Elmwood Member Returns for March Workshop

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Val Hendrickson returns to Elmwood after a forty-year absence, along with his wife, Lorraine Olsen, to perform two short plays – TONGUES / THE WAR OF HEAVEN – by Sam Shepard and Joseph Chaikin for the March 4th workshop presentation. The presentation will be live only, starting between 8:45 and 9:00 PM after the monthly membership meeting.

Hendrickson first appeared here in 1968 as The Newsboy in THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE (directed by Burt Douglas) and subsequently OH DAD, POOR DAD…, DRACULA, and THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES. Mentored by Tally Messer, he became the youngest Mainstage director in Elmwood history, (at 20 yrs. old) staging NOURISH THE BEAST, and later years GEMINI, and CURSE OF THE STARVING CLASS.

The plays evoke the elusive logic of a dream to form a speculative fantasia of the afterlife. In “Tongues,” a man’s death is only the beginning of a mysterious journey wherein the voices of loved ones inhabit the soundscape of his passing. In “The War in Heaven” an extraterrestrial regales her captors with tales of previous incarnations, both celestial and human. “Tongues” was originally presented at The Magic Theater in San Francisco in 1978, and “The War in Heaven” by WBAI in New York in 1984.

Photo of Val Hendrickson and Lorraine Olsen by Paul Schraub

Val Hendrickson’s credits include stints with Shotgun Players, Berkeley Rep, Magic Theater, and most recently, Theatre Rhinoceros in “Breaking The Code,” for which he was nominated for a Bay Area Critics Circle Award.

Lorraine Olsen’s original solo-show, “Figuratively Speaking” won “Best of” The San Francisco Fringe Festival and performed at Shotgun Players Cabaret, SF Playhouse; in NYC at WOW Café Theater and as an “Encore Artist” at United Solo Festival.

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