L.A. BORN, L.A. BRED, L.A. BUILT
Presents the WORLD PREMIERE of
Written by Dana Schwartz
Directed by Darin Anthony
Limited Engagement Opens Saturday, November 13 at 8pm
at its new home - The Atwater Playhouse in Atwater Village!
Life is what happens when you put down the controller…
MOVING ARTS is back to its first in-person production after 19 months of online-only offerings, and thrilled to announce that it has a new home, the Atwater Playhouse in Atwater Village where it will open with the world premiere production of 2019 O’Neill finalist, @PLAYAZ, written by Dana Schwartz and directed by Darin Anthony (BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!), Burners). @PLAYAZ will preview on Wednesday, November 10 at 7:30pm & Thursday, November 11 at 7:30pm and will open on Saturday, November 13 at 8:00pm and will run through Monday, December 6, 2021 at its brand-new, permanent home, the Atwater Playhouse, 3191 Casitas Ave. in Atwater Village.
While trying to balance respectful mid-life careers with a booming online gaming presence and a whole lot of viewers looking for guidance as they re-enter the world, Alan and Charlie find that real time challenges can be (almost) as exciting as a live gaming tournament, provided you surround yourself with a good team. The play explores modern relationships and the challenges that come with living our lives online. Combining real-life drama onstage with video game play on screen, @Playaz is a modern, immersive comedy with teeth.
ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM AND CAST
DANA SCHWARTZ (Playwright) is a Los Angeles writer, director, producer and actress. Her play @Playaz was a 2019 O'Neill Finalist. Her award-winning play Early Birds had its World Premiere in 2019, and is published by Next Stage Press. Perspective enjoyed its World Premiere at Theater at the Museum at LACMA. The PTA and That Time She Proposed were in several productions of the internationally renowned The Car Plays, notably at REDCAT Los Angeles, Disney Hall, Segerstrom Arts and Costa Mesa. Undead will be produced at Theater Roulette in Cleveland in 2021, Magical Roots $20 will be part of the Women in the Arts and Media Collection in 2021, and O My Days is published by Montag Press. She is co-creator, writer and stars in the 9-episode Zoom series “Isolation Inn,” currently airing online. As an actress she has performed all around the world. She is the co-creator and Producer of Theater at the Museum at LACMA, and is currently the Producer of the MADlab New Play Development Program at Moving Arts, where she is a company member.
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 works by Los Angeles artists. For Moving Arts he directed: world premieres of Isolation Inn – A Zoom Series, Apple Season, BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!), Apocalypse Play by Cory Hinkle, the west coast premieres of The Kill-or-Dies by Meghan Brown, Viral by Mac Rogers and The Gun Show by EM Lewis. Other recent productions: Daniel’s Husband at Dezart Performs (Best Director Award DTL) Dinner with Friends at CV Rep, 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: 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 Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, The Theatre @ Boston Court, Radar LA, Odyssey Theatre, The Road, The Open Fist, Moving Arts Car Plays, The Blank Theatre,
Darin’s film diryzygy, InterACT, Furious Theatre. Academically, he has directed at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Theatre of Arts, and Miami University of Ohio.
ecting 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 Award, The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards, The LA Weekly Awards, Desert Theatre League Award, Stage Scene LA, and Backstage Garland Awards.
The Cast of @PLAYAZ will feature: Justin Huen (Mojada, Getty Villa; Oedipus El Rey, Boston Court; 2010 Ovation Award nomination for 'Best Lead Actor'), Brandon Bales ("Vice", Some Men, Philadelphia Theatre Company), Dustin Green ("S.W.A.T.", "Vice") and Amy Dellagiarino.
@PLAYAZ has assembled the following design and production team. Set and Lighting Design is by Justin Huen. Sound Design is by Warren Davis (Creator of Q*bert). Projection Design is by Veronica Mullins. The Fight Choreographer is Marc Antonio Pritchett. The Production Stage Manager is Tintin Nguyen. Key Art and Graphic Design by Sara Wagner. The Producer is Cece Tio.
Moving Arts and @PLAYAZ are made possible, in part, through the generous support of the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture.
ABOUT THE SCHEDULE AND PRICING
@PLAYAZ will preview on Wednesday, November 10 & Thursday, November 11 at 7:30pm and will open on Saturday, November 13 at 8:00pm and will run through Monday, December 6, 2021 at Moving Arts' new home, Atwater Playhouse, 3191 Casitas Avenue, Ste.100, Los Angeles, CA 90039.
Performances are Fridays, Saturdays & Mondays at 8:00pm; Sundays at 5:00pm.
Tickets are $30.00; Previews are Pay What You Will; Mondays are Pay What You Will; Opening Night is $40.00. Tickets can be purchased online at www.movingarts.org. If you need to reach Moving Arts by phone you may call 323-472-5646 and leave a message.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT COVID SAFETY MEASURES
Atwater Playhouse is an intimate 45-seat theater. Our staff and artists are fully vaccinated. The artists will not be masked while performing. Please be aware, their performance area extends into the audience seating area.
All audience members are required to be fully vaccinated and remain masked while indoors, in order to attend performances. We do not offer socially distanced seating. We encourage you to maintain social distancing indoors when not seated.
Before being admitted into the theatre, all audience members must provide proof of full vaccination and a matching photo ID. Full vaccination means that it has been at least two weeks since the ticket holder’s final vaccine shot.
Acceptable forms of proof include: Vaccination card or a photo of vaccination card; Healthvana (Mobile Wallet) or Email of vaccine proof.
If you cannot access your proof of vaccination when you arrive, you can visit our Box Office for an immediate date exchange, subject to availability, free of charge.
Masks are required while inside the theater regardless of vaccination status.
We will be offering concessions, subject to change. Food and drink will not be permitted inside the theater.
The World Premiere of
Written by Dana Schwartz
Directed by Darin Anthony
Opens: Saturday, November 13 at 8:00pm
Runs: Saturday, November 13 to Monday, December 6, 2021
Performances will be Fridays, Saturdays & Mondays at 8:00pm; Sundays at 5:00pm
Previews: Wednesday, November 10 & Thursday, November 11
MOVING ARTS' NEW HOME
3191 Casitas Avenue, Ste.100, Los Angeles, CA 90039.
Previews and Mondays: Pay What You Will
Opening Night: $40.00
For tickets visit www.movingarts.org. If you need to reach Moving Arts by phone you may call 323-472-5646 and leave a message.