Theater

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Photos: Migrations and Shoes

Posted By on Thu, Sep 30, 2021 at 5:06 PM

Described by organizer Laura Muñoz of Playhouse Arts as an ensemble-created multi-disciplinary, multicultural performance event, Migrations: Walking Together proved a fun and fascinating walk in the parks and other locations of Arcata on Saturday. It began in the Creamery District with a lovely dance performance and shoes — lots of shoes — and ended with a parade entering Carlson Park from Giuntoli Lane. An unexpected change in route due to construction blocking the way added an authentic touch to the “migration” experience for participants. (See the slideshow below for highlights.)

Dancers from Centro del Pueblo carrying pineapples used in their performance awaited the start of their dance in the garden at the Jardin Santuario. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Dancers from Centro del Pueblo carrying pineapples used in their performance awaited the start of their dance in the garden at the Jardin Santuario.

"The procession provided a way for all participants to walk together, sharing the experience of time, space and the different cultures that find themselves in Goudi’ni,” said Muñoz. “Walking together grows our solidarity. Walking is traveling in human time; it connects us to the ground and to those who came before us. As we walk, we create new paths into the future." (Goudi'ni is the Wiyot word for the region now known as Arcata, meaning "over in the woods.")

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Friday, July 30, 2021

Hamlet Back on at NCRT

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2021 at 8:00 AM

HAMLET PHOTO BY DAVID HAMILTON
  • Hamlet Photo by David Hamilton
Live theater ... to see, or not to see? If you choose the former, get thee to the North Coast Repertory Theatre for its production of Hamlet, opening Saturday, July 31 at 8 p.m. and playing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 22 ($18, $16). In tragic Shakespearean fashion, the play was shut down due to the pandemic just as it was about to open in 2020. The cast and crew persevered and are back with flourish! Get tickets online in advance at www.ncrt.net or by calling 442-6278, as none will be sold at the theater. Proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID test is required at the door. 
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Thursday, July 22, 2021

Compleat Wrks Opens at NCRT

Posted By on Thu, Jul 22, 2021 at 1:00 AM

COMPLEAT WRKS – OSCAR NAVA, AJ HEMPSTEAD, KATHRYN CESARZ , PHOTO BY EVAN WISHERROP
  • Compleat Wrks – Oscar Nava, AJ Hempstead, Kathryn Cesarz , photo by Evan Wisherrop
In 2020, Hell itself breathed out contagion to the world, thus shutting down North Coast Repertory Theatre’s Hamlet on the very eve of its opening night. Thankfully, cast, crew and theater persevered, and have set the stage for the return of their production July 31-Aug. 22. But before that, you have a chance to brush up on your Shakespeare with the Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) (Revised), a 90-minute “madcap romp of every one of Shakespeare’s plays,” opening this weekend at NCRT. Catch performances Friday, July 23 and Saturday, July 24, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, July 25 at 2 p.m. ($18, $16).

Tickets are limited to 50 percent capacity and available by reservation only — no sales at the door. Proof of vaccination or proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test is required at the door. Performances run Friday through Sunday, through Aug. 1.
Tickets are available online at www.ncrt.net, or by calling 707 442-NCRT.
COMPLEAT WRKS – OSCAR NAVA, AJ HEMPSTEAD, KATHRYN CESARZ , PHOTO BY EVAN WISHERROP
  • Compleat Wrks – Oscar Nava, AJ Hempstead, Kathryn Cesarz , photo by Evan Wisherrop
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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Photos: Baduwa't Festival Gathers the People

Posted By on Wed, Jul 21, 2021 at 11:47 AM

Last Wednesday through Sunday, a memorable Baduwa't Festival: A Gathering of the People (formerly known as the Mad River Festival) took place in Dadiqhoughuk (Blue Lake) at Dell’Arte’s outdoor performance spaces. To the chagrin of a few turned away at the door, a well-publicized policy required a vaccination card or proof of a recent negative COVID-19. See highlights of the events in the slideshow below.
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Monday, July 12, 2021

