New Residency Program- TigerBear Productions

Deal with the Dragon

Written and Performed by Kevin Rolston
direced by M. Graham Smith

A new version of the critically acclaimed grown-up fairy tale and a darkly camp comedy about the bargains we strike with ourselves and others in order to survive. Written and performed by Kevin Rolston and developed with and directed by M. Graham Smith. Deftly staged and artfully performed, the play unfolds as a cunning and sophisticated fable for adults who deal with demons and the made-up monsters that only some of us can vanquish.

Chosen as one of the top twenty theater shows to see at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe by The List, and named by KQED Arts’ John Wilkins as one of the “brilliant and startling Bay Area theater pieces” of that year.

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Kevin Rolston

Playwright and Performer

Playwright and performer Kevin Rolston is a San Francisco actor and playwright. His first play Crystal Christian (about the hypocrisy of loud-mouthed homophobes who get caught doing crystal meth with gay hookers) enjoyed a workshop production at Magic Theatre in 2008. His second play This Many People (about the lives of Bay Area LGBTQ senior citizens) premiered at Counterpulse as part of the 2010 Queer Arts Festival. Deal with the Dragon, his first solo show, was named by KQED Arts' John Wilkins as one of six "singular and brilliant theater pieces" of 2016 and chosen by The List - the guide to what's on in the UK as one of the top twenty (out of 900) theater shows to see at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe. As an ensemble actor he was last seen as Charles Cooper in ACT's staging of "8" - the marriage equality play. Other acting credits include A Steady Rain at Marin Theatre Co, The Crowd You're In With at Magic Theatre, Blithe Spirit at CalShakes, Once In A Lifetime at ACT, Doubt at Center Rep, Opus at TheatreWorks and many others.

M. Graham Smith

Developed and Directed

M. Graham Smith is a San Francisco-based Director, Educator and Producer. He is an O’Neill National Directing Fellow, an Oregon Shakespeare Festival FAIR Fellow and a resident artist at SF’s Crowded Fire. He’s directed at HERE in New York City,  and venues in San Francisco including A.C.T., Aurora Theatre, Central Works, Crowded Fire, The EXIT Theatre, PlayGround, Brava, The Playwright’s Foundation, Cutting Ball Theatre, Berkeley Playhouse, Golden Thread, SF Opera, and New Conservatory & Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor. He directed the West Coast Premiere of JERRY SPRINGER: THE OPERA in SF with Ray of Light and TRUFFALDINO SAYS NO at Shotgun Players, winning Best Director for the Bay Area Critics Circle.  Recent credits: THE LADY ONSTAGE at Profile Theatre in Portland, Oregon, THE LIAR at Occidental College in Los Angeles as an Edgarton Foundation Fellow, the World Premiere of Christopher Chen’s HOME INVASION in SF and DEAL WITH THE DRAGON at Edinburgh Fringe, Mia Chung’s YOU FOR ME FOR YOU at Crowded Fire, and James Ijames’ WHITE at Shotgun. He spent the last five years as Producer of Aurora Theater’s new play development program and festival The Global Age Project, which launched Martyna Majok’s IRONBOUND, JC Lee’s LUCE (now a Feature Film), and Allison Moore’s COLLAPSE, among many others. He teaches at A.C.T.'s actor-training programs, Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, Occidental College, Colorado College and at Barcelona’s premiere Meisner Technique program in Spain.

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