Raise your hand if you’ve been to Hillbarn Theater in the last six months.
*looks out at sea of blank faces*
Well why the heck not??
Hillbarn Theater is an amazing venue which presents some of the best plays in the Bay Area. They consistently present top rated shows, completely transform their stage with every production, and always attract amazing talent. Just this year you’ve already missed City of Angels, Master Class, The Will Rogers Follies, Social Security, and recently Crimes of the Heart. Crimes of the Heart especially caused the audience to twitter excitedly during intermission about the amazing trio of actresses who carried the show, most notably an incredibly impressive performance by young Jade Shojaee – keep an eye out for that name in the future. Foster City is not that far away from the South Bay, traffic at night is usually going the opposite direction, and the venue is run by some of the nicest people in theater.
But Hillbarn also presents many extra shows and educational events. Crimes of the Heart just finished its run and The Producers doesn’t begin until May (put it on your calendars now!), but there is already a new event scheduled this weekend: The award-winning dance company Diablo Ballet will present works by some of the top choreographers in the Bay Area and the world this Friday and Saturday. Known for their exciting and innovative performances, the program this weekend will include the following:
The West Coast Premiere of the duet from Mercurial Manoeuvres, by Christopher Wheeldon, one of the top choreographers from England.
Escaping Game by KT Nelson, Co-Artistic Director of ODC/San Francisco
Back in the Day, the new dance work set to the music of Frank Sinatra by David Fonnegra.
Live music will accompany several of the works, and following the performance the audience is invited to mingle and meet the dancers at a complimentary reception in the lobby. And I know from experience that Hillbarn always presents a fun food and drink spread for their parties.
After the Saturday, 2pm performance, young dance fans and their parents are invited to the Little Ballerina Tea in the courtyard. Featuring specially prepared tea, food and drink, young ballet fans are invited to meet and take pictures with the dancers. This is a wonderful family activity!