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March 30, 2017
30 Mar 2017

The 1st Annual LA Get Down Festival (formerly InkSlam)

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

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All Workshops and Performances $10 EXCEPT

Da Poetry Lounge Tuesdays (Tickets Available at the Door Only)
Melrose Trading Post Sundays ($3 admission to MTP gets you into the event)
inkSlam Invitational – $20

 All-Access Passes Available
$70 gets you into EVERYTHING

Under 25? $25 gets you into 5 events!

(Excludes DPL and inkSlam)

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Tuesday 4/18 @ 9 pm
Da Poetry Lounge Slam Finals with Special Musical Guest Sanura

Wednesday 4/19 @ 8 pm
Movement Towards Freedom: Voices Of Struggle Hosted Matt Sedillo

Thursday 4/20 @ 8 pm
Ink’d Out: Stories from the LGBT Hosted by Yosimar Reyes

Friday 4/21 @ 8 pm
Da Poetry Lounge Founders’ Night Featuring Dante Basco, Shihan Van Clief, Poetri Smith and Brutha Gimel Hooper

Saturday 4/22 @ 8pm
Bridging The Gap: Legendary Poets
featuring Luis Rodriguez and Kamau Daoud

Sunday 4/23 @ 1 pm – Melrose Trading Post
Youth Showcase 

Tuesday 4/25 @ 9 pm
Da Poetry Lounge Community Open Mic 

Wednesday 4/26 @ 6:00 pm
Free Community Mixer followed by
Venue Caravan to Our Mic for the premiere of heartstorms – tickets available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/our-mic-presents-heartstorms-tickets-33478960472

Thursday 4/27 @ 8 pm
Chingona Fire Hosted by Angela Aguirre and Yesika Salgado featuring Alyesha Wise and Aman Batra

Friday 4/28 @ 8pm
Don’t Talk About It, SP!T About It Written and Directed by Alex Alpharoah 

Saturday 4/29 @ 5 pm
The Poets’ Round Table

Saturday 4/29 @ 8 pm
inkSlam Invitational
Hosted by Shihan Van Clief

Sunday 4/30 @ 1 pm – Melrose Trading Post
Youth Showcase 

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

Saturday 4/22 @ 1 pm
Expand Your Story On The Page: Facilitated by Beau Sia

Participants will take an aspect of their story and through various exercises layer the depth of their story such that it is specifically theirs and resonates beyond who they are because all stories are simultaneously the individual and the all.

Saturday 4/22 @ 2:30 pm
Expand Your Story On The Stage: Facilitated by Arianna Basco

Most perfomers learn a method to express themselves. many performers thik that that is the only way to express themselves. In this workshop, participants will engage in exercises to free them form this rigid idea, allowing them to see their performance can reflect the full range of who they are and not just the aspect they’re celebrated for.

Saturday 4/22 @ 5 pm
Queer Writes: Workshop for folx from the LGBT Community: Facilitated by Edwin Bodney

Friday 4/28 @ 5 pm
Intro to Party Rocking DJing 101 Intensive Workshop Facilitated by Brutha Gimel If you’re a beginning DJ or have interest in learning the craft of DJing, this is the workshop for you.

This 90 minute intensive will include:

  1. Hand son tutorial on getting to know your mixer and decks.
  2. Blending songs form deck to deck. (side to side)
  3. How to build a set form the opening to the peak to the closing set!

This is the intro to party rocking!

Saturday 4/29 @ 1:30 pm
ReBrand: The New Business of Spoken Word Facilitated by Taalam Acey
March 23, 2017
23 Mar 2017

Reviews Are In: Paradise Lost is a Hit!

STAGE RAW 

Reviewed by Paul Birchall

RECOMMENDED

J-Walt Adamczyck, Zack Davidson and Marguerite French in Paradise Lost: Reclaiming Destiny at Greenway Court Theatre (Photo by Anthony Roldan)

You don’t need to brush up on your Milton to enjoy this splendid adaptation of his great epic Paradise Lost, which tells the story of Satan’s consignment to Hell and Adam and Eve’s fall from Eden. Jones (Welsh) Talmadge, creator of this gorgeous and dynamic shindig, has crafted the work into a ballet, with Cirque Du Soleil-like acrobatic undercurrents.  But while Paradise Lost has been set to dance before, Talmadge’s production melds technology into the mix, balancing the movement with adroit video images, which are controlled by handheld joysticks held by the dancers while they dance. The result of all this is a production that feels entirely original and creative — but still packs the emotional impact of its source material, rendered with sincerity and total commitment.

The play starts in Heaven, where a Father God (J-Walt Adamczyk, who also designed the stunning videography) and a Mother God (Marguerite French) wave their computer mice and create a universe which explodes on the white screen behind them in bursts of stylized color. They also create a giant band of gymnastically agile angels, as well as a handsome and beloved Son (Zachary Reeve Davidson) who is allowed to manipulate the holy mouse of creation, just like his parents.

One single angel (Talmadge) becomes jealous of the Son and tries to seize his creative power. This angel’s pride, which leads to his eviction from Heaven, not only turns him into the Satan we know and hate, but also creates the vile forces of Sin (Laura Covelli) and Death (James Bane). Simmering in the Hellish world they’ve made for themselves, the Demonic Crew (joined by some wicked angels also tossed from Heaven) scheme to regain their former power by corrupting the newly created Adam (Leslie Charles Roy Jr.) and Eve (Alina Bolshakova). Chaos, quite literally, ensues.

Collaborating with several ensemble members on the choreography, Talmadge crafts a production that crackles with energy and liveliness, imaginatively employing both acrobatics and ballet to tell this time-honored story in strikingly innovative ways. When his Satan plummets from Heaven to Hell, the moment becomes a staggeringly powerful gymnastic act that utilizes chains and spins — during which Talmadge elegantly conveys the agony of the drop as well as the distance his character is traveling. Later, as Adam and Eve are gradually corrupted by Satan’s wiles, Death and Sin come dancing on, dressed as a perfect couple from 1950s Americana, except they start to beat and rape each other — behavior which imprints on Adam and Eve as they eat the Sinful Apple.

The movement is enhanced by Adamczyk’s artful computer generated video images, which virtually become characters themselves. There’s something magical about the way the performers stretch out their arms and whole worlds bloom on the screen behind them, as if from the dancers’ fingertips. Credited co-composers Alysia Michelle James and Bernie Sirelson’s electronic score, which accompanies the various tableaux and computer imagery, is suitably hymn-like, and creates a church ambiance.

It would be quite easy for this material to come across as evangelical or overly mawkish, but the ensemble hit just the right note as they explore Milton’s notions of the genesis of evil from pride and envy. First rate performances are offered by all, but Talmadge’s evolution from an angelic to a leering Satan is particularly compelling — and so are Adamczyk and French as Ma and Pa God (though it may be best not to ask why God is a couple).

Greenway Court Theatre, 544 N. Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles; Fri.- Sat., 8 p.m; Sun., 7 p.m.; through April 2. (323) 673-0544 or www.greenwaycourttheatre.org/paradiselost. Running time: 70 minutes.

 

January 30, 2017
30 Jan 2017

Paradise Lost: Reclaiming Destiny

Greenway Arts Alliance and Not Man Apart present

PARADISE LOST: RECLAIMING DESTINY

OPENS: March 10, 2017

*Due to unforeseen circumstances (an act of God???) opening night has been pushed from March 3 to March 10.*

CLOSES: April 2, 2017
TIMES: Friday & Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 7pm

Tickets
Friday & Saturday at 8pm
$30 General Admission

$20 Senior with ID
$15 Military & Student with ID
Sunday at 7pm
$20 General Admission & Senior

$15 Military & Student with ID

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Creative Team
Producer/Director: Jones Welsh Talmadge

