Theatre Bay Area is delighted to announce that the following organizations and individual artists have been selected as recipients of CA$H grants to fund their groundbreaking work.
Bindlestiff Studio, San Francisco
Bindlestiff Studio is presenting Tagalog: A Festival of One-Acts (a TBA Editors’ Pick), written in the Philippine national language, Tagalog. The three plays, by Filipino playwrights Maynard Manansala, Juan Miguel Severo and Eljay Castro Deldoc, feature universal themes of love and chasing dreams. The show will be presented with the aid of projected text and images to fully immerse the audience.
CA$H (artistic project): production and administrative costs
A Play About Leaving is a continually evolving multimedia theatrical work that examines the commonalities between the struggles of artists working in different environments and cities. The piece addresses why people leave home, from immigrants leaving their countries to longtime urban residents faced with insurmountable rises in the cost of living.
CA$H (artistic project): artists’ fees and marketing costs
Leela, San Francisco
San Francisco improvisational theatre company Leela will mount the third annual Femprovisor Fest, which showcases diverse female-identified improv ensembles, comics and sketch groups, both local and national. The festival features innovative artists who are committed to increasing the visibility of women in all areas of improvised performance.
CA$H (artistic project): rehearsal and performance space
The Lower Bottom Playaz, Inc., Oakland
Collected Acts is an evening of one-act plays by local playwrights and company members of the Lower Bottom Playaz, including world premieres from Cat Brooks, Khy Whiginton, and Terry Bisson. The plays, covering themes such as incarceration, mental health, homelessness, racism, and body image, will open in August at the Flight Deck in Oakland.
CA$H (organizational development): artists’ fees and marketing costs
Diane M. Barnes, performer, San Rafael
My Stroke of Luck is a solo storytelling performance that shares performer Diane Barnes’s journey of medical catastrophe, recovery and metamorphosis. The piece is a personal look at love, family and seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
CA$H: artists’ fees and videography
Sophie Becker, Kristen Rulifson, Hien Huynh, performers, Oakland
Using imagery and text from mythology, the movement-based theatre piece Theseus’ String in the Underground is an exploration of the labyrinths of daily life. The work, which is heavily inspired by the personal and family histories of the performers, will premiere at Safehouse Arts in July.
CA$H: artists’ fees, marketing costs and equipment rental
Andrea L. Hart, playwright/director, Berkeley
The second production of playwright collective 6NewPlays, Andrea L. Hart’s dark is a different beast is a suicide-bomber love story. Using wearable kinetic sculptures designed by visual artist China Tamblyn that attach to the performers’ bodies, by expanding and contorting them, the piece explores individual choice in the face of tyranny.
CA$H: artists’ fees and materials
Congratulations, one and all! We encourage all TBA members to check out these projects and artists.