Hell Prepared Opens at the University of Philosophical Research

Just up Los Feliz Blvd across from the beloved entrance to Griffith Park is an incredible place that dedicates itself to the preservation and study of esoterica, spiritual periphery and the mysterious. Its a pretty wonderful place and the host to Hell Prepared, Theatre Dybbuk’s latest creation exploring Jewish Folklore and myth. This time, our focus was the “Tofteh Arukh," which is a dramatic poem written in the 17th century from within the Jewish ghettos of Italy by mystic Moses ben Mordecai Zacuto. From Theatre Dybbuk’s website

“Enter the gates of the Venice Ghetto of the 17th century and go on a journey of dominance, separation, and survival that spirals down through the pits of Gehenna. hell prepared: a ritual exorcism inspired by kabbalistic principles, performed within a dominant cultural context takes place in multiple locations on the campus of the Philosophical Research Society, allowing you to be immersed in the secluded world of the Ghetto and dissolve into places beyond the corporeal.

“Featuring a landscape of choreographed movement, poetic text, shadow puppetry, and choral scoring, hell prepared follows a spiritual leader as he endeavors to exorcise the dominant culture and its influence on his world. In the process, he is driven down through the pits of hell where he sees visions of a challenging past and an uncertain future.

“The performance incorporates choreography by Kai Hazelwood, shadow work and production design by Leslie K. Gray, and a live vocal score composed by Fahad Siadat in collaboration with Michael Jay Skloff. The production is written and directed by theatre dybbuk's artistic director, Aaron Henne, and was developed with the ensemble. The play features a cast of three performing alongside a vocal sextet.”

Martin Carrillo Sound Designs the show using MM4’s arranged as a center array on either side of the alley with a surround array of quad UPJ-1P … panning actor and singer voices as well as voice of the spirits… See Hell Prepared at the University of Philosophical Research through August 4th 2019

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Panning, Playback and Cue programming

Photo by Taso Papadakis

Martin Carrillo - Spatial Sound Engineer for Lux Prima: Encounter

Following a Sound mix with Ren Klyce, Karen O and Dangermouse at Skywalker Sound, Lux Prima premiered at the Marciano Art Foundation in Los Angeles. It featured a Triangle of Left Center Right arranged MeyerSound UPQ-D, Quad arranged UPQ-D and center firing 900-LFC and VLFC drivers for Low Frequency designed by Bob McCarthy and Engineered by Brian Long of Skywalker. Learn more about the show at MeyerSound

Cave: A Dance for Lilith Theatre Dybbuk

In 2012, Theater Dybbuk presented its most ambitious project to date in collaboration with LA Contemporary Dance. Penned by Aaron Henne and choreographed by Kate Hutter. An epic work chronicling the threads of feminine myths in ancient Jewish texts. Cave is at once reverent and challenging with a raw power that only dance can bring. The work featured a Score by Erik Mason, and Sound Design by Martin Carrillo.

Tip of the Tongue: Future St

A science fiction saga about corporate boybands and holographic newscasters crowdcontrolling a society of clones, Alexandro Segade's Future St. is a speculative, multimedia theater epic exploring desire, surveillance, and the sinister forces of normalization. As California becomes Clonifornia, a homosexual police state enforces strict marriage codes among the monitored populace, and an intersectional resistance— made up of queer mutant dissidents and an ancient feminist underground—plots its overthrow.

An original work conceived as a response to the political shifting position of gay culture in the larger society –– from the debate over marriage equality to the emergence of right wing figures such as Peter Thiel –– Future St.appropriates the heterotopias proposed by the science fiction novels of Octavia E. Butler, Ursula K. LeGuin, Samuel R. Delany and Philip K Dick, as well as X-Men comic books, movies like Blade Runner, Looker, The Matrix and World on a Wire, and myriad video games and anime.

As Segade says, “Through re-enactment and role-play as response, I hope to foster a critical relationship to the source material -- and not shy away from difficulty -- inserting my own subjective relationship, tapping into the way science fiction has shaped my desires and even anger. There is a relationship to cosplay and fan fiction – even homage — but this is an original work that resists the genre it uses in order to reflect my own ambivalence at having my imagination disfigured by the spectacles I saw as a kid. Produced by the dominant capitalist culture and figured as our future, these commercial properties owned by corporations repeatedly imagine a straight white future, which is in itself an act of violence. I want to think about something else.”

The play completes a cycle of experimental performances Segade has produced over the last seven years, including Replicant VS Separatist at REDCAT and LAXART in LA and the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco; The Holo Library at the Armory, Pasadena and UCR ArtsBlock, Riverside; and Boy Band Audition at the Time-Based Arts Festival in Portland Oregon.

Written, directed and performed by Segade, with videos by artists Amy Ruhl, Daniel Leyva, and Robert Hickerson and a cast of NY-based performers including Brian McQueen, Jamel Mack, Nicholas Gorham, Lisa Corinne Davis, and C. Bain. Music by Mateo Segade and Scott Martin, with a live DJ set by Mateo Segade. Martin Carrillo mixing and Heardrum providing sound design support, RF coordination, and show control programming.

Man Of La Mancha opens to Rave Reviews.

Martin Carrillo's design for A Noise Within's Man of La Mancha has helped critics to recognize the voices and musicians whose talents grace the production.  Extended due to popular demand through June 4th, this production is set in a prison, the story-within-a-story of Don Quixote’s musical misadventures – rife with love, chivalry, and of course, four-armed giants – unfurls into something more transcendent: a beacon of hope in a dire world. Dream the impossible dream with the wandering hidalgo in this quintessential tale about the resilience of the human spirit, and the power of storytelling when faced with insurmountable odds.