Situation Abnormal: Performances You’ll Never See on Broadway
At the Exploratorium on Thursday, January 27
McBean Theater, 8:30pm
Through March 2005, the Exploratorium presents Situation Abnormal: Performances You’ll Never See on Broadway, a once-a-month series of off-beat live performances in the Exploratorium’s McBean Theater at 8:30pm. Next in the series is performing artist and circus maven Sara Felder in Sightings on Thursday, January 27, at 8:30pm. For reservations, call (415) 561-0308. Tickets to each event are included in the price of same-day admission to the Exploratorium ($12). Parental guidance is suggested.
Sara Felder’s Sightings is a collection of works, a mixture of new monologues and classic routines seen through the lens of Felder’s insightful eye, sharp wit and Jewish lesbian juggling diva clown bride sensibility.
A former member of San Francisco’s Pickle Family Circus, Sara Felder has created a body of work, including radical circus theater and witty plays, that explores contemporary American life through the interplay of her many identities. She has been callled “wry, funny, smart, and lovable, a lot like an old Woody Allen monologue” (Washington Post), “not just an entertainer, but a person, a mensch” (S.F. Chronicle), and a “local performance treasure” (S.F. Examiner).
She has also performed at festivals of Yiddish Culture in Berlin, London, Amsterdam, New York, Los Angeles and Toronto.
Sightings, Page 2
As a solo theater artist, Felder is best known for her highly-acclaimed solo theater show, June Bride, about a traditional Jewish lesbian wedding, which has played in 30 cities. Sara also tours her newest solo work, Shtik!, about a turn-of-the-century vaudevillian.
As a playwright, Felder wrote the play The Lady Upstairs which told the story of the creation and deployment of the world’s first atomic bomb. Nominated for numerous awards by the Bay Area Theater Critics Circle, including best play, it ran locally at Intersection for the Arts and again at Theatre Rhinoceros.
She recently finished her newest play, Keeping Up With the Joans, which tells the life-stories of three Bay Area women in theatrical comedy: Joan Holden, Joan Mankin and Joan Schirle. Part of the Z Space/Magic New Plays Initiative sponsored by the Irvine Foundation, it was recently workshopped at Brava Theatre.
Sara has had artist residencies at the Headlands Center for the Arts, Intersection for the Arts and the California Arts Council.
The Situation Abnormal Series features artists who have reinvented their form, their materials, or their content to create new performance. These artists understand that performance is a fluid, dynamic form that can be used and manipulated to transport an audience to new places. Upcoming on February 10 is Matmos (M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel) who use samplers, analog keyboards, field recordings, and guitars, Matmos make atmospheric, idiosyncratic electronica.