W.E. 2011 Season Productions
MOBY DICK REHEARSED
by Orson Welles
directed by Aliah Whitmore
This show is Melville’s classic turned on its head. The setting is a mid-19th Century American repertory theater. The play begins subtly as the audience arrives with the cast milling around an empty stage. The cast members generally fool around and complain about their boss and their forthcoming production of King Lear. Then, making a big dramatic entrance and smoking a cigar, the actor manager of the time comes on stage and tells them they are going to rehearse another piece, Moby Dick.
“Director Aliah Whitmore’s vision, beautifully recognized…creates a vivid impression of 1860 artists.” LA Weekly and “The cast is valiant…” LA Times.
Three young Iraqis go to work for the occupying American forces in Baghdad after the overthrow in Saddam. They come to find that some of their Iraqi neighbors consider them traitors because they work for the Americans. They also find that some of their American employers regard them with hostility and contempt. Ultimately, the trio find that their lives are in deadly danger, and their pleas to their American bosses for greater security are being ignored. The threat of sudden, violent death is palpable. They wanted to assist the forces of freedom. What will happen to them now?
The play “Betrayed,” which debuted in New York in 2008 is based on true events, as reported by George Packer in a non-fiction article appearing in The New Yorker in March, 2007. Packer, a staff writer for the magazine, is also author of the award-winning book “The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq.” “Betrayed” is his first play.
“Andre Verderame adeptly directs the tightly woven….characters, truthfully played by an ensemble cast.” Hollywood Progressive.
GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS...The HeART of the RELATIVELY Make-BElieve
“GIRLS, “GIRLS, GIRLS…” Is a hilarious and beautifully touching look at women and how in or out of sync we are with the our first perceptions of life and of being a “grown up lady”. What that meant to us then and what if feels like today…to be a woman.