The Oldest Profession


The Oldest Profession

written by Paula Vogel

directed by Evren Odcikin

musical direction by Angela Dwyer

produced by Brava Theater

-Nominated for two San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics' Circle Awards for Best Ensemble, Specialities (Piano Player)-

Ladies last scene

Hard to believe it’s been over three months since Paula Vogel’s “The Oldest Profession" graced the upstairs stage at Brava Theater. Directed by Evren Odcikin and featuring five wonderful actresses:  Tamar Cohn (Lillian); Cecele Levinson (Mae); Patricia Silver (Ursula); Linda Ayres-Frederick (Edna) and Lee Brady (Vera).  And what an ambience Jacqui Martinez created in the theater space and on stage, with costumer Michelle Mulholland adding complimenting color and zest.  Fantastic fun working with everyone involved in putting this production together.  Watch director Evren Odcikin talk about the production on KPOO 89.5

As Musical Director it was so wonderful to get to explore the music and styles of the Storyville parlors and entertain the pre-show audience with some ragtime and stride piano reminiscent of Jelly Roll Morton‘s early New Orleans days. 

What people are saying...


"Evren Odcikin’s done a bang-up job of directing the comedy in Brava Theater’s tiny, upstairs second stage, using every patch of space available and offering a fully sensorial experience that includes... music director Angela Dwyer at the piano playing tunes during various interludes, as the women, one by one, sing, bump and grind their way to that alluring bordello in the beyond.” - San Francisco Examiner

 “Director Evren Odcikin's nicely varied stagings are buoyed by pianist and Music Director Angela Dwyer's fast-fingered "Ain't Misbehavin' " or "Button Up Your Overcoat." - San Francisco Chronicle

 “Angela Dwyer has an infectious way at the piano and provides the swansong-accompaniments and the toe-tapping pre-show entertainment.”  Edge San Francisco

 “Director Evren Odcikin’s nicely varied staging is enhanced by pianst (and Music Director) Angela Dwyer’s fast-fingered keyboard at the piano” - San Francisco Bay Times

 “...accompanied by Angela Dwyer's fantastically sprightly piano playing and narration” - Pacific Sun

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Photos courtesy of Eric Harvieux

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May 24th, 2011

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