THIS WEEKEND: New Conservatory Theatre Center presents – “Gender Mystic” and “The Busy World Is Hushed”

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

NCTC in association with the San Francisco Asian Art Museum presents Indonesian performing artist Didik Nini Thowok in Gender Mystic. The benefit performances continue tonight, April 23rd at 8:00 and Sunday afternoon, April 24th in the Decker Theatre.

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Didik Nini Thowok

Didik Nini Thowok uses masks and dance from different Asian traditions to embody different characters, moods, and contemporary ideas with comic strength. Didik is one of the few remaining Indonesian dancers who explores transgender culture and its historical connection with mystical practices in Indonesia. According to one scholar Didik “carries on a venerable tradition of Javanese female impersonation by a male dancer. His study of cross-gender performance throughout Asia and the world provide the inspiration for his solo mask dances that combine androgyny with sexual impersonation. Didik runs a dance studio in Yogyakarta, Indonesia that teaches many styles of dance including: Central Javanese, Sundanese, Cirebon mask dance, Balinese, and other original choreography.
Click here to purchase tickets on-line: Gender Mystic

THE BUSY WORLD IS HUSHED
In the Walker Theatre

NCTC presents the San Francisco premiere of Keith Bunin’s The Busy World Is Hushed now through May 1st. Directed by Dennis Lickteig, the play revolves around “Hannah”, a minister and Bible scholar, who finds her faith at odds with that of “Thomas”, her estranged, wayward son. But when “Brandt”, an inquisitive young writer hired to assist Hannah with her latest publication, learns painful secrets from Hannah’s past – she spies a risky, unconventional opportunity for reconciliation. Faith, sexuality, love, and loss are addressed in this provocative and moving new play. The cast features Justin Dupuis, William Giammona, and Lindsey Murray.
Click here to purchase tickets on-line: The Busy World Is Hushed

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William Giammona (Brandt) and Lindsey Murray (Hannah)
Photos, Lois Tema

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William Giammona and Justin Dupuis (Thomas)

A Message from Ed Decker, Executive and Artistic Director:
“I am proud that The New Conservatory  Theatre Center is a vital part of the cultural life in the San Francisco Bay Area.  We view NCTC as a community asset and a way to build community.  This is true whether our work is in the classroom, rehearsal studio, on stage at our facility or on the road.  The vision of our work is fueled by the needs of education, the creative passion of our staff, the desires of our audiences, social issues and concerns.We look forward to continue making theatre that is filled with passion and imagination.”

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