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Past Production

Transfers

By Lucy Thurber
Directed by Ken Savage
Feb 28, 2019–Mar 23, 2019
West Coast Premiere
Venue: Potrero Stage

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Details

Miles away from the South Bronx where they grew up, two students unexpectedly rediscover each other on the eve of an interview that will determine their entire future. Each are looking to transfer to a prestigious northeast college, on the scholastic and athletic merits that the school has placed on them and deemed worthy. As they prepare to bare their souls and show the faculty what they think they want, Cristofer and Clarence have to decide whether to stick to their personal integrity or choose what they are willing to fake in order to call this beautiful brick-and-ivy bastion of privilege home. A brilliantly written, gut-punch of a play by Lucy Thurber, TRANSFERS strips the veneer off of meritocracy and asks us if we are willing to sacrifice ourselves to embrace a way out.

CONTENT WARNING: verbal description of graphic violence

Featuring Caleb Cabrera, David Everett Moore, Victor D. Ragsdale, Michael Wayne Rice, and Alison Whismore

Assistant Director: Ely Sonny Orquiza
Dramaturg: Leigh Rondon-Davis
Scenic Design: Kate Boyd
Costume Design: Jackquelin Pedota
Lighting Design: Chris Lundahl
Sound Design: Madeleine Oldham
Props Design: Marykerin Naughton
Stage Manager: Rachel Grace Reyes Mogan★
Assistant Stage Manager: Hannah Rosenzweig
Production Manager: Stephanie Alyson Henderson★

★ Crowded Fire Resident Artist

◼ Member of Actors’ Equity Association

Reviews

“…feels right and true because his actors keep each other in the unrelenting grip of communion.” 

“But as Lucy Thurber’s finely drawn drama goes in the ring for Cristofer and Clarence, it always has one eye on the granular and one eye on the macrocosm. At the same moment that it registers one of life’s myriad dings or sucker punches against these two gifted young men of color, it’s simultaneously zooming out to question what they and the rest of the college-enthralled world are fighting for.”

“Ken Savage’s direction makes every sharp turn in Thurber’s tone as smooth as a matter of course.” 

SF Chronicle Datebook

 

“…funny and touching… unexpected and revealing…”

“Thurber’s gift for examining issues of social class, privilege and opportunity in America resonates through her well-rounded characters.”

San Francisco Examiner

 

“The ensemble is stunning in this charged story of chances…”

“Transfers is dynamic in its storytelling range—everyone has a story and Lucy Thurber finds a way to weave them all into a larger American story of academic access, who gets in and who does not.”

Wanda’s Picks 

 

Transfers is a Must See!”

Theatrius

Photos

(l to r) Victor D. Ragsdale (as Clarence Matthews) and Caleb Cabrera (as Cristofer Rodriguez) suit up for battle (or college interviews), in the West Coast Premiere of Lucy Thurber’s TRANSFERS, running February 28 – March 23, 2019.

Photo by Adam Tolbert

(l to r) David Everett Moore (as David DeSantos), Alison Whismore (as Rosie McNulty) and Michael Wayne Rice (as Geoffrey Dean) debate who is worthy of their university, in the West Coast Premiere of Lucy Thurber’s TRANSFERS, running February 28 – March 23, 2019.

Photo by Adam Tolbert

Caleb Cabrera (as Cristofer Rodriguez) receives a letter that could change the course of his life in the West Coast Premiere of Lucy Thurber’s TRANSFERS, running February 28 – March 23, 2019.

Photo by Adam Tolbert

(l to r) Victor D. Ragsdale (as Clarence Matthews) and Michael Wayne Rice (as Geoffrey Dean) break the interview ice with a shared love of Octavia Butler in the West Coast Premiere of Lucy Thurber’s TRANSFERS, running February 28 – March 23, 2019.

Photo by Adam Tolbert

Alison Whismore (as Rosie McNulty) and Caleb Cabrera (as Cristofer Rodriguez) try to find honesty in their competition and in each other, in the West Coast Premiere of Lucy Thurber’s TRANSFERS, running February 28 – March 23, 2019.

Photo by Adam Tolbert

(l to r) Caleb Cabrera (as Cristofer Rodriguez) and David Everett Moore (as David DeSantos) decide which bits of history to bare in a college interview in the West Coast Premiere of Lucy Thurber’s TRANSFERS, running February 28 – March 23, 2019.

Photo by Adam Tolbert

(l to r) David Everett Moore (as David DeSantos) and Caleb Cabrera (as Cristofer Rodriguez) struggle with the cost of opportunity in the West Coast Premiere of Lucy Thurber’s TRANSFERS, running February 28 – March 23, 2019.

Photo by Cheshire Isaacs

(l to r) David Everett Moore (as David DeSantos) and Caleb Cabrera (as Cristofer Rodriguez) struggle with the cost of opportunity in the West Coast Premiere of Lucy Thurber’s TRANSFERS, running February 28 – March 23, 2019.

Photo by Cheshire Isaacs