Post-Global Warming Future in The Listener from Moxie Theatre
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One of the most beloved children's books of all time makes its way to the stage in the musical The Secret Garden. On a windswept moor in a lonely old house, a grieving widower and his sickly son spend their days lonely and lost, haunted by the ghosts of departed loved ones. Enter Mary, a sour young orphan who has lost her family to cholera and come to live with her uncle. She discovers a locked garden that's been left to grow wild and uncared for -- much like Mary herself. Her quest to find the key and restore the garden uncovers startling secrets and a family tragedy. With the help of her new friend Dickon and her cousin Colin, Mary brings new life to the garden and to her grief-stricken uncle. Presented by the award-winning California Youth Conservatory Theatre and directed by Shaun T. Evans, this magical musical is the perfect vehicle for CYC's cast of talented young actors and seasoned professionals. Enhanced by a beautiful and powerful score performed by a live orchestra, the musical version of this beloved story is a delight for audiences of all ages. 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" --<em>Oakland Tribune</em>
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.