Black Orpheus with A.C.T.

Set in a mythical barrio during Carnival, Black Orpheus: Una Historia de Amor is inspired by the play Orfeo de la Concepcion by Brazilian poet and playwright, Vinicius de Moraes, presented by the American Conservatory Theater. For the May 8 opening, YAX faculty will host a series of workshops and performances.Stage Coach and The A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts Program present Black Orpheus: Una Historia de Amor
Based on the play Orfeo de la Concepcion by Vinícius de Moraes
Adapted by Thom.Green, Adrianna K. Mitchell, and Akilah A. Walker
With additional text by the ensemble
Translated by Beatriz Miranda-Torres and Diana Gonzalez-Morett
Directed by Stephen Buescher

Begins May 8

After his beloved Eurydice is stolen by Death, guitar-toting poet Orpheus ventures into the underworld in an attempt to retrieve her. Set in a mythical barrio during Carnival, Black Orpheus: Una Historia de Amor is inspired by the play Orfeo de la Concepcion by Brazilian poet and playwright, Vinicius de Moraes. This Stage Coach production layers Afro-Latino rhythms with visual storytelling to bring this vivid story to life. As they tour communities of the Bay Area, A.C.T.’s M.F.A. Program actors create a classic love story with a Carnival heartbeat.

Performances are free and open to the public, no reservations necessary!
– Sunday, May 8 at 1:30 p.m.: Persia Triangle (4650 Mission Street), Excelsior**
Special performance by Cypress String Quartet at 4pm

**With special appearance by Sambaxé Dance-Company (pronounced SAM-BAH-SHAY) and Bateria Força Feminina (pronounced FOR-SA). Come take a Brazilian dance or drumming class with them at ODC in the mission. All levels welcome.

YAX is excited to present the following free workshops in partnership with the events of 5/8:
12-1pm Led by percussionist Alfie Macias, this workshop is designed for beginners who want to learn the basics of Brazilian drumming including traditional Carnaval Samba & Samba-Reggae styles.  Learn how to play, practice and move with the drums in a non-stress fun and safe environment. Come learn to play the rhythms that make you move. All instruments will be provided. No experience necessary.
12-3pm Led by printmaker & papermaker Michelle Wilson, this interactive activity is designed people to stop by and pop up! Play with paper sculpture by creating a simple pop up book that you can decorate through colors and prints. All materials will be provided. No experience necessary.
12-3pm Led by printmaker Hyeyoon Song, this interactive activity is designed people to stop by and print! Explore printmaking with our mobile printing press, print and take handmade images home with you. All materials will be provided. No experience necessary.

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