Welcome to LAByrinth’s 23rd annual Barn Series! The renowned free reading series is a festival of new plays, and a critical and exciting step in LAB’s development of new work. Many of LAByrinth’s world premieres have come from the Barn, giving audiences a sneak peak into the artistic process, and a chance to see plays before they’re the next hot ticket.
Silence in the Mountains
Written and Directed by Lyle Kessler
Wednesday, February 8 at 7:15PM
A family of Holocaust survivors find hope in the arrival of a mysterious Stranger. An epic journey into the Heart of Darkness.
Lyle Kessler’s Orphans began it’s life at LA’s Matrix Theater followed by the acclaimed Steppenwolf production directed by Gary Sinese. It received two Tony nominations for its Broadway revival starring Alec Baldwin and Ben Foster. Albert Finney won the Olivier award in London’s West End production. Al Pacino and Jesse Eisenberg are among the actors who have appeared in the play. Orphans continues to be produced in almost every country in the world, including Australia, Turkey, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, Israel, South Korea, Mexico and Brazil. Other plays include Robbers, Possession, The Watering Place, and Unlisted. House on Fire was produced at Palm Beach Drama Works. Perp by New York’s Barrow group. Films include Orphans, The Saint of Fort Washington, Gladiator, and Touched, written and co-starring Mr. Kessler. He is the director of the Actors Studio Playwrights/ Directors Unit and is a member of the LAByrinth Theater Company. Mr Kessler served as artistic director of the Sundance Screenwriters Lab and participated in the Sundance Screenwriters Conference in Hungary working with writers from all over eastern Europe. He currently runs a master class for actors, writers and directors every Monday night in the West Village. He and his wife, actress Margaret Ladd, developed an original artistic modality which is used in psychiatric hospitals called the Imagination Workshop, the longest running arts and mental health program in the world. Mr. Kessler’s plays have been published by Random House, Grove Press, Samuel French and Dramatists Play Service.
LAByrinth Theater Company, founded in 1992 as The Latino Actors Base, was created to reflect a world where color is the norm and not the exception. From Our Lady of 121st Street to Halfway Bitches go Straight to Heaven, LAByrinth has produced over 50 world premieres and developed over 250 new plays.
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