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Trump in Space, winner of the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival Encore! Producer’s Award, returns for a run of Friday nights at The Second City Hollywood Studio Theatre. The book and lyrics
Trump in Space, winner of the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival Encore! Producer’s Award, returns for a run of Friday nights at The Second City Hollywood Studio Theatre. The book and lyrics are by Gillian Bellinger and Landon Kirksey with music by Tony Gonzalez and Sam Johnides. Frank Caeti is the director.
8pm FRIDAY NIGHTS ONLY!
Trump in Space is Star Trek meets Avenue Q meets Trump, a musical battle of good vs. bad and ideals vs. opportunism. This original musical is an epic space adventure filled with all the sci–fi tropes we love and all the politics we love to hate. Four hundred years in the future, the fallout of the Trump administration has left humans stranded without a planet. Captain Natasha Trump, a direct descendant of President Donald J. Trump, races to find humanity a new planet because the earth blew up!
Said Shari Barrett of BroadwayWorld.com, “Laughs abound with each farcical situation based on political satire to the max – with great ensemble harmonies throughout.” Trump in Space proudly occupies a spot on the StageRaw.com Top Ten.
Running time is one hour.
The cast includes Gillian Bellinger, Landon Kirksey, Mary Lou, Scott Palmason, Nicole Pellegrino, Joy Reguilano, Jessie Sherman, Jim Shipley, and Rob Warner.
January 12 (Friday) 8:00 pm - August 17 (Friday) 8:00 pm
The Second City Hollywood Studio Theatre
6560 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, 90028
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Tickets are $12 and may be purchased online at www.secondcity.com/shows/hollywood/trump-space-musical/ or by phone at (323) 464-8542
Winner of the 2017 Ovation Award for “Best Season,” and two time recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle “Polly Warfield Award for an Excellent Season in a Small to Mid-Size Theatre,” Rogue
Winner of the 2017 Ovation Award for “Best Season,” and two time recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle “Polly Warfield Award for an Excellent Season in a Small to Mid-Size Theatre,” Rogue Machine opens a stunning new play on June 9th.
100 APRILS is a darkly comic look at the generational consequences, and insanity, of history denied. John Saypian is a modern-day Don Quixote. He and his family are second generation Armenians whose parents escaped the Genocide. John believes that a tormentor is pursuing him. Is the enemy a haunted memory from his childhood or is he real?
Universal in scope, 100 Aprils mines the seeds of hope from a truth that must be told. Elina de Santos is producing this world premiere.
“I felt that I needed to contribute something to honor, and coincide with, the centennial commemoration of the Armenian genocide,” says playwright Leslie Ayvazian. “It is a story that all Armenians carry, and tell throughout generations. This particular telling comes from an absurdist world. It lives partially in hallucination and partially in dreams that cannot be silenced.”
100 APRILS opens on Saturday, June 9th at 8:30pm and runs Saturdays and Mondays at 8:30pm, Sundays at 3:00pm www.roguemachinetheatre.com
Playwright Leslie Ayvazian is the author of eight full-length plays and seven one-acts, published by Samuel French and Dramatists Play Service. Nine Armenians won the John Gassner/Outer Critics Circle Award for best new American play, The Roger L. Stevens Award, and second place for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Leslie has received commissions from the Manhattan Theatre Club, Windancer Productions and South Coast Repertory Theatre. High Dive was produced at the Long Wharf Theatre and the Manhattan Class Company, directed by David Warren, and went on to be produced in Poland and Slovakia. Her short film Every Three Minutes starring Olympia Dukakis was produced by Showtime and won a Telly Award.
100 APRILS (aka 15/15) was first presented in a staged reading produced by CTG at the Kirk Douglas Theatre on April 28th of 2015. It was part of the event “Staging the Unstageable: The Esthetics of Dramatizing Atrocity,” commemorating the centennial of the genocide. Co-produced by Bianca Bagatourian for the Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance, conceived by Pier Carlo Talenti, Director of New Play Development for CTG, it was directed by Michael Arabian.
Director Michael Arabian was honored with five Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards, including Best Production and Best Direction, for Waiting for Godot at the Mark Taper Forum. The production was nominated for 10 Ovation Awards, winning five, including Best Production; and was cited as one of the ten most memorable productions of 2012 seen in either New York or LA by Los Angeles Times critic Charles McNulty who called it a “luminous revival.” He has directed and produced numerous west coast and world premieres in New York and Los Angeles winning over 50 awards. Selected directing credits include Disgraced (SD Critics Award nom Best Production) and Red at San Diego Rep (both shows were in the San Diego Stage Beat’s top 10 list), Kingdom of Earth (Odyssey Theatre), Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks with Leslie Caron (Laguna Playhouse), and God of Carnage (La Mirada).
