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San Francisco Olympians Festival

Pay No Attention to the Folks Behind the Curtain

George Heymont | Posted 06.28.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Last summer, as I was riding home on BART from a performance at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, an aspiring young playwright from Los Angeles who had noticed the press kit in my hands started to chat me up. After inquiring what play I had seen that night, he got right down to business.

Acute Body Transformations and Life Changing Events

George Heymont | Posted 03.26.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

During the recent San Francisco Olympians Festival, two new works focused on what can happen when Greek gods decide to experiment with gender. These world premieres proved to be both fascinating and occasionally hilarious.

The Gods Must Be Crazy

George Heymont | Posted 03.18.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Accepting the existence of one or many gods as a fictional foundation allows one to see how the gods mirror human behavior (rather than humans being created in the image of their gods). One of the more delightful entries in the recent San Francisco Olympians Festival was Athena! The Musical.

The Curse of Prescience

George Heymont | Posted 03.12.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

While art is often said to mirror life, what about those uncanny incidents in which a prescient artist foreshadows real-life events? What about major disasters that appear in fictional form years before shocking the world in real time?

Black Box Revolution

George Heymont | Posted 03.06.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

In some ways, live theater is like mold. It develops in an opportunistic fashion, spreading and growing stronger over time. A perfect example of this process is becoming more visible in San Francisco in the area being touted as the new Central Market Arts District.

The Hosts With the Most on the Ball

George Heymont | Posted 02.25.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Whether that person is a cuddly intellectual or an old-fashioned stereotype of a mincing pixie, one's storytelling ability is often what keeps audiences coming back for more.

Timing Is Everything

George Heymont | Posted 02.16.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

While art is often said to mirror life, what about those uncanny incidents in which a prescient artist foreshadows real-life events? What about major disasters that appear in fictional form years before shocking the world in real time?