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sea of souls


“…an essential
cultural treasure…”
   
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sea of souls


“…an essential
cultural treasure…”
   
— signonsandiego.com

Thanks to the many patrons and friends who made our Off-Broadway debut such a memorable and unforgettable experience! Cheers!

SEA OF SOULS
by Glenn Paris & Claudio Raygoza
featuring original music by Linda Libby 

Summer 1967. A New York City folk singer finds herself on a quest to the backwoods of West Virginia where secrets surrounding the death of her parents emerge at a remote roadside tavern called Sea of Souls. A world premiere play with original music.

Sea of Souls was developed by ion theater company in a series of year-long workshops where four new plays for the American Theater were forged and evolved. Through a rigorous selection process, this play was chosen to represent the company in its first Off Broadway production taking place at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at 416 W. 42nd Street in New York City. The production previews June 23-27 and opens June 28 at 7pm running seven shows a week through July 11.

Sea of Souls is written and directed by ion’s Founding Executive and Producing Artistic Directors, Glenn Paris and Claudio Raygoza, and features original music by ion company member, Linda Libby. The cast includes: Rhianna Basore, Abby FieldsYolanda Franklin, Jason Heil*, Evan Kendig,  & Catalina Maynard*. The designers are Karin Filijan (Lighting), Claudio Raygoza (Scenic), Mary Summerday (Costumes) and Grace S. Peñaranda is stage manager. 

To read more about the venue in NYC, please click here.
* Member Actors’ Equity Association


 

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mission


“…Once again, ion shines a
piercing light on a dim corner
of society, a tightly focused
beam that deeply penetrates
…”
   
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mission


“…Once again, ion shines a
piercing light on a dim corner
of society, a tightly focused
beam that deeply penetrates
…”
   
timesofsandiego.com

MISSION

ion forges bold, uncompromising theater that investigates the fiery, passionate, resilient nucleus of the human condition.

We do this by fiercely nurturing visceral, challenging new plays, through a rigorous training of actors, directors and technical artists in a multi-disciplinary approach, and by engaging new audiences through the savvy interweaving of technology and unforgettable theater.

ion theatre company members in 2009. Pictured clockwise from L, Sara Beth Morgan, Sylvia Enrique, Matt Scott, Brian Mackey, Courtney Fox Smith, Karson St. John, Steven Lone, Dana Hooley, Jennifer Kozumplik, Claudio Raygoza, Glenn Paris, Trina Kaplan and Morgan Trant. Photo courtesy of Michael Spengler, M Studio La Jolla.

ion theatre company members in 2009. Pictured clockwise from L, Sara Beth Morgan, Sylvia Enrique, Matt Scott, Brian Mackey, Courtney Fox Smith, Karson St. John, Steven Lone, Dana Hooley, Jennifer Kozumplik, Claudio Raygoza, Glenn Paris, Trina Kaplan and Morgan Trant. Photo courtesy of Michael Spengler, M Studio La Jolla.

Company member Catalina Maynard as Señora Julia wins back-to-back Critics Circle awards. She won Best Featured Performance in 2011 for her multiple roles in Angels in America.

Powerful Premieres

ion theater has ushered in a variety of world premieres including Julia in 2012, written and directed by Founder/ Executive Artistic Director Claudio Raygoza, which earned a nomination as Best New Play and won the award for Lead Actress in a Play. In 2014/2015, ion will launch 5 world premieres.

The San Diego premiere of The Little Flower of East Orange by Stephen Adly Guirgis featured a highly lauded, multiple award-nominated and multiple award-winning ensemble of actors including company members Trina Kaplan and Yolanda Franklin with returning ion guest artist Diep Huynh.

Daring Debuts

In addition to dozens of local, regional and West Coast premieres, ion has debuted many promising new writers to San Diego including two recent Pulitzer-winners, Quiara Alegría Hudes and Annie Baker and recent nominees Gina Gionfriddo and Rajiv Joseph.

High-schooler (R) Matthew Alexander made his professional acting debut at ion in the 2010 San Diego premiere of Song of Extinction by E.M. Lewis. In 2012, he led the design team for the robots in Heddatron.

Exciting Benchmarks

In addition to making plays, ion blazes other trails — in 2012, the company engineered San Diego's first-ever robot actors in partnership with High Tech High School for the West Coast premiere of Heddatron by Elizabeth Meriwether.  

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