KILL THE DEBBIE DOWNERS! KILL THEM! KILL THEM! KILL THEM OFF!
From Anton Checkhov’s Three Sisters
Directed by: Beth Willmurt and Mark Jackson
Performed by: Nathaniel Andalis, Gabby Battista, Amanda Farbstein, Sam Jackson, Erin Mei-Ling, Billy Raphael
A newly devised theatre piece inspired by Chekhov’s Three Sisters. Live music, movement, and text creates an original exploration of Chekhov’s lasting themes of memories fading, revolutions looming, and visions of the future beckoning. There will be laughter through tears, a gun in act one, and the end of an era.
Runs from March 21st through April 21, The Ashby Stage (Berkeley)
Written by: Ellen Mclaughin
Directed by: Tracy Ward
Performed by: Adrian Deane, Leticia Duarte, Steven Flores, Helen Wu, Stefani Potter
A modern adaptation of Euripides’ classic tragic-comedy of Helen of Troy. This epic explores beauty, women, gender, societal expectations, iconography, storytelling, abduction, war, and death.
The gods have replaced Helen with a phantom and whisked the real woman away to an Egyptian hotel room to await her judgement or rescue. After seventeen years of solitude, endless routine, and one serious fly infestation, company arrives. Will their stories save her? Can the woman transcend the icon?
Runs from 28th through April 27, Theare of Yugen (San Franciso)
Written by: Anna Ziegler
Directed by: Tracy Ward
Performed by: Michael Curry, Ella Dershowitz
Investigating the hot-button topics of gender and race politics, Anna Ziegler (“newly and justly hot” -New York Times) tells a story about our crippling desire to fit in. Amber and Tom, both freshmen at Princeton, spend a drunken night together. Soon after, they find themselves testifying at a sexual misconduct hearing. As the two students, one black and one white, tell their stories, we are left wondering how to find certainty and justice when there are three sides to every story.
Runs from April 3rd through May 5th, Aurora: Harry’s Upstage (Berkeley)
Scenes from 71* Years
Written by: Hannah Khalil
Directed by: Michael Malek Najjar
Performed by: Marisa Darabi, Adam El-Sharkawi, Afif Houssain, Nida Khalil,
Dean Koya, Kal’el Lopez, Rasha Mohamed, Lawrence Radecker, and Ayla Yarkut
A picnic interrupted by soldiers. Never-ending lines. Sunbathing in the shadow of a tank. Palestinian-Irish playwright Hannah Khalil draws from stories of family and friends to reveal the real human story: the dreams, comedy, sadness, and frustrations of daily life in the shadow of the ‘separation wall.’ The cast includes members of the Bay Area Palestinian community.
Runs from April 5th through May 5th, Petrero Stage (San Francisco)