Monday, July 18, 2005

Moonie out in the world: Anil Margsahayam

According to Anil, last season's marathon man who went straight from Minnie's Boys to The Boys from Syracuse to the Gala, he is now appearing in something which is "not your normal night in the theatre."

Intrigued? Me too. Here are the deets:

Official Blurb:
The Crowded Fire Theater Company is presenting the World Premiere production of Slow Falling Bird by Christine Evans, an explosive and surreal portrait of refugees and prison guards in Australia’s immigrant detention camps. As the tide of refugees fleeing from war-torn parts of the world grows, Evans asks us to explore the question of how we take them in – or leave them on the outside. With extraordinary passion and lyricism, she brings the issues at the heart of refugee detention front and center in such a way that we not only understand the complexity of the situation, but also feel the tension between the refugees, their guards, and the world outside. With Slow Falling Bird, Evans brilliantly reminds us how theater at its best can dramatically illuminate present-day political issues.

Directed by Crowded Fire Artistic Director Rebecca Novick, Bird features Crowded Fire company members Cassie Beck and Juliet Tanner, as well as Bay Area favorites Michael Storm, Dan Wolf, Sally Clawson, Anil Margsahayam, Rami Margron, Joe Estlack and Jeremiah Christopher Hill. The design team includes Crowded Fire company members Bree Hylkema
(costumes) and Heather Basarab (lights).

Heh. Anil is now a "Bay Area favorite", go Anil!

The logistical details:
Slow Falling Bird will run July 23 – August 20 (opening night gala July 30) at the EXIT on Taylor in San Francisco, just a few blocks from Powell Street BART. To reserve tickets ($18-25) and get more information, visit Crowded Fire’s website or call 415-675-5995.

Pay-What-You-Can Previews: July 23 (Sat.); 25 (Mon.); 28 (Thurs.); 29 (Fri.)
Opening Night Gala: July 30 ($30)

Run: Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, August 4 – 20 ($18-25, sliding scale; $15 for students, seniors & TBA members)

My editorializing: This sounds pretty interesting particularly because I recently watched the movie Hotel Rwanda. Between that story which is only about a decade old, and today's horrific goings on in the Sudan, it seems like this show should have real resonance.

Or at least it would if we heard more about what's happening over there!

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