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The Black Glass

The Black Glass

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The Black Glass“Bentham’s nightmare, well-enacted by the performers in Zimmerman’s choreographic staging and with the support of John Zalewski’s haunting sound design, is that of a doomed man trying to reckon with his multidimensional bankruptcy.”
LA WEEKLY

“Such an enigmatic, elliptical narrative risks leaving audiences bewildered but not edified. The Black Glass’ mystique instead casts a definite spell over its spectators.”
CREATIVE LOAFING (ATLANTA)

“The Black Glass” develops a surprisingly powerful poetry of tangled expectations…It isn’t so much a play as an abstract painting that uses theatrical action instead of brushstrokes: it invites that sort of contemplation and meditation.”
ARTSATL (ATLANTA)


“Los Angeles-based playwright Guy Zimmerman’s theatrical “exploded noir” makes its international debut in Berlin.”
EXBERLINER (BERLIN)

“The strongest thing I’ve seen in a Berlin theater.”
LIVEKRITIK.DE (BERLIN)

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The Fool & The Red Queen

The Fool & The Red Queen

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“The second play takes us inside the film being conjured in the first work. In the conjunction of the two works, handsomely staged with expert video support by Guy Zimmerman in tones both laconic and whimsical, the theme of genocide and a sadomasochistic relationship between the Red Queen (Julia Prud’homme in a viciously jocular turn) and her Fool (Bill Celentano, bursting with both intelligence and frustration at the capricious cruelty of his mistress) blend into a phantasmagoric vision of world history and contemporary L.A. that shoots darts of humor into its own despondency.”
Steven Leigh Morris (LA Weekly)

“With fine direction by Mednick and Guy Zimmerman and a noteworthy cast, the play is an intriguingly magical odyssey that may not suit everyone’s tastebuds, but which will certainly compel, entertain, and maybe even enlighten.”
Don Grigware (BroadwayWorld)

“The Fool and the Red Queen embodies the wonderful alchemy possible when a lifetime of craft is mixed with a still youthful experimentation with form.”
Anthony Byrnes (KCRW)

“An indefatigable gadfly, Mednick has been flying in the face of theatrical convention since the 1960s. Judging from this defiantly offbeat effort, custom has not staled his infinite variety.”
F. Kathleen Foley (LA Times)

“If the celebration of the power of poetic logic sounds like something exciting to you, go see Mednick’s play. It truly is a delight for the mind.”
Gala Chausson (LifeInLA)

“The Fool and the Red Queen, which opened May 19 and runs through June 24th as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival is a wonderful amalgam of theater, poetry and (if you are so inclined and willing to go with it a bit) therapy that deserves more than one viewing. I have seen it twice so far and plan to see it again.”
James Eliopulos (The Los Angeles Beat)

“Both plays, “Gary’s Nightmarish Audition” and the “The Fool and the Red Queen” relate to one another in such subtle but powerfully intrinsic ways that one can view these as a conversation between shifting realities and the artistic process.”
M.R. Hunter (EyeSpyLA)

“The Fool and the Red Queen” is a sinfully smart show written with poetry and passion, perfectly produced, and presenting its audience with fifty pounds of “wow” in a ten pound bag.”
Ernest Kearney (Working Author)

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Girl on a Bed (Film)

In Girl on a Bed a young drug user, Danny Boy (Andy Hopper), wakes to find himself in a room with the body of a girl who has died of a heroin overdose. This is Laura (played by Niamh McCormally) a sensitive and intelligent American teen. To Danny’s horror, he recognizes Laura from a pornographic movie that was playing on the TV earlier. Frightened into sobriety, Danny tells his father (Gary) the harrowing story of the girl. A few days later Danny himself is shot dead in a local park, apparently at random. The deaths of these two young people send Gary (Christopher Allport) on a search for meaning across a sun-drenched Southern California landscape haunted by ghosts.

Using innovative staging, photographic and editing techniques, and a talented ensemble of actors, director Guy Zimmerman gives playwright Murray Mednick’s evocative text visceral impact. The movie features unique production design by Jeffrey Atherton, who also works closely with D.P. Scott Galinsky to bring Gary’s inner world to life on screen. Cutting-edge editor Jed Parker completes the creative team. Girl on a Bed was produced by Guy Zimmerman and T Keaton-Woods.

