Works by Women San Francisco hosted its eighth Meetup event at Crowded Fire today: Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s dark and dazzling 410[Gone], the tale of a young woman who goes in search of her dead brother in the Land of the Dead. From Crowded Fire: “The stakes couldn’t be higher when a young woman goes in search of her lost brother in the Land of the Dead. On this fantastical journey into the underworld—a land ruled by the Chinese Goddess of Mercy and the Monkey King, where time is suspended, and Dance Dance Revolution holds the key to Transmigration—a sister and brother must face the ultimate question: if there is no love without pain, what does it mean to love?”
This inspired re-imagining of a tale of love, death and loss, where mythological and technological worlds collide, is getting rave reviews in the Bay Area. Chad Jones of TheaterDogs has only great things to say about the play: “This is a smart, funny play that, for all its edgy games, turns out to be a modern riff on Orpheus and Eurydice in which coming to terms with loss and trying to understand death turn it into a much more conventional (but no less moving) drama.”
Women working on the project include: playwright Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, actors Cindy Im (AEA) & Charisse Loriaux, dramaturg Laura Brueckner, designers Stephanie Buchner (Lights), Sara Huddleston (Sound), Keiko Carreiro (Costumes), Devon LaBelle (Props), and stage manager Mina Sohaa Smith.
If you were part of the Meetup, or saw (or plan to see) 410[Gone] on your own, WWSF would love your feedback. What about the play was particularly meaningful or interesting to you? What was the highlight? Post your comment below and celebrate the artistry of these fabulous women.
Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s 410[GONE] continues through June 29 in a Crowded Fire Theatre production at the Thick House, 1695 18th St., San Francisco. Tickets are $10-$35. Call 415-746-9238 or visit http://www.crowdedfire.org.
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