Mission: Our commitment to new play development has made shotgun players a vital part of the arts community in the bay area and beyond. We commission at least one new play each season, and we celebrated our 20th anniversary with an entire season of new works.
Programs: In 1992 patrick dooley and a group of eager young artists formed shotgun players, a company dedicated to creating innovative and affordable theatre. Now in our 24th season, our company includes 22 actors, directors, designers, and playwrights. Each season we produce five to six plays including a mix of new works and classics. Our hope is to make theatre an integral part of everyday life. We have commissioned 34 new plays, earned a reputation for artistic excellence, and still honor our commitment to affordable theatre. We offer pay-what-you-can performances for each production, and through our make a difference program we offer $5 tickets to anyone 25 and younger. Our make a difference program also provides paid internships for those wishing to learn skills in the areas of design, directing and production management. If you want to learn how to start a theatre company, our make a
difference program can provide mentorships from core shotgun players artists and staff, while also providing work-trade opportunities for rehearsal space. We are eager to support the next generation of artists and audiences. Shotgun players theatre, the ashby stage, is a certified green building and became the first solar-powered live theatre in 2007. Each season we produce five to six plays including a mix of new works and classics. When we moved to south berkeley in 2004 we invited residents to be our collaborators. Together we have created three community-based plays, all with stories from local residents. As a result, we have built lasting relationships with our south berkeley neighbors. Theatre is our way of building community.
during the 2017-2018 season, shotgun players presented the following productions:* nora* the events* brownsville song (b-side for tray)* the (curious case of the) watson intelligence* blasted* black rider - the casting of magic bullets
I have been a season subscriber to Shotgun Players for several years. I look forward to their productions which tend to push the envelope-"edgy"-I think would be the current word. The plays performed are often challenging and thought provoking, plus the creative use of a small open stage is remarkable! I usually leave the theater continuing to think about the message(s). The outdoor summer production is fun, usually a bit bawdy, and always a good time! I will continue to subscribe and recommend others do likewise!