With the success of1999's American one act series, the Bay Area's Eastender Repertory Company decided to follow up with 100 Years of Euro-One-Acts, ending Aug. 27 at A Traveling Jewish Theatre. Performances of the eight play series began Aug. 1.
Irish and Italian comedy mix with French and British existentialism in this series, ranging in authors from John M. Syne to Caryl Churchill. Among the works will be Synge's Irish realism short work, In the Shadow of the Glen; Luigi Pirandello's ironic comedy of manners, Chee-Chee; Bertolt Brecht's harrowing vision of life under the Nazi regime, The Jewish Wife; Jean-Paul Sartre's existential classic where "hell is other people," No Exit; Dario Fo's parody of bourgeois values, The Virtuous Burglar; Pinter's radio play A Slight Ache; Samuel Beckett's old-woman-in-a-rocking-chair solo, Rockabye; and Churchill's language play, Blue Kettle, in its Bay Area premiere.
The festival's ensemble will be Katrina Andrews, Joaquin Aranda, Michael Barr, Keith Burkland, Valda Claire, Craig Dickerson, Kiara Downey, Katherine Dunlop, Kenna Hunt, Benedict Ives, Suzan Kendall, Joseph Leonardi, Marnie Levee, Madeline Lacques-Aranda, Paul Lancour, Celia Maurice, Fred Smith and June Stoddart.
The plays will be presented in three series, running:
Series A: In the Shadow of the Glen, Chee Chee, The Jewish Wife
Series B: No Exit, The Virtuous Burglar
Series C: A Slight Ache, Rockaby, Blue Kettle Tickets are $20-$12. A Traveling Jewish Theatre is located at 470 Florida Street. For reservations, call Eastenders Repertory Company at (510) 434-0734.
-- By Christine Ehren