Paul Sussman

THE WRONG KIND OF PESSIMISM

Written & Performed by Paul Sussman
Developed with Charlie Varon
Directed by Kenny Yun
Sound/Lightboard Operator: Rachel Cusing

RECEPTION AFTER THE SHOW ON APRIL 27!

April 27 – May 18 | San Francisco
Saturdays at 5pm

NOTE FOR MAY 4 SHOW: Due to Cinco de Mayo festival on Valencia Street, the show will start at 7:30pm on Saturday, May 4.

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Show Description

We’ve traded up our caves, tripled our life spans, written Ulysses, and gone to the moon. And along the way, melted the ice caps, oppressed the crap out of each other, and elected you-know-who.  Are we getting anywhere?  From the first gentrification (sorry, Neanderthals!) to the secrets of the genome, Paul takes on (and smacks down!) the big questions of Progress, Faith and Where it All Ends.

Artist Biography

Paul Sussman has written and performed a series of solo pieces through the eyes of road-ragers, insects, Anabaptists, cannibals, and others who persist in the search for meaning amidst the puzzling evidence.  He developed his approach to melodrama and farce through years of work in financial management with Bay Area nonprofit organizations. This is his first hour-length show and in recognition of this milestone he now refers to himself in the third person.

Special Events

April 27 talkback with Fernando Martí an activist, printmaker, and co-director of San Francisco’s Council of Community Housing Organizations.
Talkback Topic: San Francisco For All: Are We Getting Anywhere?

May 4 talkback with Leslea Hlusko a professor at UC Berkeley investigating the evolutionary history of our species and teaching students the biology of human variation.
Talkback Topic: Race, Genes & Evolution

May 11 talkback with Vishu Lingappa
Bio: Vishu Lingappa is a UCSF emeritus professor of physiology and medicine, long-time advocate for single-payer health care, and currently founding CEO of a local biotechnology company.
Talkback Topic: Converting Viruses to Trufflehounds

May 18 talkback with Jose Artiga, survivor of death squad in El Salvador who has dedicated his life to solidarity.
Talkback Topic:  Support for Immigrants to Stay Home

Show Info

Tickets: $25 – $35 sliding scale | $55 & $100 Reserved Seating
April 27 – May 18 | San Francisco Studio Theater
Saturdays at 5pm
70 minutes | No Intermission | Ages 13+ | Please do not bring infants to the show

For more information on the sliding scale ticketing policy, late seating and reserved seating please click here.

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