Song of the Magpie
A dramatic reading about the lives of elders who find themselves on the street.
In this reading, we follow the journey of an elder, homed woman who lives for a week as a homeless person. Then she morphs into a street person speaking about what it’s like to actually be old, homeless, and living in the Tenderloin of San Francisco, portraying the dangers, hardships and unexpected humanity that are found there. First produced by the Faithful Fools Street Ministry, San Francisco 2005.
Discussion will follow the performance.
“Song of the Magpie is a masterpiece of homeless drama. It conveys both the individual’s harsh experiences on the streets, along with the political injustices perpetuating homelessness. Most importantly, Boesing somehow reveals the inward fears and joys and the hidden, deep emotions that very few artists could render so well on stage.” —San Francisco Street Spirit
In her three decades of Buddhist practice, Martha has taken refuge with Pema Chodron at Gampo Abbey and received lay ordination at Clouds-in-Water Zen Center in St. Paul, MN.
She has written over 40 produced plays, led workshops, and directed plays for theaters throughout the country. She was the Founder and Artistic Director at the Foot of the Mountain Theater in Minneapolis (the longest-running professional women’s theater in the country) from 1974-84. She has won several national awards including an NEA, a Bush fellowship, and the Kennedy Center’s Fund for New American Playwrights. She now lives in Oakland, and creates theater pieces for the Faithful Fools, a street ministry in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco.