Silent Joy, a New Play

ensemble theatre · empty space artistry · Ages 13+ · United States of America

world premiere
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BOB LEGGETT certified reviewer June 26, 2019
Inspired by Dante’s Inferno and adapted from the graphic novel by Zach Beckert, the stage version was written by Melissa Ordaz, with musical score composed by Matt Ordaz. Maggie Dorfman and John Michael Logie were magical in the lead roles, taking us through every emotion available to lead us to the goal. ... full review
SARAH RICHARDS certified reviewer June 20, 2019
I thought this piece was engaging and impactful. The cast was grounded and honest, finding moments of joy in script that deals with some heavy elements (no pun intended lol). The devised movement was beautiful and progressed the story in a compelling way.... full review
SARAH RUTTAN certified reviewer June 26, 2019
An amazing look into the mind of mental illness. Silent Joy deals with themes in a kind, and thoughtful way, keeping real to both the original material and the pulls from a classic work. It left me in tears, and aware of both myself and everyone I love. ... full review
SUSANNAH SNOWDEN-IFFT certified reviewer July 02, 2019
A beautiful beautiful representation of the journey through trauma and grief. Given this production's dedication to serving those under privileged and at most risk, you can trust this to be a thoughtful and raw look at what it feels like to go through one of the hardest experiences there are and that is no easy feat to pull off.... full review
KEVIN HOPPS certified reviewer June 08, 2019
tagged as: recommended
Silent Joy... is anything but silent, and the experience of seeing (and hearing) this ensemble production was more than a joy.... full review
SHARON PEARLMAN certified reviewer June 11, 2019
Compelling story and excellent production value. ... full review
DREW PETRIELLO certified reviewer June 14, 2019
A beautiful play that manages to pull off a tricky narrative structure, say something meaningful about depression and abuse, while being truly theatrical. I know it is adapted from an upcoming graphic novel and I'm sure there are several adaptational differences, but the way this story was told could only have worked in the theatre. Which is exciting to me, given how sick I am of naturalism on the stage.... full review
BROOKE SARVER certified reviewer June 19, 2019
It was simple yet brilliant. The show was a beautiful expression of what it means to grow up as a teenager with trauma. The fact that it was performed in a poetic/surrealist way, helped ease the viewer into the mindset of the main character. I would definetly reccommend this play to others.... full review
MARISSA GODINEZ certified reviewer June 19, 2019
I loved this show! at first I didn't quite understand what was happening, but it didn't take long for the play to settle and for me to catch on to the style and after that, it was amazing. Had me in tears.... full review
JOHN PATRICK DALY certified reviewer June 20, 2019
Emotional and powerful, Silent Joy reveals itself to be much more than just a story of companionship, but a story of being your own guiding light. Circling deep into the rings of hell, the pain and torment behind the story is revealed, and the characters and audience are brought into a bright new world. ... full review