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Special Engagement! (4) Performances Only:
FRIDAYS @ 11:00pm

ZJU Theatre Group
4850 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601

Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group proudly presents Mia Morte’s dark, sexy and sinister burlesque side-show-spectacular, featuring Mia Morte, Rynie Das Wreckless, Vincent Wolf, Darin Malfi, Joey Dynomite, Zachariah and MaliciouSid…The Greatest Show Unearthed!

Reservations: (818) 202 – 4120
Tickets: $15
Website: www.ZombieJoes.com
Advance Tickets Now Available: www.ZombieJoes.Tix.com

The-Cave-Ad-two-by-threeTHE CAVE: A FOLK OPERA by Melanie Rose Thomas

Saturday July 5 2014, 4:00 PM
Saturday July 12, 4:00 PM
Saturday July 26, 4:00 PM
Saturday August 2, 4:00 PM
Saturday August 9, 4:00 PM

Daughters of Elysium, an all female production team, present The Cave: A Folk Opera. The Cave is a new theatrical piece told entirely through original folk music. Set in an opium den at the turn of the century, The Cave is deeply engaging, darkly poetic, and sultry. Inspired by classic fairy tales and Greek mythology, The Cave explores what these stories really show us; a glimpse at what life would be like if the subconscious found its way into reality. Come down and experience this mystical and immersive show at The Hollywood Fringe Festival this June!

Tickets are $12.00.
www.thecavefolkopera.com, www.facebook.com/thecavefolkopera,

www.twitter.com/cavefolkopera, #thecavefolkopera
Contact: daughtersofelysium@gmail.com


unnamed-2PATERNUS by Daphne Malfitano

Opening Friday, July 18
Fridays & Saturdays at 10:30PM
July 25 – August 9
Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30pm
additional performance at 8pm on July 31st

Rogue Machine Theatre
5041 Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90019
(West of La Brea)

A relentless snowstorm strands father and son with only their RV for protection. Survival plans become paramount, temperatures drop, and food begins to run out as this powerful and gripping situation burrows below the surface of their relationship…during what might become their final days together.

Directed by Mark St. Amant
Starring Darrell Larson and Timothy Walker
Produced by Jennifer Pollono and John Perrin Flynn

Sound Design by Brendan Han, Property Design by David Combs, Production Manager: Amanda Mauer, Technical Director: David Mauer, Stage Manager: Jennifer McHugh, Assistant Director: Catriona Fray, Alternate for Stephen: Ben Campbell

Tickets: www.roguemachinetheatre.com

Family Planning imageFAMILY PLANNING by Michelle Kholos Brooks

July 12 – August 10
Thursdays and Fridays @ 8:00 pm
Saturdays @ 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm
and Sundays @ 2:00 pm

The Colony Theatre
555 N. Third Street
Burbank, CA 91502

First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then your parents move in. Larry is a New Age Jewish Buddhist. Diane is a narcissistic Auntie Mame wannabe. They have been divorced since forever. When they lose their second spouses and most of their finances, both move in with their daughter and son-in-law. What could possibly go wrong? A captivating exploration of the comedy and the drama that ensue when relatives are packed into the same small space and actually forced to behave like a functional family. WORLD PREMIERE.


To purchase tickets call the box office at 818-558-7000

209ONE IN THE CHAMBER by Marja-Lewis Ryan

July 12th-August 17th
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 7pm

The Lounge Theatre
6201 Santa Monica Blvd.
Hollywood, CA

Ovation Award Nominated Playwright & HBO Audience Award Winning Screenwriter Marja-Lewis Ryan brings to life a dysfunctional family drama that explores the effects of gun violence in one American family.

Six years ago, a ten-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his little brother. Now, we meet his whole family.

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS: https://www.plays411.net/newsite/boxoffice/cart.asp?show_id=3869&skin_show_id=&orgin=guest

VisionaryMan200VISIONARY MAN by Mary Padgelek

July 26 – Aug. 31
Thurs, Fri & Sat @ 8pm
and Sun @ 3pm

Hudson Mainstage Theater
6539 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038

The language of the Holy Spirit… direct from God? Spirited Hands Productions presents a new American musical based on the fascinating true story of visionary artist J.B. Murray. The world premiere of Visionary Man opens July 26 at the Hudson Mainstage in Hollywood.

