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MARIN THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCES 2017-18 MAIN STAGE SEASON
—Marin Theatre Company’s artistic director Jasson Minadakis and managing director Keri Kellerman are thrilled to announce its 2017-18 season of groundbreaking, nationally recognized, socially relevant new American plays. Featuring six sensational works for its intimate 231-seat main stage Boyer Theatre, the season includes:
The World Premiere of Thomas & Sally by Thomas Bradshaw in Sept./Oct.
Bay Area premiere of Shakespeare in Love by Marc Norman, Tom Stoppard and Lee Hall in Nov./Dec.
Bay Area premiere of Skeleton Crew by Dominique Morisseau in Jan./Feb.
West Coast premiere of The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe in March/April
Bay Area premiere of Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison in May
Bay Area premiere of Straight White Men by Young Jean Lee in June/July
In MTC’s upcoming season, all evening performances will begin at 7:30pm. Subscription renewal sales will go live mid-March; single tickets expected to go on sale in July.
Sentiments from MTC’s Fearless Leaders
“We are bringing five of America’s most brilliant writers to MTC for our 51st season. Thomas Bradshaw, Dominique Morisseau, Sarah DeLappe, Jordan Harrison and Young Jean Lee are fearless storytellers who are reshaping the American theatre with each play they write. The conversations inspired by these fabulous, ferocious plays will be electric and will help us explore who we are, where we came from and where we are going as a community and as a nation. For the holidays we will bring 13 of the Bay Area’s favorite actors to MTC to take a bold and audacious approach to Tom Stoppard’s Shakespeare in Love.” – Jasson Minadakis, Artistic Director
“We’ve captured lightning in a bottle. These six plays crackle with intelligence, incisiveness and wit and invite us to think deeply about our relationships to ourselves and each other.” – Keri Kellerman, Managing Director
Thomas & Sally by Thomas Bradshaw | World Premiere
MTC will open its 2017-18 season in September with a World Premiere production of Thomas Bradshaw’s Thomas & Sally (The Bereaved, Intimacy, Carlyle). An explosive world-premiere commission by subversive American playwright Thomas Bradshaw, Thomas & Sally gets up close and personal with our country’s first prominent mixed-race family: Thomas Jefferson and his African American slave, Sally Hemings. In this satiric comedy, Bradshaw takes us behind the scenes of history and into the home (and bed) of Jefferson: Enlightenment-era genius, devoted husband, and man of contradictions, who insisted that the phrase “All men are created equal” be included in the Declaration of Independence but did not free his own slaves, even at his death. Sex, power and identity are all up for negotiation in this provocative, no-frills vision of early America…until, of course, they’re not. Thomas & Sally takes a sharp look at how the nation’s beginnings continue to influence what it’s become.
Shakespeare in Love
Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall | Bay Area Premiere
Enchantment abounds as the season continues with the Bay Area Premiere of Marc Norman, Tom Stoppard and Lee Hall’s effervescent romance, Shakespeare in Love, coming to MTC this holiday season. In the Elizabethan era, when women are forbidden to become actors, what’s a stage-struck lady to do? Lady Viola de Lesseps adores plays, especially those by a young writer named Will Shakespeare, but can only look on longingly as men and boys perform them. Will, meanwhile, has his own struggles: his inspiration fled, his debts and unwritten commissions piling up…until he meets an unknown young player named Thomas Kent, who speaks his words as he’s always dreamed they’d be spoken, and a beautiful woman named Viola, who could be just the muse he needs. Under the direction of MTC artistic director Jasson Minadakis, this stage adaptation of the beloved film finds its true essence: a love letter to the power of theatre and the imagination.
The Pitmen Painters (2008) is a new play premiered at the Live Theatre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 2007. In 2014 Hall wrote the script for Shakespeare in Love, adapted from the film of the same title, which was performed at the Noel Coward Theatre in London. His 2015 adaptation of Alan Warner’s novel The Sopranos is entitled Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour.
