THEATREFIRST’S 2018 – 2019 SEASON
Dec. 6th – 22nd
Written by Everybody
Facilitated by Awele, Anthony Clarvoe and Cleavon Smith
Directed by Jon Tracy
After grief destroys the world, three teenagers find themselves the unwilling guardians of humanity’s detritus. Surrounded by the ghosts of the past, they are forced to become the architects of the future. The People’s History of Next, developed with Bay Area high schools, colleges, and community centers through listening circles, writing workshops, and media foraging, will be a play that explores ownership of the past, present, and future through one’s relationship to their bloodline.
Feb. 14th – Mar. 10th
By Regina Evans
Directed by Ayodele Nzinga
A Co-Production with Virago Theatre
The magical Eliza Jo is running. Escaping slavery, she seeks a new destiny of becoming the healer she had always needed. Caught between escape and pursuit, the ancestors attempt to guide her towards this new truth, as she tries to stay resilient against the fear of a world she is only beginning to understand. Passage explores the issues of human trafficking through the story of “the skin” of past-day slavery: the moment-to-moment terror, hunger, pain, and desperation to find a way to endure. This ritual play calls forth healing, truth, and resilience through poetry, prose, dance, spirituals, and the first hand words of ancestors.
Apr. 25th – May 19th
By Geetha Reddy
Directed by Katja Rivera
A Co-Production with Shotgun Players
What do women owe each other? Far, Far Better Things tells the tale of two women – Pilar, a Latina domestic worker, and Zoe, a young South Asian doctor – separated by class, race and the unspoken rules of modern womanhood. During a political period not unlike our own, the two women struggle to balance their responsibilities to their children, to themselves, and to each other. In the end they must decide if they are on the same or different sides of the struggle.