BWW Review: Brenda Strong Stands Tall in LYSISTRATA UNBOUNDBWW Review: Brenda Strong Stands Tall in LYSISTRATA UNBOUND
by Ellen Dostal - Jun 11, 2018

John Farmanesh-Bocca directs the world premiere of a bracing new version of Eduardo Machado's LYSISTRATA UNBOUND, starring Brenda Strong (Supergirl, 13 Reasons Why) as Lysistrata, in a collaboration between Odyssey Theatre Ensemble and Not Man Apart - Physical Theatre Ensemble. First presented at the Getty Villa as part of its 2013 Lab Series, it was inspired by American anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan's efforts for peace following the death of her son in Iraq. With unflinching intensity, it examines the insurmountable cost of war and one woman's epiphany in the face of personal tragedy.  (more...)

Theatricum Opens 2018 Summer Season with Shakespeare's CORIOLANUSTheatricum Opens 2018 Summer Season with Shakespeare's CORIOLANUS
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2018

William Shakespeare'sCoriolanus, a tragedy based on the life of legendary Roman leader Caius Marcius Coriolanus, opens the summer season at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum on June 2. (more...)

Brenda Strong Stars in LYSISTRATA UNBOUND in Odyssey Theatre/Not Man Apart CollaborationBrenda Strong Stars in LYSISTRATA UNBOUND in Odyssey Theatre/Not Man Apart Collaboration
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2018

Odyssey Theatre Ensemble collaborates with Not Man Apart-Physical Theatre Ensemble to present the world premiere of Lysistrata Unbound, a new and unexpected dramatic version of the classic Greek story written by acclaimed playwright Eduardo Machado. NMA artistic director emeritus John Farmanesh-Bocca (Tempest Redux, Ajax in Iraq) directs June 9 through Aug. 4 at the Odyssey Theatre in West L.A. (more...)

NMA's PARADISE LOST: RECLAIMING DESTINY Adaptation to Play Greenway Court
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2017

Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble in association with Greenway Arts Alliance, present a movement adaptation of John Milton's eloquent epic poem, Paradise Lost. (more...)

NMA's PARADISE LOST: RECLAIMING DESTINY Adaptation to Play Greenway Court
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble in association with Greenway Arts Alliance, present a movement adaptation of John Milton's eloquent epic poem, Paradise Lost. (more...)

Theatricum Botanicum to Present TITUS ANDRONICUS, 7/30-10/1
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2016

How should a nation choose its leaders? What happens when a government insulates itself from the citizens it once served? These are some of the questions Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum explores with its staging of Shakespeare's earliest tragedy, a sensational and brutally shocking revenge drama. Ellen Geer directs Titus Andronicus, opening July 30 on Theatricum's outdoor stage in Topanga. (more...)

BWW Review: ROMEO AND JULIET Through the Lens of the Middle East by Way of Topanga Canyon
by Ellen Dostal - Jul 5, 2016

Not even a wall can keep these lovers apart. This particular wall happens to be in modern-day East Jerusalem and as Theatricum Botanicum's production of ROMEO AND JULIET commences, chaos ignites at a checkpoint that divides Israel and Palestine. It is a city that has seen struggle for thousands of years and for one Muslim boy named Romeo and one Jewish girl named Juliet, not even their innocence can change the course of this story. (more...)

Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble to Present AJAX IN IRAQ, 7/15-8/14
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

? Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble with new Co-Artistic Directors Jones Welsh,  Aaron Hendry and Laura Covelli, in association with the Greenway Arts Alliance and Producer Jason Bruffy, present the revival of their thrilling production of Ajax in Iraq, Ellen McLaughlin's edgy action drama set in U.S. occupied Iraq, as the first Resident Company production at the Greenway Court Theatre, opening on July 15 for a five-week run. (more...)

BWW Review: THE SUPERHERO AND HIS CHARMING WIFE Told Via Emotionally Expressive Physicality
by Shari Barrett - May 1, 2016

The premiere of THE SUPERHERO AND HIS CHARMING WIFE as presented by Not Man Apart, the amazing Physical Theatre Ensemble, was born from a dream in which heroes, villains, witches and a changing wife fill the stage with incredible athletic movement performed by a cast of ten. As are most dreams, it is an absurd and deeply philosophical hero story dramatized in the world of the graphic novel, an entertaining wild journey into our fear of the unknown told through emotionally expressive physicality.. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Not Man Apart's THE SUPERHERO AND HIS CHARMING WIFE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

