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a work-in-progress

Conceived and created by Kirsten Brandt and Janet Hayatshahi

Monday, January 22 @ 7:30pm

FREE - no reservations / arrive at Firehouse by 7:30pm / first come-first served


Based loosely on the mythical journey of Helen of Troy, LAUNCHING SHIPS is a multi-media, interactive theatrical event examining beauty and objectification. The piece challenges preconceived notions of beauty, attraction, and women's roles in society.


Kirsten Brandt is an interdisciplinary artist and educator whose practice embraces inquiries into gender, science and politics.   An award winning theatrical director, playwright and advocate, her passion lies in igniting the imagination of audiences through visceral storytelling and visual poetry to encourage dialogue and ethical engagement.  She served for six seasons as Artistic Director of the experimental theatre group Sledgehammer Theatre, where she directed over a dozen plays and wrote BERZERKERGANG, THE FRANKENSTEIN PROJECT, and NU. She was the Associate Artistic Director of San Jose Repertory Theatre, where she directed DR. FAUSTUS, NEXT FALL, THE BIG MEAL, LEGACY OF LIGHT, and GROUNDSWELL, among others. As a director, Ms. Brandt's work has been seen at Utah Shakespeare Festival, San Jose Repertory Theatre, The Old Globe, TheatreWorks, La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Repertory, Santa Cruz Shakespeare, North Coast Repertory, and Arizona Theatre Company.

Janet Hayatshahi is an award-winning director, an actor, and a professor of theatre at Randolph-Macon College. She has worked with Sledgehammer Theatre, Moxie Theatre, Mo'olelo Performing Arts in San Diego and Eclipse Theatre and European Repertory Theatre in Chicago. Ms. Hayatshahi's theatrical interests lie in ensemble-driven, collaboratively-created works, blending a physical approach and embodied practice with text and story-telling, particularly with new works or re-inventions of classic tales. She holds an MFA from the University of California, San Diego.


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