MADlab 2017 First Look Reading Series

MADlab 2017 First Look Reading Series

MADlab made possible through generous support from: MODEL MINORITY by Chloe Hung Dramaturg: Trey Nichols Director: Chuma Gault Cast: Mia Danelle, Arvin Lee, Devere Rogers, Anne Yatco, Julian Yuen Four sheltered Chinese-American teens want to perform an original rap song for their church’s talent show but none of them know how to DJ. When an… Continue Reading

Apocalypse Play

Apocalypse Play

by Cory Hinkle

It’s the end of the world in Los Angeles. Well, everywhere, but definitely in Los Angeles, where Jane is stuck in a cramped apartment turned shelter with her ex, Chip. Continue Reading

Burners

Burners

by Terence Anthony

The future. A resistance movement has risen to fight for the rights of the poor, and their most powerful weapons are humans that have been genetically engineered to become living bombs: BURNERS. Continue Reading

The Kill-or-Dies

The Kill-or-Dies

By Meghan Brown

When Maggie calls in a favor, shut-in Chelsea can’t say no. Besides, how hard is it to switch bags with a stranger at the bar, especially when you don’t know what’s inside? Continue Reading

Viral

Viral

by Mac Rogers

A woman googles “painless suicide” and finds the people who will help her end her life – if she’ll let them film it. Continue Reading

The Gun Show

The Gun Show

by EM Lewis

From a farming community in rural Oregon to the big cities of Los Angeles and New York, playwright EM Lewis takes aim at her own relationship with firearms in The Gun Show. Continue Reading

Things Being What They Are

Things Being What They Are

By Wendy MacLeod

As Bill readies a new condo for him and his soon-to-arrive wife, he gets an unexpected visit from their new neighbor, Jack. What follows is a sharp comedy about the lives we dream of having versus the lives we end up living. Continue Reading

EM Lewis: Works In Progress

EM Lewis: Works In Progress

by EM Lewis

Moving Arts welcomed resident artist EM Lewis back to L.A. and presented a weekend event featuring two new works: a reading of a play in progress and a workshop presentation. Continue Reading

Fathers at a Game

Fathers at a Game

By Trey Nichols

In Fathers at a Game fantasy and reality collide with deadly force. Moe and Eddie are two buddies watching their sons play football. Or are they? Continue Reading

The Size of Pike

The Size of Pike

By Lee Wochner

To sit behind a desk is to “check your nuts at the door” according to Rod, who views his friends’ ability to adapt to the changing world around them as tantamount to treason. When in the wake of Rod’s father’s death, his best friend Fetcher opts for a weekend at Lake Jamaica with the country club set instead of their annual fishing trip to Lake Fred, strong bonds forged in adolescence threaten to break. Caught in the middle, third-wheel John must choose sides: Rod’s, Fetcher’s or his own. Continue Reading

ASAP Fables at The Hollywood Fringe Festival

ASAP Fables at The Hollywood Fringe Festival

As part of The Hollywood Fringe Festival, Moving Arts presented their new, site-specific creation, “ASAP Fables.” This family-friendly event featured the performance of five absurdly impossible and original fables, all of which were created… as soon as possible. Continue Reading

The Mosaicwonderland Project part I

The Mosaicwonderland Project part I

In collaboration with Mosaicwonderland and artist/owner Kimberly Jordan, Moving Arts presents a collection of original scenes and monologues inspired by the mosaics and paintings in Ms. Jordan’s current exhibition. Continue Reading

The Car Plays: L.A. Stories

The Car Plays: L.A. Stories

Conceived by Paul Nicolai Stein

The Car Plays: L.A. Stories returned in June, 2011 at Radar L.A., the International Festival of Contemporary Theatre. The Car Plays examines what transpires in vehicles and gives theater patrons a voyeuristic view inside the diverse array of these moments and lives. Continue Reading

South Bridge

South Bridge

By Reginald Edmund

In 2010, Moving Arts blew away Last Frontier Theatre Conference audiences with the performance of Blood and Thunder, and in 2011 we returned to the Mainstage in Alaska with a staged reading of South Bridge by Reginald Edmund. Continue Reading

LIGATURE: an evening of five short plays

LIGATURE: an evening of five short plays

These premiere plays (3 World Premieres, 2 West Coast Premieres) explore the ties that bind us and the decisions we make to change our lives. Some comedic, some tragic; all five plays are bold and express an emerging playwright’s unique theatrical voice. Continue Reading

Blood and Thunder

Blood and Thunder

By Terence Anthony

Set in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, “Blood and Thunder” tells the story of Marcus, a con artist whose latest plan to ride out the hurricane in his Lower 9th Ward apartment is interrupted by an unwanted visitor, forcing him to face both the flood waters and the ghosts of his past. Continue Reading

The Car Plays 2009

The Car Plays 2009

Conceived by Paul Nicolai Stein

The Car Plays 2009. The Car Plays examines what transpires in vehicles and gives theater patrons a voyeuristic view inside the diverse array of these moments and lives. Continue Reading

Song of Extinction

Song of Extinction

By EM Lewis

Max, a musically gifted high school student, is falling off the edge of the world and his biology teacher is the only one who’s noticed. SONG OF EXTINCTION is a play about the science of life and loss, the relationships between fathers and sons, Cambodian fields, Bolivian rainforests and redemption. Continue Reading

Hard As Nails

Hard As Nails

By Jon Osbaldeston

In a world where love can be the ultimate terrorist, Hard as Nails tells the story of Bunty, a manicurist and aspiring singer; Shyla, an HIV counselor; and Jennifer, a senior executive of a major drug company. Continue Reading

Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake)

Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake)

By Sheila Callaghan

It’s Christmas, and a year has passed since the untimely death of Janice’s father. Struggling to cope, Janice is holding spiteful conversations with her dolls, and Mother is suffering from panic attacks, with only her baking skills to keep her busy. In their deteriorating Apartment that incessantly begs for repairs, their only comforts are visitations from their respective celebrity crushes — Justin Timberlake and Harrison Ford. Continue Reading

The Absence of Weather

The Absence of Weather

By Ken Urban

In May 1949, James Forrestal, President Truman’s Secretary of Defense, attempts suicide and his wife commits him to the Bethesda Naval Hospital. The architect of cold-war paranoia fears that Russians have not only infiltrated the highest ranks of the U.S. government, but are hiding in the bushes outside his home. Continue Reading

The Million Bells of Ocean

The Million Bells of Ocean

By Edward Mast

Set in a provocatively surreal arena, The Million Bells of Ocean is the strange and compelling story of one man’s journey to visit his brilliant, dying father. Continue Reading

Busted Jesus Comix

Busted Jesus Comix

By David Johnston

The play originally premiered as part of escape / artists: Moving Arts 2002 Premiere One-Act Festival. But we loved it so much, we just had to do it one more time! Busted Jesus Comix has an almost entirely new cast of talented Moving Artists who, under Julie Briggs’ astute direction, have brought the show to new heights! Continue Reading

Impostors

Impostors

By Justin Warner

How well do you really know your family? Impostors is a dark comedy that explores what binds us to our loved ones, even when we aren’t certain who they are anymore. A poorly timed left turn changes everything for the Delanceys, whose suburban life in west Philadelphia was, if not idyllic, at least predictable. Continue Reading