General Admission: $28
323-960-7787 or www.plays411.com/visionary

BENDER by Erica Bennett

August 21 @ 8:00 pm
August 22 @ 8:00 pm
August 30 @ 2:00 pm
August 31 @ 7:00 pm

Chapman University
2014 OCcentric New Play Festival
Moulton Center Studio Theatre
300 E. Palm Ave., Orange, CA 92866

Aspiring singer/songwriter Ruby gets a golden ticket out of her small Alabama town, but will will the loves of her life and a tragic past hold her back? Directed by Travis Kendrick (Roxy Regional Theatre, Rising Sun Performance Company).

Visit website for ticket information and show times. Part of the New Play Festival. http://occentric.weebly.com/

New Eyes- Aug 3, 31 & Sept 21NEW EYES by Yafit Josephson

Sunday August 3, 7:00 pm
Sunday August 31, 7:00 pm
Sunday September 21, 7:00 pm

Santa Monica Playhouse
1211 4th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401


“Ebullient Solo Show! Josephson is a Winning Presence!”- LA TIMES
“An Accomplished Performance! Hilarious!”- LA WEEKLY
“The Show is Good for Israel!”- Jewish Journal
“Inspirational!”- Backstage

Israeli-American actress, Yafit Josephson, a former soldier in the Israeli army and a USC School of Theater alumna, stars in “New Eyes,” a one-woman autobiographical play running in CA and across the US for over 4 years with rave reviews.

“New Eyes” tells the life story of Yafit, a young woman living in Israel who joins the Israeli army as part of her mandatory service to her country. Upon completing her service, she moves to Los Angeles to follow her dream of becoming an actress but finds herself continually cast as a villain. Just as her native country wrestles with the world’s false perceptions, Yafit must decide how far she is willing to go to challenge, change, or accept how others see her, and what she is willing to risk to fulfill her dreams and destiny. “New Eyes” explores universal themes of self-esteem, family, identity and cultural differences. Yafit portrays over 18 characters from over 5 different countries as she conveys her riveting and uplifting story, as she sees the world, and it sees her, through New Eyes. *Special Q&A will be held after the performance.

Performed by Yafit Josephson
Directed by Sammie Wayne
Produced by Eliad Josephson
Written by Yafit Josephson & Suzanne Bressler

Tickets: $30
Groups of 10+: $25
Reservations: www.neweyesplay.com / (310) 500-0680

Promo Video: http://youtu.be/gu06T4vHoAs
New Eyes Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/NewEyesPlay
Yafit on ABC NEWS: http://13wham.com/news/features/this-morning/stories/927-new-eyes-at-fringe-festival-798.shtml

SUPERNATURAL - IMAGE NEW 6.19.14SUPERNATURAL by Candace O. Kelley, Audrey Kelley, and Gilda Rogers

July 13 – September 28
Sundays @ 6:00 pm

Chromolume Theatre at the Attic
5429 W. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90016

Running time: 85 minutes. Talkback after each Performance.

Special Theatre Info: wheelchair/handicap access for theatre and bathroom

SUPERNATURAL: The Play takes you front and center to a natural hair meetup where women share how their hair journeys have shaped who they are today. If you haven’t heard, women of color around the world are meeting and talking about natural hair. They are doing it fabulously in droves through hair workshops, hair makeover experiences, hair lectures, hair product testings, and so much more. You name it and women are coming together to celebrate their natural hair. When they meet, they bare themselves by sharing their stories and exchanging information. Simply Google “natural hair meetup” and your search engine’s results will be explosive.


“Black women, especially black American women, have suffered in very unique ways that underline much of the pain of deciding whether or not to let their hair go natural.” –
Rich Quatrone, Strand Theater

“The journeys are very universal and they touch home with women of all textures and ethnic backgrounds.” -
Asia Martin, Journalist, Natural Hair Blogger

Special Events : Opening Night Swag Gift bags for the audience.

