SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The bizarre aftermath of being drugged and raped after attending San Francisco’s Bay to Breaker’s is spotlighted in THE HAZE, a provocative new autobiographical play by Filipino American writer and performer Heather Marlowe. This piece will be performed 12 times during the month of September at the new Costume Shop Theater at the American Conservatory Theater located at 1117 Market St. in San Francisco.
The sharp-witted solo play follows Marlowe’s endeavor to have her rape kit, which sat unattended for two and a half years, processed by the San Francisco Police Department. It also illustrates the absurdity of how poorly the crime of rape is handled even in enlightened cities like San Francisco.
Marlowe’s piece has already generated local and national attention for the issues it raises about how rape cases are handled even in enlightened cities like San Francisco. The play comes at a moment when Congress is expected to approve funding to examine untested DNA evidence from rape kits held by state and local police departments across the country.
“In the Asian community there is a cultural stigma in reporting sexual assault and talking about things that are uncomfortable. By performing my story, one of my hopes is that it will let other women know they are not alone,” says Marlowe.
Directed by Berkeley Rep regular Jean-Michele Gregory (The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, The Last Cargo Cult, 21 Dog Years), The Haze spotlights the absurdity of our current systems for dealing with the crime of rape.
Says director Gregory, “While this story is sadly all too common, Heather Marlowe is not: Thanks to her talent and wit, she’s able to get past the grief to shine a light into our silence around rape on a personal, social, and political level. Her story is daring and astonishing—and funny, because part of Marlowe’s gift is her ability to find the absurd and the beautiful in the midst of the banal and the horrible.”
The Haze will be presented EVERY Thursday at 7pm and Fridays and Saturday at 8pm in September. Dates: September 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27. Tickets are $20 (CASH ONLY at door). Pay what you can night is Thursday, September 18. The Costume Shop at ACT is located at 1117 Market Street, 94102.
ABOUT THE HAZE:
The Haze began its development in 2012 at W. Kamau Bell’s Solo Performance Workshop and has received workshops in San Francisco and New York. The Haze is a 2013-14 recipient of The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts grant in San Francisco.
The Haze has been featured several times on San Francisco’s ABC7 news with Dan Noyes and earlier workshop presentations ultimately resulted in the San Francisco Police Department auditing and releasing the numbers of their rape kit backlog.
Supporters of The Haze include: The Center For Investigative Reporting, San Francisco Women Against Rape, Shalom Bayit, and Actual Films. Asian community advocates for the play include: Asian Women’s Shelter, Asian American Women Artists Association Center for Asian American Media, and Filipina Women’s Network.
ABOUT THE WRITER AND PERFORMER:
Heather Marlowe (Performer/Playwright) has been on stage as an actress/performer, dancer, and musician since 2007. She has studied theater and performance with Kristin Linklater, Gabrielle Roth, and at Berkeley Repertory and American Conservatory Theater. Her work has been most recently seen at Porchlight Storytelling Series, W. Kamau Bell’s Solo Performance Workshop, and Boxcar Theatre. As a violinist and vocalist she has performed with San Francisco based bands Thee Landlords and Winchester Revival. Heather who is half Filipina, is currently working on Girl Scout Cookies, a screenplay about a porn star on the lam who must confront her dark past after being stuck taking care of her older brother’s rebellious foster child for the summer.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
Jean-Michele Gregory (Director) works as a director, editor, and dramaturg, focusing on extemporaneous theatrical works that live in the moment they are told. Working primarily with solo artists, for sixteen years she has been Mike Daisey’s chief co-conspirator, staging his monologues at venues across the globe including the Public Theater, the Sydney Opera House, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, the Spoleto Festival, TBA Festival, Under the Radar Festival, and many more. Other notable collaborators include New York storyteller Martin Dockery (Wanderlust, The Surprise), and author and performer Suzanne Morrison (Yoga Bitch, Optimism). She has taught the art of first person narrative at Colby College and told her own stories onstage with The Moth, The Liar Show, Women of Letters, and Speakeasy. Her writing has appeared in Brevity and The New York Sun and she is currently at work on a memoir about her family’s exodus from Poland and what it means to forgive.
ABOUT THE A.C.T. COSTUME SHOP:
An intimate, black-box performance space dedicated to new works, The Costume Shop is a versatile venue that houses an eclectic lineup of performances: from innovative A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts Program productions, to eye-catching work by local artists and performing arts companies.