The 20/21 Season: November Digital Theatre Festival

2020 Finalist Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competiton

Big Breath

by Elizabeth Gjelten
directed by Ansley Valentine

Deep in self-isolation and unable to leave her third-floor walkup, the Woman is trapped by fear and privilege as much as her circumstances. Her only company comes from the other voices within her as she is goaded by her inner gym teacher to venture out into the world. This beautiful poetic one-woman play explores what it means to take action, find light, and breathe during quarantine.

This short play will be available for streaming. Your purchase will give you a link which will let you watch the production anytime between November 7-22, but will only let you watch it once.

STREAM ON DEMAND November 7-22

All tickets for this production are $15, however you can choose to add an additional amount to your ticket purchase, helping to support world premiere new play programming at the Alleyway.

Just. Breathe.

Currents: 716 and Alleyway's Digital Theatre Festival are made possible through the generous support of the Venturous Theatre Fund of the Tides Foundation


Get the Festival Pass and Save

The Festival Pass includes a ticket to see all of our Digital Theatre Festival productions, including

GOAT SONG - choose one of two live performances (Nov 6 or 7), OR stream on demand (Nov 9-22)
BIG BREATH - stream on demand (Nov 7-22)
LOL-OL - choose one of three live performances (Nov 13, 15, 19)
SCREAMING INTO THE VOID - stream on demand (Nov 12-22)
BABUSHKA - choose one of two live performances (Nov 14, 20)

Plus, you'll have access to our two playreading series productions:
RED ALIEN - November 10 @ 8pm
THE MIGHTY MAISIE - November 17 @ 8pm

Note: the MYSTERY BOX benefit is not included in a Festival Pass and must be purchased separately

About the Artists: Big Breath

Elizabeth Gjelten, playwright

ELIZABETH GJELTEN (playwright) is a playwright, poet, teacher, and community arts worker. Her full-length plays include “Hunter’s Point” (at the St. Boniface Church Theater; developed at the Bay Area Playwrights Festival),“What the Birds Carry” (at the Pear Avenue Theater and the Mae West Fest), and“Dance Lessons” (at Venue 9 and the Working Women Festival). Several of hers hort plays and solo pieces have also been performed around the Bay Area. As part of her civic engagement work, she was an Artist Investigator with TriangleLab/California Shakespeare Theatre and the lead artist in “Home/Cooking,” a community-based storytelling project with formerly homeless women. A winner of Theatre Bay Area’s TITAN Award, she received the Kenneth Rainin Foundation Honorary Fellowship at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in 2014. She has an MFA in Playwriting from SFSU; has trained with Cornerstone Theatre Company and the Center for Performance and Civic Practice; has taught at New College of California, San Francisco State University, and JFK University; and was a longtime student in poetics with Diane di Prima.

Ansley Valentine, director

ANSLEY VALENTINE is a professional director and choreographer for the theatre and musical theatre. Ansley is currently a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) and Actors' Equity (AEA). He is past National Play Program Chair for Region III of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. In that capacity, he helped to foster the writing and development process of a number of young playwrights including producing readings of new work. In the summer, he is Artistic Director of the Ohio Youth Ensemble Stage, a company that provides an inclusive performing arts experience for students regardless of ability or financial resources.