THE WIFE, MEDEA and More Set for The Vagrancy's 2014 Season
After their sold-out, award-winning 2013 production of Tommy Smith's WHITE HOT, The Vagrancy presents the "talented dramatic anarchist's" newest provocative tale - THE WIFE paired with Euripides' MEDEA, adapted, conceived and directed by Co-Artistic Director Caitlin Hart for a feverish season exploring the minds of outsiders. Partnered with the season, The Vagrancy continues their commitment to new play development with TACTICAL READS, RITUALS and BLOSSOMING.THE WIFE is a wicked web spun between a young black girl, her lonely, drug-addicted mother, a hip, dangerous professional and a Hasidic couple wrestling with the their loveless marriage. THE WIFE's dynamic characters experience sadness yet their fearful societal standards prevent them from human connection and healing their wounds. THE WIFE's controversial LA Premiere lands at the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2014 in the intimate Asylum Lab June 5-29 under the direction of Co-Artistic Director Sabina Ptasznik. Based on the myth of Jason and Medea, MEDEA offers one of Greek Literature's most infamous and complicated leading ladies as she struggles with abandonment and betrayal. Director Caitlin Hart adapts the text to highlight and explore magic, Medea's relationship with her children and the inherent spectacle of the play. MEDEA seduces audiences Oct. 11- Nov 2 at Studio/Stage in Hollywood. TACTICAL READS discovers promising, un-produced plays by female playwrights and pairs them with female directors to further develop the material - culminating in staged readings and talkbacks with the female artists. TACTICAL READS plays every other month at different venues across the city. Next up is Rachel Skytt's new play about the world's mourning of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson IS DEAD (HEE-HEE), at Theater Asylum on January 26th at 7pm. RITUALS attack the stage on Saturday, April 12th for a happening NOT TO BEMISSED. Prepare to laugh, cry and cheer as series of brand spanking new and diverse plays created WITHIN 24 HOURS are presented one time only by a group of inspired actors, directors and playwrights. This romp of an evening is rounded out with wine, food, newfriends, and a treasure chest of costumes for the crowd- pleasing RITUALS photo booth. The Vagrancy's writer's group includes Los Angeles's most promising emerging playwrights: Boni B. Alvarez (DALLAS NON-STOP, Critic's Pick- LA TIMES), Chelsea Sutton (THE DEAD WOMAN - Semi-Finalist for the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference), Annette Lee (Edna & Yushan Han Scholarship), Donald Jolly (BONDED - Ovation Nomination Best Playwriting), and Cort Brinkerhoff. Their 5 new plays developed with The Vagrancy will receive full staged readings with captivating audience talkbacks on July 19th & 20th in BLOSSOMING, a new play reading series. The Vagrancy is a bold and daring Los Angeles-based theatre company. The Vagrancy creates visceral work that seeks to touch the human spirit. Caitlin Hart and Sabina Ptasznik, Co-Artistic Directors; Jordan Scovel, Company Manager; Cort Brinkerhoff, Literary Manager; Andie Bottrell, Social Media Director; Jeremy Mascia, Resident Graphic Designer; Karina Wolfe, Public Relations; Steve Madar; Literary Manager Assistant; Anne Butler, Education Partner; Nina Harada, Chamberpot Editor; Stephanie O'Neil, Tactical Reads Associate Producer.