Now Extended through February 25th
"1 to 10?"
In LA - in life - it's all about where you're at!
A New Play by Max Riley
From the Original Release:
"1 to 10?" In LA - in life - it's all about where you're at! Set in an Equity Waiver theatre in Los Angeles, "1 to 10?" is not really so much a play about theatre, as it is a play about people wholove theatre. Three individuals who come together based on that mutual premise.
For old school Artistic Director Sydney McCormack, theatre is a sort of personal religion; and the fear of its demise is matched only by her personal demons. With that in mind, her best friend and right-hand production manager, Ross, attempts to find a "parishioner" who might take up the mantle; a young protégé Assistant and recent Yale Grad, Ericka Hunter.
As more and more Theatre Companies in Los Angeles lose their homes, fight for funding and struggle to find audiences, it becomes even more critical that we examine our love for, and relationship to, Theatre. "1 to 10?" doesn't offer answers, it simply asks questions. Can the old protocols of theatre be passed on? Can a new artistic generation hold true to those ideals while making them their own; and do they want to? Can the fears, passions, dreams and desires of three people in a City of over 3 ½ million make a difference or matter? For these three individuals, exploring the questions is the journey that writes the script.
PRODUCTION RUN: Now extended through Sunday, February 25th, 2007 . Show times are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. Show will be dark February 2-4 due to an actor filming conflict.
REVISED PAY WHAT YOU CAN PERFORMANCE DATES: Sunday, January 28th, 2007
SHOW TIMES: Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 2:00 p.m.
TICKET PRICES: $15 for all shows. Group & Senior discounts are available.
Students (with valid ID) - Half price Friday and Sunday performances.
DIRECTED BY: Macario Gaxiola
CAST: Alice Ensor, Jim O'Heir and Amy Rilling
THEATRE: 804 North El Centro , Hollywood , California , two blocks North of Melrose, One Block East of Vine
THOUGHTS ON THEATRE:
Arthur Miller wrote on discussing theatre that "the problem is not that people can't write plays an ym ore, the problem is that audience's relationship to the theatre has dribbled away.We are a kind of church. And if the parishioners are no longer interested in that church, you know what happens. It becomes a garage or a grocery store".
In 1997, Guest Editor Gabrielle Idlet, wrote in the National Forum that:
"We live in a time defined by the language of discovery. We are told of an emerging technological frontier, and imagine or dread or try to comprehend its possibilities. And as we are urged to reach beyond our bodies for answers, the questions of our lives become increasingly inescapable. Arguably, we need our artists today more than ever: to ensure that virtual experiences do not replace actual ones; to confront us not only with what we can manipulate, but with what makes us uncomfortable; to keep us in relationship to one another."
Playwright August Strindberg suggests that theatre and religion are two major casualties of modern civilization: "theatre, like religion, is on the way to being discarded as a dying form..."
On being asked his reason for writing plays Tennessee Williams responded. "Define it as the passion to create, which is all we know of God." In other words, the dramatic impulse (in its rawest and purest form) is the deepest instinct that we know and our strongest response to life itself - it is a religious impulse.