Thief Society

"A show worth investing in"
-Matt Chapman

"Bound to make our significant others laugh"
-Josh Matthews

"Has anyone seen my peanut butter?"
-Sarah Petersiel


In an homage to raccoons everywhere, Under the Table’s Co-Artistic Directors Matt Chapman, Josh Matthews and Sarah Petersiel have a new physical comedy in the works about a a brazen heist…which is perhaps to say, a brazenly stupid heist…and by that we mean a heist driven more by hope than planning. So: Will the safe be cracked and the valuables nabbed? Will the value of the valuables be revealed as a con? Will class politics as we know them be upended? (Will the popularity of Ocean’s 11 be surpassed by a scrappy theatre show?!) These and other questions remain, but if last night’s rehearsal is any indication, theatre magic and sight gags are sure to abound.

We began work on the show in August 2015, with a year-ish on the clock. We’re rehearsing in Oakland, CA along with stints in Blue Lake and Moscow*. Upon completion, we look forward to sharing the show in Oakland and beyond. Until then, stay tuned for word of workshop showings along the course of development!

*Moscow in Idaho, that is.

Thief Society has played: SAFEhouse Arts (San Francisco, CA); Studio 81 at The Applecore Fringe (Placerville, CA)

This project has received crucial support from:
The Clorox Company Foundation
NET (The Network of Ensemble Theaters)
The Puffin Foundation
The University of Idaho
The Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre
SAFEhouse Art’s RAW (Resident Artist Workshop) Program

And the following individuals: Jane Nichols, Polly Frost, Lauren Jost, Hilary Chaplain, Sarah Kozinn, Mark Levy, Michael Christensen, Helle Larsen, Brenda Withers, Ben Jackson, Amy Virginia Buchanan, Angela Jervey, Sarah Dey Hirshan, Gabe Soll, Doug and Donna Hurd, The Nimm, Carrie Dubois-Shaw, C and A, Sara Katzoff, Maria Peyramaure, Zach Morris, LC Marks, Lindsey B Maliekel, Gregory Maupin, Kelly Smith, Yana Calou, Meghan Frank, MK Ramming, Kate Marks, Brendan McMahon, Dallas Clow, Amy Jo McCarville, Dianne Willisko, Joe Krienke and Stephanie Thompson, L Richerson, Samir Chopra, Susan Markman, Julie Pasqual, Barry Blumenfeld, Vincenzo Peruggia, the Monkey, Lauren S, Claire Moodey, David Usui, Caitlin Hurd, Elizabeth Armstrong, Katherine Pryor, Sonja Mata, Hilary Near, Bri Baltes, Jeffrey F. Raz, Lou Watson, Rachel Resnik, Yiouli Archontaki, Troy Davidson, Sabrina Wenske, Moses Norton, Ben Weber, Ringo and Anna, Kristie Vuocolo, Kate Turnbull, dashboard savior, Zach Grosser, Melissa Johnson, Jenny the Juggler, Andrew Woolner, Stephanie Roberts, Betsye Sargent, Marcia Chapman, Dave Zackin and Abi Cohen, Nicholas Trotter, Eric Davis, Cat Burglar, Michael Hamilton, The Wonderheads, John and Lara, Jenny Selig, Robert Stevenson, Otto and Astrid Rot, Jean Cocuzzo, Mamalama, Harvey Petersiel, Louise Bauer, Joe Kolbow, Elizabeth Armstrong, Nancy Payne, Rachel Bay Harris, Carrie Harvilla, sugabeat,lizardbird,John Mermin, Cara Sucia, Eleni Zaharopoulos, Michael Jay Garner, Jon S, Jack/David and Charlie Whitepaw, Brad Aldous, Ina Strauss, Julie Douglas and several masters of disguise…