Post-Global Warming Future in The Listener from Moxie Theatre
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Grammy-nominated pianist Mona Golabek pays moving tribute to her pianist mother -- a survivor of the Holocaust and the London Blitz -- in this hit concert drama directed by audience favorite Hershey Felder. Golabek, seated onstage at the piano, performs some of the world's most beloved piano music while sharing harrowing true tales of her mother's life. As a young Jewish pianist in 1938 Vienna, Golabek's mother, Lisa Jura, dreamt of a concert debut at the storied Musikverein concert hall. But when she was swept up in the Kindertransport to London in an attempt to be protected from the Nazi regime, everything about Jura's life was upended -- except her love of music. The Los Angeles Times calls The Pianist of Willesden Lane "an arresting, deeply affecting triumph." Learn More
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“Adams spins language like a juggler twirls chainsaws. What could be dangerous and lumbering becomes deft and surprisingly graceful” —Oakland Tribune
Al Gore was right—the planet was doomed! But humanity could not hear his warning. Now, generations later, earth has been junked and a band of “unfit” humans ekes out a meager existence among the remnants of the past. These residents of Junk City have created a dystopian society where everyone has a place and everyone follows the rules. The Listener’s job is to search for signs of life with the help of the sacred short-wave radio. When she is contacted by a visitor from New Earth (aka the moon) offering salvation, she has to make some decisions. Just which rules are worth breaking?
In this science-fiction play, the distinctive characters and satirical use of pop culture as semi-religious icons draw the audience into a sometimes horrific, sometimes funny, but always intriguing future.
Liz Duffy Adams (playwright) recently received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Award, the Frederick Loewe Award in Music-Theatre, and a Playground commission from Children’s Theater Company, Minneapolis. Plays include Neon Mirage (anthology play, Humana Festival 2006; published by Playscripts, Inc.); _Dog Act _(co-production, Shotgun Players and Playwrights Foundation, San Francisco; winner of the Will Glickman Award for Best New Play; Humana Festival Finalist; published in Theatre Bay Area magazine); Wet, or Isabella the Pirate Queen Enters the Horse Latitudes (Humana Festival Finalist, SPF workshop); One Big Lie; The Reckless Ruthless Brutal Charge of It, or The Train Play; A Wrinkle in Time; and more. Publications include Poodle with Guitar and Dark Glasses in Applause Books’ Best American Short Plays 2000-2001, numerous monologues and short plays in anthologies from Heinemann and Smith & Kraus, and several plays published by Playscripts, Inc.
Delicia Turner Sonnenberg (director) is a founder and Artistic Director of Moxie Theatre. She was recently awarded the Des McAnuff New Visions Award for her risk-taking leadership at Moxie Theatre and her body of work in 2006. Before Moxie, Delicia worked as Artistic Associate for San Diego Repertory Theatre as a part of the TCG’s New Generations Program: Future Leaders. Delicia was twice a recipient of the Van Lier Directing Fellowship in New York and is an alumna of the New York Drama League’s Directors Program. Some San Diego directing credits include Bluebonnet Court (co-pro with Diversionary Theatre), Rhubarb, The Treatment, Pulp (co-pro with Diversionary), Gibson Girl, Dog Act, and Kimberly Akimbo, all for Moxie; _Fences _for Cygnet Theatre; Miss Witherspoon, Intimate Apparel and Proof for San Diego REP; Fit to be Tied for Diversionary Theatre; _Hamlet _and Prelude to A Kiss for New Village Arts; Sophocles’ Antigone, Euripides’ Children of Heracles and Kimberly Akimbo for 6th @ Penn Theatre; and many plays for the Playwrights Project and Fritz Blitz.