Salons Links

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The Greeks loved their symposiums. The French savored salons. Cavefolk had their evening fires. Here at UTB, we launch many of our theatrical works in parlor readings, and these events have a way of stimulating great thought through word and music.

"We shall not cease from exploration / And the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started / And know the place for the first time."


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The inaugural UTB production of Our Vessel is of Tyre was a formal salon presentation in the double-parlor of the awe-inspiring edifice, the Haas Lilienthal House, in San Francisco.

Our salon reading of The Still Point (T.S. Eliot's poetical Four Quartets) featured Bay Area favorites Lorri Holt, Ray Reinhardt & Naomi Newman - and played in Oakland and San Francisco.

A Lovely Day received its midwifery in just such a manner, and Madame Aurelia will come to life this year through a similar measure. So, whether gathered around the beach fire on an Oregon coast inlet, or in the livingroom of a great friend, the ideas ignite invention and deep connection. Glasses clink, candle-wicks crackle, and perhaps Civilization stands a chance.

Salon Peter Donat
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Salon Katy

"Aut delectare aut prodesse est." - Horace 

Our largest-scale symposium Art Is Peace took place at the Berkeley Rep - featuring the co-creators of Lysistrata Project, Sharron Bower and Kathryn Blume - an elegant evening of theatre and a free-wheeling discussion of the artists' place in the emerging Art & Peace Movement.

These artful gals regaled us with their fiercely funny tale of what it was like to take an action "heard 'round the world" and to be an artist during a nation's naughty march towards hot war...a worry which singes the souls of all peace lovers. The evening featured scenes from Ms. Blume’s one-person show The Accidental Activist as well as scenes from the UTB award-winning Berkeley version of Lysistrata Project.


We thank all of the artisans who have participated on our Salons & Symposia for the last decade.