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ParadiseFollowing four weeks of sold-out performances at the Westside’s Odyssey Theatre, the acclaimed production of Laura Maria Censabella’s moving, funny and thought-provoking drama, produced by Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions and American Oasis, re-opens at the Matrix Theatre.

What is the science behind first love? Two outsiders, a gifted Yemeni-American teenager at a poorly rated high school in the South Bronx and her disillusioned biology teacher, form an unlikely scientific partnership in the hope of securing her a scholarship. But when conflicts arise over differences in religion, culture and the boundaries of mentorship, their capacity to alter the course of each other's lives becomes greater than either had imagined.

“WOW!... intelligent, thought-provoking, compelling, heartbreaking, and satisfying... deserves national attention” — Stage Scene LA.

“SPELLBINDING DRAMA THAT IS UTTERLY ABSORBING… powerful emotions… expertly acted... keen, sensitive direction... impeccably produced’ — Theatre Notes

“WONDERFULLY COMPLEX… entertaining, thought-provoking and fun.” — LA Splash

“SINGULAR… IMPORTANT… food for thought on morals, the science of love, and the restrictions of the Muslim culture.” — Broadway World

“INTRIGUING…CHALLENGING…multidimensional characters, fluid dialogue and meaty conflicts involving culture, science and religion” — Capital & Main

“RECOMMENDED… emotional, scientific and faith-based cultural complexities” — Gia On The Move

“FIVE STARS… intense and complex” — Long Beach Times

“THOUGHT-PROVOKING… steers clear of all of the tropes” — The Theater Times


“WORTH SEEING...  a complexity of character rarely seen in American-backed fictional

Paradise was commissioned by Ensemble Studio Theatre and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, dedicated to developing new works about science and technology, and was a runner-up for the 2016 Saroyan/Paul Playwriting Prize for Human Rights.

Performances of Paradise take place March 8 thru March 31 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. (dark Sunday, March 10). There will be one additional performance, on Thursday, March 28 at 8 p.m. All tickets are $35. The Matrix Theatre is located at 7657 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90046.  For reservations and information, call (323) 960-7724 or go to Visit us on facebook:, or follow us on twitter: @paradisetheplay and instagram: @paradisetheplay.

Presenter / Producer: JuVee Productions and American Oasis

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Theater > Drama

Event Phone: 323-960-7724

Matrix Theatre
7657 Melrose Avenue
San Diego CA 90046

LA - Hollywood / Westside

Performance Dates: 3/8/2019 - 3/31/2019
Friday, 03/08/2019
Saturday, 03/09/2019
Friday, 03/15/2019
Saturday, 03/16/2019
Sunday, 03/17/2019
Friday, 03/22/2019
Saturday, 03/23/2019
Sunday, 03/24/2019
Thursday, 03/28/2019
Friday, 03/29/2019
Saturday, 03/30/2019
Sunday, 03/31/2019

Performance Times
Fridays, Saturdays 8:00 pm Sundays 2:00 pm

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