Marsh Youth Theater's Musical Siddhartha, The Bright Path
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The last date listed for Siddhartha, The Bright Path was Sunday January 9, 2011 / 3:00pm.
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In this hilarious and heartwarming prequel to his hit show Not a Genuine Black Man, beloved actor-playwright Brian Copeland recounts three memorable weeks in his youth when he took to the "mean streets" of Oakland to buy his mom the perfect Christmas gift. Rife with references to 1970s Oakland, The Jewelry Box: A Genuine Christmas Story follows six-year-old Brian's adventures as he scours the help wanted ads, applies for jobs and collects bottles, inching his way toward the coveted present, a jewelry box at the local White Front store. Not a Genuine Black Man broke records as the longest running solo show in San Francisco history and brought Copeland critical acclaim as one of the city's most talented and engaging solo performers. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Ken in Kensington
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The play showed more promise than performance with the exception of the Bollywood dance in ACT 1; that was a blast. The production is too long, and the venue is marginal. The show started late -- never a good sign regarding professionalism. A heater/blower directly on the audience was a bit much, leading to a steamed and sweated experience. I skipped the second half.
Quotes & Highlights
- "Magical... Gorgeous.... Uplifts your spirits. Not to be missed." --San Francisco Bay Times
- See a video clip from a prior production of the show.
The Marsh Youth Theater (MYT) is proud to present its holiday production of Siddhartha, The Bright Path.
Prince Siddhartha’s journey to become the Buddha is told in parallel with that of Chandra, a modern-day San Francisco girl who, surrounded by a mass of birthday party gifts, finds herself posing similar questions about the value of material things and the reasons for human suffering. The two meet under the Bodhi tree, on the banks of the Ganges River, where Buddha helps her find her own brand of enlightenment. The show is flavored with Indian music, art, kathak dance and a Bollywood dance scene.
This musical requires multiple skills of the enthusiastic young artists, including acting, singing and a variety of Indian dancing techniques. There are no adult performers. The cast of 24 ranges in age from 10 to 16 and from up-and-coming young actors to Vishnu Balunsat, a San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker veteran, who plays Siddhartha.
Written by Danny Duncan, Emily Klion and Lisa Quoresimo
Music by Emily Klion and Lisa Quoresimo with George Brooks
Directed by Lisa Quoresimo
Choreography by Joanna Meinl, Antonia Minnecola & Russell Wright
Emily Klion developed Siddhartha in collaboration with local and international writers, choreographers and visual artists who share her multicultural vision. The play is directed by Lisa Quoresimo, who also participated in the writing along with Klion and beloved Bay Area theater veteran, Danny Duncan. The music is by Klion and Quoresimo, along with Klion’s husband, the renowned jazz musician George Brooks.
Klion has had an illustrious career in children’s musical theater as producer, composer and musical director. She studied theater at Oberlin College and received BA and MA degrees in music composition from Mills College, where she studied with Lou Harrison, Terry Riley and the Indian singer Pandit Pran Nath. These associations triggered a life-long interest in Indian arts and culture and led to a year’s Thomas Watson Fellowship in North India to study raga. For twenty years, Klion was a certified Orff Schulwerk music specialist at Bay Area schools including Mills College Children’s School and San Francisco Day School where she directed its popular summer theater intensive, Center Stage. Klion received the Bay Area Critic’s Circle Award and the Hollywood Dramalogue Award for her musical score of Tony Pellegrino’s critically acclaimed show, Deer Rose, which was a recipient of the Will Glickman Playwright Award. In 2006, she received the Rex Foundation’s Jerry Garcia Award for promoting creativity in youth.