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Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum announces 2018 summer season of theater and music in spectacular outdoor setting

TOPANGA, Calif.— Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum is back with an exciting summer line-up of socially conscious theater, music and performance. The Summer 2018 Season, including five plays set to open in rapid succession and perform in repertory throughout the summer together with a host of satellite events, will open June 2 and continue through mid-October in the company’s breathtakingly beautiful outdoor Topanga setting.

 

Kicking off the season on June 2 will be William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, co-directed by Ellen Geer and Melora Marshall and featuring David DeSantos in the title role. An allegory for today’s tumultuous times, Shakespeare’s searing tragedy is a cautionary tale of political manipulation and revenge. Rome, a city where the one-percenters rule, is led by a populist general who has nothing but contempt for the common people. Unable to reconcile his disdain for the citizens with his love of country, Coriolanus finds himself driven into the embrace of his sworn enemy.

 

June 3 will see the return of Theatricum’s signature production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, an annual audience favorite. Theatricum’s magical outdoor setting will once again stand in for the Bard’s enchanted forest, as director Willow Geer conjures up a world of wonder, magic and romance.

 

Opening June 16 is The CrucibleArthur Miller’s classic parable of mass hysteria that draws a chilling parallel between the Salem witch-hunt of 1692 and the McCarthyism which gripped America in the 1950s. The story of how the small community of Salem is stirred into madness by superstition, paranoia and malice is a savage attack on the evils of mindless persecution and the terrifying power of false accusations.

 

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.

 

Finally, joining the repertoire on July 28, Theatricum presents a very rare revival of Haitia historical melodrama about the 1802 overthrow of the colonial Haitian government written by William DuBois for the Federal Theatre Project. Subtitled “A drama of the black Napoleon,” Haiti was presented in 1938 by the FTP’s Negro Theatre Unit in a radical and controversial production that saw white and black actors performing together onstage at the Lafayette Theatre in Harlem.

 

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.

 

In addition to theater, Theatricum will present four special events on its mainstage. On SundayMay 13 (Mother’s Day) at 2 p.m.:Momentum Place, Theatricum’s yearly offering of modern dance, aerial acts, juggling and performance art curated by Lexi Pearl; onWednesdayJuly 4 from 11 p.m. – 5 p.m.: Theatricum’s fourth annual Family Barn Dance and Bar-B-Que; on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 2 p.m.The Woody Guthrie Storythe Geer family’s annual tribute to the songwriter, folklorist and labor leader who was also a longtime Theatricum friend; and on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 4 p.m.Inara George and Friends, the acclaimed singer/songwriter’s annual concert that benefits the theater’s artistic and educational programming.

 

Additional summer programming includes Under the Oaks, four evenings of music and performance in the intimate S. Mark Taper Foundation Pavilion; comedy improv with Theatricum’s in-house troupe Off The GridFamily Fundays, offering interactive children’s theater from Creative PlayGround and music from Peter Alsop’s Kids KoncertsTheme Dinner Buffets in the idyllic Theatricum gardens; and Theatricum’s annual Halloween celebration, which sees the bucolic Botanicum transformed into the haunted “BOO-tanicum.”

 

Theatricum Botanicum has been named

 

“One of the 50 Coolest Places in Los Angeles”

by Buzz magazine,

 

 

“One of Southern California’s most beguiling theater experiences”

by Sunset magazine, and

 

“Best Theater in the Woods”

by the LA Weekly.

 

The enchantment of a midsummer night at Theatricum Botanicum [makes it] crystal clear why audiences have been driving up into the hills since Theatricum’s maiden season way back in 1973. Summer Shakespeare doesn’t get any better than this,”

 

writes StageSceneLA. 

 

Says Los Angeles magazine,

 

“The amphitheater feels like a Lilliputian Hollywood Bowl, with pre-show picnics and puffy seat cushions, yet we were close enough to see the stitching on the performers costumes. Grab a blanket and a bottle and head for the hills.”

 

The beginnings of the Theatricum Botanicum can be traced to the early 1950s when Will Geer, a victim of the McCarthy era Hollywood blacklist (before he became known as the beloved Grandpa on The Waltons), opened a theater for blacklisted actors and folk singers on his property in Topanga. Friends such as Ford Rainey, John Randolph and Woody Guthrie joined him on the dirt stage for vigorous performances and inspired grassroots activism, while the audiences sat on railroad ties. Today, two outdoor amphitheaters are situated in the natural canyon ravine, where audiences are able to relax and enjoy the wilderness during an afternoon or evening’s performance. Theatricum’s main stage amphitheater sports a new and improved sun shade for increased audience comfort, installed with support from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Ralph M. Parson’s Foundation. Theatricum is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Margaret Harford Award for “sustained excellence,” which is the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle’s highest honor.

 

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.

 

Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum
2018 Summer Schedule at-a-glance

 

