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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.

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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

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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.

 

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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.

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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:

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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

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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.

 

 

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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.

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Antaeus tackles Harold Pinter’s little-known dark comedy ‘The Hothouse’

GLENDALE, Calif. — Chilling, sinister, thought-provoking — and wickedly funny. Antaeus Theatre Company presents a fully partner-cast production of Harold Pinter’s seldom seen dark comedy, The HothouseDirected by Nike DoukasThe Hothouse opens on Jan. 25 and Jan. 26 (one opening for each cast), running through March 11 at the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center in Glendale. Low-priced previews begin on Jan. 18.

 

Written in 1958, but put aside by the author until 1980, The Hothouse is a wild, impudent and blisteringly comic look at a government-run mental institution in which the wardens may be madder than the inmates. Under a veil of devilish wit and subversive humor, Pinter’s biting political commentary on the perils of unchecked power is as vital and pertinent today as when he first wrote it.

 

According to Antaeus co-artistic directors Bill BrochtrupRob Nagle and John Sloan,

 

 

“Although probably unfamiliar to most audience members, The Hothouse is a true ‘hidden gem’ — a searingly comic indictment of institutional bureaucracy ambiguously set in a ‘rest home’ or ‘sanitarium’ where the unscrupulous staff prey on the patients, and corruption and red tape are rampant. Nike’s talents as an actor, director, teacher, dialect expert and coach are well known to everyone at Antaeus, so it’s thrilling to have her on board to helm this wild ride.”

 

In the Antaeus tradition known as “partner casting,” Josh Clark and Peter Van Norden share the role of Roote, the ex-colonel in charge who, on Christmas Day, finds himself confronted by a dual crisis: one of his numerically identified patients, 6457, has died while another, 6459, has unexpectedly given birth. Graham Hamilton and Leo Marks partner as his second in command, the Machiavellian Gibbs, while Melanie Lora and Jocelyn Towne play Miss Cutts, Roote’s calculating and shrewd mistress. Other characters include the appropriately named Lush (Adrian LaTourelle and Rob Nagle), the hapless Lamb (JD Cullum and Steve Hofvendahl), Lobb (John Apicella and Gregory Itzin) and Tubb (John Bobek and Paul Eiding).

 

Pinter himself directed the first production, which opened on April 25, 1980 at the Hampstead Theatre before transferring to the Ambassadors Theatre on June 25. The play was also first published in 1980, by Eyre Methuen. It received its American premiere at the Trinity Repertory Company in 1982. Pinter himself played Roote in a 1995 production staged at the Minerva Theatre in Chichester, which later transferred to the Comedy Theatre in London.

 

“It was fantasy when I wrote it, but now it has become, I think, far more relevant. Reality has overtaken it,”

he said.

 

Antaeus Theatre Company’s award-winning creative team includes set designer Se Hyun Oh, lighting designer Ginevra Lombardo, costume designer Julie Keen, sound designer Jeff Gardner, props designer Erin Walley, dialect coach Lauren Lovett-Cohen and production stage manager Jeanne Valleroy.

 

Harold Pinter (1930 – 2008) remains one of the most influential modern British dramatists, whose writing career spanned more than 50 years. His best-known plays include The Birthday Party, The Caretaker, The Homecoming and Betrayal. He wrote 21 screenplays including The Servant, The Go-Between, The French Lieutenant’s Woman and Sleuth as well as adaptations of his plays The Homecoming and Betrayal. He was also a director and an actor. Pinter was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2005. Other awards include the Companion of Honour for services to Literature, the Legion D’Honneur, the Laurence Olivier Award and the Moliere D’Honneur for Lifetime Achievement. In 1999 he was made a Companion of Literature by the Royal Society of Literature. He received honorary degrees from seventeen universities.

 

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. Audiences, who never see an understudy due to Antaeus’ trademark “partner casting,” frequently return to see the same play in the hands of an equally excellent but very different set of actors.

 

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. All the artwork on display is available for purchase, and a portion of the proceeds goes to Antaeus Theatre Company.

 

Performances of The Hothouse take place Jan. 25 through March 11 on Thursdays and Fridays at 8 pmSaturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 p.m. (no matinee performance on Saturday, Jan. 27). Tickets are $30 on Thursdays and Fridays, and $34 on Saturdays and Sundays. Six preview performances take place Jan. 18 through Jan. 24. 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.

