Ben Randle

THEATRE DIRECTOR

Return to Never Land: 'Pansy' Fllies Back To NCTC June 2014

New Conservatory Theatre Center will present the return engagement of Pansy, a solo play by Evan Johnson in collaboration with and directed by Ben Randle, June 19-29, 2014.

Pansy premiered at NCTC in a sold-out run in June, 2013, and was originally commissioned by NCTC, as part of their Emerging Artist Program, where Johnson was in residence and Randle returned as an alum.

The return engagement is also being billed as the first stop on a planned tour for the show.

Press materials describe the play: "Shadows stir in modern day San Francisco when Michael discovers a time capsule in his basement. As Michael looks through VHS tapes, audio cassettes and wrinkled party fliers, parallels begin to emerge between his life and that of 90's gay club kid Peter Pansy."

Building on the tradition of the Queer Solo Show, Pansy uses physical theatre, shadowplay and performance art night club esthetics to heighten this historical drama.

Pansy also features video design by Zack Kasten a sound design by Teddy Hulsker, and costume design by drag performance artist Eli Francis. Resident Lighting Designer Christian Mejia and Scenic Designer Devin Kasper complete the creative team.

Evan Johnson, is a Bay Area based actor and playwright. Evan’s previous queer solo work includes Don't Feel: The Death of Dahmer (produced by 11.11 Art Group) which played to sold out houses in 2010 at Mama Calizo’s Voice Factory. Don’t Feel was featured in the SF Bay Guardian's year end review as one of the best small theatre productions of 2010. Evan has also appeared onstage in the Bay Area with Inferno Theatre Company’s The Iliad, Velvet Rage Productions Roseanne LIVE!, Naked Empire Bouffon Company SHAME!, and in New Conservatory Theatre Centers Treefall (BATCC Nomination, Best Actor in a Drama) and Slipping. He’s a graduate of Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre and has a background in devised performance work, clowning and physical theatre. Evan’s drag persona, Martha T. Lipton, has also appeared regularly on stage in San Francisco night clubs.

Ticketing information to be announced soon.