Posts

The 24 Hour Plays ~ Wednesday, May 8, 2013 ~ 6:30 p.m. Doors / 7:00 p.m. Show ~ $15.00

The Miners Foundry with Sands Hall will present The 24 Hour Plays on Wednesday, May 8, 2013.  When a team of actors, writers, directors, and producers are given just 24 hours to create, rehearse, and tech six short original plays, culminating in an off-book performance to a live theatre audience, the experience is unbelievably stimulating.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the performance will run from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.  A no-host bar will be available.  Tickets are $15.00 and are available online, by phone, or in person at the Miners Foundry, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.

Purchase Tickets

Time and time again, going through the creative process gives rise to an enormous feeling of accomplishment, stronger creative relationships, and a renewed sense of self-confidence.  Writers overcome writers’ block, actors overcome stage fright, directors gain the confidence to take control of the rehearsal room quickly and assertively, and producers find the ability to hold their nerve in the shortest tech and rehearsal process known to man.

The 24 Hour Company

6 Writers.  6 Directors.  20 Actors.  6 Plays.  24 Hours.

 

The Producer

Sands Hall, writer, director, actor, and musician thanks you for supporting live theatre and performance!

 

 

The Playwrights

Gary Wright is a writer/actor who has lived in western Nevada County for about 20 years.  Several of his plays have been produced locally including Evermore, Dracula, The Diary of a Forty-Niner, and others.

 

Kim Culbertson writes novels for teens and teaches at Forest Charter School.  She lives in Nevada City with her husband and eight-year old daughter.  The last time she stayed up all night was in college to write a paper on Siddhartha (apparently you can step in the same river twice).

 

Sandra Rockman has been active in Nevada County theatre since 1978 as an actor, director, and playwright.  She recently directed Thornton Wilder’s Our Town at the Nevada Theatre and teaches workshops in acting, playwrighting, and improvisation.

 

Robin Wallace is the author of Sonya Weissman and the Miracle Play (staged reading by Legacy in 2008).  Her new play about the Josiah Royce Family in Grass Valley (1862 – 1866) entitled Beyond Our Mountains will be given a reading during the Royce Society Conference in Grass Valley, August 16-18, 2013.

 

Maggie McKaig, accordionist for Gypsy jazz quartet Beaucoup Chapeaux, has written bushels of songs, baskets of stories, and handfuls of plays, along with raising two sons and directing 60 youth theatre productions (in her spare time).

 

As an actor/director, Sharon Winegar has worked with the Berkeley Rep, Sacramento Theatre Company, Sonoma County Rep, Foothill Theatre Company, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Napa Valley, and the Gorky Theatre in Vladivostok.  She is a novice playwright.

 

The Directors

With no degrees from anywhere, Jimmy McCammon has been acting, directing, and writing plays for over 10 years.  He is the General Manager of Synthetic Unlimited, Northern California’s alternative production company.

 

Susan Mason has directed locally for Sierra Stages, including I Want It All and Assassins; I Hate Hamlet for LeGacy Productions; and most recently, Alice in Wonderland for Quest Theaterworks.

 

Lynne Collins directs for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and was an Affiliate Artist with the Foothill Theatre Company from 1990 – 2009.  She studied with Stella Adler and holds a Masters degree in English literature.

 

Carolyn Howarth has directed many productions in many venues, and is delighted to participated in the 24 Hour Play Festival.  When not on the road, she makes her home in Grass Valley.

 

Mary Baird has worked for over 30 years in the world of theatre on and off Broadway, nationally, regionally, and locally as an actor, production stage manager, properties assistance and dresser.  She is pleased to return to California and work on this amazing project as a director.

 

Celebrating her second year in Nevada City, Jac Royce most recently directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Sierra Stages.  She’s currently trying to get the band back together for a staged reading of Luis Valdez’ Zoot Suit.

 

The Actors

Grace Fae is a Yale-trained singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress.  She has recently begun directing and producing with Synthetic Unlimited, and is excited about theater in Nevada County in 2013!

 

Drue Mathies was last seen on the local stage in Ewing Ventures production of Harold and Maude.  He was neither Harold or Maude…

 

 

Jeffrey Mason’s acting repertory includes Cassius in Julius Caesar for the Kern Shakespeare Festival, Master Ford in the Merry Wives of Windsor, the title role in Pirandello’s Henry IV, and Danforth in The Crucible.

