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.
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.
Header Photo: THE BALD SOPRANO, Cutting Ball Theater, Dir Rob Melrose, Also Pictured: Donell Hill, Photo: Ben Krantz