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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.

 

December 13, 2016
13 Dec 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: January 2017

CLOSES: February 2017

PREVIEW: See “Buy Tickets” link.

TIMES: See “Buy Tickets” link.

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

August 24, 2016
24 Aug 2016

GEORGE ORWELL’S 1984

 

GREENWAY ARTS ALLIANCE PRESENTS
George Orwell’s 1984

Adapted for the stage by Alan Lyddiard, Directed by Kate Jopson.

Based on the iconic novel by George Orwell, 1984 brings us the story of Winston Smith, a cog in the giant machine state of Oceania. Physically and mentally under the omnipresent eye of Big Brother, Winston has been caught struggling for scraps of love and freedom in a world awash with distrust and violence. Ferociously and provocatively staged by Kate Jopson, Greenway brings to the stage of one of the most prescient works of literature of the last century.

1984 is a powerful examination of what might have been – and may still be. It is a work of fiction, not prophesy. It is an extrapolation of the history and political philosophies of the twentieth century. This production is a complex multi-media piece merging live performance and music with intricate video and audio design.

Kate Jopson is Artistic Director of The Flagship Ensemble, and Associate Artistic Director of Circle X Theatre Co. Most recent directing credits include:  Twelfth Night with Coeurage Theatre Co. and the critically acclaimed, Second Skin with The West/The Flagship Ensemble.

Adapted by Alan Lyddiard this stage version has been described by The Scotsman as “mind blowing” — an appropriate term of praise given that 1984 describes the brainwashing of both an individual and a society. Orwell’s harrowing vision of society controlled through Newspeak, Doublethink and the ever-present, all-seeing eye of Big Brother is given a twenty-first century make-over with a mix of visual theatre, music and projection.

DATES AND TICKETS

OPENS OCTOBER 21, 2016
CLOSES NOVEMBER 19, 2016

Friday and Saturday’s @ 8pm

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With 1984, Greenway Arts Alliance launches GREENWAY READS a “novel to stage” collaboration with Los Angeles, Fairfax High School and West Hollywood Public Library.

Greenway Court Theatre’s professional production of 1984 launches the premier of GREENWAY READS, a collaboration along with the City of West Hollywood Public Library, Greenway Institute for the Arts, the Melrose Trading Post and the Fairfax High School English Department. Fairfax High School students and residents of West Hollywood are included in an all school and community reading of the novel 1984 culminating with Greenway Court’s theatrical production of Orwell’s 1984.

Greenway’s multi-disciplinary approach to programming will focus on the novel’s themes while bringing it to life on stage and through arts education and special events. Greenway Court Theatre’s stage production of 1984 opens October 21st and runs through November 19th.

THE CAST & DESIGN TEAM:

Adapted for the stage by Alan Lyddiard

Directed by
 Kate Jopson

Featuring


Randolph Thompson, Amielynn Abellera, Peggy Blow, Derek Manson, Taylor Jackson Ross, and Bill Salyers

Understudies: Lisa Dring, Robert Paterno, Reuben Uy and Kathleen Coyne

Musicians: Lizzie Edwards and TBD

The Team

Production Stage Manager… Susan K. Coulter

Scenic & Prop Design… JR Bruce

Lighting Design… Bo Tindel

Projection Design… Hana S. Kim

Sound Design & Composer… Jesse Mandapat

Costume Design… Halei Parker

Associate Producer… Gabrieal Greigo

August 10, 2016
10 Aug 2016

Inkslam 2016

 

 Greenway Court Theatre Presents

Inkslam

DATES AND TICKETS

Tuesday, August 16:

9:00pm Da Poetry Lounge  $5.00

Saturday, August 20:

2:00pm Ink’d Out  $10.00

4:30pm Poets’ Round Table  $0.00

8:00pm  the Slam  $20.00

(Day Pass for Saturday inlcudes Ink’d Out and the Slam  $25.00)

Sunday, August 21:

9:00am Melrose Trading Post opens $3.00

10:30am Youth Slam on the outdoor stage

THE CASTS & CREATIVES:

Coming Soon

June 28, 2016
28 Jun 2016

Anais – A Dance Opera

 anais

 Greenway Court Theatre Presents

Anaïs A Dance Opera

Conceived and Created by
Janet Roston and Cindy Shapiro

Music and Lyrics composed by
Cindy Shapiro

Directed and Choreographed by
Janet Roston

A cutting edge stage production uniquely interweaving dance, music and theatre to explore and illuminate the riveting life of famed diarist and literary figure Anaïs Nin and her world of words, sex, passion and creativity.

