How It Is Productions in association with Park Theatre present

The Time Of Our Lies

By Bianca Bagatourian


Bianca Bagatourian

Bianca received her MFA in playwriting from Brooklyn College mentored by lifetime Obie Award winner, Mac Wellman. Her plays have been produced worldwide. The Time Of Our Lies, based on the works of US radical historian, Howard Zinn whom she had the honor of working with before his passing in 2010 was presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2014. It was nominated for the Amnesty International “Freedom of Expression” Award. Bianca is also the president and founder of the Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance, a non-profit organization since 2005 where she administers the global $10,000 Saroyan/Paul Human Rights Playwriting Award. 

Bianca also works in the world of film and TV and has several TV sitcoms in development with independent television companies in the US. She has sold a comedy reality show to the BBC and produced a feature film. She is the author of the Children’s book, Draculiza published by Cedar Grove.  She currently lives in Los Angeles and is working on a play, Operation Ajax about the overthrow of the first democratically elected prime minister in Iran, Mohammad Mosaddegh.

"When I first met Howard, I told him I wanted to do a play that turned entertainment into news as so much news was is entertainment. He smiled and shook my hand and we were off."


Ché Walker 

In theatre, Ché's writing and directing credits include his musical Been So Long, which played at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Young Vic in 2009 and was bought and produced by Netflix. His play The Frontline made theatrical history being the first contemporary-set play to be performed at Shakespeare’s Globe since the 1600’s. Lovesong in collaboration with uk soul legend Omar MBE for English Touring Theatre Flesh Wound at Royal Court Theatre and winner of The George Devine Award, Arts Council Writer of the Future Award. The 8th in collaboration with Paul Heaton for Barbican, Manchester International Festival. Klook's Last Stand, which played at the Park Theatre London in 2014 and is currently being produced by several theatres in the US after a workshop performance at the NAMT Festival in New York. Ché's other writing credits include The Lightning Child at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2013. More recently, Ché wrote and directed The Etienne Sisters at Theatre Royal Stratford East, which described as a "Thrilling new chamber musical featuring a bold narrative style and a classy, simplistic staging".Ché has won the Peter Brook Award (Mark Marvin Rent Subsidy Award) for his plays Crazy Love and Burnt Up Love, and his version of Been So Long was a nominee for The Ned Sherrin Award for Best Musical in the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2009.


Sheila Atim

Olivier Awards 2018: Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical - Winner Critics’ Choice Award for Most Promising Newcomer 2018 - Winner Evening Standard Theatre Awards: Emerging Talent Award 2017 - Nominee What’s On Stage Awards: Best Supporting Actress in a Play 2018 - Nominee Clarence Derwent Awards 2018 - Winner.

Bonnie Oddie

Bonnie Oddie began her formal dance training at WAC arts as a teenager. Brought up by two musical parents, with a love and appreciation for Jazz music, WAC is where she first learnt of Jack Cole and Mattox based jazz technique under the tutelage of Michelle Scott. Bonnie spent the next five years with Jazz and Contemporary dance as her focus. From WAC she studied dance at Lewisham College and finally graduated from London Studio Centre a few decades ago! Bonnie has danced, choreographed and taught extensively since then, in a vast spectrum of environments; from small touring companies to the Royal Opera House, Primary Schools to Degree courses. During this time she has developed a particular love of working with young people, and now has twenty years’ experience. She was the founding Artistic Director of East London Dance Youth Co, and the creator of Studio Youth at London Studio Centre. 




Gamal Chasten 

Gamal is a writer/performer and co-founder of Universes Theater Ensemble. 

Theatre credits include:  Co-writer and performer: Slanguage, (New York Theater Workshop): Ameriville (Humana Festival); Party People (Berkeley Rep); Individual writer and performer: The Last Word (Performance Space 122), Badge (Flight Deck Theatre, reading) and The Black Mann Act (New York Theatre Workshop). 

His work has been chronicled in Fire This Time, African American Plays of the 21st Century and several Humana Festival anthologies.

A recent recipient of the 2018 Prize of Hope, Gamal is currently working on Americus to be premiered at the Cincinnati Playhouse in 2020.



Maureen Fleming 

Maureen is renowned for her original form of visual theater. With the discipline of a classicist, and the imagination of an iconoclast, she connects cultures and art forms in an interdisciplinary celebration of the universality of the soul’s journey. A Fulbright Scholar to Ireland, South Korea, Colombia and Latvia, her solo and group works have toured five continents including the Spoleto Festival in Italy, FILO Festival Brazil, Performing America’s Tour Colombia, Argentina and Uruguay, Jacob’s Pillow Festival, Emerson Majestic and Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and NY City Center Fall for Dance Festival.