The Iron Heel Theater Collective presents Jack London’s THE IRON HEEL on Sunday, August 21 at 7 p.m. at the Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland, CA. A donation of $20 is suggested, although no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Based on the acclaimed novel of the same name, this production is a dramatic Reader’s Theater adaptation of the futuristic 1908 novel that accurately predicted the First World War, the rise of fascism, authoritarianism, rebellion, and suppression. It features human sized puppetry, giant hand-painted cantastoria illustrations of the story, and live music. The production features Isolte Avila, David Bower, Paunika R. Jones, Antoine Hunter and Zahna Moss, all members of the Signdance Collective International, a dance/ music theatre company led by deaf and physically disabled dancers and artists. Noted saxophonist Andrés Soto will accompany this performance with an original score he composed specifically for this production.
The performance features Jack London’s great-granddaughter Tarnel Abbott reading the part of socialite-turned-revolutionary Avis Everhard, her son Devin O’Keefe reading as the revolutionary Ernest Everhard, Zack Reiheld reading various roles, and Nina Ruymaker reading as the historian from the future era of the “Brotherhood of Man.” The cast will also include Artistic Director Regina Gilligan, Glynnis Fowler, Shoshana Wechsler, Kathy Gurawaya, Patsy Byers, Liz Watts and Eduardo Martinez.
2016 marks the centennial of Jack London’s death at age 40. In recognition of his unique contributions as a renowned writer, adventurer, social activist, and innovator, The Iron Heel Collective is donating the profits from this production to the Richmond Progressive Alliance and Sunflower Alliance, to assist with their efforts to unite the community and combat climate change.
The members of the Iron Heel Theatre Collective are Tarnel Abbott, Regina Gilligan, David Solnit, Devin O’Keefe and Nina Ruymaker, all activists, artists and community organizers. The Iron Heel Theatre Collective was formed in 2012 when Jack London’s Iron Heel was commissioned for, and premiered at, the Ankara (Turkey) Ethos International Theater Festival. This will be the sixth performance.
390 27th St
Oakland, CA 94612
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