theater

David Ford

At the Marsh Theater, you’ll find a man named Geoff Doyle trying a new approach to William Shakespeare's King Lear. The original play is the story of a king who decides to divide his kingdom amongst his three daughters by testing their loyalty -- and ends up making some bad decisions in the process.

Audrey DIlling

A couple on an evening stroll down Valencia Street comes to a stop outside Lost Weekend Video. They’re peering in through the big front window.

“I wanted to check it out because I haven’t seen a video store in a long time,” says Abel Martinez. “These days I watch a lot of pirated movies.”

Michael Lionstar

Awards season is behind us, with top honors for acting handed out at the Golden Globes and Oscars. But after all the pomp and circumstance is over and the red carpet is rolled backed up, have you ever wondered -- what does it all mean? That’s the subject of Why Acting Matters, a new book by acclaimed film critic -- and San Francisco local -- David Thomson.

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Supervisors back off prior pledge to boost funding for nonprofits // SF Examiner

"San Francisco nonprofits that are dedicated to efforts such as providing health services or housing homeless persons received troubling news Tuesday that The City would not provide them with a boost in funding.

Sasha Wizansky

Imagine this for a moment: What if everything about today was curated just for you? Who you meet, what you see, even how you feel? Everything, including this story (with eye-catching phrases written just for you).

That’s the same approach taken by Odyssey Works, a group of artists based in San Francisco and New York. They make long-form, immersive theater productions that can last anywhere from eight hours to several months -- and they do it all for an audience of one.

Cat knows more than she can say in Pussy (the play)

Nov 20, 2014

Maura Halloran's Pussy is clever, quirky, and full of wit and insights into human nature that only a pussycat can have. The title character is a cat owned by a lesbian whose romance is on the rocks. Writer and actor Halloran, Eric Jansen's guest on tonight's Out in the Bay (7pm Thursday) plays both soon-to-be ex-lovers, their mildly homophobic but clearly curious landlady, and Pussy, a keen observer who knows more than she's able to say. Halloran shifts smoothly and convincingly between all four characters, and is especially delightful to watch jumping onto furniture and calmly licking herself as her 'masters' bicker long-distance.    Meet all of Pussy's characters and their creator, Maura Halloran, on Out in the Bay, 7pm PST Thursday 11/20, on kalw.org worldwide/ 91.7 fm SF Bay Area; on demand after broadcast at OutintheBay.org

Bilha Sperling

The new play Faulted follows one character’s prediction of the next big California earthquake, and her struggle to convince everyone else before it’s too late.

KALW's Julie Caine spoke to Evren Odcikin, the play's director, and Deborah Eliezer, who plays the lead role of "Aurora" in the show, about what it means to face one of our biggest collective fears.

The show opens November 14. Click here for more information.

To hear the full interview, click on the audio player above.

Sandhya Dirks

The importance of what actually transpires at a city council meeting can get hidden behind seemingly boring procedure – the shuffling of papers and the issuing of proclamations. But behind the bureaucracy there are real people fighting small but important battles; battles like what to do with six inches of sidewalk, or how to raise the minimum wage. At city council meetings everyone gets a chance to speak. During public comment, the working mother and the downtown developer have the same amount of time to make their point of view known.

Little Opera

According to a recent study from the US Department of Education, only 4% of elementary schools provide any kind of theater arts instruction. This is down from 20% only a decade ago. That's just one reason that San Francisco’s Little Opera is so extraordinary.  

Little Opera is an after-school program that leads local children through the creation and performance of an original opera. This past year, the program's third season, kids in first through fifth grade met twice a week for nine months at West Portal Elementary School.

 

In the garage of a house in San Francisco’s Excelsior district, rehearsal is underway. In the space where a car would normally go is a stage set: a table and chairs, a desk, a beat-up blue couch, and an old-fashioned pay phone hanging from a wall. 

The Marsh- SF

 

Dezi Gallegos is a playwright who is searching for God. He's only 18 years old, but says he's already lived through numerous tough life experiences that led to him asking the question: is there a loving God? And if so, why are these bad things  plagues, he calls them  happening to me and my family? 

Tough: A “punchy” one woman show

Jul 23, 2014
Lydia Daniller

Chris Black is a small woman. She’s five-foot-one and weighs just over a hundred pounds. But don’t let her size fool you. In a tank top that reveals well-muscled arms, and executing a punishing series of push-up-like movements, Black is looking pretty tough. In fact, “Tough” is the name of the dancer and choreographer’s newest piece. It’s a one-woman-show inspired by turn-of-the-century bare knuckle boxing champ John L. Sullivan, whose famous catchphrase went: “My name is John L. Sullivan, and I can lick any sonofabitch in the house.”

The Second Act for the Red Vic

May 21, 2014

The Haight Ashbury District in San Francisco has long attracted people with unconventional ideas, most famously In the 60’s. The first free clinic in the country was founded here, and radical community action group, The Diggers, passed out free food every day in Golden Gate Park.

A balm for mothers who have lost

Oct 2, 2013
Jen Chien

 

It's a sunny, busy afternoon on the plaza at the Fruitvale BART station. A crowd of about 30 people are gathered to listen to a young woman singing an old song.

"Mama may have, Papa may have, but God bless the child who's got its own...."

Memory of Moscone adapted on the stage

Feb 1, 2012
Photo by Jenny Graham

Thirty-three years ago, the assassinations of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone sent shock waves throughout the city and devastated the two men's families. Jonathan Moscone, Mayor Moscone’s son, was 14-years-old at that time.