Footloose Presents WOMEN ON THE WAY FESTIVAL BENEFIT PERFORMANCE & PARTY at Shotwell Studios
Saturday, January 17, 2009 8:00 pm until midnight
Calendars and descriptions for all festival shows at www.ftloose.org
Advance tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/49360
Photo of Pumpdance Theater by Colin Hussey
See details below for descriptions and background on the artists in the benefit
NOTE: $25 donation (includes free ticket to another festival show)
Advance tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/49360
All other shows for the WOW Festival at two venues:
THE GARAGE: 975 Howard St, San Francisco: Thur-Sun, Jan 15 - Feb 1, 2009
SHOTWELL STUDIOS: 3252-A 19th Street, San Francisco
NOTE: There are no shows at Shotwell on Thursday, January 15 and Friday, January 16, 2009 so we can get ready for the benefit
Festival programs at Shotwell Studios run Sunday, Jan 18, plus Thursdays-Sundays, January 22 through February 1, 2009
All Shows at 8 PM; Reservations: 415-289-2000
Tickets: $20 cash/checks only at the door; $15 seniors/students
$15 discount advance purchase with credit card at www.brownpapertickets.com or call 1-800-838-3006
Calendars and descriptions for all shows at www.ftloose.org
Shotwell Studios, located at 3252-A 19th Street in San Francisco's Mission district, is Footloose's own theater and will be the scene for the WOMEN ON THE WAY BENEFIT PERFORMANCE AND PARTY on SATURDAY JANUARY 17, 2009, 8:00 pm until midnight. Meet the artists, eat, drink, party and dance to DJ Cherry T. The festivities feature comedy, music, dance and burlesque performances hosted by William Shatner's Butt Girls. The stellar lineup includes Dr. Fantastic of Circus Finelli, Summer Shapiro, Pumpdance Theater, Stefanie Keys, Samantha Chanse, Kikélomo Adedeji, Joya Cory, Monsoon Dance Company, Ms. Killy Lee, The T Sisters, Ko Labs Theater Company, Vixen Noir, Kelly Bowker, Ara Glenn-Johanson, SoShe's Performance Collective, Pamela Mackenzie, plus Rosie Fry and Friends!
William Shatner's Butt Girls will host this marathon evening of talent with a sampler of the WOW Festival plus musical guests and comedy, comedy, comedy! Web personalities Jungle Kitty and Lene Taylor have been doing their podcast for three years and now go where no one has dared go before! Live onstage with Shatner games, Trektastic prizes and a special appearance by Captain Kirk's mom.
ACT I: 8:00-9:00
Introduction by Butt Girls
Dr. Fantastic, Circus Finelli clown
Rosie Fry and Friends, improv comedy
Joya Cory, theater
Ara Glenn-Johanson, singer
Pumpdance Theater: Pearl Marill and Cason MacBride, physical comedy
Karishma's Monsoon Dance Company Bollywood dance class and performance
ACT II: 9:15-10:15
Live music by Ko Labs Theater Company
Butt Girls interview with Captain Kirk's Mom
Kelly Bowker and dancers
Stefanie Keys, singer songwriter, guitarist
Summer Shapiro, clown comedy
ACT III: 10:30-11:45
Butt Girls Game Show
Pamela Mackenzie, comic theater
Samantha Chanse, standup comedy
Kikélomo Adedeji and Alan Choy, chanteuse and pianist
Vixen Noir, caberet
The T Sisters, singers
Ms. Killy Lee, burlesque dance
SoShe's Performance Collective
Stefanie Keys is a multi-talented singer songwriter from the Bay Area with a vocal range that covers balls to the wall R&B, funk and everything in between. Her new CD, Say You Will, includes Peter Keys of SeePeoples and P-funk, Dan Ingenthron on bass from SeePeoples, Jay Lane of RatDog, Dave Shul of Spearhead, Clip Payne of P-Funk, and the P-Funk Horn Players. Stefanie is "Powerful Soulful Magnetic JuJu" - Rhiannon www.myspace.com/stefaniekeys
Luz Gaxiola is Dr. Fantastic and a member of the female comedy circus troupe Circus Finelli, which tours and performs regularly in the Bay area. The doctor gives a demonstration of her invention H2Whoa! while fending off attacks from her nemesis, the FDA. www.Circusfinelli.com
Rosie Fry and Friends will tear it up with improvisational comedy by teenagers from Marin School of the Arts. Rosie Fry is a budding filmmaker with her own screen credit from the Altered Barbie Festival this past summer. See In Barbie's World on www.youtube.com for an unusual take on Barbie Mattel.
Pumpdance Theater director Pearl Marill duets with Cason MacBride in the hilarious audience favorite at the recent ODC Pilot, Missed Connection. They search Craigslist for love and find each other (sometimes). Pumpdance will perform at The Garage as part of WOW. "Pearl Marill is a choreographer with a future. Her movement and presentation ideas combine to keep the audience both intrigued and outrightly amused by her stories. "Remoter Control" is a selection of dance pieces that range from the silly to the sublime..." Paul Sinasohn, SF Bay Times
Samantha Chanse injects some dry wit into her standup comedy set to light up the night. Her solo theater piece, Back to the Graveyard, is having its premiere in the WOW festival at Shotwell. Sam presents her work locally and nationally. As a standup, she plays venues from bars to The Laugh Factory (NY and LA), the Purple Onion and the Herbst Theater. "Spiked with surreal celebrity trash-culture references, sardonic moral relativity, and Chanse's biting wit, LFV celebrates irreverent political incorrectness and the societal gray areas in all of us." Connie Hwong, Flavorpill For more, visit www.samanthachanse.com.
