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MOVING ARTS
L.A. BORN, L.A. BRED, L.A. BUILT
Presents the World Premiere of
EARLY BIRDS
Written by Dana Schwartz
Directed by Elizabeth Swain

Their Adventure begins Saturday, August 17 at 4pm & 8pm
at the Atwater Village Theatre in Atwater Village!

All aboard for the cruise of a lifetime!

July 19, 2019…Los Angeles, CA…MOVING ARTS is delighted to announce the world premiere of EARLY BIRDS, written by Dana Schwartz and directed by Elizabeth Swain. EARLY BIRDS will preview Friday, August 16 at 8pm; will open on Saturday, August 17 at 4:00pm & 8:00pm and will run through Monday, September 7, 2019 at the Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave. in Los Angeles, 90039.

A heartwarming, irreverent comedy about two senior women, each at a crossroads, both escaping their past on a high-seas cruise. Together, they realize their strengths and celebrate their weaknesses, and understand that it's never too late for a new friend or a new adventure.
ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM AND CAST

DANA SCHWARTZ (Playwright) is a writer, director, actress working in her adopted home of Los Angeles for the past couple of decades. She is currently the Producer of the MADlab New Play Development Program at Moving Arts, where she is also a company member. Her plays "The PTA" and "That Time She Proposed", now a short film, were in several productions of The Car Plays, notably at REDCAT for RADAR L.A., the
Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and the La Jolla Playhouse. Recently, her play "Condolences" was produced in the Women Who Write festival and her play "Epitaph" was published. Her newest play "@Playaz" is a 2019 O'Neill Finalist. As a director, Dana has worked with many theaters including Moving Arts, Sacred Fools, Offending Shadows,
Actors Theater NoHo, Victory, and The Lyric. As an actor, she trained in New York at AADA and HB Studios, and has appeared in dozens of productions all over the world, most notably at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Actors Studio, Theater for New City, Cast Theater, Actors Gang, and Moving Arts.

ELIZABETH SWAIN (Director) is an actor, director and teacher, and a member of LA’s Antaeus Company. Classical directing includes, Two Noble Kinsmen for The Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival, An Evening of Betrayal (a pairing of Pinter’s play with Othello), The Winter’s Tale, 3 Hamlets, 2 Macbeths, Marston’s The Malcontent, Aphra Behn’s The
Rover and The Lucky Chance, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has also directed Fugard’s Master Harold and the Boys for the Cape May Playhouse, and new plays by Tony Abatemarco and Wendy Kesselman. She has directed many staged readings for The Classical Theatre Lab and for Antaeus. As an actor she has worked on Broadway, Off
Broadway and in regional theaters across the country, including The LA Women’s Shakespeare Company, She has taught at Barnard College and is Professor Emerita from Marymount Manhattan College.

The cast of EARLY BIRDS will feature: Wendy Elizabeth Abraham, Jean Gilpin and Jayne Taini.
EARLY BIRDS has assembled the following design and production team; Scenic Design is by John Iacovelli. Lighting Design is by Martha Carter. Sound Design is by Jeff Gardner. Costume Design is by Carolyn Mazuca. The Production Stage Manager is Josie Austin. The Producer is Cece Tio
Calendar Listing:
EARLY BIRDS
Written by Dana Schwartz
Directed by Elizabeth Swain

Opens: Saturday, August 17 at 4:00pm & 8:00pm

Runs: Saturday, August 17 – Monday, September 7, 2019
Performances will be Fridays, Saturdays & Mondays at 8:00pm; Saturdays & Sundays at 4:00pm

Preview: Friday, August 16 at 8:00pm.

ATWATER VILLAGE THEATRE
3269 Casitas Ave. in Atwater Village

Tickets: $24.00 – Previews: $19.00 – Opening Night: $30.00
Mondays are Pay-What-You-Will

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

Reviews

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So, plot points in or out of favor here, Schwartz has written solid roles for three women — two of them past 65 — not a small feat anymore, and the play is sweet enough.

