Greenhouse Theatre Festival
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 (All day) to Sunday, April 28, 2019 (All day)
Four of the hottest emerging playwrights in the Bay Area -- students Just Duléa, Matt Ginsberg, Kristen La Follette and Lynn Mari -- present staged readings of their new work, unearthing questions for the 21st century. Made possible in part through the generosity of the Sam Mazza Foundation. $5 - $10 sliding scale (No one will be turned away due to lack of funds).
Z Below, 470 Florida Street, San Francisco
Creative Writing Department, School of Theatre & Dance, Z Space
415-626-0453 extension 104
- April 24, 7 p.m., and April 28, 1 p.m.: Pushing Against the Water by Kristen La Follette. Directed by Torange Yeghiazarian. Six Bay Area Muslim women come together to celebrate the stories of their lives. Through monologues from oral history interviews, a blogger, midwife, journalist, lawyer, writer and student explore the borders of identity and belief. Shattering assumptions about faith and community, each woman navigates life in her own words and on her terms.
- April 25, 7 p.m., and April 27, 4 p.m.: Woke Wash by Matthew Ginsberg. Directed by Jeri Lynn Cohen. This satirical new play shatters the façade of corporate caring. Susan and Jack Popper are a young couple struggling to make it in New York City. She is a groundbreaking sportswriter and he is an idealistic advertising executive. After Susan is assaulted and Jack is ridiculed for trying to “progressively” promote Pepsi, they hit rock bottom. Determined to succeed, they craft an insidious advertisement that is widely revered for its inspiration.
- April 26, 7 p.m., and April 28, 4 p.m.: Exit Plan by Lynn Mari. Directed by Nancy Shelby. Sam, the founder of a suicide hotline is ecstatic to be diagnosed with a terminal illness, as he is eager to make a clean exit without having to resort to suicide. Sam’s newfound happiness is jeopardized when his right to die is weighed against his responsibility toward his loved ones, and his plan is further complicated by his best friend’s need to save him.
- April 27, 7 p.m., and April 28, 7 p.m.: Depression Diaries by Just Duléa. Directed by Julius Rea. A multidimensional theatrical performance incorporating music, dance and poetry by Duléa. To the outside world Ayodele has it all: She’s well educated, self-sufficient and a millennial entrepreneur on the rise. Yet, she has a secret that constantly threatens to destabilize her. Hounded by Depression, who do you turn to when you can’t trust your community, the Church or your own mind? As the battle with Depression becomes a matter of life and death, will trying to rewrite the past erase Ayodele’s future?
Photo by Rachel Golden