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Just Announced: San Francisco Playhouse presents Bauer at 59E59 Theaters in New York City

San Francisco Playhouse is proud to announce that the smash hit Bauer is traveling to New York City in September 2014! The play will be presented at 59E59 Theaters from September 2nd through October 12th, 2014. Tickets are now available at



Written by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Bill English

Why did he stop? Imprisoned by the Nazis, he sketched on scraps. His fiery love affair with Hilla Rebay (Guggenheim curator) lasted a lifetime. The Guggenheim was built to house his work. Why did the genius that survived all that suddenly stop painting? This is a San Francisco Playhouse commissioned work.

In his time, Rudolf Bauer was considered by Solomon Guggenheim to be an even greater painter than his contemporary, Kandinsky. This production explores the power struggle and intrigue that caused this brilliant artist to disappear from the art world. Bauer has been in development at the San Francisco Playhouse since 2011, and is our first World Premiere Commission on the main stage!

Read the Press Release


“’Bauer’ sizzles …  an exquisite exploration of the fickleness of history, the fragility of the artistic impulse and the age of regret.”-San Jose Mercury News

The Cast of Bauer:


Sherman-HowardSherman Howard* (Rudolf Bauer) Broadway credits include Gore Vidal’s The Best ManA Bengal Tiger In The Baghdad ZooAll My Sons, and Inherit The Wind. His off-Broadway credits include Another Part of the Forest (Peccadillo Theatre), Titus Andronicus and Tell Out My Soul (Public Theatre), Geography of a Horse Dreamer and The Crate (Ensemble Studio Theatre), I’m Not Rappaport (Roundabout). His recent regional credits include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Old Globe), Prospero in The Tempest, Henry in The Lion in Winter, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, Spooner in No Man’s Land, the title roles of both Galileo and Enrico IV and Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey). Further regional credits include the title roles of Hamlet (Kentucky Shakespeare Festival), Macbeth (North Carolina Shakespeare Festival), and Sheridan (La Jolla Playhouse). He appeared in The Price (Pittsburgh Public), Nine Armenians (Intiman), Jumpers (Northlight Theatre), The Contractor (A.C.T.) Some of his many television credits include Homeland, Person of Interest, Cold Case, Malcolm in the Middle, Law and Order, Seinfeld, ER, The Stand, all three Star Trek spin-offs, etc. He recently performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra in a unique presentation of Rachmaninoff’s “The Bells”but his legacy performance is as the iconic zombie, “Bub,” in George Romero’s Day of the Dead.

Stacy_RossStacy Ross* (Hilla Rebay) At Cal Shakes: Titus Andronicus, Macbeth, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, An Ideal Husband, and Arms and the Man. In 2010. Ms. Ross capped a year of offbeat mother roles (Back to Earth at Best of PlayGround Festival, Mrs. Warren’s Profession and Macbeth at Cal Shakes) by playing the Other Mother in San Francisco Playhouse’s west-coast premiere of Coraline. Less maternal but also enjoyable roles she’s played in recent years include Major Barbara and Hannah Arendt (Major Barbara and Hannah and Martin, respectively, at San Jose Rep), Sharla and Hertha (Killer Joe and Spring Storm at Marin Theatre Company), Annie in In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play at Berkeley Rep, Hedda Gabler at Aurora Theatre Company, and Olga in Three Sisters at Baltimore’s CenterSTAGE.


Susi_DamilanoSusi Damilano (Louise Bauer) is co-founder of the San Francisco Playhouse (SFPH); she is a four-time recipient of the Bay Area Theatre Critic Circle (BATCC) award for Best Female Performance in Harper Regan, Bug, Six Degrees of Separation, and Reckless. At SFPH she has performed leading roles in Abigail’s Party, Harper Regan, Coraline, Slasher, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Landscape of the Body, First Person Shooter, Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, The Crucible, Kimberly Akimbo, Our Town and The Smell of the Kill. Her directing credits include A Behanding in Spokane, Den of Thieves and Wirehead* and the West Coast Premieres of Honey Brown Eyes*, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Coronado, The Mystery Plays and Roulette and the World Premiere of Daniel Heath’s Seven Days in the 2010 Sandbox Series. (*nominated for BATCC Directing award.)

