Foresight: A Two-Act Drama for the Information Age – Jul 9th-18th
Have you ever wondered if there would ever be a way that your presence could live on even when you were physically no longer here? What if you could live forever with the help of technology?
“Foresight: A Two-Act Drama for the Information Age” Foresight tells the story of fictional Silicon Valley pioneer Victor Martinez and his wife, Lorena. Faced with a terminal illness and the approaching birth of his daughter, Victor migrates his personality into an advanced computer. Victor 2.0, fully equipped to read bedtime stories, vacuum the house, and even make breakfast, is convincing enough to assist Lorena in raising their daughter, Shelley. Shelley loves and accepts her digital daddy, but Victor’s physical absence takes a brutal toll on Lorena. The curtain rises on Shelley’s thirteenth birthday, when Lorena decides it’s time to finally move on.
“Foresight’s” writer and director, Ruben Grijalva, launched his theatre career at San Jose’s Independence High School in 1999, where he wrote and directed stage plays based on two books, “Lord of the Flies” and Elie Wiesel’s “Night.” While a senior at San Francisco State, he wrote and filmed “Shadow Ball,” an award-winning short film where the Negro League ritual of baseball in pantomime comes alive. “Shadow Ball” won the Kodak Silver Award, the Harlem Film Festival’s “Best Short Film” award, as well as awards from the Mendocino Film Festival and Australia’s Heart of Gold International Film Festival.
Grijalva utilizes a hybrid of traditional stage drama and state-of-the-art digital filmmaking for “Foresight” that employs a flexible real-time image-rendering application developed specifically for the play. How does he use it? The main character is a video effect – the actor performs from a backstage green-screen studio and a proprietary software application translates his performance into a stylized digital character. This digital character interacts in real-time with the onstage performers. I think it’s an intriguing mix and would love to see how it works on stage. I’ve never seen a play like this and I hope to make it up to San Francisco to catch a showing.
“Foresight” premieres July 9th at San Francisco’s Fort Mason Theatre and runs through July 18th
Tickets are $22 in advance and $27 the day of the performance.
(Plus a processing fee of $1 and the $2 Fort Mason Center Preservation fee)
More info about the play: The Easily Distracted Theatre / Foresight