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One Night, Two Plays! Aug 25-Sep 17


adapted by Philip Kan Gotanda

directed by Michael Moran

One event. Four versions. Within them, where is the truth? 

After the body of a murdered samurai is discovered in a forest in rural Japan, a notorious bandit claims responsibility for his death. In court, his fellow witnesses—the samurai’s wife, a priest, and a local woodcutter—all give conflicting accounts of the day’s events, causing the priest to question his faith in humanity. 

Acclaimed Bay Area playwright Philip Kan Gotanda’s original adaptation of the classic Japanese short story is a timely drama for an era in which the accuracy of facts are regularly contested; and an incisive parable about the ways in which humanity's relationship to truth impacts the very foundations of society. 

 Tickets: $15-45 online, pay-what-you-can at door
 Season Ticket: $125
 Artist Season Pass: $50
 Under 25 Season Pass: $25

Conference of the Birds

by Farid Ud-Din Attar

directed by Michael Moran

“We live far away from him but he is always close to us. The way to him is unknown but many yearn to reach him.”

In a Kingdom with no ruler, ten thousand birds set out to find a King none have ever seen. Led by the wise Hoope, the birds journey through dangers, distractions and difficulties, their Conference growing smaller each day. 

Adapted from the celebrated Sufi poem by Farid ud-Din Attar, this lyrical parable is a timeless reflection on the search for meaning on a journey toward something larger than ourselves.  



Brooklyn Preserve                                          1433 12th Avenue                                             Oakland, CA 94066

AUG 25 - SEP 17
Thu, Fri & Sat Evenings: 8pm  
Sunday Evenings: 7pm 


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