Kikélomo Adedeji communes with her high-heeled muse, Luscious who has finally found love and is going to sing about it with piano accompaniment by Alan Choy. Kiké is an actor, singer, and writer, acting in original musicals, plays, performance art pieces and her own solos; currently Tolula, which will be presented in February at the Ross Valley Players Solo Festival in Marin and in April at Shotwell Studios as part of the AIM residency program.
Monsoon Dance Company, founded by choreographer Karishma will perform fun, fast-paced dances to contemporary Indian film songs which are a fusion of Indian Bollywood moves with elements of jazz and hip-hop! "Try it out!" Karishma and group will start with a Bollywood lesson and teach basic moves to a song that her group will then perform! Karishma is a new teacher at Shotwell Studios starting in February with a Bollywood class on Wednesday evenings.
Photo of Karishma by Lydia Daniller
Joya Cory plays Elayne in The Most Beautiful Showgirl in the World, a short solo about an aging Las Vegas showgirl who tells her colorful story to a tabloid reporter, including her indictment on charges that she murdered her second husband. Written by Janet Johnston in Cory's Solo Performance Workshop, the piece was seen at The Marsh in 2006 and is now revived with freelance director and writer, Maureen Mary Studers. Cory has been an improviser and actor since 1971. Her original theatre pieces include The Dalai Lama Doesn't Need a Face Lift. She is a director, teaches Full Spectrum Improvisation, and leads communication and creativity trainings. www.joyacory.com
Pamela Mackenzie takes a wry eye to the American obsession with fat in her solo Fat is a 4-letter word, directed by Pamela Ciochetti as part of WOW at Shotwell. No matter what your body image, this hilarious take on living fat in a culture fixated on being thin will have you asking for more. Pamela has extensive regional theatre experience as a leading lady, supporting and chorus ensemble roles in musicals and operettas; plus director of various productions.
The T Sisters (Chloe, Rachel, and Erika Tietjen) will sing excerpts from their original music A Murmured Tale, based on The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson. Their style is a mix of haunting folk melodies, cascading harmonies, flamboyant group numbers and soulful wailing. They recently took the Starry Plough by storm and are on the open mic circuit picking up fans and new band members along the way. As Footloose AIM residents, they plan on performing the full blown version complete with wacky costumes in 2009.
Kelly Bowker, an AIM resident (who is showcasing new work at Shotwell on February 27 and 28, 2009),will bring dancers, Gretchen Garnett, Jaime Rangeley and Kristina Kirshner to perform their work in progress. Kelly will perform her solo, Le Moulin, a playful piece utilizing her gymnastic skills with quirky movement to music of the same name. Kelly has danced for Clancyworks, Catscratch Theater and Her Pic Productions and presented choreography at the American College Dance Festival, at Dance Mission and in ODC's pilot program.
Ara Glenn-Johanson will preview melodies from Earthstepper, her WOW solo which will be shown at the Garage. The piece layers dance, singing and vocal soundscaping into expressions of loneliness from across a thousand years: a 10th century poem, an 18th century folk ballad and a present day reflection. Ara's work has been shown in the Summer Performance Festival at The Garage, 2nd Sundays at CounterPULSE and the Celebrate Dance Festival in San Diego.
Ko Labs Theater Company will perform music from their experimental musical Endless Frontier. The full-length version is in the WOW festival at The Garage. Set against a giant mountain of junk, the cast turns the national pastime of consumption and expansion into the notion of Manifest Destiny. Director, Niki Selken, is an experimental playwright, performer and musician who debuted this production in the 2008 SF Fringe Festival. She is also DJ Cherry T and will be spinning for the WOW party. www.kolabs.org
Vixen Noir (aka Veronica C. Combs) will perform a teaser from Sweet Deliverance, her sexy, funny, edgy and raucous solo to be shown in its entirety as part of WOW at Shotwell. Vixen's fierce mix of storytelling, poetry, songs, burlesque and dance culminates in an explosive climax that might make you look at your own sexuality in a whole different light! www.unleashyourfire.com
Ms. Killy Lee the bootyful buccaneer shimmies to a shanty! But she needs your help, so participate or walk the plank! Ms. Killy Lee is the pirate persona of Kerri Lee Myers, a burlesque performer with Hot Pink Feathers who is also a dancer and choreographer with SoShe's Performance Collective performing in WOW at The Garage.
Soshe's Performance Collective will provide amusement by spoofing their ensemble in a smorgasbord of their work being presented at The Garage for the WOW festival. www.myspace.com/soshescollective
Footloose is funded in part by grants from the Zellerbach Family Fund, Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax, the Argosy Foundation, generous businesses and individuals. Corporate sponsors are Copy Central and the SF BAY GUARDIAN.