he SF Playhouse (Bill English, Artistic Director; Susi Damilano, Producing Director) announce casting for the Regional Premiere of Wirehead by Matt Benjamin and Logan Brown.
Susi Damilano will direct a cast of SF favorites, including Madeline H.D. Brown, Scott Coopwood*, Lauren Grace*, Craig Marker*, Gabriel Marin*, and Cole Alexander Smith.
Wirehead dives headlong into the universal human fear of change to explore what happens when a wire implant that increases one's intelligence is made available to the public. This will be the second production of Wirehead which had its world premiere at Los Angeles's Echo Theatre Company. In a week long workshop held last fall, the SF Playhouse invited the writers to work on the play with its current cast resulting in a significant rewrite and exciting new script.
Matt Benjamin (Playwright) graduated from Northwestern University's Theater program, and is a playwright, screenwriter, producer and actor. His plays include How to Act Around Cops, which received the Playwriting Award at the 2003 NYC Fringe Festival and the Fringe First award at the 2004 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Wirehead and The Old Inn. His plays have been produced in London, Edinburgh, Dublin, NYC, Chicago, Sydney, and most recently in Los Angeles. His most notable readings include one at Manhattan Theatre Club directed by Mark Brokaw and another as part of Ars Nova's Out Loud series directed by John Cameron Mitchell. He currently resides in NYC with his wife. Matt is represented by Olivier Sultan at CAA/NY.
Logan Brown (Playwright) graduated from Northwestern University's Creative Writing for the Media Program. His produced plays include Hogs (Northwestern University), Oasis (Hanger Theater) and How To Act Around Cops (with writing partner Matthew Benjamin), which won Best Play at the 2003 New York Int'l Fringe Festival and a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Int'l Fringe Festival. Cops then went on to a successful run at London's Soho Theatre where it received a Critic's Pick in Time-Out London. It has since been published and produced around the world, including numerous performances in England, America and Australia. Logan also created the web series Not Alone, which can be viewed at www.not-alone.tv, and he wrote and directed the short film, Simulacrum®, which has screened at over a dozen film festivals, including the 2009 Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival, London Sci-Fi Film Festival, Sedona Int'l Film Festival and many more. It won The Playhouse West Film Festival's Audience Choice Award for Best Comedy Short. Most recently, his new play with partner Matthew Benjamin, Wirehead, was produced in Los Angeles by the Echo Theater Company. Logan and Matt are now extremely excited to have their second production of this new play at the San Francisco Playhouse. Logan is represented by Olivier Sultan at CAA/NY.
Susi Damilano (Director and Producing Director) is co-founder of The SF Playhouse, Her directing credits include Den of Thieves and the West Coast Premieres of Dead Man's Cell Phone, Coronado, The Mystery Plays and Roulette and the World Premiere of Daniel Heath's Seven Days in the 2010 Sandbox Series. She is a three-time recipient of the Bay Area Critic Circle Award for Best Female Performance in Bug, Six Degrees of Separation, and Reckless. At the SF Playhouse she has performed leading roles in Harper Regan, Coraline, Slasher, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Landscape of the Body, First Person Shooter, Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train, The Crucible, Kimberly Akimbo, Our Town, and The Smell of the Kill.
Founded by Bill English and Susi Damilano in 2003, The SF Playhouse is San Francisco's fastest growing and most awarded Theater Company and hailed as a "small delicacy" by SF Weekly, "eclectic" by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and "local theater's best kept secret" by San Francisco Magazine. Located in Union Square, The SF Playhouse offers intimate, professional theatre with top notch actors and world class design. It has received multiple awards for overall productions, acting and design including the SF Weekly Best Theatre Award, Bay Guardian's Best Off-Broadway Theatre Award. The San Francisco Chronicle raved, "One of the most meteoric rises [of the decade] has been that of SF Playhouse, Bill English and Susi Damilano's 7-year-old-start-up that has been attracting more top-notch actors, directors, and scripts every year." The SF Playhouse has become the intimate theatre alternative to the traditional Union Square theatre fare, providing a creative home and inspiring environment where actors, directors, writers, designers, and theatre lovers converge to create works that celebrate the human spirit.