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Lissie (Liza Fernandez) and her brother, Roger (Justin Huen), fled their family farm when they were both still in school. Today, they've come back for their father's funeral. When Billy (Rob Nagle) -- who they both knew when they were kids -- offers to buy the farm, it sets them tumbling down a rabbit hole of memory. Will they confront the tangled past -- or burn it to the ground?

MOVING ARTS
L.A. BORN, L.A. BRED, L.A. BUILT
presents
the National New Play Network
Rolling World Premiere of
APPLE SEASON
Written by E. M. Lewis
Directed by Darin Anthony

Limited Engagement Opens Saturday, July 13 at 4pm
at Atwater Village Theatre in Atwater Village!

MOVING ARTS is thrilled to announce the Los Angeles premiere production of APPLE SEASON, written by E. M. Lewis and directed by Darin Anthony (BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!)). APPLE SEASON is produced by Moving Arts as a part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. Other partnering theaters are New Jersey Repertory Company (NJ) and Riverside Theatre (IA). Mr. Anthony and E. M. Lewis are long time collaborators, he has directed three premiere productions of E. M. Lewis’ work, plus two “Car Plays” and a one-act for the Samuel French Ten Minute Play Festival in New York.

APPLE SEASON will preview on Thursday, July 11 & Friday, July 12 at 8pm; will open on Saturday, July 13 at 4:00pm and will run through Monday, August 5, 2019 at the Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave. in Los Angeles, 90039.

Lissie (Liza Fernandez) and her brother, Roger (Justin Huen), fled their family farm when they were both still in school. Today, they've come back for their father's funeral. When Billy (Rob Nagle) -- who they both knew when they were kids -- offers to buy the farm, it sets them tumbling down a rabbit hole of memory. Will they confront the tangled past -- or burn it to the ground?

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM AND CAST

E. M. LEWIS (Playwright) is an award-winning playwright, teacher, and opera librettist.  Her work has been produced around the world, and published by Samuel French.  She received an Edgerton Award for the world premiere of her epic play Magellanica at Artists Repertory Theater, the Steinberg Award for Song of Extinction and the Primus Prize for Heads from the American Theater Critics Association, the Ted Schmitt Award from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle for outstanding writing of a world premiere play for Song of Extinction, a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, a playwriting fellowship from the New Jersey State Arts Commission, and the 2016 Oregon Literary Fellowship in Drama.  Her plays include The Gun Show (which has been produced at more than thirty theaters across the country, as well as at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, and was published by Samuel French), Apple Season (currently enjoying a rolling world premiere at New Jersey Repertory Theater, Riverside Theater, and Moving Arts), and How the Light Gets In (which will have its world premiere at Boston Court Pasadena in the fall of 2019).  Other plays by Lewis include: Infinite Black Suitcase, Now Comes the Night, Dorothy’s Dictionary, Reading to VegetablesTrue Story, and You Can See All the Stars (a play for college students commissioned by the Kennedy Center).  Operas by Lewis include Town Hall (with composer Theo Popov), and Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Fallen Giant (with composer Evan Meier).  She is currently working on a big, new political play set in her home state of Oregon called The Great Divide.  Lewis is a proud member of LineStorm Playwrights and the Dramatists Guild.  She lives on her family's farm in Oregon.

DARIN ANTHONY (Director) is the Artistic Director of Moving Arts in Los Angeles, a company dedicated to the development, production and promotion of adventurous new work by Los Angeles artists. For Moving Arts he directed: the joint world of BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!) by Jami Brandli, the world premieres
of Apocalypse Play by Cory Hinkle, and The Kill-or-Dies by Meghan Brown, and the west coast premieres of Viral by Mac Rogers and The Gun Show by E. M. Lewis.
Other recent productions: the world premiere of the rhythm and blues musical The Devil You Know for Devilish Productions and Nureyev’s Eyes at American Stages (FL) and The Bluebarn Theatre (NE). Other productions include: New York premieres of The Good Boy at the Abington Theatre and The Incident Report at The Lion Theatre. Regional credits: premieres for La Jolla Playhouse, Unbound Productions, Bootleg Theater, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, The Theatre @ Boston Court, Radar L.A., Odyssey Theatre, The Road, The Open Fist, Moving Arts' The Car Plays, The Blank Theatre, Syzygy, InterACT, Furious Theatre. Academically, he has directed at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Theatre of Arts, and Miami University of Ohio.

Darin’s film directing debut, “Hitting the Cycle,” was awarded Best Feature Film by The Manhattan Film Festival. He also directed and developed the web series “Before We Go to Sleep with Steve Serpas”. His productions have received many awards and nominations including The Ovation Awards, The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards, The LA Weekly Awards, Stage Scene LA and The Backstage Garland Awards.

National New Play Network is the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that collaborate in innovative ways to develop, produce, and extend the life of new plays. Since its founding in 1998, NNPN has supported more than 250 productions nationwide through its innovative National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere program, which provides playwright and production support for new works at its Member Theaters. Additional programs - its annual National Conference, National Showcase of New Plays, and MFA Playwrights Workshop; the NNPN Annual and Smith Prize commissions; its residencies for playwrights, producers and directors; and the organization’s member-accessed online information sessions, Collaboration, Festival, and Travel banks - have helped cement the Network’s position as a vital force in the new play landscape. Its most recent project, the New Play Exchange, is changing the way playwrights share their work and others discover it by providing immediate access to information on more than 23,000 new plays by living writers. NNPN’s 32 Core and 88 Associate Members - along with the nearly 300 affiliated artists who are its alumni, the thousands of artists and artisans employed annually by its member theaters, and the hundreds of thousands of audience members who see its supported works each year - are creating the new American theater. nnpn.org | newplayexchange.org

The cast of APPLE SEASON will feature: Rob Nagle (The Judas Kiss, Boston Court; The Little Foxes, Antaeus Theatre Company), Liza Fernandez (“Mom,” “The Good Place,” “How To Get Away With Murder”) and Justin Huen (Mojada, Getty Villa; Oedipus El Rey, Boston Court; 2010 Ovation Award nomination for ‘Best Lead Actor’).

APPLE SEASON has assembled the following design and production team. Scenic Design is by Stephanie Kerley Schwartz. Lighting Design is by Martha Carter. Sound Design is by Warren Davis. The Production Stage Manager is Kirsten Turkle. The Producer is Cece Tio.

ABOUT THE SCHEDULE AND PRICING
APPLE SEASON will preview on Thursday, July 11 & Friday, July 12 at 8pm; will open on Saturday, July 13 at 4:00pm and will run through Monday, August 5, 2019 at the Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave. in Los Angeles, 90039.
Performances are Fridays, Saturdays & Mondays at 8:00pm; Saturdays & Sundays at 4:00pm.

Tickets are $24.00 for advance purchase of all performances; $30.00 for at the door purchase of all performances; Previews are $19.00; Opening Matinee and Opening Night Tickets are $30.00. Tickets can be purchased online at www.movingarts.org or call 323-472-5646.

To schedule press interviews, photos, press comps or for additional information, please contact David Elzer/DEMAND PR at 818/508-1754 or by e-mail at [email protected]

Calendar Listing:
APPLE SEASON
Written by E. M. Lewis
Directed by Darin Anthony

An NNPN Rolling World Premiere

Opens: Saturday, July 13 at 4:00pm

Runs: Saturday, July 13 – Monday, August 5, 2019
Performances will be Fridays, Saturdays & Mondays at 8:00pm; Saturdays & Sundays at 4:00pm

Previews: Thursday, July 11 & Friday, July 12 at 8:00pm.

ATWATER VILLAGE THEATRE
3269 Casitas Ave. in Atwater Village

Tickets: $24.00 – Previews: $19.00 – Opening Night: $30.00

For tickets – visit www.movingarts.org or call 323-472-5646

Reviews

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"Lewis’ play, at about 75 minutes, as well-written as it is, feels incomplete. We do learn much about the three characters’ lives – past and present – but not enough to fill in their various futures, which is frustrating as they’re realistically presented. It’s easy to infer why they are who they are, but limited in actual fact, leaving us perturbed. "

sweet-sour - Dale Reynolds - Hollywood Revealed - ...read full review


Leigh Kennicott
"Artistic Director Anthony has overseen a triumphant production on the tiny Moving Arts stage in Atwater Village, helming a three-person cast that features the redoubtable Rob Nagle as Billy Rezz, a former basketball star, now a reclusive farmer who comes to make an offer on the Apple Orchard next door. His offer stirs old wounds for Lizzy (Lisa Hernandez, who works hard to connect), as memories conjure her brother, Roger (a sluggish Justin Huen, seen in flashbacks), ultimately leading to an explosive conflagration. Playwright E.M. Lewis’ storytelling demands ever-changing perspectives of inner and outer moments of dream-like recollections, best achieved by Martha Carter’s magical lighting sleight of hand that, among other things, evokes a traveling box-car, while Scenic designer, Stephanie Kerley Schwartz, commands dimensionality in her rustic evocation of an Oregon back yard"

sweet-sour - Leigh Kennicott - ShowMag - ...read full review


Travis Michael Holder
"Darin Anthony stages the action in E.M. Lewis' gossamer new play with a smooth and loving directorial hand, as well as an uncanny ability to make the story swing back and forth through time from present day to that half-century earlier with immeasurable help from lighting designer Martha Carter, the evocative ambient sound plot of Warren Davis, and a trio of amazing actors willing to wholeheartedly willing take the ride."