The crew of Bauer:

Abra Berman (Costume Designer) has been designing costumes for over twenty five years.    Collaborations include San Francisco Playhouse, Berkeley Playhouse, West Bay Opera, Marin Shakespeare Company, Company C Contemporary Ballet, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Berkeley Opera, Brava Theatre, Pocket Opera, Lamplighters Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Alameda Civic Light Opera, Palo Alto Players, The De Young Museum, The Museum of Performance and Design, Hillbarn Theatre, Arclight Theatre, Contra Costa Musical Theatre, Ballet Califia, Cinnabar Theatre, and Sonoma County Repertory Theatre, among others.  Abra has an MFA from UCLA in theatrical costume design.

Bill English* (Artistic Director) spent his life producing works of art. Bill is an accomplished singer, pianist and composer.  He has acted in films, television and professional theatre and is a member of all the performing unions. Bill’s work has been recognized with numerous awards for acting, directing, sound and set design. Under Bill’s leadership The SF Playhouse, has earned multiple nominations and awards making it the fastest growing and most awarded theatre company in San Francisco.

Judy Bowman, CSA (Casting, NY) Since meeting Bill English at Humana Festival, she has done the NY casting w/SF Playhouse for: Jerusalem, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Bell, Book & Candle, Becky Shaw, The Aliens & the upcoming Seminar.  Casting on Broadway and off, her frequent collaborations include NYC’s The Mint Theater, Partial Comfort, LAByrinth, Rattlestick, Project Y, & HERE.   Regional Theater: Woolly Mammoth, Actors Theater of Louisville/Humana Festivals, Dorset Theater Festival, Kitchen Theatre & Bard Summerscape.  Film: Dynamite: A Cautionary Tale, Copenhagen (Slamdance Audience Award), The Word, Tiger Lily Road, Drawing Home & The Immaculate Reception (Sundance 2014).  Adjunct Asst. Professor at Columbia University’s MFA film program & former faculty Harlem School of the Arts.

Tatjana Genser* (Costume Design, Production Manager) received her training at the University of Vienna and has been the resident stage manager at SF Playhouse for eleven years. Favorites include three West Coast Premieres of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ work as well as the World Premiere and subsequent New York production of Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party. Ms Genser has been twice nominated for a BATCC award for her work as costume designer and freelances in graphics design.

Theodore J.H. Hulsker (Sound Design) is pleased to return to The San Francisco Playhouse after designing for Jerusalem and Storefront Church. Theodore’s recent work includes Mugwumpin’s The Great Big Also, San Francisco Playhouses’s Sandbox production of Grounded, NCTC’s American Dream, Shotgun Player’s Strangers, Babies and Cutting Ball’s The Chairs. He was the 2012 recipient of the Eric Landismen Fellowship for an emerging designer. Go Gators.

Savannah Jo Lack (Original Score), a native of Brisbane, Australia was bitten early by her love of the violin, beginning formal training at age six and going on to graduate from the Queensland Conservatorium. Recipient of a Golden Fiddle Award in 2004 and Churchill Fellowship in 2006, Savannah has traversed many musical incarnations and styles throughout her career. She has released four albums – two acclaimed recordings with post instrumental collective, ‘Trinkets’ a jazz album and a solo album of songs. Savannah is very excited to bring her music to Bauer.

Jacqueline Scott (Props Artisan) works as production designer and propsmaster for theaters and film companies throughout the Bay Area.  Previous credits include Abigail’s Party, A Behanding in Spokane, The Sunset Limited, Reborning (San Francisco Playhouse), AssassinsGod’s Plot (Shotgun Players), Buried Child, The Happy Ones, Annapurna, The Lily’s Revenge, The Brothers Size, Oedipus El Rey, Goldfish, Octopus (Magic Theatre), Companion Piece (Z Space), American Hwangap (The Play Company, New York) and all around art department for Lucky Dragon Productions, Terri Timely, Park Pictures and Dwyer Productions.

