The Wallis Studio Ensemble presents S.O.S., an original multi-media physical theatre work about love and resilience in times of crisis, directed by Madeleine Dahm, from Thursday, January 31 through Sunday, February 10, 2019 at the Circle X Theatre (Please note: S.O.S. is not being performed at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, but at the Circle X Theatre in Atwater Village). The production uses little known love letters by great writers and activists such as Vita Sackville West, Frederick Douglas, Maya Angelou, Tchaikovsky, Frida Kahlo, Virginia Woolf, Rainer Maria Rilke and others, along with original text, movement, film and photography.
"S.O.S. explores how political opportunists and economic systems have fed off and taken advantage of a rise in our sense of personal isolation and how we might find a way back to belonging to each other and the world we inhabit," says Dahm.
Cast members Trecey Dory, Schuyler Girion, Ella M. Joseph, Kelvin Morales, Sina Pooresmaeil, Jo Rodriguez, Helya Salarvand, Alexander Sheldon, Lucia Towers, Viva Kanani Obiajulu Wittman, and Siera Williams are part of The Wallis Studio Ensemble, created by Dahm and GRoW @ The Wallis for early career actors committed to creating innovative theatre for social change. Its mission to cross boundaries is blended with an ethos of collaboration and to create thoughtful and provocative work that is rooted in examining our humanity.
“As recent studies by the World Health Organization and The United Nations have revealed, more people feel a sense of isolation than ever before,” Dahm says. “S.O.S., is about a group of strangers finding connection by seeking out small moments of humanity, remembering they don't have to learn something new in fighting loneliness and isolation, they have to remember something forgotten.”
“We are very proud to provide an artistic home at The Wallis for these talented young actors,” says Mark Slavkin, Director of Education at The Wallis. “But we're also excited to bring these artists and this timely piece to reach new audiences, thanks to our friends at Circle X Theatre.”
Consistent with The Wallis' approach to programming, The Studio Ensemble is exploring new ways to adapt work, create new works and re-imagine existing texts for a contemporary age.
In addition to director Dahm, the creative team for S.O.S. includes lighting design by Bosco Flanagan, production design by Madeleine Dahm, puppets and masks by Alex Sheldon and time-lapse photography by Jeremy Evans.
Single tickets are now available for $25. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit TheWallis.org, call 310.746.4000, or stop by in person at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Services located at 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Ticket prices subject to change.
Circle X Theatre is located in Atwater Village at 3269 Casitas Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90039