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The Lower Depths was one of those plays that changed the Russian theater in that it offered scenes from everyday life. People either left the theater infuriated because they were seeing real life, or exhilarated because they were seeing real life. DOWN HERE BELOW is a monster of a play and we’re really excited to present it.”
Lisa Ramirez, Playwright


Michael Aldrete Cop / Developer
Olive Ball Rat Head
Rolanda D. Bell Blue
Jean Cary Maggie
Kimberly Daniels Mama Gwen
Abdulrahim Harara Goldilox
Champagne Hughes Abbey
Indigo Jackson Rain
J Jha Zig-Zag
Guillermo Labarca Aldrich
Dorian Lockett* Jones
Alicia McCauley Shorty
John Mercer 12 Step
Alf Muller Storm
William Oliver III Little Bit
Kevin Rebultan FM
Leo Shaffer Cop/Clearing Crew
Matt Standley GI Joe
Lucy Urbano Teeny
Margherita Ventura Chicken Little

*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers


April 5-28, 2019

by Lisa Ramirez
directed by Michael French
inspired by Maxim Gorky’s The Lower Depths

Following the TBA Award–winning TO THE BONE (2017), Associate Artist Lisa Ramirez offers a fresh take on Maxim Gorky’s groundbreaking 1901 drama The Lower Depths, re-locating his unflinching portrait of poverty in 20th-century Russia to a homeless encampment in modern-day Oakland.

At the Village of Radical Acceptance, residents undertake the daily struggle for food, sleep, safety, and stability under the maternal watch of Mama Gwen. But as the layers of their world unfold, the city around them is closing in.

Ubuntu Associate Artist Michael French directs this striking new play, full of heart and humanity, which asks us to consider what is at stake in one of the most divisive economic realities of the Bay Area—and what is essential for survival.


APR 5–28
Fri & Sat Evenings: 8pm

Tickets: $15-45 online, pay-what-you-can at door



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