Girl on a Bed

Original Music composed by: Don Preston

Additional music by: Arvo Part, Olivier Messiaen, Martha Mooke, Inara George,
Thee Eyes and Oliver Future

CAST

Gary: Christopher Allport
Laura: Niamh McCormally
Danny: Andy Hopper
Rondell: Hugh Dane
Antonio: David Carrera
Marcia/Gloria/Mrs. Williams: Shannon Holt
Dr. Jones: Gray Palmer
Monica: Shawna Casey
Charles: Jack Kehler
Rena: Devon Carson

CREW

Written by: Murray Mednick
Directed by: Guy Zimmerman
Produced by: Guy Zimmerman & T Keaton-Woods
Line Producer/Production Manager: Dayla Corcoran
1st AD: Leslie Kyle Becker
Director of Photography: Scott Galinsky
Director of Photography: Jeffrey Atherton
1st AC: Michael Kershner
2nd AC: Adam Instefjord
Production Designer: Jeffrey Atherton
Sound Mixer: Mondo Vila
1st Boom Operator: Craig Wade
2nd Boom Operator: Hector Quevedo
Additonal Sound Mixing: Robert Oriol
Gaffer: Ignacio “Nacho” Trujillo
Key Grip: Daniel Cutroneo
Grip: John Toom
Grip: Lance Oyabu
Script Supervisor: Rosalyne A. Smith
Costume Designer: Erin Farrell
Asst Costumer: Chad McNutt
Make-Up Artist/Hair Stylist: Amy L. Forsythe
Properties Mistress: Kathryn L. Bucher
Properties Coordinator: Marta Jennings
RP Playback Supervisor: William John Sims
Editor: Jed Parker
Graphics and Titles: La Mer Walker
Key Set PA: Devon Carson
Rear Projections Editor: Kathleen Abing
Production Assistant: Edward Schlesinger
Steadicam Operator: Jon Myers S.O.C.
Stills: Neil A. France
Strike Crew: Joe Wolf
Evan Pesses
David Gamble
Catering by: John Woodard Catering

“Fratres” by Arvo Part
Performed by Don Preston and Harry Scorzo

“Praise Eternity” by Olivier Messiaen
Performed by Don Preston and Harry Scorzo

“Drifting” and “Winds of Arden”
Written and Performed by Martha Mooke

“No Poem” and “Everybody Knows”
Written and Performed by Inara George

“Nice Nice Nice”
Written and Performed by Thee Eyes

“Slow Down Slow Down”
Written and Performed by Oliver Future

Music Supervisor: Jed Parker

Special thanks to Norbert Weisser and Morgan Weisser.

Special Thanks also
Will Urie, David “Bubba” Jarrell, Robert Sharp, Reece Glover, Payton Ewing, Alicia Hoge, Jason Adams, Tom Robertson, Screen Actors Guild, Kish of Kish Optics, Steve Melton, Joan Zierler, Joel Shapiro, Miranda Morton Yap, Aletia Ferreira, Ken Wolf, Jenny Bright, Michael Hacker, The Electric Lodge, Neil A. France, Michael Plesh, Neil Hurwitz, Bega Metzner, Keegan Shea, Steve Anker, Mark Litwak, Kathleen Abing, Matt and Jason at the ATO House.

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WinterFest 2012

WinterFest 2012Winterfest 2011 is the latest in a series of projects back through 2008 marking Padua Playwrights ongoing collaboration with LADAD Space and the downtown arts community. To one degree or another each of these productions has been an exploration of the possibilities for artistic cross-pollination between playwrights, visual artists and musicians. Looking forward we hope to focus and deepen these explorations in the years ahead as part of the downtown arts community and, hopefully, also as a part of an actual community arts center – an arts “incubator” – in the arts district. By attending these events, the public joins in this collaborative effort at its most crucial focal point, providing invaluable feedback and inspiration.

Guy Zimmerman
Artistic Director
Padua Playwrights

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Beneath the Dusty Trees – The Gary Plays

Beneath the Dusty TreesBy Murray Mednick
Introduction by Guy Zimmerman

The Gary Plays are an octet of plays portraying economic and spiritual distress in the contemporary urban wilderness of Los Angeles. The series was inspired by a friend of the playwright whose son died in a drug deal gone wrong under the “dusty trees” of the San Fernando Valley. The series begins as Gary, an unemployed actor down on his luck, visits the park where his son was shot, apparently at random. Struggling with murderous rage, he is joined by two “choral” figures, internalized voices that re-enact painful memories and goad him toward a moment of surrender. Each of the subsequent Gary Plays explores different aspects of this core relationship – Gary and his “chorus” – Mednick exploring the full range of theatrical possibilities opened by this modernist resurrection of the classical Greek chorus.

“A staging of “The Gary Plays,”…is one of the most engaging and ambitious local theater events of the past few seasons…. Mednick’s Gary is a sort of L.A. Leopold Bloom… The Los Angeles River may be a mere trickle compared to the River Liffey, but “The Gary Plays” surge with a desire to find—in the seemingly mundane wanderings of one man—the very soul of a city.”

