San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Campo Santo, Intersection for the Arts and California Shakespeare Theater
Alleluia, The Road
written by Luis Alfaro for Campo Santo
November 4 | 8PM | MONDAY
JOIN US AS WE CELEBRATE OPENING WEEK OF "ALLELUIA, THE ROAD" AND THE COMMENCMENT OF PART TWO OF THE "CALIFAS" FESTIVAL
ENJOY THE INSTALLATION, THE PRODUCTION AND A SPECIAL POST SHOW RECEPTION WITH CAST AND COLLABORATORS
Intersection for the Arts and the California Shakespeare Theater come together this fall to co-produce the Califas Festival, a six week-long immersive, story-filled play yard of music, visual art, performance, and more in and around Intersection’s headquarters at 5M (5th and Mission) in San Francisco. The touchstone of the Califas Festival is the performance piece Alleluia, the Road, with text by Luis Alfaro, inspired by August Strindberg’s play The Great Highway, beginning on Day of the Dead, November 1, and running through November 17. We will follow the spiritual journey of Isaac, the lead character, portrayed by Campo Santo co-founder Sean San José, as he voyages up California Highway 99 toward San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.
Alleluia, the Road will be performed without traditional set design, amidst the art installations of Califas, as a continued expression of the many stories that have been collected throughout the exploratory phases of the entire festival. The Festival is the culminating event of the Califas Project, a year of multimedia creative exploration in communities around the state including productions of Richard Montoya’s The River at Campo Santo this past March, and American Night at Cal Shakes in June.
Luis Alfaro, was inspired by August Strindberg’s last play The Great Highway, in which the lead character, the hunter, confronts his multiplicity of self through others whom he encounters alongside his voyage. It was a brilliant and complex play, that came out of what critics would later call a “mad man’s brain”. Alfaro is lauded for his distinct ability to create freedom from the framework of Greek classics (Medea, as Alfaro’s Bruja and Mojada, Oedipus as Oedipus El Rey, Electra as Electricidad) and brings the same epic qualities to a contemporary existential storyline. Alleluia, The Road is a vision quest, as is The Califas Project in many ways. We have traveled up and down and sideways on the Highway 99 corridor and from San Diego, to East LA, San Marcos, Fowler, San Juan Bautista and Fresno, to the immediate 5M neighborhood in search of home.
“We want to share and show as many creations, responses, and stories about California as we can,” commented San José. “We are not interested in having outreach that is secondary to the play, but rather for all stories derived from our exploration to live alongside one another— including a performance.” Triangle Lab Director Rebecca Novick added: “This is one of the chief goals of our work together— to find more impactful ways to create and experience new works together with community.”
Featuring: Dwayne Calizo, Maria Candelaria, Catherine Castellanos, Nora el Samahy, Donald E. Lacy, Jr., Brian Rivera, Sean San José
And creative collaborative team: Alejandro Acosta, Kevin B. Chen, Logan Ellis, Courtney Flores, Christina Larson, Jonathan Moscone, Rebecca Novick, Tanya Orellana, Joan Osato, Darl Andrew Packard, Jake Rodriguez, Sarah Spero, Rebeka Rodriguez, Sango Tajima, Tirzah Tyler
For tickets to all other Alleluia performances click HERE
The Califas Festival
October 2-November 17, 2013
on the 5M Campus and around the state of California
Info: www.theintersection.org | www.calshakes.org
Intersection for the Arts and the California Shakespeare Theater come together this fall to co-produce the Califas Festival, a six week-long immersive, story-filled play yard of music, visual art, performance, and more in and around Intersection’s headquarters at 5M (5th and Mission) in San Francisco. The Festival is the culminating event of the Califas Project, a year of multimedia creative exploration in communities around the state including productions of Richard Montoya’s The River at Campo Santo this past March, and American Night at Cal Shakes in June. The Festival will feature a new performance piece with text by renowned California playwright Luis Alfaro, commissioned songs from seven California jazz greats including Howard Wiley and Terrence Brewer, visual art from Joan Osato, Andrea Blum, Mia Nakano and others, as well as a myriad of community voices.
Working together through their research and development wing The Triangle Lab, Cal Shakes and Intersection continue to cross boundaries in their art-making, asking what kind of change can happen when an arts event features a letter from a Dream-act youth next to portraits of and by women living in SOMA SRO’s next to the work of Macarthur-award winning Luis Alfaro, next to a crowd-sourced playlist of California songs. This is the Califas Festival: a place to discover how our journeys – individual and shared – can help us dream the future of our state.