San Francisco: Cutting Ball Theater opens 14th season with Strindberg Cycle

This will be the first time all five of Strindberg’s Chamber Plays will be performed together in repertory in any language. Strindberg Cycle is the final offering in Cutting Ball's year-long programming celebrating the centennial of Strindberg's death.

The Stranger (James Carpenter) comes back to his hometown after a decades long absence to exact revenge in Burned House, part of Cutting Ball Theater’s Strindberg Cycle: The Chamber Plays in Rep.
The Stranger (James Carpenter) comes back to his hometown after a decades long absence to exact revenge in Burned House, part of Cutting Ball Theater’s Strindberg Cycle: The Chamber Plays in Rep.

This just in. Cutting Ball Theater has announced it will opens its 14th season with Strindberg Cycle: The Chamber Plays in Rep (October 12-November 18) a festival of August Strindberg’s five Chamber Plays in new translations by Paul Walsh.

This will be the first time all five of Strindberg’s Chamber Plays will be performed together in repertory in any language. Strindberg Cycle is the final offering in Cutting Ball’s year-long programming celebrating the centennial of Strindberg’s death, which honored the playwright’s vast career throughout 2012 with symposiums, lectures, and staged readings of his works.

The Chamber Plays are THE GHOST SONATATHE PELICAN, THE BLACK GLOVESTORM, and BURNED HOUSE. In addition to regular performances, Strindberg Cycle also provides audiences with an opportunity to see the plays performed separately, as well as in a “Chamber Play Marathon” of all five shows in one day.

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Cutting Ball Artistic Director Rob Melrose directs Strindberg Cycle, featuring James CarpenterRobert Parsons, Caitlyn LouchardDanielle O’Hare, Carl Holvick-Thomas, David Sinaiko, Ponder GoddardPaul Gerrior, and Gwyneth Richards, along with Anne HallinanNick TrengoveMichael Moerman, and Alex Shafer.

“The highlight of the new season is certainly Strindberg Cycle: The Chamber Plays in Rep,” said Cutting Ball Artistic Director Rob Melrose. “This is an opportunity for Cutting Ball to do what is by far our biggest project to date and allows us to be an important part of the worldwide celebration of Strindberg’s centennial.”

Additionally, Cutting Ball is partnering with UC Berkeley, U. Wisconsin – Madison, and Harvard University on a special website for the Chamber Plays. They were awarded a $20,000 grant from the NEA to build the website, which will create many avenues for unique forms of audience engagement, targeted both at theatergoers and those who may not be able to attend the live performances.

San Francisco Bay Area Arts and CultureStrindberg Cycle: The Chamber Plays in Rep

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

Tickets: $10-50.

Part 1: THE GHOST SONATA

Previews: October 12-13, 8pm; October 14, 5pm

Opens: October 18 (Press opening: October 18, 7:30pm)

Part 2: THE PELICAN and THE BLACK GLOVE

Previews October 25, 7:30pm; October 26, 8pm

Opens: October 27 (Press opening: October 27, 8pm)

Part 3: STORM and BURNED HOUSE

Previews: November 1, 7:30pm; November 2, 8pm)

Opens: November 3 (Press opening: November 3, 8pm)

Closes: November 18, 2012

All regular performances Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday-Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday at 5pm

More information can be found on the Cutting Ball web site.

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