Returning to its theatrical roots while branching out to reach new heights, Theatre of Yugen celebrates its 30th Anniversary with a modern Kyogen-style adaptation of Voltaire's Candide, or Optimism (which is celebrating its 250th anniversary). Stylized gesture, social critique, and an endearing archness are trademarks of Kyogen. Classic Japanese comic tradition sheds a "kinder, gentler" light on Voltaire's classic European satire.
In Candide, a bright young man grows up in a castle under the tutelage of the ever-optimistic Dr. Pangloss, but soon circumstances drive the hero out into a hostile, frightening world. Can his innocent faith survive? In a world in which the aristocracy is beyond reproach and religious zealotry rampant, is a reasonable life beyond reach? Jubilith Moore's inventive adaptation poses these questions, fluctuating between humor and pathos, drawing its audience into a space where love and laughter, suffering and death are all equally mysteries to be lived.
Candide runs Thursday, Friday and Saturdays through May 23rd.
with special performances Sunday May 17th and Monday May 18th.
Special Priced Performances -
April 30th, 8 pm - Gala opening
$30 each includes post performance reception
May 17th - A Moving Production
doors open at 5:30 pm, show at 6:30pm
$75 Come join us as we travel the perimeter of our neighborhood with a special performance while eating a four-course dinner (with paired wines) at local eateries Coffee Bar and the Slow Club.
Monday May 18th at 8pm
Come support the players as all proceeds from this show goes straight to artists.
May 23rd, 8 pm - 30th Anniversary Celebration
$60 each includes gala reception after the final performance
2840 Mariposa Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|