Best of the Fringe - EXIT Studio Theatre - "Ceremony"
"Ceremony," one of the "Best of the 2014 SF Fringe Festival," returns for one additional performance to benefit the 2015 SF Fringe. Benefit tickets are $20.
"Ceremony" is an award-winning story of love, fear and Ayahuasca. Grappling with heart break and depression, Michael quits his job in the midst of the Great Recession and finds himself in Peru drinking a noxious tea as a shaman looks on with a smile. How far will he go to find transformation? And will he be able to find his way back? LA Weekly Pick of the Week and Winner, Outstanding Solo Performance (2014 San Diego Fringe)
Winner, Duende Distinction for Playwriting "An occasion to savor and certainly not to miss." - LAist
"CEREMONY" is an intensely personal story that grapples with universal themes of isolation, self doubt and coming of age in the context of a shamanic medicine ceremony. It premiered at the Hollywood Fringe Festival last year where it garnered rave reviews and awards including the Duende Distinction for Playwriting, a Best of Fringe Extention and a nomination for Best Solo Show. LAist called the production "Absolutely wonderful. . .a worthy lineal descendant of Spalding Gray's Swimming to Cambodia, this Ceremony is an occasion to savor and certainly not to miss" and the LA Weekly designated the show its Pick of the Week and one of the 20 Best Things to Do in LA.
About the Artists
Ceremony is Michael Kass' first full-length solo show. He is a fixture in the Los Angeles storytelling community, having won multiple Moth StorySlams and appeared in shows including Spark Off Rose, Taboo Tales, I Love a Good Story and countless others. Also an actor, Michael most recently appeared in the World Premiere of Jami Brandli's S.O.E. and has worked with companies including Son of Semele Ensemble, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble and Chicago's Tony Award Winning. Lookingglass Theater Company. Michael's writing has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times and blogs including Thought Catalog and Fierce and Nerdy.
An incredible asset to the piece, director Diana Wyenn is a theater artist with a socially-driven practice who has collaborated as a director, choreographer, designer, producer, and performer on scores of productions with some of Los Angeles' most daring theater companies, including Evidence Room, Theatre Dybbuk, Open Fist Theatre Company, Theatre of Note, Sacred Fools, Son of Semele Ensemble, and Unknown Theater where she also served as Associate Artistic Director. She received her BFA in Drama from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
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156 Eddy Street
San Francisco, CA 94102