Stepping Out

Pear’s ‘Fairfield’ begins Thursday

Mountain View’s Pear Theatre opens 2021 with “Fairfield,” Eric Coble’s contemporary comedy that examines the personal bias inherent in discerning appropriate from inappropriate.

Aldo Billingslea and Sinjin Jones, Pear’s artistic director, serve as co-directors of the play, set to open online Thursday as a pre-recorded video.

Fairfield Elementary is a progressive integrated school in a progressive integrated community where Black History Month goes horribly wrong. One bad role-playing exercise by an over-eager first grade teacher and suddenly Black and white parents, principals, superintendents and teachers are fighting for their educational lives, just hoping to reach the Feb. 28 “CelebrEthnic Potluck” in one piece.

The “Fairfield” cast includes Cheri L. Miller (as Angela Wadley), Annalisa Tkacheff (Laurie Kaminski), Jennifer D. Bradford (Vanessa Stubbs), Terrance Smith (Daniel Stubbs), Janine Saunders Evans (Molly Flemmingsen), Robert Sean Campbell (Scott Flemmingsen) and Keith C. Marshall (Mr. Snyder).

Behind the scenes, Kelly Weber Barraza serves as stage manager, U. Jonathan Toppo is the fight coordinator, Stephanie Johnson provides lighting design, Kevin Davies designed the set and props and Naomi Arnst provided costumes.

Tickets, priced at $30-$37, will grant access to a password-protected video of the show hosted on Vimeo. Additionally, a backstage pass will be available; it includes multiple behind-the-scenes videos, talk-backs and other exclusive materials.

For tickets and more information, call 254-1148 or visit thepear.org.

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