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[Inside] the Ford announces three productions for 2010-11 season

September 8, 2010 |  2:15 pm


The organizers of the Ford Theatres have selected three Los Angeles theater companies to present plays during the 2010-11 season of the [Inside] the Ford play series. Among the productions will be a world premiere drama plus the local premieres of plays by Neil LaBute and Barbara Lindsay.

Rogue Artists Ensemble will present "HYPERBOLE: origins" (Oct. 30 to Dec. 12), a new show featuring puppetry, masks and multimedia that explores the roots of storytelling. The company specializes in unconventional stage dramas that bring together various forms of performance art in an effort to push the boundaries of theater.

Neo Ensemble Theatre will present the L.A. premiere of Lindsay's "Free" (Jan. 22 to Feb. 27), the playwright's 1989 magical realist drama about a man who must contend with the limitations of gravity and his own need for acceptance.

LaBute's "The Mercy Seat" (March 19 to April 24) will receive its local debut in a production by the Vs. Theatre Company. The drama, which debuted at New York's MCC Theatre in 2002, tells the story of an office worker and his mistress who find a new lease on life following the 9/11 attacks.

[Inside] the Ford chose the three companies from a competitive process involving small L.A. theater companies that don't have a permanent venue. The indoor theater facility, tucked underneath the Ford Amphitheatre, is an intimate space with 87 seats.

Last season, also featuring three productions, encompassed dramas by Julie Hebert, Charles Mee and Sheila Callaghan. The Ford is run by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

-- David Ng

Photo: The entrance to the Ford Theatres complex in Hollywood. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times


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