Producer/ Co-Director: Laura Covelli

Producers: Aaron Hendry, Zachary Reeve Davidson

Head Choreographer: Jones Welsh Talmadge

Choreographers: Anne-Marie Talmadge, Alina Bolshakova, Charles Roy

Visual Effects: J-Walt Adamczyk

Video Visual Effects: Hannah Beavers

Lighting Designer: John Bass

Wardrobe: Ashphord Jacoway

Sound Effects & Compilation: Bernie Sirelson

Composers: Elisa Rosin, Alysia Michelle James, Bernie Sirelson

Technical Director / Stage Manager: Niki Armato

Greenway Producing Director: Tiffany Moon

Greenway Artistic Directors: Whitney Weston & Pierson Blaetz

Cast

J-Walt Adamczyk, James Bane,  Alina Bolshkova, Laura Covelli, Zachary Reeve Davidson, Marguerite French, Alexander Garland, Kendall Johnson, Janine Montag, Moses Norton, Elisa Rosin, Charles Roy, Anne-Marie Talmadge, Jones Welsh Talmadge,

 

Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble and Greenway Arts Alliance present a movement adaptation of John Milton’s eloquent epic poem: Paradise Lost. The innovative vision adapted by NMA Co-Artistic Director Jones (Welsh) Talmadge, Co-directed with NMA Co-Artistic Director Laura Covelli, blends dance, acrobatics, dynamic partnering and Not Man Apart’s unique brand of physical storytelling, to relate a version of this iconic tale of Adam and Eve’s Temptation and the War in Heaven.

This production features bodies flying across the stage on harness and chains, augmented by the stunning digital animation effects of J-Walt Adamczyk and video installation artist Hannah Beavers. While the performance ensemble battles as angels and demons, powerful visual images of the creation of the universe and the Garden of Eden will be projected live on stage to weave an emotional tale surrounded by evocative original music and costumes.

NMA’s retelling of the fall of humanity includes a modern feminist twist. Whether you are familiar with the story of Paradise Lost, or not at all, and regardless of your belief system, Paradise Lost: Reclaiming Destiny seeks a new perspective on the future of humanity, and to empower audiences to fully claim a created destiny and connection to the whole. It’s up to us. We get to create a Heaven on Earth.

 

January 4, 2017
04 Jan 2017

Spring Student Showcase 2017

 

Greenway Institute for the Arts Presents:
Spring Student Showcase 2017

A celebration of our Spring 2017 Student Programs
Performance of Andronicus’ Dream
curated by GIA Acting Interns and Jameelah Nuriddin
THURSDAY, MAY 11 | 4:30 PM
and
FRIDAY, MAY 12  | 7:00 PMThis event is FREE and open to the public.

Greenway Arts Alliance at Fairfax High School is sponsored in part by the generosity of The Flourish Foundation.

Greenway Institute of the Arts offers after-school arts practicum workshops in the areas of DANCE and DRAMA. The workshops are co-facilitated with Teaching Artists from community arts partners and open to all Fairfax High School students. The series culminates in a final presentation of work created throughout the semester.

 

June 9, 2016
09 Jun 2016

AJAX in IRAQ

 Greenway Court Theatre Presents

Not Man Apart’s Production of

AJAX IN IRAQ

by Ellen McLaughlin

“Raw, dynamic, heartfelt, and visceral, Ajax in Iraq parallels the lives of ancient and modern heroes. This stunning physical drama grapples with issues that have become all too well known to the American public – war of occupation, PTSD, sexual abuse, and the price of committing combat troops to situations that may have no end.
Ellen Mclaughlin’s electrifying play intertwines the story of a AJ, a female US Army combatant, with the legend of Ajax, a Greek Hero of the Trojan War who’s story is said to be the first documented case of post-traumatic stress disorder.
The result is shocking, captivating, strangely humorous, and relentlessly honest.
Not Man Apart delivers both gripping text and athletic movement – a scripted play in the form of a thrilling dance. The Hollywood Reporter praises NMA as a “futuristic theater company,” the Los Angeles Times calls the company “exhilarating and propulsive… exciting and innovative.”

