Sharon Shao in the 2018 production of “Sarafael” — Photo by Jesse Sutterley

Sharon Shao in the 2018 production of “Sarafael” — Photo by Jesse Sutterley


a play exploring the law, trauma and discussion around sexual assault
paired with a gallery showcasing a donated story of rape

An original piece written by Julius Rea, directed by Kieran Beccia and curated by Katharine Hada. The Forum produced the project at up-and-coming arts incubator Adelines Lab from December 6 - 9, 2018. Rea received a $5000 Theatre Bay Area CA$H PERFORMS grant for the play. The total ticket sales covered the space rental (consisting of four performances, one preview, one tech week and 30 hours of rehearsal time). After a successful run of the show, The Forum will be co-producing a remount of Sarafael in March 2019 in partnership with Ubuntu Theater Project a part of their series, Ubuntu Underground.

The play follows Ari after her childhood friend accuses her brother of rape. As she fights with the writer of the play (in which she is a character), the audience is brought on a journey following all perspectives of the incident. The adjoining gallery included a reported account of a sexual assault and the translated versions of the story after it was shared amongst members of the artistic team from memory. Additionally, patrons were asked to write thoughts and feelings on slips of paper either in response to the show or of their own encounters with sexual assault; those responses were also posted in a section of the gallery.

Writer: Julius Rea
Director: Kieran Beccia
Curator: Katharine Hada
Photographer, content manager: Jesse Sutterley
Audience engagement: Ryan Takemiya
Cast: Sharon Shao, Kenny Scott, Leigh Rondon-Davis and Lorenz Angelo Gonzales
Pre-production dramaturg: Roweena Mackay

2018 Technical Crew
Stage manager: Muriel Shattuck
Assistant stage manager: Camilla Kitka
Dance, movement choreographer: Juliet Paramor
Prop, set designer: Katelynn Fitt
Adelines Lab representative: Andrew Kellogg