100 Aprils ensemble cast includes Leslie Ayvazian (Beatrice Saypian), Robertson Dean (Ahmed/Dr. Ahmed), John Perrin Flynn (John Saypian), Janet Song (Nurse), and Rachel Sorsa (Arlene Saypian)
Creative team includes John Iacovelli (Scenic Design), Brian Gale (Lighting Design), Kevin Anthenill (Sound Design), Kate Bergh (Costume Design), and Cecilia Fairchild (Assistant Director)
Rogue Machine Theatre won the Ovation Award this year for “Best Season” and received, for the second time, the Polly Warfield Award for an Excellent Season from the LA Drama Critics Circle – 2016 and 2011. They were recently recognized with 12 Ovation Award nominations, including one for Best Season and two for Best Production. KCRW’s nod to Best Theatre was a highlight of the 2016 season, as was receiving a Shubert Foundation grant awarded to select theatre organizations for their artistic achievement, administrative strength, and fiscal stability along with the company’s development of new work and other significant contributions to the field of professional theatre in the United States. A recipient of the American Theatre Wing’s 2014 National Theatre Company Grant, given only to 12 theatre companies in the country, Rogue Machine (BEST PRODUCTION for three years – Ovation and LADCC Awards) presents plays that are new to Los Angeles. They recently received support from the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, and the company has garnered recognition for their work in upwards of 75 awards and nominations.
June 9 (Saturday) - July 22 (Sunday)
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"Pump Boys and Dinettes" by Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Foley, Mark Hardwick, John Schimmel, Jim Wann. Out there on Highway 57 in North Carolina, somewhere between Frog Leap and Smyrna,
“Pump Boys and Dinettes” by Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Foley, Mark Hardwick, John Schimmel, Jim Wann.
Out there on Highway 57 in North Carolina, somewhere between Frog Leap and Smyrna, sits a gas station across from the Double Cupp Diner. The Pump Boys and Dinettes know what you want and they’ve got what you need: gasoline and comfort food. Fill your tank and fill your belly: The Energy Duet. They’ve also got a whole bunch of toe-tappin’, hummable country/pop tunes guaranteed to show you a good time.
Directed and choreographed by Allison Bibicoff. Musical director: Sean Paxton. Starring Cori Cable Kidder, Emily Kay Townsend, Sean Paxton, Jimmy Villaflor, Mike Murray, Kevin Tiernan, Jim Miller.
Fri. at 8:00, Sat. at 8:00, Sun. at 2:30. Also, Saturday matinees at 2:30 on July 7, 14, 21and 28.
June 22 (Friday) - July 29 (Sunday)
Sierra Madre Playhouse
87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. Sierra Madre, CA 91024
Sierra Madre Playhouse
Center section $45. Seniors (65 ) $40. Youth (22 and under) $30.
Side sections $40. Seniors (65 ) $35. Youth (22 and under) $25.
Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum is back with an exciting summer line-up of socially conscious theater, music and performance. Joining the season on June 30, long-time Theatricum company member Susan Angelo directs
Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum is back with an exciting summer line-up of socially conscious theater, music and performance.
Joining the season on June 30, long-time Theatricum company member Susan Angelo directs members of the Geer family in a revival of Enid Bagnold’s delightful classic, The Chalk Garden. Dyed-in-the-wool British dowager Mrs. St. Maugham is a selfish eccentric who spends her days gardening, but can’t make anything grow. Her teenage granddaughter, Laurel, is a precocious liar. When enigmatic Miss Madrigal is hired as household companion and manager, the two finally meet their match.
All five mainstage productions will play in repertory through Sept. 30. Unlike most theaters in the L.A. area that stage continuous runs of a single play, Theatricum, using a company of actors, will perform each of the plays in repertory, making it possible to see all five mainstage plays in a single summer weekend.Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum is located at 1419 North Topanga Canyon Blvd. in Topanga, midway between Pacific Coast Highway and the Ventura (101) Freeway. The amphitheaters are terraced into the hillside, so audience members are advised to dress casually (warmly for evenings) and bring cushions for bench seating. Patrons are welcome to arrive early and picnic before a performance.
