by Jean Racine
in a new translation by Rob Melrose
directed by Ariel Craft
Cutting Ball Theater, 277 Taylor St, SF
April 20 - May 21, 2017

Phèdre, the theatrical canon’s reigning champion of salacious and scandalous familial dysfunction, makes its Cutting Ball premiere in April 2017.
phedre-ariel-52wAriel Craft (Director) is a Bay Area director and the Artistic Director of Tenderloin-based company The Breadbox. Recent directing credits include an acclaimed production of Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman and radical re-imaginings of Federico Garcia Lorca's Blood Wedding and John Ford's 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Ariel holds a BFA with Honors from New York University where she studied directing and multidisciplinary theatre-making at the Playwrights Horizons Theater School. She was awarded an Artistic Fellowship at the American Conservatory Theater following her graduation and previously served as Assistant Artistic Director at The Custom Made Theatre Co. Ariel was recently awarded Theatre Bay Area’s Titan Award. Ariel developed and directed the world premiere adaptation of The Awakening.
phedre-courtney-52wCourtney Walsh (Phedre) will portray Phèdre with keen insight into the tragedy’s roots, having recently returned from Athens and Nafplio, Greece, where she played the title role in Clytemnestra: Tangled Justice, after also touring Berlin, Amsterdam, Cardiff, Sydney, Auckland, and eight other cities. She recently starred as Winnie in Paris and Montpellier, France in a bilingual production of Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days and played Mrs. Robinson in Sixth Street Playhouse’s The Graduate. Other appearances include San Francisco Playhouse’s Jerusalem and Stanford Repertory Theater’s Moby Dick – Rehearsed, which she co-directed. Courtney is a member of the professional core acting company of Stanford Repertory Theater, where she has appeared for the last nine seasons, most recently as Judith in Hay Fever. Courtney studied acting at Yale University and worked as an actress in Los Angeles, followed by a hiatus from acting to earn a law degree, representing children in abuse cases. Returning to the stage in 2006, she has worked at venues nationally and throughout the Bay Area. Courtney also teaches a CSP Drama course at Stanford University and is an equestrienne and mother of four. Courtney can next be seen as Mercutio in We Players’ upcoming production of Romeo and Juliet.