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Crowded Fire Theater (CFT)  presents the World Premiere of 410[Gone]  by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig

Run: June 6-29  Press Night Monday June 10  (Previews June 6-8)

At: Thick House, 1695 18th St., SF  (between Carolina St.& Arkansas St. in Potrero Hill )

Performances: Wed-Saturdays 8 PM  Special Opening  Night Monday, June 10,  8 PM

In a buoyant underworld run by punk operatic Chinese gods and goddesses a brother and sister move between the lines of life and death. In trying to understand her brother’s death, Twenty-One creates a glitch in the system allowing herself to travel into the Land of the Dead ruled by the Chinese Goddess of Mercy and the Monkey King. Time is suspended on this fantastical journey where Dance Dance Revolution holds the key to Transmigration. Told in richly poetic language, 410[GONE] looks at the bonds of love between siblings and asks the ultimate question: if there is no love without pain, what does it mean to love? 

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After his death, "Seventeen" (Christopher James Cortez) journeys through an arcade-like underworld.While trying to connect with her recently deceased younger brother, "Twenty-One" (Cindy Im) uses a mash-up of technology, mathematics, and offerings, inadvertently causing a glitch in the system of the Chinese Land of the Dead.
In 410[GONE], the underworld is run by Chinese deities: the Goddess of Mercy (Charisse Loriaux), the Monkey King (Alexander M Lydon), and the Ox-Head God (Michael Uy Kelly).Seventeen's (Christopher James Cortez) unexpected arrival in the Chinese Land of the Dead will either be the saving grace or last straw for an already unhinged Goddess of Mercy (Charisse Loriaux).
The Goddess of Mercy (Charisse Loriaux) and the Monkey King (Alexander M Lydon) question Twenty-One's (Cindy Im) motivations in seeking her brother. Seventeen (Christopher James Cortez) and Twenty-One (Cindy Im) confront one another in the afterlife; the Monkey King (Alexander M Lydon) and the Goddess of Mercy (Charisse Loriaux) bear witness.
The Goddess of Mercy (Charisse Loriaux) and the Monkey King (Alexander M Lydon) help Seventeen on his next journey.The playwright, Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig
Loss and longing are themes throughout 410[GONE]. The Goddess of Mercy (Charisse Loriaux) and the Monkey King (Alexander M Lydon) take comfort in one another.Twenty-One (Cindy Im) wrestles with the recent death of her brother in 410[GONE].

 

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CROWDED FIRE THEATER CONTINUES THE  2013 SEASON WITH THE

WORLD PREMIERE  OF A CONTEMPORARY CHINESE AMERICAN FAIRY TALE

410[GONE] 

by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig

June 6-29  (Press Opening June 10)

Thick House

1695 18th St, San Francisco

Crowded Fire Theater (CFT)  presents the World Premiere of  Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s 410[GONE], opening  Monday June 10 with a press night at the Thick House in San Francisco, (Previews June 6-8) running through June 29.  In 410[GONE] Cowhig creates a buoyant underworld landscape run by punk operatic Chinese gods and goddesses soaring with energy, humor, tricks, and avatars  Winner of the Yale Drama Series Award, Cowhig has established herself as a fearless, fiercely intellectual writer. “Cowhig’s voice pulses with raw, heartbreaking honesty as she examines the loving and fractured relationship between a dead brother and a sister who reunite in the underworld.” states Artistic Director Marissa Wolf. In 410[GONE] a brother and sister are suspended in the interstitial spaces between their American culture and Chinese heritage as they wrestle within the lines of life and death.

Where do we go when we die? In Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s dark and dazzling play 410[Gone], that all depends on how you play the game – the stakes are high. Under Taishan, a sacred mountain in China, the powerful Goddess of Mercy, Guan Yin, patiently awaits the arrival of the souls of the dead, freeing them from the pain of memory and releasing them into their next life. Told in richly poetic language, 410[GONE] looks at the bonds of love between siblings when a sister searches for her lost brother in the Land of the Dead. In this underworld brother and sister must face the ultimate question: if there is no love without pain, what does it mean to love?

Evren Odcikin directs this World Premiere of  Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s 410[GONE], featuring Cindy Im as Twenty-One, Christopher James Cortez as Seventeen, Charisse Loriaux as the Goddess of Mercy, Alexander M Lydon as the Monkey King, and Michael Uy Kelly as the Ox Headed God.  Lead video designer, Wesley Cabral, creates the landscape of the underworld in 410[Gone], he has worked with CFT on The Hundred Flowers Project, Invasion, and Wreckage.

Crowded Fire Theater (CFT)  presents the World Premiere of 

Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s dark and dazzling play 410[Gone]

Run: June 6-29  Press Night Monday June 10  (Previews June 6-8)

At: Thick House, 1695 18th St., SF  (between Carolina St.& Arkansas St. in Potrero Hill )

Performances: Wed-Saturdays 8 PM  Special Opening  Night Monday, June 10,  8 PM

Tickets: Prices range from $10-$35 progressively during the course of the run.

We offer Pay-What-You-Can Preview performances and student/senior/group rates.

