We Swim, We Talk, We Go to War
Written by: Mona Mansou
Directed by: Evren Odcikin
Performed by: Tre’Vonne Bell, Joshua Chessin-Yudin, Adam El-Sharkawi, and Sarah Nina Hayon
While trying to navigate the currents of the Pacific, an Arab-American woman and her nephew, who has enlisted in the military, dive into the murky waters of family, identity, and politics. Adventurous and playful, We Swim takes the form of a literal conversation on stage, and expands into a nuanced dialogue about what it means to be American, Arab, and Arab-American at our current moment in time. Lebanese-American writer Mona Mansour returns to Golden Thread for her fourth and most ambitious production to date.
Runs from November 16th through December 16th, Potrero Stage (San Francisco)
Men on Boats
Written by: Jaclyn Backhaus
Directed by: Tamilla Woodard
Performed by: Arwen Anderson, Rosie Hallett, Lisa Hori-Garcia, Libby King, Amy Lizardo, Sarita Ocón, Annermaria Rajala, Katherine Romans, Liz Sklar, Lauren Spencer, Santoya Field, Jerrie R. Johnson, Jeunée Simon
Produced by: Clay Foundation-West
Spinning historical, theatrical, and gender conventions on their heads, this subversive tale of 10 men, four boats, and two rivers contains none of the above. Pack your gear for this 21st-century telling of 19th-century American explorer and one-armed Civil War veteran John Wesley Powell, who assembles a brawny band of soldiers, trappers, and adventurers to explore the waterways of the American West. Inspired by Powell’s actual travel log from 1869, Jaclyn Backhaus’s nimble and ingenious script is provocative, laugh-out-loud theater, performed by a diverse cast of women who infuse America’s historic myths of male conquest with a sly blast of subtext.
Runs from October 17th through December 16th, A.C.T.’s Strand Theater (San Francisco)
God of Carnage
Written by: Yasmina Reza
Directed by: Terry McGovern
Performed by: Ken Bacon, Jena Hunt-Abraham, Marty Lee Jones, Heather Shepardson
Yazmina Reza’s 2006 play was originally written in French, and is about two sets of parents, one of whom’s child has hurt the other at a public park. They agree to meet to discuss the matter in a civilized manner. However, as the evening goes on, under the influence of too much food and alcohol, the parents become increasingly childish, resulting in the evening devolving into chaos.
Runs from October 16th through November 18th, Novato Theater (Novato)
Death Become Life: Banish Darkness
Written by: Star Finch
Directed by: Mina Morita
Composed by: Joowan Kim
Choreographed by: Marc Brew
A woman asks of the world, “Nothing feels real anymore…what could you possibly still believe in?” Featuring internationally-renowned, revolutionary Bay Area musicians, dancers, and theater artists, this immersive, experiential journey will drop you into an eerily familiar and surreal day in this woman’s life. Come witness the ever-present questions in your mind come to life, dance to exhaustion, and find breath in this enveloping expression of our humanity. This multi-disciplinary vision unites JooWan Kim, a pianist/composer who integrates classical compositional techniques with hip hop for his orchestral Ensemble Mik Nawooj; Crowded Fire Theater Company, which has 20 years experience developing innovative new plays that break traditional boundaries; and AXIS Dance Company, an ensemble that is changing the face of dance and disability.
Runs November 16th and 17th, Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre (San Francisco)