Theater at the Museum

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We are very excited to exhibit nine World Premiere plays, inspired by and performed among the galleries at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. This exclusive LACMA members-only night takes place in November, so if you are a member, be on the lookout for this unique, immersive night of theater!

Early Birds

By Dana Schwartz
Directed by Elizabeth Swain

A heartwarming, irreverent comedy about two senior women, each at a crossroads, both escaping their past on a high-seas cruise. Together, they realize their strengths and celebrate their weaknesses, and understand that it's never too late for a new friend or a new adventure.

A Lesson In Swimming

By Michael Shutt
Directed by Diana Wyenn

Every Stroke is Different. As Michael fights his way back to life after a series of inexplicable strokes, he discovers that his best chance of survival lies in the hands of his octogenarian blind and deaf parents, a show tune-singing physical therapist, and a Great White Shark named Bruce.

Apple Season

By E. M. Lewis
Directed by Darin Anthony

Lissie returns to her family’s land after many years. A chance encounter with an old flame conjures memories she thought she’d escaped long ago. This striking new play explores family, desire, and whether to confront the tangled past — or burn it to the ground.

BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!)

By Jami Brandli
Directed by Darin Anthony

It’s 1960 and America is in the midst of a civil upheaval. But in North Orange, NJ, an immaculate suburb with all the trappings of a prosperous, modern society: afternoon tea parties, electric appliances, and JELL-O!

Apocalypse Play

By Cory Hinkle
Directed by Darin Anthony

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.


By Terence Anthony
Directed by Sara Wagner

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.

The Kill-or-Dies

By Meghan Brown
Directed by Darin Anthony

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?


By Mac Rogers
Directed by Darin Anthony

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

The Gun Show

By EM Lewis
Directed by Darin Anthony

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.

Things Being What They Are

By Wendy MacLeod
Directed by Darin Anthony

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.

EM Lewis: Works In Progress

By EM Lewis
Directed by Darin Anthony

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.

Fathers at a Game

By Trey Nichols
Directed by Vesna Hocevar

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?

The Size of Pike

By Lee Wochner
Directed by Sara Wagner

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.

Meet Me at the Metro III - Paranormal Communications Specialist

By Terence Anthony
Directed by Dana Schwartz

Meet Me @ Metro (M3-III), Watts Village Theater Company’s third annual celebration of transit and the performing arts, featured “Paranormal Communications Specialist” by Moving Arts. Audience members rode the Metro Gold Line and ventured into East Los Angeles to discover its unique history and culture.

ASAP Fables at The Hollywood Fringe Festival

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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.

The Mosaicwonderland Project part II

By Terence Anthony Donna Buckles Jeanette Farr Trey Nichols Dana Schwartz
Directed by Vesna Hocevar

The MosaicWonderland Project is part of an ongoing Moving Arts’ project that explores the relationship between visual and performance arts.

The Mosaicwonderland Project part II

By Dana Schwartz Trey Nichols Jason Duplissea Steve Lozier Meghan Gambling
Directed by Sara Wagner Julie Briggs Jason Duplissea

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.

South Bridge

By Reginald Edmund
Directed by Sara Wagner

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.

LIGATURE: an evening of five short plays

By Rachel White Paul Bowman John Orlock Ross Tedford Kendall Josh Galitsky
Directed by Vesna Hocevar Ross Kramer Sara Wagner Jason Duplissea Terence Anthony

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.

Blood and Thunder

By Terence Anthony
Directed by Sara Wagner

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.

15th Annual Premiere One-Act Festival

By Steve Lozier Emily Martin Michael Erickson D.T. Arcieri Lee Wochner Stacey Leigh Miller Trey Nichols
Directed by Matthew McCray Joe Gill John Farrell Josh Galitsky Ross Kramer Libby Letlow Lee Wochner

In celebration of the fifteenth year of the festival, Moving Arts designed a variety of innovative programming and events.

Song of Extinction

By EM Lewis
Directed by Heidi Helen Davis

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.

Hard As Nails

By Jon Osbaldeston
Directed by Paul Nicolai Stein

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.

Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake)

By Sheila Callaghan
Directed by Larry Biederman

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.

The Absence of Weather

By Ken Urban
Directed by Mark Seldis

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.

The Winner’s Circle: 12th Annual Premiere One-Act Festival

By Susan Miller Rosemary Frisino Toohey Matt Casarino Phillip William Brock Chris Leavins
Directed by Ronnie Clark Tina Polzin Lanny Lighthill Michael David Paul Nicolai Stein

The West Coast premieres of five one-act plays. From over 300 submissions from all over the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Europe, we chose what we thought to be ‘the best’ to share.

The Million Bells of Ocean

By Edward Mast
Directed by Kimberly Glann

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.

Busted Jesus Comix

By David Johnston
Directed by Julie Briggs

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!


By Justin Warner
Directed by Nikki Hevesy

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.