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A Play With Cartoons
written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
directed by Nataki Garrett
The West Coast Premiere
"NEIGHBORS" NOW EXTENDED THROUGH NOVEMBER 7!
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm
plus Sundays at 2:30pm
Reservations & Information: (323) 852-1445
or Buy Tickets Online
Starring Keith Arthur Bolden, Leith Burke, Julia Campbell,
Baadja-Lyne, James Edward Shippy, Rachae Thomas, Daniele Watts
& Derek Webster
- WINNER, L.A.
Critics Circle Award:
Best Costume (Naila Aladdin
"CRITICS CHOICE! Messy, bold,
desperately funny and deeply felt: 'Neighbors' is worth
getting to know." - Charlotte Stoudt, Los Angeles Times
(CLICK TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE)
MORE RAVE REVIEWS...
"CRITIC'S PICK! [A] shockingly subversive play, smartly
directed... Jacobs-Jenkins' artistic vision here is
thrillingly original. He's clearly an exciting new voice in
American theater." - Les Spindle, BackStage
"GO! Razor-sharp dialogue... It's hard to imagine a
better production." - Steven Leigh Morris, L.A. Weekly
"One of the most intelligent and accomplished things seen
in Los Angeles theater for a long while! Those willing to
engage with this provocative piece are rewarded with a
production that is excellent on every level, a play that is
moving and funny and energetic and uncomfortable in the best
way, the kind of play that makes you want to talk about it in
the lobby for an hour afterward and think about it for days
after that. It's a theatrical firebomb, a genuine event."
- Terry Morgan, LAist
"Go see 'Neighbors' at the Matrix. Ask a few questions
on your way home." - Steve Julian, 89.3 KPCC
"Highly Recommended! Every element of [Jacob-Jenkins']
vivacious play is fresh, alive, and communicates. It's wildly
intelligent, unafraid, and wickedly funny. - Debra Levine,
"Vital and full of verve... This will be one of the
most talked about and controversial shows this season."
-Michele Hunter, EyeSpyLA.com
"A complex, difficult and extraordinary play that must,
and does, challenge the mind, heart and even soul of every
audience member with a thinking gene in his or her body." -
Madeleine Shaner, Beverly Press
"See this play to be inspired and, hopefully, dislodged
from complacency." - Tony Frankel, World of Stage
Read the feature
article "Matrix Producer Joe Stern Tests the Comfort Zone
in New Play, 'Neighbors'"
by I C Rapoport
Julia Campbell & Derek Webster
Julia Campbell & Leif Burke
Sitting L-R: Danielle Watts, Baadja-Lynn & James Shippy
Standing L-R: Keith Arthur Bolden & Leif Burke
Have you seen the new
neighbors? Richard Patterson is an upwardly mobile
African-American academic. The family of black actors who has
moved in next door is rowdy, tacky, shameless, and uncouth.
They are not just invading his neighborhood - they're
infiltrating his family, his sanity, and his entire
post-racial lifestyle. This shocking, explosive and wildly
theatrical new play is guaranteed to be the most provocative
play you'll see this year.
"Branden is a part of a growing group of New York-based
writers of color who have started a previously taboo
conversation about identity politics in America," says
director Garrett. "In the play, Richard has cut himself off
from major aspects of his identity. The family who moves in
next door embodies his worst nightmare. They represent
everything he's tried to deny in himself."
"I see Neighbors as the continuation of the dialogue
about race in America," asserts Stern, who first workshopped
Neighbors at the Matrix last December, before it went on to
premiere in New York as part of The Public Theatre's LAB
series in February.
In an unusual move, The Public opened its LAB production up
for review. "Jacobs-Jenkins invents a theatrical conceit sure
to baffle and enrage… messy, audacious, fitfully stunning,"
wrote David Cote in Time Out. In his Back Stage Critic's Pick
review, Erik Haagensen raved: "Jacobs-Jenkins has arrived with
a big old bang with 'Neighbors,' a grandly theatrical, highly
subversive, and immensely intelligent play."
"It's not my intention to shock, just to put these ideas into
constellation," explains Jacobs-Jenkins. "What is the value,
or lack of value, of 'blackness'? Aren't we past this? Well
no, because we still recognize these images. If we were really
past it, you wouldn't feel anything. I'm tired of the idea
that these issues of race are no longer with us."
Set Design - John
Lighting Design - J. Kent Inasy
Costume Design - Naila Aladdin Sanders
Sound Design - John Zalewski