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Kala Koa Entertainment presents the 2017 Los Angeles International  Ukulele Festival

Saturday, September 30; 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Torrance Cultural Arts Center

LOS ANGELES – Celebrating the little four-stringed wonder – the Ukulele – which has been captivating hearts and bringing musical joy into people’s lives for over 100 years, the 2017 Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival presented byKala Koa Entertainment, is an exciting day-long event dedicated to exploring the musical versatility of the ukulele for the experienced ukulele player, the occasional strummer, or simply the curious spectator. Taking place on Saturday, September 30 from 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center, The Festival includes workshops for all levels of playing ability to work on technique or simply learn to play, live all-star performances by some of today’s most popular ukulele players (included in admission), as well as a variety of vendors and popular Hawaiian food and beverage options (for purchase). The 2017 Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival is the only festival of its kind where one can enjoy all-star performances all-day by today’s hottest ukulele talent plus access to all the workshops, all for $45 for the day – kids 12 and under are free to attend.


Honoka & Azita

Workshops at the Ukulele Festival include programs for Beginners (in Japanese and English); Strum-alongs; Pop Songs; Artist Q&As; Reggae Strumming; Scales; Intro to Hula; Singing for Ukulele Players; Chord Melodies; Blues for Ukulele; Intros & Endings; Triplets; and Get your Right Hand Grooving; and more. Artist and Workshop instructors include Li’l RevThe Ukulele Teacher,Cynthia LinFred SokolowMitch ChangUkulenny, MahealaniJody KamisatoVictoria VoxKalei GamiaoKrista Kupau,Mele OhanaHonoka & Azitafulare_pad, among others. Please check the Festival schedule online for updates and times at kalakoa.com/ukulele/schedule.


The ukulele is an instrument that is rich with history and tradition originating in the 19th century as a Hawaiian adaptation of the Portuguese machete, a small guitar-like instrument, which was introduced to Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants, mainly from Madeira and the Azores and is a member of the lute family of instruments. Ukuleles commonly come in four sizes: soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone and generally employs four nylon or gut strings or four courses of strings. The ukulele gained great popularity elsewhere in the United States during the early 20th century and from there spread internationally.


The ukulele is commonly associated with music from Hawaii where the name roughly translates as “jumping flea,” perhaps because of the movement of the player’s fingers. Legend attributes it to the nickname of the Englishman Edward William Purvis, one of King Kalākaua’s officers, because of his small size, fidgety manner, and playing expertise. According to Queen Liliʻuokalani, the last Hawaiian monarch, the name means “the gift that came here”, from the Hawaiian words uku (gift or reward) and lele (to come).


The ‘uke’ has found a unique home for itself in both traditional and popular music. Artists as diverse as Eddie Vedder, Amanda Palmer, Don Ho, and Jason Mraz have all made use of the ukulele over the years to add a special something to their classic songs. A great starting point for musicians of any age, the uke is an easy to learn instrument that will provide a challenge, as well as musical joy, for years to come.

Among the many performers and instructors participating in the 2017 Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival include (check the Festival website for updates):


Lil Rev
: A musician, educator, and storyteller of American roots music and culture whose heroes include Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Josh White, Sonny Terry, Cicso Houston and Leadbelly.


“Lil Rev isn’t an act, he’s real.”


– Joe Hickerson, Former Head of Library of Congress Folk Archive


“Listen to this! Lil Rev is great!”


– Pete Seeger


Victoria Vox: From the cover of the Spring Issue of Ukulele Magazine to the front page of The Wall Street Journal, Victoria Vox is making appearances everywhere with performances unique and endearing, captivating an incredibly diverse audience.


Honoka & Azita: Gaining worldwide attention for their electrifying performances, Honoka & Azita are quickly emerging as one of the preeminent ukulele players of the next generation. Energy, fun, passion and pure hearts would best describe this dynamic ukulele duo.



fulare_pad [phonetically “flu-ry-pad”]: A ukulele-guitar duo in Japan, making the sound to take you on a free and easy journey of music. Their name is a combination of a Japanese word “furari” and an English word “pad” referred to as


John Atkins, aka “The Ukulele Teacher” from YouTube: The Ukulele Teacher’s YouTube channel boasts nearly 1,000,000 subscribers and over 300 lessons which attract in over three million views each month with a diverse mix of oldies, kids songs, and the very latest pop tunes. Grace Vanderwaal has credited John with inspiring her to play the ukulele.



For those interested, a starter Ohana ukulele can be purchased for only $119, which also includes entry into the festival.


2017 Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival 
tickets (includes workshops and performances) are $45; $20 students with ID at the door; free for kids 12 & under, and are available online at www.ukuleleisfun.com or call (800) 595-4849. The Torrance Cultural Arts Center is located at 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA 90503.



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2017 Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival



Celebrating the little four-stringed wonder – the Ukulele – which has been captivating hearts and bringing musical joy into people’s lives for over 100 years, the 2017 Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival presented by Kala Koa Entertainment, is an exciting day-long event dedicated to exploring the musical versatility of the ukulele for the experienced ukulele player, the occasional strummer, or simply the curious spectator. The Festival includes workshops for all levels of playing ability to work on technique or simply learn to play, live all-star performances by some of today’s most popular ukulele players (included in admission), as well as a variety of vendors and popular Hawaiian food and beverage options (for purchase). The 2017 Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival is the only festival of its kind where one can enjoy all-star performances all-day by today’s hottest ukulele talent plus access to all the workshops.


Artists and Workshop Instructors:

Lil Rev; Victoria Vox; Honoka & Azita; fulare_padJohn Atkins, aka “The Ukulele Teacher” from YouTube; Cynthia LinFred SokolowMitch ChangUkulenny, MahealaniJody KamisatoKalei GamiaoKrista KupauMele Ohana; among others



When:             Saturday, September 30, 2017

9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (doors open at 8:30 a.m.)

Where:            Torrance Cultural Arts Center
                        3330 Civic Center Drive
Torrance, CA 90503

Tickets (Workshops & Performances): $45; $20 students with ID at the door; free for kids 12 & under

– www.ukuleleisfun.com(800) 595-4849
– https://www.facebook.com/kalakoa/; @kalakoa
– The Ukulele Festival on YouTube:

– Full Festival line-up http://kalakoa.com/ukulele/schedule.html

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‘Sinner’s Laundry’ by John Lavelle and ‘Redline‘ by Christian Durso travel two roads to redemption

IAMA Theatre Company celebrates its 10th anniversary
with two world premieres in repertory



HOLLYWOOD, Calif— Two new plays offer radically different takes on the search for redemption when IAMA Theatre Company opens its 10th Anniversary Season with two company member-written world premieresJohn Lavelle’s fast-paced, edgy sci-fi comedy Sinner’s Laundrydirected by Becca Wolff, opens for press on FridayOct. 20.Christian Durso’s haunting and provocative Redlinedirected by Eli Gonda, opens on Saturday, Oct. 21. Both plays continue in repertorythrough Nov. 19 at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood.


