more about our most recent event "An Invasion of Decency!"

OUR MOST RECENT SHOW: AN INVASION OF DECENCY!

 
 
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“ a wild theatrical spree that makes a direct appeal to the unconscious”

”The production seeks to upend the traditional ways of connecting sight and sound into sense.”

”...collages of this type have a long lineage. Richard Foreman . . . Wooster Group, Peter Sellars, Robert Wilson . . . “

”‘AN INVASION OF DECENCY!’ is a cause for optimism . . . FANCYPLAYGROUND is living up to its new name.” (C. McNulty)
  LOS ANGELES TIMES    

LOS ANGELES TIMES

 

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OPENING THE CURTAIN -  NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO -
LOS ANGELES

"the expanse of white space, the charmingly retro slide show, and the overall beautiful aesthetic . . .

"a bit like a Grimm's fairytale . . . if it were inspired by Richard Foreman and costumed, beautifully . . .

what's important is that this scale of work is being done in Los Angeles"(A. Byrnes)

some of Decency!'s artists

  ALAN MANDELL     AN INVASION OF DECENCY!  IS THE 5TH PRODUCTION OF OURS FOR WHICH MANDELL, ONE OF SAMUEL BECKETT'S ORIGINAL COLLABORATORS, PERFORMED FOR US ON-SCREEN.

ALAN MANDELL  

AN INVASION OF DECENCY! IS THE 5TH PRODUCTION OF OURS FOR WHICH MANDELL, ONE OF SAMUEL BECKETT'S ORIGINAL COLLABORATORS, PERFORMED FOR US ON-SCREEN.

  SAMMY SLABBINCK      BELGIAN SURREALIST SLABBINCK CREATED TEN (10) NEW PHOTO-MONTAGES + ANIMATION   FOR  DECENCY!

SAMMY SLABBINCK  

BELGIAN SURREALIST SLABBINCK CREATED TEN (10) NEW PHOTO-MONTAGES + ANIMATION FOR DECENCY!

  JOHN FLECK

JOHN FLECK

  KRISTINA WONG

KRISTINA WONG

  ADAM SOCH    ADAM SOCH, REZA ABDOH'S SURREALIST VIDEO ARTIST AND THE VIDEOGRAPHER TO OPERA COMPANIES NATIONALLY & INTERNATIONALL Y,  COLLABORATED WITH US IN THE FILMING AND SURREAL ASSEMBLAGE+EDITING  OF THE VIDEOS IN  DECENCY!      THIS IS SOCH'S 6TH COLLABORATION WITH US. 

ADAM SOCH

ADAM SOCH, REZA ABDOH'S SURREALIST VIDEO ARTIST AND THE VIDEOGRAPHER TO OPERA COMPANIES NATIONALLY & INTERNATIONALLY, COLLABORATED WITH US IN THE FILMING AND SURREAL ASSEMBLAGE+EDITING  OF THE VIDEOS IN DECENCY!   THIS IS SOCH'S 6TH COLLABORATION WITH US. 

WATCH THE SAMPLER OF
AN INVASION OF DECENCY!
(best with headphones/earbuds)

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"The event starts when the warehouse's industrial garage door rolls up and you walk in from the street - you push thru tall hanging industrial clear plastic strips lit by lighting designer Andrew Schmedake's spotlights obscuring your view momentarily . . .  your eyes adjust, but there's no guide, no one's handing you a program, you're standing [-  our beekeeper outfitted guides later will lead you to seating in a different space, but in the initial space, when you first come in, you're standing] & you're enveloped in the sound of live drumming & [sound designer] Danny Hynds' electronic-sonics.  In front of you is an evolving series of large projected surreal photo-montages about 'home' created for the show by the Belgian surrealist Sammy Slabbinck, projected via displayed vintage Kodak Carousels onto faux 'windows' hung in front of an implied house exterior made of a suspended super-tall row of vertical industrial red-plastic welder's strips, 20 ft. tall - in the center is a standalone ornate wood door and in front of all that is a kind of distressed picket fencing in front of the 'home'.  No explanation, no guide . . . so your antenna's up."
  JULIA PRUD'HOMME

