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Saturday, May 18 & Sunday, May 19 at Son of Semele Ensemble
5/18 3pm: CRAZY BITCH by Jennie Webb
A play about genealogy and jellyfish and rogue taxidermy. In a world where unbelievable brutality happens, every day, three women find themselves suspended between the extraordinary and real life expectations. Directed by Jen Bloom
5/18 5pm: THE PLAGUE by Jihan Crowther
After the death of their best friend, three 8th graders go on a mission to uncover the secret behind their town’s epidemic of suicides. Directed by Becca Wolff.
5/18 8pm: 72 OBJECTS by Lolly Ward
A performance artist’s sign says, “There are 72 objects on the table that one can use on me as desired.” So they do. Their marriage will never be the same. Directed by Caitlin Hart.
5/19 3pm HATCHLINGS by Eva Anderson
In a time where mankind lives in a sealed-off dome in the desert, a young woman named Jay seeks out her former lover, Vee. Will they reconnect, or be torn apart by the secret that Vee has uncovered? Directed by Jeffrey Wienckowski.
5/19 6pm ¡SOLDADERA! by Jami Brandli
The Mexican Revolution. A teenage girl with face blindness searches for her mother who left to become a revolutionary soldadera (female solider). As she uncovers secrets in the soliders camp, she discovers her own courage. Directed by Sara Wagner.
The Playwrights Union fourth Annual Reading Festival of New Work also includes plays by Deron Boss and Lary Pontius. All plays were drafted during the group’s February Writing Challenge, and have been finished or re-written in the weeks leading up to the Festival.
Son of Semele
3301 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
$5 suggested donation per reading
For information visit playwrightsunion.com
Now extended through May 18! L.A. Weekly Pick!
April 26 – May 11, Fri/Sat 8pm; Sunday 3pm
May 17 and May 18, 8 pm
1107 N. Kings Road
West Hollywood 90059
LA WEEKLY Pick of the week extended through May 11th. This dramedy chronicles Norma Jean’s life from unwanted orphan, to bit player, to sex goddess including her affairs with both female & male lovers, from her acting coach to president of the United States.
April 26 – May 19
Friday/Saturday 8 PM and Sunday 3 PM
Atwater Village Theater
3269 Casitas Avenue
Los Angeles. CA 90039
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Playwrights’ Arena presents the world premiere of Janine Salinas Schoenberg’s captivating new play. Directed by award winning Jon Lawrence Rivera.
Alex, a mysterious teen, arrives at a transitional house for young women run by a charismatic Evangelical leader. As the two women struggle to understand each other, Doña Lydia becomes more determined to save the young girl from herself. But Alex has already devised her own plan for salvation with the help of her imaginary friends.
Cast: Elizabeth Frances, Cristina Frias, Bianca Lemaire, Christine Marie Mantilla, Jacqueline Real, Elia Saldana, and Carolyn Zeller
Previews March 1 -22
Run: March 23 through May 19
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
Sunday early-bird matinee at 3:00pm
Santa Monica Playhouse, The Main Stage
1211 4th Street Santa Monica, CA 90401
This is a true story about a “moonstruck” couple’s forbidden love, the hilarity and drama from their deeply passionate Italian-Greek families, and how they spent their last day on Earth together. RAISE ME UP is Lisa Phillips Visca’s joyful and touching tribute to her parents, Louis and Daphne Padula, capturing their eternal passion and the surreal ending to their classic love story. Directed by Chris DeCarlo. Previews $15; Reg. Admission $25.
http://tinyurl.com/ticketsRMU or 310-394-9779 ext. 1
Thursdays, April 25, and May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Show time: 8:00pm
Working Stage Theater
1516 N. Gardner St.
West Hollywood, CA 90046
Stand-Up Comic/Actress/Dancer STELLA VALENTE struts her stuff in the award-winning, hilarious and heart felt solo show, “SHUT UP AND DANCE!”
Ride along this fun and funny journey. From a tough love Queens upbringing to a run in with the law Stella just can’t get a break. She finally embarks on an adventure to Buenos Aires. What she learns.why fight when you can dance?
Stella Valente, stand up comic, actress and dancer, struts her stuff in the award-winning hilarious and heart felt one woman play, “Shut Up and Dance! ” This high octane show, is an intimate look at one artist’s battle with anger, love and the power of dance.
This physical, energetic and autobiographical show, weaves together Valente’s unabashed life lessons, her search for love and the correlation of Argentine Tango. Her stories range from gut busting to tear-jerking, with many great characters in which Stella plays them all.
