MENTION MY BEAUTY
The Cherry Lane Theatre, New York, NY
2:00PM Tuesday January 17th 2017
Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York NY - Sept. 2016
The Passage Theatre, Trenton NJ - March 2016
A collection of stories about growing up in the 1960’s and 70’s. - It was a time of rebellion and action and indignation. Although she joined organizations like VISTA, her attention was elsewhere.
Public reading presented by The Play Company Idea Lab and the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center -
Directed by Austin Pendleton
featuring Steve Bakunas, Alma Cuervo, Linda Lavin, Mary McCann and David Margulies
A story of the insanity that happens when history is denied.
out of the city
Passage Theatre, Newark NJ
Oct 27 - Nov 13, 2016
Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm
Sunday at 3pm (1st week)
Friday at 7:30pm
Saturday at 3pm and 7:30pm
Sunday at 3pm (2nd and 3rd week)
Named as one of The Newark Star-Ledger's Top Ten New Jersey Productions of 2016
World Premiere: Dorset Theatre Festival - July 2014
Directed by Dina Janis, Artistic Director
Merrimack Reparatory Theatre, Lowell MA
March-April 2015 - Directed by Christian Parker
"There may be sex in the city, but stranger things happen in the forest primeval. In Out of the City... playwright Leslie Ayvazian takes this premise and runs with it to consider its effect on two married couples on a weekend getaway at a B&B in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. The four longtime friends are celebrating Carol's 60th birthday, but find themselves exploring all kinds of new territory, not just opening the door on a new decade... Out of the City focuses on the relationships and how they are perceived differently by each of the pairs. Within the marriages, the women are more attuned than the men, and Carol and Jill also pay attention to their one-on-one friendship. Seemingly innocent disclosures and little discoveries that are not very important when taken individually, begin to cause incremental shifts in behaviors and attitudes when they are added up. Old assumptions are shattered and their world tilts on its axis. And it all starts with the two women sharing a kiss."
- Talkin' Broadway Regional Reviews
"The 90-minute play runs without intermission, which is good for comedy and dialogue-driven stories. There are some hilarious discussions between both sets of friends about sex (Carol uses the phrase "the... insistence of it" to great effect). And the many iterations of and reactions to kissing are the comedic impetus for much of the activity. "The thing that interests me about plays is how things shift just a little bit" said Out Of the City playwright Leslie Ayvazian. "That's the thing I pursue all the time. What that little shift does to the paradigm of a marriage - a solid marriage, a good marriage - to me was worth investigating."
- The Nashua Telegraph
"A fun and provocative summer comedy. Two couples take a weekend in the country to celebrate a 60th birthday. A small thing occurs and everything shifts, becoming horizontal!"
- Dorset Theatre Festival
"a tight-knit, funny ensemble piece... the charactors are recognzable, yet they go well beyond the stereotypical"
- The Rutland Herald
"So expect to laugh, but not the kind of belly-aching howls of a "Boeing-Boeing" or a Noises Off"... this play is more subtle and in the end, so much more thought provoking than a farce."
- The Manchester Journal
armenian genocide centennial event
One hundred years after the Armenian Genocide and over half a century since the Holocaust, some governments are making renewed efforts to whitewash their histories. In this climate, theatre has a particular responsibility to ensure that communities around the world will never forget historical sins. But how can a theatre maker bring such trauma to the stage? Who will want to watch? Who will be changed?
To explore these questions Center Theatre Group, in partnership with the Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance, will present a reading of excerpts from three remarkable new plays by Leslie Ayvazian, Sevan Kaloustian Greene and Neil McPherson that dramatize the Armenian Genocide in different ways. The performance will be followed by a panel discussion with notable guests from the Armenian community and with Los Angeles theatre artists who in their work have grappled with the enormous responsibility of bringing historical tragedies to the stage.
In observance of the centennial of the Armenian Genocide
Presented by Center Theatre Group, in partnership with the Armenian Dramatic Artists Alliance