For tickets, subscriptions, group discounts and a full schedule of theater, music and family entertainment, call 310-455-3723 or go to www.theatricum.com
June 30 (Saturday) - September 30 (Sunday)
Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
1419 N. Topanga Canyon Bl, Topanga, CA 90290
Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
Tickets $10 to $38.50
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"The Road Trip Monologues." A program of short theatre pieces directed by Jane Edwina Seymour. Several of the pieces are written by women including: Roller Coaster. By Lesley Asistio (USA). A
“The Road Trip Monologues.” A program of short theatre pieces directed by Jane Edwina Seymour. Several of the pieces are written by women including:
Roller Coaster. By Lesley Asistio (USA). A Filipina-American girl’s father takes the family on a road trip in an attempt to distract her mother from her romance with another woman.
Hope for Us All. By Doc Andersen-Bloomfield (U.K.) A Black woman on a business trip finds herself in Charlottesville on its historic day of turmoil.
Hypocrites and Strippers. By Kim Yaged (USA). Jyl, a lesbian who has broken up with a stripper, drives across the country only to meet….another stripper.
Monologues are performed by actors of the Raw Bites ’18 Ensemble.
The program is presented by RPW & Stories About Humans.
Fri. & Sat. at 8:00, Sun. at 2:00.
july 6 (Friday) - 22 (Sunday)
7456 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
RPW & Stories About Humans
The Echo Theater Company presents a hilarious and deeply moving “comedy with dark edges” that takes an honest look at the absurdities of being home with a baby, the power
The Echo Theater Company presents a hilarious and deeply moving “comedy with dark edges” that takes an honest look at the absurdities of being home with a baby, the power of female friendship, the dilemma of going back to work and the effect class has on parenthood in America. Lindsay Allbaugh directs the West Coast premiere of Cry It Out by Molly Smith Metzler.
Three months ago, new mom Jessie Gelb (Jackie Chung — Caught at Downtown LA’s ThinkTank Factory, Tiger Style! at La Jolla Playhouse, Fast Company at SCR) was a corporate lawyer with a glamorous Manhattan life; today, she’s living in a Long Island suburb, wearing dirty yoga pants and covered in breast milk. Thrilled to discover that her next-door neighbor also has a newborn, Jessie invites the funny and forthright Lina (Megan Ketch — American Gothic; recurring on Jane the Virgin, The Good Wife, Blue Bloods) for coffee in their adjoining yards. A fast friendship is born — but their intimacy is punctured when a stranger who lives in the mansion on the cliff above (Brian Henderson, recently seen in House in Scarsdale at Boston Court) shows up with a request: his wife (Emily Swallow) is having a “hard time” as a new mother. Could they include her in their coffee klatch?
The Echo’s creative team includes set designer François-Pierre Couture, lighting designer Rose Malone, sound designer Jeff Gardner, costume designer Ann Closs-Farley and graphic designer Christopher Komuro. The assistant director is Molly Kauffman, and the production stage manager is Venice Yue Yang. Chris Fields and Rachael Zambias produce for the Echo Theater Company.
Cry It Out opens on Saturday, July 14, with performances continuing on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 4 p.m.; and Mondays at 8 p.m. through Aug. 19. The 4 p.m. performance on July 22 has been designated “Child Care Sunday” — Echo Theater Company will provide free child care for parents attending that performance.
Atwater Village Theatre is located at 3269 Casitas Ave in Los Angeles, CA 90039. On-site parking is free. For reservations and information, call (310) 307-3753 or go to www.EchoTheaterCompany.com.
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July 11 (Wednesday) - August 19 (Sunday)
Atwater Village Theatre
3269 Casitas Avenue
Echo Theatre Company
Three preview performances are set for Wednesday, July 11; Thursday, July 12; and Friday, July 13, all at 8 p.m. Tickets are $34 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; Monday nights and preview performances are Pay-What-You-Want.
For reservations and information, call (310) 307-3753 or go to www.EchoTheaterCompany.com.
THE FOXHOLE STORIES: TWIST, PULL, SMOKE, RUN-MOTHERFUCKER-RUN! Ensemble Theater | Drama LOS ANGELES (June 1, 2018)— The Foxhole Stories: Twist, Pull, Smoke, Run-Motherfucker-Run! is making it’s world premiere at Lounge Theater (6201
THE FOXHOLE STORIES: TWIST, PULL, SMOKE, RUN-MOTHERFUCKER-RUN!
