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Z Space and Word for Word present:

Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Epic Poem

The rime of the Ancient Mariner 

September 11 - October 12 at Z Space

Directed by Delia MacDougall and Jim Cave

Considered by some to be a "green parable," this epic voyage is a tale of man's crime against nature, with the shooting of the magnificent albatross—and the havoc which nature wreaks in return. Z Space’s stage will be turned into a sailing ship (Oliver DiCicco and Colm McNally, scenic design) surrounded by the sea and the elements (Hana Kim, video projections; Ray Oppenheimer, lighting, Matt Stines, sound; Nol Simonse, choreography; Nikki Anderson-Joy, costumes). We hope that you will enjoy Word for Word’s expansive take on this take on this classic epic poem.

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Previews - September 11, 12, 14, 15, 18, 19
Opening Night - Friday, September 20
Additional Press Night - Saturday, September 21

Showtimes:
Thursdays - 7pm
Fridays and Saturdays - 8pm
Sundays - 3pm

Running Time Approx. 1 hr
Please note that strobe lights will be used during this performance.
at Z Space | 450 Florida St | San Francisco, CA 94110

Children’s Book Project - Word for Word is proud to support Children's Book Project in their mission to give free books to children who need them. Bring in a new or gently used children’s book to donate during a performance of Rime of the Ancient Mariner, and you’ll get a drink ticket (limit one per customer).


Post Show Events

September 29 — a collaboration with Fieldworks Collaborative – "navigating natural and social ecologies" – with a seafaring cocktail toast to Luke Cole's environmental work. Luke was an environmental lawyer and the co-founder of the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment, in California. He was a pioneer in using legal work for the environmental justice movement.

October 3 - Zero Waste Speaker: Environmental advocate and educator Elyse Hochstadt will lead a discussion about the current situation of plastic pollution and how it’s contributing to climate change and environmental degradation. Learn how you can avoid plastics in your day-to-day life and wield your consumer power to make a difference in the future of our beautiful planet. rehabit.world

October 10 — Eco-poetry Event: Z Space is thrilled to partner with Susan Schwartzenberg, Director of the Exploratorium's Bay Observatory, for a special presentation of the museum's Conversations About Landscapes series that brings together artists, activists, and scientists to grapple with issues that shape contemporary landscapes. The evening features discussions with contemporary poets Pireeni Sundaralingam, Martin Rock, Juliana Spahr, and Rime actor Bob Ernst.


On Tuesday, October 1st, Fieldworks Collaborative will host a special event in Z Space that is a lively evening of spirit tasting and conversation with local environmental activists. Click for DETAILS AND TICKETS.


Press Resources

The dedicated press agent for this show is David Hyry, who can be reached at daldenh@aol.com.

Illustrations by Gustav Doré


Rime in the press

Longtime Word for Word friend and acclaimed author Tobias Wolff and Word for Word charter member Nancy Shelby were recently speaking together at an event. When he asked what's was next for Word for Word, the following ensued per Leah Garchik’s column in the San Francisco Chronicle:

[Tobias Wolff] ended by reading a portion of a new novel, the audience rapt as the prose embodied a point he’d made, that literature allows you to “enter into the inner life of another human.” It reminded me of a conversation earlier, at the reception, between the honoree and Nancy Shelby, a founding member of the theatrical company Word for Word, which has performed some of his works.

In response to his query about their latest project, she said they were working on “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” at which he smiled and started quoting, with ersatz grandeur: “The many men, so beautiful!/ And they all dead did lie:/ And a thousand thousand slimy things/ Lived on; and so did I.”

Someone wisecracked about the “thousand slimy things” and politics, and Wolff responded, quite seriously, that the written word allows the reader to “be someone else, to see someone’s world.” As to those in power, “I wish they were readers,” he said.