Michael Arabian has directed and produced numerous west coast and world premieres in New York and Los Angeles winning over 50 awards.
His latest production, Aeschylus’s THE SUPPLIANT WOMEN (ΙΚΕΤΙΔΕΣ), was presented by The Getty Villa Museum and Rogue Machine Theatre (NOV. 2017) with sold-out shows. Although one of the oldest extant dramas from ancient Greece, the play remains deeply relevant given its present day context, addressing the timely issues of both women’s rights and the refugee crisis.
In 2016 he directed DISGRACED at San Diego Rep which received a San Diego Critics Award nomination for Best Production. Also for the Rep, in 2012 he directed RED starring John Vickery… both shows were in the San Diego Stage Beat’s top 10 list. Earlier in 2016, he directed the critically acclaimed production of KINGDOM OF EARTH by Tennessee Williams at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles where the head critic for the LA Times, Charles McNulty said, it was a discovery of a hidden gem by TW. Some additional recent credits include, directing dance icon Leslie Caron in SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS at the Laguna Playhouse; STAGING THE UNSTAGEABLE (centennial of the Armenian Genocide) at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, GOD OF CARNAGE at La Mirada.
His production of WAITING FOR GODOT at the Mark Taper Forum was honored with five Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards including outstanding production and direction; was nominated for 10 Ovation Awards, winning five, including best production; and was cited as one of the ten most memorable productions of 2012 seen in either New York or LA by Los Angeles Times critic Charles McNulty who called it a “luminous revival.”
Other productions at the Taper include Samuel Beckett’s KRAPPS LAST TAPE, Edward Albee’s THE SANDBOX, Harold Pinter’s A SLIGHT ACHE and workshops of new works. His site-specific company, Theatre InSite, formed a partnership with CBS (Radford) Studios (a first for L.A. theater), to produce live TV pilots (THIRD ROCK FROM THE SUN picked up) and inventive, large-scale productions… an updated ROMEO AND JULIET where audiences followed scenes and car chases through the backlot’s suburban streets, and THE TROJAN WOMEN, starring Mariette Hartley and an amphibious Humvee from the Marine Corp, set during the Gulf War and staged in 400,000 gallons of water at the old Gilligan’s Island Lagoon site and IS IT JUST ME OR IS IT HOT IN HERE a musical about menopause.
Other local LA credits include John Patrick Shanley’s DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA (14 critics choices), THE LARAMIE PROJECT, TEN YEARS LATER starring Barbara Bain for the Tectonic Project in one of 150 presentations around the world, SOME KIND OF LOVE STORY by Arthur Miller produced by Martin Landau and Mark Rydell for the Actors Studio. His film KING OF THE ANTS shot on 35mm is distributed by Vanguard Cinema.