Ensemble Theater | Drama
LOS ANGELES (June 1, 2018)— The Foxhole Stories: Twist, Pull, Smoke, Run-Motherfucker-Run! is making it’s world premiere at Lounge Theater (6201 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038) in June as part of the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival. Tickets are $15
FRIDAY JULY 13 2018, 7:30 PM
SATURDAY JULY 21 2018, 2:30 PM
Fans of military drama, heartfelt pathos, and thought-provoking theater will delight in this new, stunning addition to the Theater of War genre. Playwrights MATTHEW DOMENICO and KATHERINE CONNOR DUFF are proud to present the world premiere of The Foxhole Stories: Twist, Pull, Smoke, Run-Motherfucker-Run! to the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival.
The Foxhole Stories is a play series that encompasses every phase of the American-Veteran experience for the stage.
Based on a school assignment from a college class, Domenico reached out to two Marines from his former unit and interviewed them about their experience acclimating back into the civilian world. These two conversations inspired this play. Twist, Pull, Smoke, Run-Motherfucker-Run! is a story of a war veteran who repeatedly dodges his girlfriend Leah’s questions about Afghanistan. He is continuously haunted by his PTSD, who he finally decides to talk to. From Veteran to dependent alike, this project is driven by a cast that has all been touched personally by the Military community. Twist, Pull, Smoke, Run-Motherfucker-Run! demonstrates the difficulty of living with PTSD and the naked brutality and ultimate humanity of a combat veteran’s mind.
“In recent times, it’s up to the artists to make people aware of sometimes long-time chronic problems that just won’t make it on the evening news. It’s been refreshing that certain artists have stepped up to the plate to show us pieces that educate us. I hope at the end of this that we made the audience think. I hope that we’ve made them go home to draw their own conclusions, that we haven’t shoved an agenda down their throats. I don’t feel like that’s what we’re doing. I hope that what we’re doing is the art of exposure and not the art of propaganda. I don’t think we come at this with any kind of agenda other than please understand what these boys and girls have gone through. Please give them their respect and please help them reintegrate back into life. That’s my hope for the piece.” – CHRIS GAME
“I am so thankful Katherine decided to take on this journey with me and push me to complete this play,” says Domenico. “As a writer, she has an eye for unfolding characters, creating archs, and developing dialogue. She has helped elevate this work to an emotional and compelling piece.” – MATTHEW DOMENICO
“I began working on this play with Matthew two years ago. I knew immediately that I wanted in. We address aspects of the veteran experience that have never been addressed before and I was beyond excited to help bring this project to the stage. Matthew and I spent hours mining his personal experiences and I thank him for his candor and openness in working with me to create this piece. The veteran community is an overlooked minority in our country because it is now a minority by choice. That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be heard.” – KATHERINE CONNOR DUFF
“When it comes to the Theater of War genre, what makes us standout from everybody else is that we are giving the veteran community its’ representation onstage. Before us, I believe military works were produced for civilians and later people asked the veteran community for authenticity. What we’re doing is writing military works for veterans first, and then later asking civilians if they understood it. These plays, in my eyes, do not belong to me alone. They belong to the active duty and veteran community. Their voices need to be heard. Let us now give them that chance.” – MATTHEW DOMENICO
“When I first met Matthew and Brock, we instantly made a connection. When they were explaining to me what they had been working on and what their thoughts and feelings were toward the project, I knew instantly that I wanted to help. There has not been a day where I have not been excited to help put this show together. This is one of many stories that need to be told in a true light. I hope that we can create shows that give the voices back to so many veterans and their families.” -JOSEPH KING
Twist, Pull, Smoke, Run-Motherfucker-Run! — Based on a school assignment from a college class, Domenico reached out to two Marines from his former unit and interviewed them about their experience acclimating back into the civilian world. These two conversations inspired this play. Twist, Pull, Smoke, Run-Motherfucker-Run! is a story of a war veteran who repeatedly dodges his girlfriend Leah’s questions about Afghanistan. He is continuously haunted by his PTSD, who he finally decides to talk to. From Veteran to dependent alike, this project is driven by a cast that has all been touched personally by the Military community. Twist, Pull, Smoke, Run-Motherfucker-Run! demonstrates the difficulty of living with PTSD and the naked brutality and ultimate humanity of a combat veteran’s mind.
