Ken Roht’s Miss Julie(n)

ORPHEAN CIRCUS,  MORYORK GALLERY and FIREHOUSE THEATER COMPANY announce…

KEN ROHT’S MISS JULIE(N)

Conceived and Directed by Ken Roht. Adapted by Ken Roht and Erik Patterson.

A dance-theater adaptation of Strindberg’s classic play Miss Julie, will be staged throughout the MorYork Gallery in Highland Park.

BACKGROUND – August Strindberg wrote his classic play Miss Julie in 1888.  It was a controversial work focusing on the inequities between men and women, and between the socio-economic classes. The controversy was heightened due to the writer’s style challenging the theatrical conventions of the time by stressing a contemporary realism that polarized his audiences.

THE PRODUCTION - Ken Roht’s Miss Julie(n) focuses on the inequity between gay and straight men, while factoring in the struggles between the haves and have-nots.  Julien is a desperate and lonely gay young man, shunned by his father and his servants. Jean is a ruthless servant willing to do anything to improve his station, and his fiancé Christine adamantly adheres to convention and to unforgiving religiosity. The abstract chorus of singing and dancing servants creates a quiet but relentless chaos that compounds the psychic confusion of the central characters. This adaptation is fundamentally true to Strindberg’s story despite having changed the sex and sexuality of the title character.

THE DIRECTOR – Roht says, “Years ago I saw the Mike Figgis film version of Miss Julie, starring Saffron Burrows, and knew that I had to play the role of Miss Julie.  I understood her pain and confusion somehow.  As the years passed and I got too old to play the role, I began looking for just the right guys to play the leads. I have them now.  Dylan and Jonny are both rather competitive athletes/performers, and I’m thrilled to pit them against one another.”

THE VENUE – This multimedia production will take place in Clare Graham’s exquisite MorYork gallery. Graham is a sculptor and a collector of important art and an astounding abundance of whimsical oddities.  From his collection, Clare will curate the perfect surrealist environment for Ken Roht’s Miss Julie(n).  Ken’s style of multimedia musical dance theatre will explore and exploit every inch of the fantastical gallery.

THE CAST – Orphean Circus regulars Jonny Rodgers, Dylan Kenin, and Erica Rice will portray Julien, Jean and Christine, respectively. Oscar Pereira leads the chorus, which includes Lori Scarlett, Raul Clayton Staggs, Silvie Zamora, Michael Bonnabel, Shannon Ggem, Stephen Donovan, Lucie McGrane, and Sienna Beckman.

THE COMPOSER – heath!, led by Stephen Heath, is a minimalist electric ensemble whose original compositions have been heard throughout the United States and Europe… most notably in collaboration with marquee DJ, Felix da Housecat, and in the soundtrack for the upcoming Gunwolf, a Japanese animated film.  heath!’s haunting and sometimes aggressive soundscapes will provide a through-composed backdrop for the action of the play.

DIRECTIOR’S BIO – Ken Roht is a music theater auteur from Los Angeles. Most recently he completed writing and directing the Bloody Indulgent, a crass vampire musical film starring Kevin Richardson of the Backstreet Boys. His 99cent holiday spectacles have become a tradition in Los Angeles, with seven original musicals produced in eight years. He is currently in pre-production for his next musical film, Perfect Cowboy, about two gay fathers bringing up a straight country singer in a rural community. Ken has received grants from the Audrey Skirball-Kenis Theatre Projects, the Plum Foundation, the L.A. Department of Cultural Affairs, the Good Works Foundation, the L.A. County Arts Commission, and the Durfee Foundation. As Writer/Director/Choreographer: Last Resort, REDCAT;Permissible Union, LA; Grand Performances; the 99c Holiday Shows, Evidence Room and Bootleg Theaters, LA. As  Director/Choreographer:Offenbach!!!, Bard Summerscape, New York; The Breasts of Tiresias/Tears of a Knife, and The Good Soldier Schweik, Long Beach Opera; and Donovan Leitch’s Dark Root of the Dream, a Gypsy Musical, Largo at the Coronet. As Choreographer for opera: 360-Don Giovanni Finale, New York Philharmonic; Monodramas, New York City Opera (another NYCO collaboration is coming in Spring of 2013: Rossini’s Moses in Egypt)Die Liebe der Danae, Bard Summerscape; Ricky Ian Gordon’sOrpheus and Euridice, Long Beach Opera.  As Choreographer for theater:The Shaggs, History of the World, Playwrights Horizons-N.Y; American Night, Kirk Douglas, Yale Rep, and La Jolla Playhouse; Aristophanes’ Peace, Getty Villa; Imaginary Invalid, American Night, Midsummer Nights Dream, Servant of Two Masters, On the Razzle, and Two Gentlemen of Verona, Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Stones in His Pocket, Mark Taper Forum; A Little Night Music, and Habeas Corpus, South Coast Repertory; and seven years as Choreographer/Performer for Reza Abdoh’s Dar a Luz theatre company.

WHAT: Ken Roht’s Miss Julie(n), a dance-theater adaptation of Strindberg’s classic play Miss Julie.

WHERE: MorYork Gallery, 4959 York Blvd, Highland Park, CA 90042

WHEN:  February 21-March 10, 2013, Thursday-Saturday, 8pm, $20

Sundays are Pay What You Can

SPECIAL EVENT: February 20, Wednesday, Dress Rehearsal/Champagne Fundraiser… $40

Press Contact – Dylan Kenin, dylankenin@gmail.com

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About the Author: ENCI is an actor and recently turned writer and director. She is an urban cyclist, passionate about living intentionally, about leaving less behind and about living healthy. Enci is a member of SAG and AFTRA and is on the board of the 501(c)4 Bikeside and is co-founder of the Bike Writers Collective. Enci teaches all over town about web etiquettes and social media and is involved with the East Hollywood Neighborhood Council where she serves on the Arts & Culture Committee. Enci is passionate about leaning new things and currently she is studying ASL. You can visit her at http://EnciPerforms.com or read about her adventures at http://illuminateLA.com

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