End of world beckons in ‘Lydia’s Funeral Video’

A wild new solo show written and performed by Samantha Chanse takes place in the not-so-distant future, when abortions are legal only within 28 days of conception.

Chanse plays apocalypse-obsessed Lydia Clark-Lin, who is doggedly pursuing a career when a mysterious being claiming to be an hours-old embryo invades her dreams, announcing that she is both pregnant and dying. She’s commanded to create a video to be screened at her funeral before terminating the pregnancy. As the embryonic orders continue (“talk to the celebrity abortion doctor!” “interview your mother!” “do standup comedy!”), Lydia seems to be losing her job and her mind.

Meanwhile, the end of the world approaches and hecklers loom on the San Francisco horizon. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays through Feb. 16 at the Dark Room Theatre, 2263 Mission St. (at 19th Street), San Francisco. Tickets are $12 to $25, sliding scale. Visit www.manja.org.

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