Being an audience member isn’t just a passive process of watching and absorbing. It requires engagement.
Ian Pike 9 a.m., May 4
Must close Sunday night. A WORD TO THE WISE. Herbert Sequenza's site-based version of Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part One. is both wild and eerily faithful to the original. It's 2045. San Diego is now Aztlan City, "where political apathy and corruption run the city." The show takes place in a lot at SILO, a terrific new venue for the arts. The cast runs sprints (often with wooden spears in hand) and speaks with passion and eloquence, especially Sequenza as Sir John Falstaff, "Lord of Stolen Hubcaps," John Padilla as El Hank (King Henry IV), Lakin Valdez and the Ugly Duckling El Henry (Prince Hal) and Kinan Valdez as El Bravo (Hotspur). Director Sam Woodhouse has encouraged a muscular, vocally electric style. You could follow the story if you didn't know Spanish or English or Shakespeare.