Coin & Ghost in Association with Vs. Theatre Company Present the World Premiere LOVE IS ANOTHER COUNTRY

Coin & Ghost in Association with Vs. Theatre Company Present the World Premiere LOVE IS ANOTHER COUNTRY

Coin & Ghost in association with Vs. Theatre Company present the World premiere of Love Is Another Country, a radical reimagining of Sophocles's Antigone at Vs. Theatre in Los Angeles from Friday, February 1 through Saturday, March 2, 2019. The third production of Coin & Ghost's inaugural season, Love Is Another Country is a new play written by the prolific Bay Area theatre artist Lisa Marie Rollins and her first full-length work to be produced in Los Angeles. Directed by Kendall Johnson, the production brings together the ancient tale of Antigone with the deaths of innumerable black men and women at the hands of police. Part ritual, part rage, part collective ask to the audience, the play follows three women of the Chapman family as they navigate living as black women in a country that claims to love them. For more information, please visit https://coinandghost.org/liac.

Love Is Another Country opens on Friday, February 1st and runs throughout Black History Month for five weekends with the last performance on Saturday, March 2, 2019. There will usually* be three or four performances depending on the weekend. For the first three weekends (2/1 - 2/17), shows will run most Fridays* and all three Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:30pm. For the last two weekends (2/21 - 3/2), performances will also happen on Thursday nights at 8:00pm. For the final weekend (2/28 - 3/2) there is no Sunday matinee. Vs. Theatre is located at 5453 Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019 (323-739-4411). There are three tiers of ticket prices: VIP tickets at $30 (first three rows; includes a drink), $25 for general admission and Pay-What-You-Can (PWYC) for the back row. As with all Coin & Ghost (C&G) productions, opening weekend will be entirely PWYC.

* The theater will be dark on Friday 2/15 due to two of the producers getting married! Everyone involved will be attending :-).

The play, written in collaboration with Coin & Ghost, emerged as a radical re-imagining of Sophocles' Antigone, in response to two cultural stimuli: the systemic deaths of black people as a result of police terror, and the generational impact of incarceration on black women. In Love Is Another Country, a cast of four explores these themes unflinchingly and without apology. Crafted through devised theatre techniques drawn from the lived experiences of the cast, as well as those of Rollins herself, it features an ensemble cast of diasporic black women who bring to life this vital storytelling and hold the space for collective healing for the community. The cast includes Amaka Izuchi (Jordan), Celia Mandela (Nene), Tyree Marshall (Ethel May), and Dee Dee Stephens (Gonee).
In addition to Rollins and Johnson, the production team includes Britney Campbell (Costumes), Spencer Christovale (Sound Design), and Derrick McDaniel (Lighting Design). The ambitious team is made complete with Coin & Ghost's inner circle that includes its Artistic Director Zachary Reeve Davidson (Producer), Managing Director Marguerite French (Producer), Associate Artistic Director/ Music Director Elisa Rosin (Producer), Production Manager and frequent Lighting/Sound Designer Niki Armato (Stage Manager) and Director of Community Engagement Alex Garland (Producer).

Known for bringing a highly physical aesthetic to his productions, director Kendall Johnson (C&G's Associate Artistic Director) has adapted classics for the stage before, as with the highly popular Trojan Women, directed by USC's David Bridel. Johnson uses his collective experience to lean into the urgent message of Love Is Another Country, addressing slavery's systemically infected assumptions among other topics. "The generational devaluing of black women has deadly consequences," proclaims Johnson. "It is only a part of the legacy of slavery. Historically, when Black people come into contact with the state, it's like a grenade goes off in the community. We are exploring these stories and giving voice to the people most affected by our broken criminal justice system."
The production will feature an agnostic ritual aspect to bring support and levity to a complex audience experience. As part of this ritual, and to amplify human-to-human connection, Coin & Ghost is employing personalized Yondr bags to create a phone-free experience for the audience.
For this production, Coin & Ghost is partnering with Johnny Clark and Vs. Theatre Company, home of award-winning productions such as the West Coast premiere of Blackbird by Adam Rapp; the World premiere of Giovani Adams' Love Is A Dirty Word; the Los Angeles premiere of On An Average Day by John Kolvenbach; the West Coast premiere of The Mercy Seat by Neil Labute; the West Coast premiere of Completeness by Itamar Moses and the World premiere of Cops And Friends Of Cops by Ron Klier.
LINKS:
Love Is Another Country - https://coinandghost.org/liac
• KQED's Bay Brilliance w/ Lisa Marie Rollins - https://www.kqed.org/arts/13839060/bay-brilliant-lisa-marie-rollins

Photo credit: Zachary Reeve Davidson

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