to.be.FREE • March 6 at 7:30pm
Five formerly incarcerated men redefine their personal narratives using themes from The Winter’s Tale
TheatreWorkers Project provides opportunities for reentering and incarcerated individuals to redefine their personal narratives through theatre, movement, and writing. Through Project Re/Frame, an initiative dedicated to the creation of pieces based on the writing and stories of those impacted by mass incarceration, participants have the opportunity to develop, rehearse and perform original work presented to diverse audiences. This newest project uses the following text from Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale as a launching off point for personal storytelling: “a wild dedication of yourselves. To undiscovered waters, undreamed shores.” Read more about to.be.FREE.
LUIS VALDEZ’S ACTOS • March 13 at 8:00pm
Radical and inspirational readings for our political moment
LA Phil and A Noise Within join forces to present a staged reading of potent political theater designed to incite and inspire. This radical and inspirational reading for our political moment is a part of the Power to the People festival, presented in collaboration with the California African American Museum. Read more about Louis Valdez’s ACTOS.
WHAT YOU WILL (OR TWELFTH NIGHT) • March 14 at 7:30pm & March 15 at 6:30pm
Shakespeare’s beloved Twelfth Night goes through the Nongenue machine
What You Will is what happens when Shakespeare’s beloved Twelfth Night goes through the Nongenue machine. In this shipwreck of identity, Project Nongenue marries movement, classical text, and the contemporary realities of gender and sexuality in an ecstatic, heartbreaking, and unpredictable deconstruction of this famous comedy. Read more about What You Will.
ORPHEUS & EURYDICE • March 21 at 7:30pm
Four Clowns presents a workshop adaptation of Orpheus & Eurydice with physical theatre and clowning
Join the award-winning clown troupe, Four Clowns, as they present their first workshop presentation of a physical retelling of Orpheus and Eurydice. It’s a journey of love, grief, and the fleeting nature of happiness. A multi-disciplinary chorus of clowns explore this ancient tale using classical Greek text, imagery, movement, live music, and just a touch of buffoonery. With Orpheus and Eurydice at the helm, this workshop weaves through the tales of the ancient Greeks, exploring the poetic, the mystic, and the downright absurd. It’s Greek mythology with all weird stuff kept in! Read more about Orpheus & Eurydice.
HER STORY • March 26 & 27 at 7:15pm
A classical Indian dance adaptation of 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, Shalini and Shivani bring you 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.
THE GROVE • April 4 & 5 at 1:30pm
Workshop of a new, Latinx adaptation of The Cherry Orchard, exploring gentrification in Los Angeles
The Cherry Orchard has always been a play about time – how it effects not only people, but also places. In this new adaptation, conceived and directed by Satya Bhabha and written by Francesca Sloan, the central family are Latino 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.
GATSBY REDUX • April 18 at 5:00pm
An immersive, outdoor dance adaptation of The Great Gatsby
Gatsby Redux is a site-specific event which takes the audience into Gatsby’s world of the Roaring ’20s with its wild nights, uninhibited parties, and clandestine romance. Gatsby Redux was originally created for the Los Angeles Music Center event, Moves After Dark. Mixed eMotion Theatrix was selected to create work on Frank Gehry’s gorgeous Walt Disney Hall. Artistic Director/Choreographer, Janet Roston, was inspired by the Blue Ribbon Garden and the Keck Amphitheater to create choreography filled with love triangles, intimate dance, and waves of movement from a large ensemble. Mixed eMotion Theatrix is thrilled to present excerpts from this work on the grounds of A Noise Within. Come be a part of Gatsby’s world! It’s the 1920s in 2020! Read more about Gatsby Redux.
VANYE • May 17 at 7:00pm & May 18 at 7:30pm
A new adaptation of Uncle Vanya centered around a black family living in St. Louis
Vanye, Tearrance 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.
RULE MY WORLD • May 25 & 26 at 7:30pm
A modern retelling of William 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.
I AM THE DEAD MAN: A MOZAMBICAN FABLE • June 1 & 2 at 7:30pm
Saudade Theatre presents I Am the Dead Man: A Mozambican Fable, the first stage adaptation of acclaimed writer Mia Couto’s novel Under the Frangipani. Set in post-colonial Mozambique, we meet a police inspector who is brought in to investigate a strange murder inside of a former Portuguese fort where ivory and slaves were once sold. Inside he faces the dead, clashes with life, copes with ever shifting reality, and finds the truth nearly impossible to reveal. I Am the Dead Man is a whodunnit infused with magical realism that explores the spirit world and unpacks the intersection of old traditions and new knowledge. There is a message to the old colonial masters: “You will never rule this land.” Read more about I Am the Dead Man.
SALOME • June 8 & 9 at 7:30pm
If you could have anything in the world, what would you ask for? Salome is a new indie-pop theatrical piece centered around the mythological girl who, when given the choice of anything, asked for the severed head of John the Baptist. Meet Salome, a young princess trapped in a world where she is treated as an object. Torn between devotion to her mother and the new, mysterious voice of a prophet who calls for the coming of a new world, Salome is determined to claim autonomy over her own story and body. But she soon learns what sacrifices autonomy requires and finds herself drawn into a dangerous dance that will change the course of history. Part theatre, part fashion show, part art installation, and part pop concert, Salome is a young woman’s journey to her unexpected heart’s desire. Be among the first to see this new work in process as we open up our rehearsal studio and share Act 1 of this radical new retelling. Read more about Salome.
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
Noise Now is an opportunity to expand our family by engaging with our neighboring communities and peer organizations. Noise Now is more than an audience development initiative – it is a commitment to being a great neighbor, to building relationships with audiences and artists, and to demonstrating our eagerness to listen well and respond courageously.
Noise Now is an enhanced commitment to being of service to all audiences. We aim to illuminate and elevate underrepresented populations, communities of color, young people, and all others not equitably represented in the theatre. In addition, we are activating non-traditional or underutilized spaces throughout the A Noise Within campus. We are excited to challenge ourselves, identify how disruptive we can push to be, and commit to making decisions “with” – as opposed to “for” – our audiences.
By expanding our artistry to include dance, music, art installations, non-traditional theatre and beyond, we are opening our home to audiences new to theatre and new to us, in addition to facilitating work that illuminates overlap between our mission and the missions of our collaborators.
By hosting increasingly inclusive events and pursuing partnerships with peer organizations, we aim to expand our reach and diversify our offerings. This is an opportunity to listen to our neighbors, identify who’s not in the room, and hold ourselves accountable to being flexible and working differently where appropriate.
Join us as we re-introduce ourselves, as we go outside our comfort zone, and as we ask how we can be of service to our neighborhood.