MAINSTAGE REPERTORY PERFORMANCES June 2 through Sept.30:
• SaturdayJune 2 at 8 p.m. – Coriolanus (Opening Night)
• SundayJune 3 at 4 p.m. – A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Opening)
• SaturdayJune 9 at 8 p.m. – Coriolanus
• SundayJune 10 at 4 p.m. – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
• SaturdayJune 16 at 4 p.m. – Coriolanus
• SaturdayJune 16 at 8 p.m. – The Crucible (Opening Night)
• SundayJune 17 at 4 p.m. – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
• SundayJune 17 at 8 p.m. – DARK
• SaturdayJune 23 at 4 p.m. – Coriolanus
• SaturdayJune 23 at 8 p.m. – The Crucible
• SundayJune 24 at 4 p.m. – A Midsummer Night’s Dream (pre-show “prologue” discussion today from 3 p.m.-3:30 p.m.)
• SundayJune 24 at 8 p.m. – DARK
• SaturdayJune 30 at 4 p.m. – The Crucible
• SaturdayJune 30 at 8 p.m. – The Chalk Garden (Opening Night)
• SundayJuly 1 at 4 p.m. – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
• SundayJuly 1 at 8 p.m. – Coriolanus
• SaturdayJuly 7 at 4 p.m. – Coriolanus
• SaturdayJuly 7 at 8 p.m. – The Chalk Garden
• SundayJuly 8 at 4 p.m. – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
• SundayJuly 8 at 8 p.m. – The Crucible
• SaturdayJuly 21 at 4 p.m. – Coriolanus
• SaturdayJuly 21 at 8 p.m. – The Chalk Garden
• SundayJuly 22 at 4 p.m. – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
• SundayJuly 22 at 8 p.m. – The Crucible
• FridayJuly 27 at 8 p.m. – The Crucible
• SaturdayJuly 28 at 4 p.m. – DARK
• SaturdayJuly 28 at 8 p.m. – Haiti (Opening Night)
• SundayJuly 29 at 4 p.m. – Coriolanus (pre-show “prologue” discussion today from 3 p.m.-3:30 p.m.)
• SundayJuly 29 at 8 p.m. – The Chalk Garden
• ThursdayAug. 2 at 8 p.m.* – A Midsummer Night’s Dream (pre-show garden dinner buffet available for purchase)
• FridayAug. 3 at 8 p.m. – Coriolanus
• SaturdayAug. at 4 p.m. – DARK
• SaturdayAug. 4 at 8 p.m. – Haiti
• SundayAug. 5 at 4 p.m. – The Crucible
• SundayAug. 5 at 8 p.m. – The Chalk Garden
• ThursdayAug. 9 at 8 p.m.* – A Midsummer Night’s Dream (pre-show garden dinner buffet available for purchase)
• FridayAug. 10 at 8 p.m. – The Chalk Garden
• SaturdayAug. 11 at 4 p.m. – DARK
• SaturdayAug. 11 at 8 p.m. – Haiti
• SundayAug. 12 at 4 p.m. – Coriolanus
• SundayAug. 12 at 8 p.m. – The Crucible
• ThursdayAug. 16 at 8 p.m.* – A Midsummer Night’s Dream (pre-show garden dinner buffet available for purchase)
• FridayAug. 17 at 8 p.m. – The Crucible
• SaturdayAug. 18 at 4 p.m. – DARK
• SaturdayAug. 18 at 8 p.m. – The Chalk Garden
• SundayAug. 19 at 4 p.m. – The Crucible (pre-show “prologue” discussion today from 3 p.m.-3:30 p.m.)
• SundayAug. 19 at 8 p.m. – Haiti
• ThursdayAug. 23 at 8 p.m.* – A Midsummer Night’s Dream (pre-show garden dinner buffet available for purchase)
• SaturdayAug. 25 at 4 p.m. – Coriolanus
• SaturdayAug. 25 at 8 p.m. – The Crucible
• SundayAug. 26 at 4 p.m. – Haiti (pre-show “prologue” discussion today from 3 p.m.-3:30 p.m.)
• SundayAug. 26 at 8 p.m. – The Chalk Garden
• SaturdaySept. 1 at 4 p.m. – Coriolanus
• SaturdaySept. 1 at 8 p.m. – The Chalk Garden
• SundaySept. 2 at 4 p.m. – Haiti
• SundaySept. 2 at 8 p.m. – The Crucible
• MondaySept. 3 (Labor Day) at 6 p.m. – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
• SaturdaySept. 8 at 4 p.m. – The Chalk Garden (pre-show “prologue” discussion today from 3 p.m.-3:30 p.m.)
• SaturdaySept. 8 at 8 p.m. – Haiti
• SundaySept. 9 at 4 p.m. – The Crucible
• SundaySept. 9 at 8 p.m. – Coriolanus
• SaturdaySept. 15 at 4 p.m. – The Crucible
• SaturdaySept. 15 at 8 p.m. – Coriolanus
• SundaySept. 16 at 4 p.m. – Haiti
• SundaySept. 16 at 8 p.m. – The Chalk Garden
• SaturdaySept. 22 at 4 p.m. – Haiti
• SaturdaySept. 22 at 8 p.m. – The Crucible
• SundaySept. 23 at 4 p.m. – Coriolanus
• SundaySept. 23 at 8 p.m. – The Chalk Garden
• SaturdaySept. 29 at 4 p.m. – Haiti
• SaturdaySept. 29 at 8 p.m. – The Crucible
• SundaySept. 30 at 4 p.m. – The Chalk Garden
• SundaySept. 30 at 8 p.m. – The Crucible

 

*Pre-performance buffet dinners, served in the Theatricum gardens and attended by costumed fairies, will be available for purchase by ticketholders prior to four Thursday evening performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Aug. 2Aug. 9Aug. 16 and Aug. 23 at6:30 p.m. Advance reservations required.

 

MAINSTAGE SPECIAL ENGAGEMENTS:
 SundayMay 13 (Mother’s Day) at 2 p.m.Momentum Place — Lexi Pearl curates Theatricum’s annual offering of modern dance, aerial acts, juggling and performance art.
• WednesdayJuly 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Family Barn Dance and BarBQue
• Saturday, Oct. 6 at 2 p.m.: The Woody Guthrie Story — Theatricum’s annual tribute to the songwriter, folklorist and labor leader who was also a longtime Theatricum friend.
• Sunday, Oct. 7 at 4 p.m.: Inara George and Friends in Concert — The acclaimed singer/songwriter and homegrown Topangan returns to Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum for her annual concert that benefits the theater’s artistic and educational programming.

 

UNDER THE OAKS featuring music and performance in the intimate S. Mark Taper Foundation Pavilion:
• FridaySept. 7 at 8 p.m.The Pacific Trio (chamber music with pianist Edith Orloff, violinist Roger Wilkie and cellist John Walz)
• FridaySept. 14 at 8 p.m.: Rolf Kent’s The Concert Goes Awry” (an evening with the Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated film and television composer)
• FridaySept. 21 at 8 p.m.Blacklisted (a one-of-a-kind evening celebrating labor leader musicians like Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger who society once sought to silence)
• FridaySept. 28 at 8 p.m.Composers Collective (an evening of world premiere chamber music from some of Hollywood’s most prominent composers living in and around Topanga)

 

OFF THE GRID — comedy improv with Theatricum’s in-house troupe:
• FridayJune 29 at 8 p.m. 
• ThursdayJuly 26 at 8 p.m. 
• FridayAug. 31 at 8 p.m.
• ThursdaySept. 27 at 8 p.m.

