Ubuntu Theater Project’s “Breaking Chains” Festival Comes to Sacramento

By Lisa Murphy

When my good friend Colin Blattel and his childhood friend Michael Moran we’re developing their new Oakland based theater company, there was only one word to describe their vision: Ubuntu.

The word Ubuntu originates from a Zulu Proverb: “I am a person through other people. My humanity is tied to yours” or more simply translated to “I am because we are.”

With that philosophy driving Blattel and Moran, the Ubuntu Theater Project (Facebook, Twitter) was founded early this summer. Through funding from a very successful Kickstarter campaign and other donations, the Ubuntu Theater project’s first festival “Breaking Chains” debuted in Berkeley on Wed September 11, 2013. The Festival will simultaneously showcase four plays in four cities and ends on Saturday, September 21.

The Ubuntu Theater project is unique in that it is site-specific theater which means instead of performing the plays in traditional venues they bring them into community spaces with the goal of reaching a new and more diverse audience. The plays are performed in public spaces such as the Tilden Park Merry-Go-Round in Berkeley and the Park Day School in Oakland.

“The Ubuntu Theater Project seeks to create exciting theater for young professionals that is affordable, social, and cutting edge. We are committed to crafting a social experience that will allow audiences to experience live shows in new and meaningful ways” said Managing Director, Colin Blattel.

The Sacramento shows will be performed this Tuesday September 17 and Wednesday September 18 at the Sol Collective Center for Art, Culture and Activism on 21st Street off Broadway.  For just $15 you can see two shows in one evening, “Yellowman” by Dael Orladnersmith, and “Dutchman” by LeRoi Jones. As an added bonus, Tower Café is donating tasty appetizers and desserts for the audience to munch on while enjoying the shows.

I highly recommend checking out these shows. Moran and Blattel, along with their company of talented actors recruited from UCSD’s School of Theatre and Dance, have put together a truly incredible live theater experience. Don’t miss out on these great shows!

Sol Collective is located 2574 21st Street. The shows start at 7:30pm, please arrive fifteen minutes early. You can buy tickets in advance online, or at the door.

To buy tickets for this week’s shows and for more information on the “Breaking Chains” Festival visit www.ubuntutheaterproject.com.

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