Sep
14
Sun
Human Identity by Christopher Vened @ Whitefire Theatre
Sep 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

OneManShowPerformer and writer Christopher Vened brings his one-man show Human Identity to the Whitefire Theatre on September 14 at 7pm.

What does it mean to be human? Who am I? Christopher Vened explores the essential human predicament of being alive without entirely knowing who we are and how we were created. He relentlessly pursues answers and what he cannot explain in words, he shows in mime. “Vened’s skill as a mime enables him to intricately reveal the complex physical organization that makes us human and how it transcends all other life forms on Earth,” praised reviewer Julio Martinez in Arts in LA.

Christopher Vened embraces the formula of monodrama theatre because it invites freedom of individual expression with no limits. To stand alone on front of the audience and express oneself is something liberating, there is no other authority but “I.” Well, it is, of course, easy to make a fool of one-self. So, one better have a good script, staging, and rehearsed it well to deserve to be there, on the stage. The audience is hungry for revelations, or at least entertainment. The performer has to deliver it. And that requires skills, talent, and to have something to say and/or show, a message they are awaiting for. Christopher Vened is aware of this
responsibility. In his one-man show Human Identity he hopes to stir people’s minds, he wants the audience to get excited by the ideas in the show, to take those ideas home with them and discuss them, talk about them for many days to come, so to speak, to go on their own quest for human identity.

Christopher Vened was born in 1952 in Poland. He was an actor-mime in the Wroclaw Pantomime Theatre. In 1977, he was awarded the Brown Spire for the best performance for the dual role of Guest-Dionysus in the production of Arriving Tomorrow. In the end of 1981, he defected to the West while on tour with the company in Germany because martial law was declared in Poland. He was the founder and director of Impulse-Movement Theatre in West Berlin and Drama Studio in Seattle. In 1985, he was awarded a Drama-Logue Award for best choreography for his work in the production of A Voyage to Arcturus at the Odyssey Theater. He has choreographed and directed shows and taught acting in various studios, universities, and theaters in the United States. He is the author of the acting book In Character: An Actor’s Workbook for Character Development.

“Then he begins to move, literally using his body as a flesh-and-blood power-point presentation. Over the course of 90 minutes, this graceful and insightful performer gives ample evidence that physical movement is worth more than a thousand words.”
–Julio Martinez Arts in LA

“A true master of his own body, a genius of physical expression and articulation, Christopher Vened, in this one man masterpiece, displays exquisite human agility.”
–Bonnie Priever, Examiner.com

Critic’s Pick of the Week, January 13, Arts in LA

Feb
15
Sun
“Human Identity” by Christopher Szwaja @ The Whitefire Theatre
Feb 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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Human Identity (SoloFest 2015 at Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks)

This inventive, funny and eye-opening piece of theater is nothing less than a quest to discover the meaning of human identity. What does it mean to be human? Who am I? Christopher Vened explores the essential predicament of being alive without the sure knowledge of who we are and how we were created. His relentless pursuit for answers often turns to the absurd.  What cannot be explained in words is illustrated in mime. In “Human Identity,” Vened combines words and physical action in a unique theatrical formula that finds new means of expression and insight. The show runs 90 minutes; there is an intermission.”
Reviewers commented:
Critic’s Pick of the Week, January 13, Arts in LA
“Vened’s skill as a mime enables him to intricately reveal the complex physical organization that makes us human and how it transcends all other life forms on Earth,” praised reviewer   Julio Martinez, Arts in LA. (January 20014)
“Christopher Vened is a one man dynamo in his brilliant show, called “Human Identity.”     Bonnie Priever, LA Musical Theater Examiner (February 2014)
“A true master of his own body, a genius of physical expression and articulation, Christopher Vened, in this one man masterpiece, displays exquisite human agility.”   Bonnie Priever, LA Musical Theater Examiner (February 2014)
“You will find, for instance, that mime is not annoying when the mime speaks, and Vened is accomplished and graceful.”   Jack Mauro, Stagebuddy.com, New York (September 2014)
“His work in Human Identity most comes alive when he illustrates his routine with fluid, intricate movement. The piece itself is a philosophical, intellectual and emotional rumination upon what makes humans so very human as opposed, to say, apes.”     Amy Lee Pearsall, NY THEATER NOW (September 2014)

