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Our Past Noise Now Events

2019-2020 Season

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes presents TLACANTZOLLI: MONSTERS AND CHIMERAS • August 17 – September 8

An art exhibition by print-makers Daniel González and Joel Rendón

Tlacantzolli, which in Nahuatl means “Men squeezed together,” alludes to monsters and chimeras. Human beings have always been fascinated by the idea of being able to absorb the energies of other creatures and manifest their attributes through some sort of magical process or meditation. Daniel González’s and Joel Rendón’s hybrids of creatures and humans illustrate the idea of Tlacantzolli while also contemporizing it, pushing viewers to consider how their everyday interactions with the environment and the world transforms them. Through his linocuts, González and Rendón join a long legacy of artists who politicize mythological imagery in order to incite discussion on topics such as the military industrial complex, identity, and the continued destruction of the environment.

THERE OR HERE • August 11 at 1:30pm

A staged reading by Jennifer Maisel
Presented with Griot Theatre

Robyn and Ajay are about to meet the woman who will act as a surrogate to birth their child. These Americans find themselves confiding in the anonymous beings on the other end of their phone lines rather than in each other; computer technicians, fast food order takers and phone operators whose work has been outsourced to another country become the refuge they can’t be for each other right now.

Griot Theatre creates opportunities for women, artists of color, and those with physical disabilities to establish a place where audiences may reliably come to see a more comprehensive view of who we are and who we can be, as a society. Griot Theatre rotates between re-imagining the classics and developing the work of contemporary playwrights from underrepresented groups.

EL CIRCO ANAHUAC • August 12 at 7:30pm

A workshop presentation of a new Aztec opera
Presented with Brown Fist Productions

Brown Fist Productions presents El Circo Anahuac, an Aztec Opera that tells the ancient tale of the twin volcanoes outside Mexico City, Popocaltepetl (Smoky Mountain) and Ixtlacihualt (The Sleeping Woman). El Circo blends the present with the fantastic, the real with the imagined, and the historic with the mythical. It will challenge the imagination of adult audiences while it fascinates and delights children. This multi-disciplinary production includes tri-lingual lyrics (Nahuatl, Spanish, English) and the words of historic Nahuatl poets.

A HIT DOG WILL HOLLER • August 15 at 7:00pm

A staged reading by Inda Craig-Galván
Presented with Griot Theatre

When racism and oppression manifest in a scary physical form, a social media influencer and a boots-on-the-ground activist form a complex bond to help each other survive this contagious condition.

Griot Theatre creates opportunities for women, artists of color, and those with physical disabilities to establish a place where audiences may reliably come to see a more comprehensive view of who we are and who we can be, as a society. Griot Theatre rotates between re-imagining the classics and developing the work of contemporary playwrights from underrepresented groups.


A staged reading by Alex Alpharaoh
Directed by Julianna Stephanie Ojeda
Presented with Company of Angels

Los Angeles, 1992. The city is engulfed in flames after the acquittal of 4 LAPD officers in the brutal beating of Rodney King. O-Dogg is a modern, Afro-Latinx adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic, written in verse, and using modern vernacular to ignite the chaotic vibrancy of a Koreatown that still feels the scars from this dark LA history.

CONCRETE ROSE • August 18 at 1:30pm

By LaDarrion Williams
Directed by Nancy Cheryll Davis
A staged reading presented with Towne Street Theatre

A poetic drama birthed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, centered around two head trauma victims who are trapped in an abandoned hospital room. In this chilling tale of terror and confusion, these two characters must ask themselves who to trust, what to fear and what to believe during the most catastrophic storm in history.

FROM HEAVEN [ORUN] TO EARTH [AIYÊ] • September 22 at 4:45pm

An Afro-Brazilian Dance Journey & Fashion Show
Presented with Viver Brasil
Artistic Collaboration:  Shelby Williams-Gonzalez with Bianca Medina

Witness the ancestral wisdom of African royalty as Viver Brasil salutes the Orixas – forces of nature – in captivating movement, rhythm, and costumes. Experience the energy of oceans, rivers, rainbows, winds, and storms along with the vibrations of justice and prosperity. Join us on the front lawn for this outdoor, dancing journey. Read more.

2018-2019 Season

Lineage Performing Arts Center’s CEILING IN THE FLOOR • February 25 at 7pm

Choreography by Lineage Artistic Director Hilary Thomas
Music and lyrics by Brandon Toh
Directed by Marisa Echeverria

Ceiling In The Floor is a dance-theater piece that explores the true story of a friendship bound up in art, music and mental illness. Through journal entries, songs, dances, letters and a manual for suicide risk assessment, we learn about Hilary and Brandon’s devoted friendship, their mutual love of music, and their struggles to grow together and apart as they balance the pressures of college, life, and Brandon’s increasingly apparent manic depression. Read more.

