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A staged reading of the play

"The Velvet Sky"

September 23 and 24, 2005

Zeum Theater, San Francisco, CA

Playwright by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Directed by Carey Perloff

Warren - Steven Culp
Andrew - Jonathan Rosen
Bethany - Seana Kofoed
Ensemble - Howard Swain
Ensemble - Nancy Carlin
Ensemble - Steve Irish

(September 21, 2005, - San Francisco Chronicle, Other Minds holding 'seances' in a church, by David Wiegand)

The American Conservatory Theater has snagged some "Desperate Housewives" bait for its First Look workshop production of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's play "The Velvet Sky," 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Zeum Theater in San Francisco. Steven Culp, who has a recurring role as Rex Van de Kamp on the ABC hit series about booty in the burbs, will play the role of Warren in the script-in-hand production, directed by Maria Mileaf. Culp also played Joe Pitt in ACT's "Angels in America" in 1994.

For tickets to Saturday's show, go to (c) September 21, 2005, - San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco, CA - A terrifying fairy tale monster [is one] of the unusual characters coming to the San Francisco stage this September as part of American Conservatory Theater's First Look program, a continuing exploration of new works for the theater. [...]

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's ominous The Velvet Sky, playing September 23 and 24 with direction by Maria Mileaf. All script-in-hand workshop performances will be held at Zeum Theater, located at Fourth and Howard streets in San Francisco.

Tickets are $10 for one performance and $15 for both, and are available by calling the A.C.T. Box Office at 415.749.2228. (c) August 30, 2005

About the play:

Every parent's worst fears, both conscious and unconscious, are played out in the icy midnight of The Velvet Sky. Refusing to raise his 12-year-old son Andrew in a home steeped in paranoia and sleepless nights, Warren [Steven Culp] steals him away to the deceptive glowing lights of New York City. Mother Bethany is soon after them, as is a menacing presence lurking in the shadows and behind closed doors. At his first opportunity Andrew runs away from his father to experience the wonders and horrors of the city for himself. The only question is, Who will find him first: his parents, or The Sandman, a ghost-story demon made all too real? Can a mother's deeply felt instincts to protect her child save him from the harsh reality that awaits him? A rich, gripping nightmare, The Velvet Sky is a disturbing adult fairy tale for our times. (c)

This disturbing adult fairy tale centers on 12-year-old Andrew, whose father steals him away to New York City. His mother soon chases them, as does a menacing presence lurking in the shadows. Ditching his father, Andrew heads out into the city himself. If you spot any comic book flavors in the plot--namely in the menacing presence--you're right on target. Aguirre-Sacasa writes The Fantastic Four and Nightcrawler for Marvel. Playing September 23-24. (c)

"THE VELVET SKY is a cock-eyed, dangerous fairy tale world which asks, with a wink and wide-toothed grin, about how much fear we can live with," said Taichman. "It's just the kind of play I love to direct -- explosively theatrical, dark, hilarious, extremely stylized, and unbearably heartbreaking."


Hovering in a neverland between dreaming and waking, poor Bethany hasn't slept in 13 years in an effort to protect her son Andrew from the Sandman. At the end of his rope with his wife's sleeplessness, her husband Warren whisks Andrew away in the middle of the night to New York City. Bethany's already fragile grip on reality starts to weaken and she sets off after them, setting into frenzied motion this nightmare fantasy brimming with wild comic detours and surreal hallucinations. (c)

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