Our newest featured member, Alan Olejniczak, has been a terrific support to us by serving on our Individual Services Committee, and has gone even further by helping produce fundraisers for the Mary Mason Lemonade Fund, including an upcoming variety show at PianoFight in June that he's coproducing with Megan Briggs. On top of that, he's an exciting up-and-coming playwright. Sign us up to the fan club!
TBA Featured Member Alan Olejniczak.
Tell us a little about your theatre work.
I’m new to playwriting and have only recently become involved in San Francisco theatre. I have an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee focusing on performing arts and have sung in the choruses of The Florentine and Atlanta Opera companies. I’m a Theatre Bay Area ISC Board member and the producer for the fledging At Last Productions with cofounder Rik Lopes. I am currently in the early stages of writing a play for We Players. I’m grateful to work with such an amazing company and for the challenges of writing an epic site-specific play. I’m also excited for this November, when the SF Olympians Festival will present my short play, Hylas. More about my work at www.alanolejniczak.com.
What’s one of your favorite shows that you’ve worked on?
I guess it would be my last play, Present Tense, which premiered last March. It was my first time as a playwright and a producer. The learning curve was pretty steep. Thankfully, I was supported by talented people who knew what they were doing. In the end, it was a beautiful production with a successful run.
What do you like about the theatre scene here in the Bay?
I see a lot of theatre and opera and it’s amazing how much is produced. You can’t see everything. If theatre is dying, then that's happening someplace else.
Do you have a resource or piece of advice you’d like to share?
It’s hard for any playwright to get their play produced, and I’ve had little luck with open submissions. I’ve learned that theatre companies look to build relationships with artists, and opportunities are most often earned. My advice would be to volunteer with theatre organizations you love, support the work of others, endear yourself to everyone, and, most importantly, expect nothing in return.
Anything coming up soon that you’re excited about?
This month, I will be an audience leader for We Players’ Ondine. This fanciful play is rarely produced, and the logistics of this complex production are mind-boggling. It’s going to be a spectacular production and tickets will sell quickly. I’m excited to see Paul Rodrigues as Hades in Faultline Theater's Trailer Park Gods at PianoFight. Megan Briggs and I are also looking forward to hosting TBA’s Lemonade Fund Variety Show on June 1, also at PianoFight. It is for a great cause: providing financial assistance to theatre artists who have life-threatening or terminal illnesses. Get your tickets here.
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