What do Flannery O'Connor and the 1996 Olympics have in common? The answer can be seen now at San Francisco's Marilyn Monroe Memorial Theatre, where founder, writer and director Kathi Georges has adapted O'Conner's The Artificial Nigger for the stage, set in the modern, frenzied, Olympic Atlanta of today instead of O'Connor's 1956 South. The first-ever stage adaptation follows a young boy and his grandfather lost in Atlanta, ghosts from the past that enter a carnival-like atmosphere which requires audiences to face their own hatred.
The Artificial Nigger runs through June 22, Thu-Sat 9 PM. Tickets are $12. The Marilyn Monroe Theatre is at 96 Lafayette St. For tickets or more info, call (415) 552-3034.