SF BATCO's Lively & Energetic Theatre Bay Area Recommended "Death and The Artist" Ends November 3rd
There's still time to catch San Francisco BATCO's Lively & Energetic "Death and The Artist." Successful Run Ends This Weekend. Get tickets at www.sfbatco.org.
By Gabriela Mascoll
San Francisco Bay Area Based Freelance Writer
2019 Sacramento State University Communication Graduate
The current production of "Death and The Artist" carries a fluid storyline with themes of life, death, human relatability, and learning to find life's purpose despite all the trials. The original play made its debut 20-years-ago at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, where it is currently running through Sunday, November 3rd with performances 8 p.m. tonight, 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, "Dia de Los Muertos" and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. It is a Theatre Bay Area Recommendation Production Award winner and will be feted on Monday.
"Death and The Artist" was written in response to the heavy issues taking a toll in San Francisco, including immigration, poverty, economic disparity, and politics in 1999. Playwright Carlos Barón wrote the show to expose those themes in a comedic way, allowing audience members to feel comfortable sharing a laugh with eye-opening realizations of unresolved problems happening in society.
"We are redoing this play from 20 years and we are still facing the same issues," said actress Mercedes White, who plays Miseria (misery), the sister of lead character Pobreza (Poverty). "I want people to feel compassion. This land was taken from the Mexicans, who were here in California first and now, ironically they are sort of kicked out of the country that was theirs."
The 90-minute show is a Latin folk tale about an old Californio and ex-coyote named Pobreza (Poverty) who saves himself from dying by tricking Death up a tree. Suddenly, an already-chaotic world ultimately faces life without death and it's not as simple or a paradise as one would think.
Throughout the show, Pobreza has several encounters with many characters whose identity he doubts, including Our Lord, Gentleman Lili, and St. Peter. He allows each to help him make the decision to face life's challenges in a mind-jolting, risk-taking way.
"Death and The Artist deals with heady subjects indeed, but the basic intent of this 2019 production remains: we want people to laugh," said Barón.
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