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  • William Shakespeare's

    The Winter’s Tale

    By William Shakespeare

    King Leontes, consumed by unwarranted jealous rage, unleashes catastrophic violence upon his loved ones, shattering the royal family and plunging him into deep remorse. But bitter winter’s thaw ushers in a spring of regeneration and miraculous forgiveness in William Shakespeare’s celebrated romance.

  • Eva Le Gallienne & Florida Friebus'

    Alice in Wonderland

    By Eva Le Gallienne & Florida Friebus

    Directed by Stephanie Shroyer Crash through the looking glass with Alice on her zany adventure to an upside-down magical dreamland where imagination defies reality and madness makes logic. Weaving a whimsical poem of hilarious and colorful eccentrics, Lewis Carroll’s fractured fairy tale creates a prism through which we can again experience the mystery and effervescent wonder of growing up.


    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…

  • Luis Valdez’s ACTOS

    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.   A limited number of complimentary tickets are held for all Noise Now events. Please contact Jonathan Muñoz-Proulx, Director of…

  • What You Will (or Twelfth Night)

    Shakespeare's beloved Twelfth Night goes through the Nongenue machine

    Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night begins with a shipwreck that disrupts everything – creating a leading lady who crossdresses for survival, social elites who accidentally fall in love with members of the “wrong” gender, a servant who courts a duchess, and other social anarchies. While previous productions have sometimes regarded the instances of queerness and gender non-conforming behavior in this play as the butt of a joke, What You Will centers an…

  • Orpheus & Eurydice

    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…

  • Her Story

    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…

  • The Grove

    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…

  • Gatsby Redux

    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…

  • Sweeney Todd

    A Musical Thriller

    From an Adaptation by Christopher Bond Originally Directed On Broadway by Harold Prince Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick Originally Produced on Broadway by Richard Barr, Charles Woodward, Robert Fryer, Mary Lea Johnson, Martin Richards in Association with Dean and Judy Manos Directed by Julia Rodriguez-Elliott With a dash of depravity and a brilliant score, this Tony Award®-winning musical thriller shocks the senses with savage comedy, stunning terror, and razor-sharp wit. Savor…

  • Vanye

    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…

  • Rule My World

    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.   A limited number of complimentary tickets are held for all Noise Now events. Please contact Jonathan Muñoz-Proulx, Director…

  • I Am the Dead Man

    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…

  • Salome

    A new indie-pop music theatre adaptation of the ancient myth

    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…