DECEMBER 15th - 17th
FRI - SAT @ 8PM | SAT - SUN @ 2PM
BRAVA THEATRE CENTER
2781 24t St @ YORK
SAN Francisco, ca 94102
La Posarela was originally commissioned and produced by Community Music Center
Come see the heartwarming story of José y María (Joseph and Mary) who after leaving their home behind to find a safe life for their baby Jesús, must obey the absurd immigration orders of a mad Emperor. This musical comedy tells the story of how these two immigrants overcome their difficult journey battling racism, xenophobia, gentrification, misogyny and fear. This revamped tradition is great for all ages (especially for some of you veteranas y veteranos…) So turn your TV off and bring your family, friends and enemies to celebrate some Holiday cheer with this awesome “teatronovela”! You’ll laugh till you cry and have a chance to scream the truth at El Diablo!
Will Way Chen (John Wu) has been acting in theaters around the Bay Area since 2006. He began his training at CCSF, and trained the Meisner Technique at the Waterfront Conservatory in Berkeley, and then at Tim Phillips Studio in Los Angeles. His latest play before Salt Pepper Ketchup was The Rivals at the Coastal Repertory Theatre in Half Moon Bay.
Allen Darby (Paul) is thrilled to be a part of this wonderful show after taking part in the reading earlier this summer. Classically trained in music and theatre, this San Francisco native has studied at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and the British American Drama Academy in London. He is currently developing a cabaret and a one man show. Bay Area credits include Treasure Island and Macbeth (Berkeley Rep), Stage Kiss (SF Playhouse), The Liar, Macbeth, The Rover (Santa Cruz Shakespeare), and Enter the Guardsman (Jewel Theatre Company). BA Theatre from the University of Southern California. Love to Dad, Claire, Emma, and Scrappy. For my Mother. Twitter/Instagram @allenstarby.
WeiJen Liao (Linda Wu) is thrilled to be making her first appearance with BATCO. She is an actor and a ballerina, who holds an Associate of Arts degree in Acting from Academy of Art University and has trained with Liezl Austria at Alonzo King LINES Ballet, in the style of the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet. She was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. WeiJen enjoys reading, performing, ballet, boxing, bikram yoga and learning English as her second language. WeiJen is currently studying acting at Seydways Acting Studios, speech with Alicia Bales and is working toward a BA degree in Drama at San Francisco State University. WeiJen wants to thank her acting coach, Bobby Weinapple, her mentor, Alicia Bales, director, Thomas Pang, playwright, Josh Wilder, dear classmates in Seydways Studios, BATCO, and castmates in this production for being supportive of her acting journey.
Craig King (Tommy) is thrilled to be making a return to theater in his debut with San Francisco Bay Area Theater Co. Craig's stage background includes years with the SFArtsED Players in leading roles and the Academy of Ballet San Francisco. His journey from children's theater back to the stage went through multiple national championships in Taekwondo, a Division 1 sports scholarship to California State University, Sacramento where he studied Business Administration, and a lifelong exploration and appreciation of the arts. He's a native of inner-city San Francisco and works as an Account Executive for Zendesk.
Geoffrey Malveaux (Raheem) is a graduate from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Theater, Performance Emphasis. Bouncing between Sacramento and the Bay Area, his credits include Doctor in The Unmentionables (Little Theatre), many productions with The Playwrights' Center of San Francisco, Hunter in Real Talk! (New Conservatory Theater Center), Matt in Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead (Left Coast Theatre Company). You can catch Geoffrey this fall directing "King for a Day" for Left Coast Theatre Company's The Morning After anthology series. He thanks God, his parents, best friends and homies for being his support system. He credits his professors - Barbara Damashek, Bill Peters, and Roy Conboy - for believing in his art and expanding it to new horizons.
Ashley Raggs (Cece) graduated from the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts. There she studied movement and ethnic dance, playwriting, voice and speech, Shakespeare, directing, periods and styles, script analysis, theatrical literature, Commedia dell'arte, and Noh Theatre. She won 2nd place in the Ruth Asawa School of The Arts Shakespeare competition in 2007 and 2008. Some of her on-camera credits include; “Murder in The First” on TNT, “Chance” on Hulu, the film “Helen’s Last Love,” and premiering this fall she will be starring in and independent film called “X.”
Jess Rankin (Megan) is thrilled to be a part of SPK's wonderful cast! She is a recent graduate of the Academy of Art University with a BFA in Acting. Past favorite credits include Lorna Moon in Golden Boy and Sharon in Detroit. Much love and thanks to her family and friends for always supporting her passions.
Thomas Pang is an inter-disciplinary performance-maker, organizer, and teacher.
He was twice-nominated ‘Best Actor’ at the Singapore Life! Theatre Awards for Billy in Tribes (2015), and Hamlet in Cake Theatrical Productions’ Ophelia (2016). As performance-maker, Thomas is obsessed with poor theatre, Affect, and ritual, as seen in his solo work Cold Bones No More produced with Think City KL, and recently in you/me with Lim Pei Ern for the M1 Dance Festival. When not performing, Thomas conducts workshops, and is a theatre organizer and producer with his new company, Room to Breathe which produced a read of James Thoo’s Stool Pigeon.
His last performance in San Francisco was with AATC in Philip K. Gotanda’s No.5: Angry Red Drum (2009), he is deeply proud to be making theatre at home once again.
