"[Stuart] is a choreographer with an exceptional talent for animating ensembles and redefining space with a fluidity and logic that would be rare in any community."

— Allan Ulrich, Voice of Dance

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Monkey Gone to Heaven (2013)

Dances, stories, songs and musings about primates and prayer.

Monkey Gone to Heaven is made up of dances and movement, stories and songs about doubt and faith and our primate ancestors... the possibilities of submission... a transcendent encounter with a gorilla... meditation and the distractions that keep you from doing it "right"... a girl who loses her tail... and the ways we reach out for connection.

"Monkey also stands as an evenhanded, lighthearted revue that doesn't take its subject matter too seriously. It looks honestly at fundamental questions about what makes us human and how to we relate to something beyond us. Whether that is something like an afterlife or just a better life during the here and now is, gratefully, left open." - Rita Felciano, San Francisco Bay Guardian

Conceived and directed by

Erin Mei-Ling Stuart

Original Cast (2013)

  • El Beh
  • Jennifer Chien
  • Kat Cole
  • Michael Mohammed
  • Rowena Richie
  • Christopher W. White

Redux Cast (2017)

  • El Beh
  • Liane Burns
  • Natalie Greene
  • Suzette Sagisi
  • Wiley Naman Strasser
  • Christopher W. White

Production Team

  • Erik Pearson (composer)
  • Allen Willner (set design and lighting concepts)
  • Delayne Medoff (lighting design)
  • Marilee Talkington (dramaturg)
  • Sonsheree Giles (costumer)
  • Katy Adcox (stage manager)