Fort Mason Center will host the San Francisco International Arts Festival for 11 days of performances from May 23 to June 2. The festival will feature 50 U.S. and 13 international groups in over 50 presentations of performance art, dance, music, comedy and improv, and spoken word. The festival theme of “The Path to Democracy,” seeks to examine how struggles with democracy are manifested in different cultures in light of the current rise of global nationalism and fascism.
Local participants include Magic Theatre’s presentation of Oedipus El Rey, “a gritty and electrifying” reimaging of the Greek tragedy where Oedipus has spent his life in prison and dreams of being in control of his own destiny beyond the prison walls (Wednesday–Sunday, May 29–June 1); BATS Improv will invite artists from the festival productions prior to the festival to share their presentations, which will provide the BATS team with material for their show, Objet d’Art (Friday, May 3, 10, 17, and 24); We Players will perform Mother Lear about a demented, irascible scholar who communicates with her caretaker daughter using only the text from King Lear (Saturday–Sunday, May 25–26); and Brian Copeland will share a powerful glimpse into his personal struggles in The Waiting Period (Saturday, May 25).
Visit sfiaf.org for a complete schedule of performances and tickets.
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