Out of the High School and Onto the Stage
A poet can write in a garret. A singer can croon a cappella. But a playwright can't know what works without actors and an audience, especially an audience. Magic Theater's Young California Writers Project offers a unique opportunity for Bay Area high school students to see their plays performed by professional actors. "YCWP is innovative in its use of theater as a tool for learning," says the project's education director, the evocatively named Antigone Trimis. "Theater artists, educators, and high school students team up in a process that's refreshing, creative, and life-affirming." The performance is May 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Magic, in Fort Mason, and it's free. Call 441-8001 for reservations.
The Money Thang
Thanks to the new barbarians (aka the Republican congressional majority), and their 39 percent cut in NEA funding, arts organizations around the Bay Area are scrambling to make up missing or severely diminished grants. Their cries for cash, however, are artfully disguised: The New Pickle Family Circus will perform two matinees on May 18 at 1 and 4 p.m. to benefit the California Shakespeare Festival. Do your part for the Bard and have a fabulous time at "Pickle Slices," selections from the Pickles' recent full-length shows, with dancing, juggling, acrobatics -- you know, circus stuff, performed at the fest's outdoor amphitheater in Orinda. There's plenty of parking; you can also BART to Orinda and free shuttle to the amphitheater. The grounds open an hour before the performance. Call (510) 548-9666.