—James C. Taylor, KCRW Theatre Talk

“A playwright’s playwright…Mednick has spent his career at the forefront of avant-garde theater.”

—Sandra Ross, LA Weekly

“Mednick’s characters lean fully into their own confusion, in search of transformation, and these plays, from the middle of his career, embrace the idea that theater, like poetry or music, is meant to inspire those it engages.”

—Guy Zimmerman, Artistic Director, Padua Playwrights

Padua Playwrights Press
Distributed by Theatre Communications Group, New York
ISBN 0-9630126-8-1
$16.95

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Fever Dreams: Recent Work From Padua

Fever Dreams: Recent Work From PaduaFever Dreams: Recent Work From Padua
Introduction by Guy Zimmerman

Resurrected in 2001 by artistic director Guy Zimmerman, Padua offers ten superb plays including work from the last nine seasons, 2001 through 2010. Included in the anthology:

Sissy Boyd – Liddy
Hank Bunker – The Interview
Heidi Darchuk – Hotel Bardo(t)
Murray Mednick – Clown Show for Bruno and Destruction of the 4th World
John Steppling – Phantom Luck and Spanish Angel
Sharon Yablon – The Empty Bed
Rita Valencia – A New World War
Guy Zimmerman – Head Trader and The Inside Job

“If Hollywood movies present to the world a picture of Los Angeles – of America, even — then the Padua playwrights (many of them working in television and film) present an anti-picture. They are a collective of wordsmiths who represent one of the city’s most authentic, legitimate theater voices…The Padua playwrights embody a true voice of L.A., as Steppenwolf embodies a voice of Chicago. The mythology Padua conjures, as a group, starts with Los Angeles as an emblem of vanity, hubris and celebrity. The invariable comedy comes, of course, from L.A.’s larger context in the scorching, blinding Mojave Desert, a no-man’s land with a grandeur that belittles would-be kings and actors with equally ferocious apathy.”

-Steven Leigh Morris, Theater Editor, LA Weekly

“Intense, language-based work that gives more weight to words than situation or plot.”

-Theatre.com

Padua Playwrights Press

Distributed by Theatre Communications Group, New York
ISBN 0-9630126-9-X
$18.95

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Plays for a New Millenium

Plays for a New Millenium“An ideal of theatre I’d never really experienced before or since.” – playwright Jon Robin Baitz on the Padua Festival.

This collection includes: Baby, Jesus! by Murray Mednick, 4-Way Mars by Murray Mednick, Dog Mouth by John Steppling, Wilfredo by Wesley Walker, Times Like These by John O’Keefe, G-Nome by Murray Mednick, Vagrant by Guy Zimmerman, The Wasps by Guy Zimmerman, and The Apple Juice Man by Sarah Koskoff.

Paperback 560pp ISBN 0 – 9630126 – 6 – 5 To be issued in the Winter of 2004

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Hipsters in Distress: Are You Lookin’? and Other Plays

Hipsters in Distress: Are You Lookin'? and Other PlaysHipsters in Distress: Are You Lookin? and Other Plays
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Are You Lookin’ and Other Plays Murray Mednick
Padua Playwrights Press

From the Introduction:
Shortly before his own death, the poet Czeslaw Milosz wrote a eulogy for Allen Ginsburg. Milosz praised Ginsburg’s courage, his willingness to live out extremities. “Great poet of the murderous century,” he writes, “who persisting in folly attained wisdom.” These plays by Murray Mednick speak to a similar persistence. They depict characters who lean fully into their own confusion, in search of transformation, and they embrace the seemingly foolish idea that theatre, like poetry or music, is first and foremost an art form, able to elevate those it engages. Playwrights coming of age in this new era of threat and dread will find these plays highly relevant, and this bodes well for their fate in the long term; what artists of the future find useful is what survives.

To call the protagonists of these plays “hipsters” is to link them to the American urban counterculture of the late 1950s. One way or another, Mickey of Are You Lookin?, Peter of Heads, Matt of Scar and the rest are fugitives from the era of Ginsburg and Burroughs, Miles Davis and Ornette Coleman, the pre-hippie era when cool was equal parts Eros and Thanatos. Their “distress” comes from a deep connection to states of anxiety, intense longing and regret that afflict and harry the soul. Seeking to liberate themselves from habitual stupidity, these characters tap into an awareness that assaults and disorients them. This awareness has an implacable quality, rendering their voices cruel or plaintive depending on whether they embody it, or serve as its object.

“A playwrights’s playwright Mednick has spent his career at the forefront of avant-garde theater.” – Sandra Ross, LA Weekly

This collection includes Are You Lookin’, Scar, Heads, Skinwalkers and Dictator.