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Pat Kinevane returns to Odyssey with 'Underneath'
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Event DateFriday, October 14, 2016
End DateSunday, October 30, 2016
NamePat Kinevane returns to Odyssey with 'Underneath'
Address2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
West Los Angeles, CA 90025
Brief DescriptionPat Kinevane's third solo work, West Coast Premiere
CategoryTheater Events
DescriptionOlivier Award winners Pat Kinevane and Fishamble: The New Play Company return to Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, the company that introduced Los Angeles audiences to the Irish writer/performer’s extraordinary Forgotten and Silent, with his third solo work about life lived on the fringes of society. Jim Culleton, artistic director of Dublin’s Fishamble and director of both Forgotten and Silent, directs the West Coast premiere of Underneath for a limited run Oct. 14 – Oct. 30. The engagement will also include two performances of Silent, which garnered the 2016 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement following its run at London’s Soho Theatre.

“We are delighted to return to the Odyssey, a crucible of new and exciting work and our home on the West Coast,” says Culleton.

Underneath is a blackly comic, rich and vivid tale of a life lived in secret. Like Forgotten and Silent, it is a testament to the people who live under the nose of everyday life. It explores the surface — and what lies underneath. Is beauty really only skin deep? Does ugliness hide somewhere deeper?

The three plays are aligned stylistically as well as thematically. In a profile of the artist, The Irish Times explained, “The tone and technique of Underneath solidify Kinevane’s style, darting from grandiose gestures to earthy wit, creating a gossipy rapport with the audience, and leaping from acute social observation to flights of fancy. It is an Irish story, threaded through with an Egyptian theme, whose narrative is punctuated by the increasingly absurd soundtrack of a television property show.”

According to Kinevane, “Underneath is about a woman, now dead in her tomb, who reflects back over her life, re-imagining and reliving her journey. She remembers how society punished her because of how she looked, and how she punished herself, and that whole relationship between beauty and ugliness and life and death and cruelty and kindness and how they all ultimately mash each other up and celebrate each other, but also destroy each other”

“You’re invited as an audience member to come in and spend 90 minutes in the tomb of this woman whose body is decomposing, but whose mind is active and who has a vicious sense of humor and a fierce anger and a huge big heart, and is full of warmth and love,” says Culleton.

Underneath was named to Forbes’ 2015 Best Theater on Broadway and Beyond list when it was presented at the Irish Arts Center in New York. Ben Brantley of the The New York Times called it “Extraordinary... Mr. Kinevane is a monologuist of untrammeled imagination… steeped in earthy prose and astral poetry, sometimes at the same time.” It received the Scotsman Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival and a Best Theater Award from the Adelaide Fringe. Odyssey Theatre Ensemble and Fishamble present the West Coast premiere in association with Georganne Aldrich Heller and with the support of Culture Ireland as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme.

Pat Kinevane is a native of Cobh, Co. Cork who has worked as an actor in theater, film, television and radio for 27 years. As a writer he completed his first full length play, The Nun's Wood, in 1997; it was produced by Fishamble and won a BBC Stewart Parker Trust Award. His second play, The Plains of Enna , was produced at the 1999 Dublin Theatre Festival, also by Fishamble. Pat wrote The Death of Herod for Mysteries 2000 at the SFX. In 2008 his piece Evangeline Elsewhere premiered in New York in the First Irish Festival. Pat has been touring since 2006 with his solo pieces Forgotten (Irish Times Theatre Award nominee), Silent (Olivier, Scotsman Fringe First, Herald Angel and Brighton Argus Angel awards) and Underneath (Scotsman Fringe First and Adelaide Fringe Best Theatre awards), all produced b
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Time Allowance1.5 hrs.
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