On a dark and stormy night, Brad and Janet get a flat tire… So begins our party at The Geary Theater. Tony Award–nominated director-choreographer Sam Pinkleton (Soft Power and Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) reimagines this swirling, sci-fi world for 2020 San Francisco.
Before this cross-dressing classic was ever a midnight movie at The Strand, Richard O’Brien’s Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Magenta, and Riff Raff started life as a smash rock musical. Experience The Geary as never before in this outrageous celebration of sex, drag, rock’n’roll, and being who you really are. In a dazzling mix of sequins and fishnet stockings, “Let’s do the Time Warp again!”
debuting April 2020 onboard Virgin Voyages first cruise ship, The Scarlet Lady
Produced by Randy Weiner, Another Rose is a dinner party that combines theater, dance, variety, music, intimate moments, and a multi-course meal, hosted by an alluring and free-spirited Chanteuse who encourages guests to explore new relationships and engage with one another in unique and daring ways. The music is comprised by pop hits ranging from the 40s to present-day, mashed up and rearranged by Ada Westfall into a sexy, synthy opus, performed live by said Chanteuse and her fabulous coven of singers.
Produced by Virgin Voyages, Randy Weiner, and Remarkable Entertainment
Commissioned by LCT3, In the Green tells the origin story of one of Medieval history's most powerful and creative women: Hildegard von Bingen. Before she became a healer, a composer, an exorcist, and finally a saint, she was a little girl locked in a cell with her mentor, Jutta.
This new musical by Grace McLean is the tale of two women and the journey that leads one to embrace death, and the other to celebrate the beauty and blemishes of a fully lived life.
Book, Music & Lyrics by Grace McLean
Directed by Lee Sunday Evans
Scenic Design: Kristen Robinson
Costume Design: Oana Botez
Lighting Design: Barbara Samuels
Sound Design: Nicholas Pope
Orchestrations/Music Supervisor: Kris Kukul
Music Director: Ada Westfall
Puppet Design: Amanda Villalobos
Casting: Henry Russell Bergstein
Stage Manager: Katharine Whitney
Assistant Stage Manager: Jessica Kate Matthews
Featuring: Rachael Duddy, Ashley Pérez Flanagan, Grace McLean, Mia Pak, Hannah Whitney
Band: Drums - Hiroyuki Matsuura, Qanun - John Murchison, Cello - Peter Pearson, Bass/Synth/Conductor - Ada Westfall
Once upon a time, there was a girl who talked to God. She built a nation, and they burned her for it. Oscar, Grammy, and Golden Globe winner David Byrne, lead singer of the Talking Heads and creator of the Public Theater hit Here Lies Love, explores the electrifying, meteoric rise of Joan of Arc through the lens of a one-of-a-kind rock musical concert. Directed by Golden Globe winner Alex Timbers, Joan of Arc: Into the Fire is a thrilling and provocative new show about challenging the powerful and believing in the impossible.
Book, Music, and Lyrics by David Byrne
Directed by Alex Timbers
Choreography: Steven Hoggett
Scenic Design: Christopher Barreca
Costume Design: Clint Ramos
Lighting Design: Justin Townsend
Sound Design: Cody Spencer
Projection Design: Darrel Maloney
Special Effects Design: Jeremy Chernick
Music Coordinator: Michael Aarons
Music Director: Kris Kukul
Featuring: Terence Archie, James Brown III, Jonathan Burke, Rodrick Covington, Jody Gelb, Sean Allan Krill, Jo Lampert, Mike McGowan, Dimitri Joseph Moise, Mary Kate Morrissey, Adam Perry, John Schiappa, Kyle Selig, David St. Louis, Mare Winningham
Band: John Kengla - guitar, Yuval Lion - drums, Karl Mansfield - keys/conductor, Oskar Stenmark - trumpet, Ada Westfall - guitar, Bobby Wooten - bass
“War is inevitable — but there are miracles. Every day millions of people die, yet we live as if death will never touch us.” – St. Vyasa, The Mahabharata
These words sit at the heart of one of the greatest epic poems— a meditation on war, death, and loss. Its core question is of a particular resonance: what should we fight for and why?
Over the past three years, in an attempt to understand this exact question, Theater Mitu has gathered hours of interviews with a range of communities worldwide: current and past members of military forces; citizens who have been directly affected by war; people diagnosed with terminal illness and their families; doctors, nurses, police, spiritual leaders, scholars, teachers, mental health professionals, and artists. As they touch upon, come to the edge of, and often confront death, each interview becomes a portrait of what is left behind — a remnant.
The result is a new work— part performance, part visual art installation. Engaging Theater Mitu’s interdisciplinary practice, this piece interjects interviews with found text, technology, and image. It affirms how loss can scar us, shape us, and at times propel us towards change—towards understanding what we should fight for and why.
Conceived and Created by Theater Mitu
Directed by Rubén Polendo
Authored by: Kayla Asbell, Denis Butkus, Alex Hawthorn, Michael Littig, Justin Nestor, Rubén Polendo, Xiao Quan, Attilio Rigotti, Scott Spahr, Corey Sullivan, Ada Westfall
Lead Architectural Install: Alex Hawthorn, Justin Nestor, Rubén Polendo, Scott Spahr, Corey Sullivan
Lead Music & Orchestration: Ada Westfall
Lead Lighting Design: Alex Hawthorn, Rubén Polendo, Attilio Rigotti, Scott Spahr
Lead Sound Design: Alex Hawthorn
Lead Video Design: Denis Butkus, Justin Nestor, Attilio Rigotti, Corey Sullivan
Lead Graphic Design: Ada Westfall
Additional Research, Development & Archive Collaborators: Gaar Adams, Dima Matta, Michael McElroy, Alec Squires, Jimmy Walden
Woyzeck and Herself
1st Workshop: December 2017 @ Theaterlab
Reimagining a seminal antihero of classic German literature as a closeted trans woman, Woyzeck & Herself is a queer adaptation of Georg Büchner’s classic text with book and music by trans theater artist Ada Westfall. Created specifically for a trans or non-binary performer in the lead role, the piece investigates the hyper-masculine nature of the military, “deviant” identity in a repressive environment, and the tragic madness often nurtured beneath layers of culturally reinforced shame.
Book, lyrics & music: Ada Westfall
1st Workshop Collaborators: Kayla Asbell, Denis Butkus, Ben Gullard, Alex Hawthorn, Jo Lampert, Michael Littig, Barrie McLain, Molly Beach Murphy, Justin Nestor, Attilio Rigotti, Corey Sullivan, Ada Westfall