SAVE THE DATE! 2020 Festival Program Revealed on Sat. Dec. 7

Theatre

Artists are listed in alphabetical order

BATS Improv

USA - Objet d'Art

Date and Time: Fridays, May 3, 10, 17 & 24, 8:00pm
Duration: 105 minutes with intermission
Location: Bayfront Theatre
Ticket Information:
General Admission: $20

Each performance BATS will welcome artists other artists from the SFIAF to our stage. They’ll share a taste of what they’ll be presenting, and then BATS improvisers take over, spontaneously creating scenes based on the themes, setting and ideas presented by our guest artists.

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Brian Copeland

USA - The waiting Period

Date and Time: Saturday May 25, 8:30pm
Duration: 105 minutes with intermission
Location: Southside Theater
Ticket Information:
General Admission: $25
At the door: $28

Brian Copeland has taken the personal struggles of depression and channeled them into The Waiting Period, a powerful solo show chronicling the 10 days he spent waiting for the permit to get the gun he needed to kill himself. With intense honesty and unrelenting humor, Copeland shares his insider's perspective on the deepest wells of depression.

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Collective Ma'louba

Syria & Germany - Your Love is Fire (2017, US Premiere)

Date and Time: Engagement Cancelled
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Location: Southside Theater
Ticket Information:
General Admission: $25
At the door: $28

In “Your Love is Fire” the Syrian author Mudar Alhaggi deals with his personal experiences of the war in Syria, the loss of his home country and being exiled in Germany. Neither hero nor victim story, it portrays the behaviour of those in Syria – who wait silently.

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Magic Theatre

USA - Oedipus El Rey

Date and Time: Wednesday-Saturday May 29 - June 1, 8:00pm. Sunday June 2 2:30pm
Duration: 90 minutes, no intermission
Location: Sam Shephard Theatre
Ticket Information:
General Admission: -
Reserved Table Seating: $50

Oedipus el Rey is a gritty and electrifying take on the Greek tragedy, written by the acclaimed Magic playwright Luis Alfaro. Oedipus is re-imagined as a young man whose dreams of controlling his own destiny soar beyond the prison walls where he’s spent his life. In a place where everyone is trapped by desperation, violence, and history, can one man transcend his own story?

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Nancy Wang of Eth-Noh-Tec

USA - Shadows and Secrets

Date and Time: Sunday May 26, 2:00pm & 4:00pm
Duration: 60 minutes, no intermission
Location: Southside Theater
Ticket Information:
General Admission: $25
At the door: $28

More than a Mystery! Multi-media, storytelling, intrigue! The early 1900s in Chicago beckoned immigrants with possibility – but danger was never far behind – tong wars (Chinese mafia), gambling, murders, prohibition… Grandfather and Grandfather’s mega-restaurant were the talk of the town, but one late night the phone rang ... A staged reading.

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Source Material

USA - I Should Have a Party for All the Thoughts I Didn't Say

Date and Time: Friday May 24, 7:00pm; Saturday May 25, 9:00pm; Sunday May 26, 2:00pm
Duration: 60 minutes, no intermission
Location: Chapel
Ticket Information:
General Admission: FREE
At the door: FREE

I Should Have a Party For All The Thoughts I Didn't Say is a devised piece dedicated to the social awkwardness of grief. Staged site specific in a chapel, utilising everything from physical theatre to polyphonic singing, the piece is a cinematic love letter to celebrated playwright Anton Chekhov.

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Spitfire Company

Czech Republic - Antiwords (2013, West Coast Premiere)

Date and Time: Thursday May 30, 8:30pm; Saturday June 1, 7:30pm; Sunday June 2, 7:00pm
Duration: 55 minutes, no intermission
Location: Southside Theater
Ticket Information:
General Admission: $25
At the door: $28

Internationally acclaimed performance influenced by the works of Václav Havel, especially his play Audience and its legendary film adaptation. What happens when a brewer and a persecuted politician, alter ego of Václav Havel himself, meet on stage? Two actresses, a crate of genuine Czech beer, huge original masks and absurd humour. A hit in Berlin, Prague, Milan, Florence, Krakow, Washington, New York, London, Beijing, Oslo, Seoul, Edinburgh…

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Theatre de la Feuille

Hong Kong - L'Orphelin 2.0 (2014, US Premiere)

Date and Time: Friday May 24 8:15pm Sunday, May 26 5:00pm
Duration: 60 minutes, no intermission
Location: Cowell Theater
Ticket Information:
General Admission: $25
At the door: $28

A Chinese Legend Retold Through the Art of the Body. As with any classic, several versions exist. It first appeared in Zuo Zhuan, the well-known Commentary of Zuo on The Spring and Autumn Annals and then described by the great historian Sima Qian in his Records of the Grand Historian. But is there a ‘true’ version?

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We Players

USA - Mother Lear (2017)

Date and Time: Saturday May 25, 3:30pm; Sunday May 26, 7:00pm
Duration: 75 minutes, with intermission and discussion
Location: Chapel
Ticket Information:
General Admission: $30
At the door: $33

An irascible middle-aged scholar with dementia communicates with her caretaker daughter using only the text of King Lear, as the two struggle with aging, love and their own balance of power. The performance is immediately followed by a conversation with the audience.

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