Stage Left is a brisk and brow-raising documentary film in celebration of a unique theater community. Inspired by a Western history of risk taking and exploration, a climate of political and social activism, a particular multicultural mix, and a geography that is seismically unstable, San Francisco theater artists have focused on pushing the boundaries of the form. Their interest in redefining performance-where it takes place, how it is staged, and what it encompasses-has had a lasting influence on theater in the United States and around the world. Stage Left brings together the directors, actors, composers and playwrights, the artists and the eccentrics that have made the Bay Area theater scene an experimental, multidisciplinary and political hotbed: Herbert Blau (Actor's Workshop), R.G. Davis (SF Mime Troupe), Peter Coyote (actor), Joan Holden (SF Mime Troupe), Luis Valdez (El Teatro Campesino), Bill Irwin (Pickle Family Circus), Robin Williams (actor), Oskar Eustis (Eureka Theater, The Public Theater), Tony Taccone (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Carey Perloff (American Conservatory Theater), Scrumbly Koldewyn (the Cockettes) and many more.
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