The multi-award-winning Fountain Theatre has added Taking Flight, written and performed by Adriana Sevan and directed by Giovanna Sardelli, as a special event to its current season. Taking Flight will perform for a limited engagement of two weeks only, August 17to August 26, at the Fountain Theatre in Hollywood.
Based on a true experience, Taking Flight is a deeply compelling, funny and sexy tale that celebrates the soul of friendship and the resilience of the human’spirit. It is the unforgettable journey of two friends who struggle to overcome a tragic event that changes the world and both their lives. Laugh, cry and cheer with Adriana as she discovers why the heart is the strongest muscle in the body.
Taking Flight is a one-woman’show exploring the depth of friendship in the face of disaster, and the restorative power of forgiveness and redemption. In the hilarious and powerful piece, actress/writer Adriana Sevan ‘s herself a striking and passionate Armenian/Dominican hybrid ‘s portrays a mixed ethnic variety of several unforgettable characters: the Latina Esperanza Middleschmertz (an outrageous mixture of Carmen Miranda and Dr Phil “in the hood”), a Haitian cabdriver, a hilarious Jewish fashion-maven from Long Island, and a 90 year-old sexy grandmother. In the midst of one of America’s most cataclysmic events, the diverse central characters in Taking Flight are all forced to question and confront issues of friendship, loyalty, spirituality, and love.
A highly respected award-winning actress, Adriana Sevan has been seen in lead roles in such noted theaters as South Coast Rep (The Clean House, Anna In The Tropics), A.C.T (Stoppard’s Indian Ink) in San Francisco, L.A. Theatre Works, Shakespeare & Co (Henry V), and The Public (Two Sisters And A Piano) in New York. In 2005, she won a Best Actress award at the Denver International Film Festival for her portrayal in Patricia Johnson’s critically acclaimed debut film, King’s County. On TV she has guest-starred on Law & Order, Sex and the City, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. As a playwright, her work has been developed at the Sundance Theatre Lab, South Coast Repertory, and the Mark Taper Forum.
Giovanna Sardelli (Director) is a New York based director whose critically acclaimed productions have been presented at notable theatres across the country including, Second Stage Uptown, the Cherry Lane Theatre, CTG’s Kirk Douglas Theatre and San Diego Rep. She has extensive experience developing new plays and has worked with the Sundance Theatre Lab and the Lark Play Development Center where she is an Artistic Associate. Her production of Two Thirds Home, by Padriac Lillis, is currently running in New York City and opened to rave reviews.
Giovanna is most proud of an event she created in response to 9/11. A Weekend Celebraton For Women combined the creative and the healing arts and explored the power of women to impact the world and effect political change through their art.
She received her MFA in Acting from NYU and is a graduate of their Director’s Lab. She currently teaches acting in the Department of Dance, NYU-Tisch School of the Arts and this fall she will join the faculty of the Graduate Acting Program to teach theatre games.
Taking Flight will perform for two weeks only August 17 to 26. Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Avenue in Hollywood.
Ticket prices are $25.00 for all performances. Seniors and Students with ID tickets are $15. Rush tickets are available half-hour before show time. For tickets, please call 323-663-1525 or visit www.fountaintheatre.com.