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


Leigh Kennicott

In Early Birds by Dan Schwartz, an encounter on the high seas between two women in different financial circumstances reveals that warm, human encounters can happen anywhere. With only Saturday and Monday left before it closes, please hurry over to see it! Schwartz’ writing is a light and gentle character study, taking us along with breezy repartee between two unlikely friends. Ivy (Jayne Taini) is a brash, fast talking and comfortable-looking woman, while Nora (Jean Gilpin), fashionable and rather stand-offish, can afford to go anywhere at any price. Stylish Captain Devon (Wendy Elizabeth Abraham), though, is at the ready to attend their needs as they, and we the audience, gradually learn the true nature of the cruise.

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


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"Early Birds” at the Atwater Village Theatre is about two widows in their Golden Years meeting on a cruise. This hilarious comedy will have you laugh out loud and shed a tear or two.

sweet - Jill Weinlein - On Stage Blog - ...read full review


Steven Stanley

Early-bird actresses across the land will have good reason to celebrate Schwartz’s crowd-pleaser if it ends up making the regional rounds, and Dames Judi and Maggie could easily take their pick of roles in an Anglicized movie adaptation. In the meantime, Jean Gilpin and Jayne Taini are owning the stage at Atwater Village Theatre and L.A. audiences are reaping the rewards.

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


Katie Buenneke

There are some really nice moments of emotional truth in the relationship between [Jean] Gilpin’s Nora and [Jayne] Taini’s Ivy, but they’re obscured by a sense that the play is under-rehearsed and the script is half-baked.

sweet-sour - Katie Buenneke - Stage Raw - ...read full review


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Drama needs conflict, and in this script it arises over revealed information that begets misunderstandings and a friendship-wrecking clash. Along the way, dramatic moments lead to crisis, climax, and a satisfying dénouement.

Director Elizabeth Swain keeps the action crisp.

sweet - Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes - ...read full review


Avatar

So, plot points in or out of favor here, Schwartz has written solid roles for three women — two of them past 65 — not a small feat anymore, and the play is sweet enough.

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


Leigh Kennicott

In Early Birds by Dan Schwartz, an encounter on the high seas between two women in different financial circumstances reveals that warm, human encounters can happen anywhere. With only Saturday and Monday left before it closes, please hurry over to see it! Schwartz’ writing is a light and gentle character study, taking us along with breezy repartee between two unlikely friends. Ivy (Jayne Taini) is a brash, fast talking and comfortable-looking woman, while Nora (Jean Gilpin), fashionable and rather stand-offish, can afford to go anywhere at any price. Stylish Captain Devon (Wendy Elizabeth Abraham), though, is at the ready to attend their needs as they, and we the audience, gradually learn the true nature of the cruise.

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


Avatar

"Early Birds” at the Atwater Village Theatre is about two widows in their Golden Years meeting on a cruise. This hilarious comedy will have you laugh out loud and shed a tear or two.

sweet - Jill Weinlein - On Stage Blog - ...read full review


Steven Stanley

Early-bird actresses across the land will have good reason to celebrate Schwartz’s crowd-pleaser if it ends up making the regional rounds, and Dames Judi and Maggie could easily take their pick of roles in an Anglicized movie adaptation. In the meantime, Jean Gilpin and Jayne Taini are owning the stage at Atwater Village Theatre and L.A. audiences are reaping the rewards.

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


Katie Buenneke

There are some really nice moments of emotional truth in the relationship between [Jean] Gilpin’s Nora and [Jayne] Taini’s Ivy, but they’re obscured by a sense that the play is under-rehearsed and the script is half-baked.

sweet-sour - Katie Buenneke - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Avatar

Drama needs conflict, and in this script it arises over revealed information that begets misunderstandings and a friendship-wrecking clash. Along the way, dramatic moments lead to crisis, climax, and a satisfying dénouement.

Director Elizabeth Swain keeps the action crisp.

sweet - Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes - ...read full review