Spectators commented:
“Artful mime rests in the magic of essences, of spirit and heart emerging through motion, of grand images translated into minute, therefore deeply impactful, gestures. Mr. Vened does not pretend, he becomes, and for a sparkling moment IS.”   Victoria Parker, actor and drama teacher.
“I found it full of insight and humor about the human condition. Mr. Vened’s use of mime was selective, but used to great effect, often to illustrate some comedic point. I’ve been recommending the show to friends.”   Quinn Kelly
“I saw Human Identity in Portland. It was so good the first time, I went back to see it again the very next day. If I could take time away from work, I would fly down to LA to see this piece again. It is a piece that you can see at least two to three times. Mr. Vened’s skill in mime, his intellectual acumen, and his beautiful vulnerability during the show deeply touched me. The piece is also provocative. Go see it!”   Frances Hearn

Sep
1
Sat
Theatrical performance INFIDEL by Christopher Vened @ Whitefire Theatre
Sep 1 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm


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INFIDEL by Christopher Vened

https://www.plays411.com/newsite/show/play_info.asp?show_id=4804

Whitefire Theatre
13500 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA  91423
Saturday, September 01 – Sunday, October 07, 2018
Saturday 8pm
Sunday 3pm

Reservations: 323/960-7738

Tickets: $35.00; $20.00 for students with Valid ID

https://www.plays411.com/newsite/boxoffice/cart.asp?show_id=4804&skin_show_id=&orgin=guest

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Sep
2
Sun
Theatrical performance INFIDEL by Christopher Vened @ Whitefire Theatre
Sep 2 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm


infidel

INFIDEL by Christopher Vened

https://www.plays411.com/newsite/show/play_info.asp?show_id=4804

Whitefire Theatre
13500 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA  91423
Saturday, September 01 – Sunday, October 07, 2018
Saturday 8pm
Sunday 3pm

Reservations: 323/960-7738

Tickets: $35.00; $20.00 for students with Valid ID

https://www.plays411.com/newsite/boxoffice/cart.asp?show_id=4804&skin_show_id=&orgin=guest

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Sep
8
Sat
Theatrical performance INFIDEL by Christopher Vened @ Whitefire Theatre
Sep 8 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm


infidel

INFIDEL by Christopher Vened

https://www.plays411.com/newsite/show/play_info.asp?show_id=4804

Whitefire Theatre
13500 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA  91423
Saturday, September 01 – Sunday, October 07, 2018
Saturday 8pm
Sunday 3pm

Reservations: 323/960-7738

Tickets: $35.00; $20.00 for students with Valid ID

https://www.plays411.com/newsite/boxoffice/cart.asp?show_id=4804&skin_show_id=&orgin=guest

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Sep
9
Sun
Theatrical performance INFIDEL by Christopher Vened @ Whitefire Theatre
Sep 9 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm


infidel

INFIDEL by Christopher Vened

https://www.plays411.com/newsite/show/play_info.asp?show_id=4804

Whitefire Theatre
13500 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA  91423
Saturday, September 01 – Sunday, October 07, 2018
Saturday 8pm
Sunday 3pm

Reservations: 323/960-7738

Tickets: $35.00; $20.00 for students with Valid ID

https://www.plays411.com/newsite/boxoffice/cart.asp?show_id=4804&skin_show_id=&orgin=guest

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Sep
15
Sat
Theatrical performance INFIDEL by Christopher Vened @ Whitefire Theatre
Sep 15 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm


infidel

INFIDEL by Christopher Vened

https://www.plays411.com/newsite/show/play_info.asp?show_id=4804

Whitefire Theatre
13500 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA  91423
Saturday, September 01 – Sunday, October 07, 2018
Saturday 8pm
Sunday 3pm

Reservations: 323/960-7738

Tickets: $35.00; $20.00 for students with Valid ID

https://www.plays411.com/newsite/boxoffice/cart.asp?show_id=4804&skin_show_id=&orgin=guest

