Anna Considers Mars

PlayGround in association with Planet Earth Arts presents
ANNA CONSIDERS MARS by Ruben Grijalva (World Premiere)
Directed by Susi Damilano
May 20-June 16, 2019 at Potrero Stage
Tickets: $26.50-$56.50 (PWYC, $6.50-$41.50, 5/20 & 5/21)

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Things aren’t going great for Anna, or the rest of the planet for that matter. As executive director of the flailing Center for the Preservation of Uncharismatic Species, she has a front row seat to a global mass extinction event. As her mother’s caretaker, she’s reminded daily of our inevitable decline. And though a ubiquitous augmented reality platform renders a pretty face on it all, the flood waters keep rising, the food supply keeps dwindling, and there is a pervasive sense that humanity’s best days are behind us. In this context, the worldwide search for the first Mars colonists becomes a source of great hope. Anna is hopeful that there, with a human species attempting to start over, she can start over too. Now she just has to get her hands on a golden ticket. Featuring: Melissa Ortiz* (“Anna”), Wilma Bonet*, Soren Oliver*, Christian Haines*, Aaron Wilton*, and Katie Rubin*. Anna Considers Mars was co-commissioned by PlayGround and Planet Earth Arts and originally developed as part of the 2018 PlayGround Festival.
* Member, Actors’ Equity Association

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Ruben Grijalva (Anna Considers Mars) is an award-winning San Francisco-based playwright and filmmaker. His short plays include Full Steam Ahead and the PianoFight ShortLived winning All The Worlds Are Stages. His full-length plays include Foresight, Anna Considers Mars, and the Edgerton Foundation New Play Award-winning Value Over Replacement, which premiered in the 2016 PlayGround Festival of New Works. He began writing for PlayGround in 2011 and is a three-time Best of PlayGround finalist and current Resident Playwright. He lives in San Francisco’s Sunset District with a human named Keli and a Labrador named Retha.

Melissa Ortiz* (Anna Aguirre)
Wilma Bonet* (Renata Aguirre)
Katie Rubin* (Shelly Lawrence, Dorothy and Others)
Soren Oliver* (Carson)
Christian Haines* (Malcolm Phillips)
Aaron Wilton* (Darryl, Ishmael and Others)
(L-R) Wilma Bonet* and Melissa Ortiz* in Ruben Grijalva's ANNA CONSIDERS MARS (May 20-June 16, 2019), part of the 23rd annual PlayGround Festival of New Works at Potrero Stage. Photos: Mellophoto.com.
(L-R) Melissa Ortiz*, Katie Rubin*, Aaron Wilton* (foreground), and Christian Haines* in Ruben Grijalva's ANNA CONSIDERS MARS (May 20-June 16, 2019), part of the 23rd annual PlayGround Festival of New Works at Potrero Stage. Photos: Mellophoto.com.
(L-R) Aaron Wilton*, Katie Rubin*, and Wilma Bonet* in Ruben Grijalva's ANNA CONSIDERS MARS (May 20-June 16, 2019), part of the 23rd annual PlayGround Festival of New Works at Potrero Stage. Photos: Mellophoto.com.
(Front-Back) Wilma Bonet* and Melissa Ortiz* in Ruben Grijalva's ANNA CONSIDERS MARS (May 20-June 16, 2019), part of the 23rd annual PlayGround Festival of New Works at Potrero Stage. Photos: Mellophoto.com.
(L-R) Katie Rubin*, Melissa Ortiz*, and Aaron Wilton* in Ruben Grijalva's ANNA CONSIDERS MARS (May 20-June 16, 2019), part of the 23rd annual PlayGround Festival of New Works at Potrero Stage. Photos: Mellophoto.com.
(L-R) Aaron Wilton*, Katie Rubin*, Melissa Ortiz*, and Wilma Bonet* in Ruben Grijalva's ANNA CONSIDERS MARS (May 20-June 16, 2019), part of the 23rd annual PlayGround Festival of New Works at Potrero Stage. Photos: Mellophoto.com.
(L-R) Melissa Ortiz*, Katie Rubin*, and Christian Haines* in Ruben Grijalva's ANNA CONSIDERS MARS (May 20-June 16, 2019), part of the 23rd annual PlayGround Festival of New Works at Potrero Stage. Photos: Mellophoto.com.
(L-R) Melissa Ortiz*, Katie Rubin*, Aaron Wilton*, and Christian Haines* in Ruben Grijalva's ANNA CONSIDERS MARS (May 20-June 16, 2019), part of the 23rd annual PlayGround Festival of New Works at Potrero Stage. Photos: Mellophoto.com.
(L-R) Melissa Ortiz* and Soren Oliver* in Ruben Grijalva's ANNA CONSIDERS MARS (May 20-June 16, 2019), part of the 23rd annual PlayGround Festival of New Works at Potrero Stage. Photos: Mellophoto.com.
(L-R) Melissa Ortiz* and Aaron Wilton* in Ruben Grijalva's ANNA CONSIDERS MARS (May 20-June 16, 2019), part of the 23rd annual PlayGround Festival of New Works at Potrero Stage. Photos: Mellophoto.com.
(L-R) Christian Haines*, Melissa Ortiz*, Wilma Bonet*, and Aaron Wilton* in Ruben Grijalva's ANNA CONSIDERS MARS (May 20-June 16, 2019), part of the 23rd annual PlayGround Festival of New Works at Potrero Stage. Photos: Mellophoto.com.
(L-R) Melissa Ortiz* and Soren Oliver* in Ruben Grijalva's ANNA CONSIDERS MARS (May 20-June 16, 2019), part of the 23rd annual PlayGround Festival of New Works at Potrero Stage. Photos: Mellophoto.com.