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Coming Fall 2022

Joseph Chaikin and Sam Shepard

Two by 2: short plays 1978 - 1984


A man’s death is only the beginning of a mysterious journey wherein the voices of loved ones inhabit the soundscape of his passing.

The War In Heaven

An extraterrestrial regales her captors with tales of previous incarnations, both celestial and human.

The plays evoke the elusive logic of a dream
and form a fantasia on the afterlife.

Val and Lorraine transfixed our intimate audience with their TWO by 2 performance. We felt the power of acknowledging death, digging deeper into our own emotions, by watching and then discussing afterwards where Val, Lorraine, and audience members dug into even deeper vulnerability with personal shares and reflections about the playwrights.

As a program and creative director, the web of connections, community, and gratitude that I hoped for exceeded all possibilities.

— Sarah Brigid Newsham Kent, San Francisco Village


Lorraine Olsen has performed her original solo show, Figuratively Speaking, across the Bay Area and in New York. Voted “Best of” The San Francisco Fringe Festival, it was staged at SF Playhouse Theatre (where she has brought many characters to life); Shotgun Players Cabaret; WOW Café Theatre; and the United Solo Theatre Festival, where Olson appeared as an "Encore Artist."


Val Hendrickson's acting credits include notable stints with Shotgun Players, Berkekey Rep, Magic Theatre, and, most recently, Theatre Rhinoceros in Breaking the Code, for which he received a Bay Area Critics Circle nomination. He has staged numerous plays in New York and San Francisco. 



Theatre Valentine is a Bay Area theatre company founded by Val Hendrickson and Lorraine Olsen. 

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