 

FAMILY FUNDAYS with Creative PlayGround — interactive theater for ages 2 and up:
• SundayJune 3 at 11 a.m.Aesop’s Fables
• SundayJune 10 at 11 a.m.Ferdinand the Bull
• SundayJune 17 (Father’s Day) at 11 a.m.The Legends of King Arthur
• SundayJune 24 at 11 a.m.The Velveteen Rabbit
• SaturdayJuly 21 at 11 a.m.Three Tales by Hans Christian Andersen
• SaturdayAug. 18 at 11 a.m.The Legends of King Arthur
• SundayOct. 7 at 11 a.m.Ferdinand the Bull
• SundayOct. 14 at 11 a.m.The Velveteen Rabbit
• SundayOct. 21 at 11 a.m.Aesop’s Fables

 

FAMILY FUNDAYS with Peter Alsop’s KIDS KONCERTS:
• SundayAug. 26 at 10:30 a.m.Masanga Marimba Ensemble
• SundaySept. 16 at 10:30 a.m.Peter Alsop
• SundaySept. 23 at 10:30 a.m.Rhythm Child

 

BOO–TANICUM — The bucolic Theatricum transforms into the haunted BOO–tanicum for the theater company’s 4th annual Halloween extravaganza:
• Saturday, Oct. 27 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

 

The outdoor amphitheaters at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum are terraced into the hillside of the rustic canyon. 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 more information and to purchase tickets and subscriptions, call (310) 455–3723, or go to www.theatricum.com. Visit us on facebook: www.facebook.com/theatricum. Follow us on twitter: @theatricum and instagram: @theatricum_botanicum.

Celebrity News

Josh Norman of the Washington Redskins to Host the 6th Annual Celebrity Basketball Game

Free Community Event Presented by Merrill Edge

 

GREENWOOD, S.C., – Josh Norman, cornerback for the Washington Redskins and founder of the Starz 24 Foundation, hosts the 6th Annual Celebrity Basketball Game at Lander University on Saturday, April 7 at 2:00 p.m.

 

Josh will participate in a friendly basketball game alongside Vic Beasley (Atlanta Falcons), Zack Brown (Washington Redskins), Kawaan Short (Carolina Panthers), Jordan Poyer (Buffalo Bills) and many other surprise guests.

 

Doors open at 11 a.m. ET at Lander’s Finis Horne Arena. Additional highlights include a live broadcast by 107.3 FM, giveaways, pre-game activities, the live halftime show, and fun for the entire family.

 

About Starz24 

Starz24 Foundation provides enrichment to children through engaging community events and youth programs. With an emphasis on fitness and teamwork, Starz24 challenges youth to excel in areas that help develop strong interpersonal skills and an awareness of the world around them.

 

For more information about the Starz24 foundation, please visit www.starz24.org

 

WHERE:

Lander University

320 Stanley Ave

Greenwood, SC 29649

Entertainment News

L.A. Theatre Works records Ayad Akhtar’s ‘Disgraced’ with Geoffrey Arend, Hari Dhillon

Disgraced — Ayad Akhtar’s controversial Pulitzer Prize and Obie Award-winning drama has become one of the most passionately discussed plays in the world. Amir Kapoor is a brilliant, successful Pakistani-American attorney who has turned his back on his childhood faith in order to thrive in America. On the surface, he has it all: a beautiful wife, a swanky apartment and a lucrative career. But the charmed life he so artfully constructed is put in jeopardy when a dinner party turns tumultuous and the guests’ ideals of culture, marriage, career and family collide. Hari Dhillon reprises the role of Amir he played in New York, London and Los Angeles for this live-in-performance recording, joined by Behzad Dabu from the original Chicago production as well as the subsequent tour to Berkeley, Seattle and Los Angeles and Emily Swallow from the Mark Taper’s L.A. premiere. Joining them for this LATW production is Geoffrey Arend (Body of Proof, Madame Secretary).

 

Each of the five performances at UCLA’s state-of-the-art James Bridges Theater will be recorded live in front of an audience for future radio broadcast, distribution on CD, digital download and online streaming. L.A. Theatre Works’ syndicated radio theater series broadcasts weekly on public radio stations across the U.S. (locally, in Southern California, on KPFK 90.7 FM); can be heard daily in China and around the world on the Radio Beijing Network; can be downloaded as a podcast via iTunes and Wondery.com; and can be streamed on demand at www.latw.org.

 

WHO:
• Written by Ayad Akhtar
• Directed by Brian Kite
• Featuring Geoffrey Arend (Body of Proof, Madame Secretary), Hari Dhillon (This Is Us), Behzad Dabu (The Chi) and Emily Swallow (Netflix’s Castlevania)
• Produced by Susan ALoewenberg
• Presented by L.A. Theatre Works

 

WHEN:
• Thursday, April 19 at 8 p.m.
• Friday, April 20 at 8 p.m.
• Saturday, April 21 at 3 p.m.
• Saturday, April 21 at 8 p.m.
• Sunday, April 22 at 4 p.m.

 

WHERE:
James Bridges Theater
UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
235 Charles E. Young Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095
(enter UCLA from Hilgard just south of Sunset Blvd.; park in Lot 3 on the lower level)

 

HOW:
310-827-0889 or www.latw.org
• Join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LATheatreWorks
• Follow us on Twitter @latheatreworks

 

 

TICKETS:
$15-$60

Entertainment News

Groundbreaking ‘Native Son’ adaptation gets Southern California premiere at Antaeus

Andi Chapman directs the Southern California premiere of Nambi E. Kelley’s visceral, groundbreaking stage adaption of Richard Wright’s racially charged novel, Native Son, for Antaeus Theatre Company.Wright’s iconic novel about oppression, freedom and justice comes to life on stage at the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center in Glendale beginning April 19, with performances continuing through June 3. Low-priced previews take place April 12–18.

 

Set in 1930s Chicago, where opportunities for African-American men are elusive, Kelley’s adaptation focuses on the inner workings of the protagonist’s mind as a series of unleashed events violently and irrevocably seal his fate.

 

Jon Chaffin stars as Bigger Thomas, suffocating in rat-infested poverty on Chicago’s South Side, with Noel Arthur as “The Black Rat” — the manifestation of Bigger’s double consciousness. When a job as the family chauffeur brings him into the white world of wealthy Mrs. Dalton (Gigi Bermingham), her free-thinking daughter, Mary (Ellis Greer) and Mary’s Communist boyfriend, Jan (Matthew Grondin), circumstances spiral out of control. The ensemble also features Mildred Marie LangfordNed MochelVictoria Platt and Brandon Rachal. (Unlike most Antaeus productions, Native Son is single-cast.)