Dell'Arte International Baduwa't Festival July 14-18

Posted By on Mon, Jul 12, 2021 at 1:00 AM

PHOTO COURTESY OF CIRCUS NONSENSE
  • Photo courtesy of Circus Nonsense
The Dell'Arte Inaugural Guild presents Dell’Arte International’s five-day-and-night outdoor Baduwa't Festival: A Gathering of the People (formerly the Mad River Festival), July 14-18 at Dell'Arte. The festival, featuring live theater, films, a circus, live music and and the popular Red Light Cabaret, is a collaboration between Dell’Arte, the Wiyot Tribe, Circus Nonsense and local organizations and artists. The festival opens with a celebration that honors and acknowledges the ancestral lands of the Wiyot Tribe. Visit www.dellarte.com for more information, to view COVID-19 safety protocols and to get tickets.
BADUAT FESTIVAL IMAGE BY LISSIE RYDZ
  • Baduat Festival Image by Lissie Rydz
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Saturday, June 19, 2021

Redwood Curtain Revisits Good People This Sunday

Posted By on Sat, Jun 19, 2021 at 4:00 AM

(L-R) Kenya Uhuru, Peggy Metzger, Craig Benson. - PHOTO BY EVAN WISH PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Photo by Evan Wish Photography
  • (L-R) Kenya Uhuru, Peggy Metzger, Craig Benson.
Redwood Curtain Theatre continues its live Zoom performances of prior plays with one of its best reviewed and most memorable productions, David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People, this Sunday, June 20 at 6 p.m. ($5 donation per guest).

Originally performed in 2017 at Redwood Curtain Theatre, Good People — nominated for the 2011 Tony award for Best Play and Best Leading Actress in a Play (with Frances McDormand winning the latter) — is a play about a South Boston neigborhood and who got out and who didn't; the implications of what that means and the moral dilemas the characters face because of it. For this one-night-only performance, director Cassandra Hesseltine returns to lead the original cast: Redwood Curtain co-founder Peggy Metzger in the role of Margie Walsh, Redwood Curtain veterans Craig Benson, Pamela Long and Susan Abbey  — with Kenya Uhuru and Matthew Atkins rounding out the highly skilled cast.

If you're curious how live theater translates in the Zoom format, you'll likely be surprised. Staged Zoom readings can be more immersive and engaging than one might think. The intimate setting allows for deeper digestion of dialogue which might otherwise be diminshed by the multi-sensory impact of the larger set, props and in-person ambience of a theater. And with a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright's words and a cast like this, this is a must-see Zoom theater experience.

For more on the play, read the Journal's review of the original Redwood Curtain production here.

To register for the Zoom link for Sunday's performance, visit www.redwoodcurtain.com. Please be advised Good People contains strong language.
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Friday, June 4, 2021

HLOC’s Boomer Troupe Presents The Year That Was!

Posted By on Fri, Jun 4, 2021 at 6:00 AM

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OK, Boomers! HLOC’s Boomer Troupe is back with another original production. The Year That Was! streams Saturday and Sunday, June 5-6 at 2 p.m. on YouTube Live ($10). Through personal narrative and music, the cast shares what they’ve learned as they tackled the challenges of 2020. This spirited production is a fundraiser for HLOC's SPACE and Humboldt State University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Get tickets at www.hloc.org.
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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Redwood Curtain's Going to St. Ives Returns via Zoom for One Night Only

Posted By on Wed, May 26, 2021 at 2:07 PM

Juanita Harris as May N’Kame - PHOTO BY EVAN WISH PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Photo by Evan Wish Photography
  • Juanita Harris as May N’Kame
Lee Blessing’s Going to St. Ives was originally performed on stage at Redwood Curtain Theatre in 2015. Now, through the magic of Zoom, the original cast returns for a one-night-only performance on Thursday, May 27 at 7 p.m. ($5-$10 suggested donation). Professional jazz singer, Bay Area performer and Humboldt State University alum Juanita Harris, and long-time Redwood Curtain company member Christina Jioras reprise their roles May N’Kame and Dr. Cora Gage. Sign-up to attend at redwoodcurtain.org.
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Thursday, May 20, 2021

Dell’Arte Presents Baduwa’t Festival: A Gathering of the People

Posted By on Thu, May 20, 2021 at 4:00 PM

The Mad River Festival from years past. - FILE
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  • The Mad River Festival from years past.
Dell’Arte International announced today its Mad River Festival has undergone a transformation — one that seeks to honor the ancestral land of the Wiyot Tribe on which the school resides, as well support the tribe's work to revitalize the Wiyot language, Soulatluk, by renaming the annual event.

