Edison Theatre

2008-09 OVATIONS! Series

September 27
Sweet Honey in the Rock

This Grammy Award-winning a cappella ensemble celebrates the rich legacy of African-American musical traditions, capturing the sounds of spirituals, gospel, Blues, African chants and ancient lullabies. Founded in 1973, the all-female group takes its name from Psalm 81:16 — which describes a land so rich that honey flows from rock — and today features five vocalists as well as one sign language interpreter. Over the years they have released more than 20 albums, most recently the Grammy-nominated Experience…101.

October 3 and 4
L.A. Theatre Works
War of the Worlds
The Lost World

The nation’s premiere radio theater company returns to Edison Theatre for a back-to-back double feature of sci-fi thrills and chills. Friday evening the company will present an all-new production of H.G. Wells’ masterwork War of the Worlds, adapted by Howard Koch. Saturday evening will feature Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic The Lost World, adapted by John de Lancie and Nat Segaloff.

October 10 and 11
Trey McIntyre Project

One of today’s most sought-after choreographers, Trey McIntyre creates ballet-influenced “movement experiences” that distill ideas and emotions about personal relationships and the interplay between art, society and culture. The Trey McIntyre Project, which he established in 2004, has already distinguished itself nationally, developing a strong reputation for artistic clarity, integrity and virtuosity, as well as for powerful and passionate performances.

November 7 and 8
Luna Negra Dance Theater
There is a Time

Chicago’s renowned Luna Negra Dance Theatre blends ballet and modern dance with the richness of Latino and Afro-Caribbean dance styles. Next fall the company will celebrate the 100th birthday of American dance icon José Limón (1908-1972) with a restaging of Limon’s masterwork There is a Time (1956). Inspired by Chapter 2 of Ecclesiastes, this large ensemble piece reflects the life of a community as well as Limon’s conviction that there is a continuity of life that cannot be destroyed.

Luna Negra Dance Theatre
Luna Negra Dance Theatre

*Special Event*
January 23 and 24
Olympia Dukakis

The Academy Award-winning star of Moonstruck and Steel Magnolias brings her acclaimed Broadway hit to the Edison stage. Written by Martin Sherman, this play-length monologue paints an unforgettable portrait of Rose, an 80-year-old Jewish woman from the Ukraine, following her life from war-torn Warsaw and through the Holocaust to post-war Atlantic City and modern-day Miami Beach.

*Special Event*
January 9 to 18
Metro Theater Company & Edison Theatre
To Kill a Mockingbird

Metro Theater Company and Edison Theatre will produce Christopher Sergel’s adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee. Directed by Carol North, this American classic tells the story of growing up in a small Alabama town in 1935 as the trial of an African-American man turns a community upside down. For nine-year-old Scout and her older brother Jem, the trial reveals important lessons in courage and integrity as they watch their father, Atticus Finch, stand up for what is right.

*King Henry V*
The Guthrie Theater and The Acting Company in *King Henry V* Feb. 13.

February 13 and 14
The Guthrie Theater & The Acting Company
King Henry V
World Premiere, The Spy

Two powerhouses of American theater join forces for two new productions. On February 13 Davis McCallum will direct William Shakespeare’s epic King Henry V, which follows the restless and ambitious young king as he inherits a troubled crown and launches a hasty invasion on France. The next evening John Miller-Stephany will direct the world premiere of Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper The Spy. Set during the American Revolution, this riveting adventure of espionage and romance tracks a New York family torn between British loyalties and Revolutionary sympathizers.

February 20 and 21
Joe Goode Performance Group

San Francisco Joe Goode Performance Group, in collaboration with master puppeteer Basil Twist, presents an unexpected tale of a peculiar superhero isolated by his gift of super sensitivity and his uncanny ability to empathize with everyone. Featuring original music by Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi, this remarkable collaboration combines Twist’s magical puppetry with Joe Goode’s unique method of storytelling through text, song and dance.

Ahn Trio
The Ahn Trio return to Edison Theatre Feb. 27 and 28.

February 27 and 28
Ahn Trio

Born in Seoul, Korea, and educated at Julliard, the Ahn Trio continues to redefine the art and architecture of chamber music. With their enviable combination of talent and style, these three sisters — Maria (cello), Lucia (piano) and Angella (violin) — breathe new life into the standard piano-trio repertoire, featuring commissioned works by visionary composers such as Kenji Bunch and Maurice Jarre.

March 27 and 28
Foreign Bodies

Acclaimed Los Angeles dance company Diavolo, under the artistic direction of Jacques Heim, combines bold movement with the adventurous, high-wire attitude of extreme sports. In March Diavolo will return to Edison Theatre with a new dance set to Foreign Bodies, an orchestral composition by Esa-Pekka Salonen, music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Like an imaginary “scene de ballet,” Heim’s choreography is physical in expression and examines the meaning and experience of home, origin and family.

ovations! for young people

*Masked Marvels & Wondertales*
Michael Cooper performs *Masked Marvels & Wondertales* Jan. 24.

January 24
Michael Cooper
Masked Marvels & Wondertales

Michael Cooper is an eye-popping visual artist and mime whose incredible performances have dazzled audiences for almost 30 years. In this breathtaking one-man-show, Cooper employs handcrafted masks and outlandish stilt dancing to tell original stories of courage and wonder that range from madcap to sublime. The result is a moving sculpture. Whether he’s high kicking on giant legs, animating one of his magical creations or quite literally “leaning on air,” the unending enthusiasm of this masked marvel will captivate both young and old.

February 28
Ahn Trio

March 28

Immediately following this matinee performance, Diavolo dancers will host a Q&A session about trust and teamwork with audience members.