WHAT IT IS TO BE aluminous

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ALUMINOUS (adjective) The adjective ALUMINOUS has 1 sense:
1. Pertaining to or containing aluminum or alum Familiarity information: ALUMINOUS used as an adjective is very rare. First used in the 15th century.

About Us: theatre aluminous is a revolving group of multidisciplinary, multiracial artists that come together twice a year to create and produce a seemingly cinematic performance on stage. Theatre director and write Michael French formed the company in San Francisco in 2011 with one goal in mind, to explore the life and death struggles of the two-character play, more commandingly know as the “two-hander”. An insatiable fascination with the interconnectedness of life and art is what bonds each collaboration together as it seamlessly blends music, film, theatre, and digital media into a three-dimensional, immersive experience. Each production asks one simple question, “What is the human experience? “

The genesis of theatre aluminous began in the kitchen of Michael French with a series of impromptu script readings with Bay Area actress, Summer Serafin. Within a few months they had progressed to the living room where the first murmurings of a theatre company began to be heard. A dance studio in San Francisco was rented in 2010 for the first production by newly formed multimedia company “The Aluminous Collective.” The play was “Blackbird” by David Harrower. Summer Serafin was scheduled to play the female lead of Una, but she was fatally injured in an accident a week into rehearsals and the production was cancelled. She was 32 years old. The production was remounted in 2011 with Elena Wright and Charles Shaw Robinson as a celebration of Summer Serafin’s life. Michael French and Rick Wells created a short film for the production called “The Mission,” and Manu Delago supplied the music.

In 2013 “Dusk Rings a Bell” by Stephen Belber was performed at the same dance studio in San Francisco. Aaron Priskorn composed original music and Joseph Seif and Michael French created a short, underwater film as a dream sequence for the production. 2014 saw aluminous drop the “Collective” from its name, become a resident company at the multi-disciplinary performance space Flight Deck, and bring Intersection for the Arts onboard as its fiscal sponsor. The production that year was “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” by Stephen Adly Guirgis and it heralded the first play by aluminous that was not a two-character play. Marko Grubic, who lives in Belgrade and communicated his ideas via email and Skype, composed original music, and Michael French and Brian Herczog made a video installation for the production.

2015 saw aluminous mount the West Coast premiere of “H20” by Jane Martin with original music by John Steven Morgan, and the thrilling re-imagining of Edward Albee’s iconic play “The Zoo Story,” with brilliant Shadow Design of Christine Marie. Finally, we arrive at 2016 and the formation of the “aluminati,” a rowdy group of artists and theatre lovers who gather once a month to read script, eat strawberriesscript reading group of 12 diverse artist “Going To St. Ives” by Lee Blessing, directed by Regina V. Fields.

In its quest to find and nurture new playwrights in the East Bay, 2016 will see aluminous present for the first time the “Flash Mob Short Play Festival,” which will see a host of original, 10 minute plays erupt in some of Oakland’s most iconic and historical sites on Sunday, August 17th.

The future for aluminous is vast and there to be taken. Join us!


Theatre aluminous is a multimedia theatre company that creates immersive performances using theater, film, music, and visual installations. We tell stories that represent our time and set your soul on fire. be true

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