In Sinner’s Laundry the residents of Newport Women’s Correctional Facility have all mysteriously vanished. Courtney Sauls (Dear White People) and Christine Woods (Hello Ladies) star as Jess and Sam, the only two inmates who remain — and they are locked in Rec Room No. 4 with nothing but some crappy board games and their imaginations. Waiting for Godotmeets Orange is the New Blackmeets The Book of Revelations as they navigate their way towards salvation in this unique, funny and poignant exploration of the power of redemption and the divinity within us all.


In Redline, engines and heart rates explode on a journey towards redemption in a profoundly intimate theater-going experience. James Eckhouse (All the Way on Broadway, Beverly Hills90210) stars as Raymond, whose moment of road rage along a frigid eastern Sierra highway shattered his relationship with his family forever. The impact of this event ripples through the years until his estranged son (Graham Sibley – Jane the Virgin, Sully) returns to test the limits of forgiveness.


Both plays are sharp, intelligent and unflinching in their view of the cruelty of the world, yet grounded in optimism.


“John [Lavelle] has a singular voice,”


says Wolff of Sinner’s Laundry.


 “The world he’s created is absurdist, fantastical, whimsical and very funny. He has such a wonderful grasp of human nature. Here you have two characters in a desperate situation — spoiler alert: no one’s getting out alive. But the play is about how they find the light in each other. They discover humor, heart and forgiveness. And who among us wouldn’t like to find that before it’s all over?”


“Even in the most dire of situations, we strive to find hope,” agrees Gonda. “The fingerprints we leave on our children are incredibly profound; they can suffocate and they can liberate. Redline is about how much we allow these fingerprints to define us. Christian is an emotionally fearless playwright with a beautiful capacity for storytelling. Our hope is that, through this story, audiences leave the theater compelled to be even more compassionate, present, better versions of themselves.”


Set design for Sinner’s Laundry and Redline is by Rachel Myers, lighting design is by Josh Epstein, original music and sound design is by Peter Bayne, costume design is by Melissa Trn, and props are by Michael O’HaraJen Hoguetand Tom DeTrinis produce for IAMA Theatre Company.


IAMA Theatre Company is a Los Angeles-based ensemble of artists committed to invigorating live performance for a streaming generation. Through cutting-edge, cool and hyper-modern stories, IAMA is invested in the immediacy of production and strives to bring audiences out of their personal space and into a shared experience. Founded in 2007, this dynamic theater company is making its mark. Plays generated at IAMA have traveled to off-Broadway, Second Stage and the Roundabout Underground, and have been performed regionally and internationally. IAMA members have been featured in numerous critically acclaimed TV shows and films as well as in a vast array of theater and live performances all over the country. In 2014, IAMA earned the Ovation Award for Outstanding Play in an Intimate Theatre for its Los Angeles premiere of The Recommendation. In 2017, TV producer and creator Shonda Rhimes announced that she would become IAMA’s first-ever “Patron of the Arts” with a generous endowment from the Rhimes Family Foundation. IAMA is breaking the mold by getting the “cord-cutter generation” to come back out to the theater again – you can’t DVR theater!


Sinner’s Laundry opens for press on FridayOct. 20, and Redline opens on SaturdayOct. 21. Both plays continue through Nov. 19. Performances take place Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. To find a schedule of which play performs when, scroll down or visit www.IamaTheatre.com. Single tickets are $30, or see both plays for $50. The Lounge Theatre is located at 6201 Santa Monica Blvd, Hollywood CA 90038. To purchase tickets, call (323380-8843 or go to www.iamatheatre.com.



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Sinner’s Laundry’ and ‘Redline


World premieres 
of Sinner’s Laundry and Redline — Two new plays offer radically different takes on the search for redemption when IAMA Theatre Company opens its 10th Anniversary Season with two company member-written world premieres. In the fast-paced, edgy sci-fi comedy Sinner’s Laundrythe residents of Newport Women’s Correctional Facility have all mysteriously vanished. Jess and Sam are the only two inmates who remain — and they are locked in Rec Room No. 4 with nothing but some crappy board games and their imaginations. Waiting for Godot meetsOrange is the New Black meets The Book of Revelations as they navigate their way towards salvation in this unique, funny and poignant exploration of the power of redemption and the divinity within us all. Meanwhile, engines and heart rates explode on a journey towards redemption in the haunting and provocative Redline. A father’s moment of road rage along a frigid eastern Sierra highway shattered his relationship with his family forever. The impact of this event ripples through the years until his estranged son returns to test the limits of forgiveness.


Sinner’s Laundry
• Written by John Lavelle
• Directed by Becca Wolff
• Starring Courtney Sauls and Christine Woods


• Written by Christian Durso
• Directed by Eli Gonda
• Starring James Eckhouse and Graham Sibley


Oct. 20 – Nov. 19: 
• Friday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m.: Sinner’s Laundry (Opening Night)
• Saturday, Oct. 21 at 8 p.m.: Redline (Opening Night)
• Sunday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m.: Redline
• Sunday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m.: Sinner’s Laundry
• Friday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m.: Sinner’s Laundry
• Saturday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m.: Redline
• Sunday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m.: Redline
• Sunday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.: Sinner’s Laundry
• Friday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m.: Redline
• Saturday, Nov. 4 at 8 p.m.: Sinner’s Laundry
• Sunday, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m.: Sinner’s Laundry
• Sunday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m.: Redline (understudy performance)
• Friday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m.: Redline
• Saturday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m.: Sinner’s Laundry (understudy performance)
• Saturday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m.: Sinner’s Laundry
• Sunday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m.: Redline
• Friday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m.: Redline
• Saturday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m.: Sinner’s Laundry
• Sunday, Nov. 19 at 2 p.m.: Sinner’s Laundry
• Sunday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.: Redline


Lounge Theatre
6201 Santa Monica Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90038
(just east of Vine)


• Call 323-380-8843 or go to www.iamatheatre.com
• Visit us on facebook: www.facebook.com/iamatheatre/
• Follow us on twitter: @iamatheatre and instagram: www.instagram.com/iamatheatre/

One show: $30
Two shows: $50


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Gregg T. Daniel directs lyrical, uplifting ‘Home’ by Samm-Art Williams

LONG BEACH, Calif.— There’s no place like home – at least according to playwright Samm-Art Williams. First produced to great acclaim by the Negro Ensemble Company, Williams’ brilliantly inventive and lyrically expressive Home will run at International City Theatre from Oct. 20 through Nov. 5, directed by Gregg T. Daniel. Two low-priced previews take place on Oct. 18 and Oct. 19.


