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MUSIC AT THE ODYSSEY Celebrates The Puerto Rican Beat With Plenazao Tribe

Odyssey’s ‘Music at the Odyssey’ series celebrates the Puerto Rican beat with Plenazao Tribe. Experience a vibrant tapestry of traditional and contemporary Puerto Rican music, from plena to salsa, meringue, bomba, and reggaetón.


Gutsy and gonzo, this wild ride runs through November 5th at Odyssey Theatre

Review: BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA at Odyssey Theatre

Birds of North America Is a brilliantly well produced drama with a quiet, luminous, elegiac quality, at the Odyssey Theatre in West Los Angeles. With exquisite subtlety and sensitivity in the writing by award-winning playwright Anna Ouyang Moench, it chronicles the relationship of a father and daughter over the course of roughly a decade.

Interview: Arye Gross Watching BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA & More

The Los Angeles premiere of Anna Ouyang Moench’s Birds of North America opens September 23, 2023, at The Odyssey Theatre (with previews starting September 20th). Peter Richards directs this narrative of a father and daughter relationship with the cast of Arye Gross and Jacqueline Misaye. I got the chance to examine some of Arye’s views on Birds and his eventful theatrical career.

World Premiere of ELEPHANT SHAVINGS Extended at Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

Odyssey Theatre Ensemble has extended the world premiere Elephant Shavings through October 8. Learn how to purchase tickets.

Odyssey Theatre to Present L.A. Premiere of BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA Starring Arye Gross and Jacqueline Misaye

Experience the L.A. premiere of 'Birds of North America' at Odyssey Theatre, starring Arye Gross and Jacqueline Misaye. Directed by Peter Richards, the play delves into the complex relationship between a father and daughter against the backdrop of nature and climate change.

Interview: OTE's Ron Sossi Carves Out Some ELEPHANT SHAVINGS & Lots More

Next up for the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, the world premiere of OTE’s Artistic Director Ron Sossi’s Elephant Shavings opening August 19, 2023 (with previews beginning August 16th). Ron directs his script with the cast of: Denise Blasor, Diana Cignoni, Jack Geren, Jeff LeBeau, Cameron Meyer and Giovanna Neilan. Ron took some time from his Odyssey multi-tasking to answer a few of my queries.

ELEPHANT SHAVINGS World Premiere to be Presented by Odyssey Theatre in August

Odyssey Theatre Ensemble will present “a lazy person’s guide to enlightenment” written and directed by Odyssey Theatre Ensemble artistic director Ron Sossi and set within the walls of West L.A.’s Odyssey Theatre complex.

Interview: Director John Farmanesh-Bocca On His Vision For PICNIC By William Inge

John Farmanesh-Bocca is a multi-award-winning physical theatre director, the Founding Artistic Director of both Not Man Apart - Physical Theatre Ensemble (2005-2015) and Shakespeare Santa Monica (2003-2014). Now he has shifted gears to go on a search for America by directing the sensual, passionate, and delightfully funny Pulitzer Prize winning play Picnic by William Inge, with his version featuring an entirely Black American cast. I decided to speak with him about his vision for presenting the quintessentially American play and the unique challenges faced while shifting gears from physical movement to character development.

Physical Theater Artist John Farmanesh-Bocca to Direct PICNIC at The Odyssey

Odyssey Theatre Ensemble will present a revival of Picnic, the sensual, passionate, and delightfully funny Pulitzer Prize-winning play by William Inge. Directed by multiple award winner John Farmanesh-Bocca (Tempest Redux, Lysistrata Unbound), performances will run March 25 through May 28 at the Odyssey Theatre in West L.A.

Odyssey Presents the U.S. Premiere of YAACOBI & LEIDENTAL Next Month

Odyssey Theatre Ensemble presents the U.S. premiere of Yaacobi & Leidental, a funny, provocative romp with music written by Israeli playwright Hanoch Levin and featuring songs by Alex Kagan.

