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Theatre of NOTE

presents the world premiere of

Fruition

by Alexis DeLaRosa

Directed by Lauren Smerkanich

Limited engagement opens Thursday, November 7

at Theatre of NOTE in Hollywood

October 1, 2019…. Theatre of NOTE closes its 2019 season with the world premiere of Fruition, by Alexis DeLaRosa, directed by Lauren Smerkanich.  Fruition will preview Friday and Saturday, November 1 and 2 at 8pm. It will open on Thursday, November 7 at 8pm and run through Saturday, December 7 at Theatre of NOTE, 1517 N Cahuenga Blvd (just north of Sunset) in Hollywood.

In a lawless near future, decades of unchecked greed, bigotry and fear have led to the collapse of governments and society as we know it. Seeking shelter in an abandoned warehouse, four strangers with no reason to trust each other must decide if they can work together to survive the deadly storm outside, while they face the threats they pose to one another.

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM

Alexis DeLaRosa (Playwright) is a writer, actor and member of Theatre of NOTE. An actor with the company for many years, Fruition is his first NOTE produced play. He is a native New Yorker and proud graduate of Wesleyan University where he studied theatre and film. Previously produced pieces include Eulogy (NY, Wonderland One-Act Festival) and the short film The First (Vimeo). Known primarily as an actor, his recent stage credits include Hello Stranger, Niagara Falls, Marian or The True Tale of Robin Hood and Disassembly at Theatre of NOTE. TV credits include The Last Ship, Shameless, Hawaii Five-0 and Castle.  He can currently be seen in the feature film Hunter Gatherer on Netflix. You can catch him next in the role of Rainer in Fruition and as of early November in his biggest role yet, first time parent with wife Crystal Diaz.

Compelled to write this play by events of the last decade, Alexis is so thankful to Theatre of NOTE for seeing value in a piece that hopefully holds a mirror up to our present as a way to avert a future that wouldn’t benefit anyone.

Lauren Smerkanich (Director) is a director and writer based in Los Angeles. Recent projects include A Conversation with Mary, part of the Summer Playwrights Festival at The Road Theatre Company, Ninjas at Neo Theatre Ensemble, and For The Love Of at Theatre of NOTE and the Kirk Douglas Theatre (Assistant Director). Playwriting credits include Showdown, a radio play performed and recorded at El Cid on Sunset, and Amongst the Trees, produced as a part of CARTel's Living Room Series.

ABOUT THE CAST AND DESIGN TEAM

The cast of Fruition features Alexis DeLaRosa, Faith Imafidon, Kathleen O'Grady, Trevor H Olsen and Travis York.

Fruition features the talents of an impressive array of acclaimed designers and

choreographers, including Scenic Designer Amanda Knehans, Lighting Designer Alexander Le Vaillant Freer, Sound Designer Mark McClain Wilson, Costume Designer Michael Mullen, Fight Choreographer Sondra Mayer, and Original Music Composer Hauk Heimdallsman. The production is Stage Managed by Aaron Saldaña and Assistant Directed by Nadia Marina.

SCHEDULE AND PRICING

Fruition will preview on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2 at 8pm and will open on Thursday, November 7 at 8pm. It runs through Saturday, December 7 at Theatre of NOTE, 1517 N Cahuenga Blvd (just north of Sunset) in Hollywood.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 7pm.

No shows Thanksgiving weekend (Friday, November 29 - Sunday, December 1). Added shows Thursday, November 21, Monday, November 25 and Thursday, December 5.

Ticket prices are $25; students and seniors $20. For tickets and details, please call 323-856-8611, or visit www.theatreofnote.com to purchase tickets online and to view the complete schedule.

There will be post-show talk backs with the playwright and director on Friday, November 15, Thursday, November 12 and Thursday, December 5.

For more information, photos, press interviews or for press comps, please contact David Elzer/DEMAND PR at 818/508-1754 or at [email protected] or visit www.demandpr.com.

