2016 Calendar

Dunne arrested

Ray Dunne being arrested and removed from the Teamsters Strike
Headquarters by National Guard Troops August 1, 1934

V.R.Dunne

An injury to one is an injury to all.

“The workers knew Ray Dunne as a good organizer, a man who smoked union-made cigarettes, was fond of the movies, lived in his mother’s house in South Minneapolis, didn’t get drunk, and was honest. They followed his leadership and many of them, if the occasion offered, would be quite willing to die for him. One reason was his physical courage. Life had made bodily fearlessness a matter of routine. In the past two years alone, Dunne has been beaten up several times by the police on picket lines, attacked in the street by armed thugs, thrown into jail, confined in a stockade under military guard by the governor. More important than physical fearlessness is his moral nerve. He tells workers what he thinks of a situation whether they like it or not. I have seen him argue down two thousand truck drivers who opposed his policies.”

–  Charles Rumford Walker – AMERICAN CITY

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“… a timely show, and it tells an important story about class struggle and the roots of American organized labour,”  –  Apt 613 (Ottawa)

“Dunne was a fascinating character and Petrick is an expert storyteller”   –  Winnipeg Free Press

 

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Fresno Rogue Festival

March 3  –  March 12

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 Ottawa Fringe Festival

June 17  –  June 25

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Regina International Fringe Theatre Festival

 July 6  –   July 10

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Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival

 Venue: #11 Red River College – Roblin Centre

Thursday, July 14         3:45 pm

Friday, July 15              9:15 pm

Sunday, July 17             1:45 pm

Monday, July 18            7:00 pm

Wednesday, July 20    12:00 pm

Thursday, July 21         5:15 pm

Friday, July 22            11:00 pm

Sunday, July 24             3:30 pm

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PotashCorp Fringe Theatre Festival (Saskatoon)

Victoria School Uptairs Auditorium

Thursday, July 28         8:40 pm

Sunday, July 31              9:10 pm

Monday, August 1        7:40 pm

Wednesday, August 3  6:10 pm

Friday, August 5            6:10 pm

Saturday, August 6      7:40 pm

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Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival

Venue #: 9, Telus Phone Museum
10437 – 83rd Ave.

Friday, Aug 12,            8:30 pm

 Sunday, Aug 14,          2:00 pm

Monday, Aug 15,        12:00 pm

Tuesday, Aug 16,        11:59 pm

Wednesday, Aug 17,   10:15 pm

Thursday, Aug 18,        4:00 pm

Saturday, Aug 20,        6:00 pm

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Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival

VICTORIA – Venue 4 – Wood Hall, 907 Pandora St.

Fri, Aug 26      5:00 pm

Sat, Aug 27      6:30 pm

Thu, Sept 1      5:00 pm

Fri, Sept 2        6:45 pm

Sat, Sept 3      12:00 pm

Sun, Sept 4       5:45 pm

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Vancouver Fringe Festival

False Creek Gym

Thu, Sep 8     7:00 pm

Sat, Sep 10    8:30 pm

Wed, Sep 14  5:00 pm

Thu, Sep 15    9:40 pm

Fri, Sep 16      6:15 pm

Sun, Sep 18     1:45 pm 

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Never Own Anything You Have to Paint or Feed

Written and Performed by Howard Petrick

Directed by Mark Kenward

Howard Petrick’s living on the edge of skid row, working as a yard clerk on the railroad and trying to keep one-step ahead of the draft board. His best friend makes a living threatening to “kill” balloon puppies. His yearning to wander is fueled by hobo stories; dive bar loners, IWW socialists and a west bound freight train. The prequel to the award-winning BREAKING RANK!

