410[Gone] at Crowded Fire – Eighth Meetup

9000093884_16a28239e9Works 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. 

410 Gone

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. 

Image courtesy TheaterDogs


4 responses to “410[Gone] at Crowded Fire – Eighth Meetup

  1. 410 [Gone] was hysterical and searing at the same time. I’ve never seen a play about grief and loss that was as energetic, colorful and engaging. Charisse Loriaux (Goddess of Mercy) and Alex Lydon (Monkey King) demonstrated extraordinary physical acting skills and terrific comic timing. Charisse’s geisha girl voice particularly had the audience wriggling with uncomfortable laughter. But Cindy Im’s passionate performance is what I will most remember about this production. Her determination to reconcile her brother’s death, and her extraordinary grace in forgiving him for his betrayals was incredibly moving. A very unique and engaging production. Everyone should see 410 [Gone]!

  2. I got a huge crush on Frances Cowhig after reading ‘The World of Extreme Happiness’ and that crush has only deepened after visiting the world of 410 [GONE]. What world do we belong in after death if we lived in more than one world when we were alive? The design work on this piece is very strong too – video and tech strongly integrated into the story, and Keiko Carreiro’s costumes were beautiful and clever for both humans and 21st century gods.

  3. I attended an early preview of 410[Gone] with my fellow company members from Theatre of Yugen. As a company, we were pleasantly surprised to see the themes of the afterworld, and how a spirit negotiates the time and place after death. (We are currently developing a piece with playwright Chiori Miyagawa that contains similar themes.) Personally, I was quite moved by the story of the brother and sister – so much, that I had to call my brother when I got home!

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