Fall 2013 RAW Festival. Photo by Michael Dougan.
Ross Alternative Works holds open auditions for their productions six to seven weeks ahead of the production. Ross Valley Players two mini festivals per season, one in the fall and one in the spring. RAW is a great way to get involved on the RVP stage, and a wonderful way to work with new, often never-before-seen material. Audition notices for Ross Alternative Work productions will be posted on the general audition page.
Purpose of Ross Alternative Works
Ross Valley Alternative Works (RAW) is dedicated to the staging and production of original, provocative and exciting new works by Bay Area playwrights. We tap into the vast pool of local creative theatre artists to provide high quality technical and production values. This approach has brought visibility and acclaim to those who might never have had the opportunity otherwise. Each season, RAW presents a full-length production, which may include two-act plays or short works selected for quality and originality. A moderated discussion with the writers follows each program, encouraging constructive feedback, criticism and ideas to the benefit of writers and audience alike.
History of Ross Alternative Works
The Ross Valley Players has a long history of supporting original theatrical work. In the 1930s, members submitted scripts for competition with the winners being presented at the annual membership meetings. The 1950s saw staged readings and in the 1980s RAT (Ross Alternative Theatre) presented both readings and full productions of plays by local playwrights. In 2000, the idea of reading new scripts was revived as a membership perk and in 2004, RAW (Ross Alternative Works) was formed. It began in conjunction with HAVEN. In the 1990s, late actor/director Ben Dickson spearheaded HAVEN to facilitate theatre artists practicing their craft in a non-critical, open and creative atmosphere; a safe haven.
Ross Alternative Works continued in that spirit, at first presenting a series of staged readings and eventually moving toward more fully realized, black box productions. The new format of two mini festivals per season began with RVP’s 80th consecutive season. We are moving to one full-length Spring 2016 production for our 86th Season.
Media Contact Tinka Ross, Producer 415-456-9555 ext. 3 Email
RAW Festival 2017/18
Oct 15, 2017
Staged Reading of Surprise Party
by Ron Nash
WWII. Bigotry and Racism. Nazi, Germany? No. Small town America. A reporter married to a Jew fights the rise of anti-Semitism in his community.
April 12-29, 2018
Full Production of Just My Type
A Musical, Book by Charlotte D. Jacobs and Michael Sally, Music/Lyrics by Rita Abrams
A therapist couple writing a primer on the Myers-Briggs Personality Indicators analyze four couples they have counseled in the past as they explore the results when people of opposite traits marry.
April 19, 2018
Staged Reading of Beyond Measures
by Elyce Melmon
A young couple grapple with what they can and cannot control, caught in the ripple effect of suicide on their marriage, their creative pursuits, their scientific research, their ability to suspend disbelief as they nurture a love that goes beyond measure.
April 26, 2018
Staged Reading of Richochet
by Kim Bromley and Sheryll Strode
When public transportation is unsafe, how can those responsible be reached? Are a young woman’s actions to demand safer conditions on the NY subway social activism or terrorism.