Faculty Member Robin Lynn Rodriguez Produces Play about Gentrification in Oakland
English Department Chair, Robin Lynn Rodriguez, produced a play that opened May 15.
"HEDGE" is a warm but funny look at gentrification in Oakland. It is being presented as a part of a Festival of New Works by SF Playground and was listed as a "Top Pick" in the San Francisco Chronicle.
HEDGE is set in Oakland after the housing market collapse. Jen, Jason, Lily, and David are friends and neighbors living in overpriced bungalows now encroached on by foreclosures. As their “transitional” neighborhood is destabilized, the four retreat together behind the fence of Jen’s bucolic garden. But a shocking incident of violence on their street forces them out of their refuge to face the realities of the neighborhood they call home. A funny and fierce story, HEDGE asks: What boundaries do we need for protection? What boundaries do we need to cross?
HEDGE runs from Monday, May 15 to Saturday, June 17. Information about that play can be found here. Get your tickets soon!
Robin Lynn Rodriguez is a playwright, actor and theatre teacher, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She won the 2012 June Anne Baker Prize for her short play, Hella Love Oakland, featured at Best of PlayGround 16. Her full-length adaptation of Hella was developed and subsequently premiered at the PlayGround Festival of New Works. Hedge was a finalist for the 2012 Bay Area Playwrights Festival and was developed at the 2014 PlayGround Festival. Her work has also appeared at the One-Minute Play Festival, Theatre Madcap, Ohlone College Playwrights Festival, and the Playwright’s Theater at Tao House.