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The Matrix Theatre
Between N. Spaulding and N. Stanley 7657 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90046
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6 stars
attended Jun 08 2012

A beautifully written play that exacts complete absorption, with both tears and laughter, from the audience. Profoundly moving in it's exploration of incarceration and mental illness. The acting was superb, especially by those portraying the...continued

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attended Jun 24 2012

Loved it. Took my daughter and she loved it too. Would highly recommend. Great acting. Nice little theater. My only complaint is that buzzer. They could turn that down about 5 decibels and still be effective. Every actor did his part to make...continued

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87 reviews
179 stars
attended Jun 08 2012

Well written and acted production of a serious and thought provoking subject. We were furtunate to attend the Q&A after the production. I was most impressed with the writter and how he came to writing this play. I will look for his future work.

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See the reviews from Goldstar members of a previous production of Cages_.
This intense drama shows a side of psychology that few have ever experienced…This production is highly recommended. —
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Cages is entertaining and well-rounded with a largely capable cast, engaging script, excellent staging, and insightful direction. —
Cages is a brilliantly acted and truthfully written drama — a cry from the heart of the dark prison world of the mentally ill.  —


Playwright Leonard Manzella first enjoyed a busy career as an American-born leading man in the Italian film industry from 1968 to 1983, a period during which he worked with Marcello Mastroianni, Laura Antonelli, Rossano Brazzi, Klaus Kinski, and other greats. Returning to the U.S., Manzella opted for a career change and trained as a psychodramatist under the tutelage of renowned psychologist-criminologist  Dr. Lewis Yablonsky. Manzella earned a Master’s Degree in social work from USC in 1989 and has since been a practicing psychotherapist. His play Cages is based upon his work treating mentally ill inmates in a California penal facility.            

Cages was originally developed in the Robey Playwrights Program.            

One of Los Angeles’ most highly regarded directors, Jon Lawrence Rivera, helms Cages. His most recently acclaimed productions include Bonded (2012 GLAAD  Award nominee), The Sonneteer, Calligraphy, Ruby, Tragically Rotund, and Oedipus El Rey. There’s many, many more in Rivera’s remarkably prolific career. Nominated five times for the Ovation Award, he is the founding artistic director of Playwrights’ Arena.            

The cast for Cages includes the talents of (in alphabetical order): Steve Apostolina, William Stanford Davis, Daniel V. Graulau, Sasha Higgins, Matt Kirkwood, Jemal McNeil, John Nielsen and Wiley B. Oscar.