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The Dark Room
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If you watch professional poker, you probably saw David Chang back in the day. He made the rounds of all of the professional tournaments, and even got a bracelet for a Razz tournament during the World Series a few years back. He left the circuit a year later, and to all extents and purposes disappeared.

The truth is, he went pretty far underground, picked up an assumed name, and has been mixing drinks at (if you can believe this) a tiki bar in northern Finland.

But the past isn't quite done with David Chang. Specifically, an ex-girlfriend of his known only as Mystress Cobweb is reaching out from his past and drawing him over to the Crab Nebula, a social club she runs on the fabulous (and dangerous) Tam Island. She's got a favor she needs him to do, and once he's done it he can go back to his quiet life and assumed name back in Finland. But he's gotta do this favor for her, because she's got a hardcase named Lam keeping tabs on him. Lam's the kind of guy who isn't afraid of anything, even dying. This means everybody who knows anything is afraid of Lam.

Now this favor Mystress Cobweb wants David Chang to do seems pretty cut-and-dried. But it turns out that she's not the only mysterious figure from his past lurking around Tam Island. And Lam's not the only one with a gun pointed at Chang, either.

If Chang's going to survive his jaunt on Tam Island, it's going to mean picking up some things he thought were behind him. It's going to mean being someone he no longer wants to be.

But he's going to do right by the people he loves. Even if it kills him.

As for Zola-X...I'm not quite sure what, or who that is. Not sure why Chang keeps saying it to himself: "Zola-X...Zola-X...Zola-X..." Maybe it's the source of Chang's redemption. Maybe it's his damnation.

But come see the play in September, and you'll know exactly what Zola-X is.

And you'll see if Chang buries his past...or if it buries him.

ZOLA-X moves boldly from its influences (including the films of Wong-Kar Wai, Johnnie To, and Joe Carnahan) to create a theatrical experience that is action-packed, humorous, dangerous, and moving.  As the play's exciting and suspenseful narrative unfolds, space and time become as fluid as memory itself.  The production draws from a vast array of influences, and a diverse cast of performers  composed of local theatre veterans and exciting newcomers  brings ZOLA-X to life.

The cast includes Laurie Glapa, John Harrison, Aaron Luk, Amber Milner, Khamara Pettus, Chris Sellers, Alexia Staniotes, and Steffanos X.

ZOLA-X is written and directed by David Robson.


The Dark Room
2263 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States


Arts > Theatre

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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