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PRESS RELEASE: Past and present BATS players in the spotlight

Release date: 12/21/2006

Current BATS players and one alum in the spotlight

San Francisco (December 21, 2006) - Two current BATS players and one alum are in the spotlight this month:

Masi Oka earns Golden Globe Nomination
One of BATS' former Sunday Players, Masi Oka, has just earned a Golden Globe nomination (and a People Magazine "breakout star" designation) for his role in the hit tv show "Heroes" (he plays a character named Hiro Nakamura, whose super-power is time travel.) Masi took the whole gamut of BATS' foundation- and performance-level classes while working as a programmer for ILM in the late 1990s before heading out for Hollywood. Before "Heroes", Masi had recurring roles on "Scrubs" and "The Jaime Kennedy Experiment," and has appeared in numerous other sitcoms, dramas and motion pictures. He has also been involved in producing special effects for some of Hollywood's biggest and most impressive movies over the last few years. Congratulations, Masi!

John Kovacevich on screen with Will Smith
Current BATS Main Stage Company Player John Kovacevich can be seen on screen with Will Smith in the new movie, "The Pursuit of Happyness," which opened at #1 at the box office last week. John is in the small (but pivotal!) role of a young executive who Will Smith meets at a 49ers game. The film, which is set in 1981 San Francisco, was shot in late 2005. Look for him at a multiplex near you!

Amos Glick lands clown role in Vegas show
Current Main Stage Company player Amos Glick has just been cast in the fantasical water spectacle, Le Rêve, at the Wynn Casino in Vegas. He starts in January. The show was created by Franco Dragone of Cirque Du Soleil fame (O, Mystère) and is housed in a theater built especially for this show. Glick will be a member of a four person clown ensemble. The clown shtick was created by John Gilkey, who is an SF clown of great repute. "I don't know much more except that, since it is a water show, I have to take some scuba training," says Glick. "I also believe that I will be doing a striptease down to a thong!"