The playwright-based Los Angeles theatre Moving Arts continues that reputation with its world premiere of Tom Scanlon's The Superhumans, playing at Moving Arts' home on 1822 Hyperion Ave., Mar. 5-Apr. 11.
In Superhumans, Communist Sol and Jesus-loving Capitalist, Sal have one thing in common: their unwavering belief that the other is wrong. Matt Almos directs. Playwright Scanlon's previous credits includes, Health produced by Actors Alley in North Hollywood.
According to Artistic Director Lee Wochner, Moving Arts, founded in 1992, was created out of necessity. "As a playwright, I needed a place to work out of; my co-founder Julie Briggs and I had been treated poorly elsewhere. We wanted a place where we weren't treated that way."
Seven years ago they created that place -- out of an old police substation -- and called it "Moving Arts." Since that time they have presented more than 60 plays, most of them world premieres, including the critically- acclaimed Beguiled by Choice (which ran for nine months in 1994), the Drama-Logue Award-winning Fast Friends, and two one-act festivals.
"When I was 15," Wochner told PBOL, "'Rolling Stone' did an article about Lanford Wilson. I read it and thought, 'This is dumb, why would anyone want to write plays?'. Then, in college...I took a Theatre of the Absurd class and it changed my life." The teacher took an instant liking to Wochner and allowed him to write a play, in lieu of doing another report. The teacher was so impressed with the play, she had Wochner write another -- this time with a school grant for $500.
Wochner's plays now number over 18 and include Happy Fun Family, Uncle Hem, Anapest, The Size of Pike and Remember Frank Zappa.
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-- By Sean McGrath