Donathan Walters (Bars and Measures, Colony Collapseat Theatre @ Boston Court) plays “prodigal son” Cephus Miles, an orphan who leaves his family’s farm in North Carolina to seek refuge and prosperity in the NorthLeilani Smith (NAACP Best Ensemble Award-winningFlyin’ West at ICT) and Angela K. Thomas (The Launch Prize at Bridge Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA; A Raisin in the Sun at Trinity Repertory Company, Providence, RI) portray more than 25 characters over the course of Cephus’ epic journey from adolescence to adulthood, as he struggles to stay true to himself amid a rapidly changing and turbulent America. Spanning the 1950s through the Vietnam War and Civil Rights eras,heartbreaking hurdles and setbacks continuously obstruct his road to happiness. But Cephus perseveres and always manages to remain upbeat.


Williams, who was born in the small town of Burgaw, NC (population 1,700), was living on 47th Street in New York and the holidays were approaching when a longing for home inspired this play.


“The Vietnam War was raging at that particular time, so I wanted to do a positive play about a country character who was yearning for his home, as I was doing at Christmas,”


Williams said in an interview.


“I drew on my experience growing up in the country — plowing mules, cropping tobacco, bootleggers, going to church. The rest was my imagination. I wanted to do something that could be performed on the streets — I love street theater. And I wanted my character to have a conscience.”

“I saw the original Negro Ensemble Company production, and remember how it lit up Broadway — everybody was talking about it,”


says Daniel, who directed ICT’s multiple award-winning production of Fences.


Home is essentially a love story between two people, but also with the land and small town culture. Most important, it’s about learning to love oneself, about finding ‘home’ within us. When the characters finally learn to love themselves, they are able to accept the bounty and riches that have been given to them. It’s a beautiful voyage of discovery.”


The Negro Ensemble Company premiered Home at St. Mark’s Playhouse in 1979. The production subsequently transferred to Broadway’s Cort Theatre, where it received Tony Award and Drama Desk Award nomination for Best Play and garnered the Outer Critic’s Circle’s John Gassner Playwriting Award for Williams. Home was also the recipient of the NAACP Image Award and the North Carolina Governor’s Award.


Samm-Art Williams is a playwright, screenwriter, producer and actor. In addition to Home, the Negro Ensemble Company produced three other plays by him: A Love PlayWelcome to Black River; and Eyes of the American. Additional plays include Woman from the Town, Cork, Brass Birds Don’t Sing, Friends, In My Father’s House, Home the Musical, Conversations on a Dirt Road, The Dance on Widows’ Row, The Waiting Room and Revival. For the screen, Williams has written Solomon Northup’s Odyssey (PBS), John Henry (Showtime), Badges (CBS), and episodes for Cagney and Lacey, The New Mike Hammer, Miami Vice and other programs. Williams was co-executive producer of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (NBC) and Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper (ABC), executive producer of Martin (Fox) and Good News (UPN), and consulting producer of the Columbia Tri-Star talk show Vibe with host Sinbad. As a member of the Negro Ensemble Company’s Acting Repertory, he performed in The First Breeze of Summer (Broadway), Eden, Nevis Mountain Dew, No-Where to Run…No-Where to Hide, Old Phantoms and The Brownsville Raid, and he has had roles in the feature films Blood Simple and Huckleberry Finn, among others. His television acting credits include Women of Brewster Place, Race to the Pole and Search for Tomorrow. He has been nominated for two Emmy Awards and is the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Playwriting, and the Roanoke Island Historical Association’s Morrison Award. He is currently Artist in Residence at North Carolina Central University.


The creative team for Home includes set designer Tesshi Nakagawa, lighting designer Stacy McKenney, costume designer Kim DeShazo, sound designer Jeff Polunas, props designers Patty and Gordon Briles, and hair and wigs designer Anthony Gagliardi. Casting is by Michael Donovan and the production stage manager is John H. Freeland, Jr.


Home runs ThursdaysFridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., Oct. 20 through Nov. 5. Two preview performances take place on Wednesday, Oct. 18 and Thursday, Oct. 19, both at 8 p.m. Tickets are $47 on Thursdays and Fridays, and $49 on Saturdays and Sundays, except for Oct. 20 (opening night) for which tickets are $55 and include a post show reception at Utopia Restaurant. Low-priced tickets to previews are $35. International City Theatre has formed a community partnership with the African American community in Long Beach to raise funds for college scholarships and to bring students to the production. A Community Partnership Package, which includes a pre-performance Gala dinner as well as the post-show reception with the actors on opening night, is $125; tables of ten are available for $1,200. Community Partnership chairs: Dr. Sharon Valear RobinsonMarva Lewis and Stevi Meredith.


International City Theatre is located in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center at 330 East Seaside Way in Long Beach, CA 90802. For reservations and information, call 562-436-4610 or go to InternationalCityTheatre.org.


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 — Produced to great acclaim by the Negro Ensemble Company, Samm-Art Williams’ brilliantly inventive, lyrically expressive play deals joyfully with the coming of age of a young black man from rural South Carolina. Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations for Best Play.


• Written by Samm-Art Williams
• Directed by Gregg T. Daniel
• Starring Leilani SmithAngela K. ThomasDonathan Walters
• Produced by caryn desai [sic] • Presented by International City Theatre


Previews: Oct. 18 and Oct. 19 at 8 p.m.
Performances: Oct. 20 – Nov. 5

• Wednesday at 8 p.m.: Oct. 18 (preview)
• Thursdays at 8 p.m.: Oct. 19 (preview), Oct. 26, Nov. 2
• Fridays at 8 p.m.: Oct. 20 (Opening Night), Oct. 27, Nov. 3
• Saturdays at 8 p.m.: Oct. 21, Oct. 28, Nov. 4
• Sundays at 2 p.m.: Oct. 22, Oct. 29, Nov. 5


Long Beach Performing Arts Center
330 East Seaside Way
Long Beach, CA 90802


562-436-4610 or www.InternationalCityTheatre.org
• Visit us on facebook: www.facebook.com/ICTLongBeach/
• Follow us on twitter: @ICTLongBeach and instagram: @ICT_LongBeach


• Opening Night (Aug. 25): $55 (includes post-show reception with the actors)
• Saturdays and Sundays: $49
• Thursdays and Friday (except Aug, 25): $47
• Previews: $35


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Latin Grammy Award-winner Vicente Amigo

Flamenco composer and virtuoso guitarist
returns to Los Angeles for one-night only

Wednesday, September 20 at 8:00 p.m.

Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center

LOS ANGELES- Latin Grammy Award-winning Flamenco composer and virtuoso guitarist, Vicente Amigo, known as one of the most dazzling Flamenco guitarists of his generation, returns to Los Angeles for one-night only at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, September 20 at 8:00 p.m. Hailing from Córdoba, Spain, Amigo has toured the world receiving many of Spain’s most important awards and honors and is highly respected and admired for his artistic thirst and capacity for innovation and renovation.

Amigo’s litany of international accolade includes a Latin Grammy for Best Flamenco Album (2001), being named Best Guitar Player by Guitar Player Magazine (1993), and winning First Prize at the Flamenco Guitar International Contest (Badajoz 1988). He was nominated for two more Latin Grammy’s in 2006 and 2013 (each for Best Flamenco Album), and won the “Patriarch of Flamenco” Award at the 2010 Flamenco Summit.

