ensemble theatre · the illyrian players · Ages 16+ · United States

world premiere

The Illyrian Players Present…

The World Premiere of
Written by John Tyler McClain
Directed by Carly D. Weckstein

LA Weekly says GO!
Stage Raw says RECOMMENDED!
Pick of Lemon Lounge LA!
Pick of The Fringe by Combined Artform!

“Well written and performed genre , ODESSA is a great example of using Fringe Festival restrictions to your creative advantage. Illyrian Players are now on my watch list for LA Theatre.” -Cindy Marie Jenkins, Lemon Lounge


Meet Alice.
She lives in a bunker underground.
She’s from Dance.
She doesn’t go Outside. Up Top.
She needs more Clean.


This production contains strong themes/depictions
of sexuality, violence and adult language.
Not recommended for audience members under 16.

Set within the confines of an underground bunker in a post-apocalyptic world, Odessa is a futuristic myth about the complex intersections intimacy, isolation and identity.

The story revolves around the journey of a young woman named Alice who lives inside the safety of her bunker, terrified of the barren and hostile world Outside. She is visited regularly by Cliff, who brings her the Clean she needs to survive in exchange for physical intimacy. Each the other’s sole human connection, Cliff and Alice find their tired emotional contract threatened upon the arrival of Preacher, a volatile young girl, who exposes Alice to the greater possibilities of the Outside.

Playwright McClain is working closely with the Illyrians to evolve the World Premiere of this powerful new work.


Fri. June 6 at 7:00pm
Fri. June 13 at 11:55pm
Tues. June 17 at 8:30pm
Sat. June 21 at 3:00pm
Sat. June 28 at 10:30
Sun. June 29 at 8:00pm

Theatre Asylum Lab, 1078 Lillian Way
Hollywood, CA 90038
(Cross Streets: LIllian Way & Santa Monica Blvd.)

Stage Manager – Robyn Lee
Scenic & Lighting Designer – Corwin Evans
Costume Designer – Alana Cheuvront
Sound Designer – Carly D. Weckstein
Dramaturg – Ben Shipley

Joanna Bateman as Alice
Bethany Esfandiari as Preacher
Bruce Lemon Jr. as Cliff

Production Team

bethany esfandiari *

actor [preacher]

robyn lee *

stage manager

alana cheuvront *

costume designer

emilio aldrich *

house manager

corwin evans *

scenic & lighting designer

* Fringe Veteran