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DATES AND TICKETS


OPENS: Friday, July 15, 2016
CLOSES: Sunday, August 14, 2016

Friday & Saturday at 8pm
$30 General Admission
$20 Senior with ID
$15 Military & Student with ID

Sunday at 7pm
$20 General Admission & Senior
$15 Military & Student with ID

**** CRITICS PICK!****

****LOS ANGELES TIMES ****

“A dead on triumph.” “It would be madness to miss it”
“In its riveting Los Angeles premiere, playwright Ellen McLaughlin’s potent assault on sexual abuse in the military by way of the titular legendary Greek warrior is raw, provocative, poetic and indelible. Director-choreographer John Farmanesh-Bocca rallies his stalwart Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble forces into breathtaking kinetic cohesion.”
–       David C. Nichols, Los Angeles Times

**** “The Effect is Electrifying!****

****–GO!”****
“These choreographed numbers by Farmanesh-Bocca speak eloquently to the devastating themes – Courtney Munch’s performance captures both the character’s grit and rage with an un-self-pitying desperation that feels entirely believable. – it pries open an issue that has until recently remained firmly closed.”
Jenny Lower – LA WEEKLY

THE CASTS & CREATIVES:

Directed by John Farmanesh Bocca

Featuring: Aaron Hendry, Courtney Munch, James Bane

More info on Not Man Apart @

www.notmanapart.com

March 31, 2016
31 Mar 2016

FORECLOSURE

Greenway Court Theatre Presents:
FORECLOSURE
Or Yelling at Women Walking Their Dogs
By Raymond J. Barry

Tickets $20
Senior (60+)/Student $15 Must show valid ID
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OPENS: Friday, May 6, 2016

CLOSES: Saturday, May 28, 2016

PREVIEW: Thursday, May 5, 2016

TIMES: Thursday (May 5th & May 26th) at 8pm | Friday & Saturday at 8pm | Sunday at 7pm

FORECLOSURE
Or Yelling at Women Walking Their Dogs
By Raymond J. Barry

When an aging couple learns they are losing their house due to the Wall Street mortgage scam, unemployed bricklayer Hubert (Raymond J. Barry), and his homemaker wife Mildred (Judy Jean Berns), are faced with destitution and homelessness.  Their adult, unemployed son Herman (Joseph Culp), an eccentric, unsuccessful painter who depends on his parents for food and shelter announces to his parents he is having an exhibit of his art. His father berates him, unleashing a furious family battle over the realities of work, money and the value of art in the struggle for survival.

Veteran actor/playwright Raymond J. Barry (Born on the 4th of July, TV’s Justified), offers a new play that questions the meaning of work, the value of art and the survival of family in a time of economic crisis.

Cast
Raymond J. Barry

Judy Jean Berns

Joseph Culp

Creative Team
DIRECTOR  David Robinson

March 31, 2016
31 Mar 2016

THE GARY PLAYS (Part II)

Open Fist Theatre Company & Padua Playwrights present

THE GARY PLAYS (Part II)
by Murray Mednick

Tickets $20
Senior/Student $15 Must show valid ID
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Four performances only:

Thursday April 21 at 8pm ($10 Preview performance)
Friday April 22 at 8pm
Saturday April 23 at 8pm
Sunday April 24 at 7pm

THE GARY PLAYS (Part II)
by Murray Mednick

DIRECTED by Guy Zimmerman

THE GARY PLAYS return to for an ‘Early Look’ at the second installment of Murray Mednick’s eight-play cycle, directed by Padua Playwrights Artistic Director Guy Zimmerman. Four performances of Part 2: OUT OF THE BLUE, GARY’S WALK and DADDYO DIES WELL pave the way for a full production of the entire octet this fall.

