Just in from Theatre Bay Area Listings Editor Kim Cohan:
Hearts of Palm
Central Works at the Berkeley City Club
Jul. 16-Aug. 14
From playwright Patricia Milton (2015 TBA Award Recipient, Outstanding World Premiere) comes Central Works’ 52nd world premiere: a political dramedy focusing on environmentally devastating palm oil production, its contribution to our current climate crisis and the human and land rights abuses that are prevalent in its production. Omnipresent in the western world, palm oil is found in more than half of all processed goods worldwide. Hearts of Palm, developed at the Central Works Writers Workshop, is set on a small Southeast Asian island, and follows the interplay between a corporate team planning to turn the island into a palm oil plantation and the local rebel resistance. As seen in her previous award-winning play and other works, Milton is a pro at blending painfully direct and on-point social and/or political commentary with comedy and relatable characters—making for a must-see show! Visit What’s Playing or centralworks.org.
Rinabeth Apostol* in Central Works’ world-premiere production of Hearts of Palm by Patricia Milton. *Member, AEA. Photo: Jim Norrena, ACT OUT Photography