November 1st, 2011, Valencia, CA – In the Jungle of Cities, by Berthold Brecht, places a life and death battle against the backdrop of a wild and newly urbanized city. Directed by Bart DeLorenzo, In the Jungle of Cities will be performed at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) School of Theater from Thursday-Saturday, November 17-19, and Monday-Tuesday, November 21-22 at 8 pm, with a 2 pm matinee on Saturday, November 19. A preview performance will take place on Wednesday, November 16 at 8 pm. Performances will be held in the Ensemble Theatre (E407) on California Institute of the Arts campus (24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia 91355). General admission is $10 and $2 for CalArts students and associates. For reservations please visit www.calarts.edu/calendar .
On a morning like any other morning, Shlink, a lumber merchant in the Chicago underworld, confronts a young book clerk, George Garga, and offers to buy his opinion. Garga refuses to sell himself at any price, and a fight ensues. Stakes are raised as the men’s families, fortunes and the entire city become drawn into the match.
Written in 1923, In the Jungle of Cities expresses Brecht’s attraction to the excitement and danger of the modern city, as well as his frustration with the dehumanizing effects of capitalism and mechanization. “This play is a metaphor from the world of sport” said director DeLorenzo. “It’s eleven scenes represent the ten rounds of combat in a boxing match, with an extra scene devoted to the victor, becoming an interesting parable of the American century.”
Bart DeLorenzo is the founding Artistic Director of Evidence Room Theater in Los Angeles. Previous CalArts directing credits include the world premier of Sigrid Gilmer’s Ball Game, as well as workshops of new plays by Alana Macias and Sigrid Gilmer. He has directed regionally and throughout the Los Angeles area at the Geffen Playhouse, South Coast Repertory, CTG, Cleveland Playhouse, and the Odyssey, among many others. He has received five LA Weekly awards, three Backstage Garlands, and an LA Drama Critics Circle Award. He is a graduate of Yale University and the A.R.T. Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard.