3301 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90004 ////// 213.351.3507
by Andrew Ableson & Jean Spinosa
Directed by Andrew Ableson, Jean Spinosa and Joshua Zehner
Choreography by Jean Spinosa
Sound Design by Dann Weiss
Andrew Ableson and Jean Spinosa
Full Blown is an exploration of the innate need to communicate through entertainment. In an otherwise simple travel tale of two desperate stow-aways, Full Blown plays with the audience in a story where illusion confronts reality. It is a maze of mis-perceptions, hope, expectation, happiness, betrayal, and truth through communicative performance.
Combining story telling, song, dance, film and various styles of theatre ranging from Vaudeville to Beckett, what ultimately emerges is a humorously deep story of friendship, and the need to bond.
A Post-9/11 Comedy
Written and Directed by Rick Mitchell
Music by Max Kinberg
Shadow Artist: Maria Bodmann
Choreography by Allison Bibicoff
Set Design by Paul Zimmerman
Stage Managed by Ben Cox
Produced by Paul Zimmerman for Urban Ensemble
"an outstanding ensemble"
-- LA Weekly
Anthony Castillo*, David Garver*, Ray Haratian*, Andrew Qamar Johnson*, Lymari Nadal*, Eduardo R. Terry*, Claudia Vazquez*
*Members of Actors' Equity Association, The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, or SAG
As a poor Afghan family struggles to hold onto its farm in spite of a drought, a warlord offers possible solutions, including a more profitable crop, as well as an odd marriage proposal for the farmer's young daughter. Soon thereafter, an idealistic anthropologist from Puerto Rico teams up with an opium-loving American mercenary as part of a U.S. Army Human Terrain Team. While the visitors attempt to create a more "culturally sensitive" military occupation of Afghanistan, various characters and bawdy shadow puppets battle it out for who controls not only the story, but also the land. A satirical examination of the U.S. military's "new" post-9/11 strategy to win Afghan hearts and minds, this dark comedy features original songs, Turkish-style shadow puppetry, and Spam.
This production is supported, in part, by:
Puffin Foundation Ltd. ("...continuing the dialogue between art and the lives of ordinary people."), and the Faculty Research Fellows Program, California State University, Northridge
Note: in 2011, Shadow Anthropology will appear in the UK in the book Disaster Capitalism; or Money Can't Buy You Love: Three Plays by Rick Mitchell, Intellect Books. (The University of Chicago Press will distribute the tome in the U.S.)
99 WAYS TO FUCK A SWAN
by Kim Rosenstock
WE REGRET TO INFORM YOU THAT
DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES
BEYOND OUR CONTROL,
ALL REMAINING PERFORMANCES OF
99 WAYS TO FUCK A SWAN
HAVE BEEN CANCELLED.
CYCLOPS: A ROCK OPERA
Translated by Percy "Beast" Shelley
Adaptation by Psittacus Productions
Music by Jayson Landon Marcus and Benjamin Sherman
Directed by Robert Richmond
Louis Butelli, Chas LiBretto, Paul Corning, Ben Sherman, Jayson Landon Marcus
Written 2,400 years ago, CYCLOPS is the only fully intact Greek Satyr Play in existence. Psittacus Productions, in association with Son of Semele Ensemble and Company Creation Festival, drags this play kicking and screaming into the modern age, and presents it as an epic Rock Opera.
Satyr Plays are a strange, and mysterious genre from the Ancient Greek theater. Not quite comedies, and definitely not tragedies, they take classic myths and subvert them in peculiar ways. Where we would expect to see a classic Greek Chorus, in CYCLOPS, we find a Chorus of Satyrs instead: horny, drunken, hairy -- and loud. In Psittacus's production, we introduce you to THE SATYRS - a hedonistic rock band. CYCLOPS is the story of the Greek hero Ulysses. Still lost on his odyssey home from the Trojan War, he lands on a strange island of rock n' roll satyrs, enslaved by the carnivorous Cyclops. Like mid-'80s "Ozzy Osbourne" or "Iron Maiden" album art come to life, this is the epic tale of a kick-ass rock band battling an evil - and hungry - monster.
Psittacus Productions is proud to return to the Son of Semele Theater with the World Premiere of CYCLOPS, the follow-up to their critically acclaimed, LA Weekly Award-nominated "A Tale Told By An Idiot."