Lodestone’s first science-fiction mainstage production explores the relationship between art and technology

LOS ANGELES, CA – Lodestone Theatre Ensemble presents the world premiere of Trapezoid, running April 19 - May 25, 2008 at the GTC Burbank (1111-B West Olive Ave., Burbank, CA 91506) located inside George Izay Park.  Following on the heels of one of its most critically-acclaimed and commercially successful seasons, the award-winning theatre company kicks off its ninth season with a new play by Lodestone Resident Producer Nic Cha Kim and directed by Scott Horstein

Lodestone’s first presentation of a play in the science-fiction genre, Trapezoid tells the story of a Korean American poet in love hired by a technology think tank to put the “art” in artificial intelligence.  When the robot creation falls in love with the human creator, it's man-made versus mankind with sometimes comic and sometimes tragic results.

The cast includes Julia Cho, Antonia Grace Glenn, Alberto Isaac, Lanny Joon, Elaine Kao, Charles Kim, Ryan Mercado, Leonard Wu, Elpidio Ebuen, John Fukuda, Grace Kim, Stephanie Lincoln, Brian P Nichols and Enoch Wu.

Trapezoid is a loose adaptation of Pygmalion and Galatea but instead of sculpture, we use poetry,” explains playwright Nic Cha Kim.  “From Collodi's Pinocchio, Shelley's Frankenstein and Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, artificial intelligence has been a fixture of science-fiction for centuries despite only being a science for the last 65 years.  Trapezoid is my homage to scientists and writers alike.”

Trapezoid playwright Nic Cha Kim is a Korean American writer, video artist and community activist.  The recipient of numerous distinctions from the City of Los Angeles, Kim is best known for founding Gallery Row and leading the effort to create a gallery district in Downtown Los Angeles.  As owner of Niche Video Art, his work curating cutting-edge digital and video art has been recognized in Art Forum, LA Times and the Downtown News.  Kim was voted top 10 most influential Angeleno by LA Alternative Press and profiled on LA18 in the segment Our Role Models.   This is Kim’s first mainstage production at Lodestone.

Scott Horstein has directed workshops, readings and/or served as dramaturg at the Black Dahlia Theater, East West Players, the West Coast Ensemble, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Rep, San Diego Rep and the Old Globe, where he dramaturged for Arthur Miller on his penultimate play Resurrection Blues.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm., April 19 – May 25, with low-priced previews on April 17 and 18.  Tickets are $16 for general admission, $14 for students/seniors.  Group rates of $12 each are available for reservations of ten or more.  Tickets for the April 19th Opening Night Gala with a post-show reception are $25.  All Sunday matinees (except May 25) will be pay-what-you-can admission with a $1 minimum.

For more information, call the Lodestone Theatre Ensemble hotline at (323) 993-7245 or visit www.lodestonetheatre.org or www.myspace.com/lodestonetheatre or www.myspace.com/trapezoid2008

Founded in 1999 by Philip W. Chung, Alexandra Chun, Chil Kong and Tim Lounibos, Lodestone is committed to providing a forum for Asian Pacific American artists in all aspects of the theatre arts.  Lodestone seeks to challenge limited perceptions of Asian Pacific Americans through the creation of original theatrical productions as well as a fresh retelling of established works. 

Lodestone Theatre Ensemble is a Company-in-Residence at GTC Burbank.

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