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Black Butterflies

Black Butterflies

A Collaborative Youth Arts Project
by Darren Canady
Directed by Lauren Spencer

July 25–29, 2017
The Rueff at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater
1127 Market Street, San Francisco

When you’re a young girl of color caught in the stifling web of educational neglect, calcified courts, and an overwhelmed incarceration system, it’s easy to become a statistic. Pushed out of society, Aisha, Mercedes, and Dani fiercely fight to survive the “school and prison nexus," with their humanity, dignity, and individuality intact. Through the varied stories of these resilient girls, Black Butterflies explores how a broken system of schools, families, and courts can collude to trap girls of color.

This world premiere by award-winning and nationally-recognized playwright Darren Canady combines a cast of young actors from the A.C.T. Education & Community Program, Destiny Arts Center in Oakland, and the Young Conservatory.


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Black Butterflies
July 25–29, 2017

August 8–19, 2017

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The Geary Theater

405 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA

The Strand Theater

1127 Market Street
San Francisco, CA

Box Office hours:

Phone hours
Monday–Saturday  10–6 p.m. or curtain*
Sunday 10–4 p.m. or curtain*

Geary Theater walk-up hours
Monday–Saturday  10–6 p.m. or curtain*
Sunday  10–4 p.m. or curtain*

Strand Theater walk-up hours
Monday–Saturday  10–6 p.m. or curtain*
Sunday  CLOSED

*Please check performance schedule for curtain times.

For all performances, no children under five years old permitted.
Please note that the box office will be closed in observance of the following national holidays: New Year's Day; Thanksgiving; and Christmas