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Passengers

July 1 – July 30, 2023
(Opening night: Saturday, July 1)

Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage
Old Globe Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

A production by The 7 Fingers
Conceived and directed by Shana Carroll

“We all have somewhere to go.”

Experience a train trip like never before with Montreal-based contemporary physical theatre troupe The 7 Fingers. This innovative show blends acrobatics, theatre, music, and dance in a truly magical performance about strangers in transit. Rather than sit in silence, the passengers on this train express their dreams and visions through the exuberance of their bodies, telling human stories with superhuman skills. “This train is bound for glory,” cheered The Boston Globe, and it’s one ride you won’t want to miss!

Total running time: One hour and 30 minutes (one act with no intermission).

Digital Program

Download the program PDF

This production features the use of theatrical haze and two brief moments of flashing lights.

Please note that we have a unique late-seating policy for this production. Due to the nature of the show, and for the safety of our performers, we are not able to offer late seating in the orchestra section after the first five minutes of the show. We will do our best to offer latecomers seating in the balcony.

Passengers is supported by major production sponsors Nikki and Ben Clay and artist sponsors Sandy and Arthur* Levinson (for director Shana Carroll). *In memoriam.

Post Show Forum: Tuesday, July 11; Tuesday, July 25; and Wednesday, July 26.

Reviews

“There’s an authenticity, vulnerability, and human connectivity in this dazzling 100-minute show that I’ve never found before in a cirque-style show.” —The San Diego Union-Tribune

“Pure entertainment! The performers are phenomenal and steal our breath away.” —San Diego Story

“Do not, I repeat, do NOT miss this show!” —San Diego Stage and Screen

Passengers is a triumph! The train departs on July 30. Climb aboard before it’s too late.” —Vanguard Culture



Artists and Creative

Artists

Creative

The 7 Fingers In 2002, the seven founders set out to redefine circus by stripping down the spectacle to its thrilling essence. The contemporary company tells stories using deathdefying acrobatics with a life- affirming theatricality that is unique to The 7 Fingers. Since its inception, the company has expanded from its own signature touring shows to creating theatrical experiences as diverse as the very artistic directors themselves: original productions varying from intimate one-man shows to largescale arena performances, Broadway musicals, artistic collaborations with renowned international artists and companies, production design and direction, special events, Olympic ceremonies, televised performances, fashion, art and music events, immersive experiences and much more. Their shows tour the globe and bring audiences to their feet wherever they go. In 2018, The 7 Fingers opened their very own Centre of Creation and Production. Situated in the heart of Montreal’s downtown theater district, the new center houses all of the company’s activities, departments, and dreams under one roof.

Shana Carroll (Conceiver and Director) is co-founding artistic director of The 7 Fingers. Since its founding in 2002, Shana first performed and created (alongside the collective) their shows Loft and La Vie, then went on to direct, write, and choreograph (often in partnership with fellow “Fingers”) many of their shows, including Traces, Sequence 8, Cuisine & Confessions, Passengers, Duel Reality (for Virgin Voyages), Dear San Francisco, and Mon Ile Mon Coeur. Shana directed Cirque du Soleil’s first-ever ice show Crystal, in addition to their performance at the Academy Awards in 2012 and was acrobatic designer and choreographer for Iris (Los Angeles) and Paramour (Broadway). Other collaborations include: Queen of the Night (World Wide Variety), Soul of the Ocean (Moment Factory) and the Sochi Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies. Shana is currently working as co-choreographer and circus designer for Water For Elephants the Musical. Born and raised in Berkeley, California, and daughter of beloved San Francisco Chronicle columnist Jon Carroll, Shana began her career as a trapeze artist (Pickle Family Circus) and went on to a 20-year career in the air, including seven years as original solo trapeze artist for Cirque du Soleil’s Saltimbanco. She currently lives in Montreal, Canada.

Photos

Publicity Photos

The cast of Passengers at American Conservatory Theater. Photo by Kevin Berne.
The cast of Passengers at American Conservatory Theater. Photo by Kevin Berne.
Kaisha Desselines-Wright and Dina Sok in Passengers at American Conservatory Theater. Photo by Kevin Berne.
Kaisha Desselines-Wright and Dina Sok in Passengers at American Conservatory Theater. Photo by Kevin Berne.
Andrew Sumner and Beto Freitas, with the cast of Passengers at American Conservatory Theater. Photo by Kevin Berne.
Andrew Sumner and Beto Freitas, with the cast of Passengers at American Conservatory Theater. Photo by Kevin Berne.
Conceiver and Director Shana Carroll. Photo by Francisco Cruz.
Conceiver and Director Shana Carroll. Photo by Francisco Cruz.