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MOXIE THEATRE BEGINS 10TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON CELEBRATION WITH
THE SAN DIEGO PREMIERE OF
‘A DISCOURSE ON THE WONDERS OF THE INVISIBLE WORLD’
MOXIE THEATRE’s 2014-2015 Season begins with the San Diego Premiere of A DISCOURSE ON THE WONDERS OF THE INVISIBLE WORLD by award-winning playwright Liz Duffy Adams. Directed by MOXIE Executive Artistic Director, Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, previews start Thursday, September 18th with Opening Night on Saturday, September 20th at 8PM, and will continue through Sunday, October 12th, 2014.
Abigail Williams, the young girl whose visions of demons and witches initiated the Salem Witch Trials, returns to the outskirts of Salem ten years later seeking answers from fellow witch-hunter Mercy Lewis. However, with war threatening northern New England yet again, Mercy and her fellow townspeople are in no mood for Abigail’s doubts. Just as tensions reach the boiling point, the Devil himself shows up…
Liz Duffy Adams (playwright) is a New Dramatists alumna and has received a Women of Achievement Award, Lillian Hellman Award, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Will Glickman Award, Weston Playhouse Music-Theater Award, and MacDowell Colony residencies.
Her work has also been produced or developed at the Contemporary American Theater Festival, Humana Festival, Portland Center Stage, Syracuse Stage, New Georges, Clubbed Thumb, Cutting Ball, Shotgun Players, and Crowded Fire, among others. Otherplays include Or; Buccaneers; Dog Act; Wet or, Isabella the Pirate Queen Enters the Horse Latitude; The Listener; The Reckless Ruthless Brutal Charge of It or, The Train Play; and One Big Lie.
Publications include Poodle With Guitar And Dark Glasses in Applause’s “Best American Short Plays 2000-2001,” Or, in Smith & Kraus’ “Best Plays Of 2010,” and several plays in acting editions by Playscripts, Inc. and Dramatists Play Service. Adams has a BFA from New York University and an MFA from Yale School of Drama, and was the 2012–2013 Briggs-Copeland Visiting Lecturer in Playwriting at Harvard University. She has dual Irish and American citizenship, is originally from the northern coast of Massachusetts, and divides her time between western Massachusetts and New York City. More about Liz at: www.lizduffyadams.com
Delicia Turner Sonnenberg (Director) is the founding Artistic Director of MOXIE Theatre, where she has directed many award winning productions. Other San Diego directing credits include plays for: Mo`oelo, ion Theatre, San Diego REP, Cygnet Theatre, New Village Arts, Diversionary, SDSU, Eveoke Dance Theatre and The Playwrights Project. Honors: TCG’s New Generations Program: Future Leaders, San Diego REP; SD Theatre Critics Circle’s Des McAnuff New Visions Award and “Craig Noel” awards; Patte awards; Women’s International Center Living Legacy Award; Van Lier Directing Fellowship, Second Stage Theatre, NY; Drama League’s Directors Program, NY; and a Small Business Leader of the Year awarded by Senator Christine Kehoe. Delicia is married to designer Jerry Sonnenberg and proud mama of August and Zoë.
She will direct: Jo Anne Glover (Abigail Williams), Olivia Hicks (Rebekkah), Chrisopher Murphy (Judah), Jorge Rodriguez (man in the tall black hat), Wendy Waddell (Mercy Lewis) and Nick Young (Reverend Peck).
The creative team for A DISCOURSE ON THE WONDERS OF THE INVISIBLE WORLD includes Robin Sanford Roberts (Scenic Designer), Christopher Loren Renda (Lighting Design), Jennifer Brawn Gittings (Costume Designer), Emily Jankowski (Sound Design), Angelica Ynfante (Properties Master), Adam Lindsay (Technical Director) ; with James Ramirez as Stage Manager. Assistant Stage Manager: Kari Arrasmith and Assitant Director: Lydia Munroe.
Previews for A DISCOURSE ON THE WONDERS OF THE INVISIBLE WORLD begin Thursday, September 18th. Opening Night on Saturday, September 20th at 8PM includes a Post-show reception.
It will play Thursdays at 7PM, through Sundays at 8PM, with Sunday matinees at 2PM, through October 12th, 2014.
Sunday September 28th 2:00pm Second Sunday Q & A:
Join the director and actors for a post-show discussion, learn more about the play and enrich your theatre going experience.
MOXIE Theatre is located at 6663 El Cajon Blvd Suite N, San Diego, CA 92115. Tickets: Opening Night – $40; Previews–$20; General Admission –$27; Seniors (65+)receive $2 off general admission. Military, AASD and Students –$5 off general admission. Group rates available: 10 or more $20, 15 or more $15, special pricing available for student groups. Call 858-598-7620 or visit www.moxietheatre.com/DISCOURSE to purchase tickets.
Olivia Hicks (Rebekkah) is very excited to appear in her first performance with Moxie Theatre. Olivia is a veteran of several youth theatre troupes including Pacific Children’s Theatre in San Diego where she played Sarah in Sarah Plain and Tall and Mary Poppinsin Mary Poppins. She also appeared in Once On This Island, Annie and Newsies. Olivia is 12 years old and is in 7th grade at High Tech Middle School.
Jo Anne Glover (Abigail Williams) Founder and Managing Director of MOXIE Theatre. She has worked on- and Off-Broadway, in Los Angeles, and regionally. San Diego credits include Mud Blue Sky, Maple & Vine, Skinless, Hickorydickory, Our Town, Or, The Norman Conquests, The Receptionist (SDCC Best Supp. Actress), Summer and Smoke, Expecting Isabel, Drink Me, Rabbit Hole, Bleeding Kansas, Off The Ground, The Listener, Bluebonnet Court, Devil Dog Six, WET, Miss Witherspoon, Dog Act, Limonades Tous les Jours (Patte award, Best Actress), Pulp, Kimberly Akimbo, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Hamlet, Stop Kiss, and Othello. In addition to her work as an actress, she has worked as a producer in New York and Los Angeles. She is also an acting and certified yoga instructor.