Guitar Player Magazine has named Amigo the


“Best international Flamenco guitarist,”


while Pat Metheny has called Amigo


“The greatest guitarist alive.”


“Somewhere between poetry and commercial stardom, [Vicente Amigo] represents a new generation of flamenco artists,”


according to All About Jazz.

Performing in Amigo’s band are Rafael de Utrera, Vocals; Paquito Gonzalez, Cajón; Añil Fernandez, Second Guitar; Ewen Vernal, Bass; and dancer “El Choro“, Antonio Molina.

Amigo’s recording career over the last 30 years is no less impressive, releasing eight albums each embraced by the public and critics, selling hundreds of thousands of units worldwide: De mi Corazón al Aire (1991),Vivencias Imaginadas (1995), Poeta (1997), Latin Grammy-winning Ciudad de las Ideas (2000), Latin Grammy-nominated Un momento en el Sonido (2005), Paseo de Gracia (2009). Tierra (2013 Sony/BMG) emerged as Amigo’s most innovative and global release to date, was nominated for 2013 Latin Grammy. As his eighth studio record, Memoria de los Sentidos (2017 Sony/Legacy), Vicente Amigo is back to his traditional flamenco roots. In this album he has gathered the top active flamenco artists, as Potito, El Pele, Miguel Poveda, Pedro el Granaino, Niña Pastori and even Farruquito, with his incredible dance and “zapateao” on Vicente´s buleria.

Vicente Amigo has also collaborated with José Mercé, Camarón, Sting, Alejandro Sanz, Rosario, Carmen Linares, Manolo Sanlúcar, Khaled and Miguel Bosé, and boasts live performances with John McLaughlin, Al DiMeola and Milton Nascimento. He continues performing to audiences around the world including Argentina, Columbia, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Spain, Canada and the United States.

Tickets start at $25, and are available online at www.laflamencofestival.com or at the venue on the night of the concert, if tickets remain. The Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center is located at 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd. in Redondo Beach, California 90278.



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Latin Grammy Award-winner Vicente Amigo



Latin Grammy Award-winning Flamenco composer and virtuoso guitarist, Vicente Amigo, known as one of the most dazzling Flamenco guitarists of his generation, returns to Los Angeles for one-night only. Hailing from Córdoba, Spain, Amigo has toured the world receiving many of Spain’s most important awards and honors and is highly respected and admired for his artistic thirst and capacity for innovation and renovation. Amigo’s recording career over the last 30 years is no less impressive, releasing eight albums each embraced by the public and critics, selling hundreds of thousands of units worldwide.


Vicente Amigo, Lead Guitar

Rafael de Utrera, Vocals
Paquito Gonzalez, Cajón
Añil Fernandez, Second Guitar
Ewen Vernal, Bass
Antonio Molina “El Choro”, Dancer

When:             Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 8 p.m.

Where:            Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
                        1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Redondo Beach, CA 90278

Tickets: starting at $25

– www.laflamencofestival.com(800) 595-4849
– https://www.facebook.com/kalakoa/; @kalakoa
– https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jhcz7004q8
– http://www.vicenteamigo.com

For the Love of Felicia

For the Love of Felicia (Part 6)

While Felicia entered her home, Jessica waited outside with their baby boys. Even though there was no sign of Terrence’s car, that didn’t mean that he wasn’t parked around the corner; he had done that before. Felicia could only hope that he wasn’t there. Terrence has a tendency to have a temper if things were not going his way. Felicia not responding to him would most certainly be something not going his way.

As Felicia slowly walked inside, she called out for Terrence. “Terrence, are you here? Terrence…”

Even though she heard nothing, Felicia continued to look around her home. Her bedroom was the last place that she needed to check. About to breathe a sigh of relief as she was standing in her room, Terrence stepped out from the master bathroom, almost scaring her to death.

“Where the hell have you been?” Terrence yelled at the frightened Felicia.

Stuttering, Felicia barely responded, “I…I…I was out with Jessica. I stayed the night…”

Before Felicia could finish, Terrence lunged forward and slapped Felicia on the left side of her face. “Nah, you were out with another dude! There is no way you would ignore my calls if you were just with Jessica! I already told you about disrespecting me!” Terrence continued to yell, ignoring the fact that Felicia was crying and that the whole left side of her face was starting to puff up.

“Terrence, baby, you know I would never mess around on you! Baby, please! I promise you that I was with Jessica!” Felicia pleaded between tears.

“And where the hell is my son? I know you didn’t have him around someone else!” Terrence seemed to be ignoring everything that Felicia was saying to him.

“He is outside with Jessica. I will tell her to go so we can talk. Let me straighten this out with you!”

“Nah, go get my son and tell her to get on! She was probably helping you cheat on me. We both know how she feels about me!”

“Terrence, please! It would be better if it was just me and you here!”

“Alright, alright! Cuz, clearly, I need to make you understand how important it is to respect me!” Before Felicia could get out of the room, Terrence grabbed her by the neck, with both of his hands, applying enough pressure to make it difficult for her to breathe. “And you better not do anything crazy like call the police on me when you go out there! In fact, I will be right there with you! Let’s go!”

Terrence took Felicia by the arm and practically dragged her to the door. Not passing the threshold, Terrence waved to Jessica as he maintained his grip on Felicia’s arm. “Hey, Jessica, how are you doing?” he asked sounding genuinely interested.

Hesitantly, Jessica responded, “I’m good. Are you guys ok?”

“Yeah, girl,” said Felicia calmly, “you know we have some things to talk about, but we are good. Would you mind taking TJ back home with you? I can pick him up tomorrow, if that’s not a problem.”

“You know I got lil TJ. I got you too, Felicia. Just let me know!” Jessica exclaimed with a little edge to her voice this time. She wasn’t stupid and knew that something was wrong with her friend.

“We’re good, Jessica. I will call you later and come by tomorrow.”

Before Jessica could respond, Terrence pulled Felicia back into the house and shut the door. Felicia knew that the night was just getting started with Terrence. She didn’t know how much longer she could take his antics. If she survived the night, Felicia was finally going to have to do something for her and her son’s sake.


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Read For the Love of Felicia 1-5 HERE.

Written by Dani Powell, RM Entertainment Original Story Contributor

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World premiere play ‘Runaway Home’ a poetic mother-daughter-tale set in wake of Hurricane Katrina

Sometimes what you’re searching for is right where you started. The Fountain Theatre presents a powerful, funny and deeply moving mother-daughter story by Jeremy J. Kamps. Multiple award-winning Shirley Jo Finney returns to the Fountain to direct the world premiere of Runaway Home for a Sept. 16 opening.


