Following a highly successful inaugural production of Octavio Solis' Santos & Santos, Campo Santos, San Francisco's new Latino theatre company, presents the world premiere of Erin Cressida Wilson's Hurricane, previewing Jan. 29-30, opening Feb. 1, and running through Feb. 16.
Hurricane tells the story of five seemingly disconnected people, who share their world views, loves, and personalities, reflecting the Woman's voice. In Utah, a female resident of the town of Hurricane discusses the Bomb and how the US government has threatened her town and livelihood. In New York, a couple in the fashion industry discuss their relationship, a politically correct actor enjoys butt-pinching all the beautiful women he meets, and an ex-prisoner of war endures a journalists painful interview questions about maintaining sanity in insane circumstances.
Campo Santos might be one of the youngest theatre companies in theatre history to gain a world premiere of a playwright of this stature. Erin Cressida Wilson is an award-winning playwright that has been produced internationally, Off-Broadway, and in California in theatres such as the Mark Taper Forum and the Magic Theatre.
Wilson is a member of the New Dramatists, and for the past four seasons was playwright-in-residence at Sundance. She is a professor of Playwrighting at Duke University, and her plays include: My Girl Is in Front, Cross-Dressing in the Depression, Soiled Eyes of the Ghost, and Dakota's Belly, Wyoming.
Campo Santos was originally created by Sean San Jose Blackman, Luis Saguar and Michael Tores, and now also includes James Carpenter and Margo Hall. Its aim is to produce and perform new and recent work by American playwrights, simply and directly, with little or no sets or costumes, letting , words of the playwright tell the story. Wilson says,"Campo Santos' philosophy of playmaking, of poor theatre, and of community, will create the most appropriate and I feel, best production of Hurricane possible."
For more information on Campo Santos, please refer to the news story , "New SF Latino Theatre Company..." in theatre news on Playbill On-Line.
For tickets or more information, please refer to the Campo Santos regional listing on Playbill On-Line.
--By Blair Glaser