Neo Ensemble Theatre presents Airport Encounters BRACE FOR IMPACT!
Directed by: June Carryl, David Bickford, Valerie Gould, Joe Ochman, Richard Pierce, Matthew Singletary and Lauren Smerkanich
Running February 9th-24th
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. Sundays at 3:00 p.m.
The Lounge Theatre 6201 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90038
Airport Encounters: Brace for Impact! is a comedic anthology of eight inter-connected vignettes that range from comedic, to heartfelt, to outright silly, centered around one central location, an Airport Terminal hub. Although each scene is an individual story entirely independent of each other, the stories comprise a more significant picture, coming together to form a cohesive theatrical experience.
The entire cast does a tremendous job of taking on multidisciplinary roles, often performing in multiple scenes. Standout performances and my personal favorites scenes performed were "Ordained", "Till Death Do Us Part", and "Ninjas". That being said, no one vignette seemed out of place, and the pacing and transition of the scenes are fluid and engaging, making great use of the space.
I particularity enjoyed the simplistic design. Kudos to the set and sound design team for transporting the audience to the bustling airport terminal through its use of props and sound effects.
This performance was my first introduction to the Neo Ensemble Theatre Company, and they have made me a life long fan. I applaud this group of professionals who were able to come together with so many unique voices and tell a unified story. Airport Encounters BRACE FOR IMPACT! makes for a great night of theatre. I highly encourage supporting this production.
Tickets available at http://www.neoensembletheatre.org/ or click here for the direct ticket link.
Vignettes in order of appearance:
ORDAINED by Mark Harvey Levine
directed by June Carryl
Abby: Tracy Winters Gary: Jerry Weil Sharon: Starina Johnson.
I WISH YOU HAD NEVER BEEN BORN by Scott Mullen
directed by David Bickford
Wendy: Julie Lippert Quinn: Jennifer Cheung Ryan: Jason Paul Evens
THREE SYLLABLES OF SHAME by Rom Watson
directed by Richard Pierce
Charlie Doth: Spencer Krambler Angela Doth: Sheila Daley
HIS NAME IS HENRY by Jessica June Rowe
directed by Matthew Singletary
Thomas: Jerry Weil Mel: Valerie Gould Karen: Tracy Elliot Daphne: Joan Kubicek
TILL DEATH DO US PART by Elayne Heilviel
directed Valerie Gould
Mary Jane: Connie Monroe Billy Joe: Jason Paul Evans Al: David St. James
MY CELL PHONE SAYS YOU'RE MY SOULMATE by Scott Mullen
directed by Matthew Singletary
Max: Anthony Marquez Celeste: Julie Lippert Jane: Cassidy Davis
NINJAS by Scott Mullen
directed by Lauren Smerkanich
Hannah: Starina Johnson Kate: Tracy Elliot
CHARLIE by Beth Polsky
directed by Joe Ochman
David: David St. James Charlie:Anthony Marquez
Violet: Valerie Gould Marcy: Abby Kammeraad-Campbell
Creative team includes:
Lead Producer: Richard Pierce
Producers: Tracy Elliot, Valerie Gould, Starina Johnson, Scott Mullen
Lighting Design: Tommy Dunn
Set Design: Chris Soley
Sound Design: Tommy Dunn
Props: Jerry Weil
Production Stage Manager: Tommy Dunn
Choreographer, Charlie: Valerie Gould
Graphic Designer: Noami Gibson
House Manager: Agnes Cotti
Press: Jim Matyka
Produced by: Neo Ensemble Theatre