foolsFURY presents:

The 2016 FURY Factory Festival of Ensemble and Devised Theater!

from June 14-26, 2016
at Z Below, NOHspace, and Joe Goode Annex

Once every two years, we stage an electrifying gathering of collaborative theater makers from around the country.
One of the most exciting theatrical events in San Francisco Bay Area, the FURY Factory is a national hub for ensemble theater work on the West Coast. It features: “Mainstage” productions of fully crafted works by some of the country’s most innovative, exciting theater makers, “Raw Materials” – Polished sections of new works in development, Workshops in creation techniques led by participating artists and other master teachers, as well as panel discussions and more.

…some of the most experimental work on offer in the Bay Area this summer.“—Lily Janiak, SF Chronicle
Take a look at the great performances of
the 2016 FURY Factory Festival.

The Main Stage Acts:

line of beauty
Deborah Slater Dance Theatre (San Francisco, CA) in


The Line of Beauty, Ch. 4 is a meditation on the everyday, using Jane Hirschfield’s poetry, original music by Albert Mathias, Lori B. & Fred Frith. For the Time Being is about what sustains life through the inevitable shifting from strength to nuance/experience? How do we endure loss, and how are we transfirgured? Original music by composer Darren Johnston. DSDT is a professional dance & theater company dedicated to production of evening-length works exploring timely social issues.

June 15, 17, 19

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Faith Helma
Hand2Mouth’s Faith Helma (Portland, OR) in


Faith Helma is a Hand2Mouth veteran and a “fearless performer, creator, teacher and theater-maker” from Portland, Oregon. I HATE POSITIVE THINKING is her defiantly half-assed shakedown of the self-improvement industry. Join her on a journey into an alternate world, in which we find freedom through bragging about failure, raging against the machine and dancing like jackasses.

June 25, 26

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king lear
Independent Eye (Sebastapol, CA) in


A completely original take on Shakespeare’s classic with two actors and 28 delightfully macabre puppets. With Conrad Bishop as Lear and Elizabeth Fuller as the Fool. The Independent Eye is a professional theatre founded by Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller in 1974, now based in Sebastopol, CA.

June 14, 16, 18

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Studies of the strange
Green T Production (Minneapolis, MN) in

KAIDAN: Stories and Studies of the Strange

A collection of 19th-century Japanese Ghost stories brought to stage. Three tales are dramatized using Green T’s movement based performance style and live music to lend an unsettling creepiness. Green T Productions’ mission is to produce visually stunning, mind-stirring, movement-oriented, multi-disciplinary physical theater that artistically challenges performers and audiences.

June 21, 23, 25

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pep talk
Hand2Mouth (Portland, OR) in


Returning for their third FURY Factory appearance! Explore the power of the pep talk in our lives and learn that every person has the ability to both give and receive words of encouragement and motivation. “[Hand2Mouth has] the kind of promise, fearlessness and energy that the American theater needs…” —The Seattle Times

June 15, 17, 18

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Sokeo Ros (Providence, RI) in


An unique blend of hip-hop, Khmer dance, theater, story telling, and video! This inspiring one-man show shares Sokeo’s experiences from refugee camps, urban life, and overcoming the negative aspects of one’s environment. Sokeo Ros hails from Providence, RI, where he is a member of the renowned Everett Company.

June 22, 24, 26

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fail better
UMO Ensemble (Seattle, WA) in

FAIL BETTER: Beckett Moves UMO

This “love letter” to Samuel Beckett explores thoughts, themes, characters and images inspired by the tragicomic Irish writer. Fail Better takes the performers into the air on aerial ropes, balancing on a giant sculptural seesaw and reacting in a sonic world that is the imagined inside Beckett’s head. The company is committed to an ensemble of performers; improvisations in movement, character, vocalizing, and writing are the basis for the creation and development of new works.

June 16-19

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Blessed Unrest
Bandelion (San Francisco, CA) in


Structured like a live music show, with a set list that allows opportunities for improvised stories, Blessed Unrest asks “What is in ‘unrest’ in each of our lives, and is there a ‘blessedness’ or ‘wholeness’ that can be found right in the middle of the uncertainty?” Bandelion is situated at the crossroads of dance, theater, music, community activism, healing, and new performance forms.

June 22-25

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The Raw Materials Series:

FURY Factory “provides a rare opportunity for new work to gain critical feedback through performance and audience engagement,” says foolsFURY Co-Artistic Director Debórah Eliezer. “And it’s great for audiences which get to see multiple artists’ creations for a single ticket price.”

We’re pleased to announce that LMDA (Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas) is partnering with foolsFURY to provide dramaturgs for Raw Materials. Five dramaturgs will lead talkbacks for the 15 works-in-progress of Raw Materials on their respective second performance nights.

Program A
foolsFURY Fragments from Artaud’s Desk
NAKA Listen to the Gun (a excerpt from Race)
The Wayfinding Performance Group All that Remains
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Program B:
Critical Point Theatre Phreaking
Sandbox Theatre The Siege
Waypoints Ensemble The Price of Salt
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Program C:
Theater Novi Most RANT
Humdinger Ensemble Djilia
Rapid Descent Physical Performance Company Feed the Kitchen
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Program D:
foolsFURY (dis)Place[d]
foolsFURY Sheryl, Hamlet and Me.
Metzcatl-Moon Rope Theatre When They Come Like Whispers (An Excerpt of “The Old Winds”)
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Program E:
Bird on a Wire For Those Who Cannot Fly
13th Floor Next Time, I’ll Take the Stairs
Uplift Physical Theater The Many (Illustrious, Remarkable, Hungry, Lonely) Children of Francis LeMoore
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Convening: The Changing Landscape of Devised Work and Ensembles

On Saturday, June 18th, 10am-5pm, at Joe Goode Annex, join important theater makers, thinkers, audience members, presenters and funders from around the country to discuss the critical issue of The Changing Landscape of Devised Work and Ensembles. Co-sponsored by Theatre Bay Area, this convening will provide a forum for engaged discussion about how we as a field talk about our work, how we communicate with our peers, and the importance of helping and inspiring one another to continue raising the bar. Includes round tables discussions, break out groups, live blogging and web streaming as well as lunch, networking and performance!


Take a workshop with a FURY Factory artist or master instructor and get the inside scoop on the process of creating ensemble performance! This year’s dynamic offerings will challenge and delight your notions of how to make theater. All experience levels welcome.

Elizabeth Klob/UMO (Seattle)
Date & Time: Sunday, June 19, 12-3pm
UMO Ensemble Moves YOU…
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Jesse Bonnell/Poor Dog Group (LA)
Date/Time: Saturday, June 25th, 10:30am-3pm
New Theater: On Crafting Original Performance
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Lanny Harrison (New York)
Date/Time: Sunday, June 26, 1:30-5:30pm
Contemplative Characters: East Meets West
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