This week, FOGG Theatre is kicking off a celebratory retrospective.

Beginning now through year’s end, we will be spotlighting 12 Milestones That Shaped FOGG in 2015. It’s our way of elevating triumphs, sharing what we’re most proud of, and getting YOU psyched for what’s coming next.

Milestone 1: Bringing Bottle Shock, The Musical to life this past weekend

I can sum up our weekend of developmental readings in 3 words: Inspiration. Collaboration. Celebration.

We couldn’t have asked for a more successful debut of our next full length, original musical production and I’ve never been more committed to our vision as an organization.

Here’s how the weekend shook out:

Bottle Shock By The Numbers

  • 700 people in Napa Valley & 80 people in San Francisco attended the developmental readings
  • (only!) 29 hours of rehearsal
  • 21 local artists (actors, musicians, directors) participated and were paid for their work on these readings
  • 14 FOGG volunteers generously donated their time to make this possible
  • 12 different local wineries were supported and represented throughout the course of the weekend
  • 7 vintners poured at the Napa Valley reception including Chateau Montelena and Stag’s Leap (aka the Judgement of Paris winners)
  • 2 standing ovations
  • Glasses of local vino enjoyed by participants? Too many to count  :)

Bottle Shock at Napa Valley Film Festival

The moment that sent chills down my spine

There were many moments that left me tingling throughout the weekend, but the one that got me most was seeing the real people from the Bottle Shock story meet their theatrical counterparts. Watching Bo Barrett from Chateau Montelena interact with Colin McAdoo while Gustavo Brambila chatted with Diego Garcia was surreal.

Art truly met reality and in that moment, I was reminded of why I love and am so proud of FOGG’s work.

Bottle Shock San Francisco reading

What I’m most looking forward to as Bottle Shock grows and evolves

There is a powerful, collaborative force intent on making this musical a reality, which is invigorating and inspiring. A host of local artists, donors, and investors are wholly committed to bringing Bottle Shock to the stage in the fall of 2016 which will perfectly align with the Judgement of Paris’ 40th anniversary celebration.

I am most looking forward to telling this Bay Area triumph story while celebrating with our community who we are, where we come from, and where we’re going.


Final Word

Cheers to everyone who helped make this weekend a massive success and if you weren’t able to join us, stay tuned because we’ve only just begun to bring Bottle Shock to life.

Here’s to the next delicious step in this journey!


Gallery of photos from both events COMING SOON.

Every dollar counts! Help bring Bottle Shock, The Musical to the stage in 2016 by donating here.

2 Responses to Bottle Shock By The Numbers

  1. Jodi says:

    This is such great news! Congratulations to Fogg. You are truly building a vibrant San Francisco theatre company and people are responding to it. We want to hear our stories…great job!

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