Chameleon Theatre Company was formed in San Francisco in 1995 by Lee Kiszonas and Walter Niejadilik. Chameleon produced 10 plays from a Gay & Lesbian perspective over the next 5 years, including plays by Tennessee Williams, Joe Orton and Lee Kiszonas. Walter left the company in 2000 and Chameleon’s focus changed to women’s theatre. Highlights from this period include Lee’s play Killing Stalin, Blake Heathcote’s Revenge of the Woman Dressed Largely in Black and Lorae Parry’s Eugenia. Lee moved to Philadelphia in 2007 to take care of her aging mother and the company went into limbo. Chameleon emerged from hibernation in 2011 with the assistance of new staff in Philadelphia and old collaborators in San Francisco.
Chameleon’s first production in the Philadelphia area will be Lee’s play Never Unarmed about the Irish pirate Grace O’Malley and her meeting with Queen Elizabeth. Never Unarmed will be directed by resident director Kathryn Wood in June 2012, venue TBA. Chameleon’s next project will be the New York premiere of Lucky Girl, an adaptation of Frances Driscoll’s The Rape Poems by Tom Juarez. Lucky Girl premiered in May, 2011 at the EXIT Theatre’s 10th Annual DIVAfest in San Francisco, directed by Kathryn Wood and acted by Cheryl Smith, who form Chameleon’s San Francisco contingent. Lucky Girl will tour to colleges, conferences and community centers around the country starting in 2013. Lots more to come! Check back often for news about upcoming shows and events!