Magic Circle Cycle (in development) Original piece inspired by Brecht's Caucasian Chalk Circle with original music by Kalei Yamanoha. Work in process showings Dec. 2016 & Feb. 2017 at Imaginists and Z Space in San Francisco in April 2018.
REAL, 2016 - 6 actors, 20 characters and 30 years of failed immigration reform spin us on 1 wild ride through the absurd world of REAL where realtors are foxes and K9s are cops and a good fairy named Liberty wishes for Pinocchio to become a real boy but JUSTICE, the fairy's pet snail, moves very, very slowly. Inspired by C. Collodi's Pinocchio, D.A.C.A. (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and the D.R.E.A.M. Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors). Re-written, re-worked, and re-REALized REAL, an original production was first performed in 2013. Performed in Spanish and English. Ensemble: Amanda Artru, Zahira Diaz, Brent Lindsay, Gustavo Servin, Xulio Soriano, and Michelle Torres. Community partners: Comite VIDA, North Bay Organizing Project, Padilla Partners and SRJC Undocumented Student Union.
The 16th (in development) A small, well meaning, scrappy organization, the Agency Agency, straddles funders, foundations, and consultants in order to engage the middle quadrants of a future city. Struggling to find testimonials so they can report to the Department of Measurement, the small organization crosses into the 16th, a mythical place that even the locals fear. Legend has it that the 16th is a vast desert of burial grounds with an underground network of illegal trade run by El Diablo. As they get closer to uncovering the secrets of the community in the middle quadrants, things go terribly wrong. The 16th is a Borgesian noir and meta- theatrical satire that examines the extent to which an organization will go to get funding and who tells whose stories. As one Q3 inhabitant puts it - "Diversity can get dangerous." Performed in Spanish and English. 8 work in process showings April 2016. Z Space residency October 2016. Conceived and written by Brent Lindsay and Amy Pinto.
La Carpa Americana 2016, a satirical look at the politics of cultural identity and immigration, focusing on one family’s experiences and staged in the style of the traditional Mexican carpa or “tent show”. Composed of five “acts”, each illuminating a different aspect of immigration policies and realities, the carpas employs physical comedy, music, satire and politics into a surreal variety show that touches on the most pressing issues of our times. La Carpa Americana is an original, ensemble created show performed in Spanish and English. With: Amanda Artru, Zahira Diaz, Brent Lindsay, Zulma Martinez, Claire McCaffrey, Marcela Mejia, Dulce Preciado, Rachel Quintana, Gustavo Servin, Xulio Soriano, and Sergio Zavala. In collaboration with SSU Dept. of Chicano and Latino Studies. Performed at the Green Center Oct. 2016.
Stories for Children 2016 The Association of Concerned Writers for Children invites you to its inaugural "Story-time for Adults". You will be cared for like a child, protected from yourself, gently shown the absurdities of the world through stories even a child can comprehend. The Association understands how hard it is to be an adult and has been working tirelessly to make everything- "o.k."
Three original short pieces inspired by the life and work of Russian absurdist short story writer Daniil Kharms. Puppets, animated landscapes, and live actors bring three small, intricately crafted, worlds to life. Sept. & Oct. 2016 Written and conceived by Brent Lindsay & Amy Pinto. Design: Jessica Rasmussen, Tim Ray, Sonja Roberts, Emile Rosewater, Catherine Seick, Brent Lindsay & Amy Pinto. Puppeteers: Emile Rosewater, Katrina Dolgushkin, Catherine Seick, Amanda Artru, & Hana Casita. Performed by Brent Lindsay & Michelle Torres. Directed by Amy Pinto.
SitCalm with the Imaginists, 2015
The Imaginists jump into the bright bottomless pit of situation comedy finding freedom within the form. Inside this safe and familiar world we find the courage to deconstruct. We sacrifice ourselves, and comic timing, as we savagely scrutinize our society's pathological refusal to talk about what's really going on. Watch your favorite characters get mixed up again and again in some of the silliest situations, goofiest gags, and most hilarious high-jinks this side of Santa Rosa Avenue. Come back again and again to see all four hilarious episodes. Ensemble: Amanda Artru, Jaycob Bellochio, Hana Casita, Quenby Dolgushkin, Brent Lindsay, James Malek, Claire McCaffrey, Amy Pinto, Rachel Quintana, Sonja Roberts, Emile Rosewater, and Lukas Thompson. Photo by: Timmy Lodhi
CRUMBS, a Cinderella story 2014 & 2015
Upstairs, a landlady who controls everything. Downstairs, a household of creatures who work day and night. Far away, in a castle, a Prince has a radical idea- invite everyone to the ball. Original work inspired by Grimm’s Cinderella and One Eye, Two Eyes, Three Eyes. Ensemble: Amanda Artru, Jaycob Bellochio, Hana Casita, Quenby Dolgushkin, Ashley Jarrett, Brent Lindsay, James Malek, Claire McCaffrey, Amy Pinto, Rachel Quintana, Jessica Rasmussen, Sonja Roberts, Emile Rosewater, and Lukas Thompson. Photo by: Jaycob Bellochio
Calaveras del Monton, 2014
Join the Imaginists for an evening of traditional Calaveras. Calaveras are imaginary "obituaries" told by the dead to the living. Sometimes satirical, sometimes haunting or whimsical these vignettes told in verse, song, spoken word or as a soliloquy illuminate our present. This year we welcome The Politician, The Gardener, The Black Sheep, and The Dirt among others. Performed in Spanish and English. Ensemble: Abigail Barajas, Maggie Coshnear, Patty Gomez, Andrea Lopez, Zulma Martinez, Claire McCaffrey, Amy Pinto, Dulce Precido, Rachel Quintana, Tessa Rissacher, Irma Salvidor, Mikyla Schober, Maria Soto, and Lissete Vega.
