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A comatose man re-emerges into consciousness in a multilayered, multimedia theatrical event about the miraculous power of the brain to re-wire and heal itself. Blending cutting-edge science with masterful storytelling, it’s a profound, often comedic tour of the collective unconscious.
A world premiere comedy, Plasticity takes the audience inside human consciousness. A comatose man re-emerges into consciousness in a multi-layered, multi-media theatrical event about the miraculous power of the brain to re-wire and heal itself. Written by Ovation, LA Drama Critics Circle and LA Weekly award-nominated co-writers Alex Lyras and Robert McCaskill, Plasticity opens January 28 for an eight-week run through March 13 at the Hudson Guild Theatre in Hollywood.
McCaskill and Lyras team up with two-time Grammy Award-nominated composer Ken Rich, visual artist Corwin Evans and three-time Emmy Award winning editor Peter Chakos to create a profound, humorous and highly ambitious tour of the collective unconscious.
Blending cutting-edge science with masterful storytelling, Plasticity takes the audience deep inside the mind of David Rosely, as he lies in a coma. A hovering circle of doctors and loved ones, including David’s twin brother Grant, are all played by Lyras in an unusual solo performance. The actor not only creates multiple characters, but interacts with them onstage through the use of integrated projections.
Lyras and McCaskill (who directs), extensively researched the science of brain plasticity, conducting multiple interviews with doctors and scientists before committing script to paper.
“The latest neuroscience informs the show’s exploration of how the brain heals itself and ultimately creates the mind,” Lyras says. “David’s attempts to piece together his consciousness as he emerges from the coma are represented visually, using multiple projectors to create 3D effects.”
“It’s a pleasure consulting with writers committed to getting complicated science of the brain right,” says Clinical Professor of Neurology at NYU’s School of Medicine Zuzana Belisova-Gyure.
Brain plasticity (from the Greek word “plastos” meaning molded) refers to the extraordinary ability of the brain to modify its own structure and function following changes within the body or in the exterior environment. The play also examines important end-of-life issues, as David’s friends and family consider whether or not to “pull the plug.”
Presenter / Producer: Hudson Guild Theatre
Theater > Musicals
Event Phone: 323-960-7787
Hudson Guild Theatre
6539 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90038
LA - Hollywood / Westside
Performance Dates: 1/28/2017 - 5/22/2017
Extended through May 22
• Mondays at 8 p.m: April 24, May 1, May 8, May 15, May 22
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