 

Double consciousness, according to W.E.B. Du Bois, refers to the effects of white racism — to

“the sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity.”

 

“This is the story of a young black man’s life in 1939 America, who from birth is compelled to pass through a tragic gauntlet of oppression,”

 

states Chapman.

 

“The play moves like a runaway train. The tension starts at the top and ratchets up from there.”

 

“Everything is told from from Bigger’s point of view, through his lens,”

 

explains Kelley.

 

“The adaptation is an exploration of the concept of double consciousness as it relates to the concept of one’s ability to fly or be free. Think of it as a mind-map.”

 

One of the earliest successful attempts to explain the racial divide in America in terms of the social conditions imposed on African Americans by the dominant white society, “Native Son” was an immediate best-seller when it was published by the Book-of-the-Month Club on March 1, 1940. In his 1963 essay “Black Boys and Native Sons,” Irving Howe wrote:

 

 

“The day Native Son appeared, American culture was changed forever… [it] brought out into the open, as no one ever had before, the hatred, fear, and violence that have crippled and may yet destroy our culture.”

 

 

 

The novel’s first stage adaptation, written by Wright and Paul Green, was directed by Orson Welles and ran on Broadway for three years. Kelley’s 2014 adaptation premiered at the Court Theatre in Chicago, where it was nominated for five Jeff Awards including Best Adaptation and Production of the Year and was the highest grossing production in the Court’s 60-year history. It was included on the 2015 Kilroy List, an annual collection of highly recommended plays by women and trans-identified authors, and is published by Samuel French.

 

“The birth of bigger Thomas goes back to my childhood,”

 

Wright wrote.

 

“But there was not just one Bigger, but many of them, more than I could account and more than you suspect… The Bigger Thomases were the only Negroes I know who consistently violated the Jim Crow laws of the South and got away with it, at least for a sweet brief spell. Eventually, the whites who restricted their lives made them, pay a terrible price. They were shot, hanged, maimed, lynched, and generally hounded until they were either dead or their spirits broken.”

 

The creative team for Native Son includes scenic designer Edward E. Haynes Jr., lighting designer Andrew Schmedake, costume designer Wendell C. Carmichael, sound designer Jeff Gardner, projection designer Adam Macias, properties designer Jacquelyn Gutierrez, fight choreographer Bo Foxworthand dramturg Dylan Southard. The assistant director is Jessica Williams and the production stage manager is Taylor Ann Cullen.

 

Nambi E. Kelley has penned plays for Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Court Theatre/American Blues Theater, Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab, LATT Children’s Theatre/Unibooks Publishing Company (South Korea), Teatri Sbagliati (Italy), and The Finger Players (Singapore), where she also performed in the co-adapted production of The Book of Living and Dying. Her other works include Xtigone (Chicago Danz Theatre Ensemble; African American Shakespeare Company, directed by Rhodessa Jones) and For Her As A Piano (a Goodman Theatre/Chicago Dramatists/Pegasus co-production). A recent finalist for the Francesca Primus Award and the Kevin Spacey Foundation Award, Kelley was Playwright in Residence at National Black Theatre where her play Blood starring Roscoe Orman received a workshop production in November. Professional affiliations include Goodman Theatre Playwrights Unit, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, La MaMa E.T.C., Spoleto, Ragdale Foundation and playwright emeritus at Chicago Dramatists. An accomplished actress, Kelley has performed at theaters across the country and internationally and has been seen on several television shows, including Person of InterestMadam SecretaryElementary and Chicago Justice. Nambi has a BFA from The Theatre School at DePaul University and an MFA in interdisciplinary arts from Goddard College.

 

Andi Chapman is the associate artistic director of Ebony Repertory Theatre, where she directed The Gospel at Colonus (14 Ovation nominations Including Best Play and Direction; winner of the 2016 NAACP Theatre Award for Best Production). Other directing credits include MockingbirdAs it Is In HeavenThe Ninth WaveSteel Magnolias (Actors Co-op Theatre Company: Best Director Award), The Dutchman and A Summer Memory, among others. For film, she directed the award winning shorts Memorial StreetElijah’s Song and Why?. As an actress her television, film and stage credits include: NCIS, SMLF, Shameless, Glee, Dexter, 24, Six Feet Under, Short Cuts, The Lower Depths and Blood Wedding. She is currently the Center Theatre Group program advisor/coaching artist for the August Wilson National Monologue Competition. A professor at various universities, including Pepperdine and Chapman, she currently teaches film acting at Azusa Pacific University. Ms. Chapman is a graduate of Yale School of Drama/M.F.A, an alumna of the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women, and a selected participant of the prestigious Lincoln Center Directors Lab.

 

Antaeus is a cooperative theater ensemble founded to empower the actor and to bring classical theater to Southern California. The company exists to create a family of artists and audiences and is dedicated to exploring stories with enduring themes. Taking their company name from the Titan who gained strength by touching the Earth, Antaeus members — many of whom are familiar to film and television audiences — regain their creative strength by returning to the wellspring of their craft: live theater. Members of the company span a wide range of age, ethnicity and experience; they have performed on Broadway, at major regional theaters across the country, in film, television and on local stages, and are the recipients of numerous accolades and awards.

 

The new Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center complements Glendale’s ongoing commitment to integrate vibrant arts space into the fabric of city life, ensuring the arts remain accessible to all. Located just a few blocks away from The Americana at Brand and the newly remodeled Glendale Central Library as well as the Alex Theatre, the center promises to build upon Glendale’s growing reputation as an arts and entertainment destination. The center includes an 80-seat theater, a reconfigurable 45-seat performance/classroom space, a theater classics library and a lobby art gallery.

 

Performances of Native Son open on ThursdayApril 19 and continue thereafter on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.Sundays at 2 p.m., and Mondays at 8 p.m. (dark Monday, April 23 and Monday, May 28) through June 3. There will be one additional Thursday evening performance on May 31 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 on Thursdays, Fridays and Mondaysand $34 on Saturdays and Sundays. Six preview performances take place April 12 through April 18. Preview tickets are priced at $15. Antaeus Theatre Company has partnered with TodayTix, the free mobile ticketing platform, to offer a $5 preview lottery; a limited number of $5 tickets will be made available through the TodayTix app for previews.

