One City One Book 2016, Beautiful Chaos: A Life in the Theater

SFPL News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                  MEDIA CONTACT:  Michelle Jeffers

September 20, 2016                                                     (415) 557-4282; michelle.jeffers@sfpl.org

Costume Tours, Hands-On History, Bayview Stories, Author Conversations and More for San Francisco’s 2016 One City One Book:

Beautiful Chaos: A Life in the Theater by Carey Perloff

San Francisco Public Library is pleased to announce an exciting fall lineup of programs in support of this year’s One City One Book., Beautiful Chaos: A Life in the Theater by local author and American Conservatory Theater Artistic Director Carey Perloff.

The main One City One Book event on Oct. 6, will feature an engaging and lively conversation with author Carey Perloff who will talk about the importance of live theater in society and of studying the arts in education at the San Francisco Main Library’s Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco. She will be on stage with Donn Harris, the executive director of Creativity and the Arts for the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). Harris, the former executive director of Oakland School for the Arts, and former principal of the acclaimed Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts (SOTA) has returned to SFUSD to help realize the citywide dream of building out the district’s ArtsCenter in the Civic Center corridor.

Both Perloff and Harris are tremendous and bold visionaries who have built lasting institutions dedicated to the arts in the San Francisco Bay Area. And both have a no-holds barred approach to expounding on their passions for the arts and for San Francisco, which is sure to make for an exciting on-stage event.

Among the other exciting One City One Book events:

San Francisco Theater History Walking Tour – Sept, 24, 11 a.m.4 p.m.

Join City Guide’s theater guide David Rachleff on a guided tour of San Francisco’s legendary theaters in the downtown area. Meet at the entrance to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Misison St.

Imprint City & Stage Coach – Sept. 29, 6:30 p.m., Imprint City, 1439B Egbert Ave., San Francisco. Join us at Imprint.City for a panel discussion with A.C.T.’s Community Artistic Director Tyrone Davis, Bayview actress, Mary L. Booker and performers from A.C.T.’s Education and Community Programs involved in A.C.T.’s Stage Coach program, which developed and performed Crack. Rumble. Fly: The Bayview Stories Project, a play inspired by Sophocles' Oedipus the King. Panelists will discuss the creative process and the vital relationship between theater and community in a conversation moderated by Rhodessa Jones. 

A.C.T. Costume Shop Tour – Oct. 5, 2 p.m. Meet at the Main Library Atrium. A.C.T.'s costume shop is a hive of energy and creative output where costumes are built, stored, and rented out for stage plays, musicals, and other theatrical types of events.  At the costume shop you can see the diverse array of tools used by our artists to create complex and historically accurate period costumes. Visitors will meet in the Main Library atrium and walk together to the Costume Shop on Market Street.

Hands-On History: San Francisco Theater History – Two Sessions: Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. & Oct. 12 at 6 p.m., Main Library, SF History Center. 

An experience that brings San Francisco performing arts history to your fingertips. Get a close-up show-and-tell with San Francisco history through original manuscripts, newspapers, and photographs which document the city's performing arts. A special highlight will be broadsides of Joseph Rowe's 19th century circus, and the San Francisco Mime Troupe. This exclusive program takes place within the San Francisco History Center and is limited to 30 participants. The behind-the-scenes event is led by our knowledgeable archivists, who will guide the tour of documents with anecdotes and San Francisco trivia while guests hold San Francisco’s treasured documents. Photography is welcomed and encouraged during the program. Pre-registration is requested, with limited space for walk-ins. Reserve your spot on Eventbrite.

Theater Critics Tell All – Oct. 11, 2 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Hear from San Francisco Chronicle theater critic, Lily Janiak, San Jose Mercury News theater critic Karen D'Souza and more, in a lively discussion about the state of Bay Area live theater, moderated by Theater critics tell all panel: moderated by Larry Ellenberg, Ph.D., professor in the School of Theater & Dance at San Francisco State University.

Litquake: Carey Perloff at City Lights – Oct. 11, 7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., San Francisco.

Thursday at Noon Films – The Dazzling World of Performance Art – Oct. 13, 20 & 27 and Nov. 3, 10 & 17th, Main Library, Koret Auditorium.

Book Clubs at Mission Bay, Sunset, Ortega and Parkside branch libraries.

About Beautiful Chaos:

Perloff has penned a lively and revealing narrative of her 20-plus years at the helm of A.C.T., and delivers a provocative and impassioned manifesto for the role of live theater in today's technology-infused world. Beautiful Chaos, published by City Lights Press, highlights Perloff's personal and professional journey—her life as a woman in a male-dominated profession, as a wife and mother, a playwright, director, producer, arts advocate, and citizen in a city erupting with enormous change—is a compelling, entertaining story for anyone interested in how theater gets made. She offers a behind-the-scenes perspective, including her intimate working experiences with well-known actors, directors, and writers including Tom Stoppard, Harold Pinter, Robert Wilson, David Strathairn, and Olympia Dukakis. Whether reminiscing about her turbulent first years as a young woman taking over an insolvent theater in crisis and transforming it into a thriving, world-class performance space, or ruminating on the potential for its future, Perloff takes on critical questions about arts education, cultural literacy, gender disparity, leadership and power.

About Carey Perloff:

Perloff, who is celebrating more than 20 years as the artistic director of the American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), is also an award-winning playwright and teaches and directs in the A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts program. A recipient of France’s Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the National Corporate Theatre Fund’s 2007 Artistic Achievement Award, Perloff received a B.A. Phi Beta Kappa in classics and comparative literature from Stanford University and was a Fulbright Fellow at Oxford. She is also a proud mother of two.

Visit sfpl.org/onecityonebook for more information about programs, book club discussion questions and more, and start reading the book now.

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