Timmy Gets Down With Dragons, Meets Genetically Modified Corn
Playwright, director, and actor Ian Walker doesn't make theater that only makes the audience think. "You go to theater," he says, "and you see something that opens your eyes, but you still need a way to act upon these feelings in a broader or more political level." His The Lullaby Tree, a Second Wind Theatre production co-directed by Misha Wyatt, is geared toward spurring its audience to action as well. The play follows multiple stories and takes place in multiple worlds.
Tim (Walker), an idealistic lawyer, and Callie (Evangeline Reilly) are trying to prove the danger of genetically modified organisms, but, Walker says, "You get the sense that [Tim] is more interested in saving [Callie]" than in saving food. Meanwhile, a boy (Samuel Berston) tries to find his mother (Reilly) in "the realm of legend." In between, a patch of corn sprouts up in a formerly drowned town -- the term for an abandoned town on which a reservoir is created. Walker, who by day works as an environmental health educator for the government, seeks to "reveal the folly of our efforts to twist the environment into what we think it should be." But he doesn't stop there. "We've peppering our blog and our Twitter with background on GMOs," he says. Second Wind also provides more background at the theater, including, one night, a talkback with Pamm Larry and others behind the last election's Prop 37.
The Lullaby Tree starts at 8 p.m. and continues through May 4 at the Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason St., S.F. Admission is $20-$35; visit secondwindtheatre.com.