December 9, 2012: Gritty City Rep's first show of the season, "Anon(ymous)," by Naomi Iizuka (center, of photo, in white), opened last night at the Berkeley City Club Theatre (tickets available on-line here). The show, directed by Lindsay Krumbein, who is also the executive artistic director of the rep, runs this weekend and next (510-575-9247). Krumbein teaches theatre at Oakland Technical High School and is the East Bay Youth Coordinator for the San Francisco Playhouse.
Gritty City Youth Theatre, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofitgives young people in Oakland "access to performing artws programs that nuirture, stimulate & transform," and, according to its website, "We create unique spaces where young adults feel inspired to risk and explore, development leadership, confidence, and empathy for their human family through the production of powerful theatre." The website also mentions that the December 6 opening night was "a huge hit!"
In May, Gritty City Rep will present its second show of the season, Shakespeare's "The Tempest," at Oakland's Vagabond Ballroom.
Gritty City was formed in TKTKT by TKTKTKT; it has received small grants from the Ara and Edma Dumanian Foundation, a philanthropy in Palo Alto; and from the Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream Foundation.