March 19th, 2019
Still Life With Iris is a fantastical adventure which centers on a little girl's search for the simplest of things: home. Iris lives in the land of Nocturno—a magical place in which the workers make by night, all of the things we see in the world by day. In Nocturno, memories do not reside in people's minds but instead are held in coats they wear. When Iris' coat is taken from her, she loses the memory of her home. All that remains is a single button, which she uses as a clue to find her way home.
This piece is the first play for young audiences to receive the Kennedy Center's Fund for New American Plays Award.
Coming in April 2019
Based on the Newbery Honor Book and New York Times Bestseller, Al Capone Does My Shirts is historical fiction with a hint of mystery about living at Alcatraz not as a prisoner, but as a kid meeting some of the most famous criminals in our history. But the unusual living conditions don't mean that kids get to escape the struggles of growing up. This story that's rooted in history and in challenges today's audiences can relate to is charming, funny, and heart-warming all at once. Al Capone Does My Shirts has become an instant classic for kids, and SFYT is delighted to bring it to life!
San Francisco Youth Theatre presents
The Afterlife shows the fragility of contemporary life, how uttering a single insult ignites a conflict that leaves a young man dead. In the restroom of a nightclub, Chuy, the good-natured protagonist, remarks to a boy his age wearing yellow shoes, “I like your shoes.” The hot-tempered teen feels he’s being made fun of and stabs Chuy to death. Dead, Chuy floats in a ghostly limbo meeting Crystal, a suicide victim with her own tragic story, and a homeless woman, dying on the street. The story shuttles between the experience of loss and anger felt both by the living left behind and those who have passed on.
The show's target is audience is teens who have experienced the pain of violence, suicide and loss in their community.
Watch a clip of the June 2018 performance at The Phoenix Theatre, SF, performed by SFYT DREAM Ensemble.