Three years after Hurricane Katrina, the unhealed wounds of New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward continue to fester. Camille Spirlin(ABC’s American Koko, Fox TV’sRosewood, Nickelodeon’s Marvin Marvin) stars as 14-year-old runaway Kali. Rhyming, stealing and scamming her way through the still-destroyed neighborhood, she embarks on a journey to pick through the wreckage of what used to be her life. While the rest of the country’s attention drifts, the neighborhood’s residents are left to repair the damage from the inside out. As their attempts at renewal leave a path of destruction in their wake, Kali bears witness to what the floodwaters left behind. Also in the cast are Leith Burke (Citizen: An American Lyric at the Fountain, Neighbors at the Matrix), Jeris Lee Poindexter (The Darker Face of the Earth, Central Avenue, Gem of the Ocean at the Fountain),Armando Rey (Men on the Verge of a His-panic Breakdown at Macha Theatre), Maya Lynne Robinson (In the Red and Brown Water at the Fountain – LADCC Award, Best Ensemble), Brian Tichnell (Dream Catcher at the Fountain, HBOsSilicon Valley, L.A. Theatre Works’ national tour of The Graduate) and Karen Malina White (Citizen: An American Lyricand The Ballad of Emmett Till – Best Ensemble LADCC and Ovation Awards – at the Fountain, currently in As You Like Itat Antaeus).


“This play couldn’t be more timely,” says Fountain co-artistic director Stephen Sachs. “Hurricane Katrina may have ceased in 2005, but the storm of racism, poverty and class inequality rages on in our country to this day. We need look no further than Flint, Michigan, to see systemic government prejudice against citizens of color and the poor. But as Jeremy’s play so beautifully demonstrates, the bonds of family and community will weather any storm.”

When Kamps traveled to New Orleans two years after Katrina to volunteer “gutting and mucking” (stripping homes to the studs to remove mold), he had been teaching middle school in Connecticut. He already had an idea in his head about a runaway girl who collects other people’s garbage, finding meaning in the meaningless.


“Kali’s world paralleled the displacement, hope for renewal, fracture and resilience I was seeing in the social-political reality of the Lower 9th Ward,” he explains. “Whenever a character’s inner life and experience are so congruent with an important social issue, that’s the story I want to write.”

While in New Orleans, Kamps met Antoine, a man in his ‘70s who had just returned to what had been his family’s home for generations. Antoine was going from house to house trying to trace relatives, friends, acquaintances and neighbors, to find out what had happened to them in the years since the storm.


“His friendship helped me honor the stories of this community in a truthful way — to see the past, present and future of the Lower 9th through their eyes,”


says the playwright.

According to Finney,


“Because the media painted them as poor and impoverished, most people don’t realize that the residents of the Lower 9th were working class homeowners. Those homes had been in families for generations. Members of the community were expecting government funds so they could rebuild, but because of red tape and bureaucracy, the money never came, or it took so long that people had to end up using it for rent or just to eat.”


“The mother-daughter relationship becomes the pivotal heart space in this story about this community,” she continues. “The play is very funny because Kali is so spirited, but the rage, helplessness and loss that Kali and her mother share are the core of the play. That is the challenge they both struggle with to find their way back to each other and home. What happens to people when they aren’t seen, when they don’t feel safe? How do you begin to rebuild your life when nobody cares?”

Jeremy Kamps’s plays have received awards and recognition including the William Saroyan Human Rights Award Finalist (2016); Page 73 Semi-Finalist (2017); Ruby Lloyd Apsey Award (Gutting); The Goldberg Prize; Woodward International Playwriting (What It Means To Disappear Here); Hudson Valley Writers Center and the NYU Festival of New Works (Water Hyacinth). His play Breitwisch Farm will be produced by Esperance Theater Company in NYC later this year. Recent productions include Gutting, presented by the National Black Theatre of Harlem and What It Means To Disappear Here (Ugly Rhino, NYC). His work has been produced/developed with Esperance Theater Company, Company Cypher at the National Black Theatre of Harlem, Ugly Rhino, Dixon Place, Hudson Valley Shakespeare, The Amoralists and New York Theatre Workshop. His fiction has been published in The Madison Review and The Little Patuxent; has been honored with the H.E. Francis Award, the Howard/John Reid Fiction Prize and was a Lamar York Prize finalist; and has been recognized in Glimmertrain, Inkwell, The Caribbean Writer and New Millenium. He is a member of the Emerging Writers Group at the Public Theater. Also an educator and activist, Jeremy has lived and worked for lengthy periods of time in Latin America, India and East Africa, where he focused on support and empowerment for former child soldiers, displaced peoples and child rights. He recently received the Theatre Communications Group “On the Road” grant to return to Kenya where he conducted drama workshops as part of his research for a new play on flower farms. He has facilitated drama and writing workshops around the world and for all ages. He has an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.


Shirley Jo Finney has previously directed acclaimed Fountain productions of Citizen: An American Lyric (selected for CTG’s first annual Block Party at the Kirk Douglas Theatre) The Brothers Size, In the Red and Brown Water (for which she earned her second Ovation award), Heart Song, The Ballad of Emmett TillYellowman, Central Avenue and From the Mississippi Delta.  Her work has been seen at the McCarter Theater, Pasadena Playhouse, Goodman Theater, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Cleveland Playhouse, L.A. Theatre Works, Crossroads Theater Company, Actors Theater of Louisville Humana Festival, Mark Taper Forum, American College Theatre Festival, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and at the State Theater in Pretoria, South Africa, where she helmed a critically acclaimed production of the South African opera, Winnie, based on the life of political icon Winnie Mandela. For television, she directed several episodes ofMoesha, and she garnered the International Black Filmmakers ‘Best Director’ Award for her short film, Remember Me.She is the recipient of the African American Film Marketplace Award of Achievement for Outstanding Performance and Achievement and leader in Entertainment.


The creative team for Runaway Home includes scenic designer Stephanie Kerley Schwartz, lighting designer Jennifer Edwards, composer/sound designer Peter Bayne, costume designer Naila Aladdin Sanders, props designer DeAnne Millais, choreographer Janet Roston and dialect coach Tyler Seiple. The production stage manager is Jessaica Shields; associate producer is James Bennett; and Stephen SachsSimon Levy and Deborah Lawlor produce for theFountain Theatre.


The Fountain Theatre is one of the most successful intimate theaters in Los Angeles, providing a creative home for multi-ethnic theater and dance artists. The Fountain has won over 225 awards, and Fountain projects have been seen across the U.S. and internationally. Recent highlights include being honored for its acclaimed 25th Anniversary Season in 2015 by Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles City Council; the 2014 Ovation Award for Best Season and the 2014 BEST Award for overall excellence from the Biller Foundation; the inclusion of the Fountain’s Citizen: An American Lyric in Center Theatre Group’s upcoming Block Party at the Kirk Douglas Theatre; and the naming of seven Fountain productions in a row as “Critic’s Choice” in the Los Angeles Times. The Fountain’s most recent production, the world premiere of Building the Wall by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, ran for five months and was named “L.A. hottest ticket” by the Los Angeles Times.