15 minute talkback follows each performance.

Half-price tickets for all seats on Sunday, August 31st for Labor Day performance.

Reservations (323) 960-7738

Ticket: https://www.plays411.net/newsite/show/play_info.asp?show_id=3867


SMPlayhouse-for-goldstar-Turning-Thirty-FOR-EXTENSION1TURNING THIRTY by Lisa Phillips Visca

July 19 – September 29
Saturdays at 7:00 pm
Sundays at 3:00 pm

The Other Space
Santa Monica Playhouse
1211 4th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401

“OUR TOP TEN! RECOMMENDED!” – Stage Raw. “It’s delightful!” – Pali-Post, reviewplays.com, the Three Tomatoes, and the Tolucan Times. It’s the rom-com to end all rom-coms. Comedy, romance, sibling rivalry, trust fund deadlines, suspense, dating dilemmas, and life-changing peanut butter frozen yogurt!

Featuring: Max Bunzel, Patrick Censoplano, Kelley Dorney, Dennis Michael,* Mary Ann Pianka, Evelyn Rudie, Elisa Surmont ,with special guest appearances by Mike DiGirolamo, Rachel Galper, Carly Reeves, and Terasa Sciortino*

Admission $29.00
Tickets online at http://SantaMonicaPlayhouse.com or call 310-394-9779 ext. 1

Summer Playwrights Festival

PlayFest-Poster-Landscape- July 27 – August 3

The Road Theatre presents
the 5th Annual

Summer Playwrights Festival

38 plays in 8 days, 50% by women playwrights!

The Road on Lankershim
(The Historic Lankershim Arts Center)
5108 Lankershim Blvd in North Hollywood

The Road on Magnolia
(The NoHo Senior Arts Colony)
10747 Magnolia Blvd in North Hollywood

This year’s festival features new works to Los Angeles and has attracted playwrights from around the country, and celebrates a commitment to gender parity.  The 38 plays will be presented as a fundraiser for the company at three venues housed in The Road’s two theaters, along with live music, food and drink.

Tickets are on a “first come, first served” basis and are available 45 minutes before curtain. Cash or credit cards with a suggested donation price of $15. No advance sales or reservations.

Visit www.roadtheatre.org for complete schedule & more info.

Sunday, July 27

CRAZY BITCH by Jennie Webb

7pm @ The Road on Lankershim Gallery Space 

A play about jellyfish and genealogy and rogue taxidermy. In a world where unbelievable brutality happens every day, three women in Los Angeles find themselves suspended between the extraordinary and real life expectations. So what happens next?

Directed by Corurtney Buchan, with June Carryl, Jennifer Finch, Alissa Ford & JessicaWierzba

Monday, July 28

WAITING FOR GRACE by Sharon Sharth

8pm @ The Road on Lankershim Gallery Space 

Once Upon A Time… A woman named Grace wanted to get married. Well, she thought she wanted to get married. But she was terrified that time was running out.  Then one day, she met David. She was even more terrified. What am I supposed to do with him? she thought.  He’s perfect!

Directed by Suzanne Hunt, with Sharon Sharth, John Demita, Elizabeth Southard, Robert Pine, Pamela Dunlap & Gregory Harrison

Tuesday, July 29

IRONBOUND by Martyna Majok

8pm @ The Road on Lankershim Gallery Space

Waiting for a bus in a run-down Jersey town, an immigrant cleaning woman gives her cheating boyfriend a long-deserved tongue-lashing. She’s done talking about feelings; it’s time to talk money. IRONBOUND is a clear-eyed, compassionate portrait of a woman for whom love might not be enough.

Directed by Marya Mazor, with Melissa Kite, Joey Vahedi, Dino Nicandros & Patrick Flanagan

TRESSPASS by Megan Daine

8pm @ The Road on Magnolia

In an isolated ranch in the Eastern Sierra, aging repairman Hank Keller and his frail wife, Rebecca, are disturbed one evening by a stranger at the door. But when the visitor reveals himself to be someone Rebecca once knew very well indeed, Keller is forced to confront devastating truths about the past, his marriage, and himself.