Odyssey Theatre to Present 6th Annual, 6-Week DANCE AT THE ODYSSEY Festival

Odyssey Theatre Ensemble will kick off 2023 with its sixth annual Dance at the Odyssey festival, once again celebrating new and cutting edge contemporary dance in Los Angeles.

Odyssey Theatre to Present A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG in October

Odyssey Theatre Ensemble will present a compelling revival of Nichols’ semi-autobiographical dark comedy, directed by Ethan Maniquis. Public previews begin October 5. Performances will continue through November 21 at the Odyssey’s three-theater complex in West L.A.

Odyssey Theatre Ensemble to Present L.A. Premiere of Richard Eyre's Adaptation of Ibsen's GHOSTS in September

Odyssey Theatre Ensemble will present the Los Angeles premiere of an electrifying adaptation, by acclaimed British director Richard Eyre, of what may be Henrik Ibsen’s most controversial play. Directed by Bart DeLorenzo, Ghosts will kick off with two public previews on Sunday, Sept. 4 at 4 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 8 p.m.

Photos: Inside Look at Ron Sossi and the Odyssey Theatre Ensmeble's Production of WAKINGS!

Sleep, awakeness, psychosis, enlightenment, coma. How thin is the veil that separates them? Odyssey Theatre Ensemble artistic director Ron Sossi explores some of the many states of human awareness with an evening of short “mind excursions” by Harold Pinter with Robert Coover and Hermann Hesse. Collectively titled Wakings!, the metaphysical adventure begins Saturday, April 30, with performances continuing through June 5.

Odyssey Theatre Ensemble to Present the 5th Annual Dance at the Odyssey Festival

Odyssey Theatre Ensemble will present the fifth annual Dance at the Odyssey festival, a seven-week celebration of contemporary dance featuring new work by cutting edge companies and choreographers including L.A. Contemporary Dance Company; Primera Generación Dance Collective; choreographer Teresa Toogie Barcelo and more.

BWW Interview: Multi-Talented Actor Ron Bottitta on his roles in WAKINGS! at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

The ability to totally transform yourself into the physical, emotional and intellectual persona of another person so believably that audience members will see the character and not the actor is one of the most fascinating elements of live theatre to me. This is especially true for actors I follow, seeing them in several productions and always being surprised at the new person presented in front of me, often having nothing in common with the real personality of the actor. One such actor is Ron Bottitta, an English-born actor who has called the USA his home since 1980, who I spoke with about his characters in WAKINGS! at the Odyssey Theatre,

Odyssey Theatre Ensemble Explores States Of Consciousness With WAKINGS, April 23- June 5

Sleep, awakeness, psychosis, enlightenment, coma. How thin is the veil that separates them? Odyssey Theatre Ensemble artistic director Ron Sossi explores some of the many states of human awareness with an evening of short “mind excursions” by Harold Pinter with Robert Coover and Hermann Hesse. Collectively titled Wakings!, the metaphysical adventure begins Saturday, April 23, with performances continuing through June 5.

BWW Interview: NEA Four Artist John Fleck Is So ALIVE & Still Kicking Up A Storm

Performance artist John Fleck will present four live, work-in-progress performances of his musical cabaret/special event it’s alive, IT’S ALIVE! at the Odyssey Theatre starting September 18th. Had the chance to chat up this infamous NEA FOUR artist on his creativity, his patience in the makeup chair and his creative history with David Schweizer.

Julia Migenes Reprises LA VIE EN ROSE At The Odyssey

Her fans can't bear to say goodbye! Responding to popular demand, Grammy award-winning chanteuse Julia Migenes re-opens her farewell series of concert performances for five additional weeks. Join Migenes for this evening of French chansons by Edith Piaf, Charles Aznavour, Léo Ferre, Jacques Brel, Michel Legrand and others. Accompanied on piano by Victoria Kirsch and directed by Academy Award-nominated director Peter Medak. (All songs performed in French.)

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