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The Forever Wave

 

Nicole Gluckstern/Estrella Suerte Productions

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Inspired by Dylan Thomas’ iconic Under Milk Wood, The Forever Wave is set in a drowned San Francisco, circa 2070. Combining geography, climate science, Bay Area history, and an assemblage of voices—survivors and dead alike—The Forever Wave is a comprehensive exploration of a what-if future that seems ever more likely every year we fail to address the impacts of climate change and economic inequality. What communities will emerge when our systems have collapsed entirely and “normal” is a historical relic? What can the hilltop-dwellers of the future teach us about ourselves in the now? And what are the things we can start building in order to avoid their fate?

Brought to vivid, auditory life by a multicultural, multigenerational, and multilingual cast of 12 representing the diversity of the Bay Area in terms of culture, ethnicity, gender, and sexual expression, The Forever Wave is a study in resilience, resourcefulness, and community-building. “If you survive the apocalypse,” one narrator asks, “don’t you get to help build what comes after it?”

Written and directed by Nicole Gluckstern. Performed by: Roy Conboy, Jerikka Gamboa, Aaliyah Gilliard, Peter Griggs, Nathaniel Justiniano, Julia Letzel, Mia Paschal, Krystle Piamonte, Edna Mira Raia, Patrick Simms, Megan Trout, and Lluis Valls. Audio engineering by Patrick Simms and sound design by Cliff Caruthers. Featuring music by Mark Growden and Banda Sin Nombre, and poetry by Roy Conboy.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

As Estrella Suerte Productions, theatre-maker and producer Nicole Gluckstern specializes in unexpected and underground performances that prioritize originality, iterative development, immersive, experimental, and experiential work, and audience engagement.

September 4-24, 95 min. duration, $10

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