Runaway Home runs Sept. 16 through Nov. 5, with performances on Saturdays at 8 p.m.Sundays at 2 p.m.; andMondays at 8 p.m. (dark Monday, Sept. 18). Three preview performances take place on Wednesday, Sept. 13; Thursday, Sept. 14; and Friday, Sept. 15, all at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $20$40; every Monday is Pay-What-You-Want. The Fountain Theatre is located at 5060 Fountain Avenue (at Normandie) in Los Angeles. Secure, on-site parking is available for $5. The Fountain Theatre is air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible. For reservations and information, call (323) 663-1525 or go to www.FountainTheatre.com.


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Runaway Home
World premiere of Runaway Home — Three years after Hurricane Katrina, the unhealed wounds of New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward continue to fester. In this powerful, funny and deeply moving mother-daughter story, 14-year-old runaway Kali embarks on a journey to pick through the wreckage of what used to be her life, rhyming, stealing and scamming her way through the still-destroyed neighborhood. While the rest of the country’s attention drifts, the community’s residents are left to repair the damage from the inside out. As their attempts at renewal leave a path of destruction in their wake, Kali bears witness to what the floodwaters left behind.


• Written byJeremy J. Kamps
• Directed by Shirley Jo Finney
• Starring Leith Burke, Jeris Lee Poindexter, Armando Rey, Maya Lynne Robinson, Camille Spirlin, Brian Tichnell,Karen Malina White
• Produced by Stephen SachsSimon Levy and Deborah Lawlor
• Presented by The Fountain Theatre


Previews: Sept. 13, Sept. 14, Sept.15
Performances: Sept. 16 – Nov. 5
• Wednesday at 8 p.m.: Sept. 13 ONLY (preview)
• Thursday at 8 p.m.: Sept. 14 ONLY (preview)
• Friday at 8 p.m.: Sept. 15 ONLY (preview)
• Saturdays at 8 p.m.: Sept. 16 (opening night), 23, 30; Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28; Nov. 4
• Sundays at 2 p.m.: Sept. 17, 24; Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Nov. 5
• Mondays at 8 p.m.: Sept. 25; Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (dark Sept. 18)


The Fountain Theatre
5060 Fountain Ave.
Los Angeles CA 90029
(Fountain at Normandie)


(323) 663-1525 or www.FountainTheatre.com
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• Regular Seating: $35 
• Seniors 65 or older: $27 (regular seating only)
• Students: $20 (valid ID required)
• RUSH: $20 (at the door, 15 mins prior to curtain, subject to availability)
• Monday nights: Pay-What-You-Want 


Secure, on-site parking: $5

For the Love of Felicia

For the Love of Felicia (Part 5)

Once their food arrived, the two best friends headed to Jessica’s house. After devouring their Cuban feast, the two reminisced about the past and dreamed about the future. By the time the sun rose, Jessica and Felicia had finished a bottle of wine and quite a bit of junk food, to include Doritos and Goobers. As the rest of Miami was waking up to start a new day, they fell asleep to rest from a long night.

Waking up in the late afternoon, the woman felt more refreshed than hung over from their night of drinking. Jessica was ready to start harassing Felicia again on her intentions with Sergio. “What you gonna do with that fine man, Felicia?”

“Dang, you can’t even let me go a day without bothering me about him? He was very nice on the eyes though!”

Sergio stood at about 6’2”, with very fair skin and light brown eyes. From a distance, he could pass for being white. His hair was cut in a taper fade, showing off his thick, curly, reddish-brown hair; it showed proof of his African ancestry. Sergio’s body told the story of a man who spent some time in the gym, working on his chiseled physique. Sergio could have been on the cover of GQ from his looks alone.

“So when are you going to call him?” Jessica asked.

“Ok, you know I ain’t thirsty like that! Maybe I will answer when he calls,” Felicia responded while rolling her eyes.

“Dealing with Terrence, you need to be thirsty!”

“Shut up, Jess! But I see your point.”

“What you got planned for the rest of your weekend, besides waiting on Sergio’s call?”

“Haha, you are so funny! I don’t even know. Terrence will probably stop by. Other than that, whatever is whatever.” Sighing, Felicia went on to say, “I know that I do need to get up right now though, get little man together and make my way back home. That means that you need to get up too since you’re my ride.”

“Well, in that case, we should take the kids to get some dinner before I fulfill my chauffeur duties and take you home.”

“If there’s food involved, you know I’m down!”

On their way to get something to eat, Felicia checked her phone for the first time since last night. “Oh lawd! Jessica, I think I’m going to need to go straight home!”

Concerned, Jessica asked, “What’s wrong?”

“Terrence has been blowing me up since this morning. He even went by the house and of course I wasn’t there. Girl, you know he is mad as hell right now!” Felicia was nervous and fidgeting in her seat at this point.

“Look, I need you to calm down. If Terrence is already mad, then he will continue to be mad. We are still going to get something to eat because the boys have to eat. That will give you time to relax before having to deal with his dumb tail.”

“Jessica, you my sis and everything, but I’m not trying to get you involved with my mess. This is something that I have to deal with for real this time.”

“Exactly! I’m your sis so I will be there for you no matter what the issue is. Like I said, let’s feed the boys then we will go to your house. By then, he may not even be there. Until then, don’t even respond to him.”

“Trust me, I’m not!”


Read For the Love of Felicia (Parts 1-4) HERE.


Written by Dani Powell, RM Entertainment Original Story Contributor

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Boni B. Alvarez’s funny, tragic and provocative ‘Fixed’ gets world premiere at the Echo

LOS ANGELES (Aug. 16, 2017) — The Echo Theater Companycontinues its 20th Anniversary Season with a funny, tragic and provocative new play by Los Angeles’ own Boni B. Alvarez. Dually inspired by Calderón’s Spanish Golden Age Drama The Physician Of His Own Honor and the 1990 documentary Paris is Burning, which detailed New York’s then-underground drag queen “ball culture,” Alvarez ups the stakes by setting his story in the heart of L.A.’s Historic Filipinotown. Echo company member Rodney Todirects the world premiere of Fixed for a Sept. 17 opening atAtwater Village Theatre.


Chris Aguila (Alvarez’s Nicky with Coeurage Theatre at Greenway Court, Charm at the Celebration Theatre) stars as Miracles Malacañang, a ladyboy masseuse who “walks” for Filipinotown’s infamous House of Malacañang. But Miracles’ forbidden love affair with Mariano, played by Wade Allain-Marcus (Good Grief at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, HBO’s Insecure, FX’s Snowfall), sparks tensions between the city’s hottest political family and the House of Malacañang’s owner, Gigi (portrayed by Alvarez himself).


“I wanted to mine the drama and the comedy created by marginalizing the Filipino experience even more than it already is,” the playwright explains. “But, at the end of the day I’m just a hopeless romantic, and this is really just a tragic love story.”


