Footloose Fundraiser for The Buck and Bill Show by Bob Ernst

Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14, 2019 at 7:30pm
Spring Fall Studio, 2547 8th Street #20 (Dwight/Parker), Berkeley, CA 94710
$15-50 donations encouraged. Info/Res: 510-658-3530 footloosepresents@gmail.com
Easy street parking. Limited general seating.
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You are invited to the first public staged reading with live original music of The Buck and Bill Show by Bob Ernst . Bob's unique style of theater is charged with f amilial mysteries, a murder, spirit possessions and a swirling vortex of existential abstraction. The broad range of original music is braided into an episodic dramatic play about a small rural community and a local band on their way to fame and fortune. Composer, Mark Malmberg, and a badass band keep it real and soulful. The performers are Ron Davis, Rosie Fry, Brittany Gilmore, Vivian Marino and Jeff Zittrain.

Footloose is about to launch ABOVE GROUND, a festival of new theater in San Francisco's Mission district at Mojo Theatre. Premiere works, including The Buck and Bill Show , will be featured over four weekends June 6-29, 2019 . We're putting masters of their playwriting craft together with new talented, yet lesser known artists, to highlight "Who we are now."

Bob Ernst received a Theatre Bay Area CA$H grant of $2500 to bring his play to You in April. Our goal is to raise $2500 more for the actors and musicians for the June premiere as part of the ABOVE GROUND festival. Be part of the process. Your presence and feedback are encouraged. Your donation is important. If you cannot attend the reading in April and would like to help, please DONATE NOW .

All donations are tax deductible.
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  • Spring Fall Studio #20, 2547 8th Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
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Bob Ernst (playwright, director, musician, actor) will be playing Bill. He continues to collaborate and perform as actor/musician in local productions. He was part of Last Blue Couch at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco in June, 2017 with Epiphany Productions and Island City Waterways this past June with Rhythmix in Alameda, plus Erling Wold's operas, UKSUS and Certitude & Joy. He has been hired as an actor in theater, film and national television. Making his own original work and teaching young people are his passions. Bob has garnered multiple awards for his solos and ensemble pocket operas. His long list of credits range from Berkeley Rep, ACT, Magic Theater and Robert Wilson to Blake St. Hawkeyes, Ruth Zaporah and Z Space.


Mark Malmberg (composer, musical director, musician) is a lifelong artist and musician, holds an MFA from UC Berkeley where he worked with Peter Voulkos and Joan Brown. Mark has been recognized internationally with two Emmys for Individual Achievement in Design; Silver from Ars Electronica (Austria) for an animated video for the Grateful Dead and by Ars Electronica in the category of Sound Art. His work is in the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou. He performed locally with the Arabic ensemble Aswat and with Barney Jones. He played baritone sax in Bob Ernst's pocket opera, Catherine's Care.


Ron Davis (lead guitarist) has played guitar since the fourth grade. His love of music was fostered by his father's passion for jazz and the vibrant music scene in his hometown of Buffalo, NY. Since graduating from Rhode Island School of Design and moving to San Francisco, he has balanced his design career and musical practice, with both disciplines providing opportunities for collaboration and improvisation that nurture his ongoing curiosity. Formerly the Associate Artistic Director of Antenna Theater, Davis is now a designer of interactive museums with Gyroscope, Inc.


Rosie Fry (lead actor/ensemble) is a professional actor and model from Oakland with a lifetime of credits in local theater. She is regularly featured on BetaBrand.com and has starred in commercials for Facebook, Credit Karma, Personal Capital, among others. Rosie co-starred in the short film Surrender Heaven , which was accepted into last year's Cannes Short Film Corner and the Action on Film International Film Festival in Las Vegas. She studied at American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles and plans to return to LA to pursue her goals. She performed with the sketch comedy group Running With Glitter at the All Out Comedy Theater in Oakland and is currently working on her own sketch comedy videos.


Brittany Gilmore (supporting actor/ensemble) has been singing since before she could talk. Her music performances range from singing in a barbershop acapella quartet to playing a Disney Princess. She has also been a Lady Gaga impersonator, a wedding singer, karaoke host, and backup singer for pop artists. She is a singer/songwriter and vocal coach who uses music as a healing modality.


Vivian Marino (lead actor/ensemble) is a Bay Area native and has been acting locally for six years. She is an alumnus of Conservatory Theatre Ensemble where she trained in acting, directing, and design and where she was introduced to Bob Ernst as her teacher. Credits include Madame Thenardier in 23 Elephants' Les Miserables; Maggie Jones in Throckmorton Theater's production of 42nd St. and Beth in TheatreWorks touring production of the Oskar series,


Jeff Zittrain (musician, lead actor/ensemble) is a guitarist and songwriter who currently fronts the Z-Trane Electric Band playing his own original songs and the Flaming Telepaths, a Blue Oyster Cult cover band where he handles the lead guitar parts of, appropriately enough, Buck Dharma. Jeff moved to the Bay Area in the late 80's and has played in a variety of bands as well as placing songs in film and television. His guitar work has been described as "intense and visionary" by Relix Magazine. www.jeffzittrain.com