Playwrights: MATTHEW DOMENICO & KATHERINE CONNOR DUFF
Director: CHRIS GAME
Production Stage Manager: JOSEPH KING
Featuring: MATTHEW DOMENICO, BROCK JOSEPH, and KATHERINE CONNOR DUF
Hollywood Fringe Festival –
The Lounge Theater | 6201 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038 (Allow time to find street parking)
$15, at http://hff18.org/4821
“Veteran” $10 to Any Performance, Active Duty and Veteran Service Members please contact MATTHEW DOMENICO for a $1 (pwyc) discount to any performance
Check out our documentary on the productions journey on The Foxhole Stories website and how we hope to send this piece across the country.
“I had a family member that was a WW II vet and, after watching this, I feel like I finally understand him now.”
Audience Feedback, Staged Reading
Adam dodges his girlfriend’s questions about Afghanistan and chooses to argue with his own PTSD to find the answers.
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Contact MATTHEW DOMENICO at firstname.lastname@example.org
july 13 (Friday) - 21 (Saturday)
6201 Santa Monica Boulevard
Carrie Mikuls is proud to present the World Premiere of I Came to Make Noise. a hip hop feminist theatrical performance that uses dance, beatbox and spoken word. Three women share their
Carrie Mikuls is proud to present the World Premiere of I Came to Make Noise. a hip hop feminist theatrical performance that uses dance, beatbox and spoken word. Three women share their fears, faults and journeys to self-awareness. Never again asking permission, but speaking with vision in the first person: I am enough, I am brave, I am an American.
Bill Raden of L.A. Weekly called Mikuls’ choreography ”harrowingly evocative hip-hop choreography that packs a good deal of the pieces’ visceral and political punch.”
Featuring Brooke Ivory, Mary Polhemus, Mariya Gordon and NAACP Award winning actor, John “Faahz” Merchant.
WHERE: Lounge Theatre – 6201 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, Ca 90038. Lounge 1
SUNDAY JULY 15 2018, 7:30 PM
SUNDAY JULY 22 2018, 5:00 PM
Running time: 50 minutes
Social Media: Women & hip hop. Speaking with vision in the first person: I am enough, I am brave, I am an American
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july 15 (Sunday) - 22 (Sunday)
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Boston Court Pasadena presents its 14th annual New Play Reading Festival, July 19 - 28. Curated by Literary Manager Emilie Beck, in concert with Artistic Directors Jessica Kubzansky and Michael Michetti, the
Boston Court Pasadena presents its 14th annual New Play Reading Festival, July 19 – 28. Curated by Literary Manager Emilie Beck, in concert with Artistic Directors Jessica Kubzansky and Michael Michetti, the New Play Reading Festival is a key component of Boston Court Pasadena’s commitment to nurturing playwrights and new work, and continues the company’s core mission of developing and programming works that are inherently theatrical, textually rich, and visually arresting. This year’s Festival features four female playwrights.
Saturday, July 21 at 11:00am
How the Light Gets In by E.M. Lewis
Directed by Emilie Beck
A travel writer who never travels. A Japanese architect who can’t figure out how to build a simple tea house. A tattoo artist who refuses to draw on a woman’s skin. And a homeless girl who lives under a weeping willow tree in the Japanese Garden. Four lonely people find each other when one of them falls apart.
Saturday, July 21 at 2:00pm
Pairi Daiza by Nahal Navidar
Directed by Jennifer Chambers
When 24-year-old Iranian Independent-Fighter Zahra learns she is 7 months pregnant in the heat of the Iran-Iraq war, she rejects her maternal instincts and chooses to remain in combat. As her impending due date approaches, Zahra must learn how to deal with the traumas of her past life and open herself up to hope and love.
Saturday, July 28 at 11:00am
Ladies by Kit Steinkellner
Directed by Michael Michetti
Ladies is a fictional account of a year in the life of The Blue Stocking Society, the world’s first major feminist movement in 1750’s London, and explores the tangled knot of electric and jagged relationships that comprise this group. These women are pioneers and revolutionaries, emboldened by the call to arms to be the first of their kind and burdened by the misfortune of being born far ahead of their time.
Saturday, July 28 at 2:00pm
Drunk at the Base of the Bodhi Tree by Julie Hébert
Directed by Jessica Kubzansky
A woman with a broken ankle washes up at the base of a Bodhi tree in the foothills of SoCal seemingly out of nowhere. When another woman hiking in on a solitary mission to commune with a dead man encounters this intruder, sparks fly as they navigate the tricky terrain of understanding–until a real brush with danger changes everything once more.
Each play receives a four-day workshop, culminating in final public reading. Since Boston Court Pasadena opened in 2003, the theater has mounted 60 productions, 33 of which have been world premieres – 18 of those world premieres were first discovered as part of the New Play Reading Festival.
