SF Theatre: San Jose Stage Company Presents Virtual World Premiere of "Strange Courtesies"

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San Jose Stage Company (Randall King, Artistic Director and Cathleen King, Executive Director), in collaboration with African-American Shakespeare Company is pleased to announce the cast and creative team for the virtual world premiere of the new play STRANGE COURTESIES.

Written and directed by L. Peter Callender, STRANGE COURTESIES will be available to stream February 27 – March 3, 2021. Tickets are $40.00 and may be purchased at https://www.thestage.org/season/strange-courtesies.


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Citizens of South Africa are confronting a painful past of the apartheid era through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. STRANGE COURTESIES explores the potential restorative power of truth telling, the significance of sympathetic witnesses, and the tasks of both perpetrators and bystanders in the TRC process. Can dignity be restored to victims and their families while offering a basis for individual healing, and promoting the reconciliation of a divided society?

"We are honored and proud to present STRANGE COURTESIES, a story of healing, grace and sacrifice," stated Artistic Director Randall King. "Its universal message profoundly resounds as our country currently wades through perilous waters of confronting our own truth and reconciliation."


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"It seems so right that STRANGE COURTESIES will be done at this time," says L. Peter Callender. "Following the past few years of strife in America, from BLACK LIVES MATTER protests, which, in fact, spread around the world, to the brutal killings of Black men and women by the police, and, most recently, the disgraceful attempted coup on our Capitol, our nation was reminded of what so many countries around the world have had to endure for decades. What could have been a horrible civil war following apartheid in South Africa, ended with a nation in mutual transformation; working together to heal the gaping wounds formed by apartheid. I hope America will learn from our recent past and set a similar example. I am humbled to be asked to direct my own work and thrilled to collaborate with the wonderful creative team and cast. I look forward to giving it over to my actors, who I know, will bring their own shapes, colors and textures to this prayerful quilt."

The cast of STRANGE COURTESIES includes Tshiwela Maangani* as "Nomusa Kwanzi," Biko Eisen-Martin* as "Robert Seybold," Jamey Williams as "Jonny Emanuel Kwanzi," Marjorie Johnson* as "Zenzile Kwanzi," Adam Green as "Zachariah Kwanzi," and Robert Sicular* as "Howard Arthur Prinzloo."

In addition to Mr. Callender, the creative team includes Allison F. Rich* (Stage Manager), Derrick Scocchera (Video Design and Editing), Madeline Berger (Costume Design), IMRSV Sound (Sound Design), Devin Parker Sullivan (Choreographer) and Leticia Lashell Ridley (Dramaturg).

*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers.


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San Jose Stage Company's virtual 38th Season will continue with BARCELONA (March 31 - April 4, 2021) and SPRING CABARET (April 28 – May 2, 2021). For more information, visit www.thestage.org.

All programming and scheduling is subject to change. Complete casting and creative teams will be announced at a later date.

Tickets and subscriptions may be purchased online at www.thestage.org.


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About San Jose Stage Company

San Jose Stage Company (The Stage) is recognized as the South Bay's leading professional theatre company, having earned a reputation for artistic excellence through imaginative and edgy theatrical experiences that spark ideas and dialogue with the audience. The Stage is devoted to new, cutting-edge work and re-envisioned American literature and world classics using innovative stagecraft, multi-media that propels the narrative, and accomplished, local actors in true repertory style. With the farthest seat in the house no more than 15 feet from the three-quarter thrust stage, the connection between actor and audience is profoundly visceral.

Attracting more than 30,000 patrons to downtown and employing more than 150 local artists annually, San Jose Stage Company continues to be a vital force in the region's economic and creative landscape.

As a strong community partner, The Stage has been the creative home for more than 500 performance groups including San Jose Jazz and Notre Dame High School - working together to engage, provoke, and inspire current and future theatre participants and arts advocates.

The Stage is a multi-award-winning theatre company, including the 2018 Paine Knickerbocker Award for continued contributions to Bay Area theatre from the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle. The Stage has produced over 165 productions, including 16 world premieres and 47 new works and is ranked as the 2nd largest professional theatre and 8th largest performing arts organization in Silicon Valley (Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal).

Online www.thestage.org

Streaming Instructions

When you purchase a ticket, you will receive an email confirmation that will contain your personal link to access the show during streaming. By clicking this link, it will automatically take you to the website to watch the show. STRANGE COURTESIES has a set streaming duration (February 27 – March 3, 2021) when you can access and view online. You will only have access to the show during these set streaming dates. The show will launch at 7:00 pm PST on February 27 and will be available until 11:59 pm PST on March 3. Your ticket will only allow you to watch the show one time during that period, but you can access the show ANY DAY at ANY TIME once the show "opens."

Running Time: ​ 90 minutes

Tickets: $40.00 may be purchased online at https://www.thestage.org/season/strange-courtesies.

Subscriptions: $105.00 - $315.00 at https://www.thestage.org/subscribe.

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