Gravitation, or gravity, is a natural phenomenon by which objects with mass attract one another... –Wikipedia
Works (noun): something produced by the exercise of creative talent or expenditure of creative effort. –Merriam-Webster.com
There’s never been anything like it before! GravityWorks is a newly created show that’s part comedy troupe/part vaudeville act/part kick ass music/part performance cabaret. This unusual hybrid is described by creator/director/producer Russell Boast as “live musical comedy cabaret: completely entertaining, utterly devastating!” GravityWorks makes its out-of-this-world Los Angeles premiere on Thursday, Jan. 21st at Cinespace, the cinema/lounge/ nightclub/restaurant hotspot at the corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Ivar in Hollywood. GravityWorks plays Thursday nights at 7:30pm thru Feb. 25th.
Every GravityWorks show is a one-of-a-kind experience, where comedy can bounce off a groovin’ dance, magicians may mix it up with musicians, or a song will inspire canine comment from the dog. (Yes, we said the dog!) The GravityWorks company is made up of some of the finest comics, musicians, actors, performance artists and animated animals around. (And oh yeah…did we mention the recurring red apples?)
The GravityWorks company includes a core cast of 10 versatile performers – Tad Coughenour, Paul Cuneo, Amanda Jaros, Carrie Lazar, Scott Leeds, Gina Manegio, Adam Marcinowski, Leslie Murphy, Ricky Rogers and Nadia Wit – and also stars Chris Farzanrad, Fernanda Karolys, Keri Safran and Casey Schuckett. Special guest appearances include Max, the Magnificent Performing Dog, occasional magicians, and other surprise guests. The GravityWorks Band includes Ralph Schuckett (keyboards), Chris Horvath (guitar), Zack Hexum (keyboards, guitar, woodwinds), Mark Harris (bass) and Jamie Wollam (drums/percussion). Musical direction is by Grammy-nominated songwriter/performer Ellen Shipley, with Ralph Schuckett and Chris Horvath.
Boast left his native South Africa five years ago to pursue work in Los Angeles. He created GravityWorks out of a desire to create a unique performance platform for entertainers and entertainment alike.
“I have surrounded myself with performers and entertainers my entire life,” he explains. “On my arrival in Los Angeles, I was overwhelmed by the incredible amount of talented artists in this town and was saddened to discover that many of them were either sitting around ‘waiting for the phone to ring’ or desperately looking for a platform or some sense of community.
“Together with my business partner, Rick Pagano, I have worked on developing that community thru my work as a casting director for film and television, and producing and directing live theater. The formation of Rocket Propelled Ltd., last year, put me directly in the drivers seat. Coaching actors on how to better treat themselves as valuable business entities and create their own platforms so that we can all do what we do best – entertain.
“GravityWorks is essentially an arm of this community, an extension of our mission: to find that ‘providing ground’ for our new work that is the immersion into life that fulfills us.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION: GravityWorks, presented by Rocket Propelled, Ltd. at Cinespace, 6356 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood (Hollywood Blvd. and Ivar). Opens Jan. 21st, runs thru Feb. 25th. Performances: Thurs. nights at 7:30pm; doors open at 7pm. Valet parking ($9) available; Metro Red Line stops (Hollywood & Highland and Hollywood & Vine) within walking distance. Tickets: $20 and include a VIP afterparty following every show. Reservations: 800/838-3006 or at www.brownpapertickets.com. Also see www.facebook.com/gravityworks. Running time approx. 90 minutes with intermission; full service cash bar for drinks.