Actress Takes Bold Position On Yoga In New Play to be Performed in San Francisco June 13 & 14

Actress Leigh Fitzjames takes a bold position on passion for yoga in ‘Love and Light’ to be performed at Project Artaud’s Joe Goode Annex in San Francisco on Thursday, June 13th & Friday, June 14th at 7:30PM
 
 
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SAN FRANCISCO - June 3, 2013 - PRLog -- When actress Leigh Fitzjames talks about loving yoga, she really means it.  Her new one-woman play, ‘Love and Light’ that will be performed at Project Artaud’s Joe Goode Annex in San Francisco on Thursday, June 13th and Friday June 14th at 7:30 p.m., details the story of Celine who has had a (fictional) one-night-stand with her guru Bikram Choudhury, the founder of the widely-followed hot yoga technique. Transformed by the experience, Celine decides to incubate herself in her apartment “torture chamber” for 90 days and uses yoga as a crutch for dealing with her heartbreak.  An absurdist, physical comedy that addresses spiritual materialism and yoga gone wrong, the play is also Fitzjames’s own love letter to yogis that she hopes will dispel some stereotypes along the way.

“I want to show that real yogis are not these stereotypical bendy vegan bimbos which is how they have been portrayed in mainstream media. People practice yoga to do more than stretch –disciplining themselves to be more loving and to cultivate bigger change – but many get confused and do very silly things trying to prove that.  I mean, here’s me touring to new cities in a loin cloth!”  

Throughout the 50-minute play, Fitzjames portrays various characters, sings and also integrates the 26 postures of Bikram yoga.  Fitzjames, who is originally from New Zealand, has performed ‘Love and Light’ in New York City and also in Montreal and has dates booked in Boston.

‘Love and Light’ has been well-received by her fellow yogis, many of whom have taken particular delight in how she has integrated Bikram yoga text into the language of the play: “’Bend me over like a Japanese ham sandwich, Bikram!’ – that’s a popular line. Bikram teachers instruct their students to look like Japanese ham sandwiches while they’re bent over touching their toes… huh?! You don’t even have to be a yogi to find that funny!  Now imagine if it were about sex.

“I want yogis and non-yogis alike to explore what it’s like to take this practice to the extreme and how important it is to be your own teacher. You go to a class in a popular studio and it will be full of people who can keep each other in check.  But what happens when students are alone and off the rubber mat?”

For these performances, Fitzjames has worked with rehearsal director Vahdat Yeganeh, Artistic Director of Boston Experimental Theatre who has also worked with the University of Massachusetts, Boston, the American Repertory Theater, Nora Theatre, Underground Railway Theatre and the Shakespeare Now! Theatre Company.

The San Francisco performances on June 13 and 14 will feature pre-performance entertainment from Nona Fender from Good Times Yoga who leads infamously entertaining yoga classes with a live band and live electronica music.  Fender will also facilitate and post-performance Q&A with Fitzjames, “Making yoga a dramtic txt” that will be open to all ticket holders.

TICKETS

Tickets for ‘Love & Light’ are $18 (general admission) and $10 (yoga teachers/students) and are available online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/381462

ABOUT LEIGH FITZJAMES

Leigh Fitzjames moved to New York from New Zealand in June 2012 to attend The Neighborhood Playhouse that specializes in the Meisner acting technique.  A graduate of the University of Auckland and a seasoned jazz singer (J&L Jazz) and spoken word poet (Rising Voices, The Literatti), she is perhaps best known in New Zealand for her bikini-clad role as Yvette in Miss Saigon (Civic Theatre) or for having portrayed herself in The Girl’s Show (Massive Company). In the US she has recently appeared in The Shelter Theatre Company’s production of The Soarward Holiday Party, Season 25 of The Actor’s Project and has the leading role in upcoming web series Con Artistes.  The yoga is constant in her life and she studies with teachers internationally.  www.leighfitzjames.com

ABOUT BIKRAM YOGA

Bikram yoga was created by Bikram Choudhury and is a form of “hot yoga” that is practiced in a series of 26 yoga postures devised by Choudhury from the hatha yoga tradition.  Bikram Yoga is conducted in rooms heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.

CALENDAR EDITORS:

Thursday, June 13th, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, June 14th, 7:30 p.m.

‘Love and Light’


Written & performed by Leigh Fitzjames

Joe Goode Annex (Project Artaud), 401 Alabama Street #150, San Francisco, CA 94110

Tickets $18 (general admission) $10 (yoga teachers/students) and available online here (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/381462)

Pre-show entertainment & post-show Q&A facilitated by Nona Fender

Photo of Leigh Fitzjames by Jocelyn Janon.
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