Sarah Selig (Production Assistant) is a graduate of SFSU with her BA in Theater. Playhouse credits include: Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Coraline, Wirehead, Period of Adjustment, The Aliens, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Motherfucker with the Hat, Camelot and Jerusalem. Other stage management credits include: Io Sperro Che Balli at Teatro Della Pergola in Florence, Italy; The 9th Annual Bay One Acts Festival for Three Wise Monkeys; Annie with Broadway by the Bay; and the world premieres of Forever Never Comes for Crowded Fire Theater and This World is Good and The Nature Line with Sleepwalkers Theatre. Lots of love to the cast and my wonderful Playhouse family!

Lynne Soffer (Dialect Coach) has served as dialect/text coach on over 235 productions at A.C.T., Berkeley Rep, San Jose Rep, Magic Theatre, Cal Shakes, Marin Shakes, the Old Globe, Dallas Theater Center, Arizona Theatre Co., Arena Stage, Seattle Rep and Denver Center among others including six productions for SF Playhouse. Her film and television credits include Fruitvale (the Oscar Grant story – 2013), Metro, Duets, The Land of Milk and Honey and America’s Most Wanted. Ms Soffer is also a professional actor, director and teacher of actors and is the recipient of the 2011 Actors’ Equity Lucy Jordan Humanitarian Award

Micah J. Stieglitz (Projection Design) is recognized as LDI’s 2013 Young Designer to Watch.  He is proud to be returning to the San Francisco Playhouse after designing projections for Camelot, Bengal Tiger in the Baghdad Zoo, and Storefront Church.  Other credits include projections design for Bonnie and Clyde at Shotgun Players, Our Practical Heaven and A Bright New Boise at Aurora Theatre, Manic Pixie Dream Girl with Playground and the New York Fringe Festival, and In the Time of the Butterflies at Mixed Blood Theatre.

Production Photos:

Photos by Carol Rosegg


Pre-Production Photos:

Photos by David Allen. *Member of AEA


Watch the preview to Bauer


Listen to Raul Gallyot talking about BAUER on his radio
show at KWMR Radio.


Bauer in the Press


Not since Sunday in the Park with George have I seen a play
about art and artists as fascinating and powerful
as Lauren Gunderson’s

“A brilliant new play … it’s just damn good theatre.

“A life affirming show … This true story
is a work of substantial brilliance.

Beyond Chron

“Hauntingly beautiful … an exquisite exploration of the fickleness of
history, the fragility of the artistic impulse and the age of regret.”
San Jose Mercury News

Bauer is a highlight of this theatrical season,
as it would be of any season.”
Bay Area Reporter

Bauer is another classic.”
Stark Insider

“The visuals are pure scenic magic”
SF Examiner

“There’s tension, connection and fire within this trio,
and they remain captivating for the play’s 90 minutes”
- Theater Dogs

Bauer at (SF Chronicle)

Bauer on Stark Insider

Lauren Gunderson’s ‘magic wand’ about to strike again: SJ Mercury News

Bauer heads to New York


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Performances Start: Sept 2, 2014

Closes: Oct 12, 2014

Run time: Approx. 1hr 30min

Show Times: Tue, Wed & Thu 7:00, Fri 8:00, Sat 2:00 & 8:00, Sun 3:00 & 7:00

Tickets: $20 – $100

Order Online or call 212.279.4200

The life and work of Rudolf Bauer

Rudolf Bauer was a visionary artist whose life story is perhaps one of the most gripping, complex, and tragic of 20th century art history. His work was the most accessible of the non-objective artists and was the face of both Der Sturm in Germany and the Guggenheim museum in the United States.

Selected works (courtesy Weinstein Gallery):