Join us for a performance of the play Gifts by Elizabeth Fuller and Conrad Bishop of the troupe The Independent Eye and a conversation about Gifts, gifts and the giving and receiving of gifts.|
10:00am Breakfast: Crepes with fresh cream and brandied red fruit, Croissant bread pudding, Scones with candied ginger and pear, Assorted fruit and Apple tarts
10:30am Performance of Gifts
11:30am Brunch: Mixed dark greens with balsamic and black pepper, Roasted Brussel sprouts with bacon, Scalloped potatoes with red peppers and pecorino, Asparagus roasted on Tunisian olive oil and Lamb stew
12:30 - 2:00pm Conversation
Gifts is a 55-minute house-concert play that has toured nationally, with a live duo, puppets, electric sander, steering wheel, and pepper grinder - three sketches about love, loss, aging and change. A young couple is trapped on an endless freeway leading them back, at last, to another try at Life. A mid-life dream of a prestigious award dissolves into begging for scraps and sanding a rusty fence, but culminates in a banquet. Elders moving into a third-floor walkup discover gods in a cardboard box and accept their very strange gift.
After brunch, the actors/writers will host a conversation inspired by the impact of Lewis Hyde's The Gift on their artistic lifework. Is there a role for "gift" in an economy of commodities? What are the obligations entailed in giving and receiving? Why was it so hard to write that thank-you note to Aunt Ethel?
Conrad Bishop & Elizabeth Fuller share 45 years of professional life (and 53 of personal) as mates and theatre-makers. Bishop has a Stanford Ph.D., Fuller was kicked out of school, but both found their skills playing well over 3,000 shows throughout the USA in theatres, schools, community centers, prisons, churches, living rooms, in a rock concert between Chuck Berry and Little Richard, and among the women's lingerie of a department store.
Their 60+ plays have been produced Off-Broadway and on major regional stages as well as by their own ensemble The Independent Eye, and they have collaborated with many other theatres in creating original work. They are twice recipients of writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and have produced several series for public radio, including "Family Snapshots," carried by 90+ stations nationwide, and "Hitchhiking off the Map," heard on KPFA, KRCB and other California outlets.
For the past two years, they have offered most of their performances free or by donation, and have still managed to put food on the table. Their personal blog is www.DamnedFool.com.
The High Street Salon is a community non-profit promoting the Art of Conversation.
Salon meetings are nurtured by the sumptuous food of chef Rick Rozet while philosopher Zeno Swijtink, PhD, provides mild prodding and moderation.
The Salon meets monthly on the second Sunday of each month, 10am - 2pm.
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7205 Maple Ave (Entrance around the corner, on High Street)
Sebastopol, CA 95472
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