 

Lois Ewing is an actor/producer with Quest Theaterworks and Ewing Ventures.  Local theatre credits include How I Learned to Drive, The Full Monty, Last Lists of My Mad Mother, Next to Normal, and Sealed For Freshness.  Lois is working on a script for performance in the fall with John Deaderick and Trish Adair.

 

Isaias Acosta works as a Crisis Interventionist at a facility serving emotionally disturbed teens.  The most recent 3 productions Isaias has been involved with are The Music Man, Assassins, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

 

Micah Cone has been acting in Nevada County for the last 21 years.  He is currently the Vice President of Synthetic Unlimited, and he encourages you to check out their website for details!

 

Kim Wellman has been acting and singing in the local theatre community for the past eight years.  She was last seen as the Jade Empress in the CATS production Journey to the West.

 

Ariana Rampy studied theater at The Foothill Theatre Company, Whitman College, and the Michael Chekhov Acting  Studio in New York City.  She currently teaches drama at Yuba River Charter School and makes the beet salads at New Moon Cafe.

 

Lindsay Dunckel has been acting since first grade, when she played the donkey in The Bremertown Musicians.  Lately she has appeared as Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town at the Nevada Theatre and in Ruth Ghio’s one woman show, Reflections.

 

Tinley Ireland is excited to give this day whatever the theatre has in store.  She was most recently seen as Helena in Sierra Stages’ production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Thanks to Caitie, her favorite playwright.

 

Diane Fetterly, founder of The Foothill Theatre Company, and a theatre artist for 50 years, has acted in, directed, and designed over 250 productions.  The recipient of numerous Elly awards, she’s also been honored with Nevada County Volunteer of the Year, Dr. Leland & Sally Lewis Performing Arts Award, Nevada County Chapter AAUW Woman of the Year, and the May Martin Goyne Outstanding Entrepreneur Award.

T.E. Wolfe has appeared in 15 local theatre productions over the past seven years, despite repeated claims that “This one is the last!”  Recent 2012 excurisions include Sierra Stages’ Death of a Salesman, Ewing Ventures’ Harold and Maude, and for LeGacy Productions, Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some)24 Hour Plays really is his last.  Unless he changes his mind.

Corinne Gelfan comes to Nevada County from Hollywood.  Professionally her career spans a plethora of experiences from folk singing in coffee houses to dramatic and musical theater, television, and numerous commercials.

 

 

The Mission of the Miners Foundry Cultural Center is to preserve, enhance and utilize the historic Miners Foundry for cultural, educational and social activities.   The Foundry is a non profit organization, pleased to support the Nevada County theatre community.  To support cultural programming and the preservation of the historic Miners Foundry, please become a member or make a donation today.

  Donate

Events

Reader’s Theatre

BUY TICKETS

 

The Miners Foundry presents Reader’s Theatre on Sunday, July 12, 2015.  Readers Theatre is Story Time for Grown Ups, or Theatre of the Mind, and gained popularity during  World War II when large stage plays were too expensive to produce.  Using minimal props, the actor and your imagination illustrate the story.

This installment of Readers Theatre will feature stories by Susan Straight, Mona Simpson, Kevin Brockmeier, Emily Ishem Raboteau, and Tobias Wolff.  Local professionals generously volunteering their time for this production include Director Tim O’Connor, and Actors Renee Sprattling, Reinette Senum, David Iorns, Sharon Winegar, and Bruce Kelly.

Doors open at 3:30 p.m. and the show begins at 4:00 p.m.  Tickets are $10.00 and are available online, in person or by phone at the Miners Foundry, and in person at Briar Patch C0-Op.  Ticketing fees may apply.

The Laramie Project

BUY TICKETS

 

Sierra Stages and the Miners Foundry will present The Laramie Project on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.  The Laramie Project, by Moises Kaufman and the Members of the Tectonic Theater Project and directed by Sharon Winegar, is the next installment of Theater By the Book, a series of informal play readings for the community.

In October 1998, a twenty-one-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten, and left tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. His bloody, bruised, and battered body was not discovered until the next day, and he died several days later in an area hospital. His name was Matthew Shepard, and he was the victim of this assault because he was gay. Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half, in the aftermath of the beating and during the trial of the two young men accused of killing Shepard. They conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town. Some people interviewed were directly connected to the case, while others were citizens of Laramie, and the breadth of the reactions to the crime is fascinating. Kaufman and Tectonic Theater members have constructed a deeply moving theatrical experience from these interviews and their own experiences in Laramie. The Laramie Project is a breathtaking collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m.  Admission is free with a $10 suggested donation.  Advance tickets are available online, in person or by phone at the Miners Foundry, or at the door.

