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African-American Shakespeare Company

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African-American Shakespeare Company Season Subscription

Season subscription includes 4 performances: 3 live-stage productions at the Marines' Memorial Theatre and 1 online performance.
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African-American Shakespeare Company Jazz Pass

Jazz Pass includes 2 live-stage productions at the Marines' Memorial Theatre and all online performances. (For patrons 21 and under.)
African-American Shakespeare Company
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Season Subscription: $100 - $199
(Includes 5 Performances)

Regular Price: $30 - $75
Groups of 10+: 30% Discount

Run Time: 2 hours

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African-American Shakespeare Company's annual production of Cinderella is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. Our classic tale of a girl who is searching for a way out is refreshed with a contemporary sensibility that reflects the magic of the beauty from within. Immerse yourselves in the world and experience Cinderella anew!
Season Subscription includes The Slave Who Loved Caviar (online performance), Cinderella, The Glass Menagerie, and Romeo and Juliet. All live-stage productions are at the Marines' Memorial Theatre. Subscribers will be emailed their streaming link for The Slave Who Loved Caviar in October.

Hold onto your seat as we guide you on a thrilling adventure this season. An invigorating colorful season of productions ranging from a collection of notable established and emerging contemporary writers and performers --- to the time-honored traditional favorite classics – a marvel for all ages.

San Francisco’s African-American Shakespeare Company’s 2022-23 Season to Include 5 performances: 4 live-stage productions and 1 online performance. “Echoes of Us”, an original Work directed by Tony-nominated actress/director/coach Michele Shay brings together contemporary and timeless Black writers to share an evening of voices from past, present, and future. Our online performance of Ishmael Reed’s The Slave Who Loved Caviar is cautionary tale of the famous Haitian-painter, Jean-Michel Basquiat Written, whose work currently sale at $125 million, but who died tragically from the industry that clamped onto his talents and drained him for all his artistic worth. Family favorite, Cinderella, will be in town for the holidays with company member, Devin Cunningham creating the 20th anniversary of this San Francisco tradition. Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie will be our Spring performance directed by Monica Ndounou with our finale production in May for Romeo and Juliet (for America), a newly conceptualized performance directed by L. Peter Callender.

African-American Shakespeare Company

The award-winning African-American Shakespeare Company (AASC) was established in 1994 by Sherri Young whose goal was to bring diversity and inclusivity to theatre for communities of color. We do this by performing classical works and hiring 90% of the major roles to Black artists and other communities of color as a way to engage BiPOC communities. Shakespeare and other classic productions are infused with cultural icons/characters, music, setting, and place of time that are familiar and iconic to communities of color. This brings a sense of familiarity and inclusiveness to these time-honored works; while creating new artistic vision and opportunities for artists of color to become unbound and stretch beyond traditional roles.

Awards for their work includes: “Best Live Theatre” by San Francisco Magazine in 2018; Certificate of Honor San Francisco Mayor London Breed and former Mayor Gavin Newsom (now California Governor); Jefferson Award for Public Service (Silver Recipient) in 2018; The Paine Knickerbocker Award in 2014 for Outstanding Achievement for a Theater Company by the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle; and a Community Partner Award from University of San Francisco's Leo T. McCarthy Center for outstanding collaboration in providing a quality Service-Learning program.

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