Weathervane's inaugural play commissions were Thieves by Charlotte Miller and Selkie by Sarah Shaeffer all coproduced with Rising Phoenix Repertory. Currently we are developing and producing a new commission by Jessica Dickey, The Convent, which will premiere in New York in 2019, and a new play by Lucy Thurber, Sunshine Evolution, which will be produced in San Francisco in the winter of 2020. Wendy vanden Heuvel is the artistic director of Weathervane Theater and piece by piece productions, a not for profit organization whose productions have included Medea directed by Deborah Warner with Fiona Shaw on Broadway (associate producer), The Tricky Part (2004 Obie Award and two Drama Desk nominations including Best Play), All The Rage (Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Solo Show 2013) by Martin Moran, and several productions with Rising Phoenix Repertory and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Since 2010, piece by piece has been a collaborative producer with The Lake Lucille Chekhov Project created by Brian Mertes and Melissa Kievmann, and in 2013 co-produced Lee Breuer’s La Divina Caricatura in association with St. Ann’s Warehouse, La Mama ETC, Mabou Mines, and Dovetail Productions. piece by piece productions also co produced Hundred Days conceived by the indie rock couple The Bengsons, The Kilbanes’ rock opera, Weightless, both co-produced with Z Space in San Francisco as well as the Bengson's The Lucky Ones , in NYC with Z Space and Ars Nova in 2018.
In JESSICA Dickey's new play THE CONVENT, a group of women go on a retreat to live like nuns in the Middle Ages and are baptized with 80s pop, female mysticism, hallucinogens and sex. The Convent is a toothy dark comedy about desire, devotion and the mystery of intrinsic divinity. OPENING NIGHT JANUARY 24, 2019 AT THE MEZZANINE THEATER at A.R.T./ NEW YORK THEATERS.
By Jessica Dickey
Directed by Daniel Talbott
In Jessie Dickey’s The Convent, a group of women go on a retreat to live like nuns in the Middle Ages and are baptized with 80s pop, female mysticism, hallucinogens and sex. The Convent is a toothy dark comedy about desire, devotion, and the mystery of intrinsic divinity.
January 16 through February 17
Mezzanine Theatre at A.R.T./New York Theatres
502 West 53rd Street
New York, NY
Presented by Weathervane Theatre and Rising Phoenix Repertory, in association with Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre.
Featuring: Amy Berryman, Annabel Capper, Brittany Anikka Liu, Margaret Odette, Lisa Ramirez, Samantha Soule, Wendy vanden Heuvel
Scenic Design by Raul Abrego / Costume Design by Tristan Raines / Lighting Design by Joel Moritz / Sound Design by Erin Bednarz / Projection Design by Katherine Freer / Fight Direction & Choreography by Unkle Dave’s Fight House / Production Stage Manager Kate Croasdale / Assistant Stage Manager Kelsy Durkin / Production Management SenovvA Production Core / General Management by Snug Harbor Productions / Executive Producer Kendra Bator
A LESSON FROM ALOES “The performances are all compelling as each actor creates a vital piece of a subtle yet shattering story. Fugard has written more popular plays, but “A Lesson From Aloes” in this finely realized production reveals the hard truths of his country at that fractured time as well as any.” –MARCUS CROWDER, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
A Lesson From Aloes
By Athol Fugard
Directed by Timothy Near
Set during apartheid South Africa, A Lesson From Aloes follows a liberal white Afrikaner who believes in resistence, his unsettled English wife struggling with the personal costs, and a black activist who has everything to lose, painting a portrait of loyalty, race, sanity, and survival under an oppressive government. This dynamic and timely drama decries racial divides while celebrating the resilience of the human spirit. A Lesson From Aloes debuted in Johannesburg, South Africa and was later produced at Yale Repertory Theatre, then on Broadway in 1981, where it was named “Best Play” by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play.
June 3 through June 29, 2018
470 Florida Street
San Francisco, CA
Featuring: Adrian Roberts, Victor Talmadge and Wendy vanden Heuvel
Scenic Design by Deb O / Costume Design by Maggie Yule / Lighting Design by York Kennedy / Sound Design by Cliff Caruthers / Projection Design by Frédéric O. Boulay / Production Stage Manager Christina Hogan / Assistant Stage Manager Marie Shell / Production Management by Oaktown Productions / General Manager & Executive Producer Kendra Bator
Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
SELKIE “A FASCINATING IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE IN A ROUGH-EDGED FAIRY TALE ABOUT FAMILY, SECRETS, AND IDENTITY.” –CHAD JONES, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
By Sarah Shaefer
Directed by Daniel Talbott
SELKIE unfolds in a fictional California coastal town in a bygone era. Adele, an immortal ocean being stripped of her memory and magic, finds herself stranded amongst strangers who by turns care for her and shun her. Her journey to reclaim her identity brings us to the edge of land and sea - a world steeped in old secrets and deep desires.
February 9 through February 24, 2016
450 Florida Street
San Francisco, CA
Featuring: Macleod Andrews, Addie Johnson, Briana Packen, Jimi Stanton, Jelena Stupljanin and Wendy vanden Heuvel
Scenic Design by Deb O / Costume Design by Tristan Raines / Lighting Design by Kia Rogers / Sound Design by Jake Rodriguez / Fight Direction by Dave Anzuelo / Production Stage Manager Susie Walsh / Assistant Stage Manager Christina Hogan / Production Management by James Faerron / General Management by Snug Harbor Productions (Steven Chaikelson) / Executive Producer Kendra Bator
THIEVES “THE Performances could not be more sensational, nor a sextet of actors digGING deeper into the souls of the characters they are playing.” –STEVE STANLEY, STAGE SCENE LA
By Charlotte Miller
Directed by Daniel Talbott
Charlotte Miller’s Thieves is a gritty portrait of a family in struggle and upheaval. When the family matriarch dies, three wayward children are reunited with their estranged father at their East Texas estate, ready to stake their claim. In the emotional chaos that ensues, Miller exposes the wounds inflicted and the truths ignored in the search for belonging and understanding. Are they really here to say goodbye? Or to plunder what’s left of a past that might better be forgotten?
March 18 through April 4, 2015
The Monroe Forum Theatre at El Portal
North Hollywood, CA
Featuring: Macleod Andrews, Chris Bellant, Addie Johnson, Sarah Shaefer, Samantha Soule and John Wojda
Scenic Design by Deb O / Costume Design by Tristan Raines / Lighting Design by Kia Rogers / Sound Design by Jake Rodriguez / Projection Design by Kaitlyn Pietras / Production Stage Manager T.J. Kearney / Assistant Stage Manager Christina Hogan / Production Management by Cameron Zetty / General Management by Snug Harbor Productions (Steven Chaikelson) / Executive Producer Kendra Bator