November 28, 2011 Volume 8, Issue 6
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Hidden Classics Reading Series: Camino Real by Tennessee Williams this Sunday at 1PM (FREE)

Tennessee Williams

Camino Real by Tennessee Williams borrows heavily from August Strindberg's A Dream Play and The Great Highway. Peopled with characters from literature and pop culture, including Cassanova, Camille, Don Quixote, and Kilroy, Camino Real, one of William's most imaginative and touching plays, takes place in a bizarre afterworld where the royal road of the subconscious empties out onto the road of reality, littered with life's misfits.

Director M. Graham Smith has been working on Camino Real with American Conservatory Theater's dramaturg Michael Paller, who says:

In Camino Real, Tennessee Williams tells a story of the haves and have-nots: those who have power and those who have not, and those who have heart and those who have not. As the decades have gone by, we've caught up with Williams's message and his method, and Camino Real has never felt as fresh as it does now.

Paller is also the author of Gentlemen Callers: Tennessee Williams, Homosexuality and Mid-Twentieth Century Drama.

The reading features:

Lauren Bloom*
Brian Herndon*
Steven Hess
Lori Holt*
Molly Noble*
Louis Parnell*
Vince Rodruigez
Kevin Rolston*

*Member of Actors Equity Association

This season, Cutting Ball's Hidden Classics Reading Series explores and celebrates the work of, and inspired by August Strindberg. The series offers a profound look at one of the greatest authors ever to write for the stage in a program that continues to be one of San Francisco's best-kept secrets. Join us for cookies and conversation following the reading.

All Hidden Classics readings are free and open to the public. Opening Night Gala and Premium Members may reserve seats in advance by emailing, or using our online member reservation form at

Camino Real
Sunday, December 4, 1PM
The Cutting Ball Theater
277 Taylor Street

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Explore the edge with us and experience a larger and more ambitious season than any we have ever produced before. Our remaining two full productions this year, Tontlawald and Tenderloin, bring together large casts of our favorite actors to tell stories that explore the worlds of fantasy and reality. In addition, our Hidden Classics Reading Series and RISK IS THIS... The Cutting Ball New Experimental Plays Festival will focus on the work of August Strindberg as part of our year-long 2012 celebration of the international Strindberg Centennial.

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Up Next: Tontlawald

World Premiere, Cutting Ball Commission
Text by Eugenie Chan
Directed by Paige Rogers and Annie Paladino
Choreography by Laura Arrington

February 17 - March 11, 2012
Press Opening Night: February 23
Gala Opening Night: February 24

This original ensemble-based piece weaves evocative a capella harmonies and visceral movement into a multidisciplinary retelling of an ancient Estonian tale. Lona endures her cruel stepmother until she unexpectedly discovers a new friend in the mysterious, forbidden Tontlawald - the ghost forest. Associate Artistic Director Paige Rogers was inspired by the work of Poland's famed Teatr ZAR to create a performance in which the body and song tell Lona's story. Rogers has teamed up with co-director Annie Paladino, choreographer Laura Arrington and Cutting Ball's resident playwright Eugenie Chan to create a world premiere performance that stretches our definitions of theater, dance, and choral music.

To read the tale of the Tontlawald click here.

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