1. "365 Days/365 Plays" Suzan-Lori Parks wrote a play for each day of the year. They'll be performed all year by artists nationwide, and San Francisco will be a huge part of the largest theater collaboration in history. A stunt, but a really cool one. Begins Nov. 13. SF venues TBA.
2. Big Love Not the HBO show — living, breathing theater, with a big prize for the ugliest bridesmaid's dress in the audience. Sept. 28–Oct. 21. Traveling Jewish Theatre, 470 Florida, SF. $15–$30. 1-800-838-3006,
Erin Gilley is general manager of Crowded Fire Theater.
1. Hamlet: Blood on the Brain In a nifty display of relocation, Campo Santo transports the classic play from Denmark to our own drug-ravaged Oakland in the 1980s. If any theater group can make concept Shakespeare soar, this is the one — simply the best acting core in the Bay Area. Oct. 26–Nov. 20. Intersection for the Arts, 446 Valencia, SF. $9–$20. (415) 626-2787,
2. DEFIXONES: Orders From the Dead If you've heard Diamanda Galas sing, you've been amazed or shocked in the depths of your soul. Here, her three-and-a-half octave voice takes on the Armenian genocide in what promises to be a theatrical assault you won't soon forget. Oct. 19 and 21. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, 701 Mission, SF. $15–$35. (415) 978-2787, SFBG
John Wilkins is artistic director of Last Planet Theatre.

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