Bay Area, prepare yourselves: we've started work on our next project! -- a cabaret-style performance, based on etiquette books written from the late 19th century to the present. If the history of etiquette is about learning to behave well, the history of pop music, by contrast, is about behaving very badly indeed. We're working to marry these two cultural forces in an original show designed with the Bay Area in mind, to be premiered in Fall 2013.
Our collaborative team for the project involves many of the same faces you might have seen in Princess Ivona. Last weekend, we showed the first seeds of this new work to a small invited audience at Franconia (where our sister company, Franconia Performance Salon, holds its regular events). Matthew Daube, Barry Kendall, Florentina Mocanu-Schendel and I all wrote and directed portions of the evening, with live music by Meredith Axelrod and Professor Gizmo, and the participation of Ryan Tacata, Tonyanna Borkovi, Will Trichon, Lauren Dunagan, Jamie Lyons, David Schendel and Mirit Cohen. This is only the start of this exciting new work -- we'll be growing the show and the cast over the course of the summer.
Sign up for our e-mail list and "like" our Facebook page to stay tuned for information about the cabaret, as well as future projects! You can look forward to a detailed season announcement later in the summer, when we'll set dates for the cabaret and tell you our plans for the rest of our 2013-2014 season.
In the meantime, here's a bit of what people had to say about our inaugural production of Gombrowicz's Absurdist masterpiece Princess Ivona, which closed in February:
"Astutely staged by director and company-cofounder Michael Hunter, with excellent design support — including from costumer Latifa Medjdoub — this captivating play makes for a worthwhile outing and a very promising company debut." Robert Avila, San Francisco Bay Guardian
SFWeekly's pick of the day for Jan. 31: "A brilliant and often hilarious examination of the role of power and desire...Expect to be literally and metaphorically moved." Jamie McKenzie
"From the acting, to the storyline, to the costumes, set and staging – everything fit, everything contributed so richly to the complex and entertaining framework of this play. It is, quite simply, the best play I have ever seen." Melissa Mirza, The Dinner Table