I added a gallery of photos from past productions. I’ll continue to add to it, so check back again. But for now you can see pics from 11 Hills of San Francisco, Down in the face of God, and Better Homes & Homelands.
Adam Szymkowicz is a mad man — a mad man playwright with a dream to interview every playwright he can get his hands on. So he’s not a mad man you have to be scared of. He’s the good kind of mad man, like Edison or Bell or Einstein or…Batman.
That’s it: Adam Szymkowicz is the playwright Batman.
And I’m his latest interview.
The production in LA is going very well, and everyone except for this guy is very excited about it. Yes, that’s what is known in the review world as a “pan;” but I can’t help it if I’ve sullied the Greeks with things like sex and swearing. I’m sure they were all pretty puritanical, didn’t fuck around or stuff like that. That must be why their myths are all so dull.
And if you attempt to buy tickets but find them all sold out, come to the theater anyway. We’ve had no-shows at every performance, so if we can, we’ll squeeze you in at the last moment.
I will be at all performances, so I hope to see you there.
P.S. Thoughts on that head-shot? Funny background, but that’s my backyard so it seems…appropriate(?)
Down in the face of God is a real boy at last.
The play opened Friday night to a sold out house, rave reviews, and (apparently) a party that Dionysus himself would have approved of. I fly to LA Tuesday and I’ll be there for the final 2 weeks of the run so come out, see all the hard work AthroughZ put in, and experience this amazing production.
Click here to get your tickets, and get ’em soon! It’s a small house and a very limited run. This coming weekend, May 24-26, is the time to go! For one, I’ll be there and seeing the full production for the FIRST TIME EVER. Also, tix are going fast for the final weekend and we need bodies for those middle shows. And finally, if you don’t attend…..you will be cursed and you won’t know how to deal with that because you haven’t see my play.
Sneak peak time……
See you all next weekend.
The trailer has arrived.
Tell your friends. Tell your enemies. Then get yourself to Los Angeles for the limited run.
The World Premiere of Down in the face of God.
Written by Tim J. Lord.
May18 – June 2, 2012.
Studio/Stage Theatre in L.A.
Presented by AthroughZ Productions. Directed by Caitlin Hart. Movement & Choreography by Doug Oliphant. Featuring Dan Amerman, Sam Bianchini, Andie Bottrell, Matt Harbert, Christina Jun, Eric Martig, Lauren Terilli, and Meredith Wheeler.
Just read AthroughZ’s status update on the book of faces:
“Commencing 24 hour countdown to the online premiere of the trailer for Down in the face of God!”
This was posted about an hour ago, so check out AthroughZ’s website tomorrow around 5:30pm (EDT) to see it. And I’ll be sure to share it here as well.
I hope you all are as excited as I am.
First rehearsal for Down in the face of God was last night, and leave it to Caitlin to say, “Tradition? Ha!” and toss the time-honored act of sitting around a table, reading the script, then discussing it quietly out a (metaphorical) 50th story window. No, she had them on their feet from the start.
Here’s an excerpt of the email I got from her:
“As for last night – it went great! Im really excited! It was wonderful to dive into the world of the play head first – finally!! I was crazy director lady and had them run through the entire play on its feet and side coached them. It was intense. But now they all know what they’re in for so that’s good. They were all like ‘fuck!!! Time to get off book!!’ ha!”
Side-coaching the first readthrough?! I love it.
So it is with great joy that I bring you pictures taken during all the fun.
It’s Tuesday, April 10, 2012, and rehearsals for AthroughZ‘s production of Down in the face of God get underway tonight in LA. I won’t be in attendance–supreme bummer–but I’m very excited for what’s sure to be an amazing production. I’m very excited for the work I’ve done on the play and the fantastically devoted artists at AthroughZ.
The show runs weekends May 18-June 2 at Studio/Stage in Los Angeles. Stay tuned for the trailer. I’ve seen a rough version and it’s… well… it was pretty rockin’ before they went back to do some sexy reshoots featuring our D & Anna. And now…. Well, see for yourself with these behind the scenes shots.
So Down… takes place in alternate version of our world, specifically a mythologized version of Thebes, Illinois, a real town on the banks of the Mississippi River in Southern Illinois. The play began as a take on The Bacchae and I got really interested in the clash of religions that take place in Euripides’ original. Dionysus/Bacchus has returned to the place where he was born to demand that he be acknowledged and worshiped alongside his other godly brethren, but the locals are resistant.
My version is substantially different from that, but there’s still that theological clash at the center of it all. And here now, available publicly for the first time ever, is a sneak preview of my theological creations.
And just FYI, I’m not trying to start any new religions, so don’t go building me any shrines. Checks and money orders, however, are readily accepted.
This one is from the dominant religion in Thebes, aka the Faithful….
Theban Declaration of Faith
The earth is mud. We are mud. Made by Godhands out of mud./ Exalted by your Love, transformed. Made from mud into Holy Waters.
The flood came and covered us. We forgot You, cursed You./ Stagnant waters drowned us, kept us from Your grace.
You came again. Your breath raised us up, gave us holy waters./ Filled us with the waters of the sacred river./ You give us everything; we are nothing without/ Your water, Your breath.
We are lifted by You, through You, with You./ But we turned away from, turned eyes to/ The earth, the mud, the world’s waste.
Forgive your people. Have mercy. Raise us up again./ We reject the mud. We give what we are to you./ What is yours is yours again. We reject this waste/ We submit. This breath is Yours, this holy water.
Take back. Take us back.
And when the flood returns, when we are taken under,/ Lift us up again to dwell on mountaintops/ Beside You.
And here’s text that’s central to the underground movement, known to the Faithful as “Mudworshippers.”
The Transformation Prophecy
HE is moving across the bleak lands, along the salt-sea coast, across the emptiness, Into the rich heart of the world HE comes, the conquering hand, still smoldering from living fire, The flame that split the waters, that could not be drowned
Don’t you see it now? There by the sacred tomb? The flame left by the thunderbolt when the lightning flash cursed us all that time ago. Throw bodies to ground, down, down—HE moves now against the palace to demolish it.
And on the seventh day it will be remade, in his image. The waters will rise up—but not to destroy. They will carry HIM to his rightful place. The god made man made god again.
HE will be transformed and all the world set free.
(photos by Andie Bottrell)
From left to right, top to bottom, these are Ino, Ham, May, Anna, D, Ora, Pen & Gavi, who will be played by Lauren Terilli, Matt Harbert, Sam Bianchini, Meredith Wheeler, Eric Martig, Christina Jun, Dan Amerman, Andie Botrell. Pretty cool, eh? I particularly dig the graffitied-up bridge.
For those who don’t know, the play is set in a small Southern Illinois town on the banks of the Mississippi. Now, there’s no river remotely like the Mississippi in Southern California but there is some pretty dramatic scenery. And there are no mountains in Southern Illinois, but given some of the characters obsessions with “getting to the Mountaintop,” these are pretty appropriate just the same.
Anyhow, there should be 4 more photos to come and a whole trailer. I’ll post them here, so stay tuned. But if you want to check them out firsthand yourself, go to AthroughZ’s website and/or follow them on Twitter and Facebook.