March 23, 2011, Valencia, CA – Five characters wrestle for freedom and property while surrounded by pervasive death in Desire Under the Elms. This production, directed by Zoe Aja Moore, will be performed at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) School of Theater on Friday, April 22 at 8pm, Saturday, April 23 at 2pm and 8pm, and Tuesday, April 26th to Saturday April 30th at 8pm. Performances will take place in the Walt Disney Modular Theater on the CalArts campus (24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia 91355). General admission is $10 and $2 for CalArts students and associates with valid ID. For reservations, please visit www.calarts.edu/calendar .
Eugene O’Neill wrote Desire Under the Elms in 1924, as he struggled to embrace life in the wake of his mother’s death. By setting this coming of age story in Gold Rush America, O’Neill invented a hermetic world of catharsis, in which the arrival of a woman forcefully unlocks the present from the past. O’Neill’s world—the family farm—comes to life through the vitality of lust and the struggle for power between the play’s youngest son, Eben, and his father’s new wife, Abbie. Informed by Greek tragedy and autobiography, Desire Under the Elms strains between naturalism and ghostly myth.
Zoe Aja Moore is an LA-based artist and director. Most recently, Moore directed "In Transit" for The Series at The Standard Downtown. Previous credits include: At Sundown at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Henry Hoke and ensemble, The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant at CalArts, and Wingstroke at CalArts New Works Festival with Yelena Zhelezov. As curator at The Tank in New York, a space for performing and visual arts, she directed Lucy Alibar's Juicy and Delicious. At Williamstown Theater Festival she directed Lucy Alibar's Mommy Says I'm Pretty on the Insides and conceived and directed the original work, Homebaking Made Easy: a burlesque fairytale. Originally from New York City, Zoe received her BA in Theater from College of Santa Fe.
CalArts is recognized internationally as a leading laboratory for the visual, performing, media and literary arts. Housing six schools—Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater—CalArts educates professional artists in an intensive learning environment founded on artmaking excellence, creative experimentation, cross-pollination among diverse artistic disciplines, and a broad context of social and cultural understanding. CalArts also operates the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex in downtown Los Angeles.