Turning the tables - Page 2

'Fury Factory' unleashes ensemble-driven performances

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The Imaginists debut in SF with The Party.
PHOTO BY BRENT LINDSAY

"We really yearn for story, we want that," says Lindsay. "The chaos of life won't hand it to us. So we look to storytellers, or theater, to hand us the clean arc or the plot, we all have a desire for that. [The Party]," he laughs, "is really not giving you that at all."

And speaking of substrata, a family-friendly main stage Bay Area premiere comes courtesy of Under the Table, a Brooklyn-based physical comedic theater ensemble. Its festival offering, The Hunchbacks of Notre Dame, follows a troupe of hunchbacked siblings trying to turn the tables on their hard luck, in something maybe just vaguely resembling the story by Victor Hugo. Yet more subsurface family-friendly comedy comes along in The Submarine Show (an SF Fringe favorite by Oakland-based Slater Penny and former Cirque du Soleil performer Jaron Hollander).

The emphasis on works-in-progress in the festival's "Raw Materials" series, meanwhile, develops an interest cultivated in two previous iterations of foolsFURY's separate "Factory Parts" festival, which opens up the creative process to audiences (who see several offerings for the price of a single ticket) and, in the words of co–artistic director Debórah Eliezer, "provides a rare opportunity for new work to gain critical feedback through performance and audience engagement." "Fury Factory" offerings in this realm include two developing pieces by San Francisco's Deborah Slater Dance Theater, another by international clown trio the Defenestrators (of Blue Lake, stomping grounds of famed Dell'Arte school of physical theater), LA's Estela Garcia (with a piece on the Spanish-Mexican surrealist painter and anarchist Remedios Varo), Atlanta's Danielle Deadwyler (with a "stream of consciousness mixtape listening party" exploring representations of the black female body), and two by foolsFURY (including playwright Steve Haskell's Baden Powell Wars, about the conflicted Boer War hero and Boy Scouts founder). *

"FURY FACTORY"

Through July 20, $16 (three performances, $39; five performances, $55)

Z Space, 450 Florida, SF

Z Below, 470 Florida, SF

Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama, SF

NOHspace, 2840 Mariposa, SF

www.foolsfury.org

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