CalArts School of Theater Brings Original Student Production to Downtown Audiences
February 8, 2013, Los Angeles, CA – Rabbit in The Blue, written by Amanda Jane Shank, is a vivid and intimate tale of family secrets and the struggle for self-revelation. Directed by Alexis Macnab, Rabbit in The Blue will be presented at the Broadway Civic Center (207 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012). Performance dates are Friday, March 1st at 8:00 pm, Saturday, March 2nd at 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm, Sunday, March 3rd at 7:00 pm, and Tuesday, March 5th through Friday, March 8th at 8:00 pm. General admission is $10.00 and $2.00 for CalArts students and associates with valid ID. For reservations, please visit www.calarts.edu/calendar.
In an effort to showcase the work of CalArts students in the greater Los Angeles community, this group of vibrant young artists is moving their new play downtown. “It is crucial to present this work in greater Los Angeles for two reasons”, remarked Travis Preston, Dean of the CalArts School of Theater. “This forum gives our emerging artists broader exposure in an expanding professional environment that is vital to their career development, while also giving Los Angeles access to an extraordinary community of gifted young artists who will help define the cultural landscape of the future”.
In this dream-like story, Daniel returns home from a mysterious absence, forcing his family to forge new relationships with the world and one another. Haunted by his lost love, Daniel fights to confront what he fears most. Rabbit in The Blue investigates our own strangeness, and the vanishing distinction between what is real and what is imagined.
Amanda Jane Shank is a writer, photographer and theater artist currently based in Los Angeles. Her plays have been developed in conjunction with the CalArts School of Theater, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National New Play Network, and The Theater Masters National MFA Playwrights Festival. Shank has worked with directors such as The Fountain Theatre’s Simon Levy and New Paradise Laboratories’ Whit MacLaughlin. Her work has been published in the U.S. through Samuel French and translated internationally.
Alexis Macnab is a performer, adaptor and director whose original work has been produced across the country and internationally at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Among her New York credits are her work and performances at The Flea Theater and HERE Arts Center, and her original pieces at Dixon Place, chashama at 42nd Street, The Brick Theater, Triskelion Arts, and Under St. Mark’s Theater. Committed to crossing and combining disciplines, Macnab creates puppet spectacles, dance-theater, mime and clown cabaret, story-theater and multi-media performance. Her work has been described as “spellbinding,” “dazzling,” and “poetic.” For more information, visit www.alexismacnab.com.
CalArts was recently ranked America’s number one college for students in the arts by Newsweek/The Daily Beast. With its six related schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater, CalArts is unique in its multidisciplinary approach to studying the arts. CalArts encourages students to recognize and explore the complexity of the aesthetic, social and political aspects of the arts. It is supported by its distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides its BFA, MFA and DMA students with both the hands-on training and the engagement with the cultural community necessary for artists’ growth. CalArts was founded in 1961—and opened in 1969—as the first institution of higher learning in the U.S. specifically for students interested in pursuing degrees in the visual and performing arts.