Monday, February 10, 2020

ADI-ANTHEM - A/C Theatre Company

from our friends at A/C Theatre Company:

We love musicals...most if not all of them. And we have especially love giving you valley premieres and have since year one. Love it so much, in fact, that we want to take our love of musicals to the next level.

In the Works is our latest attempt at bringing you new and fresh musicals being written right here in Arizona with an insider view of the workshop process. Musical lovers will get a glimpse of the blood, sweat, and tears that go into creating a work of theatre by observing the raw workshop process and not just the final rehearsed results.

We are presenting a four-night exclusive look at the work, love, and devotion that goes into writing a new show with Adi-Anthem, a brand new musical in development, written by Vaibu Mohan and Mario Ynigues. These open to the public workshops will be held at The Hormel Lobby at The Phoenix Theatre Company.

Workshop Dates and Times:
Act One
Monday, February 17 @ 7pm
Monday, February 24 @ 7pm

Act Two
Monday, March 23 @ 7pm
Saturday, March 30 @ 7pm

*pay what you can at the door

Meet the Cast

Prema - Xelha Castrejon
Kailash - Mario Yniguez
Divya - Sedona Ramonett
Pranav - Tyler Garcia
Ananya - Vaibu Mohan
Ted - Brady Larson

About Adi-Anthem
Three couples come together at a quiet suburban house to celebrate Thanksgiving. Prema and Kailash eagerly wait to greet their daughters and hope they can keep their secret for one more evening. Divya and Pranav are less than thrilled about the big fate Indian wedding planned by their parents. Ananya brings her boyfriend, Ted, to her childhood home for the first time.
As the aromas of the biryani and chai pervade the air, these lives collide as parents realize that they do not recognize their daughters and children figure out that their parents relationship is not as perfect as it seems.

Meet the Playwrights
Vaibu Mohan is a multi-faceted Indian-American artist with an emphasis in musical theatre. She is an Indian classical vocalist and dancer who has worked as a performer and choreographer at Silambam Phoenix. She developed a love for telling authentic stories and found her way to musical theatre. Vaibu is currently a senior at Arizona State University pursing a Bachelor of Music in musical theatre performance. In November, she made her debut as a director and choreographer in Fly By Night. She is also an alum of the National Music Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center where she began writing Adi-Antham. Vaibu is dedicated to bringing the South Asian community into the musical theatre conversation and creating pieces that tell stories from every corner of the subcontinent.

Mario Yniguez  is a composer, performer, and director who just graduated from ASU with a BMus in Vocal Performance. His psychedelic rock band Harrison Fjord (lead vocal/guitar) was named best band in Phoenix in 2017, opened for Bernie Sanders on his 2016 campaign, and recently broke one million plays on Spotify for their single Approximately 906 Miles. In 2017, he won an AriZoni Award for his original music composition for Ida (Orange Theatre & Scottsdale Community College). He was the director of an award-winning young men and women’s A Capella choir called Sound of the Mouth for three years. He played Feste and music-directed/composed for Southwest Shakespeare’s production of Twelfth Night. He has placed 1st in the Arizona NATS musical theatre competition four times and three times in the National Society of Arts and Letters competition. In 2018, he music directed Lin Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights at Desert Foothills Theater and music directed the Zoni Awards in 2019.

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