Seeking Union and Non-Union Singers/Rappers/Poets/Actors of All Types for the following roles:
DOROTHY: A teen searching for life in the stars.
THE WIZ: A man in his 40’s serving a life sentence.
MA/EVILESE: A single mom in her 30’s/Envy incarnate.
ANITA/ASSATA: Dorothy’s BFF/A paranoid revolutionary.
PETO/PLATINUM: Dorothy’s other BFF/Rapper of the Year.
DEACON/SMOOTH: Ma’s BFF/A hustler fresh out of prison.
MAYOR/JUDGE/OBC: A mean soul drunk off his own power.
OBB/BEAUTY/STAGE MANAGER: The belligerent narcissist.
EYE AM/BAILIFF/DJ: A mystic guardian angel in disguise.
NARRATOR/SCALPER/CO1: Storyteller/Agent of The System.
REPORTER/SCALPER/CO2: Shrewd Journalist/Mr. Status Quo.
REPORTER/NEWSCASTER/HYPEMAN: Frustrated Journalist/Wack MC.
MOVEMENT SPIRIT/DIVA DANCER/CREW: The Show-stealing Chorus
Adapted by ten incarcerated artists in a creative writing workshop at the oldest women’s prison in the state, the California Institute for Women (CIW), WHAT IT IZ is a prison abolitionist, hip hop theater and spoken word remix of The Wiz. The spring performances at Greenway Court Theater benefit programs serving incarcerated youth at BJN Juvenile Hall – where workshops based on the production, engaging human rights and transformative justice, have inspired an oral history project and college course using theater to develop legislative proposals. Producer will be applying to Theatre Authority for use of Equity performers in a benefit performance.
Audition slots available Wednesday, March 28, 6-9 pm
Monday, April 2, 2-5 pm
Four rehearsal in April
Two Performances (Staged Readings) April 27th and 28th, part of the LA Get Down Festival
BACKGROUND: In the early 1900s, L. Frank Baum imagined a world where money did not exist and women were all powerful. More than 100 years later, a new generation of creative visionaries has its own fresh take on that wonderful world called Oz. This 21st century urban parody remixes Baum’s classic and the 1970s Broadway musical-turned-motion picture “The Wiz” – starring Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Richard Pryor, Lena Horne, with music by Luther Vandross and Quincy Jones. The film inspired the writing of this play as much as the Broadway hit before it, which featured Stephanie Mills, André De Shields and Phylicia Rashad. The early development of WHAT IT IZ included stage readings and workshop performances at the Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe and American Place Theater in New York City, the Longwharf Theater and Yale Theater in New Haven and at Harvard University. The west coast debut performances sold out during opening weekend in spring 2017 at the Los Angeles Theater Center in downtown LA, and opened the inaugural “Beyond the Bars LA” conference calling for strategies to bring about the end of mass incarceration.
THE REMIX: For more than a century, audiences worldwide have enjoyed the tale of the Tin Man’s search for a heart, the Scarecrow’s search for a brain, and the Cowardly Lion’s search for courage. This time around, Dorothy is transported from the disco era into a new millennium facing terrorism, police brutality, government corruption, music industry shenanigans, street hustlers, new world technology, and the world’s largest prison population. Meet a notoriously sexist “Platinum” rap star longing for self-love; a small-time hustler named “Smooth” whose lack of knowledge of self keeps him from being smooth enough to avoid repeat arrests for the same crime; a paranoid Black Panther wanna-be “Assata” in search of self-determination after barely surviving the 9/11 suicide attacks. This adaptation transports Dorothy’s journey from the Bay area of 1979 to LA in 2017.
WHAT IT IZ fuses the soulful, musical style of the ’70s hit with the urban lyricism of hip hop and spoken word poetry. Critics compare the show to the Tony Award-winning “Def Poetry Jam on Broadway” and “Hamilton” which have introduced traditional theater goers to the adrenalin-injected idioms of hip hop and spoken word. Directed by the creator and performer of the Harry Belafonte produced “Lyrics From Lockdown,” critically acclaimed poet, actor and prison activist Bryonn Bain, the production is written in the verse of our time by a group comprised of formerly and currently incarcerated artists, Blackout Arts Collective (BAC). This grassroots arts/activism coalition spearheaded the early development of the show while bringing performances and workshops to prisons in 25 states nationwide. An award-winning network of artists, activists, and educators, BAC has used the arts and culture to catalyze action around critical issues in innovative ways to inspire social change since 1997. Dramaturgy by Disney fellow and NYU drama professor Michael Dinwiddie, and Lincoln Center iconoclast Imani Douglas, this production pays homage to a timeless classic while providing a launchpad for dialogue and action around mass incarceration and its impact on our families and communities using subversive verse, beats, rhymes and comedy.
