Posted on January 17th, 2017
Iranian visual artist Shirin Neshat says, “Art is our weapon. Culture is a form of resistance.” The work at Cal Rep this Spring continues our Season’s theme of “Resistance” through four powerful productions.
We launch the Spring with an original devised piece, Dreamers: Aquí y Allá , created in collaboration with the California-Mexico Studies Center. The show weaves together stories of DACA students – and the continually evolving news about the fate of the Dreamers - to create a timely and urgent piece of theatre.
Next is a brilliant and bold play that turns the theatre on its head: we’re watching 6 actors in a rehearsal room create a theatre piece about genocide in early 20th century Africa. Proud to Present...is a meta-theatrical play that acts like a mirror: it reflects all of the issues that are present in that rehearsal room and also in our society: issues of prejudice and power, racism and remembering.
We follow that with Antigone X, Paula Cizmar's multi-media mediation that is about epic clashes and conflicts: love versus loyalty, being silent versus speaking up, the powerful versus the oppressed. This thrilling new adaptation shakes the dust off of a classic play to reflect our current moment as a country: who will speak up, who will resist, in the face of oppression.
We end with End Days, a warm and wildly funny play about the Rapture, redemption and a family that is struggling with a question we might relate to: how do you find hope and how do you heal in a world that is seemingly headed towards Armageddon?
I look forward to seeing you at Cal Rep this Spring!
Artistic Director, Cal Rep