iambic lab: new works and classical curiosities begins February 2!

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Our annual theater laboratory where we present new works, play readings, lectures, and classes. It’s two weeks of theater exploration! Events include:

 

TO SEE

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Kiss the Book! Shakespeare's Fools & Drunks with David Melville
An evening of wit and Elizabethan cocktails
Saturday, February 2 at 7:30 PM
Friday, February 8 at 7:30 PM
Tickets: $25 dry, $40 wet

This unique evening is part performance, part symposium, and thoroughly entertaining. ISC’s co-founder takes the audience through the history of the comic actors of Shakespeare’s company and performs selections of their most famous roles. Purchase a teetotaling ticket, or imbibe Renaissance cocktails during the show.

 
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Seven Devils and a French Nun
Co-created by performer Carine Montbertrand & director Ron Bashford
Saturday, February 9th at 7:30 PM
Friday, February 15th at 7:30 PM
Tickets: $25-$35

This one-woman bouffon show is based on the true story of Jeanne des Anges, a rebel sex-starved nun who claimed a suave local priest caused her to be possessed by seven devils, each of whom makes an appearance in the show. Many exorcisms, a burning, and a major miracle later, Jeanne became a Saint, touring France as the earliest version of a rock superstar! Carine Montbertrand explores this larger-than-life character with great theatricality and a rude sense of humor.

 
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C.3.3. : Oscar Wilde in Prison
Written by Scott Carter
A reading of a new play by the Executive Producer of Real Time with Bill Maher
Sunday, February 10th at 2:00 PM & Sunday, February 17 at 2:00 PM
Tickets: Free

The time Oscar Wilde spent in prison for “gross indecency” had a profound impact on his sense of self and lasting repercussions for those that cared for him. This new play is a riotous and headlong exploration of one of the most prolific and entertaining writers of our age: a man who lived, loved, and wrote with abandon. Playwright Scott Carter also wrote Discord, produced by ISC in 2014 and is the Executive Producer of Real Time with Bill Maher.

 
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Knight of the Burning Pestle
Written by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, rather freely adapted by ISC
Saturday, February 16th at 7:30PM
Tickets: Free

Is this the first avant-garde work of theater? OK, probably not, as it’s from 1604. Nonetheless, this terribly ribald play about a couple of grocers who interrupt a theater company and insist their clerk be cast in a leading role is a delightful, anarchic romp. Join ISC for one of our favorite, rarely produced classical plays! (Please no throwing of vegetables.)

 

TO DO:

Verse Speaking Studio
Tuesday February 5th 2019 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Taught by David Melville
FREE
This introduction to speaking Shakespeare lays out the history of the verse form and why the ISC approach is so effective.

Shakespeare Performance Workshop
Tuesday, February 12th 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Taught by Melissa Chalsma
This class highlights the importance of bold, clear choices when performing classical plays. Students are on their feet and working throughout. It’s a perfect introduction to the ISC Studio classes!
Fee: $35

Expressive Movement Mask Masterclass
Taught by Carine Montbertrand
Wednesday, February 13th 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Fee: $35
Through neutral mask work, this master class will enhance your physical creativity and awareness, and give you a new way of thinking about stage presence. Carine Montbertrand has taught acting and mask work throughout the US for over two decades.


Julius Caesar

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March 15 - May 11*
Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays at 7:30; Sundays at 2:00
Tickets $25 - $35, Students $15
*No show on Sunday, April 21st

Beware the Ides of March! Rome teeters on the brink of civil war as Caesar’s ambition for a crown threatens the stability of the Republic. Part ghost story, part political murder thriller, ancient Rome comes to vivid life in ISC’s first ever mounting of one of the greatest hits of the Elizabethan stage.

Inspired by Orson Welles’s 1937 Mercury Theater production, this pared down version of the text immerses the audience in the multiplicities of the conspiracy to save Rome and even gives the spectators a voice in the action. Audience participation encouraged (but not enforced!)


Getting to the Studio:

We are located at the Atwater Arts + Innovation Complex in Atwater Village

3191 Casitas Ave. #130
Los Angeles, CA 90039
818-710-6306

As of January 2018, our new Studio is located down the hall from our previous Studio space.

There is ample free parking in Lots P1 and P2. Street parking available evenings, check the signs for parking restrictions.

 

Accessibility

ADA ramps are located in P2.

To arrange a wheelchair accessible seating, please make a note on your reservation or contact us directly.

We're happy to answer your questions. Please contact Sabrina via email or call 818-710-6036.