The Santa Monica Playhouse Young Professionals’ Company will present the tenth anniversary production of Stains, Junk and Other Necessities of Life, an original multi-media performance piece that explores life as a junkyard dog, Thursday through Saturday, April 23rd through 25th.
The performance explores love, fear, rejection, depression and life choices, and poses the question, “How far will you go to be heard?”
The show was originally developed and created in 1999 through a cross-country cultural theatre collaboration between Santa Monica Playhouse and the Northridge Play Project in Dayton, Ohio. Playhouse co-artistic directors Chris DeCarlo and Evelyn Rudie said they were invited to Northridge for a theatre residency to help a group of young thespians create a production that would address the needs and concerns of their school and their community.
In a town where there is nowhere for kids to “hang out,” these young actors wanted to make a difference, the co-artistic directors said.
The creative results of the young actors are universal in appeal, a main reason the Santa Monica Playhouse Advanced Conservatory Program members say they selected the project as their offering for the spring.
Stains is a performance that whispers of lost love; burbles of family failings; snorts of jealousy and rage; shouts of fear, ambition and rejection; and ultimately, it speaks of the right to be heard, and the right to be wrong, according to the playhouse.
Written and directed by Rudie and DeCarlo, Stains stars Young Professionals’ Company members Leah Artenian, Mary Cruz, Mellie Ghaffari, Nima Ghassemian, Jasmine Gutierrez, Jackie Murray and Angela Tuckerman. It features surprise video appearances from local radio and television news anchors and celebrities and man-and-woman-in-the-street interviewees.
Four performances are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 23rd and April 24th, and 2 p.m. (matinee) and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25th. Tickets are $20 for all seats, with discounts available for students, teachers, seniors and groups of ten or more. Information, the Playhouse Box Office at (310) 394-9779 ext. 1.
The Other Space at Santa Monica Playhouse is at 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica.