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The Moonrisers performed by The Moonrisers

Venue: Phoenix Theatre
414 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-509-8656
Dates: Jan 21st, 2018 – Feb 3rd, 2018
Times: 8 pm
Critic's Night - Sunday, January 21 at 8 pm
Cost: General Admission: $20
Two Tickets: $30
The Moonrisers performed by The Moonrisers
The Moonrisers explores the ideas of perception and sanity in the modern world. Written as a modern fable, the play follows four homeless, derelict philosophers as they pursue the age-old question, ‘Is the Moon real?’ The eponymous theatre company originally hails from Missoula, Montana and the full-length play is their second production in the Bay Area. The Moonrisers is an Equity-approved project.

The Moonrisers work to create exciting, accessible theatre. The company prides itself on creating new, original works, rarely producing the same play twice. Founder Christopher Magee says, “No matter how much we love them, there is always a new, more exciting idea that just can’t seem to wait.” Led by a talented cast including 2016 Theatre Bay Area Award Winner Christian Haines, playwright Christopher Magee, and Melissa Ortiz.

PLAYWRIGHT CHRISTOPHER MAGEE Christopher Magee has been writing and directing for The Moonrisers since its inception when he conveniently founded it with his brother Michael Magee and a group of odd Montanans. He has written eight plays and loves them all like they are his children, but some maybe more like pets, but not dogs or cats, more like fish. This is his second original play to premiere in the Bay Area and also at the Phoenix Theater.

FULL CAST:
Christopher Magee (Darwin), Michael Magee (Ferdinand), Christian Haines* (Bardamu), Melissa Ortiz* (Celine), Megan Toth (Mr.Blacktooth/Spirit), Jayme Catalano (Ambrosias), Angel Hertsle (Augustine), Taylor Lennox (Snatcher)

About The Moonrisers:
Founded in 2014 and originally hailing from Missoula, Montana, the Moonrisers are pleased to present the World Premiere of the full-length play The Moonrisers (also the company’s namesake). Relocated to the Bay Area in 2017, the play is their eight original production and the second in San Francisco. The Moonrisers work to create new, exciting, accessible, original theatre, rarely producing the same play twice. Founder Christopher Magee says, “No matter how much we love them, there is always a new, more exciting idea that just can’t seem to wait.”

SELECTED BIOS
Christian Haines* is the founding Artistic Director of AmiosNYC, ShotzSF and he creator of the filmed play reading series The Highlighter Series. He has been seen in The Seagull, Jihad Jones and the Kalishnikov Babes, Value Over Replacement (TBA Award for Featured Actor), Romeo & Juliet, Miss Julie, Death of a Salesman, Aloysius in New York, The Affair, Escape from Roosevelt Island, Bartleby the Scrivener, Cloud 9, Macbeth, King John, 5th of July, This is Our Youth, The Altruists, Murder, Woyzeck, Snake in Fridge, Richard III, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Trip to Bountiful and dozens more. Directing credits include: Bus Stop, Boeing Boeing, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Message, Heroes and Other Strangers, Strictly Convenience, Icarus' Mother and a bunch of Shotz plays. Ensemble creations include: Brundibar, Aloyisius in New York, Woyzeck, Three Weekends in June, and Water Freezes Hexagonally or the Five Star Hotel. He holds an MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory and loves his wife.

Melissa Ortiz* is very excited to be a part of this wonderful production. Favorite roles include: Masha in The Seagull, Emily in Value Over Replacement, Julie in Miss Julie, Rhonda in Surf City, Shirley in 5th of July, Edward/Victoria in Cloud 9, and Echo in Eleemosynary. She received her MFA in Acting from the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver, Colorado. She sends her love to her very amazing family and her totally awesome husband.

Jayme Catalano is thrilled to be working with The Moonrisers and to be reunited with her Boeing Boeing director Christian Haines and her Shotz! colleagues. Recent Bay Area productions include Eat the Runt, Farragut North, The Women, Jane Austen’s Persuasion, Paradise Street, An Ideal Husband, Parenting is a Bitch, Post-Its, Sabrina Fair, and The Laramie Project.

Megan Toth Hailing from Missoula, Montana, Megan developed a love of the theater at a young age after performing as one of two dozen or so kindergarten-aged rats in the Pied Piper. Since then, she has performed in dramas, comedies, musicals, and short films, and designed and taught a University course on activist theater. Megan is over the MOON (sorry, the pun was right there) to be a member of the Moonrisers and looking forward to her fourth play with this motley crew of misfits.