Left Edge Theatre Presents Challenging Season

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Left Edge Theatre Presents Challenging Season

Drawing on the rich pool of talent in Sonoma County and throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area, the Left Edge Theatre presents its inaugural season in Santa Rosa. Artistic director Argo Thompson says the goal is to push the envelope of professional regional theater.

Relax in an intimate cabaret setting as the lights dim and actors take the stage to perform a bold, contemporary play, imaginatively staged for adventurous audiences.

"This is not another version of 'South Pacific' — not to denigrate musical theater because it serves a wonderful purpose in our culture," Thompson hastened to explain. "But what we are offering are more thoughtful, edgier types of works that promote discussion. They are works that celebrate the human spirit and emphasize the choices we make, good or bad."

Working with artistic associates Ron Severdia and Kimberly Kalember, Thompson put together a reading list of plays that have been written in the last five years, and have not been performed in Sonoma County before. Together they chose four to perform in Left Edge Theatre's first season.

"These are plays that we can sink our teeth into, and that live with us after we do them," Thompson says.

"Good People," by David Lindsay-Abaire, Sept. 4-19, 2015, explores what it means to be down on your luck, and whether strength of character or just a few lucky breaks determine a person's fate.

"The Seminar," by Theresa Rebeck, Nov. 13-28, 2015, follows four aspiring young novelists taking private writing classes from an internationally known writer, who provides unorthodox and recklessly brilliant instruction.

"A Steady Rain" by Keith Huff, Jan. 22-Feb. 6, 2016, examines the stresses on trust and loyalty between two Chicago police officers, who have been friends since kindergarten.

"God of Carnage" by Yasmina Reza (translated by Christopher Hampton), March 18-April 2, 2016, presents the tensions and revelations in a meeting between two sets of Brooklyn parents after a playground altercation involving 11-year-old-boys.

Performances will be in the intimate Carson Cabaret at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa, 707-546-3600).

Instead of rows of theater seats, this venue allows cabaret-style seating around tables and chairs for an audience of up to 99 to 125 people. Guests will be able to sip local wines and nibble light fare available from a concession stand, with proceeds supporting the theater education efforts of the nonprofit H-Town Youth Theater in Healdsburg.

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Patricia Henley