Original screenplay, BETRAYAL, penned and produced by Jack Topalian and Jason Morris with cast including Academy Award nominee and three-times Golden Globe nominee Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight, The Expendables, The Cable Guy, Runaway Train), Oleg Taktarov (15 Minutes, Predators, National Treasure, We Own The Night), and Scott L. Schwartz (Ocean’s Eleven, Scorpion King, Starsky and Hutch).
Vazgen "Vaz", a Mobster turned businessman, is pulled back into his past life, when his eldest son is accused of killing a Russian gangster. Now he must find a way to save his family and all that he's built.
Beast on the Moon
Richard Kalinoski's critically acclaimed, award-winning "BEAST ON THE MOON". The play has been awarded numerous prizes, including five prestigious Molière awards, and has been produced in twelve languages in seventeen countries.
Aram Tomasian, the only member of his family to have survived the Armenian genocide, has immigrated to America. Determined to begin a new family, he arranges a marriage by proxy with a picture bride, 15-year old orphan Seta.
Happy Endings Are Extra
“Chantelle, always sensuous and low-key in the gifted San Diego newcomer Shahrik's interpretation, retaliates by having an anonymous fling with a man she bumped up against on a train. The implausible situation sinks Chantelle deeper into masochism and Gabriel into obsession: they're poison for one another, despite their protestations of love.” - Anne Marie Welsh, Union-Tribune Theater Critic
United States premiere of HAPPY ENDINGS ARE EXTRA, a startling new play by Ashraf Johaardien.
Happy Endings Are Extra, a lyrical and sensual exploration of sexual identity, is set against the backdrop of Cape Town’s unsleeping world of massage parlours, boys for rent and sex for cash. The play explores the relationship between Gabriel, a bisexual man, and Chantelle, his fiancee. Chantelle pretends to be unconcerned by Gabriel’s sexual interests, but then he meets Chris, an underage rent-boy and falls in love with him. This mature, considered play deftly toys with its audience, allowing the viewer to be both compromised and affected by the desires and the sharp, confounding shifts in perspective and emotion that the play evokes. The play contains adult situations and nudity.
Forty Miles from Tel Aviv
"The provocative play, which gets inside the head — and family — of a Palestinian suicide bomber, was once again performed by Diep Huynh and Anahid Shahrik, terrific as the hopeless husband and the unsuspecting wife. Beautiful connection between the two, under Delicia Turner Sonnenberg’s precisely choreographed direction."
"Anahid Shahrik is incandescent as the adoring wife who will do just about anything for her handsome husband. Just about."
“Forty Miles from Tel Aviv ... luminously acted by Diep Huynh and Anahid Shahrik, who play a loving West Bank couple dealing with a desperate, horrific act." - Pat Launer, Emmy Award-winning, San Diego Theater Critic and Arts Writer
FORTY MILES FROM TEL AVIV is a new play by young playwright Brandon Alter and winner of the McDonald Playwriting Award and Playwrights Project.
Malik is a student of law in the West Bank who’s run out of time, money and hope. His wife, Salah, watches over the household, the children, the dwindling budget and larder, and manages to find the joy to go on, and even to dance. When the play opens, she’s so happy her husband has the day off, the children are at school, and they have a large chunk of time alone together. A whole day. And then, a phone call comes, and everything begins to unravel.
Maybe we never know our mates; we barely even know ourselves. And what is the price of self-respect? How much is one willing to give up? To pay? These are heady questions, poetically posed, wrapped up in a loving, sensual relationship. Sonnenberg has more choreographed than directed; every move is evocative of the Middle East’s push-pull of faith and despair.
Needs clash with desires. Family love is pitted against cultural conflict. The language is beautiful, the production stunning, with a magnificent earth-toned, sun-bleached set, suggestive sand-blocks and pillars, all redolent of better, brighter times.
There are no heroes and villains here. There is no condemnation or exoneration. Alter is more interested in exploring the questions than providing answers. But by putting a human face on the ‘monstrous enemy,’ he allows us all to experience empathy. And maybe that is the first baby step toward peace.
"... a "doozy of a date night for married couples" - San Diego Arts Online
"The outstanding cast included Emmy winner Michael Goorjian, Anahid Shahrik, Richard Horvitz, Tisha Terrasini Banker, Karen Kondazian and Andrea Ajemian." - Asbarez
PUSH is written by Los Angeles playwright Kristen Lazarian – a tense comedic drama which has garnered awards nationwide. Marital games are put into play and no one is without fault in this dark comic examination of love, manipulation, fidelity and deceit. Do all men cheat? And will women, with one little push, fall easily into adultery? Directed by Martin Bedoian, Push twists your perception, forces you to question, and will make you laugh at identifiable human frailty.
The Persecution and Assassination of Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade by Peter Weiss. Otherwise known as MARAT SADE.
The play is set in the asylum of Charenton, where the Marquis de Sade is held incarcerated (as, in fact, he was from 1801 to his death in 1814). A play is being presented within the play: the Marquis -- here plain Monsieur de Sade -- has gotten a group of inmates together to "show how Jean-Paul Marat died", a drama showing the last hours of the revolutionary. It is July 13, 1808 (the eve of Bastille Day), and fifteen years have passed since Marat was killed in his bathtub by Charlotte Corday. In their play de Sade and his inmate-players portray the revolutionary times and recreate the infamous murder.
NBC "Crank" Spot
On set for NBC's Crank Spot promoting Thursday night comedy lineup which played during Super Bowl 2012
No More Mr. Nice Guy
Tri Destined Studios/Urban Books Media indie action thriller NO MORE MR. NICE GUY.
A former military expert is blackmailed into becoming a hit man. He has to do everything in his power to escape special ops to get his life back.
Mother and Child Reunion
MOTHER AND CHILD REUNION, a one act play written by playwright Lisa Kirazian.
A frazzled young mother debates the state of her life on the eve of her high school reunion. Produced by Playwrights Project, San Diego.