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Bars and Measures
by Idris Goodwin
directed by Weyni Mengesha
September 15 - October 23, 2016

A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere

Two brothers, both musicians. The classical pianist  is Christian. The jazz bassist is Muslim. When Bilal is accused of being a terrorist and jailed awaiting trial, Eric tries to stay connected by pushing aside his own classical aspirations in order to learn big brother's jazz style. Separated by prison bars and religious convictions, the brothers scat and be-bop through their shared language of music. As his brother's trial progresses, Eric becomes disillusioned and struggles to decide if he believes the charges levied against his beloved older brother, or if false accusations make him a beleaguered martyr to a prejudiced, paranoid nation.

Running time: approx 80 minutes with no intermission


LiveWired: Thursday, October 6th. Beer and pizza in the lobby following the play. Tickets only $10 and selling fast. Buy tickets in advance today.


Play & Concert Double Bill: Join us for a Boston Court double bill on Saturday, October 8. One $49.00 ticket includes a seat to the 4PM performance of Bars and Measures and the 8PM concert with Justine Aronson and Richard Valitutto. 

And as a special treat, Perry’s by Claud Beltran, located in dusitD2 Hotel Constance, has created a special Theatre Menu for our patrons to enjoy between the play and concert – at a special price! Reservations at Perry's are recommended and can be made by calling (626) 486-2950.


Sunday, October 2nd at 1pm: Pre-show conversation with Adjoa Skinner and Edina Lekovic, discussing the intersection of faith and gender. Edina is a mother, activist, and speaker associated with the Muslim Public Affairs Council. Adjoa is a graduate student at Fuller Seminary as well as an accomplished musician and performer.

These conversations are free and open to the public. You do not need to have a ticket to the play in order to attend, and if you have already attended the play you are more than welcome back.

If you do attend these discussions, they end in plenty of time for the show.

Post-Show conversation with actors from Bars and Measures: Sunday, September 25th after the 2pm performance and Thursday, October 13th after the 8pm performance.


Cast of Bars and Measures: Donathan Walters, Matt Orduna, Brian Abraham, Zehra Fazal 

Production staff: Noah Agruss, Music Director/Composer; Francois-Pierre Couture, Scene Design; Tom Ontiveros, Lighting Design; John Nobori, Sound Design; Leah Piehl, Costume Design; Bethany Tucker, Properties Design; Michael Donovan, Casting Director; June Carryl, Assistant Director; Molly McGraw, Production Stage Manager; Ed Krieger, Production photography.

IDRIS GOODWIN is a playwright, rapper and essayist. He is the recipient of Oregon Shakespeare’s American History Cycle Commission, InterAct Theater’s 20/20 Award and a finalist for the Lanford Wilson Award. Goodwin has been a writer in residence at The Eugene O'Neil Playwrights Center, Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor Program, The Lark Playwriting Center and New Harmony Project. He teaches performance writing and Hip Hop aesthetics at Colorado College.

WEYNI MENGESHA is an acclaimed theatre director and educator. She directed and composed the score for Da Kink in My Hair by Trey Anthony about the lives and identities of black women. Her work has received multiple nominations for best direction, best actor/actress, original music score, best production, and best new play by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts. Mengesha co-founded Sound the Horn, with a mission to train Ethiopian and Eritrean youth to find their identities and voices through the performing arts.

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