Artistic directors of A Noise Within see a parallel between
themselves and the quest the company is on to fund a new building and
the characters in their new season. All are in fierce pursuit of
truth and fueled by a daring spirit.
All the plays surround the notion of characters learning the truth
about themselves, said husband and wife Geoff Elliott and Julia
Rodriguez Elliott. Thus, the season has been titled “Truth and Dare.”
There is no fixed formula for choosing plays each season, Geoff
“Sometimes there is one play that is a cornerstone, sometimes a
group of plays reveal themselves and fall in our laps as we discussed
the season,” he said. “That’s what happened this time.”
The season opens with Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus” on Sept. 26. The
rest of the season offerings are Moliere’s “The Miser,” Arthur
Miller’s “The Price,” “A Wilde Holiday” with tales written by Oscar
Wilde, Euripides’ “Electra,” Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” and
Thornton Wilder’s “The Matchmaker.”
All the main characters experience a kind of baptism by fire. Some
survive the test. Others are destroyed by it. But in the end, all
become more fully realized human beings.
Bred for violent combat, Coriolanus braces to become Rome’s
greatest warrior. Among the battles he faces is one with a dominating
mother. But by finally using honesty as his defense, he discovers his
“Coriolanus is filled with destructive pride, but through the
play, he becomes conscious of it,” Elliott said. “You can say the
same about Horace Vandergelder in ‘Matchmaker.’ ”
“And, in ‘The Price,’ these people ultimately dare to see the
truth in themselves,” Rodriguez Elliott said. “Part of that ties into
what we are going to do with our new building venture -- it seems
like the journey we’re going through is marrying us in some way.”
The company is concentrating over the next two to three years on
fund-raising to move to a permanent new facility on a city-owned lot
in downtown Glendale. Supporters are coordinating a campaign to raise
the $4.5 million needed for the building.
“It’s all part of the journey and exploration,” she said.
The couple is enthusiastic about the rest of the season,
especially being able to produce “The Price,” which is rarely seen.
“It’s so underappreciated,” he said. “But it’s an extraordinary
piece of literature. Miller takes a small cast of four people and
plumbs the depths of what it is to be human, to be in a relationship
and this is a play a great deal of which is about relationships.”
Returning as its regular holiday production is “A Wilde Holiday.”
It is a concert reading of Oscar Wilde’s tales “The Selfish Giant,”
“The Happy Prince” and “The Star Child,” interspersed with the poetry
by Lewis Carroll and Christina Rossetti and others and backed with
original music by Laura Karpman.
“It’s been very successful, and for the audience that has not seen
it yet, it’s such a departure from the typical fare like ‘A Christmas
Carol,’ but has so much of that holiday spirit people seem to respond
to it,” she said.