Ava Roy is the lighthouse keeper in We Players’ production of “The Keeper” at Alameda Point from May 27 through June 26. (photo courtesy of We Players) 

“At a time when so many of us are much more closely acquainted with loneliness and isolation than we’d like to be, ‘The Keeper’ tells the story of a woman who chooses a solitary existence with a singular purpose — to keep the light,” wrote Lauer.

Lauer says the piece explores the comfort we can find in “custom and the softness and ease in seclusion.” Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 4:30 p.m. and will last about 90 minutes with no intermission. The performance site is on the former Alameda Navy base behind Building 116, at the corner of Saratoga Street and West Essex Drive. For questions on location and accessibility, email

A fascinating, surreal journey awaits those who attend San Francisco Playhouse’s “The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin.” Written by Jessica Huang, it tells of one “paper son” who came to America while the Chinese Exclusion Act was in force.

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To enter the country, the paper sons and daughters purchased fraudulent papers and memorized family histories to prove they were children of American citizens during often long, grueling interrogations. Most failed and were sent back to China.

Huang’s play focuses on the true story of Harry Chin, who was allowed to enter the United States. The author worked with Chin’s daughter, Sheila, using her memories and observations of her family, to bring the story to life.

“I gave Jessica Huang creative license to express her own response to my family’s story. This is historical education presented in a way that may make you want to learn more about the immigration experience,” wrote Sheila Chin Morris in a 2017 study guide for the play. “America is a nation of immigrants, and the quest of survival and freedom is like a current of water, it finds a way.”

Like many immigrants, Harry had a wife and child back …read more

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