Silent Joy, a New Play

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LemonMeter

Reviews: 1

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LemonMeter

Reviews: 1

Tue Jun 18, 9:30pm
Tue Jun 25, 7:00pm
Sat Jun 29, 4:30pm

Adapted from an upcoming graphic novel, Silent Joy tells the story of a girl trapped by her own demons who decides to help a kind, mute boy named Joy whose mouth is sewn shut. Together they set out on an epic journey, facing otherworldly perils, to seek revenge on the person that inflicted this abuse on Joy. In the end, the girl must face her darkest memories to find redemption for her friend and discover the truth about herself.

A modern narrative inspired by the classic quest story, Dante's "Inferno", Silent Joy is an enthralling tale of friendship and forgiveness that at once deals with the messiness of humanity and contemplates the reasons for existence.

For more info: Silentjoytheplay.com

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Reviews

"The performances are stellar - Maggie Dorfman is a fantastic anchor for the rest of the cast to revolve around. All the members of her family are very well-played and complex, never quite allowing me to completely demonize any of them, allowing me to sympathize with each of their pains. The theatricality of this was wonderful. The way the fantastical elements are played must be seen. It is a feast of energy. The story itself manages to masterfully weave between the two narratives of the Girl's journey to the Central Ring and the story of her family breaking apart. The way it is able to concurrently play both stories without losing any of either is truly applaud-worthy. The message is, of course, important and the emotional arc got me seriously close to crying at the end there. I really really liked this show, and it was SO CLOSE to being a show that I LOVED. The symbolism is blatant, but for the most part, it works. A couple of times it got a little too on the nose for my tastes. There was a point where the Girl got fed up with Joy and I didn't quite buy that shift. The Central Ring was a touch anticlimactic, especially given how creative and visceral Violence just was. To me, it either needed to be more traditionally climactic or a complete anticlimax. I see a world where either option works. A beautiful play that manages to pull off a tricky narrative structure, say something meaningful about depression and abuse, while being truly theatrical. I know it is adapted from an upcoming graphic novel and I'm sure there are several adaptational differences, but the way this story was told could only have worked in the theatre. Which is exciting to me, given how sick I am of naturalism on the stage."

sweet - Drew Petriello


"Director, producer, and playwright Melissa Ordaz’ Silent Joy, playing on the fringe of the Hollywood Fringe Festival at the Studio/Stage, is anything but silent, and the experience of seeing (and hearing) this ensemble production was more than a joy. - RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Kevin Hopps - Gia on the Move - ...read full review


"Director, producer, and playwright Melissa Ordaz’ Silent Joy, playing on the fringe of the Hollywood Fringe Festival at the Studio/Stage, is anything but silent, and the experience of seeing (and hearing) this ensemble production was more than a joy. - RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Kevin Hopps - Gia on the Move - ...read full review


"The performances are stellar - Maggie Dorfman is a fantastic anchor for the rest of the cast to revolve around. All the members of her family are very well-played and complex, never quite allowing me to completely demonize any of them, allowing me to sympathize with each of their pains. The theatricality of this was wonderful. The way the fantastical elements are played must be seen. It is a feast of energy. The story itself manages to masterfully weave between the two narratives of the Girl's journey to the Central Ring and the story of her family breaking apart. The way it is able to concurrently play both stories without losing any of either is truly applaud-worthy. The message is, of course, important and the emotional arc got me seriously close to crying at the end there. I really really liked this show, and it was SO CLOSE to being a show that I LOVED. The symbolism is blatant, but for the most part, it works. A couple of times it got a little too on the nose for my tastes. There was a point where the Girl got fed up with Joy and I didn't quite buy that shift. The Central Ring was a touch anticlimactic, especially given how creative and visceral Violence just was. To me, it either needed to be more traditionally climactic or a complete anticlimax. I see a world where either option works. A beautiful play that manages to pull off a tricky narrative structure, say something meaningful about depression and abuse, while being truly theatrical. I know it is adapted from an upcoming graphic novel and I'm sure there are several adaptational differences, but the way this story was told could only have worked in the theatre. Which is exciting to me, given how sick I am of naturalism on the stage."

sweet - Drew Petriello