Skeleton Crew by Dominique Morisseau | Bay Area Premiere
MTC’s 51st mainstage season continues with the Bay Area Premiere of Skeleton Crew—winner of MTC’s 2014 Sky Cooper New American Play Prize and the third installment in Morisseau’s 3-play cycle, The Detroit Projects—and will be co-produced with Theatreworks Silicon Valley. In 2008 Detroit, the employees at the last American auto plant still in operation sense change in the wind. Faye, a tough old-timer looking to hit 30 years and a full benefits package; Shanita, a pregnant young woman on her own; and Dez, a smooth-talking soon-to-be entrepreneur are some of the last workers at a once-thriving factory that’s now staffed barely enough to run the assembly lines. Pride in their work, dreams for the future, and lack of other options keep them on the line, despite news drifting in of other plants closing and their fears that theirs may be next. Caught between his loyalties and his career, plant manager Reggie is pressured to keep discipline, as across the city, abandoned plants are stripped by thieves. Skeleton Crew was listed by the NY Times as one of six plays they believe are crucial to understanding the divisiveness of our nation’s socio-political construct. In 2016, the play received a sold out world premiere production at the Atlantic Theatre Company in NYC and was extended and transferred to their larger venue for a continued sold out run.
The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe | West Coast Premiere
MTC is thrilled to produce the West Coast Premiere of The Wolves in March/April. In an indoor Astroturf soccer field in suburban Middle America, the Wolves soccer team warms up for its Saturday game. The upcoming College Showcase is just around the corner, so every point counts. Between the sprints and drills, however, these young women navigate even trickier terrain—insecurities and rivalries, shifting alliances and uneven friendships, in-group cruelties, acting out and fitting in, trauma and grief—all delivered in richly textured language that captures the energy of youth on its way to adulthood and the struggles we never quite leave behind. Powerfully and intimately rendered, The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe is the winner of MTC’s 2016 Sky Cooper New American Play Prize, and will feature an understudy cast from local high schools who will rehearse with the professional cast and perform in selected matinees.
Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison | Bay Area Premiere
MTC’s 51st season continues with the Bay Area Premiere of Marjorie Prime, Jordan Harrison’s elegant Pulitzer-finalist play about family, love, and growing old in an age of artificial intelligence. Forty-six years into the future, when AI has been harnessed to comfort the lonely, 85-year-old Marjorie lives with her daughter, Tess, and son-in-law, Jon. Thanks to a company called Senior Serenity, she also has a new, attentive confidant: a sophisticated computer application programmed to learn her memories. As Marjorie declines, Tess and Jon wrestle with what this companion actually offers the family: mere palliation? Or a chance to rewrite Marjorie’s life for her, without its most painful events? Against the backdrop of Vivaldi’s “Winter,” Marjorie Prime explores the relationships between identity, memory, and story – and asks us to consider what it is that makes us fully human.
Straight White Men by Young Jean Lee | Bay Area Premiere
Closing out the 2017-18 season is the Bay Area Premiere of fearlessly innovative playwright Young Jean Lee’s Straight White Men, delivering an incisively observed, highly theatrical portrait of a subculture in crisis: the upper-middle-class suburban white family. Or, to be more specific, its men, as represented by brothers Jake, Drew, and Matt Norton, and their father, Ed. It’s Christmas, and the boys–one a successful financier, one an award-winning novelist, and one a social justice crusader with a Ph.D. from Stanford–have all gathered with Dad to celebrate the holiday. Childhood reminiscences and juvenile antics reveal tensions beneath the surface, however, as the men struggle to find their footing in a world where they realize their privilege is the problem. By turns tender, triumphant, funny, and disturbing, Straight White Men turns stereotype on its head with its compelling examination of America’s newest minority.
Thomas & Sally | World Premiere By Thomas Bradshaw September 28 – October 22, 2017 Opening Night: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Shakespeare in Love | Bay Area Premiere By Marc Norman, Tom Stoppard and Lee Hall November 24 – December 17, 2017 Opening Night: Tuesday, November 28, at 7:30 pm *No show on Nov. 23 due to the Thanksgiving holiday
Skeleton Crew | Bay Area Premiere By Dominique Morisseau January 25 – February 18, 2018 Opening Night: Tuesday, January 30, at 7:30 pm
The Wolves | West Coast Premiere By Sarah DeLappe March 15 – April 8, 2018 Opening Night: Saturday, March 20, at 7:30 pm
Marjorie Prime | Bay Area Premiere By Jordan Harrison May 3 – May 27, 2018 Opening Night: Tuesday, May 8, at 7:30 pm
Straight White Men | Bay Area Premiere By Young Jean Lee June 14 – July 8, 2018 Opening Night: Tuesday, June 19, at 7:30 pm
All main stage productions performed in MTC’s Boyer Theatre, located at Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley.
