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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 [email protected]

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.