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  • 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 $10 tickets are made available for all Noise Now events and are released at 10am…

  • Her Story

    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)…

  • Vanye

    A new adaptation of Chekhov's 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…

  • 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 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 Sake of Dreaming

    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…

  • Trojan Women

    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…

  • Latina Christmas Special

    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),…