The Conductor (2023)

By Ishmael Reed
Directed by Carla Blank
March 9 – March 26
MAR 9 - MAR 26; THU, FRI, SAT at 8 PM, SUN at 3 PM

Executive Director, Crystal Field


The Conductor

A two act play by Ishmael Reed
Directed by Carla Blank

March 9 – 26, 2023
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8:00PM, Sunday at 3:00 PM
Running Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Tickets $18

Performances available in-person and via livestream

Theater for the New City
155 First Avenue (between 9th & 10th Street)

In San Francisco, former school board members Alison Collins and Gabriela López were objects of threats because they sought to replace a scandal ridden test system with what they deemed a fairer Lottery system. The neo-liberal corporate press joined extremists groups in their condemnation of the two.
For some, the two are ultra-progressives. To others, they are the Rosa Parks and Dolores Huertas of the school reform movement.

Ishmael Reed, the playwright who took down “Hamilton” and challenged the pro-Warhol corporate version of the relationship between Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, now applies his fiction to the SF Recall Election. His play, THE CONDUCTOR shows why The New Yorker calls Ishmael Reed “American literature’s most fearless satirist” and Backstage calls him a “modern-day Moliere.”

REVIEW Front Row Center

REVIEW The Village Sun

Above: Brian Simmons as Warren Chipp. Below: Imran Javaid as Shashi Parmar. Photo by Jonathan Slaff.
Kenya Wilson as Melody Wells. Photo by Jonathan Slaff.
Brian Simmons as Warren Chipp. Photo by Jonathan Slaff.
Monisha Shiva as Kala Parmar. Photo by Jonathan Slaff.

Laura Robards – Hedda “Buttermilk” Duckbill
Brian Simmons – Warren Chipp
Imran Javaid – Shashi Parmar
Kenya Wilson – Melody Wells
Monisha Shiva – Kala Parmar
Emil Guillermo – Gabriel Noitallde

Dimitri Dewes, Jr.
Joy Renèe LeBlanc
Ephraim Kofi Asante

Production Coordinator – Rome Neal
Set Design – Mark Marcante
Light & Sound Design – Alexander Bartenieff
Costume Design – Diana Adelman
Stage Manager – Michael Durgavich
Video Documentation – Miles Shebar

COVID Protocol:
As of September 26th, 2022, we are no longer requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for our audience upon entry.
Wearing of masks is suggested in the lobby, restrooms and performance spaces at Theater for the New City, but they are not required.