2020 Season

The Human Ounce

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written by Nicole Parizeau
directed by Gary Graves
Feb 15–Mar 15

a new play about art and scandal

A fine old painting on the gallery wall.

Pride of place in the museum. The painter? An old master in his own right…admired worldwide, historically important, and an inspiration to thousands.  And revealed as a monster. What now?

“This is how you raise awareness and shift the identity of an institution… To rectify centuries of imbalance, you have to do something radical”—Christopher Bedford, Curator, Baltimore Museum of Art

“Demonizing art is not a rational response to it. There is no way that you should punish the art for the crimes of the artist”—Jonathan Pugh, Oxford University

 


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We are currently  fully reserved for the performances on 2/22, 23 and 3/8 and have limited availability on 2/27, 29 & 3/7.

We begin taking a waiting list for full performances 30 minutes prior to curtain time.  Subscribers get priority for cancellations and for the waiting list, but there’s still a chance to get in or that tickets may open up (keep checking).  If you are a subscriber, we may be holding a few extra seats; please contact us.

Ticket Prices

Advance tickets: $30-$38
(Advance sales by phone thru Brown Paper Tickets: 800.838.3006)

At the door: $38–15 sliding scale

Pay-what-you-can: preview performances and every Thursday, at the door as available

Information & subscriber reservations: 510.558.1381

Performance calendar

(note new 7pm showtime on Saturdays!)

Thu Fri Sat Sun
Feb 13
8pm
Preview
PWYC
14
8pm
Preview
PWYC
15
7pm
Opening
16
5pm
20
8pm
PWYC
21
8pm
22
7pm
23
5pm
27
8pm
PWYC
28
8pm
29
7pm
Mar 1
5pm
5
8pm
PWYC
6
8pm
7
7pm
8
5pm
12
8pm
PWYC
13
8pm
14
7pm
15
5pm

Running Time

75 minutes with no intermission

Champagne Hughes
Kimberly Ridgeway
Don Wood

Stage Management: Liora Jacob
Costume design: Tammy Berlin
Lighting design: Gary Graves
Prop design: Debbie Shelley
Sound design: Gregory Scharpen

A famous 19th century artist is discovered to have an unsavory history, causing two friends and colleagues to have a difference of opinion that calls their relationship into question.  Jory (Champagne Hughes, right) says his work must be canceled; Biz (Kimberly Ridgeway, left) says the art should not pay for the sins of the artist.

Central Works presents world premiere #66: The Human Ounce by Nicole Parizeau, Feb 15-Mar 15 at Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley.

Photo by Jim Norrena

When a century old scandal in a famous painter’s past is revealed, museum curator, Biz (Kimberly Ridgeway, left) becomes embroiled in an argument that threatens her position; meanwhile, her associate, Dodge (Don Wood, right) gets pulled reluctantly into the dilemma.

Central Works presents world premiere #66: The Human Ounce by Nicole Parizeau, Feb 15-Mar 15 at Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley.

Photo by Jim Norrena

Biz (Kimberly Ridgeway, center) and Jory (Champagne Hughes, right) are colleagues who do not see eye to eye about the fate of a painting whose creator is revealed to have committed monstrous acts.  Their associate, Dodge (Don Wood, right) claims “Hey, I’m Switzerland here.”

Central Works presents world premiere #66: The Human Ounce by Nicole Parizeau, Feb 15-Mar 15 at Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley.

Photo by Jim Norrena

All photos: ACT OUT Photography by Jim Norrena

Jory (Champagne Hughes) has strong and inflexible views about how to deal with the product of a 19th century sexual predator.  How far will she go to get her way?

Central Works presents world premiere #66: The Human Ounce by Nicole Parizeau, Feb 15-Mar 15 at Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley.

Photo by Jim Norrena

SF Chronicle Datebook Pick: “the show poses vital questions about artistic responsibility” -L. Janiak

“fascinating, lively, and well-acted” -E. Mendel, Berkeleyside

“The Human Ounce…poses provocative questions [with a] charismatic, three-member cast” -Lou Fancher, East Bay Express

Human Ounce engagingly explores art and responsibility” -Jean Schiffman, SF Examiner

“a wild, escalating encounter that explodes in front of us” -Beau McGlasson, Theatrius

Read The New York Times article: “Is it time Gauguin got Canceled?”

Find out more about:
The Art: The paintings and painters mentioned in the script
Behind the Scenes: A Note from the playwright & references for the play