Thomas is a graduate of the San Francisco School of the Arts and LASALLE.
Josh Wilder is a playwright from Philadelphia, PA. His work has been developed at various theaters and festivals across the country including The Fire This Time Festival, New York Theatre Workshop, The Drama League, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and 2015 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. His play LEFTOVERS was the recipient of the Holland New Voices Award at The Great Plains Theatre Conference. Recent commissions include, Play On! at Oregon Shakespeare Festival; and THE HIGHWAYMEN at The History Theatre. Josh is a former Jerome Fellow and Many Voices Fellow at The Playwrights’ Center; has been in residence at The Royal Court Theatre; and is currently an MFA candidate in Playwriting at Yale School of Drama.
Jamila Cobham (Stage Manager) is excited to be returning to BATCO, having previously stage managed their production of Home For All of The Holidays. Currently, Jamila is the Production Manager at California Shakespeare Theater (Cal Shakes). Prior to joining Cal Shakes, Jamila was a freelance Production, Stage and Event Manager throughout the Caribbean for the past 13 years. Some of her Stage Management and Production Assistant credits include: The It So Happen Suite (Diasporic Arts Productions); Odale’s Choice (EBCCI); Derek Walcott’s Pantomime; 42ND Street & Educating Rita (Weston Playhouse Theater); Moulin Rouge – The Ballet (Pittsburgh Ballet Theater); The Wild Party, Romeo & Juliet, Mad Forest, The Tender Land, (Carnegie Mellon University); The Barbados Jazz Festival. Jamila is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama, MFA in Production Technology and Management.
Adan Faudoa (Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to join the cast of Salt Pepper Ketchup in his first production with BATCO. This will be Adan's first time behind the scenes as an Assistant Stage Manager. As an alumnus of Ruth Asawa School Of The Arts' Theatre department, Adan has performed in various productions. The most notable being, Joe in Balm in Gilead, Usher in The Skin of Our Teeth, and First Officer in Twelfth Night. To be a part of a theatre ensemble again has been a desire for Adan since moving into the corporate sector. He would like to thank BATCO for this awesome opportunity and his family and friends for the love and support.
Rodney Earl Jackson Jr. (Co-Producer) made his Broadway debut in The Book of Mormon after graduating with a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama. He was last seen in the 1st National Tour of Motown: The Musical, and is currently making his Berkeley Rep. debut in Ain't Too Proud. An SF native who was discovered in his public elementary school at age 9 by SFartsEd (Emily Keeler & Danny Duncan), Rodney continued his theatre and performance education at Rec. and Park’s YPTMTC (Diane Price, Anne-Marie Bookwalter, Nicola Bosco-Alvarez) and graduated from the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts’ (Donn Harris). He is now the Artistic Director and co-Founder of BATCO, a non-profit theatre company whose mission is to culturally diversify the theatre scene of the Bay Area by producing live theatre that is reflective of the authentic perspectives and history of the San Francisco Bay Area. His personal vision is to foster more diversity in professional theatre in the SF/Bay Area community. Insta: rodneyearljacksonjr, Twitter: RodneyEJacksonJ
Adam Maggio (Associate Production Manager) is an SF native, where he grew up performing with SFArtsEd and at the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts. He is a founding company member of BATCO, having recently played Tateh in their production of Ragtime. As an actor, he has performed Off-Broadway in NYC and in regional theaters on both coasts. He is also a company member of Mile Square Theater in Hoboken, NJ. Adam is currently directing Twelfth Night at Lowell High School and teaching theater at Lawton Middle School with SFArtsEd. Thanks to everyone who has supported this dream of creating our very own theater company in San Francisco.
Lauren Ann Tannous-Weisgerber (Lighting Designer) graduated from Notre Dame de Namur University with her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Theatre Arts Production and History. An alum of Mills High School, Lauren has worked as a professional theatre technician with YPTMTC, Bay Area ETC, the San Mateo Union High School District, and various other companies for over ten years. Some of her favorite productions include American Idiot (Technical Director), The American Clock (Stage Director), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Technical Director), Spring Awakening (Lighting Designer), Aida (Technical Director), and Thirst (Stage Director). Lauren currently works as an Instructional Aide in the Special Education department at Mills High School, as well as the resident Technical Director for the Young People’s Teen Musical Theater Company in San Francisco. She would like to thank the creative team, and especially the producers, for helping her be a part of this amazing show. Support the arts!
Kai Young (Fight Director) is an enthusiast of the martial arts and a Guro of the Garimot Arnis system. Part martial artist, part stunt performer, part choreographer, he is truly grateful for having discovered the magic of illusory violence. As resident fight director of Otherworld theatre, he's constantly supplied with a vast sandbox of violence design with which to play. When not delving into the unknown with his OtherWorlders, he can be seen performing stunts for film or working with the Lyric Opera, as well as choreographing for storefront theatre around the Chicagoland area.
Hector Zavala (Set Designer) wears many hats as a performer, producer, teacher and designer. His work on set and costumes has been seen throughout the Bay Area at companies including Diablo Theatre Company, City Lights, Peninsula Youth Theatre, and 42nd Street Moon. He has traveled with his work to Mexico, Latin America, and Spain. He is currently working as a producer and actor in the feature film www.thequeenandthedead.com.