Written by Patricia Milton Extended through August 21: World premiere #52: from the Central Works Writers Workshop
Directed by Gary Graves
Produced in: 2016
Extra performances on 8/18, 19, & 20 at 8pm and 8/21 at 5pm!
We are fully reserved for the rest of the run; call 510.558.1381 for information about the waiting list.
Extended through August 21:
World premiere #52: from the Central Works Writers Workshop
A very serious very funny new play from the writer of last season’s award-winning hit, Enemies: Foreign and Domestic.
Did you know that palm oil can be found in more than half of all processed goods worldwide?
A small Southeast Asian island is invaded visited by a gang of land grabbers a team of corporate negotiators intent on expanding a palm oil plantation. When a company rep goes rogue and joins the local rebel resistance, Viola Wells takes charge as Lead Negotiator. While fending off the unwanted advances of a corporate teammate, “Vi” must come to terms with the true nature of her employer: multi-national conglomerate, Empire Holdings, Ltd.
Unrequited love meets unregulated capitalism in Hearts of Palm.
Production Sponsor: Erica Nietfeld
Production Sponsors: Linda & Will Schieber
This production is also made possible with the generous support of the Actors Equity Foundation, City of Berkeley Civic Arts Grants Program, RHE Foundation, and Wilder Green Art Fund.
Frieda de Lackner
John Patrick Moore*
Erin Mei-Ling Stuart
Costume design: Tammy Berlin
Lighting design: Gary Graves
Prop design: Debbie Shelley
Sound design: Gregory Scharpen
Stage manager: Vanessa Ramos
Patricia Milton’s plays include Enemies: Foreign and Domestic (Central Works, “Outstanding World Premiere Play,” TBA Awards) and Reduction in Force (Central Works; 2011 BroadwayWorld Award for “Best Local Play”); Believers, which was produced recently in Istanbul, Turkey; and Solving Sunflowers, a winner at the Eudora Welty New Play Festival and EMCT New Mexico play competition. 3Girls Theatre recently premiered Moments of Truth, her musical co-written with Caroline Altman. She is co-author with Andrew Black of It’s Murder, Mary! (New Conservatory Theatre Center), and two other plays. She is proud to be resident playwright at Central Works. patricia-milton.com.
“Milton leaves no would-be white savior unquestioned — or unscathed.” – L. Janiak, SFGate
Kim Cohen of Theatre Bay Area calls Hearts of Palm “a must see show!”
“Hearts of Palm is a winner!” -T. Grove, The Urban Hiker
“…there’s a sinister sweet spot between the darkly comic and the genuinely frightening” -A. Brinklow, Edge Media
“[A] wildly funny satire…surprisinly sophisticated nevertheless.” -C. Kruger, The Rumpus
“…engaging, well-performed by the cast and solidly directed…And if it inspires anyone in the audience to pay more attention to domestic companies’ shady practices abroad, so much the better.” S. Hurwitt, SJ Mercury News
“Patricia Milton’s world premiere melds sharp political insights with comic personal exposure…A touch of soap opera, a lot of political satire, and a dash of silly romantic comedy” -B. Horwitz, Theatrius
Read how the Girl Scouts took on Kellog to make their cookies with only deforestation-free palm oil – and won!
More fascinating information about the Palm Oil industry on Patricia Milton’s Tumblr page