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T_G_0140THE GAMESTER by Freyda Thomas

July 24 to Aug. 24.
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 8:00 p.m.
Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

Theatre 40
241 S. Moreno Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212.
Free parking underneath theatre.

Too much wealth, too much sex and too much glitz and glamor. Sound familiar? Some people might think we’re talking about 21st-century America — but in this case, it’s 18th-century Paris. Jean François Regnard’s The Gamester is a sexy farce about a compulsive gambler who struggles between his affection for the woman he loves and his passion for games of chance. The characters in the play, many of them suffering from their own compulsions for sex, love, money, food or self-righteousness, wouldn’t be out of place in contemporary society. The Gamester reminds us in humorous fashion that some things never change.

A romantic comedy in rhymed couplets. Directed by Jules Aaron.

Tickets: $26 — 310-364-0535

Art-Graphic2‘ART’ by Yasmina Reza

August 22nd – 24th
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
and Sundays at 1:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.

Lewis Family Playhouse
12505 Cultural Center Drive
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739

How much would you pay for a white painting? More importantly, is any “priceless” object worth the cost of a friend? BlackBox Productions presents ‘ART’, August 22nd – 24th. This play by Yasmina Reza and translated by Christopher Hampton tests the true bonds of friendship in this hilarious Tony Award Winning play. (Due to adult themes and content, this play is not suited for young audiences). Presented in the Studio Theatre of the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center (Seating is limited). Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm.


Tickets are priced at $14.00 and are available online at www.lewisfamilyplayhouse.com or through the Box Office at (909) 477-2752.

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

benderimageBENDER 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://www.oc-centric.com/

hitechhijack_poster_web-2HI-TECH HIJACK by various artists

August 9th through September 6th, 8:00 PM

Studio C Artists
6448 Santa Monica Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90038

Studio C Artists is proud to present HI-TECH HIJACK – A Musical in Three Bytes. This collection of three one-act musicals explores our relationship with technology. Technology is invading our lives, and how we, as a human race, deal with it often comes with amusing and surprising consequences.

Originally developed with New Musicals Inc. and presented as part of the 15 Minute Musicals MAN V. MACHINE June 2012 at the Colony Theatre in Burbank.

The show is broken up into three individual acts:

book by Gabrielle Wagner Mann
music by Bryan Blaskie
lyrics by Lawrie Chiaro

Cast: BECCA – Allie Costa; MOM – Shannon Martinous; DAD – Kila Packett; SPENCER – Luke Klipp

book by Joel Bailey
music by Jan Roper
lyrics by Eve Weston

Cast: CINDY – Allie Costa; DANA – Shannon Martinous; ROY – Luke Klipp; JOHN – Kila Packett

book by Matthew Alexander
music by Erik Przytulski
lyrics by Karla Kelly

Cast: BRAD – Luke Klipp; LAURA, TWITTER – Allie Costa; DANIEL, TEXT, AOL – Kila Packett; FACEBOOK, YOUTUBE – Shannon Martinous

Director: John Coppola
Producer: Michael Sonntag
Musical Director: Emily Cohn
Asst. Director: Rochelle Leffler

Stage Manager: Michael Lamb
Set Design: Brent Mason
General Admission – $25.00 in advance ($30 at the door)
Approximate running time: 1 hour
Get tickets and more info at http://musical.studiocartists.com/

209ONE IN THE CHAMBER by Marja-Lewis Ryan

Extended through September 7th!
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

Trying-LucyTRYING by Joanna McClelland Glass

August 20 – September 14
Previews, Thursdays, Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.
Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

Long Beach Performing Arts Center
300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802

Directed by John Henry Davis
Produced by caryn desai
Starring Tony Abatemarco & Paige Lindsey White

A poignant, poetic and powerful story, inspired by the real-life experiences of playwright Joanna McClelland Glass, about the friendship forged between 81-year-old Francis Biddle, U.S. Attorney General under President Roosevelt and Chief Judge at the Nuremburg trials; and a tenacious 25-year-old woman from the Canadian plains – one of a string of secretaries Biddle’s wife has hired to help him put his affairs in order at the end of his long and illustrious career. This richly scripted story illustrates how two strangers, at two dramatically different places in their lives, can unexpectedly and forever influence each other.

Tickets: $32-$52 http://ictlongbeach.org/

Bulrusher200sq_StcLdte4BULRUSHER by Eisa Davis

directed by Nataki Garrett

August 22 to September 28
Friday & Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 3pm

Friday, August 22nd at 8pm
Saturday, August 23rd at 3pm

Opening Weekend*
Saturday, August 23rd at 8pm
Sunday, August 24th at 3pm
*reception to follow

Skylight Theatre Company
1816 1/2 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027

(Los Feliz neighborhood, just south of Franklin, entrance is next to Skylight Bookstore)

In 1955, in the redwood country north of San Francisco, a multiracial girl grows up in a predominantly white town whose residents pepper their speech with the historical dialect of Boontling. Found floating in a basket on the river as an infant, Bulrusher is an orphan with a gift for clairvoyance that makes her feel like a stranger even amongst the strange: the taciturn schoolteacher who adopted her, the madam who runs her brothel with a fierce discipline, the logger with a zest for horses and women, and the guitar-slinging boy who is after Bulrusher’s heart. Just when she thought her world might close in on her, she discovers an entirely new sense of self when a black girl from Alabama comes to town. Passionate, lyrical, and chock full of down-home humor, this play is an unforgettable experience by a new, thrilling voice.

