ABOUT THE FESTIVAL:
Before a production gets its polish, there's process: the vigorous, messy playground of the imagination. This November, Cutting Ball's signature festival - half shindig, half artistic salon - returns and invites you to revel in process with a small army of fired-up artists. This eleven-day festival delivers a sumptuous line-up of director-driven shorts, new play workshops, roundtable readings, and special presentations that's sure to delight the creatively curious.
Individual Tickets >> $15 - $20
All-Festival Pass >> $30
Short Cuts is an anthology performance of four short works helmed by four different directors. Watch as these visionary artists stretch and flex their directorial muscles in unprecedented ways! Short Cuts is divvied by three jovial mini-intermissions featuring the music of local bands, free snacks, and raffles.
The Short Cuts line-up features . . .
"The Yellow Wallpaper", from Charlotte Perkins Gilman's early feminist story, examines how women are trapped and minimized by society's restrictions and the fight to break free. Directed by Karina Fox.
"Rappaccini's Daughter" takes Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic short story and flips it on its head to ask: how far will we go to protect our daughters from this violent world? Directed by Maya Herbsman.
"How to be a Failure in San Francisco" is an original devised work about all that we don't reach or achieve when we succumb to a fear of failure. Directed by Kayla Kaufman.
"Decolonize Your Sex Life" features a group of POC femme-bodied artists exploring the intersections of love and race through humor and joy. Directed by May Liang.
Got a taste for in-progress plays? Take part in the creative process with two staged readings of unproduced, unpublished plays by visiting playwrights.
"PIDOR and the Wolf" uses Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf as a framework to tell a true story about the government-sanctioned atrocities being committed against queer Chechens: violations of human rights that are still actively occurring. Written by Sam Max, a Brooklyn-based playwright who is also a Chesley/Bumbalo Playwriting Award winner, a 2019 O'Neill NPC finalist, and recently named on the Young & Hungry List, tracking Hollywood's Top 100 New Writers.
"import speech_memory" asks: what bodies are being targeted by surveillance systems? What cultural amnesia is embedded inside the idea of home? What is authentic in a world of ubiquity? import speech_memory is a story about San Francisco natives affected by the ongoing housing crisis. Written by Lucas Baisch, a Guatemalan-Mexican-American playwright and visual artist who has worked with institutions including American Conservatory Theater, DeYoung Museum, Playwrights Horizons, and many more.
August Strindberg's rarely seen "The Stronger" is re-envisioned in a solo performance, directed by Anna Pettersson. Two nights only, The Stronger is a special presentation in cultural exchange with Strindberg's Intima Theater in Sweden.
Artists and audiences alike gather together around a communal table to read and discuss lesser-known plays.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL:
Before a production gets its polish, there's process: the vigorous, messy playground of the imagination. This November, Cutting Ball's signature festival - half shindig, half artistic salon - returns and invites you to revel in process with a small army of fir...