2017 Season

Winter

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Written by Julie Jensen
Directed by Gary Graves
Jul 15–Aug 20

inspired by ROBECK in ENDING LIFE: Ethics & The Way We Die
by Margaret Pabst Battin © 2005 Oxford University Press

World Premiere #56: a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere

EXTENDED FOR 4 MORE PERFORMANCES:
Aug 17, 18, 19 at 8pm and Aug 20 at 5pm!!!

We are fully reserved on 8/19 and have limited availability on 8/17.
If a performance is full, please call the box office for information about the waiting list (510) 558.1381

 

August 19
Join us for a post-show discussion with renowned bioethicist
Margaret Pabst Battin, PhD, author of the story which inspired WINTER, joined by Lonny Shavelson, MD,  director Bay Area End of Life Options, and Guy Micco, MD, hospice/palliative care physician and co-director of the UCB Program for the Medical Humanities.

 

 

A beautiful, empowering story about a woman whose once-brilliant mind is now diminishing. Her decline is troubling not only to herself, but to her family, who each have different ideas about what’s right for her. Meanwhile she’s ready to take matters into her own hands. Funny, touching, and very topical, WINTER is a thought-provoking look at our right to die.

Production Sponsors: Will & Linda Schieber, Tom White & the Leslie Scalapino O-Books Funds

 

WINTER is a Theatre Bay Area Awards recommended show!

SF Chronicle “Theater Pick!”

 

 

WINTER is produced at Central Works as part of a NNPN Rolling World Premiere. Other partnering theatres are Salt Lake Acting Company (Utah) and Rivendell Theatre Exchange (Illinois). For more information please visit nnpn.org

Ticket Prices

Advance tickets: $30
(Advance sales by phone thru Brown Paper Tickets: 800.838.3006)

At the door: $30–15 sliding scale

Pay-what-you-can: preview performances and every Thursday, at the door as available

Information & subscriber reservations: 510.558.1381

Performance calendar

Thu Fri Sat Sun
July 13
8pm
Preview
PWYC
14
8pm
Preview
PWYC
15
8pm
Opening
16
5pm
Talkback
20
8pm
PWYC
21
8pm
22
8pm
23
5pm
27
8pm
PWYC
28
8pm
29
8pm
30
5pm
Aug 3
8pm
PWYC
4
8pm
5
8pm
6
5pm
Talkback
10
8pm
PWYC
11
8pm
12
8pm
13
5pm
17
8pm
PWYC
18
8pm
19
8pm
20
5pm

Running Time

75 minutes without intermission
minimum suggested age: 12
Due to the intimacy of the performance space, we cannot allow children under the age of 7.

Actors
Steve Budd
Julie Kuwabara
John Patrick Moore*
Phoebe Moyer*
Randall Nakano*

Stage Management: Vanessa Ramos
Costume design: Tammy Berlin
Lighting design: Gary Graves
Prop design: Debbie Shelley
Sound Design: Gregory Scharpen

*member AEA

 


Julie Jensen
(playwright) has been writing plays for over 30 years.  She has won a dozen awards, among them The Joseph Jefferson Award in Chicago for best new work, the LA Weekly Award for best new play, and The David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award.  She has been commissioned by a dozen theatres including Kennedy Center (twice) and Actors Theatre of Louisville (twice) and Salt Lake Acting Company (twice).  She has received grants from NEA, TCG, Pew Charitable Trusts, among others.  Her work has been produced in NYC, London, and theatres nationwide, from Arizona to Alaska, from Michigan to Massachusetts, California to Connecticut.  Her work is published by Dramatists Play Service, Dramatic Publishing, and Smith and Krause.  She is gratified to have spent her life in the theatre, never to have lost interest in its potential, and counts herself lucky to have benefitted from the talent and skill of the extraordinary people she has worked with.

Annis (Phoebe Moyer* ), is waiting for her husband
(Randall Nakano*) to fulfill their pact in
Julie Jensen’s Winter, a funny, touching and
thought-provoking look at our right to die.

Photo by Jim Norrena

Roebeck (Randall Nakano*) feels he still has
work to complete; Annis believes her work is done.

Photo by Jim Norrena

John Patrick Moore* as Annis’ son Roddy
fears she is “a danger to herself.”

Photo by J. Norrena

All photos: ACT OUT Photography by Jim Norrena

* member AEA

Evan (Steve Budd) and his niece, LD (Julie Kuwabara) ease
the holiday tension by smoking a bowl of “majestic” weed.

Photo by Jim Norrena

SF Chronicle “Theater Pick!”

Theatre Bay Area Awards recommended!

“A thought-provoking picture of a family facing a crisis…well worth watching closely-Theatrius

“Under Graves’ strong direction, Phoebe Moyer is terrific” -SF Examiner

Winter has been directed with loving care by Gary Graves…Randall Nakano, John Patrick Moore, Steve Budd, and Julie Kuwabara do commendable work in supporting roles…and Phoebe Moyer does an excellent job…” -Huffington Post

“Gary Graves gives the play a brisk 75-minute staging with a generally strong cast” -SJ Mercury News

“Jensen’s illuminating and powerful script finds the humor in the universal questions posed” -Salt Lake Tribune

More about playwright Julie Jensen

Bioethicist Margaret Battin, whose story inspired the play Winter, was interviewed on FRESH AIR.