Eleven full-length plays and twenty works-in-progress make up the FURY Factory theater festival, with the Obie-winning Chekhov Lizardbrain as a quirky literary highlight.
Making its West Coast debut, Chekhov Lizardbrain is a meditation on the elusiveness of memory from Philadelphia’s acclaimed theater company Pig Iron. Named one of the top ten theater events in New York in 2008 by The New York Times, it's about a lonely botanist who attempts to rewrite his fractured past as he plies his plants with Chekhov.
Theaters and individual artists from New York, LA, New Orleans, Denver, San Francisco and the not-often-represented-at-major-theater-festivals hamlets of Riverside and Petaluma are participating. Subjects include sex, street dancing, the scandal and melodramatics involved in the discovery of electricity, more Chekhov (specifically, a remixed version of Uncle Vanya), the wrath of a goddess, puppets, and flamenco.
Chekhov Lizardbrain runs June 9-June 12. The festival runs through June 26. Tickets are $15 from foolsfury.org or brownpapertickets.com.