by Susan Evans. Other favorite roles have included Abby in Amy Herzog's "Belleville" at Custom Made Theatre Company, directed by M. Graham Smith, Mary Warren in "The Crucible," directed by Stuart Bousel, and Eurydice in Sarah Ruhl's "Eurydice" at the Douglas Morrisson, directed by Susan Evans. Let's do this!

Alisha Ehrlich as LUZ - Alisha Ehrlich is so excited and honored to join Queer Cats on this adventure as Luz! She is currently understudying the role of Hermia in Tyne Rafaeli's production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at Cal Shakes and was last seen onstage as both Marianne and Elinor (on alternating weeks) in Town Hall Theatre's production of Kate Hamill's "Sense and Sensibility," directed by Susan Evans. Other favorite roles have included Abby in Amy Herzog's "Belleville" at Custom Made Theatre Company, directed by M. Graham Smith, Mary Warren in "The Crucible," directed by Stuart Bousel, and Eurydice in Sarah Ruhl's "Eurydice" at the Douglas Morrisson, directed by Susan Evans. Let's do this!

Troy Rockett  as  TJ! -  Troy Rockett received a joint MA degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. Troy is a Bay Area based artist who finds liberation through honest and radical story-telling. S/he first explored acting through the Queer Women Of Color Media Arts Project.  Dyke Central, Bay Area's first Queer web series, is Troy's most prominent screen acting role. S/he was later cast in a supporting role in Jewelle Gomez's  Leaving the Blues, 2017;  for Troy an unforgettable introduction to acting in theater .  In 2018 s/he landed their first lead role in WAAFRIKA 123  by Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko. S/he is driven to partner and delve into daring works by Queer and Trans writers and continues to be motivated by dynamic directors and actors from past production families.

Troy Rockett as TJ! - Troy Rockett received a joint MA degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. Troy is a Bay Area based artist who finds liberation through honest and radical story-telling. S/he first explored acting through the Queer Women Of Color Media Arts Project. Dyke Central,Bay Area's first Queer web series, is Troy's most prominent screen acting role. S/he was later cast in a supporting role in Jewelle Gomez's Leaving the Blues, 2017; for Troy an unforgettable introduction to acting in theater. In 2018 s/he landed their first lead role inWAAFRIKA 123 by Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko. S/he is driven to partner and delve into daring works by Queer and Trans writers and continues to be motivated by dynamic directors and actors from past production families.

Derek Jones as The Officiant -  Derek Jones is a San Francisco based actor, comedian, singer, writer and self-proclaimed shit stirrer. A Baltimore native, Derek has has appeared in numerous Bay Area productions including, FaultLine Theatre's "Where All Good Rabbits Go"'; "How To Be A White Man" and "#bros" as well as Killing My Lobster's "Game of Nerds' and "1997". Derek also originated the roles of Dr. Smile/Daddy in the concert versions of the musical "The Red Shades: A Trans Rock Opera" and will reprise his role in the upcoming full production. With his art, Derek hopes to illuminate worlds that don’t get the spotlight, tell stories that haven’t been told and to add my voice to the chorus of the marginalized, oppressed and ignored crying for change.

Derek Jones as The Officiant - Derek Jones is a San Francisco based actor, comedian, singer, writer and self-proclaimed shit stirrer. A Baltimore native, Derek has has appeared in numerous Bay Area productions including, FaultLine Theatre's "Where All Good Rabbits Go"'; "How To Be A White Man" and "#bros" as well as Killing My Lobster's "Game of Nerds' and "1997". Derek also originated the roles of Dr. Smile/Daddy in the concert versions of the musical "The Red Shades: A Trans Rock Opera" and will reprise his role in the upcoming full production. With his art, Derek hopes to illuminate worlds that don’t get the spotlight, tell stories that haven’t been told and to add my voice to the chorus of the marginalized, oppressed and ignored crying for change.

