“Life is meaningless without art.” 
- Karen Finley

“Above all, you must remain open and fresh and alive to any new idea.”
- Laurence Olivier

“The body does not have memory.  It is memory.” 
- Jerzy Grotowski

“In everything, without doubt, truth has the advantage over imitation.”
- Cicero

“The actor must constantly remember that he is on the stage for the sake of the public.”
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“One wishes to know something but the answer is in a form of being more aware – of being open to a richer level of experience.” 
- Peter Brook

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“Many people are alive but don't touch the miracle of being alive.”
- Thich Nhat Hanh

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Lorraine Hansberry Theatre

Founded in 1981 by Stanley E. Williams, Founding Artistic Director, and Quentin Easter, Founding Executive Director, the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre is currently led by Artistic Director, Steven Anthony Jones, and has performed for seven seasons in numerous venues around San Francisco. In 1988, they opened their first home opened in the Landmark YWCA building at 620 Sutter Street.

The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre has produced over 130 plays, including west coast and world premieres, experimental works, classics in the African-American canon, lively musicals, and poignant socio-political dramas by Wole Soyinka, Derek Walcott, Toni Morrison, Charles Fuller, Alice Walker, Adrienne Kennedy, Ntozake Shange, Maria Irene Fornes, James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, August Wilson, and Lorraine Hansberry, to musicals celebrating Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, Lester Young, Fats Waller, Eubie Blake, and new works by Robert Alexander, Roger Guenveur Smith, David Rouss. Distinguishing itself as an eclectic learning community, The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre draws from the aesthetic, cultural and economic resources of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Artistic Director, Steven Anthony Jones, was a core company actor at the American Conservatory Theatre and has acted and directed in over fifty plays across America and originated the role of Private James Wilkie in the original production of “A Soldier’s Play” at the Negro Ensemble Company in New York City. He received his early training at Karamu House in his hometown of Cleveland.

Their recent presentation, “A Soulful Christmas" was presented in December. Among the plays, the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre has presented include Suzan-Lori Parks’ “Topdog/Underdog,” a reading presentation of “The Fall of Heaven by Walter Mosley, “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” “Sophocles’ Elektra” translated and adapted by Timberlake Wertenbaker, among many others. For info: Lorraine Hansberry Theatre 777 Jones St., San Francisco, CA, (415) 345-3980, www.lhtsf.org



"It is a law of life that man cannot live for himself alone. Extreme individualism is insanity. The world's problems are also our personal problems. Health is achieved through maintaining our personal truth in a balanced relation of love to the rest of the world. No expression is more emblematic of this relation than the creative act which we call art. No art by its very constitution typifies the social nature of that creative act more than the theatre. The theatre, to be fully understood and appreciated, must be seen as a manifestation of this process of interchange between society and the individual. It must be judged as a continuous development of groups of individuals within society, a development which becomes richer, acquires greater force and value as it grows with the society in which it originates. Only in this way can the theatre nourish us.  - Harold Clurman

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