The Myth Cycle: Ahraihsak
Lighting: Ryan Mueller

Director & Playwright: Ruben Polendo
Lighting Design: Ryan M. Mueller
Scenic Design: Scott Spahr
Costume Design: Miranda Hoffman
Original Music and Sound Design: Todd Almond & Jef Evans

Ahraihsak is the mythic story of a leader’s descent into violence – and his journey through it. Theater Mitu’s rigorous combination of ritual movement, extreme language and live music create the landscape for this epic exploration of faith, love and our ceaseless instinct towards war. Theater Mitu
Teatro La Tea, NY

Dhammashok
Lighting & Scenic Design: Ryan Mueller

Director & Playwright: Ruben Polendo
Lighting Design: Ryan M. Mueller
Scenic Design: Scott Spahr
Costume Design: Miranda Hoffman
Original Music and Sound Design: Todd Almond & Jef Evans

DHAMMASHOK explores the life of a Buddhist saint and his journey through violence, loss and love. It fuses Tibetan and Balinese Mask work, Symbol puppetry and Indo-Iranian song cycles, as well as elements from Japanese Noh and Indian Ras-Lila. RMT / CTG / Mark Taper Forum
Ricardo Montalban Theatre, LA
The Odyssey
Lighting & Scenic Design: Ryan Mueller

Director & Playwright: Ruben Polendo
Lighting Design: Ryan M. Mueller
Scenic Design: Scott Spahr
Costume Design: Miranda Hoffman
Original Music and Sound Design: Todd Almond & Jef Evans

The Odyssey is one of the longest epic poems ever written. The Adaptation of this poem focus on the journey of Odysseus, Penelope and Telemachus. While the story of The Odyssey is most definitely within this play, the emotional journey of the characters is an imagined one.

The Juilliard School
New York, NY

The Ramayana
Lighting & Scenic Design: Ryan Mueller

Director & Playwright: Ruben Polendo
Lighting & Scenic Design: Ryan M. Mueller
Costume Design: Miranda Hoffman
Original Music and Sound Design: Jef Evans

The classic Hindu poem The Ramayana continues to resonate with millions of readers, theatergoers, and spiritual seekers. Transcending race and religion, the wisdom and beauty of this ancient text delve into the core of what it is to be human.

American Conservatory Theater
Zeum Theater
San Francisco, CA

The Mahabharata
Lighting Design: Ryan Mueller

Written and Directed by R. Polendo
Lighting Design: Ryan Mueller
Scenic & Costume Design: Carol Bailey
Original Music and Sound Design: Jef Evans

The Mahabharata is one of Hinduism's two sacred epics. It is the longest poem ever written (in its longest form, roughly 18 times longer than The Odyssey and The Iliad combined). The Adaptation of this poem into a theatrical form involved the funneling of the hundreds of stories within The Mahabharata. The goal was to focus on the journey of the two key families within the epic.

The Juilliard School
New York, NY

The Noh Cycle
Lighting Design: Ryan Mueller

Written and Directed
Lighting Design: Ryan Mueller
Costume Design: Leon Weibers
Original Music and Sound Design: Jef Evans by R. Polendo

 

Noh is a reflection of and a meditation on Buddhism. Most, if not all, of two thousand Noh plays are karma plays. It is the formality of Buddhism that became the core of Noh Theater. Reaching its climax in the late 15th century, it was enshrined to remain as it is still seen.

Theater Mitu
Black Box Theater
LA, CA

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