Programming and scheduling are subject to change.
Coming in March, PianoFight is proud to present The Last Five Years, the beloved, instant off-broadway hit that’s as hilarious and as it is heart-wrenching. This romantic comedy tells a NYC love story in two timelines — his songs tell the story forwards, while hers tell it in reverse, back to the day they first meet. The score is pumping, memorable, funny, and touching. It’s one of those shows where every song feels like a hit.
The Last Five Years premieres March 23-25 and Apr 6-8, running Thurs-Saturday evenings at 7:00pm at PianoFight Mainstage, 144 Taylor St. Tickets start at $20 and are on sale now at www.pianofight.com.
BERKELEY REPERTORY THEATRE EXTENDS HAND TO GOD Seven performances added – now playing through Sunday, March 26
Due to overwhelming positive responses from critics and audiences alike, Berkeley Rep has announced that Hand to God, written by Robert Askins and directed by David Ivers, will extend for an additional week. Originally scheduled to close on March 19, the critically acclaimed play will run through Sunday, March 26.
Starting today at noon, tickets for the added seven performances can be purchased online at berkeleyrep.org and by phone at 510 647-2949.
BERKELEY REP TO HOLD A SERIES OF PUBLIC EVENTS SURROUNDING THE PRODUCTION OF ROE All events are free and open to the public
During Berkeley Rep’s upcoming production of Roe, written by Lisa Loomer and directed by Bill Rauch, Berkeley Rep will expand the opportunities available for audiences to delve deeper into the play and the historic court case it examines.
Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that legalized abortion, is still fiercely debated over 40 years later. In her newest play, acclaimed writer Lisa Loomer cuts through the headlines and rhetoric to reveal the divergent personal journeys of lawyer Sarah Weddington and plaintiff Norma McCorvey (“Jane Roe”) in the years following the fateful decision. In turns shocking, humorous, and poignant, Roe reflects the polarization in America today while illuminating the heart and passion each person has for their cause.
As a standout event, Berkeley Rep will host Page to Stage with playwright Lisa Loomer on Monday, February 27 at 7pm. The event will take place in the Peet’s Theatre, 2025 Addison Street. Page to Stage is a series of free discussions with eminent theatre artists, designed to give audiences additional insight into the plays and playwrights produced at Berkeley Rep.
For all audiences and the community at large, Berkeley Rep is also partnering with the UC Berkeley Law School on a public panel discussion about Roe v. Wade. This free event will be held on Sunday, March 26 at 5pm, moderated by Melissa Murray, interim dean for Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professor of Law, faculty director, Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice Berkeley School of Law; and Jill E. Adams, executive director for Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice. The discussion will examine the historic case at the root of Berkeley Rep’s production of Roe and look to the future of reproductive rights and justice legislation in today’s political climate. The event will take place at the Osher Studio, 2055 Center Street.
Berkeley Rep will also host pre- and post-show discussions with representatives from women’s health and reproductive rights sectors. These events are connected to select performances and provide a chance to reflect on the material. They are open to ticket holders to performances on the following dates:
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 Thursday, March 9, 2017
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 Thursday, March 16, 2017
Friday, March 17, 2017 Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Thursday, March 23, 2017
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 Thursday, March 30, 2017
Roe is a co-production with Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Arena Stage.
PlayGround has announced the line-up for the 2017 Gala fundraiser taking place on Monday, April 3 at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater: America’s most produced living playwright this season, Lauren Gunderson (“I and You”), will join PlayGround Artistic Director Jim Kleinmann and Event Honorary Co-Chairs Fred M. Levin and Nancy Livingston to celebrate the Bay Area’s best new playwrights. The evening features a reception and silent auction, private dinner and “fireside chat” with Gunderson, and presentation of the 2017 PlayGround Playwright Awards. A special treat at this year’s event will be the live auction of a pair of coveted “Hamilton” tickets for the upcoming Broadway tour at the Orpheum. Tickets are $300-$1,000 and all proceeds benefit PlayGround’s award-winning new play incubator programs and newly-renovated Potrero Stage: PlayGround Center for New Plays. For tickets and more information, visit http://playground-sf.org/benefit.