A wonderfully absurd and deeply philosophical hero story dramatized in the world of the graphic novel, the premiere of THE SUPERHERO AND HIS CHARMING WIFE is an entertaining wild journey into our fear of the unknown. Presented by Not Man Apart-Physical Theatre Ensemble, written and directed by NMA associate artistic director Aaron Hendry and choreographed by Michelle Broussard, the show is currently running at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Not Man Apart-Physical Theatre Ensemble's THE SUPERHERO AND HIS CHARMING WIFE Opens Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2016

A wonderfully absurd and deeply philosophical hero story dramatized in the world of the graphic novel, the premiere of THE SUPERHERO AND HIS CHARMING WIFE is an entertaining wild journey into our fear of the unknown. Presented by Not Man Apart-Physical Theatre Ensemble, written and directed by NMA associate artistic director Aaron Hendry and choreographed by Michelle Broussard, opens at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica today, April 15. (more...)

Not Man Apart-Physical Theatre Ensemble to Present THE SUPERHERO AND HIS CHARMING WIFE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2016

A wonderfully absurd and deeply philosophical hero story dramatized in the world of the graphic novel, the premiere of THE SUPERHERO AND HIS CHARMING WIFE is an entertaining wild journey into our fear of the unknown. Presented by Not Man Apart-Physical Theatre Ensemble, written and directed by NMA associate artistic director Aaron Hendry and choreographed by Michelle Broussard, opens at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica on April 15. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY at Theatricum Botanicum
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2015

Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum continues its 2015 "Americana" season with August: Osage County, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play by Tracy Letts that unflinchingly - and uproariously - exposes the dark side of the Midwestern American family. Mary Jo DuPrey directs for a June 20 opening. (more...)

Theatricum Botanicum's AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY to Run 6/20-9/27
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2015

Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum continues its 2015 'Americana' season with August: Osage County, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play by Tracy Letts that unflinchingly - and uproariously - exposes the dark side of the Midwestern American family. Mary Jo DuPrey directs for a June 20 opening. (more...)

BWW Reviews: A Formidable Ellen Geer Becomes LEAR at Theatricum Botanicum
by Ellen Dostal - Jun 14, 2014

A frightening thing happens when a woman plays the title role in a gender-reversed King Lear; the betrayal and revenge between mother and sons takes on an added level of horror. What was already tragic to begin with, as originally written for a father and daughters, now feels even more threatening in the reverse. (more...)

Photo Flash: Theatricum Botanicum's LEAR, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2014

Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum kicks off its All-Shakespeare Summer Season in celebration of the Bard's 450th birthday with a gender-reversed Lear for the 21st century, opening tonight, Saturday, June 7 at 8 p.m. in the theater's spectacular outdoor amphitheater in Topanga Canyon. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Not Man Apart Addresses the Horrors of Warfare and its Aftermath in AJAX IN IRAQ
by Shari Barrett - May 24, 2014

Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble opens its 2014 season with a Los Angeles premiere of AJAX IN IRAQ by award-winning playwright Ellen Mclaughlin, directed and choreographed by NMA artistic director John Farmanesh-Bocca. The play intertwines the important and timely issue of sexual abuse against women in the military with the parable of the great warrior Ajax, which is said to be one of the first and oldest stories to openly portray the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. (more...)

LEAR & 'DREAM' to Open Theatricum's All-Shakespeare Season, 6/7-8
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2014

Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum kicks off its All-Shakespeare Summer Season in celebration of the Bard's 450th birthday with a gender-reversed Lear for the 21st century, opening on Saturday, June 7 at 8 p.m., and the return of the company's signature rendering of A Midsummer Night's Dream, with performances beginning Sunday, June 8 at 3:30 p.m. The two productions will continue to run in repertory through the end of Sept. in the theater's spectacular outdoor amphitheater nestled in a Topanga Canyon ravine, and will be joined later in the season by three additional mainstage offerings. (more...)

LA Premiere of AJAX IN IRAQ at Miles Memorial Playhouse to Run 5/8-6/1
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2014

Many female combatants in the U.S. Armed Services are subjected to intense sexual abuse, but remain quiet. Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble opens its 2014 season with a Los Angeles premiere directed by artistic director John Farmanesh-Bocca. Ajax in Iraq by award-winning playwright Ellen Mclaughlin opens at the Miles Playhouse in Santa Monica for a four-week run on May 8. (more...)

Photo Flash: Beau Bridges, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy and More in Theatricum's THE EXONERATED Reading
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2013

James Avery, Beau Bridges, Jamie Hector, Helen Hunt, Jason Isaacs, William H. Macy, Wendie Malick and Brent Spiner starred in a staged reading of Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen's acclaimed docudrama THE EXONERATED as the closing event of Theatricum Botanicum's 40th Anniversary Season on November 9. BroadwayWorld has photos from the reading below! (more...)

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