September 25 through October 3
LIT MOON THEATRE
2004 LIT MOON
WORLD THEATER FESTIVAL
- Birds Eye View, DO-Theatre, St. Petersburg
- Pandora's Box, Assembled Artists
- Tartuffe, by Moliere, Lit Moon Theatre Company
- Mimeworks, James Donlon, Santa Barbara
- Songs from a Book of Days, Eve Beglarian, NYC,
with the Robin Cox Ensemble, Santa Barbara, and Sarah Cahill, San Francisco
- Nonsense, DO-Theatre St. Petersburg, with Theater Arts students from Westmont
Now in its 12th year, the Lit
Moon Theatre Company is recognized both here and abroad for its adventurous,
highly physicalized stagings of classic novels and plays. Writing about
the company's production of Hamlet, seen at the Montreal's Wildside
Festival in January 2004, Montreal Gazette theater critic Matt Radz, writes,
"the company's style, melding the rigors of physical theater with classic
text, makes them pioneers, if not unique." Fresh on the heels of its
sold-out, standing-room-only performances of Hamlet at the 8th Shakespearean
Festival in Gdansk, Poland, the company returns home to Santa Barbara as
part of the 2004 Lit Moon World Theater Festival. Founded in 1998, the festival
has offered, in the words of Santa Barbara Independent critic D.
J. Palladino, "an unrelenting window into the world of theatrical possibility."
This year's festival will be no different, and will feature visionary,
boundary-testing examples of contemporary physical theater and multi-media
performance art. This year's festival plays September 25th October
3rd at a variety of Santa Barbara venues, including the Center Stage Theater,
Muddy Waters café, and the campus of Westmont College. It features
work by Lit Moon; the famed Russian company DO-Theatre, St. Petersburg,
whose inimitable brand of dance-theater played to sold-out audiences at
both the 2000 and 2001 Lit Moon festivals; the movement eccentricities of
local mime James Donlon; and New York performance artist Eve Beglarian,
teamed with the Robin Cox Ensemble, and San Francisco pianist Sarah Cahill.
This year's festival features some of the most talented, charismatic
performers working in the world today, and is the product of a partnership
between Lit Moon Theatre, Iridian Arts, and Westmont College. "The
artists assembled here create theater that is primarily physical and visual
in orientation, rather than literary and psychological," says Lit Moon
director John Blondell. "This type of theater is poetic and visionary
in nature, is out to transcend the here and now rather than simply reflect
it, and definitively shows that theater is more than simply a lively extension
Here's the lineup--in order of appearance.
Birds Eye View
DO-Theatre, St. Petersburg
They're back!! Founded in 1987 as an experimental, physical theater
company, DO-Theatre, St. Petersburg is considered one of the most influential
groups to have come out of post-communist Russia. The company pioneered
a style of physical theater and created a dance language known as Russian
Modernism, which is physically rigorous, yet infused with poetic tension.
Since the early 1990's, DO-Theatre has carved out a unique place in European
theater with pieces such as Hopeless Games, Upside Down, and now
Bird's Eye View that consistently play to enthusiastic audiences
at festivals throughout the world. A favorite at both the 2000 and 2001
Lit Moon festivals, DO-Theatre is back with their inimitable brand of visual
theater. "Combining music, film footage and lots and lots of feathers
with the company's stock-in-trade dance, acrobatics, and visual theater,
Birds Eye View imagines a surreal world in the air, celebrating flight
in all its shapes and forms." Andrew Richardson, "Edinburgh Metro."
Directed by Evgeny Kozlov. Presented by Westmont College.
September 25 at 7:00, October 1 at 9:00, and October 2 at 7:00, Center Stage
Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara
Pandora's Box assembles artists from this year's festival
in the intimate confines of Muddy Waters café at 508 East Haley Street.
Featuring DO-Theatre, James Donlon, Marc Shaw, and other local artists,
this one-time only event is a compilation of new and developing work by
local and invited artists, woven in and through the site-specific confines
of this favorite Santa Barbara café and hang-out.
September 26 at 7:00, Muddy Waters Café, 508 East Haley, Santa
Lit Moon Theatre Company, Santa Barbara
In a re-imagined version of last year's festival entry, a religious hypocrite
insinuates himself into the household of a wealthy merchant, causing domestic
chaos. Features the Independent Award-winning scenography of Milon Kalis,
the mask-making skills of Lesley Finlayson, an ingenious lighting design
by Michael Pearce, and original music by James Connolly. Stars Peter John
Duda, Victoria Finlayson (Independent Award for her performances as Elmire
and Marianne), Stanley Hoffman, and Casey Wells. Directed by John Blondell.
"The result, as we've come to expect from this brainy gang of clowns,
is lofty, vaguely confusing, yet satisfying as a fun walk through a hall
of hypocritical mirrors." D. J. Palladino, Santa Barbara Independent.
September 25 at 9:00, September 28 at 8:00, September 29 at 8:00, September
30 @ 9:00, October 2 @ 4:00, Center Stage Theater
James Donlon, Santa Barbara
James Donlon has performed his original work to critical acclaim
throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, Switzerland,
Italy, France, Romania, the Czech Republic, and Turkey since 1970. He is
considered one of the world's masters of movement theater, and an internationally
known master teacher of movement and performance for actors. Since 1970,
Donlon has been on the faculty of the Yale School of Drama, the American
Conservatory Theatre, the North Carolina School of the Arts, and University
of California Santa Barbara, among others. The New York Times says that
Donlon's show displays "an extraordinary blend of skill and lunacy."
September 30 at 7:00 and October 2 at 9:00, Center Stage Theater
Songs from a Book of Days
Eve Beglarian, NYC, with the Robin Cox Ensemble, Santa
Barbara, and Sarah Cahill, San Francisco
Beglarian's multi-media exploration pays homage to spiritual
traditions from across the world through scriptural texts and the writings
of Eileen Myles, Robert Pinsky, Donald Barthelme, Ovid, Czeslaw Milosz,
Pascal, Janet Lewis, and Stephen King. Beglarian says, "Several years
ago I began collecting texts for a contemporary commonplace book. I wanted
to create a book of days, modeled on the medieval idea. I began making a
collection of found thoughts that please me, texts that seem important to
return to again and again for mulling over, for meditation." Beglarian's
eclectic and genre-defying works have been performed by Bang on the Can
All-Stars, the California EAR Unit, the Paul Dresher Ensemble, Mabou Mines,
Lincoln Center Theater Festival, Twisted Tutu, and the China National Beijing
Opera. She has been described as "one of new music's truly free spirits"
by the "Village Voice" and a "remarkable experiementalist"
by the "New York Times." Performing with Beglarian will be Santa
Barbara's Robin Cox Ensemble, nominated by the LA Weekly as Best Classical
Ensemble/Artist of the Year in 2003, and pianist Sarah Cahill, a legendary
figure form the wilder side of the San Francisco music scene who the "Village
Voice" has described as "passionately mercurial," and "athletically
graceful." Presented by Iridian Arts.
October 1 at 7:00, Center Stage Theater
DO-Theatre St. Petersburg, with Theatre Arts students
from Westmont College. Using the absurd,
topsy turvy nonsense literature of Daniil Kharms and Edward Lear, this is
a culmination of DO-Theatre's residency with students from Westmont College.
Don't miss this unique opportunity to see emerging work of young artists,
inspired by the loopy eccentricities of the DO-Theatre artists.
October 3 at 4:00, Westmont College
The festival plays at three different venues: Center Stage
Theater, Muddy Waters 508 East Haley, and Westmont College. Tickets range
from $10-$15, except the festival grand finale at Westmont, which is free
to the public.
Theatre Company: http://www.litmoon.com
COMPLETE FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
2004 LIT MOON
WORLD THEATER FESTIVAL
TIMES: September 25
through October 3. See sechedule above.
TICKETS: $10 - $15 per performance. Grand Finale
October 3 at Westmont College: free!
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The Center Stage Theater Box Office is open Wednesday
through Saturday from noon to 5:00 P.M., and one hour
before each performance. See below for location.
Tickets may also be purchased by telephone
using Visa, Master Card, and American Express. Phone (805) 963-0408 (V / TDD).
Center Stage Theater is located in the Paseo Nuevo Center, upstairs
at the intersection of Chapala and De la Guerra Streets, Santa Barbara,
Take Highway 101 to Carrillo Street, exit and turn toward the mountains
(northbound turns right, southbound turns left). Proceed to Chapala Street
(fourth light) and turn right. Proceed 1-1/2 blocks and turn left into either
of two entrances to Paseo Nuevo. Park near the elevator, or proceed to roof-level