Amy Tofte's WOMEN OF 4G Extended Through 6/17
Los Angeles play development lab Fierce Backbone joins forces with Drive Theatre to launch audiences into a murder mystery on a mission to Mars. Amy Tofte's futuristic dramedy WOMEN OF 4G launched on May 19 for a four-week run and is now extended through June 17.
WOMEN OF 4G marks dual playwright and screenwriter Tofte's 4th full-length production in Los Angeles. Inspired by the Bechdel Test (which examines if a work of fiction features at least two named women who talk to each other about something other than a man), WOMEN OF 4G deals with relationships between women under extreme duress. Part murder mystery, part space thriller, Women of 4G uses a science fiction world to ask questions about power, leadership, responsibility, and ultimately, sacrifice.
Seventy-five years in the future, an all-female crew and their male captain depart on what appears to be a routine mission to Mars ... until the captain is murdered and the real mission comes to light.
WOMEN OF 4G is directed by Doug Oliphant and features the talents of Jully Lee as STARK, Cady Zuckerman as WOLLMAN, Lily Rains as NATAKI, Samantha Barrios as BASTON, Janlyn Williams as CAVA, Jane H. Kim as TOULLE, and Isabelle Loeb as PIERCE.
There is valet parking available at Melrose Umbrella Co., directly across from the theater. Please arrive early to take advantage of it. Additional street parking is available in the neighborhood; check posted signs carefully.
Women of 4G opened Friday, May 19 and will now run through Saturday, June 17. General seating admission is $25, performances are Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 4pm. Show runs 120 minutes with one intermission. Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2919599 or by calling (800) 838-3006. The Zephyr Theatre is located at 7456 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90046.
Producer: Kat Reinbold
Stage Manager: Jessica Morrison
Scenic Designer: Sarah Krainin
Lighting Designer: Jesse Fryery
Sound Designer: Becca Kessin
Costume Designer: Lynne Marie Martens
Technical Director: Drew Fitzsimmons
Graphic Designer: Kristin Showalter
Assistant Director: Heidi Marie
About the playwright: Amy Tofte was awarded a 2015 Nicholl Fellowship in screenwriting from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She was recently in residence at Yaddo in upstate New York where she developed three new scripts. Her plays have been semi-finalists for the nuVoices Festival (Actor's Theatre of Charlotte), Kitchen Dog Theatre's New Works Festival, Washington DC's Source Festival, The Bridge Initiative, Headwaters New Play Festival, PlayPenn and The Princess Grace Playwriting Award. Her plays FLOOZY and FleshEatingTiger premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Tiger was remounted at the 2012 Hollywood Fringe where it was named "Best of Fringe" and nominated for Best Play. Her plays and solo pieces have been produced and developed throughout the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. She is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild. MFA, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).
About Fierce Backbone: Founded in early 2008, Fierce Backbone has been meeting weekly as a playwriting lab for over eight years. Fierce Backbone members include award-winning playwrights, actors and directors who work in all aspects of the theater and film world. Their Monday night workshop has resulted in thirteen theatrical productions at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, dozens of workshop productions/staged readings and four full productions in Los Angeles. Fierce Backbone plays have also gone on to win national awards as well as critically-acclaimed productions around the country and overseas.
Fierce Backbone Mission Statement: Fierce Backbone is a collaborative organization committed to writing, developing and producing new dramatic works. We endeavor to provide opportunities where the skills and artistry of our membership can flourish.
About Drive Theatre Company: Drive Theatre Company is committed to investigating performative storytelling through exploring new works and reimagining established texts. Drive Theatre demands active participation from our audiences and connects our artists to organizations larger than ourselves. Drive Theatre is a proud supporter of LAFPI and thrilled that WOMEN OF 4G is its seventh straight production by a female playwright.
Drive Theatre Company Mission Statement: Drive Theatre is committed to promoting personal agency - to remind artists and audience members that they can make a difference in each other's lives.
Show Dates and Times:
Friday, May 19, 8pm
Saturday, May 20, 8pm
Sunday, May 21, 4pm
Friday, May 26, 8pm
Saturday, May 27, 8pm
Sunday, May 28, 4pm
Friday, June 2, 8pm
Saturday, June 3, 8pm
Friday, June 9, 8pm
Saturday, June 10, 8pm
Sunday, June 11, 4pm
Friday, June 16, 8pm
Saturday, June 17, 8pm
*There will be no performance Sunday, June 4th*
The Zephyr Theatre
7456 Melrose Avenue West Hollywood, CA 90046