Darkness! Audience in the dark! Actors in the dark! No light! What happens in a totally dark theater, with the audience intimately involved with actors playing in front of and around them and by constantly changing spatial and aural perspectives utilizing voice, music and sound—and always anticipating the ever present potential of the unexpected? The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble presents the world premiere of Theatre in the Dark, an unusual theatrical experiment made up of two separate evenings, “DARK” and “MORE DARK,” running in repertory. A most unique theater experience.
“This is a fascinating experiment for everyone involved,” notes Odyssey Theatre artistic director Ron Sossi who oversees the production. “How do we create theater without our eyes, using only imagination? When I was a kid, I was enamored with radio; this production takes that idea and expands on it. With radio, we sit in the light while we listen. What will it be like to sit in the dark, together with the actors and 98 other audience members?”
“Part of this enormous undertaking has been the analysis of what kind of plays work well in the dark, and in what sequences they should be presented.” Sossi explains. “Other issues have been logistical: devising ways for the actors to find their way around the stage with no light, and making sure that the audience will remain comfortable and safe with the theater in complete darkness.”
Theatre in the Dark runs October 20 through December 16, with two evenings of short plays, “DARK” (opening Saturday, Oct. 20) and “MORE DARK” (opening Saturday, Nov. 3) performing in repertory. Tickets are $25-$30. The Odyssey Theatre is located at 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90025. For reservations and information, call (310) 477-2055 ext. 2; www.OdysseyTheatre.com