Theater Preview: THE HUMAN OUNCE (Central Works 30th Anniversary Season)

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by Jim Allen on October 8, 2020

in Theater-San Francisco / Bay Area,Virtual


The Human Ounce by Nicole Parizeau opened Central Works’ 30th season and was the first offering from the Central Works Script Club. A CW world-premiere about art and scandal, the show played to packed houses and had just announced a 1-week extension before the theater was forced to close its doors. Now, The Human Ounce returns as a radio play beginning November 26, 2020. Directed by Gary Graves, and starring the original ensemble cast of (Champagne Hughes, Kimberly Richards and Don Wood), the production, Central Works’ second audio play presentation after Patricia Milton’s The Bystanders, offers a dynamic auditory experience which underscores its powerful psychological imagery. (Bystanders, extended to October 25 as of this writing, was originally scheduled as a world premiere stage production closing Central Works’ 30th anniversary season.

The Human Ounce is described as a “fiery debate…posing provocative questions.” And “…fascinating, lively, and well-acted…never panders to either side or to any contemporary movement, such as #MeToo. One can imagine that the debate Parizeau so adeptly dramatizes will rage on throughout the ages.”

Tickets are free, but donations to support artist fees and production expenses are gratefully accepted.

Central Works’ 2020 season, its 30th anniversary, began in the theater as usual. As theaters around the country closed their doors, Central Works pivoted, producing the region’s first Script Club, which mined its resource of Central Works scripts, paired with podcasts of playwright interviews. This 4-play series brought regular patrons as well as new audiences from across the country to delve into the work of Central Works new plays and introduced them to the playwrights through the interview podcasts. Central Works Script Club offerings have included The Lady Matador’s Hotel by Cristina García, Bamboozled by Patricia Milton and Strange Ladies by Susan Sobeloff. Coming in November: Michael Gene Sullivan with his play Recipe.

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