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
Thursday Evenings: 7pm
Fri & Sat Evenings: 8pm
Sundays, 4/7 & 4/14: 7pm
Sundays, 4/21 & 4/28: 2pm

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

Run time:

1 hour and 5 minutes, no intermission


The FLAX Building
1501 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Oakland, CA 94612

“A rousing re-imagining of Maxim Gorky’s ‘The Lower Depths’... An unsentimental and sharp depiction of an Oakland homeless encampment... a society sketched before us with exacting detail and vibrant life.”
John Wilkins, The Free Audience

“Passion, commitment, and execution… an incredible night of theater!”
Charles Kruger, TheatreStorm

“Lisa Ramirez inspires compassion, reconnecting to our shared humanity... Ubuntu's actors go beyond crafting characters; each has a carefully constructed and compelling story”
Jennifer Charron, Theatrius


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
John Mercer 12 Step
Alf Muller Storm
William Oliver III Little Bit
Arielle Powell Shorty
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


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