Son Of Semele's 5th Annual Solo Creation Festival Runs July 12-29

By: Jun. 23, 2018
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Son Of Semele's 5th Annual Solo Creation Festival Runs July 12-29

Son of Semele announces the nine exciting artists and solo works that will make up the 2018 edition of its popular Solo Creation Festival, performed at the Son of Semele Theater at 3301 Beverly Boulevard, from July 12 to July 29, 2018. This curated showcase for the diversity and creative potential of solo performance, founded in 2014, is a proven incubator for works that go on to be performed elsewhere in LA - including multiple festival alumni in the Hollywood Fringe - as well as in other U.S. cities and abroad.

The artists selected for the 2018 Solo Creation Festival are Gregory Canillas, Candace Carnicelli, Stacie Chaiken, Cheryl Fidelman, Tim Mooney, Allison Nishimura, Pam Severns, Brenda Varda* and Joe Von Appen. Ashley Steed* is the festival manager, Kevin Vasquez is the lighting designer and James Ferrero is the sound technician/coordinator. Andew Lia is the stage manager for Program 1, Christina Bryan for Programs 2 and 3. Hazel Lozano* is the assistant stage manager.

* Member, Son of Semele Ensemble
PROGRAM 1: July 12-15

MAN CAVE written/performed by Tim Mooney
The last man on Earth broadcasts final thoughts to whatever Klingons, Vulcans or Wookiees might still be out there listening...!

NOT IN OUR NAME! written/performed by Candace Carnicelli
developed with Jessica Lynn Johnson
Smart bombs? Friendly Fire? Collateral damage? Before you can speak truth to power, you have to transform the words that mask that truth.

THE FREE WILL MANIFESTO written/performed by Cheryl Fidelman
A skewed TED-type talk questions the possibility - even the desirability - of this thing called Free Will. PROGRAM 2: July 19-22

REALITY IS A KNIFE written/performed by Joe Von Appen
directed by Corey Pearlstein
A boy grows obsessed with controversial rap music wildly at odds with his conservative suburban upbringing in this time capsule from the turbulent late '80s.

MUSUBI MONOLOGUES written by Allison Nishimura, performed by Jenapher Zheng, directed by Kaitlyn Fae
A grandmother's stories inspired this semi-biographical look at the Japanese American experience, seen through several generations of women.

A chance to meet the patron saint of Los Angeles whom nobody knows. (Where is she when we need her?) PROGRAM 3: July 26-29

Moving Pictures written/performed by Pam Severns
A young woman named Mabel, a miscreant rabbit and trouble-making squirrel in a silent movie come to life with puppetry and vintage music.

THE MONKEY CHRONICLES written/performed by Gregory Canillas, directed by Jessica Lynn Johnson
Two Black gay men on a journey of love, infidelity and (eventually) forgiveness told through a blend of poetry and storytelling.

THIS IS MY GARBAGE written/performed by Brenda Varda
The simple need to clean out the garage propels a deep dive into the ocean of stuff that accumulates in our daily lives. THE 2018 SOLO CREATION FESTIVAL
July 12-29

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm
Sundays @ 5pm

Purchase tickets in advance at The Son of Semele box office is open on performance days only, 30 minutes prior to curtain.

Son of Semele Theater
3301 Beverly Blvd. (@ Hoover), Los Angeles CA 90004
There is free street parking in the surrounding neighborhood; patrons should leave ample time to find a spot. Son of Semele offers a complimentary beverage with taxi, Uber or Lyft receipt/proof of ride. ABOUT SON OF SEMELE ENSEMBLE: Son of Semele Ensemble is a Los Angeles-based ensemble theatre company comprised of 30+ actors, directors, designers, dramaturgs and producers. Since 2001, Son of Semele Ensemble productions have been honored with two LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards (nine nominations), five LA Weekly Theatre Awards (eleven nominations), four Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards, two SAGE Awards, and an NAACP Theatre Award (four nominations). The company was also nominated in six categories at the inaugural Stage Raw Awards.

SON OF SEMELE ENSEMBLE MISSION: "We believe the impact of a theatrical experience should resonate beyond the theater door. As an ensemble of artists, we integrate complex design and performance, producing theatre that embraces the friction between emotion and intellect. Through a process of discovery, collaboration and creative risk-taking, we illuminate and amplify universal questions. To that end, we make an earnest commitment to the artistic sustainability of the greater community."