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PLEASE NOTE: If you have a discount code that isn’t working please email boxoffice@greenwayarts.org and let us know the date you’d like to attend along with your discount code and we will follow up with you.

DATES AND TICKETS

Due to popular demand, 3 more performance have been added!
Thursday, September 22nd at 8pm.
Friday, September 23rd at 8pm.
Saturday, September 24th at 8pm
.

OPENS: Saturday, August 27th, 2016
CLOSES: Sunday, September 18, 2016 – EXTENDED

PREVIEWS: Friday, August 26, 2016

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

Sunday at 7pm
$25 General Admission & Senior
$15 Student with ID

THE CASTS & CREATIVES:

Coming Soon

More info@

www.anaisdanceopera.com

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

May 4, 2016
04 May 2016

INFIDELITY, in Pieces

Greenway Court Theatre Presents:
 
“INFIDELITY, in Pieces.”
This 2 week long festival consists of 3 separate programs, presenting the world premieres of 11 exceptional plays developed in the Actors Studio Playwright/Director Unit.
 
Program A—A full evening of 5 fully staged one act plays, inspired by the theme of “infidelity.”
Program B— The second evening of another 5 fully staged one act plays, inspired by the theme of “infidelity.”
Program C:  The full length, two act play “BOOKSHOP,” presented in a directed, thoroughly rehearsed, staged-reading format, also inspired by the theme of “infidelity.”
 
Artistic Producers are Mark Rydell and Bruce Goldsmith
Coordinating Director is Peter Flood.
 
Tickets: $25.00

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OPENS: Thursday, June 9, 2016
CLOSES: Monday, June 20, 2016

PROGRAM A: June 9-12, 2016

TAKE A LOOK
OF PUPPIES AND MEN
DINNER THEATRE
LOCKED AND LOADED
WARREN AND THE POLAR BEAR

PROGRAM B: June 16-19, 2016

HOME FIRES
FOR RICHER, FOR POORER
FLOWERS FOR MARILYN
LOVE AND PASTA
SHOWDOWN AT THE TEMPLE OF MEAT

PROGRAM C: June 13 & 20, 2016

BOOKSHOP

ALL TIMES: Thursday, Friday & Saturday Program Performances at 8pm | Sunday & Monday Program Performances at 7pm

THE CASTS & CREATIVES:

PROGRAM A:
TAKE A LOOK
Written by Dustin Lehren
Directed by Asaad Kelada

CAST:
Lane Compton
Kate Whitney

OF PUPPIES AND MEN
Written by Elisa Manzini
Directed by Carmen Milito

CAST:
Gina Ferranti
Raymond Cole

DINNER THEATRE
Written by Alex Goldberg
Directed by Mitch Levine

CAST:
Christopher Louis Parker
Dey Young
Patrick Quinlan

LOCKED AND LOADED
Written by Gena Acosta
Directed by Peter Flood

CAST:
Jason Bowe
George Russo

WARREN AND THE POLAR BEAR
Written by Jim Geoghan
Directed by Stu Berg

CAST:
Marc Cervania
Tom Badal

PROGRAM B:

HOME FIRES
Written by Joe Keyes
Directed by Judy Chaikin

CAST:
Beege Barkette
Ryan Cutrona

FOR RICHER, FOR POORER
Written by Lou Felder
Directed by Bob Burgos

CAST:
Oscar Best
Kate Whitney
Lane Compton

FLOWERS FOR MARILYN
Written by Yale Udoff
Directed by Asaad Kelada

CAST:
Craig Braun
Al Rossi

LOVE AND PASTA
Written by Jim Geoghan
Directed by Stu Berg

CAST:
Tom Badal
Mary Garripoli

SHOWDOWN AT THE TEMPLE OF MEAT
Written by Mark Rose
Directed by John Lacey

CAST:
Lisa Richards
Steve Mendillo
Kate Whitney
Lane Compton
Alexandra Vino

PROGRAM C:

BOOKSHOP (Staged Reading)
Written by Brendan Beseth
Directed by Peter Flood

CAST:
Sean Spann
David Stanbra
Jack Kehler
Jennifer Christopher
Tim Halpin

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
Buy Tickets

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