Forbidden Fruit is intended for mature audiences due to subject matter and nude scenes. When was the last time you saw a play that incorporates music, masks, sensual movement and tasteful nudity in a love story of two gay men? Take a bite of Forbidden Fruit and the talented cast will take you to the dark ages of 1994 and return you to the enlightened present day San Francisco. The stylized performance slithers between plot, fantasies, hallucinations and musical numbers in this crazy quilt of seduction and temptation.
Back Alley Theater has been stirring up the San Francisco theater scene with hit shows like OPEN from 2012. Forbidden Fruit is another West coast premiere by writer, director Jeff Bedillion. The play opened in 2004 in New York City and enjoyed critical acclaim and extended runs in Off-Off to Off Broadway theaters through 2005. Bedillion's sharply written characters tackle how to survive social and religious conformity in one of his wittiest, irreverent, yet tragic and serious plays.
"The play weaves Christian motifs throughout the work, looking at the relationship between religion and sexuality. The wild antics of Forbidden Fruit position theater as its own type of religious ritual that utilizes dance, song, and movement as a way to make sense and meaning of contemporary gay life." Talkingbroadway.com 2005
About Back Alley:
Back Alley Theater was established in 2010 in San Francisco by Jeff Bedillion and Katharine Otis to find theatrical expression of current socio-political themes. Past projects include Bedillion's original plays, The Understudies and Country Club Catastrophe, in addition to Christopher Durang's Beyond Therapy. When Bedillion's comedy, OPEN, enjoyed a successful run at The Garage last September, Mary Alice Fry of Footloose booked it for an encore at Shotwell Studios. The two companies are collaborating on future productions.
What the press has to say about Jeff Bedillion's past work:
"...A promiscuous love letter to San Francisco, OPEN comes filled with self-referential humor and winking asides, but the charm is in the raunchy "I Love Lucy, Among Others" sit-com spirit of the piece and the charming cast, headed up by Otis's powerhouse comedic performance - ribald, sultry, and vulnerable practically at once (even in the midst of one of the more credible and hilarious drunk scenes you'll see on any stage this year)." Robert Avila, SF Bay Guardian 12-11-12
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