 

The Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center is located at 110 East BroadwayGlendaleCA 91205 (between N. Brand Blvd. and Maryland Ave.). The first 90 minutes of parking is free, then $2 per hour, in Glendale Marketplace garage located at 120 S. Maryland Ave (between Broadway and Harvard). The theater is air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible.

 

For reservations and information, call 818-506-1983 or go to www.antaeus.org.

 

Details for Calendar Listings
Native Son

 

WHAT:
Southern California premiere 
of Native Son — Richard Wright’s iconic novel about oppression, freedom and justice comes to life on stage in this ground-breaking adaptation. Suffocating in rat-infested poverty on the South Side of Chicago in the 1930s, Bigger Thomas struggles to find a place for himself in a world whose prejudice has shut him out. After taking a job in a wealthy white man’s house, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by Nambi E. Kelley, this Native Son captures the power of Wright’s novel for a whole new generation

 

WHO:
• Adapted by Nambi E. Kelley from the novel by Richard Wright
• Directed by Andi Chapman
• Starring Noel ArthurGigi BerminghamJon ChaffinEllis GreerMatthew Grondin, Mildred Marie LangfordNed MochelVictoria Platt and Brandon Rachal
• Presented by Antaeus Theatre Company

 

WHEN:
Previews: April 12 – April 18
Performances: April 19 – June 3
• Tuesday at 8 p.m.: April 17 ONLY (preview)
• Wednesday at 8 p.m.: April 18 ONLY (preview)
• Thursdays at 8 p.m.: April 12 (preview), April 19 (opening night), May 31 ONLY
• Fridays at 8 p.m.: April 13 (preview), 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25; June 1
• Saturdays at 8 p.m.: April 14 (preview), April 21; April 28; May 5, 12, 19, 26; June 2
• Sundays at 2 p.m.: April 15 (preview), April 22, 29; May 6, 13, 20, 27; June 3
• Mondays at 8 p.m.: April 30; May 7, 14, 21 ONLY

 

WHERE:
Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center
110 East Broadway
Glendale, CA 91205
(between N. Brand Blvd. and Maryland Ave.)

 

PARKING:
First 90 minutes free, then $2 per hour in Glendale Marketplace garage located at 120 S. Maryland Ave (between Broadway and Harvard)

 

HOW:
(818) 506-1983 or www.Antaeus.org
• Join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AntaeusTheater
• Follow us on Twitter @AntaeusTheatre

 

TICKET PRICES:
• Opening Night performances on April 19 and April 20: $34 (includes post-performance reception)
• Thursdays, Fridays and Mondays: $30 (except April 19 and April 20)
• Saturdays and Sundays: $34
• Previews: $15*
* Antaeus Theatre Company has partnered with TodayTix, the free mobile ticketing platform, to offer a $5 preview lottery. A limited number of $5 tickets will be made available through the TodayTix app for previews.

Entertainment News

Dance Camera West & Jacob Jonas The Company Present 17th Annual Dance Camera West Film Festival & To The Sea: Live Dance Concerts on the Pier

Live Dance Concerts on the Pier

 April 12 – 15, 2018

 

Dance Camera West marks its continued passion of bringing together diverse communities, cultures, and environments to experience dance through the intimate medium of film, and Jacob Jonas The Company, are is thrilled to present the 17th Annual Dance Camera West Film Festival and To The Sea: Dance Concerts on the Pier from April 12 – 15, 2018 at UCLA’s Fowler Museum, Laemmle Film Center and the Santa Monica Pier. The Festival showcases many forms of dance including modern dance, post modern dance, world dance, tap dance, dance theater, ballet, hip-hop and practically all dance that has been captured on film in a way that is of quality and essential value.

 

 

Aspiring to awaken and infuse the public mainstream with a desire for critical creative programming through dance and cinema,Dance Camera West (DCW) ascribes to present the visual language of dance on screen in a way that stretches the imagination and changes the way we think about dance.

 

Jacob Jonas The Company is a 21st century company with a focus on creating dance both for a live audience and for the camera. While both mediums highlight the company’s highly physical, acrobatic performance style and narrative choreography, the company breaks new ground with the extensive and focused use of film, photography, and social media to increase its artistic footprint and reach out to new and younger audiences. Jacob Jonas The Company is gaining an international profile for its honest storytelling, visceral performances, and visual content creation.

 


Highlights of this year’s Festival include the return of DCW’s partnership with Jacob Jonas The Company with the exciting and unique To the Sea: Dance Concerts on the Pier, where individual choreographers and dance companies ranging in all dance forms and genres perform live on the West End of the Santa Monica Pier. Both audiences and performers are surrounded by the natural space of the Pacific Ocean and the Pier and are free and open to the public each day of the Festival at sunset. Performances are immediately followed by a brief moderated question and answer session with the audience.

 

 

The Opening Night of the Festival features Short films; April 13 is the screening of La Chana, the documentary film which takes the audience under the skin and into the mind of La Chana, the talented Gypsy flamenco dancer as she returns to the stage to give a final seated performance after a 30-year break and reveals the secret behind her disappearance when she was at the peak of her career; International Documentaries with panels and discussions on April 14 and 15; and To the Sea: Dance Concerts on the Pier.

 

DCW is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and developing the vibrant art of dance media bringing hundreds of challenging and provocative films and live performances to Los Angeles from around the globe, effectively bridging the gap between the uniquely influential Los Angeles film community and the significant local dance populace. Even more importantly,DCW utilizes the accessible nature of dance as a non-verbal art form to reach across cultural, geographic, and socio-economic divides by making a special effort to engage a wide range of Los Angeles audiences of varying ethnicities and interests, offering everyone a chance to experience the thought-provoking thrill of dance media.

 

Globally speaking, DCW is one of only a handful of organizations that presents dance media, and the only one of its kind on the West Coast. Given that distinction, DCW has been fortunate to partner with some of the most prominent venues and organizations throughout the Los Angeles area.

