2024 lineup

FRIDAY SHOW

8-9-24
  • BETH CUSTER - 6:45 PM
  • LESSER MORTALS - 7:15 PM
  • FATHERS' DAY - 7:30 PM
  • SF '82 - 8:30 PM

SATURDAY SHOW

8-10-24
  • BETH CUSTER - 6:45 PM
  • LESSER MORTALS - 7:15 PM
  • FATHERS' DAY - 7:30 PM
  • ANN RANDOLPH - 8:30 PM

SUNDAY SHOW

8-11-24
  • BETH CUSTER - 5:45 PM
  • LESSER MORTALS - 6:15 PM
  • FATHERS' DAY - 6:30 PM
  • RICHARD MONTOYA - 7:25 PM
  • Variety Extravaganza:
  • LENA JOY
  • BOB MARTIN
  • REED RAHLMANN
  • ERIK IAN WALKER
  • CINDY FUJIKAWA
  • SARON BARR
  • RËZZIN

The Lineup

Beth Custer

Singer, Composer & Multi-instrumentalist
About

Beth Custer is an Emmy Award-winning, San Francisco-based composer, performer, bandleader, and the proprietor of BC Records.

Beth has created scores for the contemporary chamber ensembles Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Zeitgeist, Earplay, Turtle Island, and Kronos String Quartets; for the theatre productions of Campo Santo Theatre, Berkeley and San Diego Repertory Theatres, Magic Theatre, California Shakespeare, Overtone Industries, and Cornerstone Theatre; for the dance troupes Joe Goode Goode Performance Group, AXIS Dance Company, Roco Dance, Flyaway Productions, Ledoh, Harupin Ha, and Osseus Labyrinth; for the films of William Farley, Judith Ehrlich, Cathy Lee Crane, Melinda Stone, KQED, CBS/Film Roman, and Koohan Paik. Beth has created four musicals with award-winning writer Octavio Solis and two with writer Joy Cutler.

Her collaborative scores with inventor and MacArthur Fellow Trimpin led her to compose Vinculum Symphony, a site-specific, large-scale work that unites chamber musicians with experimental instrument builders. She has over fifty recordings out with her ensembles Eighty Mile Beach, Clarinet Thing, Trance Mission, The Beth Custer Ensemble, and Club Foot Orchestra. Her numerous awards include a six-week artist residency in an Italian castle at Civitella Ranieri.

Beth lives to play music.

Lesser Mortals

Amy Brosnahan & Roger Nieboer
About

Performing their new four-song mini-opus.

Who are/ what are lesser mortals?

LESSER MORTALS creates new theatre works invoking a wide array of disciplines and aesthetic approaches. Founded in San Francisco in 1984 by Amy Brosnahan, Ann Fajilan, Tom Ford, and Roger Nieboer (all former drama students at UC Davis), they immediately gained acclaim and recognition for their production of The Ballad of Johnny & Abduhl at Intersection for the Arts. Since then they have performed at venues ranging from the Winnipeg Folk Festival to New Dramatists in New York. They have created site-specific works for train stations, art museums, and vacant lots.

Most recently they created and performed a five-part series of large-scale, audience-interactive pieces (existentia, folkalopolis, marketopia, energia, and arboreous) in partnership with Northern Spark, a Minnesota-based, all-night arts festival. Each piece lasted 8-9 hours and involved hundreds of participants.

What about the music?

Music has been an essential component of their theatre work from the very beginning. Described by some as “Folk-punk” or “punkabilly” and derided by others as “mish-mash”, their music aims to capture the vocal stylings and instrumentation of folk music and infuse it with the high energy and urgency of punk. As for the mish-mash, they take that as the ultimate compliment, as they consider themselves pioneers in the wide world of mash-ups.

Amy Brosnahan works as a judge in Minnesota’s 10th Judicial District and is enthusiastically devoted to Irish music.

Roger Nieboer began his theatre career at the Magic Theatre in 1983. He continues to write plays and conduct experiments in organic horticulture.

Fathers' Day

A play by Peter Kjenaas
About

This is the story of what happens when the patriarch of the family shows up after an 11-year trip to the corner store.

SF '82

A Solo Show by Geoff Shields
About

A rollicking romp through San Francisco in the 1980s from doorman to cab rides and dive bars to all-night hamburger joints.

 

Geoff Shields lived in San Francisco for ten years, from 1982-1992. He was born and raised on The Jersey Shore, working in gas stations and on horse farms before finding his way to New York City during his senior year of High School. He found his way into the rock and roll scene of the time, along the way working for The Ramones, Blondie, and Shrapnel. Upon the advice of Debbie Harry, who knew an inept roadie when she saw one, he enrolled in Junior College, studying theater. After a particularly vivid dream during an afternoon nap on a New Jersey sofa, Geoff transferred to San Francisco State University, where lots of great stuff happened. He remained in SF after graduating, co-forming a theater company and sealing his fate. This is a show about fate. Mostly the good kind. Some of the other stuff. As Kurt Vonnegut said; “Hold onto your hat…We could end up Miles from Here!” 

