This is the sold-out house that greeted the world premiere of Sheherezade 14, the short play festival that includes my own world premiere, The Duck:
Surprisingly decent shot for an iPhone 4, given the lighting. Set up for the first play, that stage had to serve as the backdrop for 8 different worlds, including 6 rooms. In order from beginning to end:
- Dissonance (playwright: Terry Anderson): an absurd Dadaist, Pirandellian landscape.
- Almost Like Being Alive (Steve Koppman): a coffee shop.
- The Interview (Madeline Puccioni): a bar.
- Photo Dynamic Therapy (Jennifer Lynne Roberts): a bedroom.
- Reframing Rockwell (Jim Norrena): Norman Rockwell’s studio.
- The Box (Madeleine Butler): a museum storage room.
- The Duck (yours truly): Hope Judith Hauser’s front yard.
- Brew, Drink, Repeat (Bridgette Dutta Portman): A coffee shop that exists outside the space/time continuum.
One stage, one room, eight worlds. I think Shakespeare had it backwards.
Anyway, we had a great opening night; full house, actors in top form. When it works, theater is quite the universe.
Vonn Scott Bair
I cannot recall how I blundered into the music of the extraordinary Tunisian oud player Anouar Brahem; probably just another example of how serendipity is a life skill that can be mastered. He takes his time creating music; he recorded his most “recent” work, The Astounding Eyes of Rita, in 2008. The combination of oud, bass clarinet, bass and percussion produces music at once soothing and intriguing, quiet and mysterious.
In other words, a great addition to my collection of music for 3:00 p.m. on a Friday afternoon.
The HR department at the SFPUC also has a great room for enjoying songs like the title track, “Stopover at Djibouti,” and “Dances with Waves.” The Sunol Conference Room has comfortable chairs, a few small tables, an adequate view of the Civic Center, and a soft quiet light suitable for winding down after a busy week and contemplating the upcoming weekend. Someone has taken to leaving old issues of Time magazine in the room. Another co-worker brought plums from his tree to share with the rest of the gang on Friday. Incredibly sweet and flavorful, best I’ve ever had.
So I put the music, magazines, room, plums and the Civic Center together, and got this.
Still Life with Plums and Magazines, 6 June 2014
The different qualities of light (interior vs. exterior) posed a challenge for my point-and-shoot. Will need some advanced work to make the table whiter.
I hope you have a great weekend. Mine could prove a big one; the world premiere of my short play “The Duck” takes place tonight and the Friday preview looked terrific.
Vonn Scott Bair
PS–Did you notice that not all of the flags fly in the same direction?