OZY Interview & Video with our Artistic Director, Ava Roy

“Imagine standing next to Hamlet as he delivers the famous “To be, or not to be” soliloquy … beside the rusted bars of an Alcatraz prison cell. Or imagine breaking bread at a table next to the murderous Macbeth. These are the kind of immersive experiences that theater director Ava Roy believes will awaken your senses, and make the Bard’s words relevant in a new way.”

See the full interview!

HEROMONSTER at Fort Mason Center Chapel

Heroes and Monsters live among us and within us.
Join us this fall to encounter them up close.

HEROMONSTER

Created and performed by Nathaniel Justiniano & Ava Roy
Original Music by Charlie Gurke
beginning at Sunset
Thursday – Sunday, October 9 – November 1
Fort Mason Center Chapel

This work is being developed while in residence at the Lucas Artist Residency Program, Montalvo Arts Center

We Players’ newest production, HEROMONSTER, is being forged!

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, this daring duo invites us to examine our relationship with these epic archetypes.

Journey into the darkly 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 gard 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.

DateShow time
October 9-116:45
October 15, 16 & 186:30
October 22-256:30
October 29-316:15
November 1 (clocks change)5:15

Please note:
Alcoholic beverages are passed about this gathering in the mead-hall. Please drink responsibly.