SAN FRANCISCO: Crowded Fire has announced its 2016 season, its first under newly appointed artistic director Mina Morita. The lineup includes plays by Dipika Guha, Jonas Hassen Khemiri, and Young Jean Lee.
“At Crowded Fire, we are unafraid of tackling big issues,” said Morita at the season announcement party on Saturday, Nov. 14. “We commit ourselves to true experimentation of form and content to question, disrupt, or complicate comfortable notions of cultural hierarchy.”
The season will begin with the world premiere of Guha’s Mechanics of Love (Feb. 18–March 12, 2016). Directed by Jessa Brie Moreno, the play follows a man who forgets everything, falls in love with a ballerina who forgets nothing and then falls in love with the man and his wife.
Swedish writer Khemiri’s play I Call My Brothers will run next, translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles and directed by Evren Odcikin (March 31–April 24, 2016). The play follows one man’s 24-hour journey after a car explosion that paralyzes an entire city in fear and leads to racial profiling.
Completing the season will be Young Jean Lee’s The Shipment, directed by Morita and Lisa Marie Rollins (Sept 22-Oct 15, 2016). The play explores African-American stereotypes and identity in a not yet post-racial world.
“Crowded Fire’s leadership in the development of a diverse and inclusive canon of new plays is having a national impact,” said Morita in a statement. “As an audience member and artist within the community, I knew the work Crowded Fire was doing was important and challenging the field. What I didn’t realize was just how committed the company was to truly engaging new voices and telling stories in radically different ways. I was astounded to learn that since 2009, 100 percent of Crowded Fire’s plays have been written by women, people of color, or queer-identifying playwrights. I am proud to continue to carry that mantle into our 2016 season.”