The Echo Theater Company’s Feb. 11 performance of God’s Ear, a play by Jenny Schwartz, directed by Rory Kozoll, will benefit Peace Over Violence, a social service agency dedicated to the elimination of sexual and domestic violence and dedicated to a world without violence. Theatre, film, and television actress Frances Fisher serves as honorary chairperson for the evening.
In God’s Ear, a couple suffers a tragic accident, and their grief propels them into a fantastical world where the Tooth Fairy sings, their flight attendant is a cross dresser, and GI Joe offers family counseling. It’s a lyrically absurd journey of love, loss, and laughter.
Peace Over Violence provides crisis intervention services and violence prevention education, along with one-on-one counseling and guidance to heal survivors of violence. Teens are taught about healthy relationships; girls are trained in self-defense, boys are taught conflict resolution, and all are given advice on public policy. The organization believes, above all, that violence is preventable.
The Echo Theater Company production opened on Jan. 14 and has received positive reviews from local media. “Director Rory Kozoll skillfully moves the action along and brings out every bit of dark (and light) humor,” Back Stage reported.
“With a nod to the absurdist canon, and perhaps Lewis Carroll, Jenny Schwartz’s use of clichés, idiom and chatter is … brilliant and funny,” LA Weekly reported. God’s Ear is produced for the Echo Theater Company by Lauren Bass and Chris Fields.
Tickets for the benefit performance on Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. are $40 and are available at www.echotheatercompany.com or by calling (877) 369-9112. The regular running schedule is Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m., and tickets are $25. The Zephyr Theatre is located at 7456 Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, 90046. Street parking is available.
The multiple award-winning Echo Theater Company has presented 47 Los Angeles premiere productions, 37 world premieres, and 22 commissions. These productions introduced Los Angeles to the work of David Lindsay-Abaire, Sarah Ruhl, Adam Rapp, Adam Bock, Cusi Cram, Gary Sunshine, Ron Fitzgerald, Tanya Barfield, and Mike Batistick, among many others. Most recently, the Echo was nominated for three Ovation Awards including Best Ensemble and Best Play for its West Coast premiere of Mark Schultz’s Everything Will Be Different. The company also received seven LA Weekly Award nominations for its world premiere production of Matt Benjamin and Logan Brown’s Wirehead. The West Coast premiere of Jessica Goldberg’s Body Politic garnered Ovation nominations for Best Play and Best Ensemble. The Echo also engages in community outreach programs including a free public reading series, ActOut, an educational outreach program dedicated to helping at-risk youth, and PlayTime, an outreach program in which Echo members perform fairy tales, nursery rhymes and theater pieces for sick children of all ages in a number of facilities and hospitals in Los Angeles.