Santa Monica Playhouse Hosts Encore Performance Of Steven Friedman's PHALARAIS'S BULL

Santa Monica Playhouse Hosts Encore Performance Of Steven Friedman's PHALARAIS'S BULL

Direct from New York and sold-out performances in Rome and Asia Santa Monica Playhouse Benefit Series and Riddle Productions present an encore a one-of-a-kind theatrical event- neither play nor lecture -Steven Friedman's Phalaris's Bull: Solving the Riddle of the Great Big World

Harvard-educated molecular biologist, visual artist and provocative visionary philosopher, Steven Friedman has the answers to life's big questions. Using personal narrative, poetry, art, and science, he delivers a spell-binding performance reflecting his prismatic, transformative and deeply consoling vision of the world. Friedman offers a solution to the world's pain based not on belief or faith but on logical rigor - a philosophy starting from Kierkegaard's story of an ancient torture device, Phalaris's bull, that turns the terrible sounds of pain into music.

Generally considered by his teachers to be the most gifted student they had ever taught, Steven Friedman (author & performer) excelled in academics from an early age. After graduation from Harvard, Friedman was accepted into the PhD program in molecular biology at UCLA under a grant from the National Cancer Institute and then into UCLA's School of Medicine. His contributions to molecular biology and medicine range from developing methods to work out the structure of viruses to conceiving smart chemotherapeutics against cancer. As a fine artist, Friedman has been represented at Robert Berman Gallery at Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica since 1999. His art, ranging from representational pastels to acrylic-under-acrylic poles, has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions and has entered major collections around the world. His writings include over 200 works of philosophy; six collections of lyric poetry; the play, A Passion of the Mind (1980); and the philosophical narrative poem, The Books of Joshua (2008). His output has also included such unconventional forms as the beachbook, T Lite Book by the Sea, in 5000 tea-lights adjacent to Santa Monica Pier in 2009 and the skybook, Proving God in Worlds from Even to Odd, over Huntington Beach, CA, in 2010. Phalaris's Bull: Solving the Riddle of The Great Big World premiered the 2015-16 Winter Season at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row, NYC.

The Santa Monica Playhouse Benefit Series is an innovative program that presents extremely limited engagements of new and developing works by emerging and renowned local, national and International Artists. Selected artists receive technical and artistic support, rehearsal space and the opportunity to present a fully-mounted production, with proceeds supporting the Playhouse Annual Fund, International Cultural Exchange and Diversity-in-Education programs, Artistic Mentoring, Jewish Heritage Series and Senior OutReach..

One night only, Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 8:00 pm. All tickets are $25; proceeds go towards the Santa Monica Playhouse Benefit Campaign. Book online at http://santamonicaplayhouse.com/phalaris-bull.html or call 1-(310)-394-9779 ext.1. For more about the show, go to solvingtheriddleplay.com

Santa Monica Playhouse is at 1211 4th Street (between Wilshire & Arizona), Santa Monica, CA 90401-1391.By public transportation: take the Santa Monica Blue Bus or the LA Metro Rapid #720 and exit at 4th and Wilshire or Metro Rapid #720 and exit at Wilshire and 4th or take the Expo line to Colorado and 4th. The Playhouse is four blocks north of the station.

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