"SAM & DEDE" SUPPORTERS
William & Ruth Isenberg, Executive Producers
Ryan's Daughter, Leah S. Abrams, Sheri Abrams & Norman Berman, Albert Aeed, Deborah DiIorio, Gino DiIorio, Mark Eisman, Minda Glynn, Jerry Goldberg, Marci Ring, Dave Sikula, Brett Singer, Karin Trachtenberg, Peter Wayne, Dan Zisson
FREE READINGS @ RYAN'S DAUGHTER (350 E 85th St)
Our reading series will pick up again in March 2017. Stay tuned for more details.
SAM & DEDE, OR MY DINNER WITH ANDRE THE GIANT Goes Off-Broadway!
Featuring Custom Made's 2016 world premiere cast of Dave Sikula as Samuel Beckett and Brendan Averett as Andre the Giant, this “total delight” (Theatre Eddys) of a new play that “spins comic gold,” (For All Events) makes its NYC debut this March! Click here for info. and tickets.
The Off-Broadway run, made possible by executive producers William and Ruth Isenberg, features work by the original production team, including Beth Hall, Maxx Kurzunski, Ryan Lee Short, Brooke Jennings, Kitty Torres, Erik LaDue, Florence McCafferty, and Jon Bailey. Executive Director Leah S. Abrams continues to direct.
Custom Made has been involved with Sam and Dede since the beginning, presenting its first public reading in collaboration with the cell in NYC and submitting it to the National New Play Network’s annual Showcase of New Plays where it was a finalist and picked up by Kitchen Dog Theater for their New Works Festival, before producing its world premiere at our San Francisco Union Square home where it was hailed by critics as “intelligent, witty, and bright.” (Talkin’ Broadway)
San Francisco critics have noted about Sam & Dede:
“Brendan Averett and Dave Sikula are brilliant as André and Samuel Beckett… Leah S. Abrams beautifully and smoothly directs.” –Richard Connema, Talkin’ Broadway
“Rarely have I heard an opening night audience laughing with such glee at a new play, clearly wanting more.” –Barry Horwitz, For All Events
"All (playwright, director, designers, actors) combine forces for several of the most fascinating, final minutes that I have recently (and maybe ever) spent in a theatre.” –Theatre Eddys
This series of scenes between a giant – a man who cannot hide, and a writer obsessed with silence, in a world as absurd as a Beckett play, finds its next life with NYC audiences this spring.
The Custom Made Theatre Co., in its 18th season of production in San Francisco, is committed to producing plays that awaken our social conscience, focusing on the strength of the ensemble and creating an intimate theatrical experience. Custom Made is a member of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), National New Play Network (Associate member, NNPN) and Theatre Bay Area (TBA). Recipient of the SF Bay Area Theatre Critics’ Circle Paine Knickerbocker Award for making a lasting contribution to Bay Area theatre.