IT’S A PLAY
On the toxic edge of San Francisco, a homeless singer seeks refuge from psych wards and social workers as her errant sister closes in. Ruthie, an extreme travel writer, enlists the help of a beatboxing street musician and bike thief named Hunter to find her sister Eva, while she avoids love and responsibility in her own life. Meanwhile, Eva enlists the help of a librarian in her search for “moral treatment,” and a charming survivor in Sarajevo teaches Ruthie a thing or two. It’s not clear that Eva wants to be found, that Ruthie knows what she’d do if she found her, or that hiring Hunter was such a good idea. But Ruthie gets serious when she learns that someone in town is setting fire to homeless people. And when the bulldozers come to Hunters Point, Eva has to decide if she’s going home — wherever that is.
IT’S A CONVERSATION
What’s our responsibility to people who need our help, but resist it?
How do we balance taking care of ourselves with taking care of others?
How do we create “home” for all of us?
Join us for post-performance panel discussions and lobby art installation featuring visual art by Mark Ellinger and residents of the Tenderloin.
Performances at the St. Boniface Church Theater
175 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco
September 16-October 1, 2011
Panel discussion on September 17: “What Is Moral Treatment” with panelists Sally Rosen (Director, St. Vincent de Paul Wellness Center), Katherine Reisinger (Program Director, Huckleberry House), and Lucas Munoz (Gubbio Project Board Member).
Panel discussion on September 24: “Creating Wellness: The Role of Arts in Healing and Transformation” with panelists Pam Coates (Member, San Francisco Recovery Theatre), Paoli Lacy (Director Clown Conservatory at the SF Circus Center; member, Jump! Theatre), Mark Ellinger (formerly homeless visual artist), and Elizabeth Gjelten (Hunter’s Point playwright).
This project is presented by Strange Angels Theater in collaboration with Jump! Theatre, with generous funding by the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Theatre Bay Area’s CA$H program, Stanley S. Langendorf Foundation, Puffin Foundation, and the University of San Francisco; with the participation of the North of Market-Tenderloin Community Benefit District; fiscally sponsored by Playwrights Foundation. All proceeds from the performances will go to benefit The Gubbio Project.