In addition to the readings, each Thursday night during the Festival will feature a preview of the coming weekend’s plays, a discussion of what makes a “Boston Court Pasadena play” and an inside look at the play development process. Literary Manager Emilie Beck and Artistic Directors Jessica Kubzansky and Michael Michetti will be joined by the festival playwrights for a lively discussion and an audience Q&A.
Thursday, July 19 at 7:00pm
Festival Preview and Playwright Discussion – Week 1
Thursday, July 26 at 7:00pm
Festival Preview and Playwright Discussion – Week 2
More info: bostoncourtpasadena.org
July 19 (Thursday) - August 28 (Tuesday)
Boston Court Pasadena
70 N. Mentor, Pasadena, CA 91106
Tickets are FREE and reservations are strongly recommended. Reserve tickets online or by calling our Box Office at (626) 683-6801.
Nine New Contemporary Performance Projects Given Residency Support to Premiere at the 15th New Original Works Festival (NOW Festival) REDCAT's Annual New Original Works Festival transforms REDCAT into a summer laboratory premiering
Nine New Contemporary Performance Projects Given Residency Support to Premiere at the 15th New Original Works Festival (NOW Festival)
REDCAT’s Annual New Original Works Festival transforms REDCAT into a summer laboratory premiering new contemporary dance, theater, music and multimedia performances. This year’s festival launches nine new works by Los Angeles emerging and mid-career artists who are re-defining the boundaries of contemporary performance to invent hybrid artistic disciplines, re-imagine traditions and confront urgent issues.
Each of the three weekends – July 19-21, July 26-28, and August 2-4 – features a triple bill of three premieres in a shared evening. Each program is premiered on Thursday evening and repeated Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:30 pm.
Female artists and collaborators participating in the unique program for the creation of adventurous new performances include:
Week One: July 19-21
Live music is featured in each of the new projects premiering in the first week of the New Original Works Festival.
Jasmine Orpilla with Peter Deguzman: How Many Years Did We Fight the Beast Together
A unique soprano arrangement with kulintang gongs merges with Pangalay dancers in shadow, as composer/singer Jasmine Orpilla revisits timeless Filipino traditions in collaboration with Peter Deguzman, artistic director of Malaya Filipino-American Dance Arts. Activist poet Carlos Bulosan inspires the ritualized operatic performance deconstructing the Filipino body via food, indigenous dance and languages, and ancient, cyclical music.
Miwa Matreyek with Morgan Sorne: Eat Your Young
Blending fantastical animation with live shadow play, ingenious animator/performer Miwa Matreyek pushes the boundaries of realism in this collaboration with sound artist Morgan Sorne and his otherworldly five-octave vocal range. In the visual kaleidoscope of complex shape-shifting imagery of the anthropocene, Matreyek’s cinematic work Eat Your Young is accompanied live by Sorne’s song of the same name.
Jmy James Kidd and Tara Jane O’Neil: solid, like a rock
22 Sunland dancers give ecstatic life to a bold and fleshy choreographic event created by Jmy James Kidd with composer and instrumentalist Tara Jane O’Neil. To a compelling score for effect-manipulated solo bass, the performers wildly bound through the air or slither on the ground, relishing a connection to nature and spirit through an unguarded, purely female expressive vocabulary with an allied group of humans.
Week Two: July 26–28
KyungHwa Lee: Malleable Bodies: Flusser, Plasticity, and the Corset
Inventive media and performance artist KyungHwa Lee explores contemporary themes of embodiment, displacement, and the “ideal body” in an installation created with new technologies including 3-D printing and virtual reality. The performance contemplates the body as architectural and malleable as six performers actualize this ideal, while projections capture historical progressions of representation.
Week Three: August 2–4
Rachel Mason and Oguri: Singularity Song
With a large scale video environment, Rachel Mason creates a virtual black hole, where her song cycle becomes a score for gravitational waves, and renowned dancer and choreographer Oguri inhabits a dimension beyond earth. Mason was inspired by her interviews with some of the most provocative thinkers about the physics of black holes and the poetics of visualizing such immense phenomena.
Milka Djordjevich: CORPS
Commanding and irresistible percussive marching music in the spirit of a drum corps surrounds an ensemble of women in choreographer Milka Djordjevich’s new collaboration with composer Chris Peck. The contrapuntal beats infuse vivid movement that is at times militaristic, ritualistic, or athletic, as performers engage in repeated compulsory actions that evolve into a beautifully woven movement score of methodical formations that become a feminine procession of collective power.
