All title photos by Andy Sheng from our recent production of Wedded: Nixon and the Pentagon Papers

Actors Joe Culliton and Cris Capen performing Wedded, photo by Andy Sheng

ENGAGING EXPERIENCES FOR ENGAGING PEOPLE

PowerPlayz

Text Box:   310-486-2547   Call for info!

PowerPlayz

is a media company that:

· creates live experiences

· produces movies

· publishes literary works

· promotes life-long learning

 

John Powers

Writer and director of dramatic material and coordinator of public performances, courses, and forums, John Powers (a.k.a. J-Powers) brings 12+ years experience in producing more than 200 events.

“Like his previous programs on Japanese Americans in WWII and Chinese Americans, Watergate, Vietnam war...etc, John Powers' current series of public programs at El Camino College are wide ranging in their topics, succinctly organized, cogently presented, with articulate and outstanding experts on the topic of each program. The format is very Old School—with an emphasis on substance rather than gimmicks, and it sets a high standard for others who produce and participate in topical programs in the community. Bring yourselves and your family--especially students – for an educational and entertaining and affordable evening.”

-- Don Hata, Emeritus Professor of History, CSU Dominguez Hills

Experience LA

“ I experienced the events of 1968, and John Powers has brought to life some of the most significant of them through his unique, powerful, and deeply affecting series.  Everyone should see it.” 

     —  Ron Kovic, Born on the Fourth of July

“Excellent condensation of the Pentagon Papers”

                               Daniel Ellsberg

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Faces of mature adults

Scene Study for Mature Adults

Enhance your memory, physical, and social fitness skills while having fun. Perform short dramatic and comedic scenes for mature adults by great writers. Stretch yourself with character analysis, memorization, action, and discussion. Grow within a supportive environment. Stay strong with lively engagement. No previous acting experience or materials necessary.

This course is offered by John Powers. For information call 310-486-2547.

Detail of photograph from the signing of the table grape contract in Delano CA 1970Text Box: Also Recently Completed

The 9/11 Commission Report

at University of California, Riverside Extension

Published 10 years ago, John Powers recently led a course for retired professionals in which participants experienced this important work through lecture, imagery, and discussion. Readings by participants were from his 2006 stage adaptation.

Text Box: For readers of all ages!

A contemporary adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s “best story” tells of a  girl who in search of her father becomes trapped on an actual island in the sky where she leads one other worldly army against another in her pursuit of finding her way home.

 

Queen of Sky Island

now published at Amazon and Smashwords

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Cover art of Pentagon Papers, recently abridged edition for the Millennial Generation

 

Pentagon Papers: for the Millennial Generation

published at Amazon and Smashwords

Drawn from excepts of the 7,000-page original document, this exciting  publication gives young people a comprehensive understanding of the 30-year involvement by the United States in Southeast Asia. With links to online video and other resources, this concise work  informs and empowers young people. It’s also valuable for Boomers who never to begin with understood the war.

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MEXICO CITY

at Rosenberg Cultural Center

John Powers leads participants at Temple Menorah’s RCC program  through an experience of imagery, readings, and discussion that traces the events leading up to and including the 1968 Olympics. The event focuses, in particular, on the athletes Tommie Smith, John Carlos, and others in support of the Olympic Project for Human Rights. The event also focuses on the massacre of  student protesters by Mexican government officials in the Plaza of Three Cultures a few days before the start of the athletic competition.

US track and field athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos on the medal award ceremony, Mexico City 1968

I liked the group/team work; we got to know each other better and each character involved in the [events]

An informative, engaging, and challenging class. Enjoyed it immensely!

Fascinating demonstration of events leading up to 9/11, focusing [on] conflict within U.S. government.

Instructor provided a script, and the class played the roles. Novel teaching experience.

Best class so far!

--various written comments by UC Riverside Extension participants in   The 9/11 Commission Report,      Sep/Oct 2014