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2014 was a great year at FOGG Theatre.  Now in our second year as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we are rehearsing for the debut of our first commissioned musical, The Cable Car Nymphomaniac, which opens for a three-week run on January 17.  We cannot wait to share with you our world premiere production in just a matter of weeks.  Buy your tickets soon!

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We started 2014 with a successful reading of The Cable Car Nymphomaniac. For five days, seven actors of from the Bay Area rehearsed the script and score and presented the musical on March 3rd for an audience of 85 people. We received valuable feedback from our audience that have informed the rewrites of the show you’ll see in January.  Under the guidance of our director, Terry Berliner, has been rewriting all year.

 

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In 2014, we expanded FOGG Theatre’s Youth Conservatory, providing hundreds of children with Bay Area-focused musical theatre classes at the Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center in North Beach. We also kicked off a summer conservatory program for young people ages 3-11 in partnership with The Rabbit Hole, another local theatre company. For many of our students, FOGG Theatre’s Youth Conservatory was their first exposure to arts education, and we are very proud to be providing this program at no cost to these newest members of the local arts community.

10672226_715364171879365_7901787948359790298_nIn November, we produced a two-night theatrical concert called “What’s Your Story, Bay Area?”  For this event, we partnered with local storyteller and photographer, Dijon Bowden of Souls of San Francisco. Based on his amazing portraits of local residents from all over town, we hired more than 20 local artists, including 12 Bay Area songwriters, to tell local stories in song. The concert was alive with the character (and characters) of our unique and diverse city, and the talent and humanity on display thrilled and inspired both sold-out audiences. Stay tuned for our next installment of “What’s Your Story, Bay Area?”, coming in 2015.

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Bay Area actor Halili Knox (left) singing a song called “I Seen It” in the What’s Your Story, Bay Area? concert.

10669078_729982150417567_2141394426634398086_oYou may have seen a feature about FOGG Theatre on the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle’s Datebook section on Nov. 5. We were also featured this year in an article in SF Weekly. We are delighted by such a robust and positive response and we can’t wait to create and present more newsworthy local performances in the coming year!

 

Most of all, as 2014 draws to a close, we’re overcome with gratitude for your support, without which none of the above achievements would be possible. As you consider your year-end charitable contributions, please remember that your donation to FOGG Theatre is tax-deductible, and that your contributions directly and profoundly impact the work we are able to do.

Thank you again for supporting new musical theatre in the Bay Area. Here’s to another great year of celebrating local stories onstage!

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