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This Immersive, Provocative, & Site-Specific production is a voyeuristic journey through ten lovers' most intimate escapades.

THE PLAY:

Originally written by Arthur Schnitzler in 1897 and first printed in 1900 for his closest friends, LA RONDE explores and scrutinizes the sexual morals and class ideology of its day through a series of encounters between pairs of characters (shown before or after a sexual encounter). Drawing from characters across all levels of society, the play offers social commentary on how sexual contact transgresses boundaries of class. In this production we take a look at these morals and ideologies as they reflect modern American culture.

THE EXPERIENCE:

One evening in July (18-22), you will receive instructions to show up at a certain location in Hollywood. You won't know who will be in the play, what's going to occur or where you might end up. Leave your inhibitions at home. In this site-specific pilot workshop production of LA RONDE, streets, inside of houses and places unimaginable become stages for a series of events you won't soon forget. 

The small, invite-only, audience becomes a voyeur in the scenes, sometimes inches away from the performers. Utilizing storytelling through the mediums of music, dance, theater and even film, it is our goal to transport the audience literally and metaphorically through the private lives of the characters invented by Schnitzler and reinvented in 2012 Los Angeles. 

Note: Donating to Kickstarter is the only way to get a ticket. The show will be built and performed just for you and a handful of other people. The number of people who donate will decide the experience.  Think of it as a sexy party planned  for you that only your best friends know about.

We also appreciate support from people who will be unable to attend. Your donations will go toward making the future of a Company that builds site-specific work possible.

There will also a post-show soiree directly following each performance to meet and mingle with the cast, creatives and fellow audience members. Make a friend. Take one home.

THE MISSION:

Your contributions will help secure venues, technical aspects and performer stipends for LA RONDE. Be one of the few people invited to this pilot production of a hopefully long running Los Angeles theatrical experience. The formation of a site-specific THEATRE COMPANY will be the ultimate goal of this first step. Thank you so much for supporting innovative and experimental theater in Los Angeles and beyond. In the vein of PunchDrunk Theater Company, Accomplice and other promenade theater, we will strive to blur the line between stage and audience leading the audience on an unforgettable and unmistakably unique experience. 

NOTE: No Profit will be made on this production. Proceeds that exceed the production costs will be divided favored nations between each member of the Company, Creatives and Crew. 

THE CREATIVE TEAM and COMPANY:

MICHAEL ARDEN (Direction) is an actor, writer and director whose work has been seen on Broadway, the West End, in feature films and television as well as around the world in live concerts. Michael trained in Drama at the Juilliard School in New York City and is a Presidential Scholar in the Arts as well as a recipient of the Tony Honor for Excellence in Theater. He will appear this summer in the new FX series "Anger Management" and the Disney Film "The Odd Life of Timothy Green." 

TRAVIS HAGENBUCH (Lighting Design) is a lighting designer whose credits include The Grammy Awards (received 2011 Primetime Emmy Award), The Academy Awards, The Tony Awards, The Emmy Awards, The Vancouver 2010 Olympics Opening Ceremony (received 2010 Primetime Emmy Award), The Shanghai Corporate Pavilion Opening Ceremony at Shanghai Expo 2010, The Kennedy Center Honors, Christmas in Washington, The Stand Up 2 Cancer Telethon, The CMA Awards, and a slew of other awards shows. Lighting Design credits include For The Record: John Hughes, For The Record: Tarantino, That Metal Show, The TV Academy Honors, The AMPAS Governors Awards, and lighting systems for The Radio Disney On-Air Studio and Show At Barre.

MATT STEINBRENNER (Co-Design) is a Los Angeles based art director and concept artist whose credits include the 2011 and 2012 Billboard Music Awards, CNN Heroes, 2011 Superbowl Halftime Show Starring Prince as well as serving as Assistant Art Director for the 2011 and 2012 Grammy Awards, and both the 2010 and 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. Matt was also the concept artist for the Opening Ceremony of the Shanghai Corporate Pavilion at the 2010 World Exposition is Shanghai, China. His stage design and art direction has also been seen in For The Record, Tarantino at SXSW as well as Show at Barre in Los Angeles.

DANE LAFFREY (Co-Design) is a New York City-based set and costume designer working in theatre, opera, dance and television. He has worked in New York for companies including Lincoln Center Theatre, Roundabout, Second Stage, Transport Group, MCC Theatre, SoHo Rep, Primary Stages, and The Joyce Theatre, as well as at many major regional theaters around the US. Dane's work has also been seen in Japan, Europe and Australia, where he also studied, at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). He has been nominated for the Drama Desk Award, The American Theatre Wing Henry Hewes Design Award and the Sydney Theatre Award. www.danelaffrey.com

DANIEL HARTMAN (Sound Design) is Technical Coordinator, Lighting Director, and Sound Engineer at Show at Barre, the renowned performance venue located at the Vermont Restaurant complex in Los Feliz, CA. He received his education at the University of North Texas with a degree in Radio, Television, and Film. His multi-faceted talents span the mediums of music, TV, and film production as a lighting and sound designer, production manager, director, and performer.

SHANE SCHEELE (Producing Partner) is the Executive Producer / President of Ad Astra LIVE, which produces all of the entertainment at Show At Barre including the hit LA concert series, FOR THE RECORD. Previous FOR THE RECORD concerts include The Coen Bros., Sincerely, John Hughes (LA, NYC, & Palm Springs), and Baz Luhrmann: The Red Carpet Trilogy. Additionally he has Produced concerts in LA and NYC with many Broadway notables. Highlights include: Megan Hilty (The Music Box), Lea Michelle (West Coast Debut), Stephen Schwartz (Ford Amphitheater), Shoshana Bean (Lincoln Center), Eden Espinosa (Ford Amphitheater and Joe’s Pub,) Sheryl Lee Ralph, and Loretta Devine. Prior to his producing career, Shane worked for the Gersh Agency. 

THE PERFORMERS will be comprised of Actors, Musicians and Dancers whose credits include Broadway, Off-Broadway, Television and Feature Films. 

A WARNING:

There will be stimulating situations, strong language and nudity. Persons under the age of 18 will not be permitted.

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    A command performance of LA RONDE. The audience will consist solely of your closest friends and lovers. Party to follow. A night you'll never forget. Signed Posters for all.

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