“Shut Up and Dance!” directed by Paul Messinger of Fierce Backbone Theater has received praise from critics and audiences alike, winning “Best of Hollywood Fringe 2012 and “Best One Person Play” by the Beverly Hills Outlook.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Stella works both in front of the camera as an actress and stand up comedienne and behind the scenes as writer, producer and director. She graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Film and Television Production and then trained further at the Beverly Hills Playhouse with the renowned Milton Kateslas and the well-respected New York Academy for the Dramatic Arts. Valente grew up in Queens, NY and after living everywhere for a shot while, even a convent in Asolo, Italy, this funny lady made her way to Los Angeles.
Directed by Justin Zsebe
Assemblage & Writing by Justin Zsebe
MAY 17 – June 8
Thursday through Saturday at 7:30pm
Box Office and Bar open at 7pm
2220 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90057
An abstract dream that entangles the artistic minds of the present with those of the past within a surreal night of theater. Inspired by the women dancing in the paintings of Toulouse Lautrec and other performers of the time, A Fried Octopus dives into a pool of absinthe to find the divine feminine bubbling up with joy, tears, and fears as the male ideal of art surrenders to the forces that influence us all. An assemblage of text and movement provides the inventive canvas that reminds us all of the beauty that can be found in ugly places. A reminder of love.
The origin of love that Aristophanes gives in Plato’s “Symposium,”- says that human beings were once powerful eight-limbed creatures until Zeus split us in two to storm heaven, thus dooming us to forever search for our other half in order to be whole.
“Be free it is in our love for one another.”
https://bootlegtheater.secure.force.com/ticket (Discount code is LAFPI)
May 23 – June 16th
Thursday-Saturday at 8:00pm
Sundays at 3:00pm
The Los Angeles Theatre Center
514 South Spring Street
Los Angeles 90013
The Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring Street, 90013
Beautiful is a solo play about a young girl, an island, and a secret that begs to be told. Told through the spoken word poetry of international artist Jozanne Marie, this harrowing coming of age story will stay with you long after you leave the theater.
$30 | General Admission
$20 | Students, Seniors and Veterans
$20 | for Groups of 10+
$10 | Thursdays for the first 10 tickets sold, $15 after that.
Directed by Geoff Rivas
Produced by The Latino Theater Company
For ticketing visit https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/920966
Or call 866 811-4111
Previews: June 5 – 6 at 8 pm.
Opening Night: June 7.
Runs thru June 30.
Showtimes: Thurs – Sat at 8pm and Sun at 2 pm
International City Theatre at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center
300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802
A wildly imaginative and off-center romantic comedy by MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient, Pulitzer Prize finalist, and one of America’s hottest new playwrights, Sarah Ruhl (author of The Clean House and Eurydice).
An incessantly ringing cell phone in a café. A stranger at the next table who’s had enough. And a dead man – with many loose ends. In this quirky comedy, a woman is forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world.
Price Range: $29-$45.
Box Office: 562-436-4610 Group Sales: Denis Nigos 562-495-4595 ext 11 or Erik Garcia at 562-495-4595 ext 13
6/1 at 8:30
6/2 at 7:00
6/8 at 8:30
6/9 at 7:00
The Magic Mirror Theater
4934 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601.
Directed by Emily Clark, Anaïs von Windsor is a tabloid queen from the moment she’s born, but nothing can top her confession to the triple-murder of her ex-boyfriends. Unless of course she’s making it up. Through a series of non-linear vignettes, we are exposed to both sides of Anaïs: the hard-partying attention-whore she’s proud of, and the frighteningly wounded young girl she tries so hard to ignore. But does deciding for ourselves whether or not she’s a monster get us any closer to the truth?
WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT A PRESENTATION ABOUT THE HERERO OF NAMIBIA, FORMERLY KNOWN AS SOUTHWEST AFRICA, FROM THE GERMAN SUDWESTAFRIKA, BETWEEN THE YEARS 1884-1915, by Jackie Sibblies Drury
Previews May 30 – June 7
Performances June 8 – August 11
Joseph Stern, Producer
directed by Jillian Armenante
The Matrix Theatre
7657 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
The West Coast premiere of Jackie Sibblies Drury’s brave, chilling and very funny new work about a group of actors who lose control of their play and discover some startling hidden truths. What could possibly go wrong when a group of eager young amateur actors attempt to dramatize the first genocide of the 20th century?
Tickets: $30 call 323-852-1445, or online here: tickets!
THE HEBREW HILLBILLY by Shelley Fisher
Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Santa Monica Playhouse
1211 Fourth Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Singer-songwriter Shelley Fisher stars in her own one-woman musical, taking a wry look back her life and career from her early upbringing as a Jew in Memphis to her adventures in and out of the entertainment industry. Raised in the Deep South, Fisher has had success as a jazz and blues vocalist, and as a recording artist in L.A., along with creating her own romantic-comedy cooking show, Forkplay.
This funny and heartfelt show features 14 original songs, penned by Fisher, along with pop composers Kenneth Hirsch and Harold Payne.
Tickets available at www.goldstar.com or contact Shelley Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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