Introducing a third theater in our 2011-2012 Season of Focus Theaters: Just Theater!
NAME: Just Theater
LOCATION: various, but usually (always?) in Berkeley
JUST THEATER IN THREE WORDS:
Intelligent, examining, compelling.
FAVORITE JUST THEATER PLAY?
Confession: I've only (really) seen one. It was 1001 by Jason Grote and it was great -- really gave me a lot to think about. But I just saw their reading series of five plays by five different playwrights, and they were fun and funny and heart-breaking and genius. I enjoyed each reading so much that I came right back for the next one. (And I heard Down a Little Dirt Road was pretty good, too. ;D)
PEOPLE TO KNOW AT JUST THEATER:
Molly Aaronson-Gelb and Jonathan Spector. They're the Co-Artistic Directors of Just Theater and also happen to be married. Both are really interesting, fun, and overall wonderful people. They make some great theater, too.
FAVORITE THING ABOUT JUST THEATER:
You can think about a Just Theater show for weeks, months, a whole YEAR after you've seen it and still not have it completely figured out. They never get stale.
WHO WOULD YOU TAKE TO A “CLASSIC JUST THEATER” SHOW?
This is a perfect question because I actually just took tons of people to a Just Theater show. Teenage friends. Parents of teenage friends. Teachers. Siblings. Parents. Theater people. People who hadn't seen a show for 20 years. Just Theater shows are like that. You can take anyone who's up for some thinking.
ONE IMPORTANT THING TO KNOW ABOUT JUST THEATER:
Come early on in the run of a Just Theater show. It's cheaper, and it gets more expensive each week.
Above, a production photo from Just Theater's 1001.