The Home Project: An Eco-Cabaret is the name of the unusual show being brought into the 296-seat Theatre 2 at Los Angeles Theatre Center by Chris Beach's Beachworks Theatre company. The show, written by Beachworks with company writer Gary Amdahl, is an interdisciplinary entertainment combining acting, storytelling, singing, movement, mask and puppetry to make its ecological points about Earth's past, present and future. It will be seen at the LATC from April 14 through May 7.
Beach is known for work that is unexpected and provides visual surprises. Eco-Cabaret draws upon story material ranging from ancient Greek mythology to science fiction in its depiction of injury, revenge and courage in the face of dire peril. Beach refers to some of his segments as "true fables," but quickly adds that they are meant as "wake-up stories," not bedtime stories. He stresses that they are darkly comic and satirical takes on the theme of toxic destruction.
Beach previously directed Nickel and Dime at the Hudson and The Firebugs for Buffalo Nights. He currently chairs the Theatre Department at University of Redlands, where Eco-Cabaret was originally workshopped.
Featured in the cast are Nicole Burleson, Ross Crutchlow, Sara Holbert, Daniel Lynch Millner and David Strausberger.
L.A. Theatre Center is located at 514 S. Spring St. For tickets and information call (213) 485-1681. -- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent