August 23 - September 16, 2018 | Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre
By Noah Haidle | Directed by Andrew Oswald & Francis Gercke
Backyard Renaissance Theatre Company, as a part of the La Jolla Playhouse Resident Theatre Program, presents the San Diego premiere of Smokefall.
“…a rare and poignant play…” – Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
Change is in the air as Violet prepares to bring twin boys into the world. Inside her womb, her unborn sons contemplate their future, while the world around her is in transformation: her husband is secretly planning to leave her, her father is slipping into senility and her daughter has taken a vow of silence. Haunting and slyly funny, Smokefall explores the lives of this family in a lyrical treatise on the fragility of life and the power of love.
More at: BackyardRenaissance.com
Photo credit: Francis Gercke, Jessica John, Fedra Ramirez Olivares and Antonio T.J. Johnson in Smokefall; photo by Daren Scott.
Backyard Renaissance presents theatre with an “art to the gut” sensibility and believes that exceptional storytelling is rooted in a sense of joyful play, human connection, and gutsy intensity. The company was founded in 2015 by artistic director Francis Gercke and executive director Jessica John Gercke. With the addition of producing director Anthony Methvin, the company has produced six productions including the San Diego Premiere of Parlour Song by Jezz Butterworth, The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance, Gutenberg: The Musical by Scott Brown and Anthony King, Abundance by Beth Henley, Bachelorette by Leslye Headland, and the world premiere of Adam Wachter’s Tarrytown (2017 SD Critics Circle Award for Best Original Musical).Backyard Renaissance Theatre Company Resident Theatre
The Shank Theatre is a 98-seat theatre adjacent to the Mandell Weiss Forum theatre.