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Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Gold Fish -- A One-Act Musical with Gambling Salmon

Posted By on Thu, Jul 12, 2012 at 2:36 PM

click to enlarge On the set of The Gold Fish at Theater Yugen in San Francisco.
  • On the set of The Gold Fish at Theater Yugen in San Francisco.

Pure liberation in the arts lies in the affirmation that it doesn't take much to give a wild Pollock of a play a sudden esoteric urgency. Why should we go see go see a one-act musical about a salmon in a casino? It's a metaphor.

CounterPULSE prides itself on catalyzing art and action through innovative performance pieces like The Gold Fish. Follow a salmon as she gambles her eggs for river passage (through a fantastical land that's supposed to be an alternative-universe California) at the Gold Fish Casino. Water activists and artists, The Water Underground, present us with an array of complex characters -- the nymph dealing with water war-induced P.T.S.D., the Army Chorus of Engineers, and an array of displaced River Creatures -- in a tale that begs for social justice and activism through campy humor and show tunes. Catch it on stage while you can -- the zany allegory and its gold-drenched visuals are currently being adapted into a film.

The Gold Fish starts at 8 p.m. (and runs again on July 14) at CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission (at Ninth St.). Admission is $10-$15.

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