AlterTheater announces performance location for new play

DATE:  April 1, 2013

CONTACT: Jeanette Harrison


April 2013—AlterTheater continues celebrating the 90th year of longtime associate artist and Marin County cultural icon Ann Brebner, with the world premiere of her new play, THE DEAD GIRL, to be performed at the classy home décor and women’s clothing shop, Avant Garde.

Located in the heart of San Rafael’s bustling downtown shopping district, Avant Garde is where tasteful but budget-conscious Marinites shop.

“I’ve always loved Avant Garde, and when I walked in, looking for a possible performance space, the warmth and style of the shop’s offerings immediately said to me, this is where a professional Marin County family would shop,” says Executive Director Jeanette Harrison. “Avant Garde says ‘home’ like nothing else on Fourth Street.”

With a collection that is hand-selected by proprietor Gisela Greene, who also has a background in interior design, Avant Garde advertises its shop as the best-kept secret for amazing finds. When Gisela first opened Avant Garde in 1994 as a consignment shop, her goal was to offer the local community a place to shop for exceptional items at much better prices than when buying new. An ongoing goal for Gisela, which she shares with AlterTheater, is to reduce the human footprint. For Avant Garde, each hand-selected item has a past history, a story to tell.

Come see AlterTheater’s world premiere play, and get to know Avant Garde’s hand-selected quality home décor…and maybe just bring home a piece that also has a little theater history added to it! Most of AlterTheater’s set pieces and furnishings will come from Avant Garde’s stock, and will be available for sale.

“I am very excited to extend the space of Avant Garde for a local play, particularly one that has been written by Ann Brebner, who has been such a force in revitalizing the downtown of San Rafael and whom I admire greatly,” says Gisela.

The cast for this production includes Bay Area favorite Charles Dean, a company member at Berkeley Rep for 20 years, where he played more than 80 roles.

Full press release for AlterTheater’s world premiere of The Dead Girl by Ann Brebner: 

Our ensemble includes the Bay Area’s best established and emerging artists.

We believe the world can change for the better when artists dream big, take risks, and push themselves to the limits of their imagination….and then take another step.

AlterTheater temporarily transforms storefronts along the downtown San Rafael pedestrian shopping district into performance spaces: it’s theater you can window shop!

The Dead Girl
Written & Directed by Ann Brebner
Associate Director: Reggie D. White
Dramaturg: Duca Knezevic
Starring: Charles Dean, Amy Marie Haven, David E. Moore, Emilie Talbot
Production: Joseph Amic-Angelo, Norman Kern, Janice Koprowski, Christine Plowright

WHAT: After a devastating loss a multi-racial family rebuilds, with the help—and sometimes hindrance—of an unexpected visitor.

WHEN: April 24th - May 19th
Wednesdays at 7:30 pm, Fridays/Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 3 pm
No shows Thursdays
PRESS OPENING NIGHT: Saturday, April 27th at 8 pm
(no press at previews, please)

Full list of performances:
Wednesday, April 24th at 7:30 pm: Preview**
Friday, April 26th at 8 pm: Preview**
Saturday, April 27th at 8 pm: Press Opening Night
Sunday, April 28th at 3 pm: Senior Discount Day
Wednesday, May 1st at 7:30 pm Pay-what-you-can performance
Friday, May 3rd at 8 pm**
Saturday, May 4th at 8 pm**
Sunday, May 5th at 3 pm**
Wednesday, May 8th at 7:30 pm
Friday, May 10th at 8 pm
Saturday, May 11th at 8 pm
Sunday, May 12th at 3 pm
Wednesday, May 15th at 7:30 pm
Friday, May 17th at 8 pm
Saturday, May 18th at 8 pm
Sunday, May 19th at 3 pm CLOSING performance

**discounts available, online only at, to these performances

Location: Avant Garde, 1328 Fourth Street (between C & D Streets), San Rafael, CA

About Avant Garde: A unique clothing, jewelry, and furniture shop located on San Rafael's bustling 4th street, Avant Garde offers exceptional values and one-of-a-kind finds for everyone. AlterTheater transforms this beautiful shop into a temporary performance space for Ann Brebner's moving new play.

AlterTheater transforms storefronts along downtown San Rafael’s pedestrian shopping district into temporary performance venues.

Ticket information Individual tickets are $25, or less if you purchase online and attend in the first two weeks of performances,

Other discounts:
Student rush tickets, depending on availability, $15 for full-time students with id.
Senior discount day: Sunday, April 28th at 3 pm.
Pay-what-you-can performance: Wednesday, May 1st at 7:30 pm.


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