San Francisco Theater Festival

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The San Francisco Theater Festival is a one day outpouring of live theater featuring 70 theater groups and solo performers appearing on10 stages at the Yerba Buena arts complex in a marathon-style event. There are 36 theater companies with presentations that range from Shakespeare performed to Beatles songs to Rough & Tumble's 43 Plays for 43 Presidents, from SF Free Civic Theatre's one-act in verse Aria da Capo by Edna St. Vincent Millay to SF Recovery Theatre's story of love in the hood. Emperor Norton--The Musical, an original musical will be featured along with Aces Wild Theatre of CSU East Bay's version of Moliere's Scapin, The Cheat, which it will perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland in August. In addition, there are 10 improv groups, including the San Francisco Improv Alliance's Best of the SF Improv Festival, Warth & Todd and Waiting for Ennis Cotter plus Oui Be Negroes and BATS Theatersports competition. The solo performance side of the festival includes 14 talented individuals such as Ismail Azeem, who becomes Johnny Burke, a struggling and troubled Jamerican, and Carolyn Doyle who performs Bonne Bell Lip Smacker, a comedy that examines that first kiss. Finally, there are 10 shows for children, ranging from puppet theater, colorful international folk dancing, the amazing Bubblesmith, the SF Clown Conservatory's Circus Finelli, and Oren & the Hiccups who entrances children with his music.

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