Ensemble Studio Theatre-LA will open the season in November with "a powerfully moving new work that eloquently melds realism and poetry," the world premiere of Tree by Julie Hebert. In it, "three generations divided by race, culture and time connect when a white Southern woman discovers old love letters leading her to an African-American half-brother."
In January 2010, TheSpyAnts presents the Los Angeles premiere of Charles L. Mee's bobrauschenbergamerica, "a fantastical voyage through the heart of small town America as seen through the eyes of visionary artist Robert Rauschenberg."
In March 2010, Circle X Theatre Co. returns to [Inside] the Ford with the world premiere of Lascivious Something by Sheila Callaghan. "It's 1980 and Reagan has just been elected. On a secluded Greek island, an American ex-pat pursues his passions: wine making and his breathtaking young bride. On the eve of his first tasting, an old lover reappears, and with her, a wild and violent past."
"These are three beautifully written pieces, each offering a profoundly different perspective on modern America," stated Los Angeles County Arts Commission executive director Laura Zucker. "We're pleased to be able to help three of L.A.'s most accomplished theatre companies bring this exciting new work to Los Angeles audiences."
Through the Winter Partnership Program, L.A. County-based theatre companies without permanent facilities submit projects for consideration. Three companies are chosen through a competitive process to present at [Inside] the Ford, where they receive significant promotional and technical support "while being allowed to keep the lion's share of the box office." The season is supported by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Ford Theatre Foundation, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Single tickets to Tree, bobrauschenbergamerica and Lascivious Something are priced at $20 with a special price of $12 for full-time students with ID and senior citizens. A season subscription for all three plays is $45.
Inside] the Ford is located in the Ford Theatres complex at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood.
For information go to the Ford Theatres website at www.FordTheatres.org or call (323) 461-3673. Subscriptions and individual tickets go on sale July 15.
The first Winter Partnership season at [Inside] the Ford was a critical and popular success. Song of Extinction by E.M. Lewis, which was presented by Moving Arts in the fall of 2008, was recognized with a slate of prestigious awards including the 2008 Production of the Year Award from the LA Weekly; the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle's Ted Schmitt Award for world premiere of an Outstanding New Play; and the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, the largest national award for a new play.
Circle X Theatre Company's Battle Hymn by Jim Leonard was a Los Angeles Times "Critic's Choice," an LA Weekly "GO!," and a Back Stage "Critic's Pick." The LA Weekly's Steven Leigh Morris called Home Siege Home, Ghost Road Company's ensemble-derived adaptation of Aeschylus' trilogy, The Oresteia and the final offering of the season, "a calculated blend of ancient lyricism and contemporary humor... [Katharine] Noon and company... conjure the psychological and cosmic forces that lead to the end of an era."
Embedded within a 1929 historic structure, [Inside] the Ford is an 87-seat indoor theatre space at the Ford Theatres complex that boasts 21st-century lights and sound, comfortable seats, and a decades-long history of nurturing new theatre. For decades it was rented by numerous groups, most notably the Mark Taper Forum which made it the home of its second stage Taper, Too from 1972 to 1997. In 1998 the space was extensively renovated and renamed [Inside] the Ford, following which a season of three productions was presented under the Los Angeles County Art Commission's subsidized rental program designed to help theatre companies without permanent facilities.