World Premiere of SOVEREIGN BODY to Play The Road Theatre, 3/22-5/10

THE ROAD THEATRE COMPANY and Taylor Gilbert, Founder/Artistic Director together with Sam Anderson, Artistic Director, are thrilled to announce in this, their 23rd season, the world premiere of SOVEREIGN BODY, written by Emilie Beck and directed by Scott Alan Smith (That Good Night, Lady). SOVEREIGN BODY will preview on Saturday, March 22 at 8pm; Sunday, March 28 at 2pm and Thursday, March 27 at 8pm and will open on Friday, March 23 at 8pm and run through Saturday, May 10 at the Historic Lankershim Arts Center, 5108 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, CA.

As a wife and mother of two grown daughters welcomes an uninvited Thanksgiving dinner guest, a family's life is forever challenged and changed. Is she losing her mind and body or owning them once and for all? SOVEREIGN BODY is an epic story of a family's journey to healing.

Comments playwright Emilie Beck. "I'm thrilled that The Road is producing the world premiere of SOVEREIGN BODY. It takes a lot of courage to commit to the needs of this script, running the gamut, as it does, from poetry to violence, from dream play to naturalism. It's not an easy undertaking, and yet the drive of everyone at the company to get this play on stage is inspiring."

Adds director Scott Alan Smith: "We first read Emilie's play as part of our annual Summer Playwrights Festival in 2011. It was a haunting look at a family's struggle to uphold their lives in the face of severe adversity. It also spoke so eloquently about the redemptive power of art in our world that we all felt we simply had to do this wonderful play."


EMILIE BECK (Playwright) Her play Sovereign Body was a finalist for NNPN's 2011 Smith Prize. It was developed through readings at Playwright's Theatre of New Jersey, The Road Theatre, and The Elephant Theatre. Her play Number of Peoplehad its world premiere at the Piven Theatre in Chicago, in spring of 2010. Number of People was developed at Hartford Stage and Pasadena Playhouse with Edward Asner in the role of Leo Gold. It was further developed at Playwright's Theatre of New Jersey with Len Cariou. Most recently her play Habeas Corpus was presented as a reading in The Theatre @ Boston Court's 2013 New Play Festival.

Emilie is also known for her directing work. In 2013 she directed the Ovation Award winning Cassiopeia by David Wiener at The Theatre @ Boston Court. She won 2010 LA Weekly Awards for Best Director and Best Production for Block Nine at the Elephant Theatre, and directed Because They Have No Words in both LA (Ovation nominated) and Chicago (Jeff award). In 2003 Emilie wrote and directed And Let the Skies Fall at the El Portal Circle Theatre in an acclaimed Los Angeles premiere (nominated for six Garland Awards, including Best Playwriting and Best Director).

As a performer, she has collaborated with Mary Zimmerman (Godiva, The Mystery of the 4th Wall, Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci), Veronique Guillaud (Processions) and Maurice Guillaud (Une Chronique d'une Piano-Femme) and others, performing in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Paris, as well as Amsterdam, in the improv/sketch hit, Boom Chicago. She is co-Literary Manager at The Theatre @ Boston Court, where she has served as Dramaturg for Heavier Than, The Children, and Alcestis, and will do so again for the upcoming Everything You Touch.

SCOTT ALAN SMITH (Director) Serves as the Associate Artistic Director of the award-winning Road Theatre Company and has been the Summer Playwrights Festival Director since it began in 2010. At The Road he has directed That Good Night (world premiere) and Lady by Craig Wright (4 Ovation nominations and 5 LA Weekly Award nominations with 2 wins) and assistant-directed Craig Wright's directorial debut at The Road with The Unseen. Scott also directed New York Mets (ADA nominated) and So Nice to See You (1 Dramalogue award) here at The Road. He is set to direct the west coast premiere of Melissa Arctic at The Road Theatre fall 2014. Other directing credits include The Petoskey Stones, Three Days of Rain, Bus Stop(Pepperdine University), Proof (with Michael O'Neill), The Roads to Home, Bus Stop (at Spokane's Interplayers Theater - People's Choice Award), Tabak (The Met), Lynette at 3AM, Mr. Happiness, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Elizabeth Sampson's play Bringin' Home the Girl. He has assistant-directed Mother Courage, Light (Theater@Boston Court ) and True West (Deaf West Theater).

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