Thursday, April 02, 2015
BROADWAY WORLD -- Actor, dancer and clown Ananda Bena-Weber returns to San Francisco, her hometown, this June in a two-week engagement of her original solo “showFANCIFOOL!.” Influenced by the clown work of Bill Irwin and the interview-based character acting style of Anna Deavere Smith, Fancifool! capitalizes on Bena-Weber’s versatility to present a series of portraits, many drawn from the people she has met during her time in New York City. As a founding member and principal dancer with the Sierra Nevada Ballet, Bena-Weber has performed numerous roles. As a dancer she has also performed with the Jazz Tap Ensemble in a touring production of American Tap Masterpieces. Her acting credits include the Iranian housewife, Sholeh, a role she created for “The Butcher,” which premiered at the Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples, Florida, and Daisy Bates in the world premiere of “Daisy in the Dreamtime” at San Francisco State University.