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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 illuminate and 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. Join Noise Now this season as we radically reimagine Shakespeare, Chekhov, Euripides, and Alarcón through new, multidisciplinary adaptations.

We look forward to seeing you at the theatre as we rise together and step back on stage.

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RULE MY WORLD • August 23 at 7pm & August 24 at 7:30pm

A modern retelling of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra

Rule My World is a modern retelling of William Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. Set in a dystopian future, it incorporates diverse musical genres such as spoken word, pop, R&B, Latin, Techno, and Hip-Hop. The show was adapted by local award-winning actor and writer, Karole Foreman and Emmy Award-winning composer, Allan Phillips. Read more about Rule My World.

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HER STORY • October 23 at 7pm & October 25 at 1pm

Presented with MKM Bollystars
A classical Indian dance adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale

MKM Bollystars returns for their 3rd collaboration with Noise Now, this time re-envisioning Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale through Indian classical dance. Recognizing the parallel experiences of Hermione from The Winter’s Tale and Sita from the Ramayana, choreographers Shalini Bathina and Shivani Thakkar bring a new creation delving into Her Story. Bollystars has roots in a rich dance heritage as an offspring of the well-established and recognized Bharata Natyam (Indian classical) dance institution Manu Kala Mandir (MKM) Dance Productions and Academy. Read more about Her Story.

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TOWNE STREET THEATRE • November 1 at 6:30pm

A staged reading

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VANYE • November 6 at 7:30pm

Presented with Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble
A new adaptation of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya centered around a black family in St. Louis

VanyeTearrance Arvelle Chisholm’s adaptation of the Chekhov classic, Uncle Vanya, takes on issues of gentrification, exploring our complicated relationships with corporations, community, and social capital in “developing” spaces. For Chisholm: “Uncle Vanya is a story about limitations. It’s about people who understand, in their bodies, that they aren’t entitled to anything – least of all happiness. But never-the-less, they persevere. In order to truly capture this feeling of hopelessness and endurance, the adaptation must center around a black family living in my hometown: St. Louis.” Chisholm is a National New Play Network Affiliated Artist and has received the 2018 Smith Prize for Political Theater for Vanye, a commission award established in 2006 by Timothy Jay Smith and a group of socially conscious donors to encourage emerging playwrights to tackle the pressing issues of our times. Read more about Vanye.

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LA ESCENA FESTIVAL 2020 • November 13-15

Presented with UCLA’s Diversifying the Classics

Founded in 2018 and organized by UCLA’s Diversifying the Classics project, LA Escena is a biennial festival dedicated to Hispanic classical theater. In 2020, LA Escena will bring new plays and partners to A Noise Within, with exciting performances celebrating the Hispanic heritage of Southern California and connecting today’s audiences to a more diverse vision of the past. In partnership with Playwrights’ Arena, the festival will feature Golden Tongues, adaptations of Hispanic classical theater by LA writers. 

Diversifying the Classics was created to expand the definition of “the classics” in the US by promoting the rich theatrical tradition of the Spanish Golden Age. Founded in 2014 by director Barbara Fuchs, Diversifying the Classics brings together a dedicated interdisciplinary group of students, professors, actors, and writers who meet regularly to produce new translations of Hispanic classical plays, develop teaching materials, and collaborate with scholars and artists to promote diversity in the theatrical canon. 

Playwrights’ Arena, under the leadership of artistic director Jon Lawrence Rivera, is the first and oldest theater created to discover, nurture, and produce new works written for the stage exclusively by Los Angeles playwrights. This is its fifth year co-presenting Golden Tongues with Diversifying the Classics. Read more about LA Escena.

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THE GROVE • December 5 & December 6 at 1:30pm

A Latinx adaptation of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, exploring gentrification in Los Angeles

The Cherry Orchardhas always been a play about time – how it affects not only people, but also places. In this new adaptation, conceived and directed by Satya Bhabha, the central family are Latinx landowners in California, struggling with the onslaught of gentrification and urban expansion. The play embraces the eccentric comedy of Chekhov’s text, while also examining the heartbreaking fragility at the heart of these characters – nostalgia isn’t an affliction reserved for the rich and white. Join us for a deeply moving, funny, and unexpected work-in-progress showing of this new adaptation. Read more about The Grove.

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FOR THE SAKE OF DREAMING • December 11 at 6:30pm

Presented with Saudade Theatre Company, the only Portuguese theatre in the United States
The Story of Two Actors in Search of a Play

Two actors, estranged old friends, are cast in the same play at the National Theatre in Lisbon. Backstage, as they prepare for the performance of a lifetime, the grievances of their shared past steer them away from the job at hand, sending them on a manic search for a text that may once and for all answer the question: who’s responsible for their broken alliance? Blame a long day’s journey. Blame Jesus and Romeo. Blame your father. Blame airplanes, bullfighting, and the American Dream. Read more about For the Sake of Dreaming.

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TROJAN WOMEN • December 19 at 6:30pm

Presented with Élan Ensemble

A beach between worlds. Freedom and captivity. Death and life. Fate and free will. Things known and unknown. Five women wait on the shore of their homeland ravaged by war, and reflect on the events that brought them here.

Developed in 2014 by the USC MFA Acting class and director David Bridel, this adaptation of Trojan Women is raw, poignant, and at times hysterical – a carnival of memory that asks the question: Who are we, after everything we know has been stripped away from us? Drawing from improv and mythology, the ensemble created a world where movement explodes off the stage.

This contemporary version of the epic story illuminates themes such as the cost of war and its effects on women, fate, duty, power dynamics, and sexual politics between men and women. Realizing the true potential of devised theatre, Trojan Women is one not to be missed. Read more about Trojan Women.

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UNBOUND PRODUCTIONS • January 2 at 7:30pm

A staged reading

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LATINA CHRISTMAS SPECIAL • January 2 at 2pm & 8pm & January 3 at 2pm

An American Comedy of Latina Proportions

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 (MTV’s Teen Wolf), 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 everyone – regardless of their background – has a hard time at some point in their life. After sold out shows last holiday season, A Noise Within welcomes Latina Christmas Special back to our stage for three performances only! Read more about Latina Christmas Special.

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