An oasis for those who love classic stories. Los Angeles Times

Noise Now

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.

Learn more about Noise Now’s mission.

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All audience members must show proof of full vaccination. Masks are required. All audience members 18 and older must show photo ID. As of January 4, children ages 5 to 12 must show proof of full vaccination instead of a negative Covid test result. If you need an accommodation to any of our policies, please be in touch with us in advance so we can work with you to meet your needs. Learn more about our Covid safety policy.

Upcoming Live Events:

THE CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS • March 28 at 7:30pm

Presented with The Resonance Collective

The Conference of the Birds is a new oratorio based on Sufi mystic poet Attar’s seminal text about the journey of the soul as it seeks union with the Divine. Composed by Fahad Siadat with a libretto by Sholeh Wolpé and directed/choreographed by André Megerdichian, The Conference of the Birds tells the story of the birds of the world, who embark on a journey to find their king, the Simurgh, a divine, mythical creature. Traveling through The Seven Valleys, the birds follow the spiritual trials of the Sufi path as they journey to the Simurgh’s door. In partnership with The Resonance Collective, the cast and crew of The Conference of the Birds will present selections and scenes from the oratorio. There will be an interactive panel with the creative team after the show. Read more about The Conference of the Birds.

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Tickets start at $19!

EXTERNAL FORCES: GREEK TRAGEDY TRAVELS TO THE 21ST CENTURY • May 21 at 1:30pm & 7:30pm & May 22 at 1:30pm

Presented with Towne Street Theatre

Experience a retelling of classic Greek tragedies through the lens of Towne Street Theatre, Los Angeles’ premiere African-American Theatre Company. This production of short plays explores drama, humor, love, and loss spanning from the Civil War to modern-day America. Experience engaging, complex, and rich stories showcasing diverse and brave voices. Read more about External Forces.

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Tickets start at $10!

LIFER: STORIES FROM THE INSIDE/OUT • June 4 at 4pm & 7:30pm

Presented with TheatreWorkers Project
In partnership with The Francisco Homes

“All that you touch You Change. All that you Change Changes you. The only lasting truth Is Change.”
– Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Sower

TheatreWorkers Project provides opportunities for reentering and incarcerated individuals to redefine and reframe their personal narratives through theatre, movement, and writing. Inspired by the words of Octavia E. Butler, TheatreWorkers Project will collaborate with formerly incarcerated residents of The Francisco Homes to develop an original theatre piece based on the participants’ poetry and prose. The culminating piece will be performed by the participants and followed by a Second Act discussion with the audience. Read more about LIFER.

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Presented with Griot Theatre

Filmed in front of a live theatre audience in fall 2021, Griot Theatre brings Blackjack back to Noise Now as a feature film! Be the first to see this project’s transformation from stage to screen.

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. 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.

If you have a credit due to the canceled Noise Now events, contact the Box Office for assistance with your order.

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 is providing rehearsal space and other resources to foster the development of new work and to build allyship with peer organizations. Read more.


See a list of our past Noise Now events here.

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Support for Noise Now is made up of program-specific donations from our patrons (acknowledged in our donor listing), with the remainder covered by General Operating funds from the theatre. Noise Now does not rely on foundation, government, or corporate support. If you are interested in supporting the program, please contact us at!