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

“Hypnotizing…Petrick is wrapped in a blanket of history he’s willing to share by the fire.” – Edmonton Journal

“A novelist’s ability to place an image in your mind.” – Kings River Life

 FOUR STARS – Howard Petrick paints an evocative and affectionate portrait of these rough-and-tumble men, train-hopping across America in search of work and adventure.”  – CBC

FOUR STARS –  Funny… Poignant!Winnipeg Free Press

“Howard Petrick is not a trained actor but he is a living piece of history…” – Capital Critics’ Circle, Ottawa

“The work of an enthralling storyteller” – Apt 613, Ottawa

“Petrick’s story is engaging, and he does an excellent job depicting the often-hilarious quirks of its characters through great physical and vocal work.”  – The New Ottawa Critics

“Petrick’s stories linger long after the curtain closes.”  – The Revue

 
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2014 Calendar

Never Own Anything You Have to Paint or Feed

Stage Werx,  San Francisco

Solo Sundays

 December 21, 2014,  7 PM

Directed by Mark Kenward Written and Performed by
Howard Petrick

Howard Petrick’s living on the edge of skid row, working as a yard clerk on the railroad and trying to keep one-step ahead of the draft board. His best friend makes a living threatening to “kill” balloon puppies. His yearning to wander is fueled by hobo stories; dive bar loners, IWW socialists and a west bound freight train. The prequel to the award winning BREAKING RANK!

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ 

“Hypnotizing…Petrick is wrapped in a blanket of history he’s willing to share by the fire.” – Edmonton Journal

“A novelist’s ability to place an image in your mind.” – Kings River Life

 FOUR STARS – Howard Petrick paints an evocative and affectionate portrait of these rough-and-tumble men, train-hopping across America in search of work and adventure.”  – CBC

FOUR STARS –  Funny… Poignant!Winnipeg Free Press

“Howard Petrick is not a trained actor but he is a living piece of history…” – Capital Critics’ Circle, Ottawa

“The work of an enthralling storyteller” – Apt 613, Ottawa

“Petrick’s story is engaging, and he does an excellent job depicting the often-hilarious quirks of its characters through great physical and vocal work.”  – The New Ottawa Critics

“Petrick’s stories linger long after the curtain closes.”  – The Revue
 
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Media Information

Click to download Press Kit

Audio & Video Press

 

Click on photo below for CBC Radio 1 Spot.Ottawa Fringe Festival CBC 1 Radio spot June 2012       

 

 

Performance History

2014

Monday Night Marsh       San Francisco, CA             January 13 & 27

Busting Out Storytelling  Oakland, CA                        February 14

Fresno Rogue Festival     Fresno, CA                           Feb. 28 – Mar 8

Ottawa Fringe Festival     Ottawa, ON                          June 20-29

PotashCorp Fringe            Saskatoon, SK                     Jul 31 – Aug 9

Marsh Rising                        San Francisco, CA             October 22

Solo Sundays                       San Francisco, CA             December 21

  

2013

The Vent                                San Francisco, CA             May 19

Tell It On Tuesday              Berkeley, CA                       January 29

Monday Night Marsh       San Francisco, CA             February 11 & 25

Rogue Festival                    Fresno, CA                           March 1-9

Solo Sundays                       San Francisco, CA             June 23

Regina Fringe                      Regina, SK                            July 10-14

