With its latest, the site-specific company [We Players] heads to the Palace of Fine Arts, but emphatically not to the venue’s theater. They’re staging “Roman Women” at the outdoor rotunda.
The all-female ensemble created the show, which uses movement, dance and live music to flesh out the female characters of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.” (Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle)
After two months of rehearsals and show development, ROMAN WOMEN opens tonight and we are so excited to share this piece with audiences! We were recently featured in the San Francisco Chronicle (see article here) and as Theatre Critic Lily Janiak's weekend pick on Facebook!
For more information about the show, location, and tickets, check out the We Players website, www.WePlayers.org
I'm very excited to be performing with We Players' production, Roman Women this May. It's been a unique and wonderful experience developing the piece and working with such inspiring artists.
About the show: "This ritual performance features a unique soundscape - including live instrumentation, classical text derived from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, and physical theatre and dance generated by the all-female ensemble. Our very own ruin from an imagined San Francisco of antiquity, The Palace of Fine Arts - with its famous weeping maidens, sweeping pergolas and unique avian life - will serve as inspiration. Turning up the volume on women’s stories, we reach a hand back through time to empower those with lesser-known histories. Through Roman Women we explore the public and private lives of the women in Julius Caesar, in the late Roman Republic, and in the 21st century - imagining and recreating secret rites and hidden mysteries." (www.WePlayers.org)
The show begins previews at the end of April and runs through May. For more information, visit www.WePlayers.org
This Sunday I have the pleasure of doing a reading as a part of The Cutting Ball Variety Pack. The play is Natasha's Dream, by Russian playwright Yaroslava Pulinovich and translated by John Freedman. Paige Rogers is directed the reading and Rob Melrose will be leading the discussion on Sunday. It's a wonderfully weaved story; as CBT's website describes it:
This simple play may shock you: Natasha's Dream is a young orphan’s retelling of her upbringing in rural Russia magnifing the class divide. Playwright Yaroslava Pulinovich was born in Omsk, Russia in 1989 and is well-known in the Russian theater – her work showcased at New Drama Festival, Moscow's Playwright and Director Center, and the Kiselev Young Spectator Theatre in Saratov – but this play, in John Freedman’s translation, has only been read and performed a handful of times in the United States. According to critic Oleg Loevsky, Natasha’s Dream is "the reason for people to work in theatre."
Come check it out: Sunday February 11th at 2pm. More information here.