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SF YOUTH THEATRE PRESENTS...


POWER PLAYS
MAY 2019-Z BELOW 

AL CAPONE DOES MY SHIRTS
MAY 2019-Mission Cultural Center
 
STILL LIFE WITH IRIS
MARCH 2019-Stagewerx Theater
 
BETWEEN DIRT AND SKY
a MAPA@Brava Collaboration
APRIL 2018-Brava Theater

THE BURIALS
FEBRUARY 2018-Brava Theater

HOMEGROWN ONE ACTS
MAY 2017-Red Poppy Art House

HOPE & THE MISSION
a MAPA@Brava Collaboration
APRIL 2017-Brava Theater 
 
HAMLET
AUGUST 2016-Hayes Valley 
 
A SUMMER TO REMEMBER
JULY 2016-Brava Theater
 
DON QUIXOTE
MAY 2016-Brava Theater 
 
THE LAST WILD WITCH
MARCH 2016-Red Poppy Art House

 

POWER PLAYS 

SFYT's Teen Written and Directed ONE ACT FESTIVAL

Plays written and directed by:

Adam Cuadra, Zay Joseph, Alexander Lewis, Yasamin Marashi, Shaaravi & Daniel Antonio Vigil

Facilitated by Bianca Catalan & Dyana Diaz

 

A witches' coven influences the US election. A girl faces the aftermath of sexual assault. A Catholic priest faces his mortality. A wealthy doctor is called on to resuscitate a homeless man. A stranger arrives at a train station. One acts written by amazing SFYT teens as they contemplate the issues of their world through theatre. 

 

 

Al Capone Does My Shirts

Based on the book by Gennifer Choldenko

Adapted by David Bareford

Directed by Lauren Unbekant

Sound, Music and Sets by Emmett Van Slyke


A full-scale multimedia production about the families who worked and lived on Alcatraz during the 1930s. Teenaged Moose’s sister has autism, and no school will accept her as a student. When Moose seeks out the help of a notorious criminal inside the prison, he learns about the meaning of family love and true friends. Based on the Newbery Honor Book and New York Times Bestseller, "Al Capone Does My Shirts" is has become a classic for kids.

 

 

STILL LIFE WITH IRIS by Steven Dietz
Directed by Maica Folch & Sally Davis

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 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 past. The only clue that remains is a single button, which, with the help of friends, helps her 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.

 

 

THE BURIALS 
by Caitlin Parrish

PERFORMED BY SFYT’S DREAM ENSEMBLE
Directed by Cliff Mayotte

 
San Francisco Youth Theatre is pleased to present the West Coast Premiere Caitlin Parrish’s The Burials.
Another day, another school shooting--only this time the shooter is the son of a prominent politician running for office. While daughter Sophie struggles with whether to support her father or reject his pro-gun stance, her classmates turn against her as they grieve the loss of their friends and their hope for the future.
 

Using the ancient Greek tragedy Antigone as inspiration,The Burials takes a long, hard look at how high school youth affected by gun violence examine their place and value in the world. The play incorporates dynamic multimedia video and sound design as it examines social media’s role in the continuing debate about mass shootings.

 

MAPA@ Brava presents...
Between Dirt & Sky A musical inspired by the life of César Chávez 

Written by Charles Eurydice Gray & Lisa Quoresimo
Directed by Marcelo Pereira 

Performed by:
San Francisco Youth Theatre
Cuicacalli Escuela de Danza
Mariachi Juvenil La Misión 

Production Design by San Francisco Running Crew 

Inspired by the life of American civil rights leader Cesar Chavez, Between Dirt & Sky fuses the early events of the American farm labor movement with the personal struggles of those who lived it. Set on the cusp of great change and social upheaval, it is a highly theatrical piece that invites contemplation and discussion. 

