"Personally, I welcome another player in town embracing contemporary theater," adds UCLA Performing Arts' director David Sefton. "And I hope that the powers that be at CalArts empower Mark to run his space without interference."
REDCAT's challenge is to find ways to fill its high-tech blank canvas with programming that will serve both the CalArts campus and the greater Los Angeles audience. And so far, Murphy's optimistic. He's got allies in the right places.
British spectacle and visual-theater artists Moti Roti, collaborating with New York theater group the Builder's Association.
Brussels-based dance-theater company Rosas, the resident company in the Belgian Opera House.
"Peach Blossom Fan" by CalArts visiting artist Shi-Zheng Chen, who directed "The Peony Pavilion." The new piece will be a production of CalArts' Center for New Theater, created for the REDCAT space.
Deja Donne, an Italian-Czech group that unites dance with spoken word.
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Drawing from the faculty
Suzan-Lori Parks: The playwriting professor has recently been given a commission for a work due in 2004, her first piece of music theater. She's had almost no exposure in town despite acclaim on Broadway.
Richard Foreman: The New York-based avant-garde artist, who runs the Ontological Hysterical Theatre, will put up "What to Wear," a new music theater piece written with musician Michael Gordon. The piece, to be developed in a residence at CalArts, is scheduled for the 2004-'05 season. Foreman developed "Bad Behavior" at CalArts in 2000.
Morton Subotnick: A music professor and composer best known for the electronic work "Silver Apples of the Moon," Subotnick will offer one of the first faculty performances next fall, the premiere of a new solo piece, to be presented with the work of a light artist.
The CalArts Dance Ensemble: This modern and contemporary group, which usually works in a variety of styles and with a mixture of guest choreographers with faculty choreographers, will probably give a performance every year.