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March 14, 2017 > Pickled Princess takes the stage

Pickled Princess takes the stage

Submitted By The Theater Factory

FremontÕs The Theater Factory is a unique production ensemble, specially designed for children and teenagers, offering specialized acting and leadership classes and camps throughout the Bay Area. Individual talents of young minds are tapped by expert instructors through various theater games, exercises, improvisations, and specialized workshops. The outcome is a distinct improvement in conversational, leadership and social skills, body language and overall personality development of the child.

The Theater Factory will be presenting a trio of their work at Chabot College on Sunday, March 26. ÒThe Ugly BucklingÓ will open the show followed by the premier of the short film ÒThankfulnessÓ and the world premier of the full-length dystopian play ÒThe Pickled Princess.Ó

ÒItÕs always been a struggle for me to find a play to do with any of my classes, be it younger kids or teens. I read dozens of plays, revisit the ones I have acted in, but it always boils down to finding something contemporary, something that can evoke critical thinking in the theater workshops and something that brings something new to the audience that they can enjoy but at the same time take back home and ruminate with,Ó says Theater Factory founder, writer, and director Ish Amitoj Kaur.

ÒIn my quest for Ôsocial theaterÕ I wrote ÔThe Ugly Buckling,Õ a fantasy fiction, one act play that promises to confront the issue of bullying in an entertaining and touching way. ÔThe Ugly BucklingÕ has been performed with hundreds of children all over the Bay Area. It has touched the hearts of children and their parents and has propagated the notion of ÔIt doesnÕt matter whatÕs on you, what matters is whatÕs in you,ÕÓ says Kaur. Fourteen students from The Theater FactoryÕs beginner level class will be performing the play at Chabot.

Union City Recreation and Hayward Area Recreation and Park District provide The Theater FactoryÕs Acting For Camera classes, which culminated in the short film ÒThankfulness.Ó This project featuring children talking about thankfulness will have its premier at SundayÕs event.

After working on her own for a long time, Kaur found avant-garde music composer Barry Bailey and choreographer Robin Rivera with whom she created ÒThe Pickled Princess,Ó a full-length play being performed by Master Class students from NewarkÕs Silliman Center. ÒThe Silicon Valley provides a great backdrop to this contemporary play that inspires children to evolve, innovate, and create from the heart and above all focus on what they can do and not on what they canÕt,Ó says Kaur. The show will feature props crafted by San Leandro artist Michael Thornton and the makeup artistry of Mary Halaka Lodge of Tyra Beauty.

ÒIsh Amitoj Kaur takes great pride in penning original Ôsocial playsÕ with themes and plots crying out to be heard, and which, for the students and parents involved, become a unique journey. Critical thinking and social intelligence well up as byproducts of the work required to search for, and to find, this voice,Ó says Ògrandpa of a drama kidÓ Dale Drayer.

To purchase tickets or to learn more about specialized classes and camps, visit

The Pickled Princess
Sunday, Mar 26
Doors open at 4:30 p.m.
Chabot College, Little Theater
Building 1200
25555 Hesperian Blvd, Hayward
(510) 709-5082
Tickets: $10

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