West Coast Premiere of ELEVATOR by Michael Leoni to Play Hudson Guild, Closes 8/22


An 11:11 Experiment is thrilled to bring back, straight from its wildly successful run as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival, the west coast premiere of ELEVATOR, with original music by Mario Marchetti, written and directed by Michael Leoni (The Playground) and produced by Michelle Kaufer and Schoen Smith. ELEVATOR will open on Thursday, July 29 and perform through Sunday, August 22 at the Hudson Guild Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood.

Based on the original short film, "Someplace In Between," (an Official Selection of the 2009 LA Shorts Film Festival), ELEVATOR is a comedic examination into the human psyche. When seven strangers get stuck in an elevator, it's only a matter of time before the truth comes out.

A Female CEO, A Business Man, An Assistant, A Hot Girl, A Musician, A Maintenance Man and a Goth Girl; from the outside, we think we know who they are, don't we? Yet, when forced together, given nothing but four walls and each other, these archetypes prove to be anything but "typical." Their preconceived notions, stereotypes and judgments are challenged at every turn, as one by one they shed their masks and reveal their truths.

Laced with musical sequences, ELEVATOR is an unexpected coming-of-age story that asks the fundamental question: Who are you behind closed doors?


MICHAEL LEONI (Writer/Director) founder of An 11:11 Experiment, has always committed himself to creating exciting material that reaches beyond the scope of traditional entertainment, challenges an audience's beliefs, and motivates movement for positive change in our society. Starting his career in Boston, Michael directed Jesus Christ Superstar, Hair, Falsettos, and wrote and directed, Wanted, City of Dreams and Omerta. He was accepted to The Hartt Conservatory on a talent scholarship, left at 19 and relocated to New York City, where he wrote, directed, and produced Enigma and Deviants. Michael also directed This is Our Youth and the Off-Broadway run of LOUD, an original rock musical, which received local acclaim and gained several nominations at the NYC Fringe Festival.
In 2004 Michael made the move to Los Angeles and produced The Playground, a Rock Music-infused piece inspired by the lives of homeless kids and teenage runaways. Written and directed by Leoni, The Playground debuted on stage in Los Angeles and continued to run at least once a year for the next five consecutive years. It is now a feature film currently in development. To learn more about The Playground visit: theplaygroundmovie.com.
Michael has also wrote and directed the short films; Radford Rd., Deliver Us, Spare Some Change and Someplace In Between, an Official Selection in the 2009 LA Shorts Film Festival. He is currently in post-production on America Street Kid, a powerful, feature-length documentary that takes us onto the streets and into the real lives of America's homeless youth. Currently in development, Michael has two feature films, a television series and two stage musicals. Founder of the organization Spare Some Change, Michael created and launched an Artistic Mentoring Program which exposes street youth to the arts and motivates them to create change in their lives www.sparesomechangethemovement.com.

The cast of ELEVATOR includes Mikie Beatty, William Stanford Davis, Erica Katzin, Rachael Page, Karlee Rigby, Alex Rogers and Deborah Vancelette.

ELEVATOR features an award-winning design team. The scenic design is by David Goldstein. The lighting design is by Matthew Richter.


ELEVATOR will OPEN on THURSDAY, JULY 29 at 8pm and continue through SUNDAY, AUGUST 22 at the Hudson Guild Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd in Hollywood. The performance schedule is Thursdays & Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 3:00pm & 7:00pm. Tickets are $20 for all performances. For Tickets, please call (323) 960-7787 or visit www.plays411.com/elevator or visit wwwan1111experiment.com/elevator.

Related Articles

Los Angeles THEATER Stories | Shows  Like BWW LA  Follow BWW LA

From This Author BWW News Desk

Before you go...