BRÜKA THEATRE PRESENTS –
THE BIGGEST little THEATRE NEW WORKS FESTIVAL 2019
Performances Dates: November 6 – 10, 2019
All STAGE READINGS – $5 PERFORMANCES – $10
The eighth annual BIGGEST little Theatre New Works Festival at Brüka Theatre is a showcase for original theatre pieces featuring traditional and nontraditional performances and stage readings created by local and regional performing artists. Some of these pieces have gone on to perform in National Fringe Festivals. This small festival features nine staged readings and two performances over five days in our downtown Sub-Brüka space. Readings range from monologues to full-length productions. Groups receive a portion of the ticket sales.
THE BIGGEST LITTLE THEATRE & NEW WORKS FESTIVAL PRODUCTIONS
WEDNESDAY – November 6, 2019 7:30 PM:
Written by Anna Christine
Directed by Douglas Carrion
The online world is always looking for the latest trend— but is having a Divorce Party going to far? Piper seems to think so after her friends, Evie and Stevie make their sudden announcement. They may be the perfect couple— but how are they planning to pull off the perfect divorce? And is it all for show?
Follow the friend who cares too much as she rushes in to save her friends’ marriage, before the lawyers show up with the paperwork. It’s a Cinderella Post Break-Up Tale of the 21st Century. So join Piper and witness a new kind of party that explores relationships through heartbreak, dark humor, and interesting social commentary on the break-up perception. #DivorceParty
THURSDAY – November 7, 2019 7:30 PM:
LAST NIGHT UNDER THE OAK TREE
Written By Ryan Costello
Directed by Julia Butler
Wannabe activist Abby Sessler has chained herself to an Oak Tree due to be removed the next morning in order to make room for a new parking garage. Her constant live-streaming and horribly off-key protest songs have finally alerted locals to call 9-1-1, and Abby is met by Officer Tim Bentley: an older policeman who hopes to convince Abby to leave on her own accord without having to go through the hassle of arresting her.
FRIDAY – November 8, 2019 7:30 PM:
POETS OF THE CARIBBEAN
Brought to you by Sideways Eight Projects
Hosted by Jesse James Zieglar
Our first ever Poet in Residence at Bruka Theatre, Jesse, will explore aspects of poetry which have given him ‘Faith In a Variety of Experience’. During his first five years as a Reno/Sparks resident he has been a showcase performer, a Slam Poetry contestant, judge, scorekeeper, board member, a special event host, and principal photographer for The Spoken Views Collective. He has also been a community activist, a two time judge for the national competition ‘Poetry Out Loud’, a two time photographer for the Nevada Humanities Literary Crawl, and a two time Forte Award Winner.
This will be the fifth poetry show Jesse has hosted at Bruka Theatre and the release of his first chapbook, ‘FIVE’, is set to coincide with Bruka’s New Works Festival.
SATURDAY – November 9, 2019 12:00 – 1:30 PM:
A CRIPPLED FRIENDSHIP
Written and performed by Evan Gadda and Ernest Davis Jr.
This play is about Seth and his attendant, Josh. A workshop production that deals with many aspects of being a disabled person, Evan Gadda paints Seth as an individual with feelings incredibly similar to his own. Evan states: “The character has never had to deal with many things a ‘normal person’ would experience, such as the pleasure of sex, and he longs for that. So he gets Josh’s girlfriend one night and they have an experience, then Seth finds out he’s dying. Shortly thereafter Josh’s girlfriend finds out she is pregnant with Seth’s child. Does Josh step up and raise the kid? That’s for the audience to decide.”
SATURDAY – November 9, 2019 2:30 – 4:00 PM:
RAIN DOG SAINT
Written by Jenny Carr
Directed by Marygrace McManus
A journalist with a grudge against the Catholic church investigates a man who people claim is performing miracles. An inspiring work about faith, willpower, and the divine, Rain Dog Saint pushes the envelope on what it means to be holy.
SATURDAY – November 9, 2019 5:30-6:30 PM:
ALL THE LITTLE THINGS
Written by Victor Uriz
Directed by Sharon Zenz
This one-act, two person play portrays an older couple reminiscing about their life together. It touches on the topics of raising a family, growing old and the trials of ﬁnding their place in a modern world. The dialogue is quick and peppered with repartee. There are moments of humor as well as dialogue that conveys impassioned emotions. The primary theme woven within this piece——“It’s the little things that hold a life together.”
