“Theatre in the Dark” – Odyssey Theatre – Press Release

The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble presents a unique theatrical experience - "Theatre in the Dark"



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Los Angeles, Calif. — September 27, 2012 — Darkness! Audience in the dark! Actors in the dark! No light! The *Odyssey Theatre Ensemble* presents the *world premiere* of */Theatre in the Dark/*/, /a unique theatrical experience made up of two separate evenings: “*DARK*” (opening *Oct*. *20*) and “*MORE DARK*” (opening *Nov*.*3*), with both evenings running in repertory through *December 16 *at the Odyssey Theatre in West Los Angeles.

What happens in a totally dark theater, the audience intimately involved with actors playing in front of and around them and by constantly changing spatial and aural perspectives utilizing voice, music and sound—and always anticipating the ever present potential of the unexpected?

“This is a fascinating experiment for everyone involved,” notes Odyssey Theatre artistic director *Ron Sossi* who oversees the production. “How do we create theater without our eyes, using only imagination? When I was a kid, I was enamored with radio; this production takes that idea and expands on it. With radio, we sit in the light while we listen. What will it be like to sit in the dark, together with the actors and 98 other audience members?”

/Theatre in the Dark /is an ambitious, two-evening festival featuring twelve actors, seven directors and thirteen playwrights. The acting  ensemble—*Alan Abelew*, *Jack Axelrod*, *Marcia Battise*, *Denise Blasor*, *Ron **Bottitta*, *Sheelagh Cullen*, *Jean Gilpin*, *Beth Hogan*, *Kristina Lloyd*, *Anna Nicholas*, *Cary Thompson* and *Terry Woodberry*—have rehearsed extensively with a team of directors that includes *Jeremy Aluma*, *Michael Arabian*, *David Bridel*, *Vesna Hocevar*, *Matthew McCray*, *Jamie Robledo* and *Ron Sossi*. Each of the two 90-minute evenings will be made up of twelve-to-fifteen short pieces, including original, commissioned plays by *Sheila Callaghan*, *Ernest* *Kearney*, *Lynn Manning*, *Anna Nicholas* and *Ron Sossi*; selections, adapted for the dark, from previously published work by *Friedrich Dürrenmatt*, *Dorothy Fortenberry*, *Will Hackner*, *Edgar Allen Poe*, *Danny Robins and Dan Tetsell*, *William Shakespeare* and *Matei Viesnec*; and new, *ensemble-devised* pieces developed as part of the rehearsal process.

“Part of this enormous undertaking has been the analysis of what kind of plays work well in the dark, and in what sequences they should be presented.” Sossi explains. “Other issues have been logistical: devising ways for the actors to find their way around the stage with no light, and making sure that the audience will remain comfortable and safe with the theater in complete darkness.”

Though utilizing completely different plays, the concept of presenting performances in a completely dark theater was pioneered by Battersea Arts Centre, which launched a wildly successful nine-week run as part of the 1998 London Fringe Festival. “A feast for the ears and rare workout for the imagination — theatre at its most potently intimate,” wrote London’s /The Independent On Sunday/.

Produced with support from *The* *James Irvine Foundation*, */Theatre in the Dark/* runs *October 20 *through*December 16*, with two evenings of short plays, “*DARK*” (opening *Saturday*, *Oct*. *20*) and “*MORE DARK*” (opening *Saturday*, *Nov*. *3*) performing in repertory. Performances take place on *Fridays *and *Saturdays *@ *8 pm*, *Sundays*@ *2 pm*, and on *select Wednesdays* and *Thursdays* @ *8 pm*. Tickets are *$25-$30*. The *Odyssey Theatre* is located at *2055 S*. *Sepulveda Blvd*., *West Los Angeles*, *90025*. For a complete performance schedule, call * (310) 477-2055 * or go to www.OdysseyTheatre.com.

*Details for Calendar Listings*
“*Theatre in the Dark*”

*WHAT:*
Darkness! Audience in the dark! Actors in the dark! No light! What happens in a totally dark theater, with the audience intimately involved with actors playing in front of and around them and by constantly changing spatial and aural perspectives utilizing voice, music and sound—and always anticipating the ever present potential of the unexpected? The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble presents the *world premiere* of */Theatre in the Dark/*/, /an unusual theatrical experiment made up of two separate evenings, “*DARK*” and “*MORE DARK*,” running in repertory. A most unique theater experience.

*WHO*:

* Plays by *Sheila Callaghan*, *Friedrich Dürrenmatt*, *Dorothy Forteberry*, *Will Hackner*, *Ernest Kearney*, *Lynn Manning*, *Anna Nicholas*, *Edgar Allen Poe*, *Danny Robins and Dan Tetsell*, *William Shakespeare*, *Ron Sossi* and *Matei Viesnec* * Directed in the dark by *Jeremy Aluma*, *Michael Arabian*, *David Bridel*, *Vesna Hocevar*, *Matthew McCray*, *Jamie Robledo* and *Ron Sossi* * Performed in the dark by *Alan Abelew*, *Jack Axelrod*, *Marcia Battise*, *Denise Blasor*, *Ron **Bottitta*, *Sheelagh Cullen*, *Jean Gilpin*, *Beth Hogan*, *Kristina Lloyd*, *Anna Nicholas*, *Cary Thompson *and***Terry Woodberry* * Produced in the dark by *Ron Sossi *and *Sally Essex-Lopresti* * Presented in the dark by the *Odyssey Theatre Ensemble*, /Ron Sossi
artistic director/

*WHEN:*
Previews Oct, 17-20 /(/”Dark”) & Oct. 31-Nov. 2 /(/”More Dark”/) *Performances*:**”*DARK*” opens *Oct*. *20 *and “*MORE DARK*” opens *Nov*. *3*, with both evenings running in repertory *through December 16* * *Wednesdays *@ *8 pm*: Oct. 17, 31; Nov. 14 only (no Wed. performance Oct. 24, Nov. 7, 21 or Dec. 5) * *Thursdays *@*8 pm*: Oct. 18, 25; Nov. 8, 29; Dec. 6, 13 only (no Thurs. performance Oct. 25, Nov. 15, 22) * *Fridays *@*8 pm*: Oct. 19, 26; Nov. 9, 16, 23, 30; Dec. 7, 14 (no Fri. performance Oct. 26) * *Saturdays *@*8 pm*:o Oct. 20* (**Opening Night*: “*DARK*”) and Oct. 27 ov. 3* (**Opening Night*: “*MORE DARK*”), Nov. 10, 17, 24; Dec. 1, 8, 15 * *Sundays *@*2 pm*: Oct. 21, 28; Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25; Dec. 2, 9, 16

/Call theater for a complete repertory schedule./

*WHERE:*
Odyssey Theatre
2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90025

*HOW*:
(310) 477-2055 ext. 2 or www.OdysseyTheatre.com

*TICKETS*:
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: *$25*
Saturdays, Sundays: *$30*

Funded in part by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation.


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