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  1969 -A Fantastical Odyssey Through The American Mindscape at Theatre/Theater

1969 -A Fantastical Odyssey Through The American Mindscape

5041 West Pico Blvd. Los Angeles

This epic new play focuses on the seismic, cultural shift that occurred in our nation in 1969, leaving us forever changed. Follow real historic characters Mary Jo Kopechne (of that infamously mysterious Chappaquiddick ride), William J. Murray (son of atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair and future advisor to George W. Bush), and Junior (son of Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins) as they traverse through that frenetically disturbing year. Through incisive, hallucinogenic lenses, we revisit the milestones of the time: incipient sexual freedom impinging on traditional ideals; mushrooming atheism sparring with the newfound vigor of the right; relinquishing the Kennedy complex while nurturing deity-like celebrity; and savoring the rapture of television despite its capitalistic trappings…all this, set against the event meant to unify our world – the moon landing!

Thru - Apr 29, 2012

Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:00pm

Price: $25-$30

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 800-838-3006

  1969 -A Fantastical Odyssey Through The American Mindscape Reviews
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LA Weekly - Not Recommended

"...Long before director Tony Gatto (abetted by Adam Flemming’s gratuitous video projections) runs Chua’s pop-historical potpourri completely off its postmodernist rails, the play’s mind-twisting quasi-profundities offer a sobering reminder of why the children of the ’60s traded in their LSD for the comforting lucidity of the 401(k)."
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Bill Raden

Backstage - Somewhat Recommended

"...It’s colorful and funny but short on coherence and intellectual consistency."
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Neal Weaver

Stage and Cinema - Not Recommended

"...1969, billed as “a fantastical odyssey through the American mindscape,” feels more like a self-indulgent slog through a playwright’s inner monologue. Producers Fayna Sanchez, Chua and Gatto have corralled an impressive log of design talent and some committed, talented actors, in service of a play unlikely to be remembered as anybody’s best work."
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Jason Rohrer

EyeSpyLA - Recommended

"...There’s a new serious play in the modernist style, with thoughtful direction, clever sets, and dedicated acting at Theatre/Theater. Also complete nudity. It is Damon Chua’s, intelligent, difficult, long, and elaborately titled 1969: A Fantastical Odyssey Through the American Mindscape."
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Mark Share

Stage Scene LA - Somewhat Recommended

"...I have the feeling that the more you know about 1969, the more you’ll appreciate 1969: A Fantastical Odyssey Through The American Mindscape, and though it doesn’t work as well as I’m sure its writer hoped it would (at least for this reviewer), I found much to enjoy over the course of its two acts. And as for its design—well that alone makes it work a look-see."
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Steven Stanley

LA Stage Times - Recommended

"...My favorite of the two shows is 1969, a collection of loosely connected picaresque stories about mostly well-known figures, with moments of lyrical and moving writing by Damon Chua, some eye-opening video by Adam Flemming and precise direction by Tony Gatto."
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