Theatre of Love Created and Conceived by Mark-Brian Sonna Fall in love with this amourous, rapturous, comical, and touching production. We'll present in one evening a group of short plays, songs, and performance pieces dating from the present era all the way back to the Middle Ages that deal with love in all it's glory, deception, and exuberance. Theatre of Love is not just a theatrical show, but an experience to be shared with a loved one. Visit www.TheatreofLove.us for more details. This show was called "a Perfect Valentine's treat" by Broadwayworld.com. And as Alejandro de la Costa said it best:ďItís a musical romp that touches your heart: a smash up of song, poetry, dance, and performance art into one theatrical evening that will plaster a big smile on your face while bringing a tear to your eye!" "It is a show where nine performers re-enact 26 moments, -some famous, some infamous- of 'love' throughout history. No other show youíll see combines the glory of Shakespeare, the bawdiness of Vaudeville, the heartbreak of Poe, a saucy Gershwin tune, Henry the VIIIís dysfunctional marriage to Anne Boleyn, an old couple bickering over a park bench, a bad magic act involving decapitation, a clarinet, Madame Butterfly, a punk rock tune of John Cooper Clarke, and a man impersonating Barbra Streisand, while all the while making you laugh, and yes, at times even cry."
July 13 through August 5, 2006:
...a moment in the life of Willa Dee Arvis an American Play By Mark-Brian Sonna Life never changes gradually; it does so in fits and starts. There is always a moment, a realization, an incident in life in which everything changes and life is redefined. Willa and her cousin Emily, two ordinary women living in Dallas in 1942, await with anticipation the arrival of their mail: the newest issue of national Geographic has a pictorial of American troops in training in Bermuda, and their husbands are featured in the photographs. The arrival of the magazine and the viewing of the photos open up a Pandora's tinder box of memories and revelations about their relationships. The arrival of family friend Euel sets ablaze the pent up emotions that forever will alter the landscape of their lives. Touching, bitingly funny, and ultimately tragic, this play is inspired by the July, 1942 National Geographic pictorial, and a March 2005 obituary in the Dallas Morning News. This play was called "poignant," "genuinely affecting," "masterful." It also received the 2007 Column award nomination for Best Scenic design, non-equity, for Alejandro de la Costa's impeccable and accurate recreation of a 1942 home that "suit the era of the play perfectly". To access the show's website click here.
October 18 through October 31, 2006 Theatre of Death Created and Conceived by Mark-Brian Sonna
Theatre of Death is a compendium of brief plays known as "Teatro Breve," a style of Spanish Theatre dating from the Middle Ages through the present day. Every year we select 6 or 7 different plays that will amuse, thrill, scare, or haunt you, that share one thing in common: in each play someone dies. MBS Productions was the first to introduce this rarely seen style of theatre to North Texas audiences, and over the last few years this highly succesful show has become a favorite way for audiences to celebrate Halloween and the Day of the Dead. This year promises more surprises as we present a new translation of a rarely seen Garcia Lorca short musical, as well as a new work by Alejandro de la Costa. More details about this show, and it's most recent production in 2005 can be found at www.TheatreofDeath.com This show has received countless accolades over the last years as it's been called "an unparalled entertainment," "sensational", "elegant," one-of-a-kind," "exceptional", "thought provoking," "must see" and has also been named as one of the top 5 Theatrical events in the Dallas Fort Worth area. The plays presented in 2006 were: "The Love of Bernal Frances" - Anon. "Room 13" - Alejandro de la Costa "The Fifth Lament" - Fray IŮigo de Mendoza "Havoc of Love and Jealousy, a Tragedy" - Juan Valera "The Student" - Travis Mayo "Song of Amargo" - Federico Garcia Lorca "Mind Games" - Mark-Brian Sonna
October 19 through October 31, 2005 Theatre of Death Created and Conceived by Mark-Brian Sonna
The plays presented this year were: "The Devil Always Lies" - Mark-Brian Sonna "Floor 13" - Alejandro de la Costa "Coplas for the Death of my Father" - Jorge Manrique "Horror, Terror, Furor, or Victims in Bulk" - Manuel Arboledas "Moriana's Poison" - Anon. "Scene of the Lt. Col. Guard" - Federico Garcia Lorca "Ixtacciuatl & Popocatepetl" - Mark-Brian Sonna
October 5 through October 24, 2005 Theatre of Death Created and Conceived by Mark-Brian Sonna
The plays presented this year were: "The Lover and Death" - Anon. "13 Minutes" - Alejandro de la Costa "Lament for Ignacio Sanchez Mejias" - Federico Garcia Lorca "Dream Comedy" - Ramon de Valle Inclan "Killing Thomas" - Mark-Brian Sonna