Sierra Stages is a community theater which enriches the cultural life of Nevada County by providing high quality, affordable and accessible performances for everyone. Among our goals is to create an ongoing and viable community theater in the Grass Valley and Nevada City area.

Shirley Valentine | Deer Creek Bar

RESERVATIONS

About

The Deer Creek Bar at the Miners Foundry will offer live entertainment on October 23 and 24, 2020.  Written by Willy Russell, featuring Lois Masten and directed by Sharon Winegar, “Shirley Valentine” is filled with gems of wisdom, a good dose of laughter and a lot of poignancy.  The story follows a middle-aged Liverpool housewife who finds herself in the
rut of her dull daily life and in a loveless relationship.  When her best friend wins a trip for two to Greece, she packs her bags, leaves a note on the kitchen table, and sets off on an adventure in search of her own life and soul.

Reservations

Limited Seating, Reservations Recommended.
Reservations are free.  2 Drink Minimum (Prepaid) Required.  
Deer Creek Bar Opens at 5:00 p.m. / Entertainment Begins at 6:00 p.m.
The Deer Creek Bar is located outside, so please come prepared for an autumn evening.

Food & Drink Available for Purchase

The Deer Creek Bar is a no host full bar with food available for purchase.  Pre-order food and bottles of wine when completing reservation to ensure availability. Limited quantities will be available from the bar. Pre-orders close at 4:00pm on October 21st. Use the Add On option to select food and bottles of wine.

One bottle of wine meets the 2 drink minimum for 2 people.

Prefer to order your beverages at the full bar?  Select the 2 Drink Minimum option when completing your reservation.  Drink tickets will be provided upon arrival.  Drink tickets are valid for house / well beer, wine, cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages.  Additional cost to upgrade to Premium.

Seating
General Admission cabaret table seating for 1-4 patrons. Larger groups must sit at separate tables.

Safety Procedures
The health and safety of our guests, staff, and community is the highest priority at the Miners Foundry. Click here for information about our safety procedures.

Shirley Valentine | Deer Creek Bar

RESERVATIONS

About

The Deer Creek Bar at the Miners Foundry will offer live entertainment on October 23 and 24, 2020.  Written by Willy Russell, featuring Lois Masten and directed by Sharon Winegar, “Shirley Valentine” is filled with gems of wisdom, a good dose of laughter and a lot of poignancy.  The story follows a middle-aged Liverpool housewife who finds herself in the
rut of her dull daily life and in a loveless relationship.  When her best friend wins a trip for two to Greece, she packs her bags, leaves a note on the kitchen table, and sets off on an adventure in search of her own life and soul.

Reservations

Limited Seating, Reservations Recommended.
Reservations are free.  2 Drink Minimum (Prepaid) Required.  
Deer Creek Bar Opens at 5:00 p.m. / Entertainment Begins at 6:00 p.m.
The Deer Creek Bar is located outside, so please come prepared for an autumn evening.

Food & Drink Available for Purchase

The Deer Creek Bar is a no host full bar with food available for purchase.  Pre-order food and bottles of wine when completing reservation to ensure availability. Limited quantities will be available from the bar. Pre-orders close at 4:00pm on October 22nd. Use the Add On option to select food and bottles of wine.

One bottle of wine meets the 2 drink minimum for 2 people.

Prefer to order your beverages at the full bar?  Select the 2 Drink Minimum option when completing your reservation.  Drink tickets will be provided upon arrival.  Drink tickets are valid for house / well beer, wine, cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages.  Additional cost to upgrade to Premium.

Seating
General Admission cabaret table seating for 1-4 patrons. Larger groups must sit at separate tables.

Safety Procedures
The health and safety of our guests, staff, and community is the highest priority at the Miners Foundry. Click here for information about our safety procedures.

Escaped Alone | Deer Creek Bar

Both performances are sold out.  Please email our Box Office at kat@minersfoundry.org to be added to the waitlist.

Sierra Stages and the Miners Foundry are pleased to present a play reading of Escaped Alone, written by Caryl Churchill and directed by Sands Hall, at the Deer Creek Bar at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center on Thursday, June 3 and Friday, June 4, 2021. The evening features local musicians Randy McKean and Murray Campbell who will perform prior to the play reading, and local actors Trish Adair, Mary Baird, Lorri Holt, Sharon Winegar who will perform Escaped Alone.

Originally scheduled as the third production of Sierra Stages’ 2020 season, Escaped Alone is an inventive and though-provoking work.  Set in a serene garden, three old friends are joined by a neighbor to engage in amiable chat-with a side of apocalyptic horror.  The women’s talk of grandchildren and TV shows breezily intersperses with tales of terror in a quietly teetering world where all is not what it seems.