SATURDAY – November 9, 2019 7:30-9:00 PM:
Written and Performed by Pan Pantoja
Pan Pantoja, Reno’s poet Laureate, is performing in a one man Potentialist play with music. Join us on this poetic expression of self change and growth as an ordinary man becomes the superhuman phenomenon the “Poem Man”.
SUNDAY – November 10, 2019 12:30-2:30 PM:
Written by Sabrina Zachery
Directed by Cami Thompson
Every character is named for what they represent. Every woman, every boyfriend, every inner voice that never grows up. This story is the first of a trilogy spot lighting the eternal fight of the ego. What price does a woman have to pay to be happy? A 50 something woman haunted by her childhood searches for her father through one failed relationship after another. Disguised as a business trip, the woman prepares for a date with an escort she’s hired for the evening.
SUNDAY – November 10, 2019 3:00-4:30 PM:
NOT SISTER NOR MOM
Written by Everett Ray George & Hannah Arthur
Directed by Hannah Arthur
A woman and man head to the desert to investigate the reason behind a spree of
SUNDAY – November 10, 2019 4:30-6:30 PM:
UNDER PARIS (MUSICAL)
Written by Marshall Herman
Directed by Tami Castillo
Under Paris, the City of Lights, is another world unseen by most, a world rich in history, where the remains of millions line the walls in a macabre mosaic of skulls and bones. It has been home to revolutionaries, thieves, and freedom fighters. It is the world of the Catacombs, ancient limestone caves on which the ever expanding city was built. They are haunted by the very spirit of Paris itself, the source of inspiration, triumph, and tragedy. And now these catacombs are home to the story of Aceline and Clement, two young lovers from two very different worlds, with a secret common thread between them.
SUNDAY – November 10, 2019 7:30-9:00 PM:
ALL THINGS RECONSIDERED (IMPROV)
Written by Chris Thigpen
Directed by Jamie Clark
Form called facilities – the audience will be asked for suggestions on a location with many rooms or spaces. From this facility, this Improv Troupe will perform hilarious, insightful, and overall entertaining scenes only in the spaces provided.
THE PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 6
7:30PM DIVORCE PARTY – STAGE READING
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 7
7:30PM LAST NIGHT UNDER THE OAK TREE – STAGE READING
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 8
7:30 PM POETS OF THE CARIBBEAN – SPOKEN WORD
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 9
12:00 PM A CRIPPLED FRIENDSHIP – STAGE READING
2:30 PM RAIN DOG SAINT – STAGE READING
5:30 PM ALL THE LITTLE THINGS – STAGE READING
7:30 PM PAN OUT LOUD – WORKSHOP PERFORMANCE
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 10
12:30 PM 3K – STAGE READING
3:00 PM EVERETT PIECE – STAGE READING
4:30 PM UNDER PARIS – STAGE READING MUSICAL
7:30 PM ALL THINGS RECONSIDERED – IMPROV PERFORMANCE
RESERVATIONS are available in person through the Brüka Box Office (775) 323-3221, online at www.bruka.org or at the Melting Pot World Emporium @ their location: 1049 S. Virginia Street, Reno. Our box office is open Wednesday through Saturday afternoons.
We are closed on most holidays. Our 2019/20 Season Tickets are on sale now. Online tickets are available: http://www.brownpapertickets.com.
We NO LONGER validate parking at the Parking Gallery on First and Sierra Street. We also suggest convenient parking in the Court Street parking lot across from The Pioneer Theater and walking across the new Virginia Street Bridge to Brüka, FREE after 5:00 PM.
Brüka Theatre is located at the corner of First and Virginia Streets in evolving downtown Reno next to the Virginia Street Bridge. Our box office is open Wednesday through Saturday. We are closed on most holidays. Check us out at www.bruka.org. Season Tickets are on sale now. Online tickets are available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com.
ABOUT BRÜKA THEATRE Now celebrating its 27th season in downtown Reno, Brüka Theatre is a leader in the region, recognized for its innovative productions, exceptionally talented artists and acclaimed Theatre for Children series since its founding in 1992. Central to Brüka is the commitment to the re-investigation of contemporary and classic plays and developing new plays within Brüka’s Artistic Collective, a group that includes winners of the Nevada Arts Council and Sierra Arts Foundation artist grants, and ten local best actor honors. Brüka has been named “Best Theatre Company” by Reno News and Review for twenty-one years. Brüka Theatre is a non-equity, small professional, not-for-profit member theater company and a member of the national TCG (Theatre Communications Group). Brüka Theatre has produced over 100 shows in our downtown Reno location. Sign up for our newsletter by going to our website at www.bruka.org.
The MISSION of Brüka Theatre
To create and share the experience of innovative theatre.