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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The Gary Plays

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The Gary Plays The Gary Plays are an octet of plays portraying economic and spiritual distress in the contemporary urban wilderness of Los Angeles. InTirade for Three, Gary, a destitute actor, comes to terms with the senseless and random murder of his son. In Gary’s Walk, he conveys via shopping cart his son’s ashes to the sea. In Girl on a Bed, he ponders the death of a high school girl who walks fearlessly into lethal realms of pornography and junk. Other characters reoccur throughout the three Gary plays, including two former wives, his former agent (Todd,) and Antonio, a Latino...

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Girl on a Bed

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Girl on a Bed Part III of Mednick’s Gary Play octet, Girl on a Bed directed by Guy Zimmerman at the Electric Lodge March 31 – May 8, 2005. Girl on a Bed dissects an episode from Danny’s life that continues to haunt Gary. The play begins after Gary’s Walk (Part II), but we quickly flash back in time to when Danny was still alive. Using the stage as a kind of cinematic memory machine, Gary reconstructs an episode from Danny’s life in which he finds himself in a room with a girl who has just died of a heroin overdose. This girl is Laura, a teenager of unusual intelligence who...

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Tirade for Three

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Tirade for Three Tirade for Three is part one of Murray Mednick’s Gary Plays. First produced in 1997 under the direction of Guy Zimmerman, Tirade 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. 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 toward a moment of surrender. This moment of honesty does in...

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Gary’s Walk

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Part 2 of The Gary Plays, an octet written and directed by Murray Mednick. First presented at The Electric Lodge, Spring 2005 with John Diehl, Donald Berman, Dana Weiluns, and Mickey Swenson. NOTES ON THE PLAY In Tirade, Gary 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 toward a moment of surrender. This moment of honesty does in fact arrive, and in the peace that follows Gary decides to do penance for his pride by carrying his son’s...

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