The Shotgun Players is a California East Bay regional theater group formed in a pizza parlor in Berkeley, California in 1992 by artistic director Patrick Dooley. Before moving to its permanent home at the Ashby Stage in 2004, Shotgun Players performed in 44 different spaces. In December 2007, the Players' Ashby Stage performance space in Berkeley's Lorin District became the first live theater venue in the nation to convert fully to solar power.
The company performs both new and classic plays, specializing in new works by contemporary playwrights, Greek plays, and Shakespeare. It has produced many award-winning new plays: both Dog Act (2004) and Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage (2008) were awarded the Will Glickman Award for Best New Play. The Salt Plays Parts 1 and 2 (2010) as well as Phaedra (2011) and God’s Plot (2011) have all been nominees. In 2011, San Francisco Weekly named Shotgun Players Best Theater Company, and original works by company members are regularly included in the San Francisco Chronicle’s annual list of top ten productions. Resident graphic artist R. Black creates a new mural for each production, painting the walls of the Ashby Stage building at Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Ashby Ave. In 2015, Shotgun Players announced a season of all works by women playwrights, including 6 full productions and 6 staged readings.
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- "Green Theater: The Shotgun Players". Contra Costa Lawyer. 2011-02-01. Retrieved 2016-09-01.
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