Moving Arts Presents Joint World Premiere of BLISS (OR EMILIY POST IS DEAD!)
MOVING ARTS announces the Los Angeles production of the Joint World Premiere, presented by Moving Arts at Atwater Village Theatre in association with Moxie Theatre of San Diego and Promethean Theatre of Chicago, of BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!), written by Jami Brandli (Through the Eye of a Needle) and directed by Darin Anthony (Apocalypse Play). BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!) will preview on Thursday, November 1 & Friday, November 2 at 8pm; will open on Saturday, November 3 at 8:00pm and will run through Sunday, December 2, 2018 at the Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave. in Los Angeles, 90039.
It's 1960 and America is in the midst of a civil upheaval. But in North Orange, NJ, an immaculate suburb with all the trappings of a prosperous, modern society: afternoon tea parties, electronic appliances, and JELL-O!, "Progress and Science" are the buzzwords of the day. In this farcical, domestic tragicomedy, the classical Greek heroines, Clytemnestra and Medea, have been recast as pill-popping housewives, and Antigone is the lovelorn, teenage girl next door. Their "blissful" lives are upended when Cassandra, a colored girl new to town and cursed with the gift of prophecy, arrives with a mind to free them from their dark destinies.
ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM AND CAST
JAMI BRANDLI (Playwright) Her plays include Technicolor Life, S.O.E., M-Theory, ¡SOLDADERA!, Sisters Three, Through the Eye of a Needle, Medusa's Song, O: A Rhapsody in Divorce, and BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!) which was named in the 2014 Kilroys List. Her work has been produced/developed at New Dramatists, New York Theatre Workshop, Launch Pad, The Women's Voices Theater Festival, Chalk REP, Great Plains Theatre Conference, The Lark, among other venues. Winner of John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award, Holland New Voices Award, Ashland New Plays Festival and Aurora Theatre Company's GAP Prize. Finalist for the 2016 PEN Literary Award for Drama, Playwrights' Center Core Writer Fellowship, Princess Grace Award and the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference; nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award. This year, BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!) receives a joint-world premiere with Moxie Theatre (San Diego) and Promethean Theatre (Chicago), ending with Moving Arts' production this fall at Atwater Village Theatre in Los Angeles. Sisters Three will receive its world premiere with The Inkwell Theater (Los Angeles) in December, and Through the Eye of a Needle also received its world premiere at The Road Theatre (Los Angeles) this past spring. A proud member of The Playwrights Union, the Antaeus Playwrights Lab, and The Dramatist Guild, Jami teaches dramatic writing at Lesley University's low-residency MFA program. She is represented by the Robert A Freedman Agency and Gramercy Park Entertainment.
DARIN ANTHONY (Director) is the Artistic Director of Moving Arts in Los Angeles, a company dedicated to the development, production and promotion of adventurous new work by Los Angeles artists. For Moving Arts he directed: the world premiere of Apocalypse Playby Cory Hinkle, the west coast premieres of The Kill-or-Diesby Meghan Brown, Viralby Mac Rogers and The Gun Show by Em Lewis. Other recent productions: the world premiere of the rhythm and blues musical The Devil You Know for Devilish Productions and Nureyev's Eyesat American Stages (FL) and The Bluebarn Theatre (NE). Other productions include: New York premieres of The Good Boy at theAbington Theatre and The Incident Report at The Lion Theatre. Regional credits: premieres for La Jolla Playhouse, Unbound Productions, BootlegTheater, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, The Theatre @ Boston Court, Radar L.A.,Odyssey Theatre, The Road, The Open Fist, Moving Arts'The Car Plays, The Blank Theatre, Syzygy, InterACT, Furious Theatre. Academically, he has directed at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Theatre of Arts, and Miami University of Ohio.
Darin's film directing debut, "Hitting the Cycle," was awarded Best Feature Film by The Manhattan Film Festival. He also directed and developed the web series "Before We Go to Sleepwith Steve Serpas". His productions have received many awards and nominations including The Ovation Awards, The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards, The LA Weekly Awards, Stage Scene LA and The Backstage Garland Awards.
BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!) has assembled the following design and production team. Scenic Design is by Amanda Knehans. Lighting Design is by Ebony Madry. Sound Design is by Gabrieal Griego. Costume Design is by Allison Dillard. Props Design is by Jackie Hartenfels. The Technical Director/Production Manager is Beth Scorzato. The Assistant Director is Chuma Gault. The Casting Director is Raul Clayton Staggs. The Production Stage Manager is Amanda Garcia. BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!) is produced by Cece Tio.
BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!) will preview on Thursday, November 1 & Friday, November 2 at 8pm; will open on Saturday, November 3 at 8:00pm and will run through Sunday, December 2, 2018 at the Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave. in Los Angeles, 90039.
Performances are Fridays, Saturdays & Mondays at 8:00pm; Sundays at 2:00pm (with an additional performance on Tuesday, November 27 at 8pm).
Tickets are $30.00 for all performances; Previews are $20.00; Opening Night Tickets are $45.00. Tickets can be purchased online at www.movingarts.org or call 323-472-5646.