Annie Lesser's THE ABC PROJECT is excited to present E(levator) in conjunction with Students and Friends as Vendiagram Experiences. These 3 stories surrounding a mental health clinic with a belief in the healing power of art will be performed simultaneously.
Tickets will be available to the general public starting at 1pm (PST) on Thursday August 24th at abcelevator.eventbrite.com.
E(levator): It's your first day on the job. But is this the right line of work?
Students: You are meeting some interesting people for extra credit. What makes them special?
Friends: You are saying goodbye to someone who has cared for you for a while. But is this goodbye the end?
E(levator) will be a 2 audience member experience. It will be in conjunction with two other plays going on, one called Students (for 12 audience members) and the other called Friends (for 4 audience members).
E(levator), Students and Friends will each be performed 3 times a night on the following dates with a preview on August 29th. The official performance nights will be September 1, 4 & 5. E(levator) will cost $65 and last approximately 55 minutes, Friends will cost $43.75 and last approximately 35 minutes and Students will cost $43.75 and last approximately 45 minutes.
All shows will be at 939 Studio, in conjunction with Think Tank Gallery's Drinkin' Smokin' & West Coastin', but will have meeting places to start in the surrounding area. Please note that during this show there will be touching. Please use discretion when buying tickets, especially due to the extremely limited number of tickets available for E(levator).
PAST PRESS ABOUT THE ABC PROJECT:
Reviews for the Project in General:
LA Weekly 2016 Theater Wrap Up: http://www.laweekly.com/arts/some-of-2016s-best-theater-wasnt-found-on-a-stage-7736614
LA WEEKLY BEST OF LA 2016 MOST EXTREME AUDIENCE IMMERSION: "It's difficult to express the exhilarating sense of the uncanny produced by an Annie Lesser immersive stage show. Since her L.A. debut at the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival, the experimental theater auteur has fearlessly explored a densely poetic, deeply intimate and intensely personal dimension of the actor-audience relationship where few other directors have dared to go. How intimate? Let's just say it's hard to imagine being more in extremis with a performer this side of a Tinder hookup. 2015's Getting to Know You used the in-your-lap proximity of eight actors to probe eight different points in a relationship in rotating one-on-ones. This year, she debuted the ABC Project, her large-scale play cycle, which, over the next four years, will survey the full alphabet of intense catharsis and connection from A to Z. "
Stage Raw: "In the few years since she landed in Los Angeles, experimental playwright-director Annie Lesser has firmly established herself as one of the most fearless and adventurous forces in the city's emerging immersive scene."
Critics on A(partment 8) and its Adapation The Chalet (June 2016, April 2017, June 2017)
“… densely poetic, deeply intimate and intensely personal…”-LA Weekly
“…incredibly effective, well-conceived, and truly terrifying.” -BuzzFeed
“Lesser not only successfully implicates audience members in their own sundry crimes of the heart but opens a space between empathy and horror for something more critically and morally contemplative.” – Stage Raw
“Those looking for a darkly original work that sticks with you long after it’s finished, A(partment 8) is worth the admission price.”-LAist
“Annie Lesser has a small wonder on her hands, and actress Keight Leighn pretty much defines the term fearless at this point.” -No Proscenium
Critics on B(arbershop) (November 2016)
"B(arbershop) is a step back from the precipice of the irrational violence that so charged A(partment 8) with its sense of audience-implicating danger, what continues to be exciting is seeing Lesser fearlessly experiment without the firewall of the physical and figurative distance between spectator and performer that mediates the traditional drama. Even when its fireworks prove less than incendiary, the ABC Project provokes an introspective self-awareness all too rare for the stage." -LA Weekly
"With any immersive piece the moment you make me forget I'm in a play, that I'm in something theatrical, and I treat it as if it's real, it's job well done you've got me. And that's what happens and that's what happens with this."-MY HAUNT LIFE
Critics on C(ovell) (March 2017)
"Its carefully orchestrated illogic is one of the show’s genuine pleasures. Lesser’s playful, semi-nonsensical lyricism and emotionally wounded comic caricatures evoke the double-edged paradoxes and existential absurdities most associated with Lewis Carroll,"-LA Weekly
THRILLIST RECOMMENDED BEST THINGS TO DO THE FIRST WEEK IN MARCH 2017
"I found myself wanting to stay inside the world that she had created. That’s a feeling that I’m always looking for in an immersive, and the longing to be back there in that room with those characters held on strongly for hours afterward...Fans of Lesser’s previous work should know that she’s firing on all cylinders here,"-No Proscenium
""This is a blast!"-MY HAUNT LIFE
"C(ovell) isn’t just a game, it isn’t just a side show, it isn’t just an open bar; no, it’s a carefully curated immersive experience with a narrative, a theme, and a heart. It’s a magical evening spent drinking with friends, sharing secrets, and learning of another world. It’s a piece of art. Do yourself a favor and see this show. It is fun, it is entertaining, and it is emotional."-HAUNTING.NET