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Every old house has a good story
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Some houses have more than one. When two young activists move into a fixer upper in a transitional South Berkeley neighborhood, they open the portal to an incredible past they could have never expected and a present they’re not sure they can handle. Inspired by the true stories of Berkeley’s historic Lorin District, Shotgun Players are proud to present a new look at how families struggle to overcome the obstacles that have become synonymous with “American”.

Based on the powerful model created by Cornerstone Theater in Los Angeles, we've built a new piece of community theatre that puts our neighborhood - our community, and its residents - onstage to tell their stories alongside professional actors. Playwright Marcus Gardley was commissioned by Shotgun Players in 2005 to create a play about the neighborhood once called Lorin that surrounds our theater The Ashby Stage.

And does this neighborhood have a story to tell! There are mid-nineteenth century farmhouses next to liquor stores, elegant Victorians next to low-income housing, a Buddhist temple that sits across the street from a Baptist Church. The personal stories that Shotgun Core Artists collected from the neighborhood are also rich - a young Japanese woman who moved back to the street her grandparents lived on before they were uprooted to internment camps, an elderly African American woman whose family left the segregated south to find prosperity here during the boom times of the shipping industry, and a nineteen year old man who is struggling to find some sanity in his drug riddled neighborhood. The Lorin is still a community in transition.

In Love is a Dream Hose in Lorin we’ll meet fictionalized generations of South Berkeley inhabitants who each have a different chapter of the story to tell. As the neighborhood evolves, so do the relationships, and Gardley deftly weaves the incredible complexities of family and proximity over the vast terrain of this play’s history. Beginning with the Ohlone Indians, and moving up through the proposed Ashby BART Transit village, Love is a Dream House in Lorin is giant in scope— by far the most ambitious project this company has ever undertaken.

Shotgun Players learned of the complex history of the Lorin District in 1999 when we arranged to perform plays at the South Berkeley Community Church. In 2004, when we acquired our own theater in the same neighborhood, there was a strong desire to learn more and to create a production that truly is community theatre: both by telling a story about the community – and by involving its members in both the development and the production itself. Creating work that starts a conversation about important issues in a community will allow us to process, explore and celebrate our vast diversities before they create greater divides.

Shotgun Players production of Love is a Dream House in Lorin will be directed by Aaron Davidman (Artistic Director of Traveling Jewish Theatre). The show features an awe-inspiring cast of 30 people ranging in age from 9 to 69, with members of the local theater community and the neighborhood community. The set will be designed by Lisa Clark, with costumes by Vincent Avery, light design by Richard Olmstead and sound design by Shotgun Company Member Daniel Bruno. Choreography will be created by Shotgun Company member Andrea Weber, and Dena Martinez will Assistant Direct.

Previews on Tuesday, September 26 and Wednesday, September 27

Opens on Thursday, September 28, and runs Thursday – Sunday through October 29th at 8PM at The Ashby Stage in Berkeley

Ticket Prices: Pay What You Can - $30. The first week of performances, September 26-October 1 are Pay-What-You-Can at the door for general seats. October 5 – November 5 performances are sliding scale $15 - $30. Reservations for all performances are strongly advised. For sold out performances, there will be a waiting list that begins at 7PM.

Fog, Herbal Smoke and Gunshots are used in this Production.
This play uses strong language.


Tony Allen -Carlton, Tyler
Eric Burns -Prince, Deakin, Mr. Stuart
Christopher Chen -Young Sun McGee
Yoonie Cho -Lorin
Jeannette DesBoine -Aunt Woolsey
Krystal Elebiary -Parker Wheeler
Roy Ellis -Teen Ellis
Sterling Greene -Sun, McGee
Nicholas Guillory -Young Ellis
Diana Gutierrez-Oholone Woman, Goddess of the Wind
D. Anthony Harper -King, Ellsworth, Mr. Ward, Father
Anne Healy -Maureen Shattuck
Chuck Heinrichs -Father Paolo, Mr. Ashby
Jessica Kitchens -Real Estate Agent, Janet Oregon, Goddess of Fog
Asha Maxey -Dew Goddess
Vanda Maxey -Lorina
Rashumel Oxley -Teen Prince, Kid at Party
Allison L. Payne -Milvia, Mrs. Stuart
Patrizio Pellouchoud -Their Jesus
Roxie Perkins -Harper
Donell Randolph, Jr. -Young Prince
Brian Rivera -Coyote
Emily Rosenthal Adeline -Wheeler
David Stewart -Russell. Otis, Mr. Charles
Juliet Strong -Adeline Wheeler Understudy, Chorus
Jeff Trescott -Father Junipero Serra, Father Essex
Susan Wansewicz -Mrs. Rose, Ms. Harmon
Daniel Webber-Dwight Cop/D.White, Labor Sup.
Keiandra Lomas-Lil Tee alternate
Monique Smith-Lil Tee (Mom = Ramona)
Tamiyka White-Pastor Grant


Designers & Crew

Vincent Avery -Costume Design
H. Nathan Berneman -Stage Manager
Daniel Bruno -Sound Design
Lisa Clark -Set Design
Aaron Davidman -Director
Safiya Delaney -Assistant Director
Patrick Dooley -Artistic Director
Molly Holm -Musical Director, Choral Composition
Liz Lisle -Production Manager
Dena Martinez -Assistant Director, Casting Director
Richard Olmstead -Light Design
Chris Paulina -Video Projection
Alf Pollard -Technical Director
Andrea Weber -Choreographer
Christine Crook-Assistant Costumer
Cody Pearson-Prop Master
Teia Rogers-Sound Operator



From the Director
Hey Neighbor!
Community-based theatre
and a return to the basics

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D.Anthony Harper, Roxy Perkins, Roy Ellis, Donnell Randolph, Jr., Rashumel Oxley
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Diana Gutierrez, Sterling Greene, David Stewart, Jeanette DesBoine, Allison L. Payne, Emily Rosenthal, D. Anthony Harper, Roxy Perkins
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Allison L. Payne is Milvia, and D. Anthony Harper is King.

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