JULIA PRUD'HOMME

  BETSY MOORE

BETSY MOORE

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  CHRISTINA GIAGOS

CHRISTINA GIAGOS

  ARIEL BARBER EDDIE  VONA

ARIEL BARBER
EDDIE  VONA

  TOPE ONI

TOPE ONI

  VALERIE MCCANN      

VALERIE MCCANN      

  ANDREW SCHMEDAKE - LIGHTING DESIGN

ANDREW SCHMEDAKE - LIGHTING DESIGN

  DANNY HYNDS - SOUND DESIGN

DANNY HYNDS - SOUND DESIGN

   

 

JOHN SINNER

writer
director
costume designer


J GOODKIND

art direction
production/set design
drummer

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  "   AN INVASION OF DECENCY! "  (credits from initial run)  WRITTEN + DIRECTED BY: JOHN SINNER PRODUCTION/SET DESIGN + ART DIRECTION:  J GOODKIND   VIDEOGRAPHY: ADAM SOCH PROJECTED PHOTO-MONTAGES    + ANIMATION: SAMMY SLABBINCK   LIGHTING DESIGN:  ANDREW SCHMEDAKE SOUND DESIGN:  DANNY HYNDS  COSTUME DESIGN: JOHN SINNER DRUMMING: J GOODKIND   CAST on-screen: JOHN FLECK AS  THE MILKMAN  ALAN MANDELL AS  GREAT GRANDMA CORA  VALERIE MCCANN AS  HOLY PERSON  (+ CHORAL/MOVEMENT COORDINATOR) KRISTINA WONG AS  THE HONORABLE DEACONESS MISS TREE OF PEACHES  TOPE ONI AS  CAPTAIN MIKE   CAST in person: ARIEL BARBER AS  ESMERELDA  CHRISTINA GIAGOS AS  GRIZZELDA  BETSY MOORE AS  BRUNHILDE  JULIA PRUD'HOMME AS  MAMA Z  EDDIE VONA AS  ROMULUS  SIERRA LAURIN PARSONS AS  THE BEEKEEPER  +  MASKED FIGURE    CAITLIN RUCKER: TECH DIRECTOR, STAGE MANAGER, LIGHTS+VIDEO OPERATOR        MIGUEL BENAVIDES:   MASTER RIGGER FRANCINE BRAZEAU:  COSTUME FABRICATION CREW: NELSON DIAL, REMY DIXON, SIERRA LAURIN PARSONS, CHRISTIANA CRABBE DANIEL & DYLAN GIAGNI:  SET CONSTRUCTION       RED COLEGROVE: SET CONSTRUCTION FRITZ DAVIS:  A/V TECH PROVIDER/CONSULTANT

"AN INVASION OF DECENCY!"

(credits from initial run)

WRITTEN + DIRECTED BY: JOHN SINNER
PRODUCTION/SET DESIGN + ART DIRECTION:  J GOODKIND

VIDEOGRAPHY: ADAM SOCH
PROJECTED PHOTO-MONTAGES
   + ANIMATION: SAMMY SLABBINCK

LIGHTING DESIGN:  ANDREW SCHMEDAKE
SOUND DESIGN:  DANNY HYNDS

COSTUME DESIGN: JOHN SINNER
DRUMMING: J GOODKIND

CAST on-screen:
JOHN FLECK AS THE MILKMAN
ALAN MANDELL AS GREAT GRANDMA CORA
VALERIE MCCANN AS HOLY PERSON (+ CHORAL/MOVEMENT COORDINATOR)
KRISTINA WONG AS THE HONORABLE DEACONESS MISS TREE OF PEACHES
TOPE ONI AS CAPTAIN MIKE

CAST in person:
ARIEL BARBER AS ESMERELDA
CHRISTINA GIAGOS AS GRIZZELDA
BETSY MOORE AS BRUNHILDE
JULIA PRUD'HOMME AS MAMA Z
EDDIE VONA AS ROMULUS
SIERRA LAURIN PARSONS AS THE BEEKEEPER + MASKED FIGURE


CAITLIN RUCKER: TECH DIRECTOR, STAGE MANAGER, LIGHTS+VIDEO OPERATOR       
MIGUEL BENAVIDES:   MASTER RIGGER
FRANCINE BRAZEAU:  COSTUME FABRICATION
CREW: NELSON DIAL, REMY DIXON, SIERRA LAURIN PARSONS, CHRISTIANA CRABBE
DANIEL & DYLAN GIAGNI:  SET CONSTRUCTION      
RED COLEGROVE: SET CONSTRUCTION
FRITZ DAVIS:  A/V TECH PROVIDER/CONSULTANT

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