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Press Contact: John Doherty, 415.992.8168, john@notquiteopera.org

ABSOLUTELY SAN FRANCISCO – Long-running Musical Returns to The Alcove

Mary Gibboney and Author Anne Nygren Doherty Trade Off in Poignant Postcard to the City by the Bay, June 28 – August 18, 2012

San Francisco, CA – June 1, 2012

Not Quite Opera Productions’ long-running, one-woman musical Absolutely San Francisco returns to town with the show’s author, Anne Nygren Doherty, rotating with East Bay favorite Mary Gibboney, in a tour-de-force performance, playing a total of 6 “typical” San Franciscans (3 men, 3 women) who ride ann imaginary cable car together and get lost in a life-changing fog. During its first weeks, June 28 to July 7, the show plays Thursdays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm; afterwards – from July 12 to August 18, it plays Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, again at 8:00 p.m., all at The Alcove Theater, 414 Mason Street, 5th Floor, a block from Union Square.

Mary Gibboney, as “Sunshine,” takes a hit from Cupid’s Arrow

Poignant, whimsical and funny, Absolutely San Francisco is a musical allegory about the San Francisco take on the American Dream. The plot concerns Sunshine, a free-spirited daughter of the 60s, and her attempt to make a permanent home beneath Cupid’s Span – the giant bow and arrow sculpture that graces the Embarcadero. Beleaguered by the city – in the form of meter-maids threatening to tow her shopping cart – Sunshine has to find someone with power to help her fight City Hall. Guided by signals from Sutro Tower, she sets out on the quest that takes her on a cable car ride with conductor Naima, shopkeeper Grace, engineer Narayan, gay wine-merchant Jeffrey, and hippie-billionaire Davo. When the car breaks down and a mysterious fog turns day to night, eliminating any trace of the city, the characters find themselves in a “Twilight Zone episode” that forces them to question reality until they find a way out.

The insightful, whimsical book and lyrics by Anne Nygren Doherty turn the city’s stereotypes inside out and reveal the heart and soul of a city where the atypical is typical – where hippies, drifters and dreamers rub elbows with striving immigrants and the top 1% of the “1%.” The audience laughs, cries and comes away deeply moved by the hidden bonds that tie these seemingly disparate people together.

Mary Gibboney as Sunshine in the tie-dyed world of Absolutely San Francisco

Mary Gibboney as Sunshine in the tie-dyed world of Absolutely San Francisco

The show portrays the city – known world over as a metaphor for personal freedom, social revolution and pioneer spirit – as harboring a secret beneath its picture postcard reality: its love-hate relationship with change. Thanks to this conflict between freedom and restriction – and maybe thanks to the San Andreas fault – the show’s inhabitants forever feel they’re on shaky ground. The result of Sunshine’s unpredictable comic journey is to unite the contrasting characters and heal the wounds inflicted by their American Dreams. Each night one actress plays all of the roles, using simple hats and props to indicate character. Watching the rapid-fire transformations between characters is also part of the fun, but the idea that one woman plays all the roles underscores one of the show’s central themes that the city’s people – however disparate – are all connected through their San Francisco experience. As Sunshine says, “Everybody comes to California looking for something…even if you were born here, you have to be looking for something, even if it’s only acceptance, because the search is what ties us all together.”

About The Alcove Theater, near Union Square

The Alcove Theater is a new 49-patron venue at 414 Mason Street on the Fifth Floor. With its semi-circular raised platform stage and environmentally friendly LED lighting, The Alcove is an intimate, yet flexible performance space, conveniently located in the Union Square theater district. About Not Quite Opera Not Quite Opera Productions is one of a handful of companies in the US that is devoted exclusively to the development of original musical theater. As part of its mission, NQO holds monthly writer/composer forums, produces a bi-annual cabaret of new works by local writers and composer, and is in the process of developing several new shows to be revealed in 2013.

Dates, Times, and Tickets

WHERE: The Alcove Theater, near Union Square; 414 Mason Street, 5th floor, San Francisco; one block from Union Square

WHEN: Thursday and Saturday, June 28 to July 7, 8:00 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 12- August 18, at 8:00 p.m.

TICKETS: $32 – general admission $50 – premium, includes reserved stage-side seating and gift bag. 415-992-8168 or www.TheAlcoveTheater.com. SHOW CONTACT: Anne Doherty, Not Quite Opera Productions (415) 385-7293, anne@notquiteopera.org

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Anne Nygren Doherty as six characters in “Absolutely San Francisco”

Absolutely San Francisco – Poignant, whimsical and funny, Absolutely San Francisco is a musical allegory about the SF take on the American Dream. Writer-composer Anne Nygren Doherty and East Bay favorite Mary Gibboney trade off playing 6 “typical” San Franciscans (3 men, 3 women) who ride a cable car together and get lost in a life- changing fog. You will laugh, cry and come away deeply moved by the hidden bonds that tie these seemingly disparate people together. Book, music and lyrics by Anne Nygren Doherty.

The Alcove Theater, 414 Mason Street, 5th Floor, a block from Union Square in San Francisco. Thursday and Saturday, June 28 to July 7, 8:00 p.m; Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 12- August 18, at 8:00 p.m

Tickets $32 general, $50 premium, 415-992-8168 or www.TheAlcoveTheater.com.

SHOW CONTACT: Anne Doherty, Not Quite Opera Productions (415) 385-7293, anne@notquiteopera.org

PRESS CONTACT: John Doherty, 415.992.8168, john@notquiteopera.org

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