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Sep
16
Sun
Theatrical performance INFIDEL by Christopher Vened @ Whitefire Theatre
Sep 16 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm


infidel

INFIDEL by Christopher Vened

https://www.plays411.com/newsite/show/play_info.asp?show_id=4804

Whitefire Theatre
13500 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA  91423
Saturday, September 01 – Sunday, October 07, 2018
Saturday 8pm
Sunday 3pm

Reservations: 323/960-7738

Tickets: $35.00; $20.00 for students with Valid ID

https://www.plays411.com/newsite/boxoffice/cart.asp?show_id=4804&skin_show_id=&orgin=guest

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Sep
22
Sat
Theatrical performance INFIDEL by Christopher Vened @ Whitefire Theatre
Sep 22 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm


infidel

INFIDEL by Christopher Vened

https://www.plays411.com/newsite/show/play_info.asp?show_id=4804

Whitefire Theatre
13500 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA  91423
Saturday, September 01 – Sunday, October 07, 2018
Saturday 8pm
Sunday 3pm

Reservations: 323/960-7738

Tickets: $35.00; $20.00 for students with Valid ID

https://www.plays411.com/newsite/boxoffice/cart.asp?show_id=4804&skin_show_id=&orgin=guest

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Sep
23
Sun
Theatrical performance INFIDEL by Christopher Vened @ Whitefire Theatre
Sep 23 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm


infidel

INFIDEL by Christopher Vened

https://www.plays411.com/newsite/show/play_info.asp?show_id=4804

Whitefire Theatre
13500 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA  91423
Saturday, September 01 – Sunday, October 07, 2018
Saturday 8pm
Sunday 3pm

Reservations: 323/960-7738

Tickets: $35.00; $20.00 for students with Valid ID

https://www.plays411.com/newsite/boxoffice/cart.asp?show_id=4804&skin_show_id=&orgin=guest

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Sep
29
Sat
Theatrical performance INFIDEL by Christopher Vened @ Whitefire Theatre
Sep 29 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm


infidel

INFIDEL by Christopher Vened

https://www.plays411.com/newsite/show/play_info.asp?show_id=4804

Whitefire Theatre
13500 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA  91423
Saturday, September 01 – Sunday, October 07, 2018
Saturday 8pm
Sunday 3pm

Reservations: 323/960-7738

Tickets: $35.00; $20.00 for students with Valid ID

https://www.plays411.com/newsite/boxoffice/cart.asp?show_id=4804&skin_show_id=&orgin=guest

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Sep
30
Sun
Theatrical performance INFIDEL by Christopher Vened @ Whitefire Theatre
Sep 30 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm


infidel

INFIDEL by Christopher Vened

https://www.plays411.com/newsite/show/play_info.asp?show_id=4804

Whitefire Theatre
13500 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA  91423
Saturday, September 01 – Sunday, October 07, 2018
Saturday 8pm
Sunday 3pm

Reservations: 323/960-7738

Tickets: $35.00; $20.00 for students with Valid ID

https://www.plays411.com/newsite/boxoffice/cart.asp?show_id=4804&skin_show_id=&orgin=guest

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Oct
6
Sat
Theatrical performance INFIDEL by Christopher Vened @ Whitefire Theatre
Oct 6 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm


infidel

INFIDEL by Christopher Vened

https://www.plays411.com/newsite/show/play_info.asp?show_id=4804

Whitefire Theatre
13500 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA  91423
Saturday, September 01 – Sunday, October 07, 2018
Saturday 8pm
Sunday 3pm

Reservations: 323/960-7738

Tickets: $35.00; $20.00 for students with Valid ID

https://www.plays411.com/newsite/boxoffice/cart.asp?show_id=4804&skin_show_id=&orgin=guest

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Oct
7
Sun
Theatrical performance INFIDEL by Christopher Vened @ Whitefire Theatre
Oct 7 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm


infidel

INFIDEL by Christopher Vened

https://www.plays411.com/newsite/show/play_info.asp?show_id=4804

Whitefire Theatre
13500 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA  91423
Saturday, September 01 – Sunday, October 07, 2018
Saturday 8pm
Sunday 3pm

Reservations: 323/960-7738

Tickets: $35.00; $20.00 for students with Valid ID

https://www.plays411.com/newsite/boxoffice/cart.asp?show_id=4804&skin_show_id=&orgin=guest

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