Crawfish: We, the invisible…
A Workshop Performance Benefitting
‘The Living Room’
by Gamal Abdel Chasten
directed by Marieke Gaboury
February 26-28, 2021
6th Street Playhouse–Virtual Stage
featuring Gamal Abdel Chasten as Crawfish
We see the homeless. Or do we?
In 50 minutes, Gamal Abdel Chasten’s one-man show uses poetry, spoken word and haunting
percussion, to shed light on one man’s journey from ‘home’ to ‘homelessness.
Why Crawfish: We, the invisible…?
“A show for our times. Theater is a way for people to connect and experience other lives and points of view. Through theater we can generate compassion and insight. Gamal takes us on a gritty, explosive, sometimes humors but always eye-opening ride that reveals the humanity of the homeless. People faced with both tragedy and humor. He helps us understand and connect.” Jared Sakren, Artistic Director
Gamal Chasten says...
“When you can get to know the person inside, when you can relate one human being to another, when you can truly see the other, then you are compelled to help and to heal. That is my goal.” Gamal Chasten
Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle, says...
“Each syllable is a melodic playground. Punch lines jolt: You might not be sure if you’re allowed to laugh.” Lily Janiak, Datebook Pick, San Francisco Chronicle
Gamal Abdel Chasten Bio
GAMAL CHASTEN, playwright and performer
Gamal is a playwright, actor, and composer. He is a co-founding member of Universes theater ensemble, originally based out of New York. In 2020 Chasten co-founded The Breath Project, a theatre-based organization whose mission is to work in partnership with theaters around the country to work toward dismantling systemic racism in American theatre.
Gamal’s theatrical writing credits include: The Last Word, God Took Away His Poem, The Black Mann Act Trail of Jack Johnson, The Wall Let Bygones Be, featured at the Humana Festival’s 2010 Ten Minute Play series, and currently in development Crawfish.
Co-writing Credits includeThe Ride (Universes) premiered at PS:122; Slanguage (Universes) premiered at New York Theatre Workshop; Ameriville (Universes) premiered at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville; Americus (Universes) premiered at Cincinnati Playhouse
Commissions include New York Theater Workshop, Slanguage 1999; Oregon Shakespeare Festivals, United States History Cycle 2008; Actors Theater of Louisville, Ameriville 2009; Cincinnati Playhouse, Americus 2019
Published Works include Writers Corp Teacher Anthology, publisher City Lights Books 2009; The Fire This Time: African American Plays For The 21st Century; Humana Festival: The Complete Plays, 2003, 2009, 2010.
Marieke Gaboury Bio
MARIEKE GABOURY, director
As a Theatre Specialist for the City of Palo Alto, Marieke is delighted to be a part of the team that supports performing arts programs for youth in the Bay Area. A California native who has happily returned home, Marieke spent some years in New Orleans, where she was the Manager of Institutional Development for the New Orleans Ballet Association, as well as Managing Director of Southern Rep, one of the only professional theatre companies in Louisiana. Her move to New Orleans followed 13 years in New York City, where she was Producing Director of LAByrinth Theater Company, the ensemble-driven Off Broadway collective which developed and produced new work by both emerging and distinguished, award-winning theatre artists. Recent projects include directing productions of East of the Sun and West of the Moon and The Phantom Tollbooth for Palo Alto Children’s Theatre; serving as a project mentor for Stanford University’s Stem to Shtem Summer Internship program; and, in the Summer of 2020, Marieke also co-founded The Breath Project, an archive of original theatrical works created by BIPOC artists, in response to the murder of George Floyd, and the deaths of so many people of color at the hands of law enforcement in this country. As a playwright, her play Sunday Night was a finalist in a competition held by the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival.
While Crawfish is a fully staged performance, the play is still being developed. As such, the playwright is inviting you to share your impressions immediately after each performance in a 30-minute moderated discussion.
To participate, please click on the Zoom link for your date, right after the performance.
Special! Live discussions with
Gamal Abdel Chasten
Crawfish Audio Sample
Designated a Datebook Pick by San Francisco Chronicle theatre reviewer Lily Janiak, February 12, 2021
Read about the origins of The Breath Project in the Marin Independent Journal: “Greenbrae writer puts spotlight on racism with The Breath Project”
* Wrote and performed at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Actor’s Theater of Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and numerous other venues.
Click here to watch the Word on the Street interview with Gamal Adbel Chasten
COLOSSUS:HOME is an anthology that gives voice to Bay Area writers as they respond to the housing crisis. Over 70 writers and artists contributed work to this collection. They wrote about the joy and pain that we experience in our personal homes, in our home towns and home countries. They wrote of the effort to maintain and create homes that nurture our truest selves. A portion of proceeds go to Moms4Housing.
To support this wonderful cause, click through on the cover below, to purchase this book.