“Paradise” On-stage Conversation & Interview

  • BY: Laura Maria Censabella
  • DIRECTED BY: Virginia Reed
  • SHOW DATES: 04/27/2023 thru 05/28/2023


Sun, May 21 2023


3:30 PM - 5:00 PM


Mendocino Theatre Company
45200 Little Lake

"Paradise" Playwright, Laura Maria Censabella joins Cultural Consultant, Neamah Hussein for an on-stage conversation and interview

SUNDAY, MAY 21ST immediately following the matinee performance

You do not have to attend the matinee to come, however seating is limited to 60 persons
"Paradise" Playwright, Laura Maria Censabella

Playwright, Laura Maria Censabella

Ms. Censabella’s play Paradise (IRNE Award Best New Play, Elliott Norton Nomination Outstanding New Script, Ensemble Studio Theatre/ Alfred P. Sloan Science Foundation Commission) made its sold-out U.S. west coast premiere in L.A. at The Odyssey Theatre (Viola Davis and Julius Tennon, producers) and premiered on the east coast at Underground Railway/Central Square Theater in Cambridge as part of CST’s Catalyst Collaborative@MIT science/theater partnership. She then wrote the screenplay for Vicangelo Films and JuVee Productions and an audio version of the play opened L.A. Theatre Work’s 2021-22 season.

"Paradise" Cultural Consultant, Neamah Hussein

Cultural Consultant, Neamah Hussein

Neamah is a Yemeni-Desi actress, writer and filmmaker based in California. She graduated from Princeton University, studied filmmaking at the San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking, and TV writing at The Writing Pad in Los Angeles. Her first short, Brown Girls and Hair, screened at the South Asian Film Festival of America 2021. Aside from acting, Neamah is passionate about learning languages (she speaks five!), fashion, and her day job in Virtual Reality products at Facebook Inc.

Ms. Censabella’s appearance is made possible through a seed grant from Ensemble Studio Theatre / Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

This play is so rich in terms of science, culture and the true meaning of education. The relationship between student and professor transcends all categories we initially place them in.