Carolina Caycedo’s COSMOTARRAYAS • February 12 – April 14

Curated by Canan Cem

Noise Now celebrates the installation of the contemporary art exhibit, Cosmotarrayas, by Los Angeles artist Carolina Caycedo in the theatre’s main lobby. The exhibition is a series of hanging sculptures assembled with handmade fishing nets collected during the artist’s field research in riverine communities affected by the privatization of water. The nets are intertwined with a variety of objects that Caycedo acquires in a range of locales or that come from her personal archive. Some of the nets were given to the artist by friends or acquaintances in the sites she visits, while others were purchased in local markets or commissioned by the artist. The Cosmotarrayas works are embodiments of people the artist has met during her travels and their stories of dispossession and resistance; the series operates as a connector between Caycedo’s activism and community involvement and her studio practice. Read more.

SWAN Day • March 23 at 2:30pm

Presented by LA Female Playwrights Initiative and A Noise Within with the participation of actors and directors from local theater companies, the day will include readings of short plays by Elizabeth Bluth, Victoria Goring, Leelee Jackson, Starina Johnson, and Penny Peyser as well as a number of 1-page Micro-Reads, plus time to eat, drink, and connect with female artists for future collaborations – the perfect way to Support Women Artists NOW! Read more.

AMERICAN MOOR • March 27 at 7pm

Written and performed by Keith Hamilton Cobb
Directed by Kim Weild

Join us on March 27 at 7pm for a truly unique, one-night-only event: A ticketed presentation of Keith Hamilton Cobb’s award-winning solo play, American Moor, on the set of ANW’s Othello! A poetic exploration of the experience and perspective of black men in America through the metaphor of William Shakespeare’s eponymous black hero. Read more.

Mercedes Dorame’s THE LAND UPON WHICH YOU STAND • April 18 – June 9

Curated by Canan Cem

Noise Now opens its second art exhibit in April with the work of Mercedes Dorame (Gabrielino-Tongva tribe) who uses photography as a way to explore, reimagine, and connect to her tribal culture and bring visibility to contemporary indigenous experience. The Tongva were the first people in what is now Los Angeles, and their territory covered the expanse from Malibu to San Bernardino to Aliso Creek. Dorame activates Tongva land using organic materials, such as sage, ochre, cinnamon, feathers, quartz, and the skins of coyotes and foxes to create moments of vitality. Using symbolic, ceremonial objects projected to be around 75,000 years old, Dorame has created a way for her ancestors who have been disturbed and unearthed by developers to ascend into the sky and rest once again. Read more.

Trans Chorus of Los Angeles & Celebration Theatre’s  TRANSISTER RADIO • April 24 at 7pm

TranSister Radio is a collective of artists in the Trans community bringing awareness, art, and culture of the Trans-narrative perspective.  Trans Women, Trans Men, Gender Non Conforming/Gender Non Binary and Intersex artists, lending their voices and talents to show the plethora of artistic expression through song, spoken word, dance, and so much more.  Join Trans Chorus of Los Angeles (the first all Trans identified Chorus in the United States, according to GALA Chorus), gender non-conforming hostx MJ Brown aka Miss Barbie Q (artist/writer/drag queen entertainer) and many more.  This will be an evening of art and edutainment. We are proud to present the first Trans-Identified entertainment event in the San Gabriel Valley. Read more.

Ate9 Dance Company’s 1 TO 3 • May 20 at 7pm

“1 to 3” is a series of solos, duets, and trios in an intimate setting that allows the dancers and Ate9 Artistic Director Danielle Agami to meet the audience both formally and informally. The performers’ embodiment of Agami’s signature mix of technical precision, vulnerability, and off-beat humor is juxtaposed with opportunities for audience members to ask questions and become more familiarized with Ate9’s rich contemporary dance work. Read more.

Coin & Ghost Theatre Company’s Pequeños Sueños • May 27 at 7:30pm

Mexicans know all too well the tales of La Llorona, La Chupacabra, and especially El Cucuy. But what about the monsters they don’t warn you about? The monsters that perhaps they’re afraid to admit are parts of themselves. Featuring an ensemble of all Latinx theatre-makers, Pequeños Sueños is Coin & Ghost’s new Mexican folklore, inspired by the stories we’ve heard and the stories we haven’t. Read more.