January 29, 2021 7:30pm PST/10:30pm EST
Miyo Yamauchi (StoryMasters)
Stories about a time you got where you were going, or a time you didn’t. Getting lost, giving up, finding your way, falling seven times and getting up eight. The new year and the distance ahead, the old year and the distance behind, the distance between you and the ones you love,- the distance that can be measured and the distance that can’t. A time you couldn’t but did, or a time you just couldn’t. Crossing borders, crossing lines, far-off places, last stops, the end of the road. Home: going, leaving, staying, or even, finding.
The multiple award-winning Echo Theater Company has presented 51 Los Angeles Premiere Productions, 41 of them World Premieres and of those, 22 were commissioned. These productions introduced Los Angeles to David Lindsay Abaire, Sarah Ruhl, Adam Rapp, Tanya Barfield, and Adam Bock, to name just a few.
Most recently, The Echo presented the critically acclaimed World Premiere productions of Mickey Birnbaum’s BACKYARD and Tommy Smith’s FIREMEN, while our World Premiere of Gary Lennon’s A FAMILY THING won two LA Weekly Awards. We were nominated for three Ovation Awards, including Best Ensemble and Best Play, for our West Coast premiere of Mark Schultz’ EVERYTHING WILL BE DIFFERENT. The company also received seven LA Weekly Award Nominations for its World Premiere production of Matt Benjamin & Logan Brown’s WIREHEAD. The West Coast premiere of Jessica Goldberg’s BODY POLITIC garnered Ovation Nominations for Best Play and Best Ensemble, while our world premiere of Bryan Davidson’s WAR MUSIC earned Ovations for Best Play and Best Ensemble. That production of WAR
MUSIC was picked up and transferred to The Geffen – a first ever for a 99-seat theater production in Los Angeles.
The Echo founded and produced The Ojai Playwrights Conference where new works by Christopher Durang, David Ives, Adam Rapp, David Lindsay-Abaire, and Jessica Goldberg, among many others, were workshopped.
The Echo also created and maintains ActOut: an educational outreach program dedicated to helping at-risk youth.
The Echo Theater Company supports playwrights and new works for the theater by creating an environment that empowers the playwright to their own progress while bringing fresh and engaging theatrical events to Los Angeles.
The Echo Theater is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Los Angeles, CA.