Cutting Ball's signature festival - half shindig, half artistic salon - returns, delivering a sumptuous line-up that's sure to delight the creatively curious. With directorial shorts, new play workshops, and roundtable readings, The Variety Pack challenges a small army of artists to propel past the outer limits of their imaginative capacities and create the art that even they didn't see coming.
The festival opens with Short Cuts, an anthology performance featuring four short pieces helmed by four different directors. Cutting Ball’s Artistic Director Ariel Craft will direct The Spurt of Blood, an ‘impossible’ mini-play by Antonin Artaud, theorist of the Theatre of Cruelty. Cutting Ball’s Associate Artistic Director Maya Herbsman will helm a queer re-imagining of the Greek myths of Eurydice and Persephone. Bay Area favorite Susannah Martin (Shotgun Players, San Francisco Playhouse) makes her Cutting Ball debut with a selection from Henrik Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea. Rounding out the program, Erik Pearson will contribute a piece exploring audience engagement through the lens of the Cyclops myth. Combining four very different pieces into a single evening of exploratory performance, Short Cuts is divvied by three jovial mini-intermissions featuring the music of local bands, free snacks, and raffles.
I'm excited to announce that I'll performing in the new short play Vally of the Dead by playwright Chris Steele and an excerpt of Ibsen's Lady from the Sea as a part of Cutting Ball Theater's Variety Pack: Short Cuts!
Variety Pack runs from November 8th through 18th. For more information, visit www.CuttingBall.com
CAESAR MAXIUMUS opens this weekend at the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park. Here's what audiences have been saying from our previews:
"...amazing, awesome, powerful. Highly recommend."
Visit www.WePlayers.org for information and tickets! For a sneak peak of the show, check out the trailer below:
I'm so excited to announce that I'll be performing in We Players' next show, CAESAR MAXIMUS, in the role of Calpurnia. Directed by the incredibly talented Ava Roy and featuring an amazing ensemble of creatives, the show is shaping up to be a exciting take on Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.
San Francisco’s Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park provides the stage for We Players’ brand new adaptation of Julius Caesar, CAESAR MAXIMUS. Influenced by the Gilded Age, we explore a Roman Republic corrupted by machine politics and old money. Incorporating the nineteenth century popular entertainments of Opera and Circus, this multi-disciplinary, site-integrated production explores power, grief, and popular action. Inspired by the bloody history of civil unrest, the piece leans into the blind fury of a righteously angry mob and opens up Shakespeare’s greatest political parable for our own tumultuous time. www.WePlayers.org
Check back for more updates as we get further into the rehearsal processed; but in the mean time visit We Players website for details and times!
We're a few weeks into our run and it's be so interesting and fun to share this show with audiences. People have been sharing wonderful, moving feedback, and Jean Schiffman from the Examiner gave us a lovely review:
There’s an incantatory, mesmerizing quality to We Players’ “Roman Women,” which, with Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” as a gossamer framework, comprises original songs (score by Charlie Gurke); circular, choreographed movement; grave prophecies and existential musings; and excerpts from the tragedy itself.
Read the full article here.
There are only a few more weekends left to see this distinctive piece of theater! For more info an tickets, visit We Player's website.