2018-2019 Arts Season

Our 2018-2019 Arts season includes the fall play, The Visit by Freidrich Durrenmatt, the student-directed one act play festival in winter, a spring musical production of The Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets, and a faculty-directed, student-written project in May. In addition to Back à Dos theater performances, there will be several concerts, musical events, and art shows throughout the year, including the Winter Arts Evening, spring concert, grade 12 option theater performances, and the IB art show. 

Fall Production: The Visit

By Freidrich Durrenmatt directed by Steve Morgan Haskell

November 8, 9, 10 and 15, 16 at 7pm and November 17 at 2pm

A nearby town has fallen into bankruptcy, disrepair, indeed despair. Salvation seemingly arrives when a former resident, now a billionaire, returns, promising prosperity for all. Well, almost all.


Winter Arts Evening 

January 19 at 5:00 pm

Theater performances will begin at 5:00pm in the Black Box Theater; followed by a concert in the gym at 7:00pm.

Student-Directed One Act Play Festival

January 31 at 7pm, February 1 at 7pm, February 2 at 2pm and 7pm

The Art of What You Want by Nat Cassidy – directed by Himal McCarthy

Welcome to the world of Harris — a “bajillionaire” with the means to obtain all he desires…except, perhaps, sanity…

Serenade by Sławomir Mrożek - directed by Maya Tsingos

At night, a fox prowls in front of a henhouse, playing a quiet, beautiful song… so begins this dance between predator and victim. But who will be most deceived by the serenade?

The Best Daddy by Shel Silverstein - directed by Eli Lauze-Yesayian

When a little girl wishes for her very own pony for her Birthday, her Daddy determines to make her dream come true… or is that, rather, her worst nightmare?

Church of Satan by Leon. H. Kalyjian - directed by Charlotte Meyer

After the burning of their church the day before their wedding, a Christian couple has no choice but to accept a satanic church as the location of their big day.

Words, Words, Words by David Ives - directed by Nathalie Rathle

What happens when you combine three monkeys on typewriters in a laboratory and one scientist waiting for a copy of Shakespeare's Hamlet?

The Game by Louise Bryant, directed by Chloe Verbestel

Spring Musical: The Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets

By Tom Waits, Robert Wilson & William S. Burroughs directed by Brad Cooreman, with music direction by Suzanna Sitomer

March 20 at 7pm, March 22 at 7pm, March 24 at 2pm, March 27 at 7pm and March 29 at 7pm

A musical fable that begins when Wilhelm, a file clerk, falls in love with the huntsman’s daughter… and accepts the magic bullets that never miss their mark from a Peg-legged stranger…

IB Art Show

March 29 at 5pm 

Please join us for the 12th grade IB Art Show to celebrate the impressive portfolios that students have produced over the past two years. The works on display showcase the fruits of a rigorous two-year investigation into a range of themes. Through in-depth experimentation, research, and reflection, students have produced thought-provoking works in a range of carefully selected art media and styles, reflecting each student’s unique voice. 

French Bac Option Theater Performances

May 2 at 4:30pm
May 3 at 7pm

The May Project: Electric Voices (working title)

Developed & directed by Michelle Haner and Marie Walburg-Plouviez

May 16 at 7pm and May 17 at 5pm  

An immersive, site-specific piece inspired by voices - ancient, present and imagined - related to the experience of war and its aftermath. That project will draw, in part, from materials gathered by student participants in a 2-week trip to Vietnam and Cambodia, slated for spring 2019.

Spring Concert

May 17 at 7pm 

Arts Calendar
  • November 2018
    • ThuNov08 HS Fall Play 7:00 PM to 10:00 PMArts Pavilion
    • FriNov09 HS Fall Play 7:00 PM to 10:00 PMArts Pavilion
    • SatNov10 HS Fall Play 7:00 PM to 10:00 PMArts Pavilion
    • ThuNov15 HS Fall Play 7:00 PM to 9:00 PMArts Pavilion
    • FriNov16 HS Fall Play 7:00 PM to 9:00 PMArts Pavilion
    • SatNov17 HS Fall Play 2:00 PM to 4:00 PMArts Pavilion
  • December 2018
    • FriDec07 HS IB Theater Performance 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    • FriDec07 HS Winter Concert 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    • MonDec17 MS Back à Dos Performance 6:00 PM to 7:30 PMArts Pavilion
    • TueDec18 MS Back à Dos Performance 6:00 PM to 7:30 PMArts Pavilion
  • January 2019
    • ThuJan31 HS One Act Play Festival 7:00 PM to 10:00 PMArts Pavilion
  • February 2019
    • FriFeb01 HS One Act Play Festival 7:00 PM to 10:00 PMArts Pavilion

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San Francisco, CA 94102-5912

Phone: 415.558.2000

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An independent Pre-K through 12th grade co-educational day school in the heart of San Francisco. The school delivers a rigorous bilingual (French/English) immersion program through middle school, culminating in either French Baccalaureate or International Baccalaureate program in its International High School.

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