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Foothill Performing Arts Council Presents “The Theory of Relativity”

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Viktor Pacheco attempts to calculate the potentially of love through the application of the PI Theory, in the FPAC production of “The Theory of Relativity” Viktor Pacheco attempts to calculate the potentially of love through the application of the PI Theory, in the FPAC production of “The Theory of Relativity” photo by Michael Dumas

Foothill Performing Arts Council presents “The Theory of Relativity,” written by Neil Bartram and Brian Hil, and produced and directed by Timothy Jon Borquez.

Running September 21 through October 21, Friday & Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 6.30pm

There are few things in life that touch us more deeply that the sound of the human voice. 

Close your eyes, can you hear your mother speaking, or your child laughing?  “The Theory of Relativity” is a musical but it’s much more than that I think.  It’s a play that uses the beauty of the human voice, particularly the singing voice, to tell many stories and to connect us.  Full of wisdom and truths sometimes hard to hear but always laced with hope, the songs are sung individually and in a variety of groups and also with the entire cast harmonizing, fluidly supporting each other as they detail the darkest parts of their lives as well as the brightest.

The cast sings of attraction from afar
The cast sings of attraction from afar

It’s about our journeys, our mistakes and learning how to live.  A group of young people, taking their first tentative steps into the adult world, full of fear and wonder and even some already hard-learned lessons.  They sing together beautiful and haunting songs filling the space around them with electricity and vibrations of joy.  The songs are about love and loss and finding each other.  They are about moving on from the safety of families and finding another kind of family, friends and lovers, to be a little less safe with and to find themselves in. All the songs are absolutely brilliant.

Bethany Redwood & Ricky Gals
Bethany Redwood and Ricky Gals

Only the most honest actors' voices could ever tackle this kind of openness and exposure. The whole cast is on stage the entire time, engaging with the audience and each other in a kind of hypnotizing chorus of cheer.  This group of actors has the most glorious sound.  They tumble and slide through the songs effortlessly with gorgeously individual sounds merging to this perfect harmonious timber.  Everything feels like church…in the best possible way.

This is a show that gets performed fairly regularly and I can understand why.  The characters attempt to explain life’s randomness with scientific formula and equation, but just like these ancient adages and life, in general, …it’s all just a theory.

Cast sings the final anthem
Cast sings the final anthem

I highly recommend “The Theory of Relativity” performed by the fabulous Foothill Performing Arts Council company. 

It’s their first performance in NoHo and I do hope they decide to make us their new home.  We all need to hear beauty and hope, these days maybe more than ever and they are the perfect company to give us that hope and to keep us deep in song.

The show is only on till October 13 and Gray Studios on Vineland, so don’t hang about!!

Gray Studios, 5250 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, 90607

https://www.ticketor.com/thefpac/upcomingevents?viewas=calendar&recurringtemplateid=129643

ENSEMBLE:

Christian Araujo, Kameron Corwin, Hope English, 

Luke Martinez, Viktor Pacheco, Jared Price,

Beth Redwood, Wayne Remington, Felicia Tassone,

Brittany Thornton, Andrea Velazquez, Cody Williams,

Mary Zastrow, Michael Dumas (Ensemble Swing)

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Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros

Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros is a British writer, director, filmmaker living in Los Angeles. She co-created the unprecedented project 52 Films/52 Weeks: A Year in Filmmaking, where she and her partners, wrote, directed, produced and edited a film a week for an entire year. She currently has several independent film projects at various stages of development.  

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