San Francisco: Cutting Ball Theater extends ‘The Tempest’

    "Our version of The Tempest aims to illuminate the many connections between the characters and take more risks with Shakespeare’s text and words."

    Alonso (David Sinaiko), Gonzalo (Caitlyn Louchard), and Antonio (Donell Hill) see a mysterious vision in Cutting Ball Theater’s chamber version of THE TEMPEST
    Alonso (David Sinaiko), Gonzalo (Caitlyn Louchard), and Antonio (Donell Hill) see a mysterious vision in Cutting Ball Theater’s chamber version of THE TEMPEST
    Alonso (David Sinaiko), Gonzalo (Caitlyn Louchard), and Antonio (Donell Hill) see a mysterious vision in Cutting Ball Theater’s chamber version of THE TEMPEST
    Alonso (David Sinaiko), Gonzalo (Caitlyn Louchard), and Antonio (Donell Hill) see a mysterious vision in Cutting Ball Theater’s chamber version of THE TEMPEST

    San Francisco’s cutting-edge Cutting Ball Theater announces the extension of its 11th season opener, a distinctive take on Shakespeare’s The Tempest. The production, originally scheduled to close November 28, has added additional performances December 2 through December 19 (added shows December 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 at 8pm; December 5, 12, 19 at 5pm).

    Cutting Ball Artistic Director Rob Melrose helms this tale of betrayal, revenge, and redemption, featuring Cutting Ball Associate Artists David Sinaiko, Caitlyn Louchard, and Donell Hill.

    In The Tempest, the exiled Duke of Milan uses sorcery to cause a shipwreck to take his treacherous brother to the enchanted isle he now calls home. But magic works both ways in this tale when the creatures of the island turn against the Duke and his daughter falls in love with his enemy’s son. In the tradition of Cutting Ball’s uniquely San Franciscan version of The Bard’s The Taming of the Shrew and expressionistic Macbeth, Cutting Ball’s three-person chamber version of THE TEMPEST gives an up close and personal look at the monsters lurking inside all of us.

    About the production the San Francisco Chronicle said, “It’s a neat triangle…Melrose’s stagings are unfailingly attractive and at times arresting,” while the San Francisco Examiner called the production “cleverly adapted” and “alluring,” noting “this ‘Tempest’ illuminates the text in many lovely ways, capturing the play’s exquisite lyricism.” Stage and Cinema declared “[Cutting Ball] takes risks with Shakespeare’s words and the payoff is inspiring,” and The Huffington Post agreed, saying “Melrose has been able to pull off a high concept yet minimalist reinterpretation of ‘The Tempest’ with surprisingly effective scene changes that challenge the audience to ask if these changes take place in real time or in their minds. And the damned thing works!”

    “Why mess with Shakespeare? Our version of The Tempest aims to illuminate the many connections between the characters and take more risks with Shakespeare’s text and words,” said Cutting Ball Artistic Director Rob Melrose. “We are looking to present a contemporary interpretation of the play that is in conversation with Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, and the dream-like dramaturgy pioneered by August Strindberg, now found in the films of David Lynch (Lost Highway, Mullholland Drive), Tarsem Singh (The Fall, The Cell), and Christopher Nolan (Inception, Memento), as well as the novels of Haruki Murakami (Kafka on the Shore, The Wind-up Bird Chronicle) and video installations of Bill Viola.”

    Continues Melrose, “For 10 years, Cutting Ball has re-envisioned classic works. Our goal is to create productions that focus on particular themes or obsessions within a play that an audience member might not see in a more conventional production. We feel very fortunate to have found an audience who has been willing to go on these risky explorations with us.”

    The Tempest – Cutting Ball Theater

    WHAT:

    San Francisco’s cutting-edge Cutting Ball Theater announces the extension of its current production of THE TEMPEST, one of Shakespeare’s most magical and romantic plays. The production, originally scheduled to close November 28, has added additional performances December 2 through December 19. Cutting Ball Artistic Director Rob Melrose helms this tale of betrayal, revenge, and redemption, featuring Cutting Ball Associate Artists David Sinaiko, Caitlyn Louchard, and Donell Hill. This compelling three-person chamber version of THE TEMPEST gives an up close and personal look at the monsters lurking inside all of us.

    WHEN:

    now through December 19

    (added shows December 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 at 8pm; December 5, 12, 19 at 5pm)

    Closes: December 19 at 5pm

    All performances Thursday-Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 5pm

    No performance on Thanksgiving Day (November 25)

    WHERE:

    The Cutting Ball Theater in residence at EXIT on Taylor, 277 Taylor St., San Francisco

    TICKETS:

    For tickets ($15-50) and more information, the public may visit cuttingball.com or call

    800-838-3006; discounts available for students, seniors and groups.

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