In ball culture, houses serve as alternative families, primarily for black and Latino queer youth who “walk” for trophies and prizes in elaborately-structured ball competitions. Typically, house members adopt the name of their house as their last name. Contestants must adhere to a very specific category or theme; they are judged on criteria including the “realness” of their drag, the beauty of their clothing and their dancing ability. Houses that win a lot of trophies and gain recognition reach a rank of “legendary.” Notable houses include House of Ninja (founded by Willi Ninja), House of Aviance (founded by Mother Juan Aviance), House of Xtravaganza (founded by Hector Xtravaganza, né Hector Valle), House of Infiniti, House of Mizrahi, House of LaBeija (founded by Crystal LaBeija) and the House of Dupree (founded by Paris Dupree).


Also in the cast of Fixed are Tonatiuh Elizarraraz (IAMA Theatre Company’s Species Native to California) and Allen Lucky Weaver(La Cage aux Folles at East West Players, Midwest tour of Miss Saigon) as house members Carmie and Jenny Malacañang; Joseph Valdez (Little Big Joe the Bug Squasher at the Hollywood Fringe) as Mariano’s brother, Hudson, currently in a tight race for county sheriff; Renée-Marie Brewster (A.R.T. productions of Alice Vs Wonderland, Cabaret) as Dana, Hudson’s wife and campaign manager; and Adrian Gonzalez (Lord of the Underworld’s Home for Unwed Mothers at the Skylight, Colony Collapse at Boston Court) as A.J., their trusted political aide. Anna Lamadrid (currently on stage as Phebe in Antaeus Theatre Company’s As You Like It) pines after Mariano in the role of Lizette.



“My hope is that this play is super provocative not only for the theater community, but for the LGBTQ and Filipino communities as well,” says To. “I do think audiences are going to embrace it. I love plays that challenge people’s thinking in unexpected, unconventional ways.”


The creative team includes set designer Amanda Knehans, lighting designer Matt Richter, sound designer Rebecca Kessin and costume designer Michael Mullen. The assistant director is James Leo Ryan, and the production stage manager is Haley Kellogg.Jesse Cannady and Nadia Marina produce for The Echo Theater Company.


Boni B. Alvarez was recently named a resident playwright with New Dramatists. His plays, including Bloodletting, Dallas Non-Stop, Ruby, Tragically Rotund, Dusty De Los Santos, Dolls of America, Marabella, The Special Education of Miss Lorna Cambonga andNicky, have been produced/developed at Playwrights’ Arena, Center Theatre Group, Chalk Rep, Skylight Theatre Company, The Vagrancy, Coeurage Theatre Company, Second Generation (2g, NYC), InterAct Theatre (Philadelphia) and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He has been a semi-finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and a finalist for both the PEN Center USA Literary Award and Clubbed Thumb’s Biennial Commission. With a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, an MFA from American Repertory Theatre/MXAT Institute at Harvard University and an MFA from USC, Alvarez is an alumnus of the CBS Writers Mentoring Program, Skylight Theatre’s Play Lab, CTG Writers’ Workshop, Moving Arts’ MADlab and Humanitas/CTG Play LA Workshop.


Dedicated to producing new work, the multiple award-winning Echo Theater Company was anointed “Best Bet for Ballsy Original Plays” by the LA Weekly and was a recipient of a 2016 “Kilroy Cake Drop” – one of only 13 theaters in the country to be surprised by cakes to honor the efforts they are making to produce women and trans writers. Under the leadership of founding artistic director Chris Fields, the Echo has introduced Los Angeles to playwrights such as David Lindsay-Abaire, Adam Rapp, Sarah Ruhl, Adam Bock and Miki Johnson among others. The company is also recognized for its acting ensemble; in the Los Angeles Times, theater critic Charles McNulty wrote, “Echo Theater Company, which has cultivated a community of top flight actors, would be my go-to place in Los Angeles for symbiotic ensemble acting.” KCRW’s Anthony Byrnes stated, “It’s time to start paying attention to the Echo Theater Company… The company has made bold choices and backed them up.” Last season’s production of Dry Land by Ruby Rae Spiegel received the Ovation Award for Best Production and was recently remounted at Culver City’s Kirk Douglas Theatre by Center Theatre Group as part of “Block Party.” This summer, the company enjoyed a critically acclaimed, sold-out run of Bekah Brunsetter’s The Cake. The Echo Theater Company is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary.


Fixed runs Sept. 17 through Oct.22, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.Sundays at 4 p.m.; and Mondays at 8 p.m. except opening night, Sunday Sept. 17, which is at 6 p.m. Three preview performances are set for Thurs., Sept. 14; Fri., Sept. 15; and Sat., Sept. 16, all at 8 p.m. Tickets are $34 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and $20 on Mondays. Preview performances are Pay-What-You-WantAtwater Village Theatre is located at 3269 Casitas Ave in Los AngelesCA 90039. On-site parking is free. For reservations and information, call (310) 307-3753 or go to www.EchoTheaterCompany.com.



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World premiere 
of Fixed — A fierce and funny new play by Los Angeles’ own Boni B. Alvarez, Fixed is the story of Miracles Malacañang, a ladyboy masseuse working in the infamous Malacañang Massage Parlor in Los Angeles’ historic Filipinotown. When Miracles’ forbidden love affair sparks tensions between the city’s hottest political family, two families must come together to understand the power of desire, identity and honor.

• Written by Boni B. Alvarez
• Directed by Rodney To
• Starring Chris AguilaWade Allain-Marcus, Boni B. AlvarezRenée-Marie BrewsterTonatiuh ElizarrarazAdrian Gonzalez,Anna Lamadrid, Joseph ValdezAllen Lucky Weaver
• Presented by The Echo Theater Company

Previews: Sept. 14, Sept. 15, Sept.16
Performances: Sept. 17 – Oct. 22

• Thursday at 8 p.m.: Sept. 14 ONLY (preview)
• Fridays at 8 p.m.: Sept. 15 (preview), 22, 29; Oct. 6, 13, 20
• Saturdays at 8 p.m.: Sept. 16 (preview), 23, 30; Oct. 7, 14, 21
• Sunday at 6 p.m.: Sept. 17 ONLY (Opening Night)
• Sundays at 4 p.m.: Sept. 24; Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22
• Mondays at 8 p.m.: Sept. 18, 25; Oct. 2, 9, 16

Echo Theater Company
Atwater Village Theatre
3269 Casitas Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90039

• Call 310-307-3753 or go to  www.EchoTheaterCompany.com
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• Follow us on twitter: @echotheater

• Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays: $34
• Mondays: $20
• Previews: Pay-What-You-Want

FREE in the Atwater Xing lot one block south of the theater

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The Middle will end with season 9

The family sitcom, The Middle, will begin its 9th season this fall and it has been announced that this season would be its last. The decision wasn’t made lightly. Co-creators Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline told Variety,


 “Last year we sat down with our cast and made the bittersweet decision together that in this ninth season it is time to bring the Hecks’ story to a close.  It’s been an amazing run, a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and we’re looking forward to having an entire year to say goodbye. Plus, we wanted to go out before too many people knew we were on the air.”


