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Kevin Rolston (writer/performer) is a San Francisco actor and playwright. His first play Crystal Christian (about the hypocrisy of loud-mouthed homophobes who get caught doing crystal meth with gay hookers) enjoyed a workshop production at Magic Theatre in 2008. His second play This Many People (about the lives of Bay Area LGBTQ senior citizens) premiered at Counterpulse as part of the 2010 Queer Arts Festival. Deal with the Dragon, his first solo show, was named by KQED Arts’ John Wilkins as one of six “singular and brilliant theater pieces” of 2016 and chosen by The List – the guide to what’s on in the UK as one of the top twenty (out of 900) theater shows to see at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe. As an ensemble actor he was last seen as Charles Cooper in ACT’s staging of 8 – the marriage equality play. Other acting credits include A Steady Rain at Marin Theatre Co, The Crowd You’re In With at Magic Theatre, Blithe Spirit at CalShakes, Once In A Lifetime at ACT, Doubt at Center Rep, Opus at TheatreWorks and many others. He and his poet husband, Ron Palmer, live near Golden Gate Park where they walk their little red dog.

M. Graham Smith (director) is a San Francisco-based Director, Educator and Producer. He is an O’Neill/NNPN National Directing Fellow, an Oregon Shakespeare Festival FAIR Fellow and a Resident Artist at SF’s Crowded Fire. He grew up outside of New York City and has been based in San Francisco for the last fourteen years. He’s directed in New York City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Portland Oregon, Washington DC, and venues in San Francisco. He directed the West Coast Premiere of JERRY SPRINGER: THE OPERA in SF and TRUFFALDINO SAYS NO at Shotgun Players, winning Best Director for the Bay Area Critics Circle.  Recent credits include the World Premiere of Obie winner Christopher Chen’s HOME INVASION in SF, DEAL WITH THE DRAGON at ACT’s Costume Shop & Edinburgh Fringe, Amy Herzog’s BELLEVILLE at Custom Made and Mia Chung’s YOU FOR ME FOR YOU at Crowded Fire. He spent the last five years as Producer of Aurora Theater’s new play development program and festival The Global Age Project, which launched Martyna Majok’s IRONBOUND, JC Lee’s LUCE, and Allison Moore’s COLLAPSE, among many others. He teaches at A.C.T.'s actor-training programs, Berkeley Rep School of Theatre and at Barcelona’s premiere Meisner Technique program in Spain. You can visit him online at