I have the absolute greatest pleasure to announce my next upcoming project where I will be playing Bertha in a production of Ondine. I will be heading out to San Francisco in March to work with the site-integrated theatre company We Players. We Players has previously created spectacular classical works in historic and notable locations around the Bay including Macbeth at Fort Point and Hamlet at Alcatraz. They believe there is a unique environment that serves each story, and for Ondine that will be the incredible Sutro Baths.
The baths, named after their founder Adolph Sutro, were developed in the late 1800's in the northwest corner of San Francisco at Lands End over looking Seal Rock. It was an enormous glass structure that housed seven pools and could accommodate 10,000 people. However, many contributing factors such as the Great Depression, the popularity of the baths waned, the site closed, and it fell into disrepair. During the 1960's a developer planed to turn the site into an apartment building but the earthquake of 1966 destroyed what was left of the structure and the city never pursued the project further. Now, looking like a site of Roman ruins, it is part of the National Park Service.
As for Ondine, I will quote the We Players site which describes it so beautifully:
"Ondine is a tragic love story between a mystical creature of the depths and a mortal man of hubris. A fable of the follies of love, Ondine is also an exploration of our human relationship with Nature. Worlds collide, the natural world flirts with the established social order and immortal powers plunge into the realm of mortals. Our story comes to life where the great western frontier at San Francisco’s Land’s End meets the ocean’s horizon.
Staged at Sutro Baths and Sutro Heights Park, we experience the great power and sense the timeless depths of the ocean as we wander amidst the eroded foundations of mansions and grand swimming pools. Audiences will move with the action of the play, exploring the park and taking in the expansive and breathtaking views of the great Pacific, while immersed in the enchanted realm of Ondine." (www.weplayers.org)
Co-directed by Carly Cioffi and Ava Roy, performances begin May 1st.