Beneath the Dusty Trees – The Gary Plays

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Beneath the Dusty Trees

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 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 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 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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The Destruction of the Fourth World

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The Destruction of the Fourth World In The Destruction of the Fourth World by Murray Mednick, the ancient Native American trickster, Coyote, makes ready for the end of the world with his only accomplice – a 13-year-old boy from a dysfunctional Jewish family. “The Destruction of the Fourth World is funny, moving and wise – Mednick is working at the top of his form,” Zimmerman...

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The Neo-Sacred Revival

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The Neo-Sacred Revival Three Short Plays for the Modern Soul January 23rd–February 15th 2009 at Art Share L.A. Review Three smartly staged one-acts from the current generation of Padua Playwrights illustrate both the risks and the rewards of the long-running writing workshop’s dedication to what they call a “poet’s theater.” The evening’s highlight is Sharon Yablons’ “Acts of Love,” a scathingly funny look at physical desire, emotional intimacy and the sadomasochistic trap awaiting those couples who don’t understand the difference....

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A Thousand Words

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A Thousand Words ARTIST~PLAYWRIGHT Robert Reynolds~Guy Zimmerman, Alberto Miyares~Coleman Hough, Matt Aston~Chris Kelley, Emmeric James Konrad~Sharon Yablon, Taz~Rachel Jendrzejewski, Lilli Mueller~Phinneas Kiyomura, Jett Jackson~Heidi Darchuk, Alexandra Koiv~Alex Forman, Rick Robinson~Alisha Adams DIRECTORS Shirley Anderson, Mickey Swenson, Lauren Campedelli, Gray Palmer, Nick Faust, Adrian Alex Cruz, Gill Gayle, Chris Kelley, Mark Adair-Rios ACTING ENSEMBLE Michael Shamus Wiles, Mickey Swenson, Phinneas Kiyomura, Coleman Hough, Heidi Darchuk, John Horn, Gregory Littman, Jack Littman, Lisa...

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A New World War

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A New World War written by Rita Valencia, directed by Guy Zimmerman, Stephanie Feury Studio Theater, April 14 through May 12, 2007. A New World War was inspired by the current events following the inception of the “war on terror” after the 9/11 attacks. That era began in a perfect storm of fear, institutionalized ignorance (corporate news), right wing extremism, millenialism and media consolidation, along with an extraordinarily sophisticated marketing system which used the idea of war as a device to further the ends of a cadre of neo-conservatives and powerful corporate interests....

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Vagrant

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Vagrant Feb 3 – March 4 2006, The Electric Lodge, Venice Written and Directed by Guy Zimmerman Christopher Allport Meyer Niamh McCormally Patty Patrick Burleigh Larkin A noir mystery set in a rundown appliance repair shop in South Central Los Angeles. Charged with conflict and dark humor, Vagrant is a play about memory, emotional violence, and redemption. Produced by T Keaton-Woods Scenic Design Jeff Atherton Lighting Design Kathi O’Donohue Sound Design Don Preston Technical Director Scott Toumey Graphic Design La Mer Walker Publicity Lucy...

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