A monthly series curated by RDL+, Bay Area Bridges celebrates the Bay Area, with Oakland as its hub, and brings together the most interesting and ground-breaking voices that need to be heard and reckoned with. Shows include music written and presented by RDL+ as well as other innovative artists, and will break new ground in modern music.
This month RDL+ presents a reading of Watermelon Sugar with guest director Rebecca Martin, including live music performed by RDL+ and other special guests.
Watermelon Sugar is a condensed version of Richard Brautigan's, In Watermelon Sugar. Brautigan is a late Beat Generation writer who was a local, writing and living, among other things and places, in North Beach and Bolinas.
This story wreaks of magic. The poetry of everyday life and vivid images of a sweet and dissonant utopian community, inspired our creative retelling. Our goal was to stay true to the text and create a multi-sensorial experience, including theater, music and audience participation, that we hope will capture you in the magic we felt upon first reading this text.
Adaptation by Rebecca Martin and Music Composed by Ruthie Dineen
Rebecca Martin is a San Francisco based artist (actor/director/teacher) and performance coach (rebeccacmartin.com). She has acted at various regional theaters, directed in the bay area and specializes in writing and producing original and page to stage-theater productions. She is a visiting professor for communication skills at UC Hastings Law School and a visiting professor of theater at University of South Carolina and Middlebury College. She received her BA from Middlebury College, and MFA from The National Theater Conservatory at the Denver Center. She is an avid student of Iyengar yoga, the ocean and lives in Marin County.
With their 2014 debut album, Más P’alla Va, RDL+ is building an original sound that embodies the members’ collective ideas, inspirations, and histories. RDL+ is Ruthie Dineen on keys, Doug Lee on bass, Steve Weems on drums, Luis Salcedo on guitar, plus(+) the Bay Area's best up-and-coming musicians. The group focuses on writing and playing original compositions, while taking both lyrical and open improvisations on the pieces. While maintaining an aesthetic stemming from traditional jazz, the group experiments with odd meters, timbre, form, and melodic ideas. Nonetheless, the exploratory nature of the group is always rooted in the essence of the composed or arranged pieces.
Doug Lee, bass
Ruthie Dineen, piano
Steve Weems, drums
Luis Salcedo, guitar
DOORS AT 6:30PM, SHOW AT 7PM
$10-15 Sliding Scale
** No refunds or exchanges are permitted **