“[A] RIVETING SPIRITUAL THRILLER … fluidly cinematic… visual humor and witty performances” — Bill Raden, LA Weekly
“UNPREDICTABLE… NEVER DULL… Toropov has a zany, theatrical imagination… offbeat and knotty intelligence” — Margaret Gray, Los Angeles Times
“EXTREMEMLY POWERFUL… demands serious and at times truly profound thought” — Ron Irwin, Los Angeles Post-Examiner
“STUNNING… [a] smart script… powerful acting chops… a fine, gripping piece of important theatre.” — Gil Kaan, Broadway World
“A THRILLING EMOTIONAL RIDE… an extraordinary script that demands much from the performers and keen attention from the audience… sharp and penetrating” — Paul Myrvold, Theatre Notes
“WOW!... a powerful indictment of church-and-corporation-
How far will powerful men and institutions go to keep their secrets — and who pays the price when they do? Echo Theater Company and Circle X Theatre Co. join forces to present the world premiere of An Undivided Heart by Yusuf Toropov, directed by Chris Fields and runningMarch 16 through April 22 at Atwater Village Theatre. Two pay-what-you-want previews take place on March 14 and March 15.
Set in 1992 Massachusetts against the backdrop of the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal and a toxic drinking water scandal (the latter made famous by the book and film “A Civil Action”), AnUndivided Heart is part thriller and part spiritual mystery. A series of otherworldly visions and an unlikely encounter with a Zen priest propel Father Mike Cleary into a collision course with his Archdiocese, while Lynne Callahan, a young widow, struggles to make sense of her life in a town whose water has been polluted with deadly chemicals. The two confront a universal problem: How do victims of suffering caused by others find a way to go on?
The ensemble for An Undivided Heart includes Jeff Alan-Lee, Jesse Bush, Bob Clendenin, Alana Dietze,Ann’Jewel Lee, Paul Eiding, Matthew Gallenstein, John Getz, Kaleb King, Tracey A. Leigh, Alison Martin,Sigute Miller, Jennifer A. Skinner, Michael Sturgis and Tim Wright. Some of the parts are double cast, with actors alternating performances. The creative team includes set designer Amanda Knehans, lighting designerRose Malone, sound designer Cricket S. Myers, costume designer Dianne K. Graebner and graphic designerChristopher Komuro. The production stage manager is Venice Yue Yang.
An Undivided Heart runs March 16 through April 22, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.;Sundays at 4 p.m.; and Mondays at 8 p.m. Two preview performances are set for Wednesday., March 14 and Thursday, March 15, both at 8 p.m. Tickets are $34 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; Mondays are Pay-What-You-Want. Preview performances are Pay-What-You-Want. Atwater Village Theatre is located at 3269 Casitas Ave in Los Angeles, CA 90039. On-site parking is free. For reservations and information, call (310) 307-3753 or go towww.EchoTheaterCompany.com.
Note that the show is partially double-cast. Please check the following schedule carefully before purchasing tickets if you’re hoping to see a specific actor perform.
We will be unable to refund or exchange tickets if you have mistakenly purchased on a day when a different actor is going on..