Nic A. Sommerfeld  as  The Bitchy Inner Monologue -  Nic A. Sommerfeld is a Montana-born actor and playwright who received their degree from Santa Clara University. Nic has recently had a play performed as part of this year’s Best Of Playground at Potrero Stage. They have acted with the California Shakespeare Theater, Berkeley Playhouse, Fuse Theater, Left Coast Theatre Company, San Francisco Playhouse, SF Oasis, The Exit Theatre, Berkeley Rep, The Thrillpeddlers, The Douglas Morrison Theatre, Altarena Playhouse, and The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. They also perform as their Drag King persona Chester Vanderbox. They are thrilled to be queering it up with these cats as they embark on creating new authentically queer theater in San Francisco. Thanks to all those who have helped me to find my own flag to wave.

Nic A. Sommerfeld as The Bitchy Inner Monologue - Nic A. Sommerfeld is a Montana-born actor and playwright who received their degree from Santa Clara University. Nic has recently had a play performed as part of this year’s Best Of Playground at Potrero Stage. They have acted with the California Shakespeare Theater, Berkeley Playhouse, Fuse Theater, Left Coast Theatre Company, San Francisco Playhouse, SF Oasis, The Exit Theatre, Berkeley Rep, The Thrillpeddlers, The Douglas Morrison Theatre, Altarena Playhouse, and The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. They also perform as their Drag King persona Chester Vanderbox. They are thrilled to be queering it up with these cats as they embark on creating new authentically queer theater in San Francisco. Thanks to all those who have helped me to find my own flag to wave.

 
Directed by Nikki Meñez.  Nicole Meñez is a director, choreographer, and performer as well as a Bay Area native. She is a graduate of the University of California in Santa Cruz where she received degrees in Environmental Studies and Theater Arts. Nicole works at New Conservatory Theatre Center as the Program Manager for YouthAware Educational Theatre and as Casting Associate. She also wears various creative hats at Custom Made Theater Company, Faultline Theatre, and PianoFight. Directing credits include "In the Heights" by Quiara Alegría Hudes and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Custom made Theatre Company), "How To Be a White Man" by Luna Malbroux & Jennifer Lewis (FaultLine Theater) and "The Importance of Being Earnest" by Oscar Wilde (Actors Ensemble of Berkeley).

Directed by Nikki Meñez. Nicole Meñez is a director, choreographer, and performer as well as a Bay Area native. She is a graduate of the University of California in Santa Cruz where she received degrees in Environmental Studies and Theater Arts. Nicole works at New Conservatory Theatre Center as the Program Manager for YouthAware Educational Theatre and as Casting Associate. She also wears various creative hats at Custom Made Theater Company, Faultline Theatre, and PianoFight. Directing credits include "In the Heights" by Quiara Alegría Hudes and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Custom made Theatre Company), "How To Be a White Man" by Luna Malbroux & Jennifer Lewis (FaultLine Theater) and "The Importance of Being Earnest" by Oscar Wilde (Actors Ensemble of Berkeley).

THE GAY DIVORCE PLAY is an interactive living room theater ritual of a queer marriage dissolution party. TJ and Luz have invited you, their friends, to celebrate their divorce. And you said you would come...

Audience members will be called upon to bear witness, take sides, and misbehave. Your participation changes the play, and no two performances are the same. Ultimately, you decide: Should this couple break up? Or stay together?

Along the way, we will eat, drink, and consider: What is a queer marriage? Is marriage queer? What does it mean to be monstrous in a relationship? What is queer intimacy? What is love? Why is it always hummus and quinoa at these things? And what does it mean when two people who once loved one another separate or when a play ends: are we a community of friends, colleagues, and families, or are we just strangers in a room?

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THE GAY DIVORCE PLAY was written by Carson Beker and Nicole Jost, with Genevieve Jesse, and is a Queer Cat Productions original. This play is directed by Nikki Meñez, with Alisha Ehrlich, Troy Rockett, Derek Jones, and Nic A. Sommerfeld. It is produced by Carson Beker, Nicole Jost, and Nara Dahlbacka, with help from our community, our mentors, and our sponsors. THANK YOU!