LOS ANGELES, Jan. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Metabolic Studio today announced the Los Angeles debut of IOU Theatre's new adaptation of the historic radio drama, "WAR OF THE WORLDS." The one night only performance takes place at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica on Friday, February 6 at 8:30pm.
From the LL Saloon on Main Street in Lone Pine, CA to their special LA appearance at Highways, IOU Theatre connects Los Angeles to a source of its water---240 miles away at the foothills of Mount Whitney. The Metabolic Studio's IOU Theatre season of radio plays are produced as an act of reconciliation for the water Los Angeles exports from the Owens Valley.
"WAR OF THE WORLDS" was the grand finale of IOU Theatre's inaugural 2014 summer stock season of radio plays relevant to the Owens Valley, performed monthly at the LL saloon in Lone Pine, to standing room only crowds.
The original 1938 "WAR OF THE WORLDS" script made famous by Orson Welles has been contemporized to be relevant to present day Owens Valley and Los Angeles. The story unfolds through a series of news bulletins about an alien invasion of Earth by Martians in search of water, and interviews with eyewitnesses, experts, the Secretary of Defense and the military.
The sound effects for this production emanate from the 100-foot, repurposed silos on the edge of the Owens dry Lake. The silos, part of the industrial ruins of Pittsburgh Plate Glass factory, have been turned into an instrument that resonates with the changes in atmosphere along the symbolic scar of this sacrificial lake, whose water has now been redirected to Los Angeles.
A troupe of performers from the Owens Valley (from Bishop to Darwin, CA) will read the radio play and perform sound effects. IOU Theatre performers include: Judyth Greenburgh, Jon Klusmire (script adaptation & direction), Max Rosan, Jim Shallcross, Jeanie Smith and Mary Winchester.
Highways Performance Space is located at the 18th St. Arts Center, 1651 18th St. Santa Monica, CA 90404 (1/2 block north of Olympic Blvd.) Tickets are $20 general admission / $15 Highways members, students, seniors. Seating is limited. Advance ticket purchase via highwaysperformance.org is recommended. The reservation line is 310-315-1459.
ABOUT METABOLIC STUDIO - Derived from the Greek word for change, "metabolism" is the process that maintains life. In continuous cycles of creation and destruction, metabolism transforms nutrients into energy and matter. Lauren Bon's studio practice includes a team of individuals that work together across a range of investigative platforms, transforming resources into energy, actions and outcomes.
Ms. Bon is trained as an architect and is a practicing visual artist. Her Metabolic Studio creates "devices of wonder" that are specific to sites; interrogating land and water use and positing new modalities in thinking and behavior. The Inter-Mountain West, stretching from the Rockies to the Sierra Nevada is a terrain formed by the forces of water and fire over glacial time. It is our shared watershed that is the focus of the geographic scope of the Metabolic Studio's work.
The Sonic Division of the Metabolic Studio uses sound as energy to remediate brownfields. Turning a silo on the edge of the Owens dry Lake into a musical instrument that plays itself, they have reconnected this industrial ruin with the city of Los Angeles (240 miles away) through sound. The Sonic Division plays weekly, like sirens to ship wrecked sailors, and filters that sound through the silos that sit on the dry lake.
SOURCE Metabolic Studio