sweet - Travis Michael Holder - Ticket Holders LA - ...read full review


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"The ending of “Apple Season” takes a daring leap, but the metaphoric flourish seems as spurious as the apples piled in crates like holiday ornaments."

sour - Charles McNulty - LA Times - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"Playwright Lewis, too long absent from our L.A. stages, could not have asked for a finer production of her latest dramatic gem, nor could SoCal audiences, than its moving Moving Arts World Premiere. Tart as a Granny Smith, Apple Season is one of the summer season’s dramatic best."

sweet - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review


Gil Kaan
"MOVING ARTS presents its Los Angeles premiere of E. M. Lewis' intriguing APPLE SEASON. Directed at a languid pace by Darin Anthony, the sparse explosive scenes really make their mark with the experienced acting chops of Rob Nagle and the vivid, versatile intensity of Liza Fernandez. This three-hander, as a part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere, relates the unpleasant situation of siblings Lissie (Fernandez) and Roger Fogerty (Justin Huen) as they grapple with the death of their abusive Father from Hell."

sweet-sour - Gil Kaan - Broadway World - ...read full review


Deborah Klugman
"While the production’s tech elements provide a vivid backdrop and the dialogue is sound, the play itself is a disappointment: The plot traffics in tropes and the performances also seem like a work in progress."

sweet-sour - Deborah Klugman - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Avatar
"Lewis’ play, at about 75 minutes, as well-written as it is, feels incomplete. We do learn much about the three characters’ lives – past and present – but not enough to fill in their various futures, which is frustrating as they’re realistically presented. It’s easy to infer why they are who they are, but limited in actual fact, leaving us perturbed. "

sweet-sour - Dale Reynolds - Hollywood Revealed - ...read full review


Leigh Kennicott
"Artistic Director Anthony has overseen a triumphant production on the tiny Moving Arts stage in Atwater Village, helming a three-person cast that features the redoubtable Rob Nagle as Billy Rezz, a former basketball star, now a reclusive farmer who comes to make an offer on the Apple Orchard next door. His offer stirs old wounds for Lizzy (Lisa Hernandez, who works hard to connect), as memories conjure her brother, Roger (a sluggish Justin Huen, seen in flashbacks), ultimately leading to an explosive conflagration. Playwright E.M. Lewis’ storytelling demands ever-changing perspectives of inner and outer moments of dream-like recollections, best achieved by Martha Carter’s magical lighting sleight of hand that, among other things, evokes a traveling box-car, while Scenic designer, Stephanie Kerley Schwartz, commands dimensionality in her rustic evocation of an Oregon back yard"

sweet-sour - Leigh Kennicott - ShowMag - ...read full review


Travis Michael Holder
"Darin Anthony stages the action in E.M. Lewis' gossamer new play with a smooth and loving directorial hand, as well as an uncanny ability to make the story swing back and forth through time from present day to that half-century earlier with immeasurable help from lighting designer Martha Carter, the evocative ambient sound plot of Warren Davis, and a trio of amazing actors willing to wholeheartedly willing take the ride."

sweet - Travis Michael Holder - Ticket Holders LA - ...read full review


Avatar
"The ending of “Apple Season” takes a daring leap, but the metaphoric flourish seems as spurious as the apples piled in crates like holiday ornaments."

sour - Charles McNulty - LA Times - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"Playwright Lewis, too long absent from our L.A. stages, could not have asked for a finer production of her latest dramatic gem, nor could SoCal audiences, than its moving Moving Arts World Premiere. Tart as a Granny Smith, Apple Season is one of the summer season’s dramatic best."

sweet - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review


Gil Kaan
"MOVING ARTS presents its Los Angeles premiere of E. M. Lewis' intriguing APPLE SEASON. Directed at a languid pace by Darin Anthony, the sparse explosive scenes really make their mark with the experienced acting chops of Rob Nagle and the vivid, versatile intensity of Liza Fernandez. This three-hander, as a part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere, relates the unpleasant situation of siblings Lissie (Fernandez) and Roger Fogerty (Justin Huen) as they grapple with the death of their abusive Father from Hell."

sweet-sour - Gil Kaan - Broadway World - ...read full review


Deborah Klugman
"While the production’s tech elements provide a vivid backdrop and the dialogue is sound, the play itself is a disappointment: The plot traffics in tropes and the performances also seem like a work in progress."

sweet-sour - Deborah Klugman - Stage Raw - ...read full review