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HOOKMAN (by Lauren Yee '07) at Encore Theatre Company

Encore Theatre Company is proud to present the world premiere of HOOKMAN, a new play by Lauren Yee, The company is willing to offer a Yalie group discount of $5 off the night of Friday, May 15.

   
WHO: 
Written by Lauren Yee
Directed by Becca Wolff
Cast: Rinabeth Apostol, Jessica Lynn Carroll, Katharine Chin, Taylor Jones, Sarah Matthes, Devin O’Brien
Creative Team: James Faerron (sets), Joshua McDermoth (lighting), Drew Yerys (sound), Piper V. Ferguson (costumes) and Devon LaBelle (props)

WHAT: 
Encore Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Hookman, a play by Lauren Yee. 

WHEN: 
Friday, May 15, 2015
8pm

WHERE: 
Z Below
470 Florida Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

TICKETS: 
$20 - $30 
Tickets may be purchased at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/9983155
The company is willing to offer a Yalie group discount of $5 off the night of Friday, May 15. The discount code is ZYALE (and it's not case-sensitive).
FOR MORE INFORMATION: encoretheatresf.org 
 
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, February 13, 2015 – Encore Theatre Company is proud to present the world premiere of HOOKMAN, a new play by Lauren Yee whose playwriting credits includes The Hatmaker's Wife, Ching Chong Chinaman and In a Word. Commissioned by Encore Theatre, Hookman dramatizes the story of Lexi, a student in her first year at college. After losing her high school best friend to a hook-handed serial killer, Lexi must learn what it means to grow up, young and female, in a world that’s sometimes dangerous and lonely. Directed by Becca Wolff, Hookman opens in previews Wednesday, May 6 at Z Below in San Francisco, and runs for three weeks through Saturday, May 30.
Encore Theatre’s recent productions include the critically acclaimed and award-winning Hundred Days, a collaboration with Z Space; Circle Mirror Transformation, a collaboration with Marin Theatre Company; and The Totalitarians, presented with Z Space. Since the conclusion of its residency at the Thick House in San Francisco in 2007, Encore Theatre has partnered with some of the most highly esteemed theater companies in the Bay Area to produce consistently challenging and entertaining work by talented, new playwrights.

The commissioning and production of the world premiere of Hookman is made possible by The Wallace and Alexander Gerbode Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation 2012 Playwright Commissioning Awards initiative. Other funders include The Kenneth Rainin Foundation, The Zellerbach Family Foundation and Grants For The Arts.

About Lauren Yee
Lauren Yee's plays include King of the Yees (Goodman Theatre commission), Ching Chong Chinaman (Mu Performing Arts, 2009), Crevice (Impact Theatre, 2012), The Hatmaker's Wife (Playwrights Realm, 2013), The Tiger Among Us (Mu Performing Arts, 2013), Samsara (Victory Garden Theatre, 2015), in a word (SF Playhouse and Cleveland Public Theater, 2015) and Hookman (Encore Theatre, 2015). 

Her work has been developed at Lincoln Center/LCT3, the Goodman Theatre, The Public Theatre, Second Stage, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Center Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Kitchen Dog, the Magic Theatre and others. She is a former Dramatists Guild fellow, MacDowell Colony fellow, Public Theater Emerging Writers Group member, Women's Project Lab playwright, Second Stage Shank playwright-in-residence and Playwrights Realm Page One resident playwright.

Yee’s play Samsara was a nominee for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the L. Arnold Weissberger Award. Her play The Hatmaker’s Wife was an Outer Critics Circle nominee for the John Gassner Award for best play by a new American playwright. 

Yee is currently a member of the Ma-Yi Writers' Lab and the Playwrights' Center Core. In addition to Encore Theatre, she is under commission from the Goodman Theatre, Lincoln Center/LCT3, Mixed Blood and TheatreworksUSA. BA: Yale. MFA: University of California-San Diego. For more information, visit laurenyee.com.

About Encore Theatre Company 
Since its formation in 1986, Encore Theatre Company has claimed a distinct identity in the Bay Area performing arts community. Originally, Encore was a showcase for experimental work by alumni and associates of American Conservatory Theater. For the past 16 years, headed by Co-Artistic Directors Lisa Steindler and James Faerron, Encore has focused on bringing new works to the Bay Area, and on forging relationships between San Francisco’s best actors, designers, and directors and the best new playwrights in North America. Encore has produced numerous world and West Coast premieres by such writers as Adam Bock, Mark Jackson, Leigh Fondakowski, Sam Shepard, Claire Chafee, Adam Rapp, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, Terry Tarnoff, Steve Yockey, Daniel MacIvor and Lynne Alvarez. Encore is committed to producing new plays that foster social awareness and examine contemporary ethics, encouraging a sense of community in both our audience and ourselves. 

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