Message from Director of Cultural Programming, Jonathan Muñoz-Proulx
Noise Now is an enhanced commitment to being of service to all audiences. We strive to celebrate underrepresented populations, communities of color, young people, and all others not equitably represented in the theatre.
Our stages have always been a space for healing. Today, connecting over universal human stories has never been more necessary. We look forward to seeing you at the theatre as we rise together and step back on stage.
Before being admitted into the theatre, all audience members must provide proof of full vaccination, meaning it has been at least two weeks since the ticket holder’s final vaccine shot. (We can exchange your tickets to a later date or give a full refund to anyone who has already bought tickets or a subscription and who will not be vaccinated by the time of their event.) Masks are required regardless of vaccination status. Learn more about our Covid safety policy.
Upcoming Live Events:
BLACKJACK • October 29 & 30 at 7:30pm & October 31 at 1:30pm
Presented by Griot Theatre
A movie in the making: part theatre, part film set, join a live studio audience and witness a film being made onstage. In the spirit of Hamilton, get a glimpse behind the scenes as this play is turned into a feature film.
Set in the Black Jack neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, during the early nineties, the play follows Heru as he arrives at the family home of his sometime-girlfriend, Khet. While Khet struggles to define her relationship with Heru and navigates the failing health of her grandfather, Heru raises suspicion with his late-night visits to East St. Louis. The arrival of a mysterious visitor propels the play toward its tragic conclusion. Based on the Isis/Osiris story from Egyptian mythology, Blackjack invokes humor and tragedy to explore the nature of identity and family – both the family into which we are born and the family we choose. Learn more about Blackjack.
RASA KALAA: A BHARATA NATYAM MARGAM • December 5, 6, & 7 at 7:30pm
Presented by MKM Bollystars
Come experience Rasa (essence/sentiment) in Kalaa (performing arts) through a traditional dance repertoire. Indian classical dance has historically been a form of theatre and dance in India. A Bharata Natyam (South Indian classical dance) “Margam” is a curated compilation of pieces that both entertain and elevate through an artistic experience of pure percussive dance and theatrical story-telling that embraces mythology, drama, and the human experience. In a Margam, a solo dancer performs numerous compositions, plays multiple characters, and deftly moves between pure dance and theatrical narrative. Learn more about Rasa Kalaa: A Bharata Natyam Margam.
LATINA CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: AN AMERICAN COMEDY OF LATINA PROPORTIONS • December 14 & 15 at 7:30pm
This Off Broadway hit is a timely comedy about those of us who ride the edge between the culture of our immigrant parents and the culture of our home, America. Every ethnicity can relate to the feeling that their parents and families are a little “weird” (that’s a nice word) during the holidays when compared to the traditional American Christmases fed to us on TV. Three comedian friends: Sandra Valls (Showtime’s Latin Divas of Comedy) Maria Russell (Lt. Liz Salazar on TruTV’s Tacoma FD) and Diana Yanez (Margaret Cho’s Sensuous Woman) show us with their personal tales that every family has its own hilarious peculiarities, everyone wants to belong, and every one, regardless of their background, has a hard time at some point in their life. Learn more about Latina Christmas Special.
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Virtual Panels with Noise Now:
Indian Folk Dance: An Interactive Workshop
Join Noise Now as Shivani Thakkar (Artistic Director, MKM Bollystars Dance Company) leads an interactive movement workshop inviting viewers to practice simple moves from Indian folk dances at home. Explore history, insights, and origins of these beautiful regional dances – each traditionally performed at community gatherings and celebrations. Tune in and enjoy this interactive, family-friendly event for audiences of all ages!
MKM Bollystars Indian Classical Dance Workshop
Join us as Shivani Thakkar (Artistic Director, MKM Bollystars Dance Company) shares history and insights on Indian Classical Dance and Theatre. Historically, dance and theatre were one art form in India, and as the two separated, many theatrical and story-telling elements have continued within the dance form. Featuring interactive components, the workshop will invite audiences to practice Indian hand gestures (mudras), learn the 5 basic rhythms, and understand the relationship between the Indian and Western theatre.
The Three-Fifths Project by Photographer Ibarionex Perello
Join Ibarionex Perello as he discusses his recent ANW photography exhibition, The Three-Fifths Project, which explores the legacy of slavery and institutional racism. The title is derived from the Three-Fifths Compromise in the US. Constitution. Inspired by August Wilson’s play, Gem of the Ocean, the photographs reflect the perpetual sense of tension, anxiety and insecurity faced by people of color, while also evoking the sense of bloodline and legacy.
Black Arts Leaders & The Ground on Which We Stand
Join arts leaders Nancy Cheryll Davis (Towne Street Theatre), Malik El-Amin (Griot Theatre), Abdullah Hall (Trans Chorus of Los Angeles), and Yvonne Lee (Lower Depth Theatre) as we discuss the history and legacy of the organizations they lead. ANW has had the privilege of collaborating with each of these organizations through Noise Now, an initiative launched in February 2019 to highlight stories from diverse cultures and communities, ensuring that classic theatre is representative and inclusive of all voices.
The Ground on Which I Stand
The following speech was delivered by playwright August Wilson on June 26, 1996, at the 11th biennial Theatre Communications Group national conference at New Jersey’s Princeton University. This text represents the complete and definitive version of Wilson’s address, as published by TCG in September 2001. Read “The Ground on Which I Stand.”
Noise Now – Re-imagining Classics
What defines a classic? Why do we revisit them time and time again? What new, cultural lenses can we apply to these ancient stories? Join Director of Cultural Programming Jonathan Muñoz-Proulx and Noise Now artists as they discuss what goes into adapting classics for modern and diverse audiences.
Panelists include Elmira Rahim (Élan Ensemble), Karole Foreman (The Signal Hill Sandbox), Shivani Thakkar (MKM Bollystars), and Shalini Bathina (MKM Bollystars).
NOISE NOW RESIDENCIES
Noise Now is providing rehearsal space and other resources to foster the development of new work and to build allyship with peer organizations. Read more.
PAST NOISE NOW EVENTS
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