Roman Women 2018
A brand new work and world premiere, We Players presents Roman Women at the Palace of Fine Arts in May 2018. Roman Women is a new piece built into and for The Palace of Fine Arts. This ritual performance explores the underdeveloped female narrative in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, imagining the public and private lives of the women of the late Roman Republic.
This ritual performance features a unique soundscape - including live instrumentation, classical text derived from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, and physical theatre and dance generated by the all-female ensemble. Our very own ruin from an imagined San Francisco of antiquity, The Palace of Fine Arts - with its famous weeping maidens, sweeping pergolas and unique avian life - will serve as inspiration. Turning up the volume on women’s stories, we reach a hand back through time to empower those with lesser-known histories. Through Roman Women we explore the public and private lives of the women in Julius Caesar, in the late Roman Republic, and in the 21st century - imagining and recreating secret rites and hidden mysteries.
Roman Women will take place at the iconic Palace of Fine Arts in the Marina District of San Francisco.
The Palace of Fine Arts was built as part of the 1915 Panama Pacific International Expo by Bernard Maybeck and was originally only intended to stand for the nine month duration of the exposition. A world’s fair celebrating the completion of the Panama Canal, The PPIE was more popularly seen as San Francisco’s opportunity to display their recovery from the devastating earthquake of 1906. Our very own ruin from an imagined San Francisco of antiquity, the building was so beautiful and beloved that it was spared the wrecking ball that befell many of the fair’s nine other buildings. A place where women took the spotlight from the beginning, the Expo hosted the very first Women Voters’ Convention in September of 1915 where a three mile long suffrage petition was gathered. Though the structure itself is relatively new, the lagoon that surrounds the Palace is a remnant of the ancient tidal wetland that used to cover much of what is now the Marina District, creating a home for wildlife unlike any other in the city. Such historical and environmental background will inspire the development of this new work.
As with all We Players' productions, the audience will follow the show throughout the environment, moving from location to location along with the performers. The audience will notice, as they follow the action of the piece through the rotunda and surrounding areas, that the inspiration for character, movement, and design aesthetic is drawn from the Palace architecture, history, and the avian life of the lagoon.
Britt Lauer as Minerva
Fridays: April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18, May 25
Saturdays: April 28, May 5, May 12, May 19, May 26
Sundays: April 29, May 6, May 13, May 20, May 27
Special Memorial Day performance: Monday, May 28
Performances April 26 - May 20 begin at 6:30pm
Performances May 25 - May 28 begin at 7pm
Promotional documents (press releases, photos, & graphics) for Roman Women may be found here on Google Drive. No sign-in is required.