GRADUATE REPERTORY

WEEK ONE | FEBRUARY 1-3, 2018
WEEK TWO | FEBRUARY 8-10, 2018

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WEEK ONE


7:00PM | NITERY STUDIO IN OLD UNION
FREE + OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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CAN I HOLD YOU? An Aromantic Comedy

WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY KARI BARCLAY

Sammie and Alma are two roommates with a love for knitting and overthrowing the patriarchy. What happens when the asexual Alma meets Phoebe, the sexual, saxophone-playing woman of her dreams? Can Phoebe and Alma manage a romantic relationship when one likes sex and the other doesn't? Can Alma and Sammie hold their friendship together when romance threatens to tear it apart? The first play on the West Coast to feature out asexual characters, this new comedy explores queer relationships and friendships, emphasizing the power of intimacy that refuses to meet society's expectations.

Featuring Gabriella Momah, Olivia Popp, Jenny Hong, and Charlie O'Donahue. Stage managed by Elena Berman

WEEK TWO


8:00PM | ROBLE DANCE STUDIO 113 IN ROBLE GYM
FREE + OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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Old-ish: Crisis in the Life of the Actress

Devised and Performed by Amani Starnes

Many moons ago, 1847 to be exact, Danish philosopher, Søren Kierkegaard, waxed poetic about the evolution of an actress' career, craft, and relationship with the public. Her biggest challenge? Getting "old"... 30 to be exact. Her biggest artistic achievement? Getting "old." Amani Starnes moves through and examines this paradox and its contemporary implications in Old-ish: Crisis in the Life of the Actress.


Stone Soup: Do You Care? Will You Share?

An adaptation of Heather Forest’s children book Stone Soup
ADApTED & DIRECTED BY DANIELLE [DANEE] CONLEY


“Stone Soup: Do You Care? Will You Share?” follows a young child as they imagine a bedtime story told by their grandmother – the story of two travelers who come upon a village looking for the kindness of strangers only to be met with callousness and disregard. Through the power of imagination, childhood innocence, compassion, and a magical ingredient, the travelers bring the town together to teach a lesson in the culinary art of sharing. Audience members are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to a local food kitchen and are informed that we all – cast, crew, and audience – will share a fruit salad snack at the end of the show to bridge us together as one community under one of the most influential unifiers... food!

Featuring Kamran Amal Flemish, Diana DeFrenza, Jassary Rico-Herrera, Matthew Signer, Katie Fo, and Brigitte Pawliw-Fry.


OUT OF BREATH

Conceived and Performed by Rishika Mehrishi


Feet queue up; faceless backs bend; hands begin at 5 and stop at 9.
Gestures of laboring, immigrant, night shift bodies: precarious bodies.
Pick a tool. No sign of sweat.
Bodies out of breath.

With a focus on precarity, this performance art piece explores gestures and materiality of laboring bodies. Rishika Mehrishi largely draws on the experiences of immigrant construction workers, many of whom are made to live in spaces they construct. The piece will take us on a conceptual journey through gestures of exhaustion, displacement, routine and uncertainty.