Christine Marie: Shadow in Stereo: Antiquated A.R.
Light artist Christine Marie draws the audience into an immersive world dominated by 30- foot tall figures that come to vivid 3-D life in choreography viewed through your fashionable 3-D glasses. The exquisite ensemble of performers seems to do the impossible—reach out live—yet Marie uses a non-digital stereo imaging technique she reinvented by drawing on ancient and spellbinding effects, each beautifully revealed.
July 19 (Thursday) - August 4 (Saturday)
REDCAT Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater
631 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
$20 general [$16 for members/students]
$40 festival pass [See all three programs for $40]
Seating is general admission and tickets are available for purchase in person at REDCAT Box Office, by phone at 213-237-2800, or online at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/995093
REDCAT’s Box Office is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon until 6 pm, and two hours prior to curtain. Group, member, student and CalArts faculty/staff discounts available.
Deborah Brevoort’s The Women of Lockerbie Winner of The Critics’ Choice Award, Better Lemons Double Sweet Award, HFF 18 Encore Award and the grand prize winner of The Indie Voice Theatre Award. From
Deborah Brevoort’s The Women of Lockerbie
Winner of The Critics’ Choice Award, Better Lemons Double Sweet Award, HFF 18 Encore Award and the grand prize winner of The Indie Voice Theatre Award.
From the moment actor/producer Leah Verrill saw a production of Deborah Brevoort’s The Women of Lockerbie last fall in Massachusetts, she knew she wanted to bring it to Los Angeles, more specifically to Fringe. What she experienced was a beautiful and brilliantly written play about grief and how love can prevail, a message she knew she needed to share. As such, Little Earthquakes Ensemble will bring The Women of Lockerbie to studio/stage this JULY 21 as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival ENCORE AWARD series.
A modern Greek tragedy about the triumph of love over hate, The Women of Lockerbie is a poetic play about a mother from New Jersey who roams the hills of Lockerbie, Scotland looking for her son’s remains, which were lost in the crash of Pan Am Flight 103. She meets the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the U.S. government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane’s wreckage.
Determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, the women want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim’s families. Ernest Kearney from The TVolution said of this production “His cast serves the drama excellently,” Rob Leggett from Indie Voice called it “the best thing we have seen at Fringe thus far, truly worthy of the Top of the Fringe award.” Bob Rich from Gia on The Move said it was “Astute and touching. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED”
The Fringe production will star Verrill (“Masters of Sex,” “The Master,” “The Package”), along with Lisa K. Wyatt (“The Office,” “Donnie Darko,” “”Superstore”), Alan Heitz (“This is Us,” “Two Broke Girls,” “Agents of Shield”), Ed Ackerman (“Hatchet 2,” “Trial & Error,” “Hot in Cleveland”), Eloise Coopersmith, Liz Fenning and Liesl Jackson. Heading up the production is director Jim Blanchette (It Came From Beyond, The Best of Albuquerque Fringe 2025, White Trash Wedding and a Funeral).
SATURDAY JULY 21 2018, 11:30 AM
(Saturday) 11:30 am
520 N. Western Ave Los Angeles, CA 90004
Little Earthquakes Ensemble
WITH MY EYES SHUT – A WEST COAST PREMIERE by Kira Rockwell, produced as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2018 A love story, between two prodigies with Asperger’s Syndrome, that explores
WITH MY EYES SHUT – A WEST COAST PREMIERE
by Kira Rockwell, produced as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2018
A love story, between two prodigies with Asperger’s Syndrome, that explores how we make connections
With My Eyes Shut is a love story that explores how we make connections, when typical forms of connection aren’t available. Two neuro-divergent young people meet in what appears to be clown college. Learning emotions through facial expressions and working towards the goal — interaction. Cole and Naomi both have Asperger’s Syndrome and relate to the world through their own expertise. Cole a musical savant and Naomi a dance prodigy who feels in color, grow closer as the perils of “performing” and the interjections of the Stage Hand weigh on them.
“Two of my younger brothers identify on the Autism Spectrum. This play began as a question, ‘Will my brother find love?’” said playwright Kira Rockwell. “The play then was me drafting up the perfect partner for him.”
Through instruments, Simon says, nerf guns, and dance, Cole and Naomi discover their truth and a connection they never thought possible. Director/Producer Tara Donovan says, “At its core, this is a love story. It’s two people overcoming the challenges of connecting to find their person. Living in a world with ever increasing difficulties for making real connections, everyone can relate to their struggle and be inspired by their endeavor.”
