Thick Description, Potrero Hill’s professional theater, continues 2008 – our 20th anniversary year – with the revival of our 1997 hit, BLADE TO THE HEAT by Oliver Mayer.
Bursting through the brutality and prejudice of America in 1959, BLADE TO THE HEAT captures the sensual action of boxing and music. The multiple conflicts of love, cultural forces, athletic glory and humiliation culminate in a stunning fight to the end.
BLADE TO THE HEAT runs February 16 to March 16 at the Thick House, 1695 18th Street on Potrero Hill in San Francisco. Opening Night is Monday, February 18. Performances are Thursday through Sunday nights at 8pm. Tickets are $30-15, sliding scale; to purchase, call 415/ 401-8081 or visit www.thickhouse.org.
Thick Description's 1997 production of BLADE TO THE HEAT was a hit, playing to sold-out audiences for an extended run. The SF Examiner raved, "A theater this small can scarcely be expected to contain the excitement generated by Tony Kelly's electrifying Thick Description production." The SF Bay Guardian enthused, "These two acts roll, punch, and psych out like championship material, and Tony Kelly's Thick Description staging makes the work look like a no-brainer TKO. " And the Mercury News said, "Blade's thematic goulash of Latin jazz, boxing culture, sexual identity and R & B choreography becomes all the more concentrated...[in this] compact, tightly wound production that is all pit bull."
The production is directed by Tony Kelly (who also directed the production in 1997), and the cast includes L. Peter Callender, reprising his role as Mantequilla from the 1997 production, and Rhonnie Washington, reprising his portrayal of Three Finger Jack. Joining the revival cast are Johnny Moreno, Victor Ballesteros, Carlos Baron, Michael Bellino, Vontress Mitchell, and Melissa Navarro. Richard Olmstead, the scenic designer for the 1997 run at New Langton Arts, will design again - this time for the Thick House stage, Thick Description's home since 1999. Lighting design by Thick Description's Rick Martin, and costume design by Raùl Aktanov.
The play is produced with San Jose Stage Company.
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Added by Thick D. on January 31, 2008