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CIRCLE X THEATRE CO.

is thrashed to present

THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PREMIERE OF

punkplay

Written by Gregory S. Moss

Co-Directed by Matt Bretz and Lisa Sanaye Dring

Limited Engagement Opens Saturday, November 16

at Atwater Village Theatre in Los Angeles!

"Speaking is free falling is free swearing is free fucking is

free failing is free fear is free music is free pain is free dreams are free your eyes and breath and hands are free…"

October 1, 2019…Los Angeles…Circle X Theatre Co. is thrashed to announce the Southern California premiere of punkplay, written by Gregory S. Moss and co-directed by Circle X Theatre’s Founding Artistic Director Matt Bretz & current Associate Artistic Director Lisa Sanaye Dring.  punkplay will preview on Thursday, November 14 & Friday, November 15 at 8pm; will open on Saturday, November 16 at 7pm and run through Saturday, December 21 at 7pm at Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave. in Los Angeles, 90039.

Mickey and Duck are two teenage boys trying to make sense of the world in the mess of 80s America. Through the music and culture of punk rock, they patch together a precarious identity, skating (literally) between the demands of an increasingly strict subculture and an authentic desire to break free from convention. A coming of age story in the form of a mixtape, punkplay is a theatrical love letter to loud music, irresponsible behavior and the beating heart of authenticity we all strive to preserve.

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM AND CAST

GREGORY S. MOSS (Playwright) is a writer, educator and performer from Newburyport, MA. His work has been produced at Playwrights Horizons, Soho Rep, Steppenwolf, La Comédie-Française, EST-LA, Clubbed Thumb, Capital T Theatre and South Coast Rep, among others. His plays include Indian Summer, punkplay, Reunion, Billy Witch, House of Gold and sixsixsix. Gregory is a MacDowell Fellow and the recipient of a Jerome Fellowship and a McKnight Fellowship. He is the recipient of the Reva Shiner Comedy Prize and an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award. His work is published by Overlook Press, Dramatists Play Service, Dramatic Publishing Company, Playscripts and in the journals Play: A Journal of Plays and n+1. He is an Associate Professor of Theatre and Head of the MFA Dramatic Writing Program at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. He is currently at work on The Untitled Hunter S. Thompson Musical, with composer Joe Iconis and director Chris Ashley, premiering at La Jolla Playhouse in Fall 2020.

MATT BRETZ (Co- Director) was the founding Artistic Director of Circle X Theatre Co. and now serves as a fan.  He most recently directed Ginormous by Tim Mason and Marley’s Ghost by Jeff Goode for the company and The Audience by Kiff Scholl in Moving Arts’ The Car Plays.  Matt won an Ovation Award for Best Ensemble with his castmates in Circle X’s production of Great Men of Science Nos. 21 & 22 by Glen Berger in which he played Jacques de Vaucanson and he was one of the co-writers of Circle X and Open Fist’s holiday collaboration, Notcracker. Matt grew up in Washington, DC where he appeared in numerous roles at The Folger Shakespeare Theater, Arena Stage, The Source Theatre and Washington Stage Guild among others.  He took an MFA at Penn State and taught theatre there and at Loyola Marymount University.  Currently, Matt is the Executive Creative Director of an advertising agency in Pasadena called Ayzenberg where he enjoys some of the best theater he’s ever experienced.  Plus, he is married to the most incredible lady ever, Carolyn Bretz, with whom he has had two remarkable offspring – Violet (16) and Wren (3).

LISA SANAYE DRING (Co-Director) has directed at Playpenn, The Motor Co., Theatre of NOTE, Cal Rep, The Blank, and the Edinburgh Fringe.

Kaidan Project: Walls Grow Thin, a piece she co-wrote with Chelsea Sutton, was nominated for eight Ovation Awards including Best Production (winner of five). Dring’s plays been developed/produced by The New Group, Actors Theatre of Louisville, East West Players, Circle X, SCF @ Son of Semele, Theatre of NOTE, and Rogue Artists Ensemble. She was recently a finalist for the Relentless Award and a semi-finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference. She will be in residence at the MacDowell Colony this fall and is currently working on commissions for Actors Theatre of Louisville and Rogue Artists. Dring is a member of East West Players' 2019/20 Playwrights Group, a proud member of Hero Theatre and Rogue Artists Ensemble, and serves at the Associate Artistic Director of Circle X Theatre Co.

The cast of punkplay features (in alphabetical order): Kylr Coffman as Mickey, Dempsey Bryk as Duck, Mathew Dunlop as Actor 1 and Sadie Kuwano as Actor 2.

punkplay is produced by Jen Kays and Jennifer A. Skinner.  Associate Producer is Dena Cerino. Set Design is by Sibyl Wickersheimer.  Lighting Design by Heather Carson.  Video Design is by Dustin Hughes.  Costume and Hair Design by Ann Closs-Farley.  Sound Design by Jeff Gardner.  Puppet Design is by Adam Lawrence. Props Design is by Nichole Baffone. Fight and Intimacy Choreographer is by Edgar Landa.  Composition and Musical Direction by Rob Cairns and Beth Thornley.  The Casting Director is Gayle Pillsbury. The Production Stage Manager is Ashley Weaver.

SCHEDULE AND PRICING

punkplay will preview on Thursday, November 14 & Friday, November 15 at 8pm; will open on Saturday, November 16 at 7pm and run through Saturday, December 21 at 7pm at Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave. in Los Angeles, 90039.

Free, ample street and lot parking.  Parking map: http://bit.ly/OsBCRg.

Performances are Thursdays & Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays & Sundays at 7pm.

Tickets are $25.  Previews are Pay-What-You-Can at the door.

For tickets, please buy online at https://buytickets.at/circlextheatrecompany/304274

and for more information, please visit www.circlextheatre.org.