Though inspired by historical events, Between Dirt & Sky is a topically relevant story that offers insight into present day issues such as immigration, labor practices, equality and national identity. Neither history recitation nor eulogy, Between Dirt & Sky explores the psyche of a uniquely American leader whose story is inspirational to both those steeped in the lore of La Causa (the cause) and to those new to its discovery. 

 

HOMEGROWN ONE ACT FESTIVAL
SFYT's First Student Written and Directed One Act Festival

It’s going down…

Eight SFYT playwrights have created a brilliant collection of one-act plays that tell stories of having an incarcerated parent, Black Lives Matter, the Beauty Standard, LGBT relationships, being an artist, and yes, our changing San Francisco. Directed, acted and produced by the playwrights. 

 

 

HOPE & THE MISSION
A Bilingual coming of age story at the intersection of self-discovery and a changing Mission.

Written by Javier Hurtado
Directed by Gendell Hing-Hernandez
Performed by SFYT 415 Teen Ensemble

Music by Emily Klion, George Brooks & Marcelo Pereira


Hope and the Mission is a bilingual coming-of-age story revolving around the young character Hope whose Mission District family finds themselves on the sidelines of a changing neighborhood and at odds with each other over generational differences. Alongside the theme of gentrification, the play examines cultural identity and gender fluidity through song, dance, and humor.

 

HAMLET The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. San Francisco 2016.   Written by William Shakespeare Directed by Cliff Mayotte Performed by SFYT DREAM Ensemble Music by Schuyler Karr   San Francisco Youth Theatre is proud to present SFYT DREAM Ensemble in William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Hamlet. SFYT’s production is set against the backdrop of present day San Francisco, with Shakespeare's Danish monarchy transformed into tech giant Elsinore.com. This shortened version of focuses on the domestic tragedy of Hamlet: power, love, violence and loss. The live musical score adds a distinctly cinematic feel, complementing the play’s evocative language, beauty, and imminent dread. 

HAMLET
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. San Francisco 2016

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Cliff Mayotte
Music by Schuyler Karr

Performed by SFYT DREAM ENSEMBLE
San Francisco Youth Theatre is proud to present SFYT DREAM Ensemble in William Shakespeare’s 
classic tragedy, Hamlet. SFYT’s production is set against the backdrop of present day San Francisco,
with Shakespeare's Danish monarchy transformed into tech giant Elsinore.com. This shortened version of
focuses on the domestic tragedy of Hamlet: power, love, violence and loss. The live musical score adds a
distinctly cinematic feel, complementing the play’s evocative language, beauty, and imminent dread. 

 

THE LAST WILD WITCH 
Book by Starhawk
Adapted and Directed by Sally Davis & Maica Folch 
Music by Emily Klion

How can a group of children magically save their forest when the grown-ups are against them?
By listening to the dreams of a wise, wise woman of course.
This beautiful eco-fable is performed by SF Youth Theatre's Elementary Ensemble,
MadCap Players. 

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DON QUIXOTE

BY MIQUEL DE CERVANTES
Directed by Paul Collins
May 14-15, 2016

Adapted by John Litten
Music by Maggie McKaig and Emily Klion
Musical Direction by Marcelo Pereira

Costumes by Susana Aragón
Sets and Lighting by SF Running Crew


Miquel de Cervantes' timeless Don Quixote is the comical and inspiring story of an iconic visionary who
ees the world in a magical way. The story's colorful characters of Don Quixote, Sancho Panza, Dulcinea,
knights in shining armor, puppets and dueling windmills have inspired audiences for centuries.
Performed by SF Youth Theatre’s 415 Teen Ensemble. 

 

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A SUMMER TO REMEMBER
It's the Fourth of July, and Alice is packing for college when she discovers a childhood box
filled with pictures and memories from a glorious summer gone by. The past and its characters
come roaring back to life with action, comedy, a little romance and whole lot of fireworks!

Created and Directed by John Litten  
Performed by SFYT 415 Teen Summer Ensemble