The Baduwa’t
(original name of the Mad River) Festival will run from July 14-18, and feature live theater, music and speakers. The five-day event is a collaboration between Dell’Arte, the Wiyot Tribe, Circus Nonsense and local organizations and artists.

“We’ve all experienced change this year, and an intention of this year’s festival is to be a reflection of some of those changes — not just for Dell’Arte, but with the broader community. And of course for people to come and have a really good time together,” said Dell’Arte's Collective Leadership Council member Maricela Aceves Wexler in a press release.

Tickets and program information will be available through the Dell’Arte box office and at dellarte.com. Attendance will be by reservation only and attendees and participants will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated or a negative COVID-19 test result.

For more, read the full press release below:
BLUE LAKE, CA – Dell’Arte International is producing the five-day-and-night outdoor Baduwa’t Festival this summer, featuring live theatre acts, music and speakers. Formerly known as the Mad River Festival, Dell’Arte is partnering with the Wiyot Tribe, Circus Nonsense and other community partners and artists to reimagine and remember what a gathering of the people can be.

The Baduwa’t Festival opens in Dadiqhoughuk (Blue Lake) July 14-18. The lineup includes the Youth Ambassadors from Two Feathers Native American Family Services, Circus Nonsense, music from the Dell’Arte House Band, Red Light Cabaret performers and drag artists and an array of other local musical guests. There will be additional family-friendly activities during the day and community workshops leading up the event. More details will be announced at dellarte.com.

The festival name change was given final approval by Wiyot Tribal Chair Ted Hernandez, with input and advising from Wiyot Linguist Lynnika Butler, Wiyot Cultural Center Manager Marnie Atkins, Tribal Administrator Michelle Vassel and Wiyot Filmmaker Michelle Hernandez. Dell’Arte is honored to, in this small way, support the work of the Wiyot Tribe to revitalize the Wiyot language Soulatluk by using the original name of the Mad River, Baduwa’t, for the festival’s name.

Dell’Arte's Collective Leadership Council (CLC) members said changing the name of the festival had been proposed for many years. “It was clear that this was the year to embrace those ideas and put them into action,” said CLC member Elizabeth Colón Nelson.

“We’ve all experienced change this year, and an intention of this year’s festival is to be a reflection of some of those changes—not just for Dell’Arte, but with the broader community. And of course for people to come and have a really good time together,” said CLC member Maricela Aceves Wexler.

Tickets and program information will be made available through the Dell’Arte Box Office and website. Festival attendance will be by reservation only; tickets will be available June 7.

Safety related to COVID-19 remains among the highest priorities for Dell’Arte. As such, festival attendees and participants will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated or a negative COVID-19 test result in order to attend. “These enhanced measures are out of respect and an abundance of caution for the health, safety and wellbeing of the community and our guests,” said Managing Director Alyssa Hughlett. Other enhanced safety measures and event management will be in place according to California Department of Public Health guidelines.
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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Dell'Arte Thesis Festival, May 13-23

Posted By on Wed, May 12, 2021 at 10:22 AM

"As the World Rises and Falls" with Laura Jill Murillo Hart and Mark Farrell
  • "As the World Rises and Falls" with Laura Jill Murillo Hart and Mark Farrell
Been waiting for the curtain to rise on live theater again? Dell’Arte’s got the green light and is thrilled to present The Cauldron of Destiny Thesis Festival — four original works by the school’s graduating MFA class. Catch the performances May 13 through 16 and May 20 through 23 at 8 p.m. in either the Carlo Theatre or the Big Top Revival Tent. Seats will be limited to 25 per night and reservation tickets and masks are required (it’s Dell’Arte, you’ll fit right in). Get tickets through www.dellarte.com or by calling 668-5633 during regular business hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday).
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