An ETLA Co-Production
ETLA’s co-production with Front Row Center was a deeply moving and thought-provoking piece. Our own Youth League handed out programs while asking about loyalty to Big Brother. Patrons were encouraged to sing along with them to the Oceania Patriotic Hiking Song. Involving our community’s younger actors in this way was fun for them and started the “1984 world building” before the audience even took their seats.
Front Row Center
Using multimedia, a stark set, and theatrical lighting, the audience was transported to an interrogation room in The Ministry of Truth. As the interrogation proceeded, the party members took on various roles to act out the incriminating diary confiscated from Citizen Smith who answered questions and could only watch as the evidence mounted against him.
Culminating in the complete breakdown of Smith’s mind and will, the audience is left wondering, How much of my own personal freedom and thoughts am I willing to part with before I stand up to tyranny?
“1984” did tremendously at the box office with enthused audiences talking about it long after they left the theater.
In the works
An ETLA Original
Autumn on the Oregon Coast can be unpredictable, and not just because of the weather. The last thing bartender and owner Cap wants is having troubled local resident Gail come into his establishment and disturbing patrons. The two couples dropping in for a drink at his seaside bar don’t know what they’re in for.
This World Premiere comedy/drama brings together six people, each with their own story. Some sad, some funny, but all worth hearing. Eclipse Theatre LA is proud to donate a portion of all ticket sales to the Child and Family Center’s alcohol and drug rehabilitation and domestic violence support programs.