For more information, photos, press interviews or for press comps please contact David Elzer/DEMAND PR at 818-508-1754 or at davidelzer@me.com.

Calendar Listing:

punkplay

Opens SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16 at 7pm

and performs through SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21 at 7pm

Previews: Thursday, November 14 & Friday, November 15 at 8pm;

Performances are Thursdays & Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays & Sundays at 7pm

ATWATER VILLAGE THEATRE

3269 Casitas Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90039.

Free, ample street and lot parking.  Parking map: http://bit.ly/OsBCRg

Tickets are $25. Preview tickets are Pay-What-You-Can.

For tickets, please buy online at https://buytickets.at/circlextheatrecompany/304274

and for more information, please visit www.circlextheatre.org.

Reviews

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Moss has a knack for balancing comedy and heart set to a naturalistic dialogue that feels straight from the halls of a high school. Yet these characters are able to go past their stereotypes and bring out moments of depth in even seemingly shallow moments or teenage tropes.

sweet-sour - Jessica Doherty - USC Annenberg Media - ...read full review


Avatar

Co-directed by Matt Bretz and Lisa Sanaye Dring for Circle X Theatre Company, the southern California premiere of punkplay at the Atwater Village Theatre is brassy and audacious, brilliantly realized by an outstanding technical team and acted with gusto. As we move into the yuletide, punkplay is welcome alternative to all the traditional holiday fare that will be crowding local playhouses.

sweet - Evan Henerson - Curtain Up - ...read full review


Avatar

If you grew up in 80's - go. If you had a thing for punk then or now - go. If you want to see a really gifted cast bring surprising depth to what feels like it could descend into poser hell - go.

sweet - Anthony Byrnes - KCRW - ...read full review


Marc Wheeler - Stage and Cinema

In many ways the work is a lost youth without any clear direction or purpose. It can’t decide whether it wants to damn the man, do the man, or be the man. But in order for us to make sense of its world, it needs to offer more than vague concepts with no clear reasons to care – or what’s the meaning of it all?

sour - Marc Wheeler - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


Avatar

Truthfully, the writer’s vision, when realized, is a brilliant glimpse back to what it was like growing up as an angst-ridden teenager, desperately searching for understanding and railing against conformity amid the 'foodeaters and motherfuckers.'

sweet - Vanessa Cate - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Steven Stanley

Though some may go gaga for its trippier aspects, it’s punkplay’s authentic, affecting look at its misfit protagonists that make it well worth seeing and savoring, especially if you’ve ever felt trapped on the outside looking in.

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


Travis Michael Holder - Ticket Holders LA

Along with all the usual rule-defying and inventive creative genius that has defined Circle X over the past 23 years, co-directors Matt Bretz and Lisa Sanaye Dring do a masterful job interpreting Gregory S. Moss’ raucous yet insightful play, delivering a visually stunning production that meets and clobbers every inherent challenge of an extremely difficult script. Zachary Stone Gearing and Dempsey Byck are spectacular as two lost kids painfully innocent and annoyingly self-centered at the same time. As their insular world evolves and then devolves again, their performances are revelatory and heartbreaking as the teens work harder and harder to stay relevant even as they begin to see they aren’t quite the boldly unstoppable pioneers they had hoped they were becoming.

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


Avatar

Moss has a knack for balancing comedy and heart set to a naturalistic dialogue that feels straight from the halls of a high school. Yet these characters are able to go past their stereotypes and bring out moments of depth in even seemingly shallow moments or teenage tropes.

sweet-sour - Jessica Doherty - USC Annenberg Media - ...read full review


Avatar

Co-directed by Matt Bretz and Lisa Sanaye Dring for Circle X Theatre Company, the southern California premiere of punkplay at the Atwater Village Theatre is brassy and audacious, brilliantly realized by an outstanding technical team and acted with gusto. As we move into the yuletide, punkplay is welcome alternative to all the traditional holiday fare that will be crowding local playhouses.

sweet - Evan Henerson - Curtain Up - ...read full review


Avatar

If you grew up in 80's - go. If you had a thing for punk then or now - go. If you want to see a really gifted cast bring surprising depth to what feels like it could descend into poser hell - go.

sweet - Anthony Byrnes - KCRW - ...read full review


Marc Wheeler - Stage and Cinema

In many ways the work is a lost youth without any clear direction or purpose. It can’t decide whether it wants to damn the man, do the man, or be the man. But in order for us to make sense of its world, it needs to offer more than vague concepts with no clear reasons to care – or what’s the meaning of it all?

sour - Marc Wheeler - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


Avatar

Truthfully, the writer’s vision, when realized, is a brilliant glimpse back to what it was like growing up as an angst-ridden teenager, desperately searching for understanding and railing against conformity amid the 'foodeaters and motherfuckers.'

sweet - Vanessa Cate - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Steven Stanley

Though some may go gaga for its trippier aspects, it’s punkplay’s authentic, affecting look at its misfit protagonists that make it well worth seeing and savoring, especially if you’ve ever felt trapped on the outside looking in.

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


Travis Michael Holder - Ticket Holders LA

Along with all the usual rule-defying and inventive creative genius that has defined Circle X over the past 23 years, co-directors Matt Bretz and Lisa Sanaye Dring do a masterful job interpreting Gregory S. Moss’ raucous yet insightful play, delivering a visually stunning production that meets and clobbers every inherent challenge of an extremely difficult script. Zachary Stone Gearing and Dempsey Byck are spectacular as two lost kids painfully innocent and annoyingly self-centered at the same time. As their insular world evolves and then devolves again, their performances are revelatory and heartbreaking as the teens work harder and harder to stay relevant even as they begin to see they aren’t quite the boldly unstoppable pioneers they had hoped they were becoming.

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