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2017-2018 Arts Season

Our 2017-2018 Arts season includes the fall play, The Kentucky Cycle by Robert Schenkkan, the student-directed one act play festival in winter, a spring musical production of Fiddler on the Roof, 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 Kentucky Cycle by Robert Schenkkan, directed by Brad Cooreman

This Pulitzer Prize winning cycle of short plays explores American mythology, and especially that of the American West. Spanning over two hundred years of history, it tells the intertwined stories of three fictional families struggling over a portion of land in the Cumberland Plateau. As the whole cycle runs about 5 hours, it will be performed in two parts, in alternation. 

Winter Arts Evening 

January 19 at 5:00pm

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 25 and 26 at 7:00pm
January 27 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm

The Morpheus Quartet by John Glore, directed by Hannah Chan

3:56AM. Led by their feverous subconscious minds, a string quartet learns to reestablish the harmonious links between themselves through a thick weave of dreams that pull out painful memories from their pasts. With the strength and comfort of Schubert’s D Minor Quartet, the musicians of The Morpheus Quartet learn once more what it is to experience fear, loss, and the beauty of playing clear, indescribable music. 

Dr Fritz, or: The Forces of Light by David Ives, directed by Catherine Hayes

When an American tourist comes down with food poisoning in Brazil, he goes searching for the legendary local Dr. Fritz to cure his ill. Instead, he meets a woman named Maria who claims to be his assistant. Only, Maria is not exactly who she says she is... 

Cold Reading by Paul Dooley, directed by Madeline Holtz

A mysterious man appears in a producer’s office with one request: that he read aloud from a manuscript the man has brought with him.  Tensions rise as the eerie cold reading begins, and the line between fiction and reality begins to dissolve…

"The Spot" by Steven Dietz, directed by Gillian Kelley

All election campaigns need to reach out via the media, to share information with transparency and make their case to the voters that they are trustworthy, honest and will lead positive change. Well….. maybe?!  Learn what is really going on behind the scenes, as a team prepares a political ad in "The Spot." 

Naomi in the Living Room by Christopher Durang, directed by Joshua Merwise

This uproarious comedy takes its audience through a whirlwind of emotion—jumping manically from strange and disturbing to absurdly hilarious! This piece will remind the audience that we're all a bit crazy sometimes, so the only way to really enjoy life is to learn to laugh about it!

The Game by Louise Bryant, directed by Chloe Verbestel

The fate of the world is in the hands of two individuals … Life and Death. In this fast paced One Act, we learn that all is controlled by the roll of the die. As these two characters’ frustrations grow, the events of the world are brought to light and tested. How many must be sacrificed for them to learn? Or will they ever learn their actions have consequences? 

Spring Musical 

Fiddler on the Roof, music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and book by Joseph Stein; based on Tevye and his Daughters and other tales by Sholem Aleichem; directed by Michelle Haner, with musical direction by Philip Lenberg and vocal direction by Melinda Becker. 

March 21, 23, 27 and 29 at 7:00pm
March 25 at 2:00pm

Set in a small Jewish community in Russia in 1905, Fiddler on the Roof tells the story of a poor Jewish dairyman, Tevya and his family. This classic musical features a beloved score and offers a prism through which to explore themes of tradition and change, of deep roots and sudden exile. It captures how the routines, relationships, beliefs and dreams of the individual can be shaped, challenged, buffeted - and even upended - by forces beyond one’s control. 

IB Art Show

March 23 at 5:00pm 

Grade 12 Option Theater Performances

May 17 at 7:00pm
May 18 at 4:30pm

Faculty-Directed, Student-Written Project

May 10 and 11 at 7:00pm

Creating new, original work through a framework of discovery and collaboration has become an integral part of the Back à Dos artistic vision. This year, Franck Bessone will lead a student team in writing, developing, and performing a new creation forged from a shared exploratory process. This project will be developed over the course of the year and performed in May – with the possibility of a life beyond.

Spring Concert

May 18 at 7:00pm


Arts Calendar
  • March 2018
    • WedMar21 HS Spring Musical 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
    • FriMar23 HS IB Art Show 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    • FriMar23 HS Spring Musical 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
    • SunMar25 HS Spring Musical 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
    • TueMar27 HS Spring Musical 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
    • ThuMar29 HS Spring Musical 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • May 2018
    • ThuMay10 HS Option Theater Performances 4:30 PM to 6:30 PMArts Pavilion
    • FriMay11 HS Option Theater Performances 7:00 PM to 9:00 PMArts Pavilion
    • ThuMay17 May Theater Project 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
    • FriMay18 May Theater Project 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
    • FriMay18 HS Spring Concert 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
    • MonMay21 MS Arts Evening 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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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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