Directed by Megan Daine, with Marya Mazor, with John A. Lorenz, Michael Dempsey, Anna Carini, Tom Knickerbocker & Bryna Weiss

Wednesday, July 30

THAI GIRL by Kate Robin

8pm @ The Road on Lankershim Theatre

New Parents Sarah and Will contemplate their mortality while their best friend Vincent the poet falls in love with a stranger. A massage thearapist, a sensual friend and a handgun once again solve all of their problems…

Directed by Elizabeth Sampson, with with Anna Carini, Bernie Zilinskas, John Cragen, Louahn Lowe & Anna Quirino-Miranda


8pm @ The Road on Magnolia

Creative and romantic partners Connie and Theo are trying to start a design revolution and follow in the footsteps of their artistic muses, Charles and Ray Eames. When they move to New York after winning an award, they want to hit the ground running. But when old romantic entanglements and newly surfaced artistic differences get in the way, they will have to confront what it means to build a perfect chair—or relationship.

Directed by Joshua Wolf Coleman, with Michael Dunn, Zachary Mooren, Jessica Noboa, Lorianne Hill, Chet Grissom & Laurie Okin

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When inanimate objects become a woman’s sole compatriots in battle…

Directed by Miles Warner, with Dana Lyn Baron

Thursday, July 31

TWO DEGREES by Tira Palmquist

8pm @ The Road on Lankershim Theatre

Emma Phelps is a climate scientist, focusing on ice in Greenland. She’s also a recent widow, and, until now… all she can do is study, to amass data, to publish. Now she’s been asked to come to Washington D.C. to testify in a Senate Committee regarding climate change legislation, and she finds more than just a little is breaking up under the strain of change.

Directed by Joshua Wolf Coleman, with Elizabeth Southard, Dennis Gersten, Joshua Coleman, Emily Kuroda & Jennice Butler


8pm @ The Road on Magnolia

SWEET CONFINEMENT finds five people who have grown up together, shared love and loss together, meeting in a familiar place to deal with a crisis on hand. They must confront the actions that have brought them there together as well as each other and the history they all share. Can they handle it? How do they handle it? And how will they ever move on from here?

Directed by Darryl Johnson, with Deana Barone

Friday, August 1

MUD BLUE SKY by Marisa Wegrzyn

8pm @ The Road on Lankershim Gallery Space

One long night in a grungy chain hotel room near O’Hare Airport is enough to make anyone question their aspirations in life, but for middle-aged flight attendants Beth and Sam, it’s just part of a neverending layover that goes with the job. MUD BLUE SKY is a comedy about how the small kindnesses we afford each other can inspire us to grab onto life before it flies by.

Directed by Michael Peretzian, with Carlyle King, Taylor Gilbert, Ben Theobald, Rebecca Jordan & Elizabeth Southard

Saturday, August 2

HOME FREE by Lisa Loomer

2pm @ The Road on Lankershim Theatre

Homefree or homeless? Three cast out teens go from the underpass to the forest, from the meth house to the church, looking for shelter in an American fairy tale.

Directed by Dennis Gersten, with Jasmine Orpilla, Jennifer Finch, Cameran Holiday, Ryan Welsh, Susan Diol, Alan Altshuld, Deana Barone & Alex Smith

TO THE BONE by Catherine Butterfield

8pm @ The Road on Lankershim Theatre

They peaked in high school. Now they have to deal with the rest of it.

Directed by Mary Lou Belli, with Mandy Levin, Stephanie Erb, Jennice Butler, Caitlin Gold & Alex Smith

Sunday, August 3

THE LIAR PARADOX by Kristin Idaszak

11am @ The Road on Magnolia

Winner of the Collegiate Playwriting Competition.

