PLEIADES, a new play by Marissa Skudlarek, is making its world premiere at the Phoenix Theatre in San Francisco, in a production directed by Katja Rivera and produced by No Nude Men.|
The show has preview performances (with discounted tickets) on August 7 and 8, and an official Opening Night on Saturday, August 9.
PLEIADES is a play about sisterhood in the literal sense and the metaphorical sense. It re-imagines the Greek myth of the seven Pleiades sisters as a story about the Baby Boomers in their youth. In 1971, at the height of the second-wave feminist movement, the seven Attlee sisters are young women seeking to find their places within their family and within a changing world. Their rabble-rousing feminist cousin Diane and their charismatic Vietnam-veteran neighbor Bruce represent contrasting paths that they might choose. Over the course of an eventful Fourth of July weekend in the Hamptons, their consciousnesses are raised and they come to know the true meaning of sisterhood.
Award-winning playwright Marissa Skudlarek's works have been seen locally at San Francisco Theater Pub, the San Francisco One-Minute Play Festival, Un-Scripted Theatre, Wily West Productions, and the San Francisco Olympians Festival. Director Katja Rivera is a company member of the Custom Made Theatre Co., Shotgun Players, and PlayGround. Skudlarek and Rivera have worked together at San Francisco Theater Pub on a production of Skudlarek's short play "Beer Theory" and a staged reading of her new translation of a Jean Cocteau play.
PLEIADES features nine young and talented Bay Area actors. Kailah Cayou (Meredith), Miranda Hanrahan (Kelly), Susannah Lee (Moira), and Emily Ludlow (Sarah) are making their San Francisco theater debuts. Actors Monica Ammerman (Teresa), Erika Bakse (Diane), Annabelle King (Alison), Amy Nowak (Elaine), and Paul Rodrigues (Bruce) have previously been seen at such local companies as Dragon Productions, Role Players Ensemble Theater, San Francisco Theater Pub, the Actors Ensemble of Berkeley, the San Francisco Olympians Festival, Do It Live! Productions, and the Bay One Acts.
The backstage team includes set designer Jennifer Varat, lighting designer Colin Marcus Johnson, sound designer Liz Ryder, and stage manager Jane Troja. Our poster art is by Emily C. Martin.
Lily Janiak chose PLEIADES as an "Editor's Pick" in the July/August 2014 issue of Theatre Bay Area, describing the script as "the love child of Jane Austen and Wendy Wasserstein." Previous drafts of the play have received staged readings at the San Francisco Olympians Festival (October 2011) and the Atlantic Stage New Voices Festival in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (April 2013). The script is also due to be published in HEAVENLY BODIES, an anthology of plays from the 2011 Olympians Festival, forthcoming from EXIT Press.
The Phoenix Theatre (View)
414 Mason Street @ Geary, 6th floor
San Francisco, CA 94102
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|