Best Avant-Garde Rock Musical Theater Company (2013)

Tilted Field Productions

The Greeks invented theater around 2,500 years ago. Rock music is somewhat younger. So the itinerant L.A. stage experimentalists at Tilted Field Productions can be forgiven for the 2,440-year lag in successfully merging the two into a live-performance hybrid that, for the lack of better words, truly rocks. You'll get no show tunes from Tilted Field. Founders Becca Wolff and Jacob G. Padrón are dedicated to the elevation of dramatic narratives through the multiplying power and urgency of the avant-rock club scene. Those efforts paid off this past summer with the Hollywood Fringe prize winner (no static at all), monologist Alex Knox's vinyl-spinning riff on '70s supergroup Steely Dan, and The Last Days of Mary Stuart, which transformed the rivalry between Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots into an electrified duel of alt-rock superdivas. Whatever the show, Tilted Field's punk swagger and music-club cred translates into rock & roll theater that doesn't suck. Venues vary. —Bill Raden


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