Dysnomia: Modern Family Comedy About Coming Out
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One of the most sacred taboos in theater is broken when mime and spoken word unite in Human Identity, a solo show from Christopher Vened. A star of Henryk Tomaszewski's world-famous Wroclaw Pantomime Theater, Vened was the toast of the Eastern European theater scene until he daringly defected while on tour in the West. In the decades since, he's become an influential force in the worlds of performance and training, writing a key textbook and teaching at UCLA. Funny, inventive and eye-opening, his latest piece of "monodrama theatre" is nothing less than a quest to figure out the meaning of human identity. Learn More
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Featured review from Mia Forbes
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What an excellent script/production/performance by such a young playwright - Marja-Lewis is a star. All actors were convincing, but "Sam" spoke and moved in such a way that it was simply real life. And what a wise, warm, funny person she was/is, I'd bet.
The f-word is used a lot yet dealt with in such a way that I could take my own 15-yr-old son (who is sooo much like John it hurt) and not have to lecture him about it afterwards - Sam takes care of that.
Take your partner, teenagers, girlfriends, but go see this play - it's been extended well into September for good reason.
Quotes & Highlights
- Dysnomia is Ovation Recommended!
- " A script that strikes just the right balance between darkness and light, and is also refreshingly forthright. Cast performances are equally fine under Anthony Frisina's direction." --LA Weekly (Go!)
- "Fresh and invigorating. Director Anthony Frisina elicits sensitive work from a finely calibrated ensemble.” --Backstage (Critic's Pick!)
- "Playwright Marja Lewis-Ryan demonstrates great acuity...portrayed with lump in the throat believability.” --Los Angeles Times
- "It grabs you by the throat and shakes you furiously refusing to let go until the very last word is uttered." --reviewplays.com (Pick of the Week)
- "A wonderfully rich script that plays with great authenticity ... Enthralling performances, which are both engaging and vulnerable, easily leading this ensemble through in an elegant, sensitive piece." --lasplash.com
by Marja-Lewis Ryan
Directed by Anthony Frisina
Meet the Wentworth Family:
Mary, a suburban working mother who likes her husband, but hates his hands, loves her kids, but recognizes that her parenting skills are amiss, and doesn’t have a word for how she’s been feeling lately; Henry, a straight laced, workaholic type who insists that a book club could breathe some new life into his wife’s routine; John, a fifteen year old who is best known for his delinquent antics at school, including the time he got suspended for jumping out of the first floor window during math class; Jodi, the self-described perfect child.
Meet the Flynn Family:
Carol, a wine-guzzling trophy wife on a permanent vacation, who constantly (despite any evidence whatsoever) thinks that her husband has been unfaithful; Scott, a simple, dry humored roll-with-the-punches type; Samantha, Scott’s daughter from his first marriage, a 22-year-old at Smith college who is as comfortable with herself as the adults ought to be.
Dysnomia chronicles the chaos that ensues when Mary Wentworth finally finds the word that describes how she’s been feeling. It isn’t bored. It isn’t lonely. It isn’t apathetic. It’s gay. The word is gay.
The show stars theatre, film and television veterans: Heidi Sulzman, Jessie Warner, Trevor H. Olsen, Isabella Palmieri, Monroe Makowsky, and Marja-Lewis Ryan.