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Teatro de la Esperanza
San Francisco, CA
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Inspired by the work of Alfred Jarry and the 4th wall destroying visionaries of De La Guarda, Empty Set Productions is proud to present UBU ROCK! Raunchy, draw dropping, interactive theater like you have never experienced. Smash through the barrier separating audience from action by following Pa Ubu as he pillages his way across Poland. Join this this rock musical romp in ways you never thought possible when you're not just the audience, you're part of the whole shittin' army!

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"Empty Set Productions brings Ubu Rock  a rock musical version of Alfred Jarry's 1896 absurdist reimagining of Macbeth, Ubu Roi  to vigorously sweat-stained life. Set in a paint-spattered space on the appropriately gritty meeting of 16th St. and Capp, neither the stage nor the seating area is clearly defined. Fourth Wall? By all appearances, the cast has never heard of it. Before the show even starts, a forward ensemble member (Katie Owen) fondles the stockings of an audience member (mine, to be exact) and then sneezes a cloud of "cocaine" across the stage. Later in the play, as General Laski, she sternly pontificates that "this is not the time for apple pie and pussy" before inciting the audience into attacking the assembled troops with handfuls of crumpled newspaper and severed limbs. Loud and lewd, Nick Boschetti as Pa Ubu plays the vulgarian-turned-victor for all he's worth while Jennifer Gebhardt sluts it up as the insatiable Ma Ubu with some truly inspirational (albeit off-key) showtunes. It can't be a coincidence that this particularly tense election season has spawned two wildly disparate yet equally timely productions of Ubu (Shotgun Players are running Ubu for President at an outdoor performance in Berkeley's John Hinkel Park)  an unmorality play in which the price paid for an unnecessary war is the forced abdication of an ill-gained throne." (Nicole Gluckstern)


Teatro de la Esperanza
2940 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
United States


Arts > Theatre

Minimum Age: 16
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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