Greenway Arts Alliance Presents Limited Engagement of CARDBOARD CAPITAL, 5/1 - 5/18
GREENWAY ARTS ALLIANCE, Artistic Directors, Whitney Weston and Pierson Blaetz present, as part of Greenway's Workshop Series, a Workshop Production of CARDBOARD CAPITAL, written by Gabriel Rivas Gomez, directed by Madeleine Dahm and produced by Ty Donaldson. CARDBOARD CAPITAL will open on Thursday, May 1 at 8pm for ten performances only through Sunday, May 18 at the Greenway Court Theatre, 544 North Fairfax Avenue in Hollywood.
In celebration of the 75th anniversary of and inspired by John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath," CARDBOARD CAPITAL takes a look at today's problems of immigration, commercialization, unionization and plight of the blue collar worker in today's megaconglomerations of Walmart-esque, Amazonian super stores. A pair of homeless people, one deaf and the other pregnant and illegal, are desperate and need a place to work in an upside down economy. They find work in a warehouse that preys on people like them and they realize that the boxes they pack have more worth than the vagabonds who pack them. Their only hope might be to form community with people who don't even have a common language. CARDBOARD CAPITAL goes to the heart of what is Family and Community in today's virtual world.
GABRIEL RIVAS GOMEZ (Playwright) received his MFA in Dramatic Writing from USC in 2007, where he was mentored by Oliver Mayer, Velina Hasu Houston and Luis Alfaro. His plays CHASING MONSTERS and SCAR TISSUE were produced at Company of Angels in downtown Los Angeles. SCAR TISSUE was subsequently published in The Best American Short Plays of 2010-2011. His plays have been taught, read and performed at numerous universities across the country. His work has been called everything from surreal, to abstract to unstageable. When he is not busy writing or teaching, he can often be found play-dohing with his daughters who, along with his wife, Elsie, are the source of his drive and strength.
MADELEINE DAHM (Director) is a director and choreographer who specializes in Physical Theatre and Expressionism. She is a recipient of a 'City of London Major Performing Arts Award', and a 'Theatre Guild Award for Directing'. Born in Britain, she studied theatre at the acclaimed Old Vic and The Royal Court, before receiving an international scholarship to the former Martha Graham School in London. For seventeen years she was a professional dancer, performing in international dance theatre and for world renowned concert venues, such as: the Royal Sadlers Wells Theatre, The National Theatre, The Royal Albert Hall and Covent Garden. Madeleine is a founding member of the British Association of Choreographers, and during the nineties worked primarily to develop original Physical Theatre pieces in London, across Europe, and later in New York. Recent credits include: Movement Director for The House is Black at The Freud Playhouse, (January 2014) a collaboration with acclaimed Iranian singer and performer Sussan Deyhim (Argo), Oscar winning film composer Richard Horowitz, and theatre director Jon Kellam (The Actors Gang). Madeleine created the movement and stage design for Zoo Districts Ovation Award winning production 'Home', and she was Co-Artistic Director for the 'Millennium Project', a multi - media collaboration with Royal Academy painter Jon Watkiss, and former American Ballet Theatre principal, Christopher Aponte.
Her work has been presented at such international Performance festivals as The New York International Fringe, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The International Dance Umbrella Festival, The Dances With Film Festival (official selection: 'Room'), Dance on Camera Festival Tour; and in Los Angeles at the Dorothy Chandlier Pavillion, Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Ivar Theatre, Lillian Theatre, Disney Concert Hall, Evidence Room, Roxy Theatre.
CARDBOARD CAPITAL has assembled an award-winning design team. Set Design is by Joel Daavid. Costume design is by Ronda Dynice Brooks. Lighting design is by Jeffrey Porter.
The cast of CARDBOARD CAPITAL will feature: Phil Valdés, Derek Long, Andrew Villarreal, Mari Marks, Christopher Hampton, Daphne Gabriel, Tomoko Karina and Sonia Cruz.
CARDBOARD CAPITAL will open on Thursday, May 1 at 8pm and continue for ten performances only through Saturday, May 18 at the Greenway Court Theatre, in Hollywood (544 North Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA 90036).
Performances for CARDBOARD CAPITAL are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 7pm. Ticket prices are $25. Special group rates available for parties of 10 or more. For tickets, please call 323.655.7679 x100 or visit www.greenwayarts.org to purchase tickets online.