Tickets: Visitwww.crowdedfire.org for more information and to purchase tickets.

Box Office by phone (415) 746-9238   Photos: http://www.crowdedfire.org

Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, Playwright
Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s play Lidless received the Yale Drama Series Award, an Edinburgh Fringe First Award, the Keene Prize for Literature, and the David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize. In 2011 she was awarded the Wasserstein Prize by the Educational Foundation of America. She has been a finalist for the Blackburn Prize, received residencies at Yaddo, MacDowell, Ragdale, and the Santa Fe Art Institute, and is under commission from South Coast Rep and Seattle Rep. Her plays have been produced by Trafalgar Studios 2 on the West End, Page 73 Productions in New York, Interact Theatre in Philadelphia, and the Contemporary American Theatre Festival in West Virginia. They have been developed at the Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival, Seattle Rep, PlayPenn, the Alley Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Ojai Playwrights Conference, the Playwright’s Foundation and Yale Rep. Frances received an MFA in Writing from the James A. Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin, a BA in Sociology from Brown University, and a certificate in Ensemble Created Physical Theatre from the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. Her work has been published by Glimmer Train, Methuen Drama, and Yale University Press. Frances was born in Philadelphia, and raised in Northern Virginia, Okinawa, Taipei and Beijing.

Evren Odcikin, Director
Evren Odcikin serves as the literary artistic associate with Golden Thread Productions. For the company, he directed the West Coast premiere of Yussef El Guindi’s Language Rooms in San Francisco and Los Angeles (Los Angeles Times Critic’s Pick) and produces the new plays reading series New Threads. His other Bay Area directing credits include The Oldest Profession (Two BATCC nominations including best ensemble) and Machinal (Three BATCC Award nominations including best director and best production) for Brava Theater; The Play About the Naked Guy for Impact Theatre (“2010 Honorable Mention” from Bay Area Reporter); and RHINO for Boxcar Theatre (“Most Inventive Staging of 2010″ from SF Weekly, “Best Play of 2010″ from SF Bay Times). He has directed readings and workshops for Magic Theatre, Aurora Theatre Company, American Conservatory Theater, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Cutting Ball and PlayGround. Born and raised in Turkey and a graduate of Princeton University, Evren was selected as an Emerging Theatre Leader in 2012 by Theatre Communications Group.

CROWDED FIRE THEATER COMPANY 2013 SEASON

THE BEREAVED by Thomas Bradshaw- April 4-27  (Press Opening April 8)

410[GONE] by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, – June 6-29 (Press Opening June 10)

THE TAMING by Lauren Gunderson – October 3-26 (Press Opening October 7)

Crowded Fire Theater’s  2013 Season concludes in October with the World Premiere of  Lauren Gunderson’s THE TAMING (October 3-26 Opening October 7) a Crowded Fire commission directed by Marissa Wolf. The Taming is a mashup of America’s cracked political rhetoric and the sexy power play of Shakespeare’s Shrew. “Southern Fried Politics.”

Programming in Crowded Fire’s 2013 Season is funded by generous support from The Dramatists Guild (THE BEREAVED), The National Endowment for the Arts (THE TAMING), the San Francisco Foundation (The Matchbox), The Tournesol Foundation (THE TAMING), and Venturous Theater Fund of the Tides Foundation  (THE BEREAVED). Crowded Fire gratefully acknowledges general operations funding from Grants for the Arts/SF Hotel Tax Fund and The Kenneth Rainin Foundation.

All three playwrights in this 2013 Season have participated in CFT’s Matchbox Program, with these productions receiving development support through Crowded Fire. The Matchbox: Commissioning and Developing New Plays grew out of CFT’s commitment to the playwrights’ revision processes, to strengthen the scripts before rehearsals for the professional productions began. The Matchbox programming includes three different initiatives, including Commissions, in-house Workshops, and slots in the annual Matchbox Readings Series — public staged readings of plays in development.

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Calendar editors please note:

Crowded Fire Theater (CFT)  presents the World Premiere of  Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s 410[GONE], opening  Monday June 10 with a press night at Thick House in San Francisco, running through June 29. Cowhig creates in 410[GONE] a buoyant underworld landscape run by punk operatic Chinese gods and goddesses filled with energy, humor, tricks, and avatars; where a brother and sister move between the lines of life and death.

 

Crowded Fire Theater (CFT)  presents the World Premiere of 

410[Gone]  by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig

Run: June 6-29  Press Night Monday June 10  (Previews June 6-8)

At: Thick House, 1695 18th St., SF  (between Carolina St.& Arkansas St. in Potrero Hill )

Performances: Wed-Saturdays 8 PM  Special Opening  Night Monday, June 10,  8 PM

Tickets: Prices range from $10-$35 progressively during the course of the run.

We offer Pay-What-You-Can Preview performances and student/senior/group rates.

Tickets: Visit www.crowdedfire.org for more information and to purchase tickets.

Box Office by phone (415) 746-9238

www.crowdedfire.org or (415) 655-3866

Photos: http://www.crowdedfire.org

 

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