RISK IS THIS…

June 8 – July 14, 2012
All performances at 8PM

RISK IS THIS…The Cutting Ball New Experimental Plays Festival is one of the only festivals in America dedicated to new experimental works for the stage. This year’s festival features two new works and five new translations in staged readings that push the boundaries of what theater can be.


Aulis: An Act of Nihilism in One Long Act

By Christopher Chen
June 8 – 9, 2012

Aulis: An Act of Nihilism in One Long Act is Christopher Chen’s bold post-modern take on Euripides’ Iphigenia in Aulis. In this harrowing portrait of heart-wrenching choices, Agamemnon must sacrifice his only daughter Iphigenia, or condemn his entire army, and nation, to defeat.

GIZMO

By Anthony Clarvoe
June 15 – 16, 2012

In GIZMO, playwright Anthony Clarvoe (Show and Tell, Pick Up Ax) wrestles with technology today. This new play was inspired by Karel Kapek’s 1921 play R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots); considered the first science fiction play, it first introduced the world to the word “robot.”

THE GHOST SONATA

June 29 – 30, 2012

Following a strange encounter between a student and an old man the morning after a terrible fire a “ghost supper” ensues. The most well known of Strindberg’s Chamber Plays, The Ghost Sonata will serve as the centerpiece of Strindberg Cycle: The Chamber Plays in Rep.

Risk Translations
Workshops of August Strindberg’s Chamber Plays in new translations by Paul Walsh

THE PELICAN and THE BLACK GLOVE

July 6 – 7, 2012

Based on the belief that a Pelican sheds its own blood to feed its young, The Pelican presents a family where the exact opposite is true. In The Black Glove, an old man and a caretaker find a black glove in the entryway to an apartment building, precipitating a strange chain of events.

Risk Translations
Workshops of August Strindberg’s Chamber Plays in new translations by Paul Walsh

STORM and BURNED HOUSE

July 13 – 14, 2012

In Storm, an elderly gentleman’s peace is shattered when the new neighbors, the young wife and child he left years ago, and her new husband, plan to turn their home into a private casino. In Burned House, Arvid, the prodigal son, returns to find that a fire has destroyed his childhood home. He sifts through the ashes to uncover the dark secrets hidden by his family and the town.

Risk Translations
Workshops of August Strindberg’s Chamber Plays in new translations by Paul Walsh

Interested in submitting a new play for consideration as part of next year’s RISK IS THIS…The Cutting Ball New Experimental Plays Festival? Check out our submissions page for more information.

The Cutting Ball Theater’s 2013-2014 Season is made possible in part by Grants for the Arts / San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Mental Insight Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, RHE Foundation, The Kenneth Rainin Foundation, The San Francisco Arts Commission, The San Francisco Foundation and The Zellerbach Family Foundation and by our many individual donors.