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Pride -- For Men Only?
The first pride season at New Conservatory Theater Center was so resounding a success that a second season is planned. Auditions will be held early this month, so interested men should send photos and resumes immediately to Executive Director Ed Decker at NCT. You'll note that "men" in this case is not the false generic. The second pride season is not for women, at all. What's the deal? "We were surprised," Decker explains, "when we called for plays from gay men and lesbians how few plays we received from women. We knew our market niche economically was gay men. They have greater discretionary income than lesbians. And let's face it, gay men have theater in their souls. We also thought that the quality of theater for gay men is not as high in San Francisco as it should be. The master plan was to target men in the '96 season, and to target women in the '97 season. The women's portion of the "Sexy Shorts" program was to serve as an introduction to the second season."

Unfortunately, "Sexy Shorts -- The Women" was a financial disaster. Could the problem be that four of the seven "lesbian" plays were written by men, and all seven were directed by a man? Decker concedes that those facts might have contributed to a lack of interest by lesbians in the women's program, but he is not giving up on lesbian plays. "The men's program was a huge success -- it played to 90 percent-capacity houses. So we definitely want to do a second season focused on men. But we hope to do a smaller parallel season to bring in other work by women." So, sisters, what happened with "Sexy Shorts"? I'd love to hear from women who did attend, as well as women who chose to skip the program, and why on both counts. You can e-mail me at dpeiferoDELPHI.COM, OR SEND SNAIL MAIL TO THE PAPER.

Not the Eleventh...
... BUT THE TWELFTH NIGHT OPENS AUG. 10 AT THE CALIFORNIA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL IN ORINDA. THIS IS ARTISTIC DIRECTOR JOE VINCENT'S FIRST TIME DIRECTING SHAKESPEARE, AND HE TELLS ME, "IT'S ASTOUNDING; IT'S WONDERFUL; IT'S LIFE-CHANGING. IT'S EVERYTHING I HOPED IT WOULD BE." SHAKESPEARE ISN'T THE ONLY PRODUCTION IN WHICH VINCENT IS CURRENTLY INVOLVED. THERE'S A BABY DUE, A WEEK AFTER THE OPENING. LET'S HOPE THE BABY KNOWS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF TIMING. CALL (510) 548-9666 FOR TIX.

It's a Net Thing
If you're interested in learning more about the Actors Theater production of Eric Bogosian's subUrbia, check out the company's Web page at http://www.ticketweb.com/sfbay/actors. In addition to finding info about the play and its cast, you can reserve tickets for upcoming performances. The Internetally challenged can call 296-9179.

By Deborah Peifer

 
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