PLEASE NOTE: There is NO late seating.

The box office will be open 30 minutes prior to performance for in-person ticket purchase. If you have questions, please call Skylight Theatre Company at (213) 761-7061. For group sales please contact Skylight Theatre Company’s Box office at (818) 900-2193.



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


PSYCHE-ecardPSYCHE: A MODERN ROCK OPERA — Book, Music and Lyrics by Cindy Shapiro

August 22 – September 28, 2014

Greenway Court Theatre
544 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Psyche Productions, LLC, in association with Greenway Arts Alliance presents PSYCHE: A MODERN ROCK OPERA

Book, Music and Lyrics by Cindy Shapiro
Directed by Michael Matthews
Choreography by Janet Roston
Musical Direction by Jack Wall

Every “Once Upon A Time” began with her. In this modern retelling of the ancient Greek myth about the “original” princess, PSYCHE: A Modern Rock Opera is a stylistic musical hybrid of post-modernism and rock. A theatrical fever dream where the human princess Psyche and the god Eros fall wildly in love, but Aphrodite and Psyche’s evil sisters may have other plans.

Tickets may be purchased online at PsycheRockOpera.com or by calling 323.655.7679 x 100.

For a discount: code 4THWALL is code for a $25 ticket.

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

the womenWOMEN by Chiara Atik

previews 8/28, 8/29 and 9/4 at 8pm
RUNS September 5 to October 25
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8:00 p.m.

6320 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA. 90038

Combined Artform and Matthew Quinn present the return of “WOMEN” – with an official opening of September 5th. After a sold-out run in New York City and the Hollywood Fringe Festival, WOMEN, written by Chiara Atik and directed by Stephanie Ward, is returning to Los Angeles for a full run at the Asylum Theater, August 28th through October 25th.

Jo March really thinks she could be the voice of her generation….or at least, a voice, of a generation. This fast paced comedy is a mash-up of Louisa May Alcott’s classic, Little Women, and HBO’s critically acclaimed “Girls”, delivering a smartly crafted and hilarious 55 minute show.

WOMEN originated as a full length piece in New York City at the Kraine Theater January-Feb of 2014 after it garnered attention at #serials, a late night episodic competition at the Flea Theater. It then transferred to The People’s Improv Theater, where it was extended. In June WOMEN came to the Hollywood Fringe Festival and took home Top of the Fringe, Best Comedy, the BLIFF Award (The Bitter Lemons Irreverent Fringe Femmes) and The THIRTY90NE Golden Elephant Awards for Golden Production.

New York Times Critics Pick. New York Magazine’s approval matrix pegged it as “High Brow and Brilliant,” and Gothamist calls it “Hysterical.” Come see what all the buzz is about.

Learn More at http://www.womentheshow.com

TICKETS: www.theatreasylum-la.com

300x200_LHF_AdLOW HANGING FRUIT, by Robin Bradford

September 20th thru October 26th
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m
and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

Zephyr On Melrose
Hollywood Area
7456 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Directed by Lee Sankowich

In Robin Bradford’s new play, “Low-Hanging Fruit,” four homeless women live on the mean streets of LA’s Skid Row. All are combat veterans of Iraq/Afghanistan, and trust each other because of shared experiences in the military. None of them are equipped to handle what awaits them away from the security of the service and the quasi-security of the private encampment they’ve nicknamed “The Taj Mahal.” When one of the women befriends a young runaway, she breaks the group’s most basic rule: no one allowed in camp but ex-military



Ceiling-Sky_Graphic_sm-sqI WAS LOOKING AT THE CEILING AND THEN I SAW THE SKY — Libretto by June Jordan

Songs by John Adams

August 23, 8:00 p.m.

Ford Theatres
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East
Hollywood, CA 90068

An earthquake romance. A genre-defying song play. With a score by leading contemporary composer John Adams and a libretto by the late poet June Jordan, I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky was written as an homage to the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Now, 20 years later, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission presents the Southern California premiere, performed by Long Beach Opera.

(323-461-3673) or tickets here — FordTheatres.org
Tickets: $60-$125

logoFLYING STANDBY by Tonya Meeks

August 24th at 4:00 p.m.

Electric Lodge
1415 Electric Avenue
Venice, CA

Tonya Meek’s bittersweet one-woman show, “Flying Standby”, reveals how the determination to escape her alcoholic mother carried her through a turbulent ride of addiction, lost love, and a final desperate flight toward reconciliation. Please extinguish all smoking materials and prepare for take off.

Tonya has an uncanny ability to transport herself into the characters that she plays. It’s pure magic. Louis Gossett, Jr. In relating her complicated relationship with her whack job of a mother—by portraying her, in many cases—she gives an appealing, raw performance that’s full of love, truth, and humor rather than self-pity. (Backstage)

Tickets $35 purchase tickets in advance only at www.flyingstandbyhome.com or https://flyingstandby3.eventbrite.com

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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

Solo performance pieces
by Karen A. Clark, Sariyah Idan, Kat Kramer, and Ada Luz Pla.

Fri., Sept. 5 at 8 p.m.

Ivy Substation
9070 Venice Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival presents “Of Culture, Of Self.” Solo performance pieces by Karen A. Clark, Sariyah Idan, Kat Kramer, and Ada Luz Pla.


Tickets for the performance are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and $18 for students, seniors, and groups of ten or more.


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