2017 PlayGround Benefit & Awards Night with Lauren Gunderson Date/Time: Monday, April 3, 2017
Location: A.C.T.’s Strand Theater, 1127 Market Street, San Francisco, CA
Tickets: Benefit Individual Ticket – $300 Premium Individual Ticket – $500 Host Individual Ticket – $1,000 Tables of 10 are $3,000/$5,000/$10,000
Palo Alto Players announces new Managing Director and gala fundraiser “Make ‘Em Laugh” on April 1, 2017
Palo Alto Players, the first theatre company on the Peninsula, announces the appointment of Elizabeth Santana as its new Managing Director. Santana succeeds Diana Berenstein, who stepped down in January after two and a half years in the role. Santana has been the company’s Development Director since 2015.
As Managing Director, Santana will work in partnership with Artistic Director Patrick Klein to provide strategic leadership and manage the business operations of Palo Alto Players, including annual budgeting, marketing, fundraising, and board development. Klein will continue to lead the artistic direction for the company, overseeing all programming and creative development, while also adding human resources functions to his role.
“Palo Alto Players’ Board of Directors is pleased and excited to announce the newly revised responsibilities of Elizabeth Santana and Patrick Klein and recognize their commitment to this organization.” says Board President Eugenie M. Watson. “I look forward to working alongside this team to meet the challenges and lead Palo Alto Players forward. The Board and staff wish them great growth and success in their new endeavors. We are all behind them 100%!”
Santana joined Palo Alto Players in 2015, bringing over ten years of leadership and administrative experience in both the nonprofit and corporate sector. Previously, she worked for Google, Opera San Jose, Children’s Musical Theatre San Jose, and was associate producer for RWS and Associates in New York City. Klein joined Palo Alto Players in 2009 as Technical Director and has designed scenery for and produced over 40 productions during his tenure. He became Artistic Director in 2013.
The announcement comes just weeks before Palo Alto Players will hold its second annual gala fundraiser on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. The evening, entitled “Make ‘Em Laugh,” will include special performances from Palo Alto Players’ favorite actors, and honor the Leading Players that have made a lasting impact on the organization. All proceeds from the event will be used to further the company’s mission of providing high quality, performing arts programming to the community. Tickets (starting at $100) can be purchased online at paplayers.org or by calling 650.329.0891.
The evening will begin at 6 pm with a private reception for VIP ticket holders and underwriters. At 6:30 pm the doors open for guests to enjoy drinks and appetizers during the silent auction. At 7:30 pm guests will be be served a buffet dinner, followed by entertainment from Palo Alto Players’ favorite actors highlighting scenes and songs from past productions, and an exciting live auction, featuring an array of one-of-a-kind experiences like a walk-on-role in an upcoming production and an all expense paid trip to New York and tickets to 3 Broadway musicals, including HAMILTON, hosted by Broadway San Jose. The event will also honor Board President Eugenie M. Watson, Palo Alto Players’ sound designer Grant Huberty, and philanthropist Mary Louise Johnson. Each will receive the Leading Player award to recognize their indelible impact on Palo Alto Players and the theatre community.
Tickets are $100 (regular seating) and $200 (VIP seating) each and include the performance, gourmet dining provided by Modern Taste and drinks. Tables are also available starting at $1,000. Underwriting levels, which include tickets for the Gala, begin at $1,500. To purchase tickets or a table, or to become an underwriter, contact Managing Director Elizabeth Santana, at (650) 363-8582 or email@example.com. All net proceeds support Palo Alto Player’s five mainstage productions and community outreach programs.
PianoFight productions presents the world premiere of Stuart Bousel’s TWINS, a darkly comic docudrama sourced from Greek mythology but more relevant than ever in a world where violence often targets youth. TWINS opens May 4th and plays Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30pm through June 10th, at PianoFight, 144 Taylor Street in San Francisco. Tickets are
Through a series of interviews and flashbacks we get the story of the birth and life of Artemis and Apollo, beautiful young gods who begin their existence as promising forces for light and evolve into terrifying powers of devestation, ultimately killing all the children of the mortal queen, Niobe, after she insults their mother, the goddess Leto. Ostrasized from an early age by the other gods, unable to form lasting connections with others, the sibilings see themselves as against the world, but in their alienation form a deep and lasting bond with one another that could prove to be their redemption- or our destruction.
