Friend Center for The Arts to Feature Kaufman, Sondheim, Callaway and More in 2010-2011 Season | Playbill

News Friend Center for The Arts to Feature Kaufman, Sondheim, Callaway and More in 2010-2011 Season
The Eugene & Elinor Friend Center for the Arts at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco will feature writer-director Moises Kaufman and his company, Tectonic Theater Project; Broadway composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim; and actress-singer Liz Callaway as part of its lineup of lectures and performances in 2010-2011.

Kaufman, a Tony nominee for his direction of I Am My Own Wife and for his play 33 Variations, will appear in conversation with Berkeley Repertory Theatre artistic director Tony Taccone Oct. 21 at 7 PM. The conversation will kick off a weekend in which Tectonic Theater Project will present "The Laramie Residency: A Decade in the Life of an American Town."

The company will perform The Laramie Project, a documentary theatre piece based on interviews the company conducted related to the murder of gay Laramie, WY, resident Matthew Shepard, Oct. 22 at 8 PM. The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, an Epilogue, will be performed Oct. 23 at 8 PM.

The work of playwright and author Lydia Davis will be presented in a staged reading Nov. 1 at 7 PM.

Sondheim will serve as the Bookfest Keynote speaker Nov. 6 at 7 PM. He will discuss his new collection of lyrics and anecdotes, Finishing the Hat.

Callaway, a Tony nominee for Baby, will perform "In Good Company: Liz Callaway Sings Sondheim" Nov. 13 at 8 PM. The concert will feature songs from Company, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods and A Little Night Music, among other classic Sondheim shows. The Great Broadway Sing-Along, which will feature songs by Sondheim and another Stephen (Schwartz), as well as Rodgers and Hammerstein, the Gershwins, Cole Porter and more, will be presented Dec. 8 at 8 PM.

A production of Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers, a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play about a dysfunctional Jewish family in 1940s Yonkers, will be performed Jan. 8-16, 2011, at 8 PM (Sundays at 7 PM). Nancy Carlin will direct.

Other events scheduled for the season include SF Circus Center's New Pickle Circus (Jan. 22, 2011, at 5 PM; Jan. 23, 2011, at 11 AM and 2 PM); the revue 'S Wonderful: The New Gershwin Musical (Jan. 29, 2011, at 8 PM); The Virgin Play Series, a series of readings of scripts-in-progress presented by The Magic Theatre (Mondays, March 7-28, 2011, at 7 PM); and The Capitol Steps, a group of satirical performers who often rewrite the lyrics of Broadway show tunes to mock the political goings-on in Washington (March 13 at 2 PM and 5 PM).

The Friend Center for the Arts is located at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California Street in San Francisco. For more information and the complete list of events, visit

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