Open Fist Theatre Company

the bauhaus project

WHEN:

Friday, July 19 – Sunday, August 25

WHAT:

Open Fist Theatre Company proudly presents the

World Premiere of

 

the bauhaus project

 

“the bauhaus project takes place on several levels,” explains Open Fist artistic director Martha Demson, who worked closely with Jacobson to develop the piece and is directing. “The framing device is a play within a play in which modern-day art school students trace the historical narrative of the Bauhaus, a groundbreaking art school committed to ‘marrying beauty with utility’ that was closed by the Nazis in 1933. Meanwhile, the production design will emphasize the enormous influence of the Bauhaus and the exhilaration of cross-disciplinary collaboration.”

Taking on the roles of the art students are Jack Goldwait (“Owen”), Sang Kim (“Duck”), Chloe Madriaga (“Brec”), Katarina Joy Lopez (“Ellis”), and John C. Sweet (“Kai”), each of whom, in turn, portrays multiple historic Bauhaus figures, many of whom later fled to the U.S. or died in concentration camps: architect and Bauhaus founding director Walter Gropius and his successors, architects Hannes Meyer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe; painters Paul KleeWassily KandinskyOskar Schlemmer and Lyonel Feininger; textile artists Gunta StolzlMaria Kipp and Otti Berger; furniture designer Marcel Breuer; photographer Laszlo Moholy-Nagy; graphic designer Herbert Bayer; composers Arnold Schönberg and Alma Mahler (widow of Gustav Mahler and wife of Walter Gropius); and architects Ludwig Hilberseimer and Fritz Ertl — the latter of whom would go on to design buildings at Auschwitz.

The Open Fist creative team includes scenic designer Richard Hoover, lighting designer Gavan Wyrick, composer and sound designer Tim Labor, projections designer Gabrieal Griego, costume designer Michael Mullen, prop masters Bruce Dickinson and Ina Shumaker, and assistant director Sarah ZukMartha Demsonand Amanda Weier produce for Open Fist Theatre Company, and Nychelle Hawk is associate producer.

Performances of the bauhaus project take place July 19 through August 25, with previews the weekend prior, on July 12, July 13 and July 14. Presented in two binge-worthy parts (Part 1Bauhaus Weimer and Part 2Bauhaus Dessau and Bauhaus Berlin)

Part I, which focuses on the school’s founding and early years in the city of Weimar, will run Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 4 p.m., while Part 2, which looks at the school’s moves, first to Dessau, then to Berlin, in the face of increasing Nazi scrutiny, will play on Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m.

Audience members can choose to view the entire Bauhaus Project over the course of two evenings (any Friday and any Saturday at 8 p.m.); two matinees (any Saturday and any Sunday at 4 p.m.); or on a single Saturday, at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. (The history is sequential, so it is not advised to view the parts out of order.) *To buy a subscription ticket of parts 1 and 2 click the “Subscriptions link“.

A combination ticket to both Parts 1 and 2 is $50, while admission to a single part is $35. Students receive a $5 discount, and preview performances are PayWhatYouCan. To make a reservation for The Bauhaus Project, call (323882-6912 or go to www.openfist.org.

OpenFist wants to make theatre accessible to all so, if you are unable to pay the ticket price, please contact our Box Office at oftchouse@gmail.com.

WHERE:

Atwater Village Theatre
3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039

PARKING: There is a free public lot P/1 south of the theatre as part of the AVX (Atwater Village Crossing) complex. Ample street parking is also available.

THIS WEEK THIS WEEK

WHEN:

Most Thursdays at 8PM

WHERE:

Atwater Village Theatre
3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039

PARKING: There is a free public lot P/1 south of the theatre as part of the AVX (Atwater Village Crossing) complex. Ample street parking is also available.

The Open Fist Theatre Company stands with the BIPOC community, including the AAPI people within it. We believe it is every human being’s right to participate equally in our institutions and communities – to be treated equally, to have their voices heard, and to have access to equal justice.

We are committed to being a part of the radical change that is needed to dismantle oppressive systems for good, specifically the system of white supremacy. We take a firm anti-racist stance and will not tolerate anything less than that in our role as storytellers and theatre-makers.

We are also committed to celebrating, uplifting, and centering the voices and stories of people of color, with the understanding that the theatre arts serve an important role in the movement towards inclusivity and liberation.

 

OFTC Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Statement

 

Open Fist Theatre Company believes it is every human being’s right to participate equally in our institutions and communities, to be treated equally under the Law, and to have access to equal justice. This is reflected by the company’s name, which combines the notion that an open spirit — embracing all people and ideas — is essential, with the idea that determination — signified by a fist — is necessary, if the theater is to remain a vital voice for social change and awareness. We are committed to being a part of the radical change that is needed to dismantle oppressive systems for good. Our policy is to take a firm anti-racist stance and will not tolerate anything less in our role as storytellers and theatre-makers.

 

Open Fist recognizes that past productions did not fully embrace or foster the diverse community we strive to create. We are addressing and correcting these inequities by becoming more deliberate in our inclusion of diverse artists and sharing these perspectives through the work we create. We continue to seek diverse voices for our Board and staff and challenge ourselves to speak to broader audiences. We have adopted a continuous learning mindset and understand that our racial equity work will evolve as we grow.

 

Open Fist Theatre Company remains committed to the creative empowerment of all its writers, directors, actors and designers; to sustaining a community that practices authentic inclusivity with the greatest possible diversity of age, race, ethnicity, ability, gender, sexual orientation, and socio-economic backgrounds; and to engaging an audience of similar diversity in order to unlock the potential of imagination and storytelling to build a better world. Together, the Company and its patrons strive to nurture empathy by embracing and celebrating differences, and by affirming the value and agency of all human beings.