Naomi is played by Fringe and LA stage veteran, Esther Mira. Her recent credits include Clutch Production’s empowHER Series, Revolution in a Catsuit, Fifty Shades of Shrew, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Craig Shields, makes his first return to the Hollywood Fringe since 2010, as Cole. A professional musician, Craig can be seen performing with his band Cuaño or accompanying dance at Cal State Fullerton. Olivia Schlueter-Corey rounds out the cast as Laura Hue, our over-worked Stage Hand. Olivia’s LA Credits includeThe Nina Variations, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, and Macbeth (Shakespeare By The Sea), and The Winter’s Tale (Porters of Hellsgate).
Kira Rockwell is a playwright from Texas, currently based in Boston. Kira’s plays have been developed and or produced with Fresh Ink Theater, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Goat Song Theatre Collective, and Little Black Dress INK. Her work has been featured in the One Minute Play Festival-Boston (2017), the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival (2015, 2016), and Alaska’s Last Frontier Theatre Conference (2016). Kira is a proud member of The Dramatist Guild. BFA in Theatre Performance: Baylor University. MFA in Playwriting candidate: Boston University. Find out more at www.kirarockwell.com
With My Eyes Shut marks Tara Donovan’s Hollywood Fringe directorial debut. She produced and performed in the Hollywood Fringe with Broads’ Word Ensemble since 2014 and serves as the Producing Managing Director at Little Fish Theatre.
SUNDAY JULY 22 2018, 7:00 PM
(Sunday) 7:00 pm
Studio / Stage
520 N Western Ave, Los Angeles, California 90004
$5 for LAFPI members with code LAFPI at check out
29julallday05augThe Road Theatre Company Summer Playwrights Festival 2018 (SPF9)plays by Vera Kiiskinen, Bekah Brunstetter, Wendy Macleod, Gail Rastorfer, Jennie Webb, Steffi Rubin, Lynne Halliday, Arlene Hutton, Gretchen Cryer, Stephanie Alison Walker, Kristen Lazarian, Dagney Kerr, Mary Miller, Donna Hoke, Liz Kerin, Lisa Kenner Grissom, Shelagh McFadden & Chelsea Sutton
THE ROAD THEATRE COMPANY, Taylor Gilbert and Sam Anderson, present The Ninth Annual SUMMER PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL 30 Plays in 8 Days! This year’s festival will include 50/50 mix of male and female playwrights, and over
THE ROAD THEATRE COMPANY, Taylor Gilbert and Sam Anderson, present
The Ninth Annual
SUMMER PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL
30 Plays in 8 Days!
This year’s festival will include 50/50 mix of male and female playwrights, and over 50% women directors!
Runs Sunday July 29th through Sunday August 5 at the Road on Lankershim in the Historic Lankershim Arts Center in North Hollywood, and the Road on Magnolia in the Senior Arts Center.
Scott Alan Smith – Festival Director Matthew Singletary – Co-Festival Director
Carlyle King – Executive Festival Producer
Artistic Directors Taylor Gilbert and Sam Anderson on the importance of the festival to the theatre: “The Road’s Summer Playwrights Festival offers a wonderfully compressed period of new works and voices from established and emerging playwrights brought to life by the Road ensemble and guest artists who interact in lively discussions with our audiences, different live bands each evening, great food and drink and a tremendous sense of community between artists and theatregoers. An unforgettable event.”
Most of the playwrights whose work is featured will be attending and will participate in a post-show discussion with the audience and cast. Live music will befeatured during each reading reception in the Lankershim Gallery space. This year’s festival will feature the bands and musicians Mleo, Stage 11, and Irish band sensation, Whiskey Sunday. The reception will be held in our backyard patio – Bettina’s Cantina – and will feature wines from Paso Robles Wineries and Lagunitas Brewery along with delicious appetizers and desserts.
Performances are Sunday, July 29 – Friday, August 3 at 8pm; Saturday, August 4 at 11am and 8pm; Sunday, August 5 at 2pm and 8pm. Ticket prices are suggested donation of $15. For more details and to view complete schedule, play descriptions and cast lists visit roadtheatre.org
July 29 (Sunday) - August 5 (Sunday)
The Road Theatre
5108 Lankershim Blvd North Hollywood, CA 91601
The Road Theatre Company818-761-8838
The festival is also a fundraising event for the theater to help launch the 27th season. A suggested donation of $15 is requested of festival attendees; they are invited to give as little or as much as they want during each day’s performance.