Running time: Approximately 2 hours with one 15 minute intermission
Recommended minimum age: 4
401 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA, 94102
Nearest BART Station: Civic Center
Box Seats (Reserved Seating): $45
Orchestra (Reserved Seating): $35
Balcony (General Seating): $25
Group Ticket Discount: 15% off purchase of 10+ tickets
City Box Office handles both single ticket and group ticket sales.
Attend the three remaining productions of the 2018–19 season (Cinderella, Black Eagles, and Macbeth) at a single discounted price of only $75. Savings of over $35!
Written by African-American Shakespeare Company Members
Directed by Mark Allan Davis
An annual holiday treat, this timeless tale, brought to whimsical, magical life just in time for the holiday season, is an uplifting re-telling of the classic fairytale, featuring all of the pageantry, hilarity, and charm of the original, but with a soulful twist.
When AASC Artistic Director L. Peter Callender asked if I was interested in directing the treasured holiday production of Cinderella I was honored, surprised and, prior to saying ‘yes’, terrified.
Cinderella in English, Cenerentola in Italian, Aschenputtel in German, and Bibi Majivu in Swahili. The Cinderella story transcends cultures, continents, and language. Her story is about dreams, wishes, but most of all, hers is a story about a loving person discovering love in others even while surrounded by disdain. She desires, like so many of us, to have a seat at the table.
She seeks her ancestors finding strength in memories of her parents while indentured to her father’s widow — her stepmother Evahcruel Stepp and her daughters, Zonita & Shaniqua. Cinderella dreams of dancing at the Prince’s Ball. She calls forth her Fairy Godparent the wisecracking brother of her Fairy Godmother — who’s away at a Fairy Rights Conference in the Kingdom’s Capital. Cinderella finds she is in accepting and talented hands and the magic ensues!
Even while disparaged by her family she never gives up. Isn’t this most of us during the holidays? Don’t we persevere through things we normally just wouldn’t? The holiday travel delays, the gift buying, the agony of waiting in lines. Don’t we move through situations which would make us Scrooge-like, instead of more tolerant, patient and less prone to disparage others? The magic of Cinderella is that she goes high when they go low. And that IS magic these days!
Cinderella is a story where we can laugh and revel in knowing we will find love and the magic of finding it within reveals it surrounding us! That’s when we discover our joy is connected to everyone else’s.
I thank L. Peter Callender and Sherri Young for this opportunity to connect ever more deeply with the beautiful community of lovers of a damn good story that I have so enjoyed reflecting on and ultimately bringing anew, to you, kind and wonderful patrons of a great theatre company!
Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Buon Natale, Frohe Weinachten—
— Mark Allan Davis