Intersection for the Arts and California Shakespeare Present CALIFAS FESTIVAL thru 11/17
Intersection for the Arts and the California Shakespeare Theater come together this fall to co-produce the Califas Festival, a six week-long immersive, story-filled play yard of music, visual art, performance, and more in the area in and around Intersection's headquarters. The Festival is the culminating event of the Califas Project, a year of multimedia creative exploration in communities around the state including productions of Richard Montoya's The River at Campo Santo this past March, and American Night at Cal Shakes in June.
The Festival will feature a new performance piece with text by renowned California playwright Luis Alfaro, commissioned songs from seven California jazz greats including Howard Wiley and Terrence Brewer, visual art from Joan Osato, Andrea Blum, Mia Nakano and others, as well as many community voices.
Working together through their research and development wing theTriangle Lab, Cal Shakes and Intersection continue to cross boundaries in their art-making, asking what kind of change can happen when an arts event features a letter from a Dream-act youth next to portraits of and by women living in SOMA SRO's next to the work of MacArthur-award-winning Luis Alfaro, next to a crowd-sourced playlist of California songs.
This is the Califas Festival: a place to discover how our journeys-individual and shared-can help us dream the future of our state. A full list of Califas events is available at www.theintersection.org.
Alleluia, the Road
The second half of the Califas Festival includes the performance piece Alleluia, the Road, with text by Luis Alfaro, inspired by August Strindberg's play The Great Highway, beginning on Day of the Dead, November 1, and running through November 17. We will follow the spiritual journey of Isaac, the lead character, portrayed by Campo Santo co-founder Sean San José, as he voyages up California Highway 99 toward San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. Alleluia, the Road, produced by Campo Santo, Intersection for the Arts, and Cal Shakes, will be performed without traditional set design, amidst the art installations of Califas, as a continued expression of the many stories that have been collected throughout the exploratory phases of the entire festival.
"We want to share and show as many creations, responses, and stories about California as we can," commented San José. "We are not interested in having outreach that is secondary to the play, but rather for all stories derived from our exploration to live alongside one another-including a performance." Triangle Lab Director Rebecca Novick added, "This is one of the chief goals of our work together-to find more impactful ways to create and experience new works together with community."
In addition to San José, Alleluia, the Road features Dwayne Calizo (vocalist and music director) and Campo Santo company members Maria Candelaria (Belicia in Fuku Americanus), Catherine Castellanos (Caliban in Cal Shakes' The Tempest), Donald E. Lacy, Jr. (Brother Ballard in The River), Brian Rivera (Juan José the First, Bob Dylan, and many others in American Night; Luis in The River), and Nora el Samahy (Sally Ranger in The River). The creative collaborative team for Alleluia, the Road, includes Alejandro Acosta (design coordinator),Kevin B. Chen (visual arts program director), Logan Ellis (assistant director), Courtney Flores (costume designer), Christina Larson(stage manager) , Jonathan Moscone (director), Rebecca Novick (Triangle Lab director), Tanya Orellana (scenic designer), Joan Osato(visual designer), Darl Andrew Packard (lighting designer), Jake Rodriguez (sound designer), Sarah Spero (properties designer), Rebeka Rodriguez (outreach program director), Sango Tajima (production team), and Tirzah Tyler (technical director).
On Fridays throughout the Festival, Intersection's Live Jazz at Off the Grid features newly commissioned songs by California local jazz masters: Kasey Knudsen, Melecio Magdaluyo, Darren Johnston, Destiny Muhammed, Howard Wiley, and Scott Amendola. Live Jazz at Off the Grid is held from 12PM-2PM each Friday in the Minna Street Tunnel near 5th Street, and is free and open to the public. During that same timeframe on Fridays, the former news kiosk at 5th and Mission is transformed into an art kiosk and will feature the work of a different early-career artist each week, in a series of interactive performance installations titled "Breaking News: Disrupting Public Space."