What: The Last Night of the Barbary Coast
When: Thursday through Saturday, Feb.17th, 18th and 19thFeb. 24th, 25th, and 26th
What time: Thursdays and Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 5pm and 9pm
What else: Advance tickets recommended. Dress warm! SOMArts gets a little chilly.
The Last Night of the Barbary Coast is very loosely based on a family legend, chronicling the story of young Babe Giralomi as she fled Meaderville, Montana with a Vaudeville troupe and headed West, where she eventually died in an opium den fire (or laundry fire, depending on whose version of the story you believe).
The play’s story follows the archetypal and mythical structure of the tarot, or hero’s journey, as our heroine encounters the trials and tribulations of the Wild West from a young girl’s perspective. Elements of choice and chance, destiny and fate, and the rise and fall of fortune figure prominently throughout the show.
The set is a giant rotating roulette wheel, designed by woodworker Jack Ruszel and artist Simon Cheffins, known for his creation of the infamous La Contessa, a Spanish galleon which sailed the desert.
Using a devised theatre process, performers and design team are all in collaboration, creating a strong visual and musical landscape for the story. The play was developed using a series of workshops and structured improvisations.
Directed by Jessa Brie Berkner
Choreography by Ena Dallas
Musical Direction/Composition/Arrangement by Freddi Price
Set Design by Simon Chefins and Jack Ruszel
Lighting Design by Zoltan DeWitt
Costume Design by Lucid Dawn
Properties Design by Tracy Hobbs
Jessa Brie Berkner, director and writer/developer, is best known for her work as an actress and theatre artist. She recently returned from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland where she directed her student company in an award-winning, sold-out show. Her directoral work has been seen at Stanford and CalShakes.
The Last Night of the Barbary Coast is presented as part of SOMArts’ Affordable Space Program, which provides below-market rental space, production and publicity assistance to arts and cultural events. For more information about the production, please visit http://www.jessabrieberkner.com/.
Please note this play is recommended for mature audiences. Whiskey, opium, and partial nudity. Grown folks…don’t miss it!