Davis, Dinklage, Leigh and Streep Sound Off in "Theater of the New Ear" in Los Angeles, Sept. 14

News   Davis, Dinklage, Leigh and Streep Sound Off in "Theater of the New Ear" in Los Angeles, Sept. 14 Hope Davis, Peter Dinklage, Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Thewlis, Tom Noonan and Meryl Streep star in the UCLA Live presentation, "Theater of the New Ear," featuring works by Academy Award winner Charlie Kaufman and Francis Fregoli.
Peter Dinklage
Peter Dinklage Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Presented by UCLA Live and Arts at St. Ann's, the original sound plays — set to music by Carter Burwell — will play at UCLA Live's Royce Hall, Sept. 14-16. Davis (Spinning Into Butter, the upcoming "Proof"), Dinklage (Richard III, "The Station Agent"), Leigh ("Single White Female," Cabaret, and the upcoming Abigail's Party), Thewlis ("Kingdom of Heaven," "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"), Noonan (Buried Child, "Heat") and Streep (The Seagull, "Angels in America") perform in Charlie Kaufman's Hope Leaves the Theater and Francis Fregol's Anomalisa. The scribes direct their own works.

The sound plays will feature actors with scripts in hand joined on stage by a flurry of sound effects and a live band "to create multiple characters and parallel realities," according to production notes. "No film, no sets, no costumes. This will be an evening like none you’ve ever seen — or heard — before."

The design team will include foley artist Marko Costanzo, sound by David Schnirman and Jody Elff, lighting by Manuel Lutgenhorst with music performed by Parabola.

Writer Kaufman earned his Oscar for his screenplay to "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" after having been nominated for his "Being John Malkovich" and "Adaptation." He has also penned "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" and "Human Nature."

The Kaufman work was previously paired with Joel and Ethan Coen's Sawbones starring Steve Buscemi, John Goodman, Marcia Gay Harden, Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Slattery and Brooke Smith. The New York version of "Theater of the New Ear" performed at St. Ann's Warehouse.

For tickets to "Theater of the New Ear" at UCLA Live, call (310) 825-2101. For more information, visit www.uclalive.org.