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.
Reviews are coming in for MACBITCH at The Exit Theater, and audiences are really enjoying it! According to Joe Kukura from SFist:
Unlike Mean Girls and Heathers, MacBitch features adult actors mimicking teenage girls with a “we lived through this” sensibility that is unafraid to go full slapstick. Macbeth’s archetypes are mixed with stereotypical teen movie tropes, and the script shifts gears between plainspoken contemporary dialogue and classic poetic verse. Many of the modern updates to the source material are clever gifts that keep giving, like the three witches’ use of "cootie catcher" paper fortune tellers as black-magic talismans, or John Carpenter-inspired visual tricks employed in scene transitions.
(Check out the full article here)
Tickets are selling out incredibly fast, so get them soon! MACBITCH runs through August 19th at The Exit Theatre in San Francisco.
I am thrilled to announce that I will be doing two shows back-to-back this summer that coincidentally both use Shakespeare text in new, exciting, and very different ways.
What You Will runs 6/22 through 7/16. Tickets available here.
"Fluff up your shoulder pads and unsheathe your daggers: MacBitch doth come. From the team behind last season’s The Awakening comes a brand new "Frankenplay" sprung forth from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, sporting hints of Golding’s Lord of the Flies, and with totally sick aesthetics pillaged from your favorite cult films about high school hierarchies. Collaging classics with original text, MacBitch examines the formation of female identity around ambition and a prevailing culture of woman-on-woman violence through kitsch and cootie-catchers."
Macbitch runs in July and August. Stay tune for updates!
Header Photo: U.S. Drag, Dragon Productions Theatre Company, Dir. Noelle GM Gibbs, also pictured Peter Ray Juarez, Photo Credit: Kimberlee Wittlieb