In Spiritrials, addiction, religion, and the law intersect in a court-ordered drug rehabilitation program. A timely exploration of the American criminal justice system, this multi-dimensional play blurs the line between hip-hop and dramatic performance. Dahlak Brathwaite (writer/performer) weaves through the autobiographical and the fictional, music and monologue, to examine his place in what appears to be a cultural rite of passage for a young Black male.
Dahlak is a multi-faceted hip-hop artist that maximizes his abilities as musician, actor, poet, and educator within the transformational space of the theatre. Since launching onto the national spoken word scene by appearing on the last two seasons of HBO’s Russell Simmons’ presents Def Poetry Jam, Dahlak has showcased his seamless blend of hip-hop, theatre, and spoken word at over 200 universities throughout the United States and Europe. Dahlak has worked closely with Broadway veteran and Rockefeller fellow, Marc Bamuthi Joseph. Dahlak has written and performed in several of Joseph’s critically acclaimed plays, including Word Becomes Flesh – presented at The Public Theater and The Lincoln Center. From 2007 to 2012, Dahlak has released five musical projects, which includes the album Spiritrials that served as a soundtrack to his solo play. In 2014, Dahlak was selected as a musician for a U.S. State Department International Exchange Fellowship called 1Beat. Spiritrials, the solo play written, performed and scored by Dahlak, is currently on tour. Since the premiere in 2015, Spiritrials has been performed in 15 cities around the country, including two notable presentations at the prestigious Kennedy Center. Currently, Dahlak is collaborating with director Roberta Uno in order to adapt Spiritrials into an ensemble musical. Development of the work has been supported by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and is being supported by California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) through a series of residencies. Dahlak earned his B.A. degree from the University of California, Davis, where he studied English and Dramatic Studies.
Greenway Court Theatre
544 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Greenway Arts Alliance is seeking a skilled ¾ -time Technical Director / Facilities Manager for the Greenway Court Theatre, reporting to the Producing Director. The Theatre, a 99-seat venue, is a program of Greenway Arts Alliance, a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to unite communities through art, education and social enterprise. This is a hands-on position that will perform carpentry, maintenance, and technical work in addition to supervising crews. Position will also maintain equipment for the Melrose Trading Post and other shared spaces of the organization.
Work will average 30 hours per week year-round, with more hours required around events and during tech periods balanced with less hours during dark periods. Starting compensation is $20/hour. Position is non-exempt and does not include benefits. There is potential for growth for the right candidate.
Please send cover letter, resume, and three references to: tmoon @ greenwayarts.org
URBAN THEATRE MOVEMENT IN RESIDENCY AT GREENWAY COURT THEATRE
BY OLIVER MAYER
BASED ON YERMA BY FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA
AND DIRECTED BY EDGAR LANDA AND MARLENE FORTE
For Group Sales Contact tmoon at greenwayartsalliance.org
Yerma is desperate for a child, but her husband Juan shies from her touch. How can she reconcile her urge for motherhood, maintain her sense of honor, and still do her job without going mad? Set in an elite university, YERMA IN THE DESERT focuses on the custodial and public safety staff who clean up the mess and tell no tales in a Trumpian dystopia where personal grudges lead to deportation and worse. Even in this dry place, Yerma craves the wet closeness of love.
This production is made possible through the support of the Greenway Residency Program and Greenway Court Theatre, programs of Greenway Arts Alliance.
For 20 years, Greenway Arts Alliance has united communities through art, education, and social enterprise. For more information, visit greenwayartsalliance.org.
