Sheila Tousey and Rainbow Dickerson in Manahatta at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which will be broadcast during the 2021 theater season. Photo: Jenny Graham, Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2018
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Two centuries of colonization in ‘Manahatta’
In Mary Kathryn Nagle’s “Manahatta” the past is not over at all. “Indeed,” she writes in a note at the top of her script, “past and present are one and the same.”
The show, streamed from the 2018 Oregon Shakespeare Festival as an early entry into the theater’s digital and personal hybrid season, is set to take place in both the 17th and 21st centuries.
Jane (Tanis Parenteau) is a super bright mathematician about to start a high profile finance job in Manhattan. But back home in Oklahoma, her Lenape family is fighting. Your father just died. Her mother Bobbie (Sheila Tousey) doesn’t want to be left alone. Jane’s sister Debra (Rainbow Dickerson) refuses to bear the entire burden of the store. Both parents refer to Jane’s new home with the original Lenape name “Manahatta”.
Centuries of colonization write the tensions in Jane’s life: the way she is attacked to keep giving in her interview reflects the way a character would say hundreds of years ago, “There isn’t enough in the New World. “
“Manahatta”: Available for streaming until April 24th. $ 15.800-219-8161. www.osfashland.org
The Poppy Jasper International Film Festival in South Bay goes virtual
After the Poppy Jasper International Film Festival was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be back in digital form for two weeks from Wednesday, April 7th.
The 2021 online edition of PJIFF, usually based in the Morgan Hill / Gilroy area, combines a wide selection of world cinema with an emphasis on regional productions and creators.
Bay Area filmmakers will spotlight the local day for Thursday April 8th. Women’s Day begins the following Friday, China Day begins on Saturday April 10th, and Mexico Day begins on Sunday April 11th. Most of the screenings and events in these programs will be held for 48 hours.
There will also be a virtual Community Achievement Awards event on April 20th.
The highlights of the festival’s more than 20 features include the Iranian party drama “One Night in Tehran”, the Austrian sports mockumentary “Return of the Thumb” and the octagonal musician profile “Brian Auger: Life on Tour”. There are also short films, student films, presentations from industry and education, and at least one event that you can actually go to, a drive-in screening of “The Biggest Little Farm” on Wednesday at 7:00 pm at the Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Complex.
Poppy Jasper International Film Festival: Online April 7-20. Drive-in demonstration of The Biggest Little Farm on Wednesday April 7th at 7pm at the Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Complex, 16500 Condit Road, Morgan Hill. Free, $ 10 at some events. The full program and tickets can be found at www.pjiff.eventive.org.
Lisa Ramirez appears alone on stage in the stage adaptation of TS Eliot’s poem “The Waste Land” by the Oakland Theater Project. Photo: James Tensuan, Special for the Chronicle
TS Eliot and Drive-In Theater come together at The Waste Land of the Oakland Theater Project.
The one-person stage adaptation of TS Eliot’s “The Waste Land” by the Oakland Theater Project has now been postponed twice. But when the world premiere finally opened this week as a drive-in production on the parking lot next to Flax Art & Design, it was marked with a special symbol.
The show is the first in California to be approved for performance in front of a personal audience by the Actors’ Equity Association, the union that represents actors and stage managers across the country.
All of these viewers stay in cars, of course, with performer (and frequent contributor to the Oakland Theater Project) Lisa Ramirez alone on stage, aided by video projection and a soundscape channeled into cars via an FM radio station, a technique that Company at its last show, “Binding Ties: The 16th Street Station.”
John Wilkins writes this stage adaptation and Michael Socrates Moran directs.
Oakland Theater Project is the new name of Ubuntu Theater Project.
“The Wasteland”: Friday to Sunday, April 9th to 11th, 8pm. Until May 16. $ 25- $ 50. Oakland Theater at Flax Art & Design, 1501 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland. 510-646-1126. www.oaklandtheaterproject.org
The baritone Efraín Solís is one of the featured Merola alumni who will perform on Saturday, April 10th, at the first virtual gala of the Merola Opera Program, “Un Gala in Maschera”. Photo: Ian Fullmer
The virtual Merola concert honors Greenawald
Sheri’s 18-year tenure as director of the San Francisco Opera Center – the company’s training wing, which includes the Merola Opera Program – was a period of growth and development for many of the young artists who got through. Now some of the company’s famous alums are gathering virtually to pay tribute to Greenawald’s leadership.
The benefit concert with the title “Un Gala in Maschera” as part of the Verdi opera brings together six singers from Merola’s last two decades. The sopranos Leah Crocetto and Amber R. Monroe, the mezzo-soprano Ashley Dixon, the baritones Joo Won Kang and Efraín Solís and the bass-baritone Christian Pursell will work with the pianist Ronny Michael Greenberg in a program of opera excerpts.
“A gala in mask”: Saturday, April 10th, 5pm. $ 25- $ 125. www.merola.org
– Joshua Kosman
The Del Sol String Quartet from left to right: the violinist Benjamin Kreith, the cellist Kathryn Bates, the violist Charlton Lee and the violinist Sam Weiser. Photo: Lenny Gonzalez
A music festival in unique moods returns from the cancellation
A little over a year ago, the Del Sol Quartet put forward an ambitious plan for their Pacific Pythagorean Music Festival, a marathon celebration of chamber music written in intonation only (the vocal system based on pure harmonic relationships). Then the pandemic struck and the event was canceled.
Now the ensemble has revived the plan as an online offering that allows them to include musicians who work with large, difficult-to-move instruments – such as Michael Harrison’s specially tuned pianos or Ellen Fullman’s Long String Instrument. Also on the program are dIdgeridoo The virtuoso Stephen Kent, the guitarist Giacomo Fiore and the Cornelius Cardew Choir.
Pacific Pythagorean Music Festival: Sunday, April 11th, 2pm. $ 20 suggested donation. www.oldfirstconcerts.org
– Joshua Kosman
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