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A reimagining of Antonio Salieri and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's lives. The play, brought to life with the music of Mozart, is a tale of jealousy and betrayal…and perhaps even murder.
Charting a course through 250 years of astonishing connections between the United States and Poland, Ameryka is an epic exploration of the universal human longing for freedom and justice.
From the American Revolution to the global war on terror, from the struggle for civil rights to the fight against communism, Ameryka turns history inside out in an unforgettable examination of the promises and betrayals of democracy. The story is told through Critical Mass Performance Group's signature, kaleidoscopic style of found texts, heightened physicality, music and spectacle.
A defining moment. Something as momentous as a rape, a beating, a murder. Or as seemingly innocuous as the time your beloved first grade music teacher told you, "You're a great kid, but you'll never be a singer, that's for sure!"
- Oklahoma City. The Watts Riots. The assassination of Archduke Ferdinand. The eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Moments that changed the course of history. And what are the defining moments of a single life? Are they any less significant?
Baltimore is a ShortBurst® Theatre Collaboration in which professional artists, tyro performers and members of the community have created a sometimes tantalizing, sometimes terrifying look at one particular Defining Moment, comparing a troubled Baltimore with a troubled Los Angeles, the prejudice prevalent in both, and how this one moment in time evoked the personal memories of each ensemble member and how those memories affected the course of their lives. One encore performance only.
In this re-envisioned telling of Echoes by N Richard Nash, Sam and Tilda know the only way to fill the blank spaces in their memories is to play make-believe. They strive to create a world for themselves full of fun & love while trying to trigger each other into remember their true lives outside of the padded cells they call home. Noisy Nest invites you to be bold, think with your heart and feel with your mind.
From Emmy nominated House of Cards writer/producer, Sarah Treem's play explores divergent theories and the emotional drive of two brilliant women of science. A smart, densely textured work confronting the choices that women of every generation still face, family, and survival of the fittest.
A group of strangers is stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm, one of whom is a murderer. The suspects include the newly married couple who run the house, and the suspicions in their minds nearly wreck their perfect marriage. Others are a spinster with a curious background, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a retired Army major, a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in a drift, and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone. Into their midst comes a policeman, traveling on skis. He no sooner arrives, when the jurist is killed. Two down, and one to go. To get to the rationale of the murderer's pattern, the policeman probes the background of everyone present, and rattles a lot of skeletons. Another famous Agatha Christie switch finish! Chalk up another superb intrigue for the foremost mystery writer of her time.
Join two adventurous twin sisters as they travel from the country to the wild cabaret life of Berlin in the pre-Nazi years. The big hit of the recent Los Angeles Fringe festival, now expanded, updated and remounted for the Odyssey season.
In this original performance work by Shelby Brage [Experimental Bitch Presents], the audience is immersed within the turbulent world of mid-life sex offender Alan. Set in the dark corners of sunny LA, the characters and the audience find their conceptions of normalcy violently destabilized. Touching poignantly - and painfully - on dilemmas of sexuality, mental health, attachment, and familial love, this piece upends notions of sanity with moving flair.
Write Act Rep's Producing Artistic Director John Lant presents Pillars of New York, the story of 4 couples' struggles in and around the events surrounding the 9-11 tragedy. As the recovery happens, mentally and physically for the couples, therapist and author Jake Kelly evaluates his own personal loss and mortality as he explores others sides to their stories. These stories being the fabric of the true Pillars of New York that make up the tapestry of true human conditions through tragedy and triumph.
When the family patriarch dies, a poor African-American family living on Chicago's South Side, must decide what to do with the soon-to-arrive insurance settlement. Should it be used to establish a liquor store, as son Walter Lee plans to do, hopefully moving the family out of poverty? Or should his mother's religious objections to alcohol be considered? Family tensions rise as the future of the Younger family is weighed against the difficulties of the harsh and changing world in which they live. Questions of race and politics, of assimilation and historical awareness are seamlessly interwoven in this touching and wrenching family drama.
Two women covet each other's life, commencing a game of musical chairs — the prize being someone's husband. With searing insight and trademark wit, Gina Gionfriddo's comedy "illuminates how hard it can be to forge both a satisfying career and a fulfilling personal life in an era that seems to demand superhuman achievement from everyone." – New York Times
Professional actor and CSULB faculty member Andrea Caban once again leads student actors from CSULB and local high schools through a process that culminates in an original, authentic, and moving new work this time connecting the audience to voices from throughout the world.
Inspired by John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, Swarm Cell asserts a brave new world of womanhood and Identity. Twenty-five years into the future, in desperate need of shelter, a pair of homeless women discover themselves forging an unlikely alliance.
On October 3, 1995, tensions ran high across Los Angeles as people awaited the verdict in the O.J. Simpson murder trial. Twenty years to the day, David McMillan's new play returns to the scene with a passionate, multi-racial perspective on that crucial day. As the play's characters patronize the Perfect Fit Cleaners and neighboring businesses, a volatile discussion about race and social class bubbles to the surface, one that is more relevant than ever.
What begins as a casual meal and an evening of catching up turns into a humorous, passionate and moving voyage towards a moment that could change the lives of two former lovers.
The world's most influential theater ensemble premieres their version of Harold Pinter's The Room, the first play by one of the most important playwrights of a generation. Directed by Elizabeth LeCompte, the compelling theatrical experience builds on the Group's goal to create "a theater that encompasses all forms of the arts and has an architecture that isn't located in a naturalistic place: a theater which integrates music, dance and text into the final art form without privileging one over the other." They approach Pinter's 1957 play through a range of comedic forms, including American vaudeville and comic routines (duos like Abbott and Costello or the Smothers Brothers), and the ancient form "cross talk" or xiansheng, a two-person comedy style popular in China since the Qing Dynasty.