This dark little show, “May be the darkest thing I have ever written,” says playwright and director Stuart Bousel, “It was born out of my love for mythology, my fascination with this violent and grotesque myth that I first read in grade school, and an adult fascination with documentaries and accounts of real world crimes and massacres. Though I set out to write something harrowing, I realized the piece would never get written until I accepted it would probably also be a bit of a black comedy, and if there is something I’m really proud of here it is the slow and unsettling shift of the piece as it moves from being ridiculously funny, almost absurd, to somber, and then progressively devastating. The first public reading happened just a couple of days after the Newton Massacre and despite the timing I went through with it because I strongly believe art can be very therapeutic at times like these.”
Directed by the author, the show features Kyle Goldman and Kathleen McHatton in the title roles, with supporting work by Andrew Chung, Laura Domingo, Kyle McReddie, Tonya Narvaez, Kim Saunders and Ron Talbot. The design team include William Campbell on lights, Ryan Lee Short on sound, Cody Rishell on artwork, and Lindsey Eifert on costumes. It opens May 4th and plays Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 PM till June 10th, at PianoFight in San Francisco.
ODC, the most active center for contemporary dance on the West Coast, has announced the program for its 2017 Theater Season. Highlights include world premieres by David Gordon, FACT/SF, Monique Jenkinson, tinypistol, Laura Elaine Ellis and Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts, and West Coast premieres by Kate Weare Company and The Foundry. Additional season highlights include remounts of seminal works by Joanna Haigood and RAWdance.
ODC Theater’s 2017 Season also marks the arrival of Julie Potter as its new Theater Director. Previously the Creative Ecosystem Senior Program Manager at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Potter succeeds Christy Bolingbroke in the position. “I’m thrilled to begin my first year at ODC Theater with a mission to cultivate ways to look, to give attention, to be in community and to make meaning through performance,” said Potter.
“This season, a year of leadership transition for this performance space, and tectonic political movement in the world, the Theater traces shifting perspectives, inviting our publics to renew their perspectives through encounters with art. At a time of changing demographics, we are invested in cultivating both communities of affirmation, those in which we find belonging, as well as communities of dissonance, those in which we encounter difference, new perspectives and zones for discovery.”
“One example of an artist shifting perspectives this season is choreographer and director David Gordon’s Live Archiveography. Tackling a prolific legacy, Gordon has assembled and annotated his own archive for the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, and as a companion piece to the archive he also created a performance work that reconsiders conventional archival methodology. How do you archive the ephemeral?”
“The performance as well as artifacts and ephemera from the exhibition make their way to ODC Theater in April. ODC is proud to have hosted Gordon’s last visit to the Bay Area in 2007 in a production of his critically acclaimed Dancing Henry Five.”
“Gordon’s visit to the Bay Area this year also prompts inquiry around how artists who participated in Judson Dance Theater shaped West Coast dance. Gordon, part of the Grand Union which evolved from Judson in New York, spent time at Oberlin College during the 1970s when ODC’s Brenda Way, KT Nelson and Kimi Okada were making work there.”
“This season at ODC Theater I look forward to nurturing that which is vital and embedded in this live art, with a commitment to expressions of the body, cultural discourse and public engagement around the work of Gordon and all of the other artists programmed for this season.”
A chronological list of ODC Theater’s 2017 Season follows. For more information, visit odc.dance.
ODC THEATER UNPLUGGED
Sunday @ 7 p.m.
ODC Theater Unplugged is a recurring platform offering a rare and candid look into the creative process. In this edition, Kim Epifano will share her work-in-progress, Last Blue Couch in the Sky, slated to premiere at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in June. Marking the 20th anniversary of Epiphany Productions Sonic Dance Theater, Epifano’s eponymous company acclaimed for its interdisciplinary, site-specific works, Last Blue Couch pays tribute to the seminal places that influenced the artist’s work, while also acknowledging other locations significant to the survival of artists within this rapidly changing city.
DAVID GORDON / PICK UP PERFORMANCE CO(s)
April 20 – 22
Thursday – Saturday @ 8 p.m.
David Gordon, a founding artist of the Judson Dance Theater in the 1960s, looks back on his long and varied career in the world premiere of Live Archiveography. The retrospective includes storytelling interlaced with projected collage and live performance. Photographs, videos and interviews with collaborators capture five decades of Gordon’s work in movement and theater art – from his early days with choreographers Trisha Brown and Yvonne Rainer, to his work with his wife, dancer and actress Valda Setterfield, one of five performers in Live Archiveography, and his son, theater director Ain Gordon.