Directed by Michael Thomas-Visgar, with Connor Kelly-Eiding, Jillian Dobbins, Dani Stephens, Kevin Shipp & Michael Dempsey

GODDESS OF MERCY by Jenny Connell Davis

2pm @ The Road on Lankershim Theatre

In a fast-gentrifying corner of New York, Kate, Claire and Mike are locked in a battle over sex and real estate. When Mike’s hippie sister flies in from half a world away, and discovers Mike’s ties to a global oil scandal, they soon realize a leaky penthouse is the least of their problems. A (very) dark comedy about personal, corporate, and social responsibility.

Directed by Marya Mazor

THE LIGHTHOUSE by Elizabeth Sampson

7pm @ The Road on Lankershim Theatre

In an empty bar on the lower east side of Manhattan on a rainy Wednesday night, three different couples have the conversation that they wish would happen, the conversation that will never happen, and the conversation that has to happen. 3 short plays – IRISH COFFEE, IT WAS THE LARK and ROCKY SHOALS – presented as part of Play Fest One-Act Night.

Directed by Rod Menzies, with Robert Maffia & Susan Diol

TANGO AND LOVE by Elisa Manzini

7pm @ The Road on Lankershim Gallery Space

How can tango connect two people who meet at a bar at 2am? Two strangers in the night, one big secret and some sizzling tango. Presented as part of Play Fest One-Act Night.

Directed by Michelle Gillette, with Olivia Sandoval & Rod Damer, Choreographed by Veronica Elicino

The Road Theatre Summer Playwrights Festival also features works by Albie Selznick, Leon Martell, Kevin McCorkle, Garrett Socol, Edward Allan Baker, Brian James Polak, Marc Mantell, James Christy, Jr., Scooter Pietsch, D.L.Coburn, Tom Jacobson,  Craig Pospisil, Patrick Hume, Steven Simoncic, Steve Apostolina & Joe Weiss.

Facebook Invite Here

@roadtheatre / @roadplayfest #SPF5

ADMISSION: $15 suggested donation

SCHEDULE & INFORMATION: www.roadtheatre.org/spf2014-2/


lost-in-lvov-photoLOST IN LVOV by Sandy Simona

August 17 at 6:00 pm

Schkapf Theatre
6567 Santa Monica Boulevard

The special performance will also include a pre-show and post-show performed by Jacob & Julia from Paris Chansons, where the group will sing classic songs in Russian and Yiddish.

A biographical, multimedia storytelling experience, LOST IN LVOV opens a time capsule of memories, secrets and precious experiences of the Belman sisters, three sisters who immigrate to America from the U.S.S.R before and after Perestroika. Their memories left behind— implanted in pockets and shelves of their brains, burned into memories of photos they set on fire, and smuggled in their hearts their new homes, with Soviet trinkets and recipes they passed down to their grandchildren. Intimate winks and glimpses of their past lives wander as they reinvent themselves in America. The stories are interwoven with breaks of dance and music at any moment, when words can no longer express emotion and time stops.

Dashes of multi-language expression fuse Russian, Yiddish and English.

Created and Performed by Sandy Simona.
Producer: Wendy Thum
Co-Producer: Lena Bubenechik
Stage Manager: Gretchen Shoot
Music by: Argenta Walther, Yoon Lee & Kassandra Kochoshis

Tickets: $15 http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/1863?tab=tickets

HebrewHillbilly imageTHE HEBREW HILLBILLY by Shelly Fisher

Thursday, August 28 at 8:00 pm

The Main Stage
Santa Monica Playhouse
1211 4th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401

What happens when a Russian Jewish immigrant lands at Ellis Island and heads South to Memphis, Tennessee ?The Hebrew Hillbilly is a solo musical play and celebration of diversity, dreams and determination written and performed by Memphis singer-songwriter Shelley Fisher.

Revelation,redemption and reinvention with 16 soulful original Memphis inspired pop, blues and rock n’roll songs !!!! You don’t want to miss Shelley’s up close and personal encounter with the King himself, Elvis!
Fasten your seatbelt and get on board this fast paced and powerful , hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking journey that will keep your feet tapping and your hands clapping for more!!!!!!!
Written and performed by Shelley Fisher & renown hit maker Kenny Hirsch


http://SantaMonicaPlayhouse.com or call 310-394-9779 x1


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