LONE PINE, CA – Metabolic Studio announced that the Gertrude Stein Salon, a recreation of the art collection of this American writer living in Paris who collected masterpieces of Modern Art before they were well known, will open in Lone Pine at 123 Main Street (the former Espresso Parlor) on Sunday, December 13.
Stein built this collection around the time the Los Angeles Aqueduct was being built, in the early part of the 20th century. The Salon has copies of her seminal art collection and immerses visitors in a different place and time. It will be open to the public to listen to IOU Theatre radio dramas, beginning on December 13 at 7:00pm with “WAR OF THE WORLDS” performed live at the Double L Saloon at 7:00pm.
Also at 5pm on December 13, the IOU Carolers from Los Angeles and Lone Pine will board a mule drawn carriage and sing holiday songs throughout the town of Lone Pine. Their last stop will be in front of the Double L Saloon at 5:30 pm.
“WAR OF THE WORLDS”, adapted and directed by Jon Klusmire for IOU THEATRE and IOURadio.org, was the grand finale of IOU Theatre’s inaugural 2014 summer stock season of radio plays relevant to the Owens Valley, performed monthly at the Double L saloon in Lone Pine, to standing room only crowds. The play was last performed by IOU Theatre to a packed house at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica in February. The retooled version for 2015 takes a new directorial bent and features sound effects by Metabolic Studio Sonic Division.
The original 1938 “WAR OF THE WORLDS” script made famous by Orson Welles has been contemporized to be relevant to present day Owens Valley and Los Angeles. The story unfolds through a series of news bulletins about an alien invasion of Earth by Martians in search of water, and interviews with eyewitnesses, experts, the Secretary of Defense and the military.
The original radio play was famously staged in 1938 by Orson Welles and caused a mass panic when the radio audience really believed Martian space ships had actually landed and were obliterating the police, army and air forces sent to stop them.
This version retains those basic outlines, but as adapted by Jon Klusmire, who also directs, the Martians now land in the Owens Valley, and battle troops and planes from China Lake Naval Weapons Station and Edwards Air Force Base as they make their way to Los Angeles. A very modern invention eventually spells doom for the invaders.
Theatre troupe of performers from the Owens Valley (from Bishop to Darwin, CA) will read the radio play and perform sound effects. IOU Theatre performers include: Judyth Greenburgh, Jon Klusmire (script adaptation & direction), Max Rosan, Jim Shallcross, Jeanie Smith, Mary Winchester and Manuel Ruiz.
Why IOU Theatre? Since 1914 Los Angeles has been exporting water from the Owens Valley. Metabolic Studio has been working to transform resources into actions that support life in the Owens Valley. The Metabolic Studio IOU Theatre joins the IOU Garden (2009-present) as a way to add additional culture to what’s on offer in the Owens Valley. The Metabolic Studio hosted “IOU THEATRE” in 2014 and presented a series of radio plays that had relevance to the Owens Valley at the Double L Saloon on Main Street and broadcast live in the Gertrude Stein Salon and also on IOURADIO.org and 89.9FM in the Owens Valley.
Since 2009 Metabolic Studio has programmed space donated to us by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. We call this the IOU Garden. Over the years it has been a garden and resource center. We’ve distributed soil, IOU Dirtbags, Owens Dry Lake Bread and held one hundred conversations about water during a year long commemoration of the centenary of the opening of the Los Angeles Aqueduct.
ABOUT METABOLIC STUDIO – Derived from the Greek word for change, “metabolism” is the process that maintains life. In continuous cycles of creation and destruction, metabolism transforms nutrients into energy and matter. Lauren Bon’s studio practice includes a team of individuals that work together across a range of investigative platforms, transforming resources into energy, actions and outcomes.
Ms. Bon is trained as an architect and is a practicing visual artist. Her Metabolic Studio creates “devices of wonder” that are specific to sites; interrogating land and water use and positing new modalities in thinking and behavior. The Inter-Mountain West, stretching from the Rockies to the Sierra Nevada is a terrain formed by the forces of water and fire over glacial time. It is our shared watershed that is the focus of the geographic scope of the Metabolic Studio’s work.
The Sonic Division of the Metabolic Studio uses sound as energy to remediate brownfields. Turning a silo on the edge of the Owens dry Lake into a musical instrument that plays itself, they have reconnected this industrial ruin with the city of Los Angeles (240 miles away) through sound. The Sonic Division plays weekly, like sirens to ship wrecked sailors, and filters that sound through the silos that sit on the dry lake.
To learn more about Metabolic Studio, go to: http://metabolicstudio.org