Friday, May 18


A.C.T. New Strands / SPACE on Ryder Farm Residency

Nike, or We Don’t Need Another Hero

by Ngozi Anyanwu
Directed by Candis C. Jones

4 p.m.

The Rueff at The Strand Theater

In this epic story uniting Afrofuturistic myth, Greek drama, and contemporary language, New York playwright Ngozi Anyanwu crafts a bold hero’s journey with an all-Black cast. In the aftermath of a battle between the titans, Nike recovers her memory and learns that she is a god with a mighty destiny. As the fates of everyone she loves hang in the balance, can she confront her past and unleash the power she holds within?


New Strands Festival Happy Hour with DJ Lady Ryan

6 p.m.

The Lobby at The Strand Theater

Drop by, grab a discounted drink, and mingle with artists and fellow festival-goers before the evening readings.

Stand-up Comedy from Irene Tu

7 p.m.

The Rueff at The Strand Theater

Irene Tu is a Chicago-born, San Francisco–based stand-up comedian, actor, and writer. She has been named one of the “Bay Area’s 11 Best Stand Up Comedians” (SFist), an “artist on the brink of fame” (San Francisco Chronicle), and one of 20 “Women to Watch” (KQED). She has performed at SF Sketchfest, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and Riot LA, and her comedy was featured on Seeso and VICELAND. Tu has opened for comedians including W. Kamau Bell, Gary Gulman, Anthony Jeselnik, Hari Kondabolu, and Aparna Nancherla.


A.C.T. New Strands / SPACE on Ryder Farm Residency

Untitled Tegan & Sara Musical

Book by Emily Kaczmarek
Music and lyrics by Tegan Quin and Sara Quin
Music direction, orchestrations, and arrangements by Jared Stein
Conceived and directed by Kate Sullivan

8 p.m.

The Rembe at The Strand Theater

Jesse’s life has always gone according to plan. But when tragedy shatters her perfectly ordered world, she finds herself crashing in New York City for the summer... and falling hard for Sam, a magnetic girl with a guitar. An original musical set to the music of Grammy-nominated duo Tegan and Sara, this bittersweet coming-of-age story takes audiences on the dizzying rollercoaster of first love and first heartbreak.


After Hours @ The Strand with DJ Lady Ryan


9:30 p.m.

The Lobby at The Strand Theater

Grab a drink at the bar and share your thoughts and questions with Festival artists and audiences.

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