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Bryan Reynolds

BRYAN REYNOLDS  

Nationality:    USA
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Bryan Reynolds in from Scarsdale, New York, where he graduated from Scarsdale High School. After a short career at racing motorcycles, he graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in English Literature. He then attended Harvard University where he received his MA and PhD in English and American Literature. He is currently Professor, Chancellor's Fellow, and Head of Doctoral Studies in Drama and Theatre at UC Irvine. He lives with his wife and two children in Southern California.

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Blue Shade         Eve's Rapture         Fractalicious!         Lumping in Fargo         Railroad         Unbuckled         Woof, Daddy



Blue Shade

Synopsis:
Blue Shade is about a young mafioso from Brooklyn, Joey Mazzoni, who overindulges in today's freaky fast-track self-help ethos on which daytime talk shows and the pharmaceutical industry thrive. In Blue Shade civilization risks absolute explanation through the all-too sobering ingestion of a breakthrough psych-med that inspires a logic necessary to create order out of chaos in a warped economy where the costs effectively preempt the means. Whereas making sense is privileged in this double-edged world on-the-loose, Joey's enlightenment may not be just what the doctor ordered.

Notes:
5 Actors play 16 roles. In Addition to English, some Italian And Greek Are spoken.

1st Produced:
Divadlo DISK, Prague, Czech Republic    2007

Company:
Transversal Theater Company

1st Published:
In English and Romanian --Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj Press, Romania, 2007   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
with musical scenes Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  a baby doll

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Eve's Rapture

Synopsis:
God's creations run amok and the Garden goes to Hell. Adam loves too much, but domestic life is not Eve's thing. When something more exciting and dangerous comes along, there is no stopping Eve's insatiable lust for knowledge, power, and experience. With angels at war and Eve in the crossfire, Eve's Rapture is an action comedy where the unexpected keeps happening and ironies are fired like bullets

Notes:
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1st Produced:

Company:
Transversal Theater Company

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Fractalicious!

Synopsis:
Fractalicious! is both "intermedial" in that it blends various media co-relationally so that the media is mutually integral to the performance and "post-dramatic" insofar as it is non-text centered while at the same time text flows continuously forming a multidimensional affective infrastructure; it is presentational, ironic, sincere, and comedic, and features every design aspect working interdependently with comparable value. The performance combines five powerful components, a coalescing pastiche of characters, subject positions, performance modes, and digital technologies: 1) an actor plays a professor's multiple co-existing sensibilities that cascade in a chaotic unraveling and reorganizing of a stylized, often parodic, lecture, 2) a dancer/actor plays multiple subjectivities and affects competing for the space of the professor for whom she is lover, sadist, and symbiotic (altogether they present several overlapping storylines), 3) a number of actors, opera singers, or others sonically punctuate and amplify the fracturings of consciousness and subjectivity as they breakdown and renew throughout the performance, 4) a number of fully-integrated, reflexive-expansive videos permuting extreme phenomena from neurochemical to astronomical, human to machinic, horrific to beautiful, and so on, comprise, complicate and enhance the landscape and 5) a DJ weaves symphonically various sonic lifelines, biorhythmically fusing audience with all performance elements.

Notes:
the University of California, San Diego, 26 Oct 2012

1st Produced:
The Netherlands    2012

Company:
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1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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Genre:
65 min piece

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Lumping in Fargo

Synopsis:
Collaging King Lear, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It and several other of Shakespeare's plays, Lumping in Fargo rock operas the eccentric world of multi-millionaire misanthrope Leopold Wallersheim out of a tempestuous winter that could only be mitigated by his puckish retro 80s new wave poodle, Elvira, until the melodious voice of a nubile furniture mover, Cathy Lynn Bommerbasch, ignites hitherto unimagined passions. Yet the Fargoean romantics are unexpectedly muffled when accusations of a terrible crime compromise their idyllic future. The ensuing drama, haunted by tragic histories as well as ghostly forbearance, raises questions unanswerable by Betty Sue and Linda Lou. Who they are, of course, remains a mystery until you go Lumping in Fargo

Notes:
Book/Lyrics: Bryan Reynolds. Music: Michael Hooker. Part of the Los Angeles Festival of New American Musicals (http://www.lafestival.org)

1st Produced:
Studio Theater at UC Irvine    2008

Company:
Transversal Theater Company

1st Published:
Plays International (London: The Performing Arts Trust), 2006   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Musical

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Railroad

Synopsis:
Railroad is an intense anti-epic that explodes outward in the human dimensions of three families from three cultures (Nazi-German, Jewish-German, 21st-century American), four generations, and two eras -- all played by the same four actors. It blends typically distinct theatrical styles (expressionism, surrealism, and naturalism) to create the pressure of confinement (a boxcar: whirling hope and desperation spiraling into a black hole) and the joy of childish dreams, the lack of air and the freedom of flight (emigration), the bleakness of the black German Lugar and the audaciously bright colors of the American flag, all churning in contradictory directions at once.

Notes:
4 Actors play 18 roles. In Addition to English, the play includes text in Yiddish, German, And Hebrew.

1st Produced:
The National Theatre, Cluj, Romania    2006

Company:
Transversal Theater Company

1st Published:
Plays International (London: The Performing Arts Trust), 2006   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Unbuckled

Synopsis:
A trendy fashion photographer finds herself torn between polyamorous desires and the social rules that work to control human relations. The surprise arrival of an egotistical but charismatic old boyfriend with a penchant for philosophical debate from the most reactionary of perspectives eclipses any lingering sunshine on what seems to be the photographer's and her current boyfriend's otherwise quotidian horizon. The trip down memory lane becomes an erotic adventure into a quagmire of pent-up ideas and emotions sparked by a bartender who nobody can resist.

Notes:
4 Actors play 5 characters At A variety of Ages.

1st Produced:
Sibiu International Theatre Festival, Romania    2004

Company:
Transversal Theater Company

1st Published:
In English and Romanian -- The Anthology of Contemporary Plays 2004 (Sibiu, Romania: Annual Publication of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival), 2004   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Comedy Comedy

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Woof, Daddy

Synopsis:
In this explosive theater-noir psychological thriller, a father's duck-hunting reunion with his son is haunted by the reckless presence of his dead dog and the mysterious vanishing of his daughter. From the pastoral shores of Long Island to the cApricious revelations that often determine life, Woof, Daddy tempests into a tornado of irony, desires, and hopes, reeling everything into a mad game of subterfuge. Combining styles of Jacobean tragedy with American musicals, magical surrealism with bestial wonder, and comedy with horror, this perversity will forever change the ways you relate to dogs and the humans who love them.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Rampa-Teatr Na Targowku, Warsaw, Poland    2005

Company:
Transversal Theater Company

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Tragic-comedy Comedy

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  one female is a dog

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