Featuring

Andrea Beruatto
Peggy Ann Blow
Brooke Clendenen
Bruce Dickinson
Carl J. Johnson
Laura Liguori
Derek Manson
Kevin McCorkle
Rob Nagle
Tina Preston
Laura Richardson
Barbara Schofield
Amanda Weier

Creative Team

SCENIC DESIGN

Jeff G. Rack

COSTUME DESIGN

Kimberly Freed

SOUND DESIGN & ORIGINAL MUSIC

John Zalewski

LIGHTING DESIGN

Jeffrey Porter

PROPERTIES

Bruce Dickerson

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS

Guy Zimmerman & Martha Demson

PRODUCER

Laura Hill

AD/STAGE & PRODUCTION MANAGER

Gabrieal Griego

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER

Laura Forst

PUBLICITY

David Elzer

KEY ART

Rita Valencia

February 25, 2016
25 Feb 2016

Greenway Institute for the Arts Spring Showcase

Greenway Institute of the Arts Presents

Greenway Institute for the Arts

Spring Showcase

Tickets FREE

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April 28, 2016 | 4pm
April 29, 2016 | 7pm

Greenway Institute for the Arts Spring Showcase

Join us as we celebrate and showcase student work from the Spring 2016 semester. The program includes a performance ofNo Child by Nilaja Sun, an exuberant, thoroughly funny piece about life in a New York City public school. This tour de force is an insightful and often hilarious look into the public education system and its challenges of students of today. The program will commence highlighting student work from Greenway’s in-school and after-school arts education and youth leadership programs.

February 5, 2016
05 Feb 2016

AmaTerra

Critical Mass Dance Company Presents

AmaTerra

Tickets $15 Pre-Sale (Inc. Fees) | $20 At-Door (Inc. Fees)

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March 19, 2016 | 7:30pm

AmaTerra

Using dance, circus arts and aerial arts under a blacklight, AmaTerra captivates the imagination, uplifts the spirit and inspires audiences of all ages. Using illuminated LED and UV-reactive wings, hoops, and aerial silks, AmaTerra is a show about one woman’s journey to discover who she is while saving the butterfly forest in which she lives.  AmaTerra tells a tale of personal transformation with glowing butterflies, a magical forest and a high-flying aerialist – something for everyone!
In AmaTerra, Mother Nature is a young woman who lives in a forest where millions of the monarch butterflies migrate to each winter. She wields the power of the five elements – earth, water, fire, air, and the mysterious fifth element – to plant new trees and help the forest grow. One day, something threatens to destroy their home. In trying to save the forest, Mother Nature herself is hurt and forgets who she is. She must call upon the elements to help her remember what power she has to save her forest home. To protect the monarch butterflies, she must undergo a metamorphosis of her own!
February 4, 2016
04 Feb 2016

SWARM CELL – Diversity & Disability Talk Back w/ Panel

DATE COMING SOON! | PERFORMANCE at 8PM

SIGN-INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE & TALK BACK (ASL)

POST-PERFORMANCE talk back w/ panel

IMG_7700 copyJoin cast members of the world premiere play SWARM CELL and local performing arts leaders as they discuss visibility, access, and opportunities for all types of audiences and artists. How do we answer the call by providing everyone with an active role in the performing arts and entertainment? Representation in the arts is currently a huge hot topic and we want to explore what the word “diversity” means to a variety of individuals that make careers within the field.

What has been done? What can we do more of? Who do we want to see more of? Why does a diverse representation of human-beings and experiences matter?

SWARM CELL, a play starring an all female cast of Latina and African American women that challenges audiences to take a look at their world and answer the questions “Are you a queen bee or a worker bee?, or “How does I become we?,” is the ideal backdrop for this conversation.

Join us for the sign-interpreted performance and post-show talk-back. DATE COMING SOON! Get $10 General Admission Tickets with the code TALKBACK.

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