Times Unseen Projects



“Unfriending Texas” & “Inauguration Vacation”

SAN FRANCISO Studio Theater

2 Pieces part of the Times Unseen Initiative
Performed by Harriet Patterson & Annette Roman
Directed by David Ford
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 7:30pm
90 minutes | No intermission | Ages 13+
Tickets: $15

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Show Description

“UNFRIENDING TEXAS” by Harriet Patterson
Harriet grew up a liberal democrat in Dallas. Now she lives in the Bay Area and grapples with how to communicate with conservative folks back home. Do you confront them? Try to understand? Or cut them off? As she tries to figure this out for herself, she talks to conservative Texans, many of whom are trying to understand the same questions. It’s deep research on how to maintain a civil discourse.

An Excerpt of “INAUGURATION VACATION” by Annette Roman
Armed with only a pink pussy hat, a reluctant activist heckles Trump voters on Inauguration Day and inadvertantly winds up in a viral video with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. It’s a far cry from Obama’s first inauguration, which she also attended nine years before. Now, when one outrage follows another and the worst first family appears to be stalking her, can she combat protest fatigue…?!

Artist Biographies

Harriet Patterson is a Bay-Area based writer, solo performer and nonprofit executive.  Alongside her 20+ year career in health nonprofits, she has appeared on Bay Area stages at Solo Sundays, Monday Night Marsh and Tell It On Tuesdays and her first solo show, Sail On!, debuted at the Boulder International Fringe Festival in 2017.  She will make her Bay Area debut with Sail On! in September 2018 at the San Francisco Fringe Festival. A native of Dallas, Texas, Harriet lives in the East Bay with her husband and cat where she enjoys breakfast tacos, photography, and spending time outdoors.

Annette Roman is the creator/performer of 3 solo shows: Hitler’s Li’l AbominationAnimal Love, and Inauguration Vacation, performed at 16 theater festivals in the U.S., U.K., and Canada since 2011. Her short and one-act plays have been produced in San Francisco at Holidays With a Twist 2016, the Playwrights Center of San Francisco’s Playoffs 2016, 24-Hour Playfest 2016 and 2017, and by Theater Pub in 2015. In cooperation with The World Bank and VIZ Media, she wrote 1 World Manga: Passages, a graphic novel about the developing world, which has been translated into various languages. She is a member of the Monday Night PlayGround Writers Pool. Her short play “Statuesque,” or Victoria, will receive a staged reading at this year’s San Francisco Olympians Festival.

Previous Performances

Performances from June 8:

Performances from April 12:

Performances from 1st Times Unseen Project:

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About the Times Unseen Project

The recent election has ushered in the largest political reversal our country has experiences in the post-World War II era. And since the election, the news is filled with who is winning, who is losing, and what attention-getting statement a politician has made today. Highly polarized, citizens are passionate about their particular fraction of the political rainbow, regardless of the hue.

Beyond the news, Americans fall in love, work, get sick, die…experience the drama of daily life. We have decided to take our cue from Russian author Svetlana Alexeivitch, who proved the power of exploring history through personal stories in her magnificent SECOND HAND TIME. In what ways are political turmoil affecting personal life of Americans?

Times Unseen will chronicle the effect of political change on individuals.

One of the stark lessons of the recent election is the ideological divide between regions in America. We have a team of Marsh artists who have personal connections to the disparate social, geographical, and political regions of America. We are asking them to interview people – Americans talking to Americans about family, love, safety, health, finances etc., in a time of political change. And our artists will bring what they hear back to the Marsh and make theater of it.

Times Unseen: because we are in new territory politically, and because politics, for better or for worse, are about promises of a changed future, times as yet unseen

Times Unseen will culminate in a Festival of New Work, in time for the midterm elections in 2018, with workshop performances along the way.

Times Unseen kicks off with an evening of short pieces on January 23 at 7:30 at The Marsh San Francisco. From January-June 2018 there will be an event a month, open to the public, showcasing short pieces by the featured artists. From June-October artists will workshop and perform longer form performances, in preparation for the October festival.

We hope to add performers along the way.

Directing and script development will be by David Ford. David is also the Project Director and an award winning veteran creator of stories for over 30 years.