‘Rise’ and ‘Black Virgins are not for Hipsters’ are each about virginity and the so called loss of it seems to be at the heart of new romantic comedy solo shows in San Francisco in May. The perspective of each of these autobiographical-style monologues comes from a different corner of the fringe theater world. The Exit theater, a block toward the Tenderloin from Powell Street BART and Union Square, hosts former football player Scott Barry in ‘Rise’ while The Marsh in the Mission hosts Echo Brown as a young black virgin.
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Echo Brown comes to San Francisco with hefty and serious credentials which makes her stand up comedy on post-racial America all the more intriguing. Her character goes through the throes of contemplation over the meaning of the event and of love in the ten minutes she has before having sex for the first time, with a good looking white stranger she met on line for free. Brown actually isn’t so casual or desperate, having worked as an investigator in cases of police misconduct in New York and having a masters in investigative journalism from Columbia.
Rise opens the day after ‘Black Virgins’ and it’s the story of middle-aged male social crisis by a former 49er draft pick and UC Davis All-American quarterback. Scott Barry in his forties seems to psyche himself out of new-found love. Subsequently he tries to tackle his family issues and phobias with home remedies such as going to a strip club rather than manning up and taking the blue pill. Joshua Townshend Zellner directs Scott Barry who optioned a current project to actor/producer Michael Douglas, currently developing Barry’s ‘Rollover’. Here is a video for ‘Rise’: here.
Theater details and ticket information
‘Rise’ opens at The Exit Theater on Friday evening, May 1. The Exit Theater runs several intimate performance spaces and a comfy lounge with free popcorn . Patrons may relax with adult beverages and café fare for purchase. Dress is street casual. The Exit also hosts the SF Fringe Festival, indie films, in the fall. ‘Rise’ runs each Friday and Saturday through May 23, each show at 8 p.m.. Performances: Friday May 1 and Saturday May 2; May 8 and 9; May 15 and 16; May 22 and 23. Also contact Scott Barry at 310 994-5170, RiseThePlay@gmail.com. www.ScottBarrys.com.
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156 Eddy Street in San Francisco (415) 931-1094. www.TheExit.org. Tickets: Students/seniors $15 each or $16.52 with service fee on line. General $20 or $21.69. It’s an easy walk from BART or Muni but bicyclists should lock their bikes elsewhere, such as the cage at Embarcadero BART.
‘Black Virgins are not for Hipsters’ opens Thursday evening, April 30 and runs through June 6. Thursdays at 8pm | Saturdays at 8:30pm. 60 minutes | No Intermission | 16 and up. Tickets: $20-$35 sliding scale (ability to pay) | Reserved Seats: $55 and $100. Café bar with drinks and snacks. Easy walk and bike ride from Mission Street BART stations.
For more information: www.TheMarsh.org