Jr. Presents... our inaugural children's production!
captivating minutes of light-hearted
entertainment!" - BackStage West
This work was created as part of the
Edge of the World
Theatre Festival, Los Angeles,
as part of EdgeFest's L.A. Future Project.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4th, 2003
at the 24th St. Theatre @ Noon
1117 W. 24th. St., Los Angeles
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Reservations required - call (213) 745-6516.
OCTOBER 5th-NOVEMBER 1st, 2003
Saturdays & Sundays @ 2pm
at Sacred Fools, 660 N. Heliotrope
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Kids 16 and Under - $5
Adults - $10
Reservations: (310) 281-8337
show is appropriate for ages 6 and up.
Bill Celentano, Stephanie Dees, Aaron Francis,
Dean Jacobson, Corey Klemow,
Lisa Anne Nicolai and Ruth Silveira
- Ben Rock
Tree Builder - Aaron Francis
Costume Crew - Ruth Silveira, Dean Jacobson & Lisa Mir
TYA Consultant for the L.A. Future Project - Jane McEneany
as an entry in EdgeFest's L.A. Future Project, this Sesame
Street-styled children's play is subtitled "What Whole Are
You a Part of, and What Parts are You the Whole of?"
Writer/director Joe Jordan and composer/sound designer Brenda
Varda have fashioned a fanciful Through the Looking Glass-type
adventure designed to provide young audiences with an uplifting
moralistic message about cultural diversity and
self-pride. The unpretentious undertaking provides 45
captivating minutes of light-hearted entertainment.
Young Alex (Stephanie Dees) is uncertain about how she is
supposed to fit in with her various social roles: as a family
member, a team baseball player, and an indistinguishable student
in a large classroom. She seems destined to be more of an
automaton than a unique human being. She's perhaps not
mature enough to appreciate an existential journey of Beckettian
dimensions, but she stumbles into an epiphany of sorts when she
goes for a walk in the words and climbs up a pomegranate tree,
then tumbles down. She meets assorted characters,
including a wise but cheeky owl (Dean Jacobson), a loony doctor
(Bill Celentano), microscopic human components such as neutrons,
and quarrelsome government officials from several nations on the
brink of war. She learns important lessons, which she
carries back to the classroom: nurture and cherish our
individuality, respect differences in others, and celebrate the
common core of humanity that binds us.
The free-form piece is energized by Varda's lively music and the
amusingly stylized movements depicting Alex's regimented
universe. Dees is an appealing and funny heroine, and the
excellent ensemble is highlighted by Celentano's vaudevillian
turn as a rubber-faced doctor with a bizarre bedside manner.