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“Pay What You Want Week” for God’s Ear at the Ashby Stage

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I’m still  in recovery mode after yesterday’s Bay to Breakers madness.  Most of the day is blurry but I do recall trying to break-up a fight and getting knocked on my ass.  At least I think that’s what happened.  For all I know I could’ve just fallen down.  Regardless, I’m not in the right frame of mind to be doing much good writing right now, so I’m pretty much just gonna cut and paste from the email that was sent to me about this event:

We’re doing a Pay-Whatever-The-Hell-You-Want week at Ashby Stage for the opening week of our next theater show. It’s across the street from Bart with free parking and a full bar. Check it.

THE SHOTGUN PLAYERS PRESENT
GOD’S EAR
BY JENNY SCHWARTZ
DIRECTED BY ERIKA CHONG SHUCH
Pay-What-You-Can Performances May 19, 20, 22 & 23
at The Ashby Stage.
www.ShotgunPlayers.org
510.841.6500

Some people say there are five stages to grief. But there are also living rooms, airport lounges and loose teeth to contend with. Once a couple is shattered by an unexpected tragedy, exquisite bravery, far flung business trips, and fantastical figures are all things that come between love, loss and healing. God’s Ear begins performances May 19th and runs through June 20th at The Ashby Stage.

Mel and Ted have lost their young son. Now, wherever Ted goes, he meets people with dead sons. Part poem, part love song, part dream, Schwartz’s lyrical footwork and domestic hallucinations create incredible emotional heft and harmony. Above the structure of the play arcs a beautiful poignant love story that finds eccentric and extraordinary outlets throughout a taut eighty minutes.

Erika Chong Shuch is a choreographer and director known for presenting bizarre and endearing philosophical quandaries. A recipient of the Gerbode Foundation’s Emerging Choreographer’s Award, the SF Goldie Award, and a long standing artistic residency at Intersection for the Arts, Shuch has made a huge splash in the Bay Area over the past five years. Anyone not already familiar with her passion for multidisciplinary performance, her sweet and sorrowful mixtures of movement and text, is in for an original and unforgettable experience.

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