My latest column for Theater Pub. Over the next year I’ll be detailing all the work that goes into creating the San Francisco Olympians Festival, an annual highlight of the Bay Area independent theatre scene.
*[2022 Update: If the original link (below) no longer works, the entire piece is available in the attached screenshot.]
Charles Lewis III lets the monster out!
“There should be a place where only the things you want to happen, happen.”
— Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are
It all started with a car ride. That’s what I was told. During a 2009 production of Aristophanes’ The Frogs for Atmos Theatre’s Theatre in the Woods, that’s when we’re told Stuart first pitched the idea of a theatre dedicated to the classic works of Greek and Roman playwrights. As everyone learns when they’re around Stuart for long enough: he doesn’t pitch ideas so much as give you a heads-up on his inevitable plans.
Within a year from the original car ride, twelve local playwrights were staging twelve brand new plays – each one dedicated to one of mythical Olympians. Less than a year after that, three of those twelve plays had full productions. A year after…
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