Christopher Murphy (Judah) is excited to be part of A Discourse into the Wonders of the Invisible World with Moxie Theater! A recent graduate of California State University San Marcos, Christopher would like to pursue his teaching credentials next year and continue his education with an MFA in Acting -one day-. Previous credits include the MSJC’s The Glass Menagerie (Jim O’Connor), Inland Stage Company’s The Rocky Horror Show (Rocky), Isis Theatre Company’s productions of Our Town (George Gibbs) and Political Suicide (Dory Devane), CSUSM’s Spring Awakening (Melchior Gabor), and he was last seen in Playwrights Project’s production of A Day in the Life (He).
Jorge Rodriguez (man in the tall black hat): Moxie: References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot. La Jolla Playhouse: Sideways, El Henry, A Willow Grows Aslant. Ion Theatre: Julia, “reasons to be pretty”. New Village Arts: Much Ado About Nothing. UPCOMING Ion Theatre: Workshop production of Claudio Raygoza’s World Premiere of “Six”. San Diego Rep: Oedipus El Rey.TV/FILM Terriers and various pilots. Numerous independent films. Has been cast in over 40 commercials. Proud member of Ion Theatre Company. Member of SAG/AFTRA. Studied with World Renowned Master Teacher Larry Moss for 3 years.
Nick Young (Reverend Peck): Theatre: Scripps Ranch: Ray’s Last Case, Point Loma Actor’s: Kimberly Akimbo, POWPAC: The Sugar Bean Sisters, Onstage Theatre: The Sugar Witch, Rosencrantz and Guilderstern Are Dead, The Diary of Anne Frank, Pride and Prejudice.
Nick is a member of SAG/Aftra and has many Film/TV/Industrial and Commercial credits
Wendy Waddell (Mercy Lewis)was most recently seen in The Full Monty at New Village Arts. Select San Diego theatre credits: Time Flies, Off the Ground, Three Sisters, Crimes of the Heart (New Village Arts, Ensemble Member ); All My Sons, Hamlet, Richard II, King John, Taming of the Shrew (Intrepid Shakespeare Company, Associate Artist); Brave Smiles…, Bunbury, Speech and Debate (Diversionary Theatre, Associate Artist); Bluebonnet Court (Moxie Theatre/Diversionary Theatre); The Butcher of Baraboo (Moxie
Theatre); Company (Cygnet Theatre); The Miser, The Car Plays (La Jolla Playhouse); and Othello (Women’s Rep). She received her BFA in Theatre from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she studied at the Lee Strasberg Institute. She is also a Teaching Artist with Playwrights Project and Junior Theatre. Wendy is elated to be back with the Moxie crew working on such a wickedly cool show. Many thanks!!
ROBIN SANFORD ROBERTS (Scenic Designer) Moxie Debut!!!!!
BROADWAY: It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues.
Old Globe Theatre: over 25 productions including: Alive and Well, The Price. Fiction, Bus Stop, Blue/Orange, Rounding Third, Betrayal , Da, Art, Sylvia.
San Diego REP: Venus in Fur, Federal Jazz Project, Clybourne Park, Superior Donuts, The Seafarer, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Restless Spirits, Fire on the Mountain, Working, The Merchant of Venice, Shylock, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Avenue X, It Ain’t Nothin But the Blues.
REGIONAL: Denver Centre Theatre, San Jose’ Repertory, Portland Center Stage, Arizona Theatre Company,Sacramento Theatre Company and Swine Palace Productions
Miss. Roberts holds a degree in Architecture from LSU and a MFA in Scenic Design from UCSD. She designs and teaches in the Theatre Department at University of San Diego.
MOXIE Theatre is a professional non-profit theatre founded by the critically acclaimed group of performers and directors; Jo Anne Glover, Liv Kellgren, Delicia Turner Sonnenberg and Jennifer Eve Thorn in 2005. MOXIE’s mission is to create more diverse and honest images of women for our culture using the art of theatre. Through the production of primarily female playwrights and the special attention given to plays which defy the stereotypes of what women are writing about, MOXIE expands the idea of what is feminine.
Our dedication to finding work that is under-produced means we’re discovering the classics of the future.
MOXIE fans know that each distinct MOXIE production will always share one similar quality – Moxie. Defined as “courage, pluck, gumption, perseverance, guts.” It may be the hero of a play who embodies the term moxie, or a challenging subject matter. Perhaps a playwright has invented an original world for audiences to explore, or actors are asked to stretch to new heights and break new ground in story-telling. In whatever way it is revealed, moxie is the unifying quality that defines all of our productions.
WHAT: A Discourse on The Wonders of the Invisible World
WHERE: MOXIE Theatre
6663 El Cajon Blvd Suite N, San Diego, CA 92115
SCHEDULE: Thursdays @ 7pm; Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 2pm
TICKET PRICES:Opening Night $40.00
General Admission $27.00
DISCOUNTS: Seniors (65+) receive $2 off General Admission
Military, Students and AASD receive $5 of general admission
Groups of 10 or more receive $20 tickets.
Groups of 15 or more receive $15 tickets
BOX OFFICE: 858-598-7620 or www.moxietheatre.com
The 2014-2015 Season is made possible by generous support from
The City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture
and Council-member Marti Emerald, District Nine