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Ragged Wing’s Core Ensemble

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Program 1 – December 7, 8, 9, 2012
Program 2 – February 1, 2, 3, 2013
All shows @ 7:00 PM – Tickets $15 – $30

1515 Webster St. Oakland, CA 94612

What makes a play FIERCE? Bursts of creative genius and wild exploration! Working at the collision of DARING and DISCIPLINE! PLAY, RIGOUR, MYSTERY and the spirit of YES! NOW!

The FIERCE PLAY Performance Series is an invitation to practice the power of GO. To bang the words: RAW and POLISHED together and make the sparks fly. This work raises the energy and creates crackling, electric performances. Members of Ragged Wing’s Core Company will lead the creation of FIERCE PLAYS in a condensed time-frame of fourteen days. Why work under the gun? It’s theatrical athleticism! The artists work at the edge of possibility and the wild mind alights! What holds it together? Our season theme: It’s About Time.

The FIERCE PLAY Performance Series is a giant LEAP into the creative YES. We’re taking it. Come with us.

Program 1: December 7, 8, 9
Air:born by Soren Santos
Fish Tank Piece by Addie Ulrey
dir. by Keith Davis
The Music Tree by Phil Wharton

Program 1:

Air: born
by Soren Santos
Dec. 7, 8 & 9

Is your job a place you have to spend a lot of time so you can live your life, or is your job the place where you do the important things in life? Does a boring job make you boring? What’s the most valuable thing you do with your time? Would you rather crochet enough squares to fill a fish tank or drive all the cars off a container ship? The piece in which these questions may or may not be answered.

Fishtank piece
by Addie Ulrey
Dec. 7, 8 & 9

Is your job a place you have to spend a lot of time so you can live your life, or is your job the place where you do the important things in life? Does a boring job make you boring? What’s the most valuable thing you do with your time? Would you rather crochet enough squares to fill a fish tank or drive all the cars off a container ship? The piece in which these questions may or may not be answered.

The Music Tree
by Philip Wharton
Dec. 7, 8 & 9

A Pit River Indian once said, “Everything is living, even the rocks, even that bench you are sitting on…. Everything is alive. That’s what we Indians believe. White people think everything is dead.” This piece attempts to explore that dichotomy and overcome it through the retelling of a Miwok origin myth and the questions of a child to her geologist grandfather as they walk on the mountain now known as Diablo.

Program 2: February 1, 2, 3
Now! Now? Now. by Cecilia Palmtag
In The Blink by David Stein
Moment to Moment by Adam Sussman

Now! Now? Now.
by Cecilia Palmtag
Feb. 1, 2 & 3

In an endless stream of Past and Future what is the window into experience? Now! Do your expectations meet up with Now? Structured episodically this piece will examine the unique filter we each have that colors our world, and consider what experience would be like if we could step into Now.

In the Blink
by David Stein
Feb. 1, 2 & 3

A young narcoleptic is on a quest to reunite with her missing father. When her lucid dreaming creates a wrinkle in the fabric of space and time, a hyperkinetic world where time stands still, a father-daughter bond is put to the test, and the very nature of reality is questioned.

Moment to Moment
by Adam Sussman
Feb. 1, 2 & 3

A playwright, condemned to death by an authoritarian regime, tries to finish his play about a prose writer who is visited by murderous conspirators. A prose writer tries to finish a short story about a playwright condemned to death by an authoritarian regime, but is interrupted by visitors whom he fears want to kill him. A heady Mobius strip of a play inspired by a Borges story that tackles dreams, fate, time, and the limits of knowledge.