Los Angeles Performance Practice will produce and present A Streetcar Named Desire, written by Tennessee Williams and directed by Zoe Aja Moore, as part of the third annual Live Arts Exchange (LAX) Festival at the Bootleg Theater, October 8 through 25, 2015.
As the theatrical centerpiece of this year’s festival, this Streetcar approaches the text as a cultural landmark from which to make discoveries about our contemporary memory, sexuality, and destabilized identity. Director Zoe Aja Moore has become known for her boldly theatrical yet cinematic staging of plays from the classic American repertoire. Her work has been seen in Los Angeles at the Ace Downtown LA, The Standard Hotel, REDCAT, and the Bootleg Theater, and in New York at the Ohio Theater, The Tank, and the Williamstown Theater Festival.
Los Angeles Performance Practice is a 2015 Ovation Award nominee for The Day Shall Declare It, created by local company Wilderness, also sourcing text from Tennessee Williams. While Streetcar is not set in a reclaimed downtown space, audiences can expect a similarly intimate and sensual experience within the walls of the Bootleg Theater, tapping into both Southern Gothic and Hollywood styles.
An incredibly talented cast of actors will take on these culturally significant roles: self-identified Southern belle Andrea LeBlanc enters into the world of Blanche DuBois, Cristina Fernandez will play the infamous Stella Kowalski, Ryan Masson will be “Mitch,” and Jesse Saler, last seen at REDCAT in the Poor Dog Group’s Murder Ballad (1938), plays Stanley.
Live Arts Exchange (LAX) creates space for and draws attention to contemporary performance emerging out of Los Angeles. This home-grown performance series showcases some of the most innovative artists and independent companies in LA, creates social events that encourage cross-genre hangouts, and provides opportunity for peer to peer critique. Produced by Los Angeles Performance Practice and the Bootleg Theater, LAX pulls contemporary theater and dance, film/video, animation, punk opera, and party into one space.
The Bootleg Theater is a year-round inclusive art space for original, boundary-defying live theater and performance born from the diverse cultural and artistic landscape of Los Angeles. Bootleg supports and collaborates with the best of established and emerging theater artists to create daring multi-disciplinary live experiences that are striking, contemporary and non-traditional.
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE runs Thursday, October 8 through Sunday, October 25, 2015 at the Bootleg Theater. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at HERE.
Costume design/concept board by Kate Fry
Early Morning Opera/Lars Jan’s latest work, The Institute of Memory (TIMe), will perform at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art’s annual TBA Festival on September 12 & 13, at 6:30pm.
Two men hunt each other as a kinetic light sculpture hovers and cuts through the air, signaling keystrokes from a hacked ’50s typewriter. Featuring archival wire-tap transcriptions, the missives of communist spies, and MRI brain scans, The Institute of Memory (TIMe) conjures a portrait of director Lars Jan’s enigmatic father — a Cold War operative whose story exhibits how the future of privacy looks dangerously like the darkest era of its past. Jan packs TIMe with a brilliant set of collaborators that include Pablo N. Molina, Nathan Ruyle, Chris Kuhl, Sonny Valicenti, composer and vocalist Mariana Sadovska, and Obie-winner Andrew Schneider, among others.
PICA’s annual Time-Based Art Festival (TBA) draws artists from across the country and around the globe for a convergence of contemporary performance and visual art. Installations and live performances fill out theaters, temporary galleries, and unexpected public spaces throughout Portland, activating the city with art and energy.
A lamentation of fierce urgency, the latest multimedia production from Cloud Eye Control is an imagistic, visceral work inspired by the nervous fear felt in the wake the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Half Life explores the psychological fallout of global disaster, and how it affects our emotions and imaginations. The Los Angeles-based collaborators— Miwa Matreyek, Anna Oxygen, and Chi-wang Yang —bring their signature mix of projected animation, live performance and music to summon the unseeable forces that govern our collective sense of personal safety and control.
HALF LIFE premiered in January at REDCAT, and will next be seen in Providence, Rhode Island in November.
Janie Geiser and company will travel to the Yard on Martha’s Vineyard for the East Coast premiere of FUGITIVE TIME on Friday, September 4 at 8pm.
FUGITIVE TIME is a multidisciplinary performance inspired by the dual histories of illness and health in early 20th Century Los Angeles. FUGITIVE TIME merges bunraku-like puppetry, miniature landscapes, live-feed video, animation, and music/sound to create an immersive, elliptical meditation on the body, illness, nature, and time. Puppets–always hovering between the animate and inanimate, life and death–are the perfect vehicle for this investigation. Geiser approaches this history with compassion and care, through examining the suspended, liminal state between illness and health.
More about Geiser’s “Experimental Narratives” from KCET.