The evening begins with Randy McKean and Murray Campbell performing light classical versions of British pop of the 60s (think “Downtown”, “You Really Got Me”, “I Know a Place”.)  After a brief pause for chat and refreshments, they’ll be joined by four distinguished local actors, Trish Adair, Mary Baird, Lorri Holt, and Sharon Winegar, to perform Escaped Alone.  Directed by Sands Hall.

The play’s title, Escaped Alone, is taken from the epigraph of Melville’s Moby Dick:  “I only am escaped alone to tell thee”, which aptly describes the narration of that novel.  However, the phrase comes originally from the Book of Job:  it’s uttered by four separate messengers who come to tell Job of his terrible losses.  How this connects to Churchill’s brilliant and funny (and dark and timely) play is something we hope the audience will be talking about for some time.

Know & Go

The Deer Creek Bar will open at 5:30pm, guests will be seated at 6:30pm, and the entertainment begins at 7:00pm.  The performance is approximately 100 minutes with one intermission.

The Deer Creek Bar is outside, so please dress accordingly.  The Miners Foundry offers a full bar with food available for purchase and table service on select evenings.

Unpredictable weather and continually updated guidelines can mean frequent changes to our entertainment schedule.  We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Tickets | $15

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available online only.  No Phone, Box Office, or Door sales.

Tickets will be at Will Call the night of the event.

Seating is extremely limited, Cabaret Table style with 1-4 guests per table.  Larger groups must sit at separate tables.

Safety Procedures

The health and safety of our guests, staff, and community is the highest priority at the Miners Foundry. Click here for information about our safety procedures.  All entertainment is presented in accordance with state and local guidelines.

Contact Info

Please email our Box Office at kat@minersfoundry.org with questions.

Escaped Alone | Deer Creek Bar

Both performances are sold out.  Please contact our Box Office at kat@minersfoundry.org to be added to the waitlist.

Sierra Stages and the Miners Foundry are pleased to present a play reading of Escaped Alone, written by Caryl Churchill and directed by Sands Hall, at the Deer Creek Bar at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center on Thursday, June 3 and Friday, June 4, 2021. The evening features local musicians Randy McKean and Murray Campbell who will perform prior to the play reading, and local actors Trish Adair, Mary Baird, Lorri Holt, Sharon Winegar who will perform Escaped Alone.

Originally scheduled as the third production of Sierra Stages’ 2020 season, Escaped Alone is an inventive and though-provoking work.  Set in a serene garden, three old friends are joined by a neighbor to engage in amiable chat-with a side of apocalyptic horror.  The women’s talk of grandchildren and TV shows breezily intersperses with tales of terror in a quietly teetering world where all is not what it seems.

The evening begins with Randy McKean and Murray Campbell performing light classical versions of British pop of the 60s (think “Downtown”, “You Really Got Me”, “I Know a Place”.)  After a brief pause for chat and refreshments, they’ll be joined by four distinguished local actors, Trish Adair, Mary Baird, Lorri Holt, and Sharon Winegar, to perform Escaped Alone.  Directed by Sands Hall.

The play’s title, Escaped Alone, is taken from the epigraph of Melville’s Moby Dick:  “I only am escaped alone to tell thee”, which aptly describes the narration of that novel.  However, the phrase comes originally from the Book of Job:  it’s uttered by four separate messengers who come to tell Job of his terrible losses.  How this connects to Churchill’s brilliant and funny (and dark and timely) play is something we hope the audience will be talking about for some time.

Know & Go

Guests will be seated at 6:30pm, and the entertainment begins at 7:00pm.  The performance is approximately 100 minutes with one intermission.

The Deer Creek Bar is outside, so please dress accordingly.  The Miners Foundry offers a full bar with food available for purchase and table service on select evenings.

Unpredictable weather and continually updated guidelines can mean frequent changes to our entertainment schedule.  We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Tickets | $15

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available online only.  No Phone, Box Office, or Door sales.

Tickets will be at Will Call the night of the event.

Seating is extremely limited, Cabaret Table style with 1-4 guests per table.  Larger groups must sit at separate tables.

Safety Procedures

The health and safety of our guests, staff, and community is the highest priority at the Miners Foundry. Click here for information about our safety procedures.  All entertainment is presented in accordance with state and local guidelines.

Contact Info

Please email our Box Office at kat@minersfoundry.org with questions.