WALKING DISTANCE DANCE FESTIVAL-SF
June 2 – 10
Fridays and Saturdays
Saturday afternoon performances off-site in the Mission, free admission
ODC Theater’s signature summer dance festival returns for two weekends of live performance featuring a West Coast premiere by The Foundry, and world premieres by FACT/SF, Monique Jenkinson and tinypistol.
In the festival’s first weekend, FACT/SF’s Charles Slender-White and Liane Burns present Platform, a duet commissioned by ODC Theater and inspired by Holly Herndon’s electronic album of the same name. Performed in the round, Platform investigates ideas of homogeneity, social media echo chambers and extreme unison. FACT/SF performs Platform twice each evening, June 2 – 3.
A film with live performance by The Foundry completes the program for the first weekend, June 2 – 3. Deep South is the final work in a trilogy exploring what dance and performance means to people living in the rural United States. Research for the project was led by Alex Ketley in collaboration with Miguel Gutierrez, Sarah Dionne Woods and Michelle Boulé. Deep South uses conversation and impromptu performance to yield intimate portraits of place.
The second weekend of the festival, June 9 – 10, features two performances each running twice nightly. In the world premiere of Delicate Material, Jenkinson summons her drag queen alter ego Fauxnique into the realm of contemporary dance as she “explores feminist rage, reads critical theory as high camp, and confronts the ruptures caused by the stress of difference.”
Maurya Kerr’s tinypistol dance company will premiere a trilogy of three dances inspired by literary texts and “the belief that telling truths in public is a form of protest.”
In keeping with the spirit of the festival, each Saturday of the two-weekend event will feature off-site performances in walking distance of ODC’s campus in the Mission. The Joe Goode Annex, located at 499 Alabama Street, will host a double bill featuring Bessie Award-winning choreographer Joanna Haigood in the remount of excerpts from her 2013 performance installation Between Me and the Other World, exploring the relevance of W. E. B. Du Bois’ concept of “double consciousness” to the experience of people of color in the United States today.
Sharing the bill with Haigood are artists from the Black Choreographers Festival performing a new work conceived and directed by Laura Elaine Ellis, executive director of the African & African American Performing Arts Coalition and co-director of the Black Choreographers Festival. Titled Soul to Soul: An Artistic Response to Baldwin and Coates, this collaborative work draws on the writings of James Baldwin and Ta-Nehisi Coates to illuminate contemporary issues related to race and social justice.
Soul to Soul and Between Me and the Other World will rotate in performance each Saturday afternoon during the festival. Admission is free.
KATE WEARE COMPANY
October 5 – 7
Thursday – Saturday @ 8 p.m.
Marksman is a new sextet by New York-based choreographer Kate Weare, featuring an original score from composer Curtis Robert Macdonald and set design by artist Clifford Ross. “Marksman acknowledges the beauty and futility of our own willfulness,” writes Weare. “Marksman looks at the precision we use to intuit one another with senses remote from modern consciousness yet imperative to survival. Through peripheral awareness, reflex, synchrony, magnetism and repulsion we must reckon with the sheer forcefulness and fragility of our own formation.” Weare draws inspiration from Eugen Herrigel’s Zen in the Art of Archery: “The [master] marksman aims at himself.”
October 26 – 28
Thursday – Saturday @ 8 p.m.
After their sold-out, critically acclaimed world premiere at ODC Theater last summer, RAWdance returns for an encore presentation of Double Exposure. “An epic production that is greater than the sum of its parts,” raved Claudia Bauer in DanceTabs. A “smart movement experiment that…calls on us to broaden our viewpoint and think more deeply about what’s happening on stage,” wrote Jenny Thompson reviewing a presentation last month at the Joyce Theater in New York.
A series of 12 duets each choreographed by a different West Coast choreographer or choreographic team, Double Exposure offers a snapshot of the contemporary dance landscape in the U.S. RAWdance founders and artistic directors Wendy Rein and Ryan T. Smith are the sole performers, shifting rapidly to interpret the distinct aesthetics of Amy O’Neal, Amy Seiwert, Ann Carlson, casebolt and smith, David Roussève, Holly Johnston, Joe Goode, Kate Wallich, KT Nelson, Monique Jenkinson, Shinichi and Dana Iova-Koga, and Tahni Holt.
