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TBA Online: News & Features: January 2019

CA$H Yields Theatrical Dividends in 2019

Wednesday, January 9, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rotimi Agabiaka
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by Rotimi Agbabiaka

From circus-themed environmental fables to queer Latinx telenovelas, the recipients of the latest round of CA$H | Theatre grants promise to delight Bay Area audiences in the year ahead. The program, administered by Theatre Bay Area, supports productions of work by individual artists and smaller theatre companies and has previously boosted the burgeoning careers of luminaries like Chris Chen, Ubuntu Theater Project, and Min Kahng.

Here are five of the eight grantees in the latest CA$H | Performs round. These groups and individuals receive $5,000 awards intended either for the fully produced public performances of an artistic project or for projects that support the creation of work for multiple artists. Additionally, there were nine grantees in the CA$H | Creates round who will each get a $2,500 award for the development of an artistic project or for funding capacity projects that improve the applicants’ ability to create or present art. Click here to view all the CA$H | Theatre grantees for Fall 2018.

For info on the Spring 2019 round, visit


BAD Repertory Theatre 

Members of BAD REP. Photo by Jeffrey Pu.

This budding company was created by alumni of UC Berkeley’s Theatre Rice to showcase work by artists “predominantly, but not exclusively, of Asian American heritage.” Their award funds a remount of Schooled, a hip-hop inflected piece about an underserved Central California high school inspired by Filipino films like Lemuel Lorca's Maestra. Schooled will run at Z Space from February 21 to 23.


Crescent Moon Theater Productions 


La Alquimista by Crescent Moon. Photo by Terry Schmidbauer.

Founded by Polina Smith in 2014, Crescent Moon uses theatre, dance, music, and circus to explore the intersection of art and social change. The company will use its CA$H grant to mount Seed Story, which contemplates humanity’s relationship with nature and encourages audiences to dream of a different relationship in the future.


Tina D’Elia

Tina Delia. Photo by Lisa Keating.

Multi-hyphenated film and theatre artist Tina D’Elia wears many hats, including that of award-winning solo performer, and her latest, Overlooked Latinas, is a “queer Latinx telenovela farce” about two gender non-conforming queer Latinx friends working on a television pilot about Latinx icons in the McCarthy era. By funding the artists’ fees for her upcoming production, the CA$H grant helps D’Elia wear her coproducer hat more easily. “I can focus on my craft as a solo performer because of TBA CA$H’s cutting edge vision of supporting queer mixed race Latina feminist artists like myself,” she says. Overlooked Latinas runs from February 16 to March 13 at Brava Theater Center.


Lisa Evans

Lisa Evans.

Bay Area fave Lisa Evans will mount CA$H-funded Confronting The Ghost of Willie Lynch: An Exorcism in Six Parts in June. Inspired by slave narratives and haunted houses, the multidisciplinary piece will take audiences on a immersive, peripatetic journey through a queer black couple’s attempt to exorcise a demon of internalized racism. 


Julius Rea

Sharon Shao in SARAFAEL. Photo by Jesse Sutterley.

Julius Rea is artistic director of The Forum, a new company that produces multidisciplinary, performance-based art installations to engage with social issues. The Forum’s first production, SARAFAEL, which tackled sexual assault, had a brief run at Adeline’s Lab in December. According to Rea, the CA$H grant helped “to invigorate the creative team.” It will fund a longer run of SARAFAEL later this year and support the development of a devised piece exploring American protest, the next in the company’s proposed four-piece season. 


Rotimi Agbabiaka is the Features Curator for Theatre Bay Area. He is an actor, writer, director, teaching artist, and a collective member of the San Francisco Mime Troupe. Learn more at