Friday, June 27, 2014

Reply to a Dead Man, with Steven Anthony Jones and the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble


Laurie San Martin's new composition for actor and musicians  is inspired by Walter Mosley's work of fiction, Reply to a Dead Man, with text performed by Lorraine Hansberry Theater's Director Steven Anthony Jones.

Through music and narrative, audiences will experience an introspective view of the transformation of the main character, Roger Vaness, after an unexpected visitor arrives with a letter from his departed brother. After reading the letter, Vaness notes, "I could have sat there and guessed for a hundred years and never come up with what my brother had to say."

Mosley reveals Vaness' relationships and decisions through ruminations, conversations with a variety of unexpected characters, and a series of life-changing letters, written and read.

Reply to a Dead Man
at the Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts 
Friday, June 27, 2014, 7:00pm
$30 suggested donation. Limited seating. Get your required online reservation here.

Laurie San Martin, composer
Composer Laurie San Martin’s compositions have been performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.  She  has written for many American ensembles, including Speculum Musicae, eighth blackbird, the SF Chamber Orchestra, the Lydian Quartet, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Washington Square Contemporary Chamber Players, EARPLAY and the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble. Ms. San Martin serves on the faculty of the University of California at Davis.

Steven Anthony Jones, actor
Actor Steven Anthony Jones has worked professionally on stage, television and film for 40 years. Most recently, he was a core company actor at American Conservatory Theatre (A.C.T.), where he acted, directed and taught, His many film and television credits include two seasons of Midnight Caller and a recurring role on the NBC series Trauma. Mr Jones received his early theatre training at Karamu House in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. He is a graduate of Yankton College in South Dakota. Other experience includes the Cleveland Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, San Jose Rep, and San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, among others. He is now the Artistic Director of the Lorraine Hansberry Theater in San Francisco.