SMITH/WYMORE DISAPPEARING ACTS
November 30 – December 2
Thursday – Saturday @ 8 p.m.
Six Degrees of Freedom is a new evening-length work created by Sheldon Smith and Lisa Wymore, artistic directors of Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts. Featuring six performers in a tightly confined space, this physical theater work continues the company’s ongoing interest in creating technologically augmented live performance. Most of the performance will take place in what appears to be a deconstructed virtual reality cave akin to the infamous holodeck of Star Trek fame. The space will be enlivened by multiple video projections, live feed cameras and a computer system that dictates various aspects of the work in real-time.
THEATREWORKS SILICON VALLEY HOSTS SPRING AND SUMMER CAMPS FOR ALL AGES
Spring Break Camps offered April 3-14 Summer Camps offered June 5-August 4
− Parents looking for a fun and enriching camp for their artistic offspring can find an outlet on the Peninsula. TheatreWorks Silicon Valley introduces programs for grades K-12, offered in the spring and summer: Characters @ Play (April 3-14), PlayMakers (June 5-August 4) and Summer Studio Series (June 5-August 4). The camps, staged by TheatreWorks Education staff, are chock-full of theatre activities for children and youths. Each program is taught by theatre professionals, who foster and encourage the campers’ creativity and imagination, as well as teach basic performance skills. For more information the public may visit www.TheatreWorks.org or call (650) 463-7146.
TheatreWorks Characters @ Play is a K-5 spring break camp, hosted at schools in Palo Alto and Menlo Park from April 3-14. These one-week camps focus on all the tools from an actor’s toolbox: body, voice, and imagination. During Characters @ Play, campers will be part of an ensemble that plays, learns, and creates performances together, showing off their new theatre skills with a final performance for family and friends.
For summer break, TheatreWorks stages camp sessions for students from kindergarten to high school. PlayMakers is a K-6 summer camp that offers fun and engaging performance skills classes over a two week period. Participants are instructed by TheatreWorks Teaching Artists, with each session culminating in a performance created by the students. PlayMakers summer camp sessions run in two-week increments from June 5 – August 4.
TheatreWorks’ Summer Studio Series include programs that provide pre-professional training for middle and high school students ranging from play development and performance, audition coaching, arts education internships, and much more. Participants can polish audition material, learn how to present themselves professionally within an audition environment, and put together a resume and headshot package, and will receive a digital headshot photo appropriate for youth theatre and school auditions. Summer Studio Series runs June 5-July 28.
Students entering grades 10-12 who are interested in teaching and sharing their passion for theatre may enroll in the internship program, Teen Teaching Artists in Training (TTT). Designed for teens to discover the joys of teaching, the TTT program will be mentored by a master Teaching Artist, offering the opportunity to assist experience Teaching Artists, lead games and exercises, learn class management and theatre lesson planning skills, and much more during the TheatreWorks PlayMakers camp. The Teen Teaching Artists in Training program takes place June 5-August 4.
THE MARSH SAN FRANCISCO PRESENTS ONE-NIGHT ONLY MARSH TALK
The Wave: One Week to Fascism With Ron Jones and Marc Montserrat-Drukker Moderated by Barbara Lane
7:30pm, Wednesday, March 8 – The Marsh presents a new talk The Wave: One Week to Fascism, featuring Bay Area teacher and storyteller Ron Jones and The Marsh’s Artist in Residence Marc Montserrat-Drukker, moderated by former on-air KRON-TV host Barbara Lane. As part of the “Marsh Talk series,” Jones will discuss “The Third Wave,” his fascist regime and environment experiment at a Palo Alto high school while teaching a history class on the Holocaust, and how his short story describing this classroom experiment in the Whole Earth Review resulted in works including from a novel, documentary, movie, and several plays, including The Marsh’s Youth Theater musical in 2009. Montserrat-Drukker will share the importance of Jones’ experiment, his adaptation of Jones’ story into a play called La Ola (The Wave) selected by Spain theatre critics as one of its Top 10 theatre productions of the year, and how it became what Montserrat-Drukker has deemed his life’s work. The Wave: One Week to Fascism will be held at 7:30pm, Wednesday, March 8 at The Marsh San Francisco (1062 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110). For tickets ($20-35 sliding scale, $55-$100 reserved) more information the public may visit www.themarsh.org or call 415-282-3055 between 1:00pm and 4:00pm, Monday through Friday.