There’s a lot going on at the Rhinoceros Theater in San Francisco, from streaming the world premiere of Harrison David Rivers’ “Interlude” through March 24th to streaming John Fischer’s “Covid Adventure” and “Pandemic Performances”, a bonus from previous -man shows by Jesús U. Bettawork and Kim Larsen for the benefit of the theater. The benefit takes place on April 2 at 7 p.m. and features short video clips celebrating the creative output of LGBTQ performances in the Bay Area during the pandemic. Comprehensive information on all Rhino events can be found online at therhino.org.
Smuin ballet dancers Tessa Barbour and Ian Buchanan will perform in one of Smuin Contemporary Ballet’s original works filmed on location, featuring never-before-seen pieces in a variety of dance styles and musical selections in Choreography Showcase, which runs through March 14th (Photo courtesy of Chris Hardy)
Also in SF: The Smuin Contemporary Ballet underlines the creativity of its dancers in “Choreography Showcase”, which runs until March 14th. Eleven artists create original works that feature never-before-seen pieces in a variety of dance styles and musical choices. The shop window was rotated on site and contains a virtual question and answer session via Zoom. Visit smuinballet.org for more information.
Walnut Creek: The COVID-19 pandemic changed our lives in many ways, but one thing that is not changing is the plight of so many animals in need of help. So Tony LaRussa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) continues its stars for the Rescue fundraiser in Walnut Creek.
This year’s virtual musical extravaganza includes Gloria Estefan, Luke Combs, Sammy Hagar and The Circle, Bruce Hornsby and many more. The event, which will raise key funds for ARF’s life-saving programs, runs through March 14th. For those unfamiliar with ARF, the organization rescues cats and dogs that have run out of time in public animal shelters and supports programs that bring people and animals together – something this has proven to be invaluable with on-site restrictions proven. Tickets are available at lesherartscenter.showare.com.
Bay votes: The San Francisco Bay Area Theater Company (SFBATCO) continues to reflect the diverse voices of the Bay Area with its weekly online programming. In response to the outcry for social justice and the global pandemic, the group created “Live with Rod and Marce” and “Hella Theater” to give audiences and artists the opportunity to connect and discuss various social issues. SFBATCO is now starting “PlayDay”, an informal monthly reading series.
All of these events take place on Thursdays at 6 p.m. via twitch.tv/sfbatco. “Live with Rod and Marce”, hosted by Rodney Earl Jackson Jr. and Marcelo Javier, takes place on the first Thursday of the month. “Hella Theater” takes place on the second Thursday. The March 11th program should include Cal Shakes Artistic Director Eric Ting. “PlayDay” takes over the third Thursday.
The evening is hosted by Aidaa Peerzada, Director of Artistic Development at SFBATCO, and is part of an exercise for reading, reacting and performing, in which artists “unpack” a piece together. Beginners, theater lovers and long-time Thespians are all invited to take part. Further information on the three events (SFBATCO is obviously taking a break on the fourth Thursday) can be found at sfbatco.org.
CustomMade Theater: Four virtual new local plays currently in development and a world premiere from the CustomMade Theater Company’s 2021 season: “The Future is Now”. Undiscovered new works include Sean Dunnington’s “The Children’s Farm” (March 5th), Justin P. Lopez’s “The Reeducation of Fernando Morales” (April 2nd at 7pm) and Aimee Suzara’s “Tiny Fires” (May 7th) ) at 7pm) and Denmo Ibrahim’s “The day Naguib Mahfouz stabbed in the neck and almost died” (date to be set).
The world premiere of “Zac & Siah or Jesus in a Body Bag” by Jeffrey Lo will take place at the Phoenix Theater in San Francisco, when it is certain to have live performances again. Directed by Adam L. Sussman, the interesting story follows the faithful friends of Jesus, Zac and Siah, who feel confused and insecure when Jesus died. After this new job, Zac and Siah had a hand in turning water into wine and multiplying the loaves and fish, but with their friend’s announcement to rise from the dead they become desperate to live on his credibility and the good news receive. For more information on the season, visit custommade.org/subscribe.
“American Hero”: The reading stage in El Cerrito’s Contra Costa Civic Theater will be continued with Bess Wohl’s “American Hero” on March 15th at 7pm via Zoom. In this delicious endeavor, three “sandwich artists” (a teenager, a single mother, and a scaled-down refugee from the corporate banking business) perfect the mustard-cheese ratio in a toasted subs franchise. A series of events turn their world upside down in this dark comedy about life, freedom and the pursuit of the perfect sandwich! Go to ccct.org.
Colman Domingo: If you haven’t had the chance to purchase tickets to the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s “The Red Star at the End of the Tunnel” virtual fundraiser with Colman Domingo, there is still time. The event runs from March 13th from 12pm to 1pm and celebrates 25 years of the group’s youth theater project with SFMT stories of past and present troops and a special live performance of the next episode of the radio / podcast series “Tales of the Resistance” Troop. ”Virtual“ doors ”open at 11:45 am. The show is free, but a donation (after all, this is a fundraiser!) Is welcome. For reservations, go to sfmt.org/2021-fundraiser.
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