I was first enamored of combining my two passions, theater and travel, when I spent five days in Dublin, Ireland, with a bookclub, in 2008. It wasn’t even “my” bookclub, but I met the leader at a party and she invited me to join the group. Having never been to Dublin, I thought, why not? When my boss, the executive director of the theater where I was currently Director of Development heard about my plans, she said she would like to join me…and by the way, did I know that the Dublin Theater Festival was going on while we would be there? I didn’t – but when I looked it up, I was fascinated by the myriad choices of performances and booked as many as I could possibly fit into a five day jaunt. We never saw the bookclub members, but we did see two performances a day and three shows on one day (which made it really hard to remember which one was which!). We toured Dublin’s historical sites, ate food that surpassed any ideas of “Irish food”, drank numerous pints and Irish coffees and saw fresh new works as well as classics. I was hooked. Travel and theater – that is what I want to do!
And luckily, for the past eight years, I have been doing exactly that! First at Marin Theatre Company and then at American Conservatory Theater. Starting with a small group of tourees to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, I added different venues each year. Tours include the Shaw and Stratford Theater Festivals in Canada, the Dublin Theater Festival, New York City and last year I had 36 tourees be my New Year’s date in London. After each tour I always think, how can I top that one? And some how, each year, each tour, becomes a very special theater/travel/group experience.
Why? Yes, it is often the productions (how fabulous was seeing Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, Come From Away, War Paint and Oslo in New York?); but I think two additional reasons come up every time.
1) Each tour meets with guest artists in discussions led by knowledgeable artistic guides, who also lead post-show discussions. This tour season we met with the two actors in the cast of Indecent, the director of Downstate (and the new artistic director of ACT in San Francisco) and a group of five young actors working (or not working) in Chicago. In Dublin we were treated to a discussion with Richard in Richard the III, Polonius from Hamlet and the playwright of Rathmines Road. Each discussion brought us more understanding of the thought and creative talent that is involved in “putting on a show.”
2) And the big one: the patrons on my tours are theater aficionados. They love theater. They attend theater, they enjoy talking about theater and sharing their opinions about theater. Somehow, every. single. time. the group becomes a family of wine drinking, loud laughing, discussion hungry theater critics.
I invite you to join a Dramarama Theater Tour. I am planning tours to the tried and true (New York and Dublin) and once again will add Chicago (last year’s sleeper). For the first time a cultural tour of Santa Fe, New Mexico will be on the roster this summer. Yes, opera! But theater and music and hot tamales, too! All tours are singles-friendly (with a low single supplement and optional group meals). Although this website has information about the tours, there are always changes and additions that make the tour you go on super special!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510-350-7675 and let’s chat about the possibilities.