A Place With the Pigs

Production DateOctober 8, 2017
Production TypeStaged Reading
PlaywrightAthol Fugard
VenueStage Werx, 446 Valencia Street, San Francisco
DirectorLaylah Muran de Assereto
CastKarl Schacnke (Pavel)
Genevieve (Praskovya)
Jason Jeremy (Stage Directions)
Admission$10 at the door, $12 in advance:

Based on an absurd but true story, this poignant and sometimes hilarious tale is about a Russian solider who deserted during World War II and spent ten years hiding in his pigsty. As the play begins, Pavel Ivanovitch is preparing to rejoin the world and throw himself on the mercy of his countrymen, but his wife has used his old uniform for rags and he refuses to wear the suit she has pressed. Instead, she goes alone to an unveiling of a monument to the war dead and returns reporting that the townspeople wept at the mention of him and his martyr's death fighting fascism. Also, a local bigwig proposed to her now that she is officially a widow What should she do? Will Pavel Ivanovitch ever be able to leave the pigsty, or is it his only safe haven?

Cast Bios

Karl Schackne (Patel) is an actor & playwright raised in the Bay Area. Among his favorite roles since he began acting in 2009 are Barnaby in Much Ado About Lebowski (Primitive Screwheads), Schultz in Circle Mirror Transformation(City College of SF), Dr. Fine in Six Degrees of Separation(Custom Made), and Glyndwr in Spell Eternity (Quantum Dragon). His plays include 3 collaborations with Wily West Productions: Superheroes, Zero Hour: The Mars Experiment, and I Saw It, and his short play Age Old Wisdom was a finalist in 2016’s ShortLived Festival. While not doing theatre he enjoys epic game nights, world travel, and slow-cooking meat.

Genevieve Perdue (Praskovya) was most recently seen as Marzanna in Quantum Dragon's production of Spell Eternity by Alandra Hilleman. Other recent credits include Louisa Kitteridge in Custom Made Theatre Company's critically acclaimed production of Six Degrees of Separation and as Mademoiselle Reisz in the award winning Awakening at Breadbox Theatre. Genevieve is also a Wily West Productions company member where she has credits in acting, painting, propping and costuming. She played the sinister Dr. Diana Stevensen in Wily West's collaboratively developed monologue show I Saw It. Other roles include First Wife Mara in Alan Olejniczak's Dominion (At Last Productions); Marty in Circle Mirror Transformation and Raymonde Chandebisse in A Flea in Her Ear (CCSF); as well as roles in San Francisco’s Theatre Pub, the SF Olympians Festival and various reading series throughout the Bay Area. She loves to be a part of the development of new works and nurturing of local talent. Before returning to her home state of California, she gallivanted around receiving an eclectic theatrical education from unlikely sources in Wyoming, Colorado, and North Carolina.

Jason Jeremy (Stage Directions) is an actor and sound designer, getting his start in radio plays in his teen years as a sound engineer for KOPN Radio’s Lullaby of Broadway, Inside Radio kids’ workshops, and the annual Midwest Radio Theater Workshop. Most recently, Jason designed sound for Ex Nihilo's six-part radio play series Terra Incognita, which was recorded live at Octopus Literary Salon in Oakland, and for Wily West’s productions of Unhinged and Drowning Kate. Jason performed in PCSF's annual short play festival Sheherezade from 2006 through 2009 and 2014, and he designed sound for Sheherezade in 2010 and 2012. He is a founding member of Wily West Productions and performed numerous roles for them including Pingta in The Widow West, The Mighty Magora in Maidrid's Bow, Cosimo in Zero Hour, and various roles in San Francisco Stories and I Saw It. Jason played Matthew in Spare Stage's production of Private Eyes, and Reese in the New Conservatory Theatre Center's The War at Home.

About Athol Fugard

Athol Fugard is an internationally acclaimed South African playwright, director, and actor whose best-known work deals with the political and social upheaval of the apartheid system in South Africa since the mid-50s. He was educated at the University of Cape Town. His plays include MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS, THE BLOOD KNOT, MY CHILDREN! MY AFRICA, A LESSON FROM ALOES, THE ISLAND, and the award-winning SIZWE BANZI IS DEAD. He is also the author of the novel Tsotsi, which was made into an Academy Award winning film. Mr. Fugard has received six honorary degrees from esteemed colleges and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His plays have been produced on Broadway as well as at major theaters around the world.