ADAPTED BY AWARD-WINNING PLAYWRIGHT AMY LUDWIG
BASED ON THE CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED NOVEL BY SANDRA CISNEROS
AND DIRECTED BY ALEXANDRA MEDA
For Group Sales Contact tmoon at greenwayartsalliance.org
THE CAST FEATURES
ELIZABETH NUNGARAY ESTELLA GARCIA
ALEX ALPHAROAH FRANCELI CHAPMAN CHRISTINE MANTILLA
ISRAEL LOPEZ REYES GRACIELA LIZET RODRIGUEZ MIEBAKA YOHANNES
PERFORMANCES RUN FROM SEPTEMBER 29 – OCTOBER 28, 2017
WITH THE OFFICIAL PRESS OPENING ON SEPTEMBER 30
AT GREENWAY COURT THEATRE
PRESENTED IN CELBRATION OF
GREENWAY ARTS ALLIANCE’S 20th ANNIVERSARY
AS PART OF THE GREENWAY READS COLLABORATION BETWEEN
GREENWAY COURT THEATRE AND GREENWAY INSTITUTE FOR THE ARTS
LOS ANGELES, CA (Aug. 30, 2017) – Greenway Arts Alliance (Whitney Weston and Pierson Blaetz, Co-Founders and Co-Artistic Directors) will present THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET, adapted for stage by award-winning playwright Amy Ludwig (2006 LA Weekly Theater Award for “Best Adaptation” of The House on Mango Street) and directed by Alexandra Meda (Artistic Director of Chicago’s Teatro Luna). Based on the New York Times best-selling book of the same name by Sandra Cisneros, THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET will play at Greenway Court Theatre (544 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles) from September 29 – October 28, 2017, with the official press opening taking place on Saturday, September 30.
The cast of THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET features:
Elizabeth Nungaray as Esperanza
Your Problem with Men and Enrique’s Journey at Los Angeles Theatre Center.
Nungaray is an ensemble member of Teatro Luna.
Estella Garcia as Older Esperanza
South Coast Repertory’s The Long Road Today by Jose Cruz Gonzalez.
Cecil in Watts Village Theatre’s Meet me at the Metro.
Alex Alpharoah as Ensemble
Noche de Boda at Frida Khalo Theatre, Don’t Talk About It, SP!T About It at
Greenway Court Theatre, Urban Unrest at Sacred Fools Theatre, and others.
Franceli Chapman as Ensemble
Den of Thieves at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.
Christine Mantilla as Ensemble
World premieres of The Anatomy of Gazellas (Playwrights Arena) and Soledad by Janine Salinas Schoenberg (Casa 0101 Theatre) and Demeter in the City by Sarah Ruhl (Cornerstone Theater Company).
Graciela Lizet Rodriguez as Ensemble
Rodriguez played the role of Valeria Lopez in Baño de Damas with Tierra Blanca Arts Center.
Greenway Court Theatre’s Don’t Talk About It, SP!T About It.
Miebaka Yohannes as Ensemble
Miebaka has performed on stages on Off Broadway, television and film.
Joining Alexandra Meda’s creative team are choreographer Ysaÿe McKeever (Teatro Luna’s Generation Sex), projection and environment designer Corwin Evans, costume designer Beryl Brachman, lighting designer Azra King-Abadi, and sound designer Jesse Mandapat.
THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET centers around the life of young Latina Esperanza Cordero, as she undergoes her personal journey into adulthood. As she matures, Esperanza encounters the harsh realities of puberty as well the hardships witnessed in her family and her Mango Street neighborhood. Despite all she witnesses and endures, Esperanza seeks hope and persists toward a better future.
Ludwig’s adaption of THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET received national critical acclaim. The Chicago Tribune said, “Some plays open up their world so completely they cast a thick spell. That’s the triumphant case with director Amy Ludwig’s joyous and generous adaptation of The House on Mango Street.” And, “Amy Ludwig’s respectful stage adaptation honors Cisneros’ eloquent writing,” said the Los Angeles Times.
“THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET is currently banned from Tucson, Arizona schools. Why? Sandra Cisneros’ powerful words take us to the heart of how it feels to grow up as an outsider. In today’s climate, that’s a story we need to share and celebrate, not to silence,” said THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET adaptor Amy Ludwig.
Director Alexandra Meda said, “The story of Esperanza, her young desire to shake the sky and soar above her ‘House on Mango Street’ and the special kind of fear and hate that is directed at immigrant families, is a very personal touchstone for so many readers over the last 20 years — including this cast and creative team. The isolation, violence, and limitations that surround Esperanza feel all too familiar in the current state of affairs we find ourselves in today in the United States. I am thrilled to be working with this exciting talented cast in exploring the contemporary relationships we have as a society to this family and neighborhood that was brought to life over 25 years ago.”
THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET is presented in celebration of Greenway Arts Alliance 20th Anniversary year, which kicks off on October 8, 2017. For two decades, the nonprofit GAA has been uniting communities through art, education and social enterprise. Greenway, a community leader and role model in social enterprise, runs the Greenway Court Theatre (a professional 99-seat theater), the Greenway Institute for the Arts (an arts education program at Fairfax High School, Title 1 high school in Los Angeles) and the Melrose Trading Post (a weekly open-air arts based marketplace). An all-day community celebration of Greenway Arts Alliance’s 20th Anniversary will take place at the world famous Melrose Trading Post on Sunday, October 8.
The acclaimed novel, The House on Mango Street, has been used as required reading in educational institutions all around the nation. Continuing this theme of education, Greenway Arts Alliance’s educational wing, the Greenway Institute of the Arts (GIA), will incorporate the novel and stage production into Fairfax High School’s curriculum through the GreenwayReads program. Greenway’s multi-disciplinary approach to programming will focus on the novel’s themes while bringing it to life on stage and through arts education and special events. Three hundred students will participate in GreenwayReads and will have the opportunity to see the stage production at select matinee performances. Last year, GIA and GCT kicked off the GreenwayReads program with Greenway’s production of George Orwell’s 1984.
“It was important that we choose a book and play that reflect the lives of the students at Fairfax High School, Esperanza’s story in THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET is the story of so many students at Fairfax,” said Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director Whitney Weston of Greenway Arts Alliance.
“We reached out for recommendations from our amazing community of artists and educators who have supported us over Greenway’s 20-year history. We agreed that staging a classic that so beautifully portrays the power of place and home for an immigrant family is a must-see in our current political climate,” added Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Greenway Arts Alliance, Pierson Blaetz.
“Most of the professional staff and crew of GreenwayReads participate in the student sessions, before and after the performances. For many students, it is the first time they have ever seen a professional play, and after the program, it’s amazing to see them actively invested and excited about theatre,” said Weston. “Pierson and I are grateful that our cast and crew share Greenway Arts Alliance’s mission of uniting communities through art.”
THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET will play at Greenway Court Theatre, 544 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Performances begin September 29, 2017 and play through October 28, 2017 with the official press opening on Saturday, September 30 at 8:00 p.m. Performance schedule is Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Note: There will be no matinee performance on September 30. Tickets go on sale on Friday, September 1, 2017. General admission tickets are $30, and student/senior (65+) discounted tickets are $15. Tickets are available online at GreenwayCourtTheatre.org. For more information call 323-673-0544 or visit GreenwayCourtTheatre.org.
COEURAGE THEATRE COMPANY
LA’S PAY WHAT YOU WANT THEATRE COMPANY
BY LAUREN GUNDERSON
OPENS SATURDAY, AUGUST 26
AT THE GREENWAY COURT THEATRE
The vibrant 18th century French physicist and mathematician, Emilie du Châtelet, returns for one night to defend her legacy and finish the groundbreaking work for which she was denounced until after her death. This witty, sexy, and passionate exploration harkens back to history- recounting her intellectual and romantic entanglements, including an affair with Voltaire.
Greenway Arts Alliance announces auditions for its 2nd Annual Greenway Reads production, a partnership between Greenway Court Theatre and Greenway Institute for the Arts
By Sandra Cisneros, adapted by Amy Ludwig
Directed by Alexandra Meda
Performances Friday, 9/29/17 – Saturday 10/28/17
Seeking an ensemble of eight Latinx actors with strong ensemble work and movement background:
Older Esperanza: Latina, mid-to-late 30s
Young Esperanza: Latina, 18+ to play 12
Woman #1 – Latina, 40s + , plays Mama and others
Woman #2 and #3 – Latina, 20s – 30s, play a variety of roles
Man #1 – Latino, 40s +, plays Papa and others
Man #2 and #3 – Latino, 20s – 30s, play a variety of roles
Prepare a two minute contemporary monologue and be prepared to read from sides. Bring a resume and headshot.
Call backs Saturday and Sunday, 7/8 and 7/9
Email casting@greenwayartsalliance for more information or to set up an appointment
Producers plan to apply for the Equity 99 Seat Agreement. Pays minimum wage.
Auditions are at the theatre:
544 N Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
544 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
FREE PARKING in the lot
adjacent to the theatre
Box Office: (323) 673-0544
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