Warcircus, after Euripides’ Trojan Women, 2014
From out of the past come the archetypal women of Troy: Helen, the beauty, Cassandra, the truth-teller, Hecuba, the matriarch, Andromache, the rock, Polyxena, the ghost, and the Women of the Chorus, the time-travelers. Come one come all. Tonight and every night. Alive Alive Alive. Positively Alive. Step right up, ladies and gentlemen. The women of Troy and their Amazing Traveling Side Show Extravaganza, WARCIRCUS! Ensemble: Amanda Artru, Jaycob Bellochio, Quenby Dolgushkin, Patty Gomez, Ashley Jarrett, Brent Lindsay, Claire McCaffrey, Amy Pinto, Rachel Quintana, Jessica Rasmussen, Sonja Roberts, Lukas Thompson. Photo by Jaycob Bellochio. Performed at ACT Costume Shop and the Imaginists.
Guest House for Travelers in the Beautiful, 2014
Inspired by the poets Danhil Kharnms and Alexander Vvedensky we created a walk through performance/installation of many caves each holding a vision that ended in a small fortune-telling spectacle with the Sybil of Cumae. Ensemble: Jaycob Bellochio, Hana Casita, Quneby Dolgushkin, Katrina Dolgushkin, Erik Dolgushkin, Doug Faxson, Ashley Jarrett, Brent Lindsay, James Malek, Claire McCaffrey, Jessica Rasmussen, Emile Rosewater, Rachel Quintana, and Lukas Thompson. Photo by Jaycob Bellochio.
The Party, 2013 & 2014
The Party is a ritual re-enactment of The Story, told annually on the longest night of the year. The performers (characters & actors) recreate The Story as they have done for years, they are: The Uninvited Guest, The Soldier, The Widower, The Motherless Child, The Seer, The Servant, and The Host. Who owns The Story? Which narrative is true? The dominant narrative is debated, up-ended, and fought over. There is a fight for meaning. The Party takes place on, under, and around a table. We play musical chairs and snow falls. But, inevitably, the arc is impossible to resist. Direction/ Brent Lindsay. Ensemble: Quenby Dolgushkin, Eliot FIntushel, Claire McCaffrey, Amy Pinto, Rachel Quintana, Lukas Thompson, Sergio Zavala.
How a Mountain Was Made, by Greg Sarris, 2013
An original adaptation based on Sarris' How A Mountain Was Made. Ensemble: Zahira Diaz, Quenby Dolgushkin, Brent Lindsay, Claire McCaffrey, Marcella Mejia, Amy Pinto, Rachel Quintana, Emile Rosewater, Gustavo Servin, Brandon Wilson, Otter Villagomez, and Sergio Zavala.
The Last Garden, 2013
Community-based collaboration with Imaginists, LandPaths and Roseland residents. Performed at the Bayer Farm Harvest Festival.
Left After Not, 2013
Original performance based on Farid ud-Din Attar’s The Conference of the Birds. Ensemble: Taylor Diffenderfer, Quenby Dolgushkin, Eliot Fintushel, Brent Lindsay, Claire McCaffrey, David O’Connell, Amy Pinto, Rachel Quintana, Tessa Rissacher, Emile Rosewater, Brandon Wilson, and Sergio Zavala.
Original adaptation of the Pied Piper of Hamlin in collaboration with The Crux. Ensemble: Annie Cilley, Taylor Diffenderfer, Quenby Dolgushkin, Eliot Fintushel, Travis Hendrix, Josh Jackson, Brent Lindsay, Claire McCaffrey, Layla Musselwhite, Amy Pinto, Emile Rosewater, Ben Weiner, Josh Windmiller, and Kalei Yamanoha.
A Los Actores / To the Actors, 2010
An original ensemble created performance in response to Arizona SB1070 & the deportation of an Imaginists’ ensemble member. The piece, satirical and full of dark humor, imagines an experimental bilingual theater company that decides to make a tour to Arizona with a piece of political theater. The actors, all portraying famous activists, are hassled by Arts Councils, picked up by ICE and police officers, and chased by kidnappers until there is only one actor left to perform all the roles. Our deported colleague was included in every performacne through skype. Performed in Spanish and English.
Extranjeros en su propia tierra/ Strangers in Their Own Land, 2009
Satirical, absurd and tragic, this original play, performed in Spanish and English, and created in collaboration with the Graton Day Labor Center takes place in a mythic desert and follows a group of travelers as they make a difficult journey, while a shoe enjoys the pleasures of free trade, and a courtroom is overtaken by the Rio Grande. A poignant and revealing look into today’s immigration issues. The piece was performed at Sonoma State University, Santa Rosa J.C., and at the Imaginists.