Villon

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Villon

Casting the Lead in Villon | More VideosHear our KCRW spot! [.mp3] VILLON Buy Tickets Now Playing! Written and Directed by Murray Mednick “[Villon is] portrayed with gleeful lack of repentance by charismatic Kevin Weisman” —Los Angeles Times “Murray Mednick’s sharp, cynical comedy … the dialogue crackles with quirky, non sequitur jokes and snarky repartee” —Stage and Cinema Murder, mayhem and poetry. Award-winning, visionary playwright Murray Mednick brings his unique sensibility to the hair-raising, sometimes violent and often hilarious exploits of François Villon....

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The Black Glass

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The Black Glass

PRESS “Bentham’s nightmare, well-enacted by the performers in Zimmerman’s choreographic staging and with the support of John Zalewski’s haunting sound design, is that of a doomed man trying to reckon with his multidimensional bankruptcy.” - LA WEEKLY “Such an enigmatic, elliptical narrative risks leaving audiences bewildered but not edified. The Black Glass’ mystique instead casts a definite spell over its spectators.” - CREATIVE LOAFING (ATLANTA) “The Black Glass” develops a surprisingly powerful poetry of tangled expectations…It isn’t so much a play...

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The Fool & The Red Queen

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The Fool & The Red Queen

PRESS “The second play takes us inside the film being conjured in the first work. In the conjunction of the two works, handsomely staged with expert video support by Guy Zimmerman in tones both laconic and whimsical, the theme of genocide and a sadomasochistic relationship between the Red Queen (Julia Prud’homme in a viciously jocular turn) and her Fool (Bill Celentano, bursting with both intelligence and frustration at the capricious cruelty of his mistress) blend into a phantasmagoric vision of world history and contemporary L.A. that shoots darts of humor into its own...

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Girl on a Bed (Film)

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Girl on a Bed (Film)

In Girl on a Bed a young drug user, Danny Boy (Andy Hopper), wakes to find himself in a room with the body of a girl who has died of a heroin overdose. This is Laura (played by Niamh McCormally) a sensitive and intelligent American teen. To Danny’s horror, he recognizes Laura from a pornographic movie that was playing on the TV earlier. Frightened into sobriety, Danny tells his father (Gary) the harrowing story of the girl. A few days later Danny himself is shot dead in a local park, apparently at random. The deaths of these two young people send Gary (Christopher Allport) on a search for...

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WinterFest 2012

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WinterFest 2012

Winterfest 2011 is the latest in a series of projects back through 2008 marking Padua Playwrights ongoing collaboration with LADAD Space and the downtown arts community. To one degree or another each of these productions has been an exploration of the possibilities for artistic cross-pollination between playwrights, visual artists and musicians. Looking forward we hope to focus and deepen these explorations in the years ahead as part of the downtown arts community and, hopefully, also as a part of an actual community arts center – an arts “incubator” – in the arts...

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Beneath the Dusty Trees – The Gary Plays

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Beneath the Dusty Trees – The Gary Plays

By Murray Mednick Introduction by Guy Zimmerman The Gary Plays are an octet of plays portraying economic and spiritual distress in the contemporary urban wilderness of Los Angeles. The series was inspired by a friend of the playwright whose son died in a drug deal gone wrong under the “dusty trees” of the San Fernando Valley. The series begins as Gary, an unemployed actor down on his luck, visits the park where his son was shot, apparently at random. Struggling with murderous rage, he is joined by two “choral” figures, internalized voices that re-enact painful memories and goad him...

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Fever Dreams: Recent Work From Padua

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Fever Dreams: Recent Work From Padua

Fever Dreams: Recent Work From Padua Introduction by Guy Zimmerman Resurrected in 2001 by artistic director Guy Zimmerman, Padua offers ten superb plays including work from the last nine seasons, 2001 through 2010. Included in the anthology: Sissy Boyd – Liddy Hank Bunker – The Interview Heidi Darchuk – Hotel Bardo(t) Murray Mednick – Clown Show for Bruno and Destruction of the 4th World John Steppling – Phantom Luck and Spanish Angel Sharon Yablon – The Empty Bed Rita Valencia – A New World War Guy Zimmerman – Head Trader and The Inside Job “If Hollywood movies present...

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DaddyO Dies Well

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DaddyO Dies Well

DaddyO Dies Well Legendary Los Angeles-based playwright Murray Mednick directs the world premiere of the fifth installment of his “Gary Plays” cycle, a darkly lyrical comedy in which Gary, Mednick’s hardluck protagonist, takes a psychedelic Ayahuasca trip at the behest of DaddyO, his hipster stepfather. The entire octet of Gary Plays is scheduled to be published in April, 2011 by Sideshow Books and distributed by TCG (Theatre Communications Group). “The Gary Plays is one of the most engaging and ambitious local theater events of the past few seasons… Mednick’s...

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Hotel Bardot

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Hotel Bardot

HOTEL BARDOT by Heidi Darchuk Directed by Guy Zimmerman with Julia Prudhomme, Chris Goodsen, Corryn Cummins, Brad Culver, Michael Chick, Johnny Klein Set Design: Tim Keating, Shaun Tyne, Lights: Dan Reed, Costumes: Gwendolyn Jac, Kim Debus, Sound Design: Brad Culver and John Zalewski, Original Music: Brad Culver, Andrew Gilbert, Stage Management: Maggie Goddard, Poster Design: Darrick Chamberlin, Additional Design: Channah Levy, Production Assistance: Jessica Emmanuel, Corryn Cummins NOTES ON THE PLAY Inspired by Freud, Jung, Lacan, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, and by Tantric texts, whose...

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Clown Show for Bruno

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Clown Show for Bruno

Clown Show For Bruno Written by Murray Mednick, directed by Guy Zimmerman, Art Share LA: March 26 – April 19, 2009 Clown Show is Mednick’s homage to the great Polish writer and artist Bruno Schultz. In 1939, when the Nazis occupied Poland, Schulz was driven into the ghetto and enslaved by a Nazi officer who forced him to paint fairy tale figures on the walls of his son’s bedroom. Caught in an escalating feud between his “protector,” Felix Landau, and another Nazi official, Schulz was shot dead on the streets of his home town on November 19th, 1942 by Landau’s...

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