Exciting theater festival focused on diversity and affordability features award-winning Oakland playwright, two military plays in an airplane hangar, a play entered in both the NYC and SF Fringe Festivals, and two one-woman shows – all at interesting site-specific venues.
One year after their compelling “Breaking Chains Festival” debut, the Ubuntu Theater Project returns with its second annual “Breaking Chains Festival” performing six plays in Oakland and San Francisco until September 27th.
The Ubuntu Theater Project is a new local theater company based in Oakland and comprised of a team of local Bay Area actors and over 30 diverse UC San Diego (UCSD) MFA actors, directors, and designers who are coming up from San Diego for the festival.
“The Ubuntu Theater Project seeks to create exciting theater that is affordable, social, and cutting edge,” said Managing Director Colin Blattel. “The Ubuntu Theater Project is committed to addressing the age gap of theater and appealing to diverse audiences by crafting a shared experience that is both invigorating and socially conscious.”
The Ubuntu Theater Project recently completed a performance of Oakland native Marcus Gardley’s “Dance of the Holy Ghosts.” The festival will continue to highlight the performances of Tim Price’s “Radicalisation of Bradley Manning,” Clifford Odets’s “Waiting for Lefty,” George Brant’s “Grounded,” SF native Bennet Fisher’s “Campo Maldito “and N’Jameh Camara’s “Marguerite to Maya Angelou: a Moment in Prose.”
Performance locations include EXIT STAGE LEFT in San Francisco for the SF Fringe Festival, Oakland Aviation Museum, Warehouse 416 and Classic Cars West, and Envision Academy of Arts & Technology in Oakland.
According to Blattel, the locations were selected to bring “a level of excitement and adventure that will allow audiences to experience live shows in new and meaningful ways.”
“We believe in creating a theatrical experience that invigorates and enlivens our interconnectedness that is too often neglected,” said Artistic Director Michael Moran.
The word Ubuntu is from a Zulu Proverb: “I am a person through other people. My humanity is tied to yours” or most simply translated as “I am because we are.”
The Ubuntu Theater Project is part of the growing global ubuntu movement and is a member of Academia Ubuntu’s “Ubuntu Global Network” and participated in its first annual conference in Lisbon, Portugal in April 2014.
Tickets are sold online for “General Admission – Reserved” for $15-$25. Tickets will also be sold at the door each night on a pay-what-you-can basis.
To buy tickets, or for more information regarding the festival and specific show times, visit www.ubuntutheaterproject.com.