 

The 17th Annual Dance Film Festival is funded in part by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, and Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

 


WHEN:  Thursday, April 12, 2017 – Sunday, April 15, 2017

 


WHERE:
– Fowler Museum, 308 Charles E. Young Drive North, Westwood 90095
– Laemmle Film Center, 1332 2nd Street, Santa Monica 90401
– Santa Monica Pier

 

HOW:
• To purchase tickets and more information: http://www.dancecamerawest.org
• Questions: festival@dancecamerawest.org
• Like us on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DanceCameraWestFilmFest
• Follow us on twitter and instagram: @DanceCameraWestFilmFest

TICKET PRICES:      Free – $15

 

To the Sea: Dance Concerts on the Pier trailer:

Entertainment News

Theatre Planners Presents West Coast Premiere of a Comedy Play in One-Act L.O.V.E.R. Tales of Love and Lust from a #GrownUpWomansPOV

Accomplished actress Lois Robbins takes us on a poignant and comic journey as one woman explores her sexual history, in what ultimately becomes her coming of age story, L.O.V.E.R. Directed by Sonia SebastianL.O.V.E.R. opens on April 13, running through May 12 at the Zephyr Theatre on Melrose Avenue.


L.O.V.E.R.
 is a riff on childhood, adolescents and finally adulthood from a grown-up woman’s point of view. Robbins’ one-act comic play first workshopped in June 2017 at The Schoolhouse Theater in Croton Falls, NY.

 

“Sex is a metaphor for the psychological journey my character embarks on. As she explores her lifelong relationship history with other people, she ultimately discovers herself,”

 

exclaims Robbins, who holds nothing back with this west coast premiere.

 

Robbins is a native New Yorker and accomplished actress whose early work was on daytime television, including roles on One Life to LiveLovingRyan’s Hope, and All My Children. Additional television credits include Sex and the CityLaw and OrderLaw and Order SVUKingpinOnce and Again, and Blue Bloods to name a few. Ms. Robbins was seen in the films Town and CountryThe ScreammakerHudson River Blues, and Motherhood.

 

2017 was a busy year for Robbins as she starred in Blowtorch opposite Billy Baldwin, Kathy Najimy and Armand Assante. It was released worldwide in February of 2017. In April, she finished shooting the feature film One Nation Under God, with Kevin Sorbo, Antonio Sabato Jr. and Casper Van Dien premiering at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville in February 2018. In October, Robbins co-starred with Molly Ringwald in the feature film Kingfish, and in November, she traveled to Budapest to film Shepherd directed by Lynn Roth. Robbins is very excited for the release of The Aspern Papers, where she co-starred as Mrs. Prest opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

 

On the stage, she has starred in the world premiere of the musical comedy My History of Marriage, by Academy Award- and two-time Grammy-winner David Shire, Lee Kalcheim and Samuel Kalcheim, presented by the 2011 New York Musical Theatre Festival. She also has starred in the world premiere run of A Time for Love by David Shire and Richard Maltby, Jr. at the Rubicon Theatre, Studio Arena Theatre, and at the Roundabout Theater’s Black Box.

 

In 2011, Ms. Robbins starred as Stephanie Dickinson in the revival of Cactus Flower, produced by Daryl Roth, at the Westside Arts Theater to rave reviews:

 

 

Lois Robbins gives her dishrag-turned cougar character energy, willingness and glamour

– The New York Times;

 

Lois Robbins is perfectly cast

– Associated Press;

 

Lois Robbins shows fine comic timing

– Daily News.

 

The L.O.V.E.R. creative team includes director Sonia Sebastian, set designer Pete Hickok, lighting designer Donny Jackson, costume designer Kate Bergh, sound designer Joseph ‘Sloe’ Slawinski, projection designer Nick Santiago, and production stage manager Jenine MacDonald.

 

Performances of L.O.V.E.R. take place April 13 through May 12 on ThursdaysFridaysSaturdays at 8 p.m.; and one Sundayperformance on April 15 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25. There is one preview performance on Thursday, April 12 at 8 p.m. and is priced at $15. The Zephyr Theatre is located at 7456 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046 (between Gardner and Vista Streets). For reservations and information, call 323-960-5770 or go to www.plays411.com/lover.

 

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L.O.V.E.R.

 


WHAT
:
L.O.V.E.R. — Accomplished actress Lois Robbins takes us on a poignant and comic journey as one woman explores her sexual history, in what ultimately becomes her coming of age story. L.O.V.E.R. is a riff on childhood, adolescents and finally adulthood from a grown-up woman’s point of view.

 


WHO:
– Written by and Starring Lois Robbins
– Directed by Sonia Sebastian
– Set Design by Pete Hickok
– Costume Design by Kate Bergh
– Lighting Design by Donny Jackson
– Projection Design by Nick Santiago
– Sound Design by Joseph ‘Sloe’ Slawinski
– Production Stage Manager by Jenine MacDonald
– Produced by Racquel LehrmanTheatre Planners

 

WHEN:
Preview: April 12
Performances: April 13–May 12

• Thursdays at 8 p.m.: April 12 (preview), 19, 26; May 3, 10
• Fridays at 8 p.m.: April 13 (opening night), 20, 27; May 4, 11
• Saturdays at 8 p.m.: April 14, 21, 28; May 5, 12
• Sunday at 3 p.m.: April 15

 


WHERE:

Zephyr on Melrose
7456 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles CA 90046

 


HOW
:
• (323) 960-5770 or www.plays411.com/lover


TICKET PRICES:
Preview: $15
Thursdays/Fridays/Saturdays/Sunday: $25

Temporary Displacement

Temporary Displacement (Part 1)

Another day and another successful presentation! I was lining myself up for my first promotion at a rate faster than most. I took my marketing career seriously. Every presentation was treated as if it were my first. Dressed to impress always, and ensuring that all details were taken into account.

I was 38 years old and had only been in the marketing field for a few years. As far as working for this company, I had been here for a few months now. This was my second major career and I was loving ever bit of it! Prior to marketing, I was an emergency medical technician (EMT). I loved the work, but it was a lot of hours for not enough pay.

“Again, great job on that presentation, Tiffany! You just made us some more money,” exclaimed my boss.

“Thanks, Dylan! I do what I can!”

“I’m so happy you took me up on the offer to come here! We are going to do some damage to the competition!”

