By Katharine Sherman
Directed by Rob Melrose
February 5 – March 6, 2016
Gala Opening: February 12

Whatever you do, don't close your eyes and don’t nod off. Ondine, a water sprite, finds love on land but when she fears that her knight has abandoned her, in a lonely fit of thoughtless and regrettable passion, she issues a curse: sleep will bring him death. When the lovers are reunited, Ondine is forced to face her grave mistake. How long can the two stave off the siren's song of slumber? Is their shared dream destined to turn nightmarish?

You may be familiar with the classic mermaid myth but this world premiere production of Ondine by Katharine Sherman, directed by Founding Artistic Director Rob Melrose, promises to slay your expectations as Cutting Ball invites you to come ashore and explore the elements.


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Jessica Waldman
Jessica Waldman
Kenny Toll
Kenny Toll
Danielle O'Hare
Danielle O'Hare
Molly Benson
Molly Benson
Marilet Martinez
Marilet Martinez


"There's a fleeting quality about [Ondine], like something sweet that dissolves on your tongue as soon as you taste it…But while it does last, it's honest and worthwhile and sometimes beautiful." – Adam Brinklow, SF Edge
"Ondine" [is] one of the most memorable productions of the year" – Adam Brinklow, SF Edge
Sherman has written a gem of a show fourstars
– Ilana Walder-Biesan, Stark Insider

Ondine‬ is "a lyrical interplay of alchemical, emotional and culinary interactions with the rhythms of breath and the sea",clappingman
"Luxuriantly staged by Rob Melrose, and performed with athletic grace and playfully sensual intensity", "densely poetic…an extended tone poem on love
– Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle

Radio Interview

Katharine Sherman discussing how she wrote Ondine with David Latulippe on KALW


Associate Producers

Marsha Cohen and Bob Feyer
Tom and Stephanie Lima
Laura and Meg Mason
Kate Robards

Actor Sponsor

Guy Tiphane

Thank you to our Gala Sponsors