'Sagittarius Ponderosa' Makes its World Premiere
New Conservatory Theatre Center presents the world premiere of the award-winning new play, Sagittarius Ponderosa, by MJ Kaufman, directed by Ben Randle. Opening January 30th, the play runs through February 28th.
Sagittarius Ponderosa won the 2013 Global Age Project at Aurora Theatre Company, and was featured on The Kilroys List 2015, a list made of the top most-recommended new plays by female and trans* authors. The premiere was named an Editor's Pick in Theatre Bay Area, calling the new play "Quietly magical ... An original, intelligent, refreshingly open-hearted winter wonderland."
Press notes describe the play: "Shortly after Archer (still Angela to his family) makes the journey back home to the forests of Eastern Oregon, he meets a handsome stranger at night under the oldest Ponderosa Pine. What follows in this whimsical and powerful new play illuminates the transitions of life and death, the comings and goings of love, and the mysteries of the human heart."
The cast features SK Kerastas, Andy Collins, Janis DeLucia, Michaeala Greeley, and Matthew Hannon.
The production's design team includes Scenic Design by Christian Mejia, Costume Design by Miriam Lewis, Lighting Design by Anthony Powers, Sound Design by James Ard, Puppet Design by Dave Haaz-Baroque and Prop Design by Adeline Smith.
MJ Kaufman is a playwright whose work has been seen at the Huntington Theatre, New York Theater Workshop, Yale School of Drama, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, Aurora Theater, Crowded Fire, Fresh Ink Theatre, New Harmony Project and performed in Russian in Moscow. They have received awards and commissions from the Program for Women in Theater, the Playwrights Foundation, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, Young Playwrights Inc., and the Huntington Theatre, where they are also a playwriting fellow. MJ received the 2013 ASCAP Cole Porter Prize in Playwriting, the 2013 Global Age Project Prize, and the 2010 Jane Chambers Prize in Feminist Theatre. MJ is currently a member of the Clubbed Thumb Emerging Writers Group, The Falcons, an Audrey Resident at New Georges and a Resident Artist at The Drama League. Originally from Portland, Oregon, MJ attended Wesleyan University and recently received an MFA in playwriting from the Yale School of Drama.