Monday, December 2, 2013

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Mikl-em, Stage Werx Theatre, & Foul Play Productions present the

Exquisite Corpse Theatre: Sci-Fi

Written by the Audience the Night of the Show

DEFENDERS poster art by
DocPop and Cameron Eng
December 20 & 21, 2013
Friday and Saturday @ 7:00
Doors & Party @ 7:00
Performance @ 8:00

Stage Werx Theatre
446 Valencia, b/t 15th & 16th, SF

$23 online at
Ticket Includes Party Food and Drinks, while they last; Special Packages Available


SF, Dec 2013 -- This December, boldly go where no one has gone before!  Mikl-em, Stage Werx and Foul Play present an Exquisite Corpse Theatre: Sci-Fi event, Defenders of Intergalactic Donuts:  They Dared to Conquer Infinity, written by the audience on the night of the show. December 20 & 21 at Stage Werx: TWO NIGHTS ONLY, a different script and performance each night!

Exquisite Corpse Theatre is a combination party, writing game and performance. Our audience is encouraged to dress up in science fiction themed finery to join in this immersive experience. The evening begins at 7pm with a party, so guests can mingle with outrageous science fiction personages, meeting our costumed characters face-to-face. Then the audience become playwrights, and take turns writing small sections to an original sci-fi script--which goes into the hands of some of SF’s funniest comedians to perform for the audience / authors LIVE! No one knows quite what will happen, but it’s always outrageously funny!

Our new play is entitled Defenders of Intergalactic Donuts: They Dared to Conquer Infinity (named by audience submissions). It runs 2 NIGHTS ONLY on December 20 & 21, 2013, Friday and Saturday @ 7pm at Stage Werx Theatre (446 Valencia, SF),  Tickets are online at More info:

For this third installment of Exquisite Corpse Theatre, we revisit the Science Fiction genre and the characters from our last show The Stars Say DIE!! which had 2 sold-out performances in October. Our story rejoins the crew of the Starship Dental Prize as they aim for a strange new planet and have more outlandish adventures. An androgyne intergalactic rock star, fatality-prone red-shirted crew, and an evil scientific genius who keeps flashing his jazz hands are all once again in the mix.

Citizens of the internet can help write the play before the event by filling out a time-travel-based ‘web form’: to help us name characters, define plot details, and otherwise develop the outline of the script. Every aspect of the show is made with audience input either beforehand or the night of the show. Each show has the same characters but completely new dialogue and action.

DOID:TDCI is produced by Exquisite Corpse Theatre, a collaboration of Mikl-em, Ty McKenzie of Stage Werx Theatre and Cameron Eng of Foul Play Productions. It stars Bryce Byerly, Dawn Corrine, Jody Frandle, Leslie Freeman, Brendan Hill, Becky Hirschfeld, Gerri Lawlor, Stuart Mangrum, Dean Mermell, Mikl-em, Christina Shonkwiler and Chandler White. Costumes and inspiration by original SF Cacophony Society instigator, Louise Jarmilowicz.


ABOUT THE EXQUISITE CORPSE:  The Exquisite Corpse is a parlor game invented by the Surrealists in the early 20th Century as a way to create unpredictable collaborations. Each person only sees a small part of the last contributor’s writing or drawing. It is a bit like playing “telephone”: the composition progresses and digresses in unpredictable, wondrous, and funny ways. 

In the late 20th Century The San Francisco Cacophony Society, legendary pranksters and merrymakers, adapted the Exquisite Corpse into a play-writing party game.  Now in tribute to and collaboration with many original Cacophonists, and because it's so damn fun, we’ve rebooted the Exquisite Corpse Play and mutated it more for the 21st Century.

ABOUT STAGE WERX: Stage Werx Theatre has a track record for eclectic, off beat and daring performance. From Circus to Rock Opera to fantastical Solo Performance and Storytelling, Stage Werx is the place for something just a little different. We produce, promote, support, mentor and provide resources for new, emerging and established performance companies, solo artists and other performers. Established in 2011 and run by Ty Mckenzie with the help of twin sister Cory Mckenzie, it's a cozy intimate 70 seat theatre with room for more. Not a bad seat in the house and lots of varied programing to choose from.

ABOUT FOUL PLAY PRODUCTIONS:  Since 2008, this SF based production company, founded by Cameron Eng and Sean Owerns, has been dedicated to curating insightful, innovative, and accessible theater. They've brought you Attack of the Killer B-Movies (I & II), Left-Handed Darling, Wicker Man: the Rock Opera, Princess Bride: Live! and the runaway hit comedy, Stale Magnolias.  Continued by Cameron Eng with help from collaborators like Mikl-em, their focus is on working with the vibrant, local talent to create unique and powerful theatrical events, with an economically resilient production style.

ABOUT MIKL-EM: Chief ExCorpse Re-animator, Mikl-em has a 15+ year habit of breaking San Francisco theatre out of traditional boxes. As writer, actor, and producer Mikl focuses on surprising events that are participatory and delightful. Whether playing with the San Francisco Cacophony Society, performing on-stage at Dark Room Theater or DADAFest, or site-specifically at The All Worlds Fair or Popcorn Anti-Theater, he is dedicated to pushing theatre beyond its usual bounds.