DOWN HERE BELOW by Lisa Ramirez Ubuntu Theater Project


Playwright Lisa Ramirez Producer Ubuntu Theater Project  [Website] Description Following the TBA Award–winning TO THE BONE (2017), Associate Artist Lisa Ramirez offers a fresh take on Maxim Gorky’s groundbreaking 1901 drama The Lower Depths, re-locating his unflinching portrait of poverty in 20th-century Russia to a homeless encampment of unhoused residents in modern-day Oakland.

At the Village of Radical Acceptance, residents undertake the daily struggle for food, sleep, safety, and stability under the maternal watch of Mama Gwen. But as the layers of their world unfold, the city around them is closing in.

Ubuntu Associate Artist Michael French directs this striking new play, full of heart and humanity, which asks us to consider what is at stake in one of the most divisive economic realities of the Bay Area—and what is essential for survival.
Running Time 1:05 Performers Rolanda D. Bell   [Blue]
Kimberly Daniels   [Mama Gwen]
Jean Cary   [Maggie]
Abdulrahim Harara   [Goldilox]
J Jha   [Zig-Zag]
Dorian Lockett   [Jones]
Kevin Rebultan   [FM]
Matt Standley   [GI Joe]
Margherita Ventura   [Chicken Little]
Michael Aldrete   [Cop / Developer]
Olive Ball   [Rat Head]
Champagne Hughes   [Abbey]
Indigo Jackson   [Rain]
Guillermo Labarca   [Aldrich]
John Mercer   [12 Step]
Alf Muller   [Storm]
William Oliver   [Little Bit]
Arielle Powell   [Shorty]
Leo Shaffer   [Cop / Clearing Crew]
Lucy Urbano    [Teeny]
Creative Staff Michael French   [Director]
James McSweeney   [Scenic Designer]
Annabelle Ejem   [Costume Designer]
Stephanie Anne Johnson   [Lighting Designer]
Chris Sauceda   [Sound Designer]
Lisa Ramirez   [Other Creative Specialties]

The FLAX Building

1501 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Oakland, CA 94612   Box Office:  (510) 646-1126


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