Tickets are now on sale for the much-anticipated production THE JOHNNY CYCLE by The Speakeasy Society.

The return of THE JOHNNY CYCLE marks the culmination of a four-year exploration of text and performance. What No Proscenium calls “ a master class in audience immersion.” Set amongst the marble hallways of the Mountain View Mausoleum in Altadena, the stunning reimagining of The Speakeasy Society’s critically-acclaimed production interweaves multiple performance tracks ensuring unique return viewings exploring family, warfare, and the trials of Dalton Trumbo’s life.

Inspired by Dalton Trumbo’s novel, “Johnny Got His Gun,” and drawing on several historical sources, THE JOHNNY CYCLE is a unique, immersive experience. Placing the audience at the center of the action, the production casts the audience as Johnny, based on Dalton Trumbo’s main character Joe Bonham, a soldier in the First World War who loses his eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and limbs on the battlefront – but is “saved” by modern technology. Johnny is the living dead and his (our) existence is only bound by the limits of the human mind. The audience traverse memories, dreams, emotional and real battlefields, coming in contact with a multitude of characters. They revisit childhood loves, family members, war room generals, soldiers, nurses, and even major religious figures–each character playing their role, intentionally or not, in sending our hero, embodied by the audience, to his destiny as he desperately struggles to be heard.  The living and the dead have voices–but Johnny is trapped in between.

THE JOHNNY CYCLE runs Thursdays through Saturdays  Aug 22-Sept 21 at 8:00 pm. Admission is limited.  There will be no late admittance. It is intended for audiences of 14 years of age and older. The performance lasts two hours and will be performed without intermission. Restrooms will only be available before and after the performance.

Please note- This production features light-to-familiar physical contact from performers and discussion of adult themes. This performance has a wheelchair accessible track, but otherwise the audience will be asked to walk, kneel, and/or stand throughout. 

THE JOHNNY CYCLE will feature Brandon Bales, Matthew Bamberg-Johnson, Michael Bates, James Cowan, Jenny Curtis, A’raelle Flynn-Bolden, Emilio Garcia-Sanchez, Christie Harms, Zan Headley, John McCormick, Haylee Nichele, Robert Paterno, Bianca Ruiz-Brokcl, and Chynna Skye.

The original script is created and produced by The Speakeasy Society. The Co-Artistic Directors are Matthew Bamberg-Johnson, Genevieve Gearhart, and Julianne Just. The Associate Artistic Directors are Michael Bates and Chris Porter. The Producing Director is John Henningsen. The Production Manager is Andrew Lia.

The costumes were created by Felicia Rose. The sound will be done by Martin Gimenez.

Interested in purchasing tickets? Go here! Interested in hearing more about previous THE JOHNNY CYCLE shows? Read our review of THE JOHNNY CYCLE, PART III – THE LIVING here.

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