Jump! Theatre Company theatre company producing new works addressing mental illness

February 22, 2010

Springboard V

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Thanks to EVERYONE – playwrights, directors, actors, audience members, donors and our very gracious host, the Meridian Gallery, for helping make Springboard V an artistic and financial success! We could not have done it without all our collaborators and friends and we are deeply grateful.

Please watch this space for further news on the plays Jump! will be developing over the coming months.

Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24 at 8pm

New Works Program: performances of 5 short plays or excerpts

Sunday, April 25 at 7pm

Hunter’s Point Reading and Benefit

Meridian Gallery

525 Powell Street, San Francisco

link to Brown Paper Tickets

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Listen to playwright Liz Gjelten speak about Hunter’s Point:


New Works Program – April 23 & 24 at 8pm


Embroiled by Nomy Lamm

directed by Rebecca Longworth

A short play with music in which a father and his lost daughter struggle to connect.


The Ballad of 423 and 424 by Nick Pappas

directed by Liz Gjelten

A short play about a reclusive writer and the woman who answers his knock.


Luna Negra (excerpt) by Scott McMorrow

directed by Roberta D’Alois

One woman’s experiences with seeing psychic auras.


Odile (excerpt) by Gaetana Caldwell-Smith

directed by Nena St. Louis

A work-in-progress about an alcoholic family’s dysfunction.


Submission by Sarah Schwitkis

directed by Nena St. Louis

An engaging monologue on the challenges and joys of recovery from bipolar disorder.


Hunter’s Point Preview & Benefit – April 25 at 7pm


Hunter’s Point (staged reading) by Elizabeth Gjelten

directed by Christine Young

The closing night of Springboard V will feature a staged reading of Elizabeth Gjelten’s Hunter’s Point, directed by Christine Young, for which Jump! recently received a generous grant from the Theatre Bay Area’s CA$H Program.   Hunter’s Point is a multi-media play about fierce love and bicycles that asks: What is ‘moral treatment’ of the homeless mentally ill, and what prevents our society from providing it? Layering music and video projections, Hunter’s Point juxtaposes realistic dialogue with the language of dreams, and grounds poetic and experimental theatrical techniques in an accessible story with vivid characters and settings that are deeply rooted in San Francisco.  Please join us to share your thoughts on this work-in-progress, and enjoy a special evening of light refreshments.  All proceeds will benefit Jump!’s ongoing work to develop new plays telling authentic stories of mental illness from a variety of perspectives.

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