Belleville (Bay Area Premiere)
by Amy Herzog
Directed by M. Graham Smith
"Finely tuned by director M. Graham Smith and beautifully performed by Custom Made’s excellent quartet, it’s both funny and disturbing." -Jean Shiffman SFExaminer
" Belleville makes a harrowing point about just how deeply status-consciousness ingrains itself, how much privilege warps perception — and that those insidious forces don’t just influence cartoons, stereotypical elites, but people who might look and talk just like you." -Lily Janiak, SF Chronicle
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Young Americans Zack (Justin Gillman+*) and Abby (Alisha Ehrlich) have the perfect ex-pat life in Paris: a funky bohemian apartment in up-and-coming Belleville; a stable marriage; and Zack’s noble mission to fight pediatric AIDS. But when Abby finds Zack at home one afternoon when he’s supposed to be at work, the questions and answers that follow shake the foundation of their seemingly beautiful life.
Their relationship is shown in contrast to their Senegalese-born, but younger, landlords (Nicholas Sweeney & Nkechi Emeruwa), who have struggled their whole lives to have what Abby and Zack take for granted. A tense and claustrophobic thriller, Belleville slowly raises the threat of violence until it explodes into a cacophonous and bloody conclusion.
+member, Actors' Equity Association
Creative team: Carlos Aceves, Jon Bailey*, Chrissy Curl, Maddie Gaw, Richard Gutierrez, Beth Hall*, Brooke Jennings *, Maxx Kurzunski*, Lisa Anne Porter, Wesley Rou, Ryan Lee Short*, Kitty Torres, Benjamin Shiu
* member, Custom Made Theatre Co.*member, Custom Made Theatre Co.
The Custom Made Theatre Co., in its 18th season of production in San Francisco, is committed to producing plays that awaken our social conscience, focusing on the strength of the ensemble and creating an intimate theatrical experience. Custom Made is a member of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), National New Play Network (Associate member, NNPN) and Theatre Bay Area (TBA). Recipient of the SF Bay Area Theatre Critics’ Circle Paine Knickerbocker Award for making a lasting contribution to Bay Area theatre.