"Tree"

San Francisco Playhouse

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The arrival of an unknown white sister on a black family’s doorstep sparks an unflinching portrayal of race and family

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Promotional value expires Mar 7, 2015. Limit 8/person. Valid only for option purchased. Redeem day of show for a ticket at venue box office. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at the venue. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must purchase together to sit together. Discount reflects SF Playhouse Theatre's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Doors open 1 hour before showtime. For ADA seating, call box office upon receipt of voucher-avail. is ltd. Recommended for 13+. Discretion is advised-features strong language and a scene containing frontal female nudity. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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  • One ticket to Tree
  • When: select dates, February 28–March 6
  • Where: San Francisco Playhouse
  • Door time: 1 hour before showtime
  • Full offer value includes ticketing fees

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Tree contains strong language and a scene containing brief, full frontal nudity, and is recommended for ages 13 and up.

Tree

The Price family is in turmoil. Leo is a chef in Chicago, living with his college-age daughter JJ and caring for his dementia-stricken mother Jessalyn. And then comes a knock on the door, heralding the arrival of another complication: Didi Marcantel, Leo’s white, hitherto-unknown half-sister. After the death of her—and Leo’s—father, Didi discovered hundreds of love letters from a younger Jessalyn, and came from Louisiana to meet the relations she’s never known. But Leo doesn’t feel obligated to care about her “liberal guilt,” and her arrival causes everyone to reexamine the nature of the familial ties that bind.

“I set out to write a play about race and ended up writing a play about family,” says playwright Julie Hébert about her PEN Award-winning script. Directed by Jon Tracy (Man of La Mancha, Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson), this regional premiere stars Susi Damilano as Didi, Cathleen Riddley as Jessalyn, and Carl Lumbly (Cagney & Lacey, Alias) as Leo. The powerhouse cast has garnered widespread acclaim for their rich performances. Examiner calls Tree “fearless, poignant, thought-provoking—and funny too—a powerfully emotional piece of theatre,” while the San Francisco Chronicle praises its “lyrical quality filled with love and sadness that elevates the play from kitchen-sink drama to something more.”

San Francisco Playhouse

"The Empathy Gym." That's how San Francisco Playhouse describes itself, as a place where audiences can "risk sharing in the lives of the characters." The company has focused on producing emotionally engaging work since its founding in 2003, whether that means re-imagining classic plays or commissioning new works. The mainstage season showcases acclaimed pieces from established voices, while The Sandbox series promotes new scripts from up-and-coming talents and scrappy young floodlights. It's a two-pronged approach to drama that has proven successful—the Playhouse has been honored with awards from multiple outlets.

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