Posted September 4, 2015 by Editorial Staff in 2015
 
 

California Shakespeare Theater Launches “All the Bay’s a Stage” Programming with Performances Throughout the East Bay

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This fall, The Triangle Lab—Cal Shakes’ community engagement program—presents “Land Home Hero”, a performance devised with homeless veterans; a specially-curated, day-long theater stage at Youth Speak’s “Life is Living” Festival; and a 16-performance tour of Shakespeare’s The Tempest

Berkeley, CA —California Shakespeare Theater’s Triangle Lab today announced the launch of All the Bay’s a Stage, a set of programs designed to make theater more accessible by bringing live performances to a wide range of community venues throughout the East Bay.

“Theater should explode the walls of our buildings and find its way into everyone’s lives,” say Triangle Lab Director Rebecca Novick. “Our All the Bay’s a Stage program means that Cal Shakes lives in your community, down your street, in places with which you’re already familiar. We want everyone to feel like they have a local theater in their neighborhood.”

Building on the Lab’s successful 2014 tour of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, which visited homeless shelters, prisons, and community centers before playing to sold-out crowds at Intersection for the Arts, our 2015 activities will include a community tour of The Tempest culminating in low-cost public performances at the Oakland Museum of California; Land Home Hero, a performance ritual created with homeless veterans at Berkeley Food and Housing Project; and day-long programming on the first-ever theater stage at Youth Speaks’ annual Life is Living Festival in Oakland’s DeFremery Park.

Land Home Hero: a performance ritual brings together personal stories, poems, music, and community ritual, to consider the intersections of homelessness, being a U.S. military veteran, service and leadership within our communities. The project is collaboration between Berkeley Food and Housing Project (BFHP), current clients who are military veterans in transitional housing, resident Artist Investigator Krista DeNio, and BFHP’s Chaplain Marianna Sempari.  DeNio’s residency was part of the California Shakespeare Theater’s Artist-Investigator program which partners theater artists with social service organizations to explore how they can use participatory art-making to engage their clients. Land Home Hero will be performed at 2 pm on September 9th at the First Presbyterian Church in Berkeley.  Images and poetry from the process can be seen on this blog: http://landhomehero.tumblr.com/

8th Annual Life is Living Festival: Cal Shakes has been invited to curate performances for the first-ever theater stage at Youth Speak’s Life is Living Festival, a day-long festival featuring hip-hop and intergenerational health, environmental action and spoken word, and now theater performances, including scenes from new plays in a range of styles, excerpts from our upcoming production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, comedy, solo performance and more.  Life is Living uses arts-based placemaking to empower local voices, connect under-resourced communities to green activism, and improve blighted urban spaces. This year’s festival will take place on Saturday, October 10 from 10am to 8pm in Oakland’s DeFremery Parkwith theater programming running from 12-5 pm. For more information, please visit lifeisliving.org.

Shakespeare’s The Tempest: This year’s touring production, Shakespeare’s The Tempest, will visit eight community sites including Berkeley Food and Housing Project, the Salvation Army, Civicorps, Alameda Juvenile Justice Center, Allen Temple Baptist Church Seniors Ministry, and more, reaching audiences who typically have little access to professional theater.  The tour culminates in two weekends of low-cost public performances at the Oakland Museum of California. Further information about The Tempest, including the creative team and performance schedule, will be announced at a later date.

California Shakespeare Theater’s Triangle Lab is funded, in part, by The James Irvine Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

For more information about the Triangle Lab or All the Bay’s a Stage programming, contact Cal Shakes Associate Artistic Director Rebecca Novick at rnovick@calshakes.org or 510.548.3422 x130.