Happy to hear that, I responded, “You know I couldn’t resist! You gave me an opportunity that I would have had to be mental to pass up.”

“We should go out to celebrate this victory. A new account thanks to your outstanding presentation deserves to be celebrated!”

“I would love to, Dylan, but I have some things to handle. We can do a double celebration after the next account is landed.”

“Dang, alright, Tiff. Can’t wait for you to get all of your stuff handled,” Dylan sighed. You haven’t been able to hang out for a minute now. Anything I can help you with?”

“Nah, I’m good. Got a lot on my plate right now. I’ll make it up to you though. I know I owe you some time.”

“Alright. You know you’re my best friend, so don’t hesitate to let me know if you need something,” Dylan responded while grabbing my hands.

“I know, Dylan. And thank you. I will see you tomorrow so we can get these accounts.”

Drinks with one of my best friends would have been nice right about now. But there was no way I could do it. I had more pressing issues to deal with. There would be time for playing later. Dylan would understand; we had been best friends since our University of North Carolina days.

So, my name is Tiffany McLaren, but most people call me Tiff or Tee. I really have no preference. I’m an east coast baby, born and raised in North Carolina. For some reason, I always had an attraction to the west coast. Being in San Diego, California is a long way from home, but I love it! I was meant to be here. North Carolina and my Black Baptist family were a little too conservative for me and my lifestyle, so it was time that I broke away. Dylan Sanderson gave me the perfect chance when he suggested I come work for him in California.

The only problem is that I didn’t fully comprehend exactly how expensive it was out here. Because I had just left a bad relationship where I was the sole provider, I brought a huge amount of debt with me to Cali. Yes, I was finally making good money again, however, I still had some things to handle. I was so used to handling my own business, that I kept things to myself. Being the black sheep of my family, my sinful gay tail couldn’t reach back to them. Even though Dylan was one of my best friends, I didn’t want him knowing the severity of my mess.

 

Written by Dani Powell, RM Entertainment Original Story Contributor

For the Love of Felicia

For the Love of Felicia (Part 11)

Felicia had been very candid with Sergio about her relationship with Terrence. From the beginning, they both made a vow to always be open and honest. That would be the best way to work through any issues that may arise. Running into Terrence could be considered one of those issues.

All four adults stood there sizing up one another. Before things could get any more awkward, Sergio spoke up while extending his hand in Terrence’s direction, “Hello, Terrence. I’m Sergio. Nice to meet you.”

Not expecting that, Terrence stuttered as he responded, “What’s up? Yeah, I’m Terrence and this is my girl, KiKi,” Terrence spoke while pointing to the woman standing beside him, barely shaking Terrence’s hand.

“Nice to meet you as well, KiKi,” Sergio politely said.

Turning his attention to Felicia, Terrence asked, “What’s up? How are you?”

Not giving Felicia a chance to respond, KiKi interjected, “And who is this, Terrence? Is this one of your hoes that has been blowing up my phone?”

“Nah, baby, this is Felicia. She just an old friend of mine. Nobody for you to be worried about.”

Right on cue, Felicia finally spoke, sarcastically saying, “Yep, just an old friend. Nobody for you to be worried about.” She could not believe how Terrence downplayed the hell out of her! Still going with the sarcasm, Felicia asked, “Do you remember my son TJ? TJ, say hello.”

Terrence looked at his son, and said, “Hey lil man! How are you?”

Instead of TJ saying anything, he scrambled up to Sergio and grabbed his leg. Sergio reached down and picked him up. TJ continued to look at Terrence as if he was a stranger, holding onto Sergio as tight as he could. Sergio rubbed the little boy’s back, comforting him during this strange encounter.

To make sure that Felicia would experience no more discomfort as well, Sergio spoke up saying, “Well, it was nice to meet you and your family, Terrence. My Queen and I need to finish our shopping so that we can take our son to the beach as promised.”

Seething, but not being able to say anything for fear of being caught up in his own mess, Terrence quietly responded with, “Yeah, man…your son,” through gritted teeth. “See you around, Felicia.”

Not waiting for any more interaction, Sergio, took Felicia by the hand, still holding TJ, and turned to walk away. Felicia was thankful for this soothing and the way Sergio handled the entire situation. She didn’t know what she would have done without him. “Thank you, Sergio,” she whispered.

“Thank you, beautiful! If you had not come to your senses, I would not be blessed to have you in my life. And I would not be blessed with the opportunity to one day make you my Queen forever, and TJ my prince. We were meant to be. If you don’t already see it, you will in due time.”

This was the real beginning of Sergio and Felicia’s story. Sergio was quickly showing that he would do anything for the love of Felicia. Thankfully, Jessica had made her exchange numbers with him on that first encounter. As long as Sergio, could help it, Terrence would become a distant memory for Felicia and TJ.

 

Read For the Love of Felicia (Parts 1-10) HERE.

Written by Dani Powell, RM Entertainment Original Story Contributor

Entertainment News

Range of Light Productions presents the World Premiere of ‘Two Fisted Love’

Bodies and Souls Collide in Playwright David Sessions’ Dark Comedy

 

LOS ANGELES  – Range of Light presents the world premiere of David Sessions’ dark comedy Two Fisted Love, a visiting production at the Odyssey Theatre. Opens February 3.


It’s 2008 and Hollywood A-lister, Caroline Connors (Serena Scott Thomas), having recently been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, braves her descent into an uncertain future while attempting to navigate her relationships with her ultra-conservative and less than politically correct husband Kevin (David Sessions), and her defiant and idealistic daughter Rachel (Laura Long).

