ATTICREP'S 10th ANNIVERSARY SEASON

A SEASON OF INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION, AND WOMEN’S WORK

2015-2016 marks the 10th season of acclaimed theatre company AtticRep, and its second in residence at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. The season begins this Fall, with a thrillingly re-imagined “Pinocchio.” But from February through June 2016, AtticRep focuses on the theme of Women’s Work. Women’s Work refers to two crucial interconnected ideas: the dramatic work created by brilliant and often under-sung female playwrights, and the hard work of being, defining, and becoming a woman in America.

Taken together, the four major productions in the 10th Anniversary Season explore childhood, forgiveness, the loss of innocence, and claiming power. Through three adapted plays, and culminating in one completely-original work, the arc of this season serves AtticRep’s mission to challenge the creative imagination of the San Antonio community.

On November 11, 2015, the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts hosts the second AtticRep International Festival of Performance of San Antonio. As part of a new initiative, AtticRep presents “Pinocchio” by the lauded Teatro del Drago of Ravenna, Italy. By presenting this extraordinary work of theatre, AtticRep takes a step further into international collaboration, following AtticRep’s residency in India in 2014 with CREA-Shakti, and the upcoming collaborations in Italy with Teatro Potlach and Teatro Del Drago in Summer 2015.

In 2016, AtticRep is proud to produce two plays written by contemporary American female playwrights, “The Amish Project” by Jessica Dickey, and “Secrets of a Soccer Mom,” by Kathleen Clark. Each play brings forth a complex view of the American female experience. And seen in dialogue with each other, the female voices in these women’s works create conflict and inspire peace, come to terms with anger and seek joy, question authority and represent authority, live in moments of hilarity and solemnity, as mothers and daughters, competitors and sisters, and whole human beings.

Rounding out the season is the world premiere of “14,” an original work about a teenage girl growing up in a post-9/11 world. “14” incorporates aerial and contemporary dance, and is being developed in collaboration with Aerial Horizon and the choreographer Seme Jatib.

Of this compelling and diverse roster, Artistic Director Roberto Prestigiacomo says, “With the 10th Anniversary season, we continue to produce theatre for social change by focusing on growing up female in post-9/11 America; the challenges women face in a constantly shifting family structure, the ability to forgive, and the loss of innocence. Artistically, AtticRep embraces dynamism in performance by integrating music, dance, puppetry, shadow theatre, and aerial work into these productions. This dynamic and fantastical 2015-2016 season will entertain, provoke dialogue, and make our audiences marvel at the creative potential of theatre.”

Preview our season below, and click here for more details.

PINOCCHIO

PINOCCHIO by Teatro del Drago

AtticRep International Festival of Performance San Antonio

Performances:

November 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21 at 8 pm

November 15 and 22 at 2:30 PM

A magical re-telling of the old fairytale full of color, music, and stunning visuals will entrance audiences of all ages. Teatro del Drago integrates puppetry and shadow theatre alongside actors, telling the tale through movement, puppets and music without the use of spoken dialogue. This production has toured internationally and returns to San Antonio for an encore performance following its one-night only presentation at Trinity University in 2013.

Based in Ravenna, Italy, Teatro del Drago is the puppet theatre company of the Monticelli family, established in 1820 by Ariodante Monticelli. Today, brothers Mauro and Andrea represent the fifth generation in this unbroken family tradition. The company has performed Pinocchio in numerous major festivals in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Unites.

AtticRep’s International Festival of Performance of San Antonio is an initiative to bring thought-provoking international work to San Antonio audiences.

THE AMISH PROJECT

THE AMISH PROJECT by Jessica Dickey

San Antonio Premiere

Performances:

February 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 at 8 PM

Feb 14 and 21 at 2:30 PM

The Amish Project is a play based on a school shooting in the Amish village of Nickel Mines, in which a gunman shot and killed five girls between the ages of 6 and 13. The 2006 incident made international news, forcing a quiet traditional culture into the spotlight of a ravenous news media, and putting Amish life and faith under worldwide scrutiny. The Amish Project traces the extraordinary path of forgiveness and compassion forged in the wake of violent horror, as a community in crisis chooses hope over vengeance. The Amish Project holds the audience spellbound, and opens us to delve into our shared humanity.

“Extraordinary… compelling… the play is also a remarkable piece of writing. —New York Times

“The Amish Project is thought-provoking, compelling theatre…” —nytheatre.com

SECRETS OF A SOCCER MOM

SECRETS OF A SOCCER MOM by Kathleen Clark

San Antonio Premiere

Performances:

April 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 at 8 PM

April 10, 17 at 2:30

Three engaging women reluctantly take the field in a mothers vs. sons soccer game, intending to let the children win. But as the game unfolds, these soccer moms turn from sideline supporters into fierce competitors intent on scoring. A visceral contest reveals the characters’ desire to reignite the good humor, independence and sexuality of their youth, before the responsibilities of motherhood took over. Secrets of a Soccer Mom questions the culture of sitcoms, mommy blogs and marketing platitudes, and forges a salute, a confession, and a call to action.

“Let’s hear it for Soccer Moms, a diverting comedy with a slick style and attention, holding crisp dialogue.”-The New York Times

“A sympathetic and compelling comedy with constant laughs.” – Variety

14

14 created by Roberto Prestigiacomo in collaboration with Aerial Horizon

Aerial choreography: Julia Langenberg

Dance Choreography by Seme Jatib

Performances:

June 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18 at 8 PM

June 12, 19 at 2:30 PM

Performed through aerial acrobatics, dance, words, music, and a stunning visual vocabulary, 14 illustrates the journey of a post-9/11 girl through her first 14 years of life. The piece is a poetic narrative that enacts the challenges of growing up in an era of constant change and terror, one that knows no peace and has lost its way. 14 is a love letter from a father to his growing child, asking her forgiveness for his inability to offer her a better world.

 

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