Winnipeg Fringe                Winnipeg, MA                     July 18-27

Knox United Church       Kenora, Ontario                  July 30

Edmonton Fringe             Edmonton, AB                    August 15-25

Solo Sundays                      San Francisco, CA             December 15

2012

High Dive                               Oakland, CA                 February 25

Fresno Rogue Festival     Fresno, CA                   March 3-9

Monday Night Marsh       San Francisco, CA     April 16 & May 7

Cincy Fringe Festival      Cincinnati, OH             May 30- June 8

Ottawa Fringe Festival    Ottawa, ON                  Jun 14-24

Regina Fringe Festival    Regina, SK                     July 4–8

Winnipeg Fringe               Winnipeg, MA              July 19-28

PotashCorp Festival       Saskatoon, SK               August 2-9

Pope Art Theatre             Terrace, MN                  August 15

Indianapolis Fringe      Indianapolis, IN            Aug 18-26

Chicago Fringe Festival  Chicago, IL                   Aug 29-Sep 9

United Solo Festival      New York, NY                November 3

The Found Theatre        Long Beach, CA           November 9-11

2011

FronteraFest 2011         Austin,TX                  January 18-22

Tell It On Tuesday          Berkeley, CA              February 22

Words First                       San Francisco, CA    March 2

Fresno Rogue Festival   Fresno, CA                  March 4-12

The Marsh Rising            San Francisco, CA    May 3

Winnipeg Fringe              Winnipeg, MA           July 15-24

SF Theater Festival        San Francisco, CA     August 7

Victoria Fringe Fest.     Victoria, BC                Aug 25-Sep 4

Vancouver Fringe          Vancouver, BC           September 8-18

Solo Sundays                    San Francisco, CA     September 25

The Marsh Berkeley       Berkeley, CA               Oct 20-Dec 10

2010  

Monday Night Marsh    San Francisco, CA     January 11, 25

FronteraFest 2010        Austin, TX                     February 5

Words First                       San Francisco, CA      April 7

City Solo                             San Francisco, CA     August 1

The High Dive                   Oakland, CA                 August 13

BoulderFringe                  Boulder, CO                 August 17-29

ChicagoFringe                  Chicago, IL                  September 1-5

2009

FronteraFest 2009        Austin, TX                    January 23

Monday Night Marsh    San Francisco, CA     May 11, 25

SF Theater Festival        San Francisco, CA     July 26

Monday Night Marsh    San Francisco, CA     December 10, 17

2008

Monday Night Marsh    San Francisco, CA     September 15, 22

SF Theater Festival        San Francisco, CA     July 27

Tell It On Tuesday          Berkeley, Ca                 November 18

Monday Night Marsh    San Francisco, CA     December 6, 13

Breaking Rank!

Breaking Rank! is a story about the sixties, not the sixties of flower power and love, but of struggle and fighting for rights.  It’s the story of  Howard Petrick’s involvement in the anti-Vietnam War movement, in the U.S. Army.

A reluctant draftee Pvt. Petrick is the model soldier, until the subject of  Vietnam comes up.  His friendship with Pvt. Billy Moen ignites an anti-war movement in the barracks.  In a Vietnam history class they create a problem for the instructor who suddenly sees Vietcong in his class room.  The war becomes the center of barracks life.

Petrick’s anti-war activities lead to a confrontation with the army brass and a threat of treason charges from the Pentagon.  Petrick refuses to back down. As the brass try to figure out what to do with Petrick, he takes every opportunity to speak out against the war.

Petrick brings twenty characters to life in this autobiographical solo performance.

Praise for Petrick’s Breaking Rank!

The Cincinnati League of Theatres award for
“OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE”
★★★★★ “Wonderfully smooth and totally engaging.” – Cincinnati Performing Arts Examiner
 ★★★★ “A fearlessly political play in the arena of free speech.” Saskatoon StarPhoenix
★★★★ “An intriguing authenticity.” – Winnipeg Free Press
★★★★ – “Fascinating…a satirical treat.” – CBC Manitoba
“Petrick delivers…he has you laughing through the  fear  – Uptown Winnipeg
“A smart and nuanced portrait” – Chicago Tribune

Written and performed by        Howard Petrick  

Howard Petrick has studied solo performance theater with David Ford,  James Donlon, Leonard Pitt and Ann Randolph. He has performed at FronteraFest, in Austin, Texas; The Marsh, Words First, City Solo, San Francisco Theater Festival, Solo Sundays, Tell it on Tuesday, Boulder, Chicago Winnipeg, Vancouver and Victoria Fringe Festival and the Fresno Rogue Festival.  In the fall of 2011 he had an eight week run at The Marsh Berkeley in Berkeley,California. Mr. Petrick has worked as a photographer and was represented for several years by Nancy Palmer Agency inNew York City.  He is an award winning documentary filmmaker and has a BA in Film from the San Francisco Art Institute.

Directed by                              Mark Kenward

Mark Kenward has written seven full-length one-man shows and performed them in over thirty cities throughout the US and Canada.  These shows include a critically acclaimed adaptation of MOBY-DICK, four autobiographical monologues, and a character piece commissioned by aCaliforniawinery to commemorate their 150th anniversary.  Mark has also directed a number of solo shows that have played to rave reviews and enthusiastic audiences inSan Franciscoand at various North American festivals, including shows byAngela Neff, Howard Petrick, David Jacobson, Victoria Doggett, and David Kleinberg.  As an actor he recently starred in the world premiere of Ron Jones’ musical THE WAVE.  He is currently working on a book & multi-part monologue about his years growing up onNantucketIsland.  He holds an MA in Theatre/Performance from Northwestern University.

Developed with                        David Ford

Graphic Design                         Pat Korn/Kajun Design

Program Design                       Nora Danielson                                        

Photo Credit                              Larry Seigle/Militant


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