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Actor and Visiting Faculty James Franco Works With CalArts’ Students to Create PARADISE, a Multi-Media Theater Production

Franco and Deborah LaVine, Co-Director of California Institute of the Arts’ (CalArts) Film Directing Program, lead students in creating contemporary interpretations Williams’ rarely staged one-act plays.

With PARADISE, CalArts’ Film Directing Program’s One Act Festival brings non-traditional casting and a media-infused slant to Williams’ timeless work.

December 5, Valencia, CA—In PARADISE, multiple cameras intensify actors’ emotions on screens throughout the theater—meshing today’s media-obsessed world with playwright Tennessee Williams’ timeless emotional landscapes. Performances begin on Thursday, December 13 on CalArts’ campus in Valencia, California. Click here for more details.

Created as a workshop performance at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), PARADISE originated in an innovative class lead by Academy Award-nominated actor and visiting faculty James Franco, and Deborah LaVine, Co-Director of CalArts' Fim Directing Program.  In the class, One Act to Cinematic Event, film directing students collaborated with student actors, designers, musicians and dancers to develop contemporary multimedia interpretations of Williams’ iconic one-acts. The result is PARADISE’s nine short plays performed over 90 minutes.

The plays explored in PARADISE were once praised by Eli Wallach, one of Williams’ foremost interpreters, for expressing their author’s “courage, his sensitivity to the outsiders of life, his wicked sense of humor, and most of all his compassion.” Many of these one-acts were not produced in Williams’ lifetime—allowing PARADISE’s directors to freely adapt his material and offer fresh perspectives.

The goal of One Act to Cinematic Event is to create a collaborative synthesis of live performance and media.  The addition of media in PARADISE heightens the tension implicit in Williams' theatrical universe and brings his astute observations of human psychology into the current moment.

Press is invited to visit Paradise’s Opening Night, December 13. For press tickets please contact Margaret Crane at 661.222.2787, mcrane@calarts.edu.

One Act to Cinematic Event was developed by Deborah LaVine at CalArts and James Franco, founder of Rabbit Bandini Productions.

Dates and times
8 pm, Thursday, December 13 and Friday, December 14
3 pm, Saturday, December 15 and Sunday, December 16

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)
24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia CA 91355
Steven Spielberg Studio, BB3

Free of charge

Space is limited.

Reserve tickets online

Founded in 2003 by James Franco and Vince Jolivette, Rabbit Bandini Productions has established a successful track record of making films that have performed both within the independent filmmaking community, as well as in conjunction with major studios and foreign sales corporations. The company's projects have premiered internationally in the most prestigious film festivals, including Cannes, Sundance and Berlin, earning critical acclaim and accolades in each. Standouts thus far include the coveted Sundance opening night premiere of HOWL, a biography of iconic beat poet Allen Ginsberg, and SAL a feature biopic about Sal Mineo that premièred at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. With strong literary roots and a great appreciation for both innovative and classic novels, Rabbit Bandini is always seeking books for adaptation. In 2012, Rabbit Bandini completed the filming of notable acquisitions including CHILD OF GOD by Cormac McCarthy, and William Faulkner's AS I LAY DYING. 

Last edited by dthatt on Dec 06, 2012
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