The show was never as popular as the ABC comedy, Modern Family, and it never had more than 9 million viewers, but Heline told EW they were lucky.


 “Some know about us, some don’t. We are at heart a midwestern show. If we can be underappreciated for nine years and be on the air, we’re lucky.”


Heline said. The network appreciated the show’s success as well. ABC president Channing Dungey told Vanity,


“The Heck family has been part of the ABC family for almost a decade. It’s rare for a series to have this type of longevity, and we are proud to have been its home.”


Dungey continued,


“We’ve watched Axl, Sue and Brick grow up right before our eyes under Frankie and Mike’s unique parenting style. I’m looking forward to the fitting and happy ending the producers will give the Hecks and our viewers.”


Head of Warner Bros. TV, Peter Roth, also told Variety about the show saying,


“For eight remarkable seasons, Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline have crafted a wonderfully relatable, honest, funny and authentic world of middle class life in the heartland of America. The writing, acting and craftsmanship have been superb, and the show has been vividly brought to life each week by the incomparable Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher, Atticus Shaffer and a creative team that has poured its heart and soul into each and every episode. We look forward to a memorable final season for ‘The Middle,’ and we thank our passionate and loyal fans!”


As to how the show will end, Heisler told EW,


“We started having an idea a couple of years ago and honed it more in the last year. It will be true to our show. It’s an end that fans will like.”


The Middle airs its final season on Oct. 3.


Written by Curtis Han, RM Entertainment Contributor

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World premiere comedy ‘Grey Nomad’ captures Australian retiree lifestyle

LOS ANGELES — Two couples, a wet T-shirt competition — and one vast country. As a growing number of Australian retirees choose to continuously circumnavigate the world’s largest island in their caravans and RVs, a new comedy captures their unique spirit and sense of camaraderie. L.A.’s Australian Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Grey Nomad by Australian playwright Dan Lee in a visiting production at the Skylight Theatre. Directed by Iain SinclairGrey Nomad opens on Monday,Sept. 11.

“I first came into contact with the free range baby boomers that we refer to as ‘grey nomads’ a couple of years ago, when I was living in Broome,” explains Lee. “Every year, in the dry season, they would stream into town in their RVs and camper trailers. The town would go from 15,000 to 50,000 in just a couple of weeks. They’re a very funny and interesting bunch, people who’ve retired and dedicated the rest of their lives to just traveling in loops around Australia. This play is about two couples doing just that.”

David Ross Paterson (Saving Mr. Banks, ATC’s Ruben Guthrie) stars as Jim, who has waited his whole working life for this. He’s bought the camper and the folding chairs, packed the fishing gear and the BBQ; and the only question that now remains is which direction — clockwise or counter-clockwise? Jim’s wife, Helen (Ros Gentle – The People v. O. J. Simpson, upcoming Australian mini-series Picnic at Hanging Rock), is not quite as sure about just up and leaving her family and the life she spent so long creating. When the couple suddenly finds themselves traveling the same circuit as “glampers” Tim (Paul Tassone – Australian TV series All Saints, Home and AwayUnderbelly, The Code) and his wild American wife, Val (Wendy Hammers – stand-up comedian,Curb Your Enthusiasm, host of spoken word salon and podcast “Tasty Words”), Jim just can’t relax. But for Helen, a whole new world of possibilities opens up.

“Dan writes with a very distinct Australian voice, but he’s created universal characters who everyone will recognize, relate to and laugh along with,”


says ATC co-founder and co-producer Nick Hardcastle.


“It’s a huge privilege to be the first company to produce not only this play, but any work by Dan Lee, who has a very bright future ahead of him.”


Dan Lee’s first play, Bottomless, received the R. E. Ross Trust award for an unproduced play in 2014. It was subsequently developed by Playwriting Australia, Red Stitch Actors Theatre and the Melbourne Theatre Company, and is scheduled for production next year at 45downstairs in Melbourne. He is also writing two new works for Red Stitch as part of their INK writers program.

Iain Sinclair is an award-winning director who specializes in new play development. He is an associate artist and resident dramaturg for Playwriting Australia, and maintains ongoing partnerships with many of Australia’s leading playwrights and international writers such as Stella Feheely and J.T Rogers. In his early career, Iain served as assistant director to Cate Blanchett, Jean Pierre-Mignon, Gale Edwards and Max Stafford Clark. Iain is also an accomplished educator who has taught at all levels from youth theater to post graduate lecturing. He is a graduate of King’s College in London and the RADA masters program.

The creative team for Grey Nomad includes scenic designer Se Oh, lighting designer Jared A. Sayeg, sound designer Cricket S. Myers and costume designer Kate BerghJackie DiamondNick HardcastleNate Jones and Joshua Thorburn produce for Australian Theatre Company.

Grey Nomad opens on MondaySept. 11 and continues through Oct. 8, with performances on Fridays at 8 p.mSaturdays at 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Sundays at 6 p.m.; and Mondays at 8 p.m. Two American Sign Language-interpreted performances will take place on Friday, Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 23 at 5 p.m. Tickets are $34 general admission and $39 for reserved seating. Grey Nomads (ages 55+) pay only $29. The Skylight Theatre is located at 1816 1/2 N Vermont Ave.Los AngelesCA 90027. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 866-811-4111 or go to www.australiantheatrecompany.org.

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Grey Nomad

World premiere of Grey Nomad — L.A.’s Australian Theatre Company presents Dan Lee’s funny, engaging comedy about two retired couples who have dedicated their lives to RVing around Australia. It’s a comic road show that captures the unique sense of camaraderie and almost supernatural devotion to a lifestyle of perpetual circumnavigation led by the free range, baby boomers of Australia who call themselves “grey nomads.”

• Written by Dan Lee
• Directed by Iain Sinclair, 
• Starring Ros Gentle, Wendy Hammers, David Ross Paterson, Paul Tassone
• Produced by Jackie DiamondNick HardcastleNate Jones and Joshua Thorburn
• Presented by Australian Theatre Company

Performances Sept. 11 – Oct. 8:
• Mondays at 8 p.m.: Sept. 11 (Opening Night), Sept. 18, Sept. 25; Oct. 2
• Fridays at 8 p.m.: Sept. 15*, Sept. 22, Sept. 29, Oct. 6
• Saturdays at 5 p.m.: Sept. 16, Sept. 23*, Sept. 30, Oct. 7
• Saturdays at 8:30 p.m.: Sept. 16, Sept. 23, Sept. 30, Oct. 7
• Sundays at 6 p.m.: Sept. 17, Sept. 24, Oct. 1, Oct. 8
American Sign Language-interpreted performances will take place on Friday, Sept. 15 and Saturday, Sept. 23.

A visiting production at the
Skylight Theatre
1816 1/2 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

866-811-4111 or www.australiantheatrecompany.org
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• Reserved seating: $39
• General admission: $34
• Grey Nomads (ages 55+): $29