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RIP LA STAGE ALLIANCE

On Tuesday night we got to virtually huddle with the heroes pictured below for a peer-judged celebration of LA theatre at the 31st Ovation Awards, and watch the Wallis collect honors for our Frankenstein across all categories. We’re also celebrating the activism of our colleagues that has emerged in response to the ceremony. We stand […]

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ELEVEN 2021 Ovation Awards!

We’re so grateful to the LA theatre community who have honored our production Frankenstein with 11 Ovation Awards (for the 2019/2020 theatre season in Los Angeles). We’re thrilled to have this recognition from our peers. 2021 Ovation Awards Presented to the Wallis for our original adaptation and production: Best Play Frankenstein / Best Direction Mat Diafos Sweeney / Best Choreography Sebastian Peters-Lazaro / […]

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Sharing Resources

This week we’ve been reading and listening to our AAPI family, friends, collaborators, and community, who have bravely and generously shared their responses to the murders in Atlanta and the ongoing surge of anti-Asian violence. We stand in solidarity and reprehension. We acknowledge our participation in the gnarled and tangled cultural framework of white supremacy […]

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Ovation Award Nominations

Our Frankenstein leads the count with a dozen nominations for LA Stage Alliance’s 31st Ovation Awards (for the 2019/2020 theatre season in Los Angeles). We’re grateful for the recognition from our peers. Nominations: Best Play Frankenstein / Best Direction Mat Diafos Sweeney / Best Choreography Sebastian Peters-Lazaro / Best Featured Actor Max Baumgarten / Best Featured Actress Joanna Lynn-Jacobs / Best […]

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Twenty One

Happy 2021 dear friends! Here’s hoping that live art will resume and we can be together again soon. In the meantime, we’re digging our heels in to the digital reality. Watch this space for news about our first digital collaboration arriving later this year… We’re also excited to share this new video of Frankenstein. This […]

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Black Lives Matter

We mourn the Black lives lost to and endangered by systemic racism in America and we stand in outrage and condemnation of police brutality, in solidarity with protesters around the world. This movement is urgent but the work is ongoing. We acknowledge our personal responsibility and commit to actively work against anti-Black hate and violence […]

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Interviews

Mat talked to BROADWAY WORLD‘s Gil Kaan about Frankenstein and the Sherwood Award…READ Mat and Sebastian recently huddled with ALTA‘s Chris Martin to discuss immersive performance making and their collaboration with the Wallis…READ Most recently Mat spoke with LA STAGE ALLIANCE‘s Julia Stier to talk about the Sherwood, LA art making, and our hopes for the […]

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Hype for Frankenstein

The world premiere enraptured and enraged critics during its sold out extended run at the Wallis…Read what they had to say below… “INGENIOUS…a HYPNOTIC progression of sights, sounds, and ideas…a MASTER-CLASS of physical performance…a JAW-DROPPING combination of performance, stagecraft and technology that unites past and present in a spectral vision conveying the all-encompassing dread of a future mankind has […]

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Press Pause

All upcoming 2020 events have been postponed- follow us on FB and IG to be notified first, or join our MAILING LIST. We are sending our deepest admirations to the frontline workers keeping the world moving and our thanks to all those who can choose to stay at home. See you on the other side […]

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The Dead Sing

In an effort to support artists affected by the Covid-19 cancelations (hi!) the music hosting site bandcamp has cut their administrative fees, making it an excellent time to revisit one of our performance recordings including KATABASIS. Strap into your earphones and join us down below…LISTEN HERE

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FRANKENSTEIN extended! (UPDATE: sold out)

Our FRANKENSTEIN has been extended through Saturday March 7- last call to catch this “breathtaking and terrifying” (KCRW), “cerebral and viscerally spellbinding piece of entertainment” (ArtsBeatLA), a “jaw-dropping combination of performance, stagecraft and technology” (Los Angeles Blade) UPDATE: 3/2 All remaining performances of FRANKENSTEIN have sold out

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Mat receives 2020 Sherwood Award

Mat Diafos Sweeney has received the 2020 Dorothy and Richard E. Sherwood Award, a $10,000 prize awarded by Center Theatre Group to an innovative and adventurous Los Angeles theatre artist at a catalytic moment in their career. Since 1996, the Sherwood Award has been given annually in honor of longtime Center Theatre Group supporters Dorothy and […]

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Raves for ‘SESSION’ no.3 with Matthias Pintscher in Silverlake

Last week our latest collaboration with the LA Chamber Orchestra unfolded across the soundstage at Mack Sennet Studio, around a program curated by the brilliant Matthias Pintscher, featuring Michelle DeYoung. More images and info here. “Direction and design were entrusted to Mat Sweeney and Sebastian Peters-Lazaro, a.k.a. the roving theater outfit Four Larks…cunningly unified in […]

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acclaim for katabasis

Our sold-out katabasis has completed its run at the Getty Villa, and the reviews are in! See photos, video, and hear music from katabasis here. ”Triumphant…A high-water mark for site specific theatre” Kevin Gossett, NO PROSCENIUM ”Like a profound church service in its reach for eternal stasis…so beautifully and skillfully ensnared by four larks” Steven […]

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k a t a b a s i s

We’re preparing a mystery rite through the hallowed halls and gardens of the Getty Villa this November. Created as a companion piece to the Villa’s latest exhibition ‘Underworld : Imagining the Afterlife,’ our Katabasis will lead initiates through the realm of the dead in a performance that combines ritual theatre and immersive music.

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LACO :: Session

We’re joining forces with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for a site-specific concert party on May 24th at Angel City Brewing Co. We’ll be art-directing and co-producing this event. LA music hero Andrew Norman (pictured above) has curated an incredible program of string works from the likes of Caroline Shaw, Sky Macklay & Nina C […]

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Undine – One Weekend Only!

Four Larks returns for one weekend only with a visually immersive concerto, scaling the submarine depths of an oversaturated imagination. Join us in our transformed DTLA hideaway for a night of sublime submersion- but don’t delay- these three showings are bound to fill up fast. Tickets and More Information Here! See you there friends!

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On Flaubert, St Antoine, & Nice

Gustave Flaubert‘s The Temptation of St Antony is an interrogation of humanity’s religious impulse. The author was compelled and repulsed by the subject in equal measure. He loathed the irrationality and dangerous indoctrination he perceived in the church, but adored the ritual, tradition, curiosity and joyful communion that springs from the same well. We’ve spent the last few years wrestling with Flaubert’s gorgeous […]