press release issued by
Center Theatre Group
Center Theatre Group's
a Los Angeles-based
playwright and director,
has been selected
as the recipient of
Center Theatre Group’s
Richard E. Sherwood Award.
Created in memory of
Richard E. Sherwood,
the Sherwood Award identifies ... innovative and
adventurous emerging artists living and working in Los Angeles.
'We are pleased to support John’s exciting artistry,' said Center Theatre Group’s Director of Education and Community Partnerships Leslie K. Johnson. 'The Sherwood Award nourishes the work of artists who push boundaries, and John’s sense of curiosity and optimism fit beautifully with the goal of the award.'
Sinner’s work -- an innovative mix of surrealism, lyrical-emotive language, provocation, hyper-drama, stylized sets and movement, and multimedia effects -- reveals the inner voices of his disenfranchised characters and their attempts to transcend the boundaries (both imposed and self-created) of a patriarchal society. Sinner is the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of the non-profit Theatre Revelation (www.TheatreRevelation.com), his company of experimental artists that has independently produced his work thru invitations from international festivals and other presenters in Amsterdam, New York City and California, with Los Angeles serving as his company’s home base.
Sinner is currently working on “An Invasion of Decency!” which he plans to present in Los Angeles in 2013 in a non-traditional large space downtown.
Many of his recent credits, such as “Happy Ending
(Who Will Live, Will See)"
,(Highways Performance Space, 2010)“The Devil Has a Sister (A Sororicidal Tale)”
(Nederlands Theatre Festival, Amsterdam Fringe Festival, 2009), “2 By Sinner” (NY International Fringe Festival, 2008), and “Blood Is My Legacy! (A Theatrical Extravaganza of Pure Family Values)” (Art/Works Performance Space, Los Angeles, 2005), show how Sinner is particularly drawn to telling stories of outsiders. Sinner has described himself as a “feminist gay experimental theatre artist living with multiple sclerosis." He says his optimism comes in great part from his belief that experimental theatre at its best “can reinforce a sense of gathering and community, and provide intelligent and vital provocation, a kind of open-heart soul-surgery, giving us a new perspective on ourselves, our world.”
Center Theatre Group’s goal with the Sherwood Award is to support Sinner and similar Los Angeles artists as they explore new territory in the field.
Since 1996, the Sherwood Award has met a vital need in the theatre landscape. “If we are to have a dynamic theatre expressing the world of the 21st century, we must recognize and nourish the explorative artist, particularly in the struggle of the early years of a career,” said Dorothy Sherwood, wife of the late Richard E. Sherwood.
Richard E. Sherwood was a patron of the arts with a special appreciation for emerging artists who are in the vanguard of theatre. He was president and then chairman of the CTG Board of Directors from 1980 until his passing in 1993. The award is established as an endowed fund at CTG to honor Sherwood’s passionate commitment to theatre."