Next Up from Pear Playwrights
A Staged Reading
Terrible Swift Sword
by Leah Halper
Date: Sunday, Oct. 30, 7pm
Sometimes the biggest dramas erupt in the smallest places. Terrible Swift Sword is set in a small town that still has chickens in grassy backyards. But it’s also part of today's Bay Area, fostering the same tensions that define our jumbled democracy of cultures and values. A conflagration ignites when the paleta man who sells ice cream is reported to be luring kids to his cart by showing off a frozen hand. Or is he? Even the bizarre gimmick is contested as a town erupts over immigration, parenting, and religion. The main characters find themselves knocked sideways by a burst of acrimonious publicity that creates cascading choices no one wants to make — co-existence or war, truth or convenience, fundamentalist religion or comfortless renunciation. Is there a way to mend this broken community, or do truth and justice require a battle royal?
READ ABOUT OUR NEW THEATRE
JUST BLOCKS AWAY FROM OUR PRIOR LOCATION
Mountain View Mayor John McAlister turned out Aug. 15 with a giant pair of scissors to help Pear Theatre founder and Artistic Director Diane Tasca welcome a crowd of supporters to the theater's new home.
It was the first public tour of the facility, which is three times as big as the original Pear Avenue Theatre, seating 80 to 99 people, depending on which flexible audience seating plan is used.