"You are what you repeatedly do” – Aristotle
Heroes and Monsters live among us and within us.
Encounter them up close.
Created and performed by Nathaniel Justiniano & Ava Roy
Original Music by Charlie Gurke
Produced by Lauren Chavez and Ava Roy
Beginning at Sunset
Thursday – Sunday, October 9 – November 1
Fort Mason Center Chapel
In partnership with Fort Mason Center Presents
Performers Ava Roy and Nathaniel Justiniano join forces to create this stunning new work of intensely physical theatre. With an original score by award-winning composer Charlie Gurke, We Players presents a feast of poetry, mythology, and interactive storytelling at the Fort Mason Center Chapel this October, 2015.
The ancient poem Beowulf serves as a provocation, a jumping off point, and as source text. Through rigorous physical and intellectual investigation, we explore and challenge conceptions of heroism and monstrosity, good and evil, light and dark, and how this dynamic lives in all of us. In an explosion of physically and sonically activated text and imagery, this daring duo invites us to examine our relationship with these epic archetypes.
Journey into the dark and illuminated forest of HEROMONSTER
Share in the ritual of gathering and breaking bread together
Enjoy sumptuous food and drink at our banquet table
Linger in the dwindling light as the reverberations of image and sound move through you
This entrancing new production is the first phase in a multi-year exploration and development process for We Players. Subsequent phases will include collaborations with the renowned dance theatre company inkBoat and masters in the avant-garde music scene, the Rova saxophone quartet. Throughout, multiple translations of the ancient anglo-saxon poem Beowulf serve as our guide.
About the artists: In her sixteen years as the Artistic Director of We Players, Ava Roy has developed a creative process that seamlessly integrates text, artist, and location into an interactive experience that is emotionally, intellectually, and visually provocative. Nathaniel Justiniano is an award winning actor/creator, director, and teacher. Most recently you may have seen him as the Chamberlain and the grotesque Fisherman in Ondine at Sutro or previously in Macbeth at Fort Point or The Odyssey on Angel Island. Nathaniel has co-created and performed in multiple critically-acclaimed productions with his company, Naked Empire Bouffon.
We Players is currently supported by Grants for the Arts/ General Fund Portion of the San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, The Zellerbach Family Foundation, and Fort Mason Center Presents. This work was developed while in residence at the Lucas Artist Residency Program, Montalvo Arts Center.
Alcoholic beverages are passed about this gathering in the mead-hall. Please drink responsibly.
SFBay, October 26, 2015: HEROMONSTER pushes theatre to frightening boundaries
SF Examiner, October 15, 2015: We Players brings heroes, monsters to life
Montalvo Arts Blog, September 28, 2015: We Players Explore the Heroic and the Monstrous