The Great War has just ended. The fledgling Republic of Czechoslovakia, under its first elected President, boasts a thriving artistic and intellectual community. At the center of that community is the celebrated playwright Karel Čapek, a passionate advocate for all his newborn nation can achieve. But the brave new world arrives faster than Karel could have ever expected when a young woman walks into his life with a strange mannequin in a wheelchair… a mannequin that gets up and moves all by itself. Universal Robots offers a compelling, alternate history of the Twentieth Century, imagining the invention of the robot in 1921 and chronicling the shocking consequences of that invention right up to the present day.
Quantum Dragon Theatre, the Bay Area’s premiere science-fiction/ fantasy theatre company, presents Mac Rogers’ Universal Robots, inspired by the classic science-fiction play R.U.R (Rossum’s Universal Robots) by Karel Čapek.
Universal Robots opens Friday, June 29th and runs through Saturday, July 14, with performances at 8pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and 2pm on Sundays. Run time: 2.5 hours, including one 10 minute intermission. There are no extremely loud noises, smoke effects, or strobe lights in our production, but Universal Robots has some adult themes and is not recommended for children under the age of 13.
All tickets are pay-what-you-want, with a suggested donation of $25. Purchasing a ticket for $50 or more entitles you to a choice of reserved front-and-center seats in the house. (Please note, these seats will be released to other ticket holders 10 minutes before the start time of the show, and choice among these reserved seats is on a first come, first served basis.) Purchase tickets at www.quantumdragon.org/
Stage Manager…Michaela Byrne
Lighting Design…Sara Saavedra
Sound Design…Sara Witsch
Set Design…Tom O’Brien
Properties Design…Miles Callan
Costume Design…Kathleen Qiu
Asst. Costume Design…Yunqi Xie
Promotional Photography & Design…Marisa Darabi
Directed by Sam Tillis