 

Set in an affluent community near Silicon Valley in the months leading up to the financial crisis and the election, Two Fisted Love makes good use of its irreverent and original characters and artfully incorporates a blend of styles, ranging from, as Mr. Sessions puts it,

 

“…a  modern drawing room comedy to painfully dark conversations for mature audiences only…”


The ensemble cast features Serena Scott Thomas (British actress; Paul Michael Anderson’s Inherent ViceThe World is Not EnoughBuffy the Vampire Slayer, BBC’s Diana) as matriarch Caroline Connors; Laura Long (AMC’s Turn: Washington’s Spies) as Rachel; David Sessions (Mail Call with R. Lee Ermey and ShootoutCandida at PRT, Hunger at the Odyssey, Bed Facing North at the Court Theatre, and Fortune and Men’s Eyes at the Coast Playhouse directed by David Galligan) as Kevin; Jason Downs (Hairspray, Clara’s Heart, The Homecoming directed by Guillermo Cienfuegos and Cigarettes and Chocolate at PRT) plays Andy, the offbeat and ‘amoral’ computer programmer; Lynne Oropeza (The Manchurian Candidate, HBO’s Westworld, FX’s Baskets) plays Caroline’s best friend, Maggie; Jacob Osborne (Home InvadersWhite River Tales) plays the underachieving son, Justin; Guy Kapulnik (After the WarThe DibukBordo) plays Caroline’s neurologist, Dr. Sharon; Rene Rivera (King of the DesertBolerosDisenchanted) plays Robert, a ‘rags to riches’ immigrant from across the border; and Paula Lafayette(Roxanna, Australian TV’s Wonderland) plays Maria, an ‘illegal’ immigrant who finds herself living in the basement and scrubbing floors for this rich and famous, yet dysfunctional American family.

 

Two Fisted Love began its development at the Pacific Resident Theatre, where it was carefully tuned for nearly three years under the watchful eye of Marilyn Fox before receiving a staged reading at the Odyssey Theatre in October of 2016 (courtesy of Ron Sossi) which featured Orson Bean and Alley Mills in two of the leading roles; the script then received further dramaturgical input and revision over the first half of 2017 by Jules Aaron before finding its way to Serena Scott Thomas.

 

David Sessions was born in Roswell, New Mexico and raised in Berkeley, California. He studied playwriting at the HB Studios in New York under the direction of Uta Hagen, and is the son of philosopher and deep ecologist George Sessions.

 

The creative team for Two Fisted Love includes scenic designer John Iacovelli, lighting design by Brian Gale, and sound designed by Cricket Myers. The assistant director is Ryan McRee and the stage manager is Morgan Wilday.

 


Two Fisted Love 
runs Feb. 3 through March 11with performances on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. Two preview performances take place on Thursday, Feb. 1 and Friday, Feb. 2. All tickets are $34 (reserved seating) except previews which are $15.The Odyssey Theatre is located at 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd.West Los Angeles, 90025. Secure, on-site parking is available for $5. For reservations and information, call 866-811-4111 or go to www.twofistedlove.com.

 

 

Details for Calendar Listings

Two Fisted Love’

 

WHAT:

World premiere of Two Fisted Love – It’s 2008 and Hollywood A-lister, Caroline Connors (Serena Scott Thomas), having recently been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, braves her descent into an uncertain future while attempting to navigate her relationships with her ultra-conservative and less than politically correct husband and her defiant and idealistic daughter in this premiere of David Sessions’ dark comedy about a modern family in a state of moral crisis.

 

WHO:
• Written and Directed by David Sessions
• Starring Jason DownsGuy KapulnikPaula LafayetteLaura LongLynne OropezaJacob    Osborne, Rene Rivera, Serena Scott Thomas, David Sessions
• Scenic Design by John Iacovelli
• Lighting Design by Brian Gale
• Sound Design by Cricket Myers
• Wardrobe by Ian Brown
• Props by Todd Cochran
• Assistant Director by Ryan McRee
• Stage Manager – Morgan Wilday
• Presented by Range of Light Productions

 

WHEN:
Previews: February 1-2
Performances: February 3 – March 11
• Thursdays at 8 p.m.: Feb. 1 (preview), 8, 15, 22; Mar. 1, 8

TICKET PRICE:
• All performances: $34
• Previews: $15

PARKING:
$5 parking in theatre Lot as well as ample street parking.

For the Love of Felicia

For the Love of Felicia (Part 10)

The date-night was so fantastic that many more followed! Sergio took Felicia out by herself and with the company of Kalief and Jessica, several more times during the weeks to follow. Both women were happy with the way things were going, though the relationship between Sergio and Felicia was much stronger. It was as if the pair had been waiting their entire lives for the moment to meet. The relationship was easy.

Felicia had even taken the step of introducing Sergio to her son, TJ. There was an instant connection that was natural. Though cautious, Felicia still allowed herself to enjoy the new relationship and the possibilities in her future. There had been no communication with Terrence, so Felicia didn’t think about him. Things were peaceful without his interference. Sad to say, but TJ would be none the wiser as long as Felicia did her part ensuring he was still surrounded by positive male role models.

As Felicia lay TJ down for a nap, her cell phone began to vibrate. She excitedly answered it because she already knew who it was. “Hey, sexy man!”

“Hola, gorgeous,” Sergio responded.

Smiling from ear to ear, Felicia asked, “What can I do for you today?”

“Well…I wanted to invite you and TJ to the beach on this nice, sunny day. What do you say to that?”

“I say that me and TJ will happily accept your invitation! You know we love the beach! By the time you make your way, he should be getting up from his nap.”

“I can’t wait to see both of you!”

“Is there anything you want me to make to eat?”

“No, beautiful. We will stop on the way and pick up some things. Besides, I think TJ may want some more beach toys.”

“You spoil him so much, Sergio. You really don’t have to do that.”

“I look at him as if he is my own. You should expect that from any man you bring into your life. And I love to spoil him! Don’t worry, he will still be a strong man,” Sergio laughed. “Let me get ready. I will see you soon!”

“See you soon, Sergio,” Felicia said before ending the call.

Felicia and TJ were ready by the time Sergio arrived to pick them up. As stated, they headed to the store before going to the beach. They looked like a young family as they walked around the store, TJ sitting on top of Sergio’s shoulders. The three of them were all smiles.

Coming to the toy section, Sergio lifted TJ from his shoulders so that he could pick out what he wanted for the beach. As TJ went from toy to toy, he bumped into another little boy who appeared to be about the same age. Felicia looked up to apologize to the boy’s mother and almost froze in her tracks.

Standing before her, she was looking at Terrence, who was holding the hand of a woman. Surrounding the two of them were six kids, who looked to range in age from 1 to 10 years old. There appeared to be a seventh child in the stomach of the woman. Still staring at the couple, Felicia tapped Sergio and said, “Sergio, this is Terrence…”

 

Read For the Love of Felicia (Parts 1-9) HERE.

 

Written by Dani Powell, RM Entertainment Original Story Contributor