Not Man Apart

Physical Theatre Ensemble

NMA's "Lysistrata" Cast Through the Years

While watching "Lysistrata Unbound," you may recognize a few familiar faces. In fact, if you have seen ANY Not Man Apart show in the past decade, you will recognize somebody onstage.

That's right. Every NMA show, from "Pericles Redux" (2008) to "Paradise Lost: Reclaiming Destiny" (2017), has featured at least one member of the "Lysistrata" cast.

As a quick refresher/cheat sheet, here is a comprehensive guide to those familiar faces, the role they're playing in "Lysistrata Unbound," and every NMA production you've seen them in before:

 

BRENDA STRONG (Lysistrata)
Previously Appeared in: "Titus Redux" (2009)

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AARON HENDRY (Kinnesias)
Previously Appeared in: "Falling" (2013), "Lysistrata Unbound" (Staged Reading, 2013), "Ajax in Iraq" (2014), "The SuperHero and his Charming Wife" (Writer/Director, 2016), "Ajax in Iraq" (2016)

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LAURA COVELLI (Female Chorus)
Previously Appeared in: "Falling" (2013), "Ajax in Iraq" (2014), "The SuperHero and his Charming Wife" (2016), "Ajax in Iraq" (2016), "Paradise Lost: Reclaiming Destiny" (2017)

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JONES WELSH TALMADGE (Soldier Chorus)
Previously Appeared in: "Pericles Redux" (2009), "Hercules Furens: The Madness of Hercules" (2011, 2012), "Falling" (2013), "The SuperHero and his Charming Wife" (2016), "Ajax in Iraq" (2016), "Paradise Lost: Reclaiming Destiny" (Writer/Director/Actor, 2017)

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DASH PEPIN (Soldier Chorus)
Previously Appeared in: "Pericles Redux" (2008, 2009), "Titus Redux" (2009), "Ajax in Iraq" (2014)

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SYD MASON (Courtesan)
Previously Appeared in: "The SuperHero and his Charming Wife" (2016), "Ajax in Iraq" (2016)

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JOANNA BATEMAN (Female Chorus)
Previously Appeared in: "The SuperHero and his Charming Wife" (2016), "Ajax in Iraq" (2016)

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APOLLO DUKAKIS (Chorus Leader)
Previously Appeared in: "Hercules Furens: The Madness of Hercules" (2011, 2012), "Lysistrata Unbound" (Staged Reading, 2013)

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In addition to these brilliant NMA vets, our cast is rounded out with a handful of spectacular newcomers: Laura Emanuel, Vito D'Ambrosio, Sierra Fisk, Jason Caceres, Cynthia Yelle, Briana Price, Steven Jasso, and Casey Maione.

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Our Greenway Court Theatre Residency (The Year in Photos)

With the closing of Paradise Lost: Reclaiming Destiny, our one-year residency at Greenway Court Theatre draws to an end. From Iraq to Eden, here's a look back at some of our favorite moments...

Performance Zoo LA - Saturday, February 11th

In a week and a half, the Performance Zoo is BACK!

 David "Soop" Frison and Warriors!

David "Soop" Frison and Warriors!

Join us for an evening of curated LA performance wildlife, hosted by Jones Welsh Talmadge! 

The evening will feature music, aerial dance, fire spinning, Latin dance, a Maori Haka (pictured above), and MORE, and all proceeds will benefit our spring production of Paradise Lost: Reclaiming Destiny.

Tickets are on a sliding scale (pay-what-you-can), and the event starts at 8pm at the Diavolo Studio -- 616 Moulton Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90031.

See you there!

An Open Letter From Laura Covelli

The following letter was written by Paradise Lost: Reclaiming Destiny co-Director Laura Covelli, and shared with the cast on the first day of rehearsal.

We realized pretty quickly that it was worth sharing beyond the walls of our rehearsal space. We hope you find as much value in it as we have.


Dearest friends and castmates,

I’m hopeful that, if there are any concerns about working on what might appear to be a “religious project”, I can allay them by saying that I do not think of our Paradise Lost AS a religious project. In my eyes, this adaptation speaks to a universal human experience, within a framework of collective spirituality; spirituality being something bigger than any one of us, and which touches us all.

At a time in our country when race, religion, sexual preference and gender are, sadly, still and once again hot-button issues, potentially further separating people, I hope that we, as a company of artists, can use these exact same BEAUTIFUL differences and all our individual unique beliefs INCLUSIVELY, to instead, come together to tell a story about humanity and equality. I think it’s a story that has just become even more imperative for us to tell.

I hope this empowers each of you to feel comfortable in contributing and sharing your wisdom and experience. There is room in this project to allow for any and all faith-based views, scientific beliefs, or even non-beliefs to be represented. We will have a tree of knowledge! That knowledge should be vast, and represent all the many things we feel are significant. Additionally, many of your characters appear in A LOT of different sacred texts so there is much to draw on from their many depictions to deepen and diversify them.

As a lover and student of religions of all kinds, I welcome conversation from any perspective that could richen and broaden our collective experience. My desire is that, as we create with openhearted exploration it will truthfully translate to our audiences - audiences that will hopefully span a cross section of many different belief systems as well - and that all will feel respected and represented. So, we should allow Milton’s beautiful poetry to guide us by framing and inspiring our work, but in no way let it limit us.

With Love,

~Laura

 

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