The Johnny Cycle - Part I: The Quick and the Dead

Drama · the speakeasy society · Ages 13+ · world premiere · United States of America

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After a sold-out Christmas run of their critical success Ebenezer, The Speakeasy Society is helming their next large-scale immersive theatre production in the first of a three-part cycle inspired by Dalton Trumbo’s “Johnny Got His Gun.” Drawing material from the novel, as well as historical and artistic wartime sources, THE JOHNNY CYCLE will guide audiences through a personalized, individual, and epic experience examining the costs of war. Part I – The Quick and the Dead, will move through personal battlefields; guests will come in contact with a multitude of characters—childhood loves, family members, war room generals, soldiers, nurses, and even major religious figures—each character playing their role, intentionally or not, in sending our hero to his destiny as he desperately struggles to be heard. The living and the dead have voices—but Johnny is trapped in between.

“As with our past shows, we want the audience to have an intimate experience,” explains Julianne Just, co-founder of the Speakeasy Society and co-director of THE JOHNNY CYCLE. “For Part I – The Quick and the Dead, We’ll be turning the American Legion into a dream-like labyrinth that explores the personal trauma surrounding the complexities of war—fragmenting story, space, and character to examine a global impact on an individual scale. Our goal is to create a show that honors the service and sacrifice of veterans while still questioning the decision to engage in war.”

The performance will be presented at The American Legion Post #13 in Old Town Pasadena. Admission is limited. Audience members will be given a specific time for their performance to begin and will last 30-40 minutes. Performances begin at 8:00pm and will continue at 20 minute intervals afterwards. There will be a bar for audience members to share a drink with each other (and some of the characters) before and after their allotted performance times.

Starring Rose Arscott, Matthew Bamberg-Johnson, Michael Bates, Sam Breen, Sam Brittan, James Michael Cowan, Hayden Ezzy, Emily Faris, Natalie Fryman, Christie Harms, Nils Jansson, Nora King, Roberto Martin, Paul Matthis, John McCormick, Sallie Merkel, Robert Paterno, Michael Pignatelli, Jessica Rosilyn, Kalean Ung, and more

Produced by The Speakeasy Society.

The Johnny Cycle – Part I: The Quick and the Dead runs from May 28 to June 6:
Thursday, May 28 at 8 pm (Preview Performance);
Friday, May 29 at 8 pm;
Saturday, May 30 at 8 pm;
Friday June 5th at 8 pm;
Saturday June 6th at 8 pm

General admission is $35.

Please write to [email protected] for press passes.

Bar opens at 7:30 pm. Drinks available for purchase throughout the evening.

American Legion Post #13 is located at 131 N Marengo Ave, Pasadena, California 91101.

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julianne just

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