Calendar Listing:

Fruition

What:                                      Fruition

By Alexis DeLaRosa

Directed by Lauren Smerkanich

When:                                     Opens Thursday, November 7

Runs through Saturday, December 7

Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm

Sundays @ 7pm

Previews Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2 @ 8pm

No shows Thanksgiving weekend (Friday, November 29 -

Sunday, December 1)

Added shows Thursday, November 21, Monday, November 25 and

Thursday, December 5

Admission:                              $25.00

Students/seniors: $20.00

Where:                                    Theatre of NOTE

1517 N Cahuenga Blvd (just north of Sunset)

Hollywood, CA  90028

Reservations/Information:      Online: www.theatreofnote.com

By phone (subject to availability): 323-856-8611

Reviews

Leigh Kennicott

Fruition pictures a world, hopefully, far into the future. Playwright DeLaRosa (who also plays the upstanding resister, Rainer) has assembled a representative group of survivors to tell his story. Theatre of Note’s production values are exceptional. The company has responded to DeLaRosa’s vision with black-box walls covered with artistic renderings of graffiti that, in themselves, should be viewed as public art!

DeLaRosa tends to overuse violence and the ‘F’ bomb to prove his points, yet his argument asks us to resolve our current stalemates while we still can. Although current observations pop out, wrenching me momentarily out of the future he created, DeLaRosa’s characters ring true . Forest (Trevor H. Olsen) seems to be playing both sides against the middle, while Laila (Kathleen O’Grady) protects Helga (Faith Imafidon). Periodically they must work together to push back the militia (Nick Smerkanich and Thomas Firtzgerald). But with the arrival of Rollo, (Travis York) the right/left, resister/Militia divide comes into focus in a surprising way.

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


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Fruition certainly sets a definitive tone but it’s hard to get a clear sense of any of the characters. Character development often takes a backseat to plot. The threat of violence and danger looms heavily in almost every moment. But Fruition’s most compelling ones happen between the bouts of violence and danger, when the characters are simply attempting to connect with one another at the risk of truly being seen. What could possibly be more frightening?

sweet - Dana Martin - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Steven Stanley

Though it won’t be everyone’s theatrical cup of tea, those with a hankering for some dystopian post-apocalyptic thrills might find Fruition to their liking. If nothing else, it provides abundant fruit for thought.

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


Leigh Kennicott

Fruition pictures a world, hopefully, far into the future. Playwright DeLaRosa (who also plays the upstanding resister, Rainer) has assembled a representative group of survivors to tell his story. Theatre of Note’s production values are exceptional. The company has responded to DeLaRosa’s vision with black-box walls covered with artistic renderings of graffiti that, in themselves, should be viewed as public art!

DeLaRosa tends to overuse violence and the ‘F’ bomb to prove his points, yet his argument asks us to resolve our current stalemates while we still can. Although current observations pop out, wrenching me momentarily out of the future he created, DeLaRosa’s characters ring true . Forest (Trevor H. Olsen) seems to be playing both sides against the middle, while Laila (Kathleen O’Grady) protects Helga (Faith Imafidon). Periodically they must work together to push back the militia (Nick Smerkanich and Thomas Firtzgerald). But with the arrival of Rollo, (Travis York) the right/left, resister/Militia divide comes into focus in a surprising way.

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


Avatar

Fruition certainly sets a definitive tone but it’s hard to get a clear sense of any of the characters. Character development often takes a backseat to plot. The threat of violence and danger looms heavily in almost every moment. But Fruition’s most compelling ones happen between the bouts of violence and danger, when the characters are simply attempting to connect with one another at the risk of truly being seen. What could possibly be more frightening?

sweet - Dana Martin - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Steven Stanley

Though it won’t be everyone’s theatrical cup of tea, those with a hankering for some dystopian post-apocalyptic thrills might find Fruition to their liking. If nothing else, it provides abundant fruit for thought.

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