Stage Werx Theatre hosts, produces and co-produces many local, national and international theatre groups and artists. The productions below represent just a smattering of our programing.
We have an ongoing relationship offerng free tickets and stage opportunities with local Recovery Houses such as Delancey Street, Ohloff House, Project 90, Healthright 360 and Salvation Army. Please contact us if you’re interested in free tickets for those who are low income or in need.
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Kamau Bell’s homecoming at Stage Werx.
The Bay Area hasn’t been the same since W. Kamau Bell pulled up stakes as his career took off with the FX show “Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell,” but Bell is coming home, at least for a visit.
Bell will perform two shows at Stage Werx to benefit the theater, which was one of several venues to nurture his career back in the day. Fans will remember shows such as “The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About An Hour, ” as well as other projects at Stage Werx.
UDAIYAVAR – SUPRITA TRILOK
Odissi is a classical dance from the state of Orissa in Eastern India. It has its roots in ritual temple dancing dating back to the 2nd Century BCE and brings to life the sculptures that decorate the walls of these ancient temples.
‘Udaiyavar: An Offering in Odissi Dance’ explores the concept of the Transcendent Being who both creates and destroys; reveals and mystifies, offers and takes away. This seemingly dichotomous force, however, reveals itself to be a regenerative cycle; one where destruction, illusion, and separation pave the way for rebirth, liberation, and union.
SF Youth Theatre Presents:
The Afterlife tells the story of two teenagers–Chuy, who dies by violence, and Crystal, who dies by suicide, who meet and fall in love in the afterlife, a magical realm between the living and the dead. Together they look back on their lives, seeing the beauty of the world left behind.
Renowned author Gary Soto has created a profound theatre experience that mixes humor and pathos to open the door for healing and connection, making us each understand our true value in the world. Cast talkback after each show.
GENDER ASSIMILATION: A REBUTTAL
What is it to be genderqueer? In an intimate portrayal, Jaq Victor gives themself over to theatrical investigation. Their butt serves as staging ground upon which to expose and push back against social narratives around racism, beauty privilege, transphobia, horizontal oppression, and so much more.
Don’t miss this viscerally evocative and politically heartfelt exploration of identity expression! This show is sponsored by Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center in the United States of Asian America Festival.
Written and performed by Jaq Victor
YOU DON’T KNOW ME – AN INSIDE LOOK AT MENTAL ILLNESS
Solo performers explore their experience with bi-polar, depression, suicidal actions, borderline personality, and anxiety. Imagine you think you are the Messiah – what will be your first miracle? You are in music therapy – why not make a song about your medications? There’s laughter and tears in these performances. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to Onemind.org – an organization funding research into the causes of mental disorders in order to develop new treatments. Learn more at onemind.org.
Directed by Mark Kenward, produced by Toni Weingarten, featuring performances by Ashley Jaye, Bennet Caffee, Penny Edwards, Nicky Martinez, Toni Weingarten.
2019 SF LIt Crawl – Tier 1
PLAY ON WORDS: LIVE FROM SAN FRANCISC0
From cultural voodoo to labor in the cane fields, San Jose’s premier literary performance series features professional actors interpreting original work by Bay Area writers. Featuring: Gary Singh, Sage Curtis, Anniqua Rana, Tiffany Edwards, Ryan Alpers, Becky Kling
Stage Werx has hosted Lit Crawl in 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014
Learn about healing Jewish rituals for grief as a starting point to create your own. A rabbi and psychotherapist share stories of comfort through mourning. For everyone!
A Bay Area rabbi and psychotherapist from Jewish backgrounds share rituals and wisdom that support community members through grieving.
Everyone is welcome regardless of religious or spiritual background. Q&A to follow panel presentation.
Guest speakers: Rabbi Me’irah Iliinsky and Gloria Saltzman
Hosted by: Jeremy Dow, Kenny Yun and Stage Werx
Stage Werx hosts Grey Matters, A Speaker Series covering STEM and other relevant topics to inform and entertain. Please contact us if you have a topic to share with the community.
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Beyond Words is a Stage Werx Production bringing the best of the best Solo Performers locally, nationally and internationally.
Solo Sundays is a Bruce Pachtman, Ty Mckenzie co-production hosted by Stage Werx into it’s 11th year bringing audiences excerpts of full solo shows enticing them to seek out more. http://www.solosundays.org
Underground Sound is on hiatus but will be returning with the eclectic music series highlighting acoustic performance and performers engaging audiences with the art of creating music.
THEY CALL ME Q is the story of a girl from Bombay growing up in the Boogie Down Bronx who gracefully seeks balance between the cultural pressures brought forth by her traditional parents and wanting acceptance into her new culture. Along the journey, Qurrat Ann Kadwani (Q) transforms into 13 characters that have shaped her life including her parents, Caucasian teachers, Puerto Rican classmates, and African-American friends. Laden with heart and abundant humor, THEY CALL ME Q speaks to the universal search for identity experienced by immigrants of all nationalities.
Under the direction of Obaid Kadwani and Claudia Gaspar, and developed with Ellery Schaar
Philoso?hy Talk Live Podcast Recording
RADICAL DEMOCRACY MOVEMENT
Liberal democracy has its problems, including the fact that in trying to build consensus, it often ends up oppressing minorities or those who dissent. Radical democracy, on the other hand, tries to build consensus around difference, and challenge oppressive power relationships. But what are the risks of radical democracy? Is it really possible to have a democratic nation state without social conformity? How do we ensure both freedom and equality for all citizens in a society? And how does the anti-colonial tradition help us rethink what a modern democracy might be like? John and Ken join the struggle with Stanford historian Aishwary Kumar, author of Radical Equality: Ambedkar, Gandhi, and the Risk of Democracy, in a program recorded live at Stage Werx Theatre in San Francisco.
This program was record live at Stage Werx Theatre in San Francisco.
HOLDING THE SHADOW
Experiences of Spiritual Emergency
How can we own our shadow and help the collective heal as a whole? If we don’t own our shadow and integrate it, it comes out elsewhere as an untamed force, repeating the violence of personal and collective trauma, and we societally hide or devalue our brilliant capacities for creativity, and connection with something greater than ourselves.
Created by Naasiha Siddiqui
Chetty’s Lullaby brought the tragic downfall of the legendary trumpet player Chet Baker to life and with it the tumultuous Milan Jazz scene of the late 1950’s. Based on true events, this two-act play narrated the days leading up to Baker’s arrest and imprisonment by Italian authorities on drug charges. Leaving his wife Halema to fend for herself in a foreign country and make the most difficult decision of her life. the play’s recreation of this hip era of glamorous decline was completed by live music from Baker’s Quartet, American drummer and ex-junkie Gene Victory Italian Pianist Romano Mussolini, son of the deposed Dictator, and Milan raconteur Augusto Razetto.
Jazz. Heartbreak. Dreams. Drugs. Chetty’s Lullaby was the searing recreation of an unforgettable era and it’s most beautiful tragic star.
Performed by Phillip Watt
One-Woman Show Explores the Life of Coretta Scott King
This one-woman show follows Coretta Scott from her childhood picking cotton in Alabama through her musical career to her role at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement alongside her husband Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Widowed after Dr. King’s tragic assassination, Coretta must find a way to move forward while carrying on her late husband’s work.
Performed by Dee Dee Simon