 

“SF ‘82” is the latest chapter of Geoff’s one-man show, “JunkDrawer.” The action moves back and forth between his ten years in San Francisco (1982-1992) and the mad New Jersey/NYC upbringing that prepared him to be in that place at that time. A World War Two, AA Dad whose body was still pushing out shrapnel in the 70s; A Medical emergency in the middle of a play staged in a South of Market abattoir; Working for Blondie and living with The Ramones; Hack actor day job alliances between San Francisco Doormen and Cab Drivers;  Conversations at eighteen with Warhol;  Living in The Castro at the height of the AIDS epidemic;  L’amour in Calaveras County, The Earthquake, Four babies in a 18 months and The San Francisco Breeders Ball Fundraiser that fed us. They all tie in, and they all lead us to This Night. 

Inappropriate in All the Right Ways

Solo Show by Ann Randolph
About

"Wickedly hysterical."  - Los Angeles Times
"She's a genius!" - Mel Brooks
"I cried, laughed, spit up my drink, and had my ego obliterated. I am a forever fan!" -Alanis Morissette
"A show like no other. Part stand-up hilarity, part therapy and 100% fun!" - Huffington Post

Ann is an accomplished playwright, performer, and trailblazer in the realm of interactive theater. Join her for an outrageously funny evening with her latest production, "Inappropriate in All the Right Ways” where she explores it all, from the sacred to the profane, in her hilariously and deeply moving journey to find what really matters. A show unlike any other, as audiences to delve into their own life stories inviting them to write and share their stories on the stage.

Ann's previous production, "LOVELAND," recently concluded its successful run at the Arena Stage in Washington DC. Before that, it captivated San Francisco audiences for two consecutive years, earning the esteemed SF Weekly Award for "Best Solo Show" and the SF Bay Critic's Award for "Best Original Script." "LOVELAND" also played to sold-out crowds in Los Angeles, where it received the LA Weekly Award for "Best Solo Show." The show delved into themes of grief, and following each performance, Ann facilitated a writing workshop on loss, offering a healing space for the audience to collectively express their emotions.

Ann's impact extends beyond the stage and screen, as she is widely recognized as a national educator and keynote speaker. She tours across the United States, captivating audiences at universities, conferences, and mind/body/spirit centers with her engaging performances and thought-provoking talks. Her immensely popular "Write Your Life" workshops are held in cities throughout the U.S., with annual stops at renowned retreat centers like Kripalu, the Omega Institute, and Esalen. In addition to her performances, Ann is deeply committed to empowering others to embrace their unique and powerful stories, guiding them in bringing these narratives to life on both the page and the stage.

Jerry Garcia in the Lower Mission

Solo Show by Richard Montoya
About

Filmmaker/Playwright Richard Montoya (Culture Clash) explores the early childhood of an American icon and hero: Jerry Garcia in the Lower Mission unpacks the twin tragedies of a young boy that would not define or hinder one of the greatest songwriting talents of the 20th century. Montoya will curate excerpt's with legendary composer/performer Joshua Raoul Brody with this new work commissioned by the historic Magic Theater in SF. Long live Jerry!

RËZZIN

Original 70's Stoner-Rock Band
About

Original ‘70s stoner-rock that celebrates 12-packs, tube tops, skipping school, flippin’ off cops, rollin’ j’s, and kickin’ ass! The band’s blistering set at the 1974 Day On the Asphalt outdoor festival in Dayton, Ohio is still considered a classic by rock historians, as the force of Rëzzin’s power prompted headliners REO Speedwagon to set down their instruments and walk away. Legends like Alice Cooper, Golden Earring drummer Cesar Zuiderwijk, and James Gang keyboardist Phil Giallombardo have all cited Rëzzin as being the only legitimate successor to the Throne of Rock. The band’s surviving members—bassist Rod Manley, guitarist Billy Galaxy, drummer Hott Flash, vocalist Svetlana, and keyboardist Bob—effortlessly drift from classic headbangery to delicate power ballads, and their unique cheeze-rock chemistry leaves audiences both transfixed and deliriously ashamed. This show marks Rëzzin's triumphant return to the public stage, their first in over nine years, and they are ready to blow you through the back wall of the venue! 

 

For corporate bookings (payment in cash required), please contact Kim Teevan.

 

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J. Raoul Brody

Pianist, Composer & Music Director
About

Joshua Raoul Brody has been helping and hindering the Fringe of the Woods Festival musically since its onset. This year he will be accompanying Richard Montoya and Rëzzin (although you wouldn’t know that from looking at their pages) as well as sticking in his musical two cents here and there as he sees fit. He’s done a lot of other stuff. You could read about it on his website if it hadn’t been hacked about 8 years ago. Talk to him — he’s approachable!