 

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The Hothouse
WHAT:
The Hothouse
 — A wild, impudent and blisteringly funny look at a government-run mental institution in which the wardens may be madder than the inmates. Under a veil of devilish wit and subversive humor, Harold Pinter’s biting political commentary on the perils of unchecked power is as vital and pertinent today as when he first wrote it. Nike Doukas directs a fully partner-cast production.

WHO:
• Written by Harold Pinter
• Directed by Nike Doukas
• Starring John Apicella, John Bobek, Josh Clark, JD Cullum, Paul Eiding, Graham Hamilton, Steve Hofvendahl, Gregory Itzin, Adrian LaTourelle, Melanie Lora, Leo Marks, Rob Nagle, Peter Van Norden, Jocelyn Towne
• Presented by Antaeus Theatre Company

WHEN:
Previews: Jan. 18 – Jan. 24
Performances: Jan. 25 – March 11
• Tuesday at 8 p.m.: Jan. 23 ONLY (preview)
• Wednesday at 8 p.m.: Jan. 24 ONLY (preview)
• Thursdays at 8 p.m.: Jan. 18 (preview), Jan. 25 (opening); Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22; March 1, 8
• Fridays at 8 p.m.: Jan. 19 (preview), Jan. 26 (opening); Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23; March 2, 9
• Saturdays at 2 p.m.: Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24; March 3, 10 (no 2 p.m. perf. on Jan. 20 or Jan. 27)
• Saturdays at 8 p.m.: Jan. 20 (preview), Jan. 27; Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24; March 3, 10
• Sundays at 2 p.m.: Jan. 21 (preview), Jan. 28, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25; March 4, 11

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 @AntaeusTheater

TICKET PRICES:
• Opening Night performances on Jan. 25 and Jan. 26: $34 (includes post-performance reception)
• Thursdays and Fridays: $30 (except Jan. 25 and Jan. 26)
• 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.

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L.A. Theatre Works records ‘The Goodbye Girl’ for radio, podcast, online streaming

 

WHAT:
The Goodbye Girl
 — L.A. Theatre Works records Neil Simon’s screenplay for the 1977 Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning romantic comedy. Known as “The Goodbye Girl” because of all the live-in boyfriends who have left her, Paula McFadden and her young daughter must make room in their cramped quarters for a new roommate. But can they make room in their hearts for another man who may just walk out that door again?

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 Neil Simon
• Directed by Rosalind Ayres
• Produced by Susan ALoewenberg
• Presented by L.A. Theatre works

WHEN:
• Thursday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m.
• Friday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m.
• Saturday, Jan. 27 at 3 p.m.
• Saturday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m.
• Sunday, Jan. 28 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

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Fountain Theatre, City of LA, ‘West Wing’ alum band together to support a free press with celebrity reading of ‘All The President’s Men’

Bradley WhitfordJoshua Malina, Richard Schiff and
Ed Begley, Jr. head cast at City Hall on Jan. 27

“Nothing’s riding on this except the First Amendment of the Constitution, freedom of the press, and maybe the future
of the country.”

 

— Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, as portrayed by Jason Robards in ‘All The President’s Men’

 

LOS ANGELES  —Bradley Whitford (The Post, Get Out, The West Wing), Joshua Malina (Scandal, The West Wing), Richard Schiff (The Good Doctor, The West Wing) and Ed Begley, Jr. (Future Man, St. Elsewhere, The West Wing) will head the cast of a special, one-night only reading of William Goldman’s screenplay for All The President’s Men, presented by the award-winning Fountain Theatre in partnership with the City of Los Angeles and with exclusive permission from Warner Bros Entertainment and Simon & Schuster. The free event will be hosted by Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrelland will take place in the John Ferraro Council Chamber of Los Angeles City Hall on Saturday, January 27 at 7:30 p.m. A catered reception will follow in the City Hall Rotunda.

 

Based on the book by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the 1976 film All The President’s Men tells the story of their Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation of the Watergate scandal, which brought down the presidency of Richard M. Nixon.

 

“This high-profile reading will be a statement asserting the First Amendment, advocating freedom of the press and honoring the tenacity of American journalism in a free society,”

 

 

says Fountain Theatre co-artistic director Stephen Sachs, who will direct the reading.

 

 

“As the current administration is under investigation, the echo of Watergate rings loud and clear. Reporters from The New York Times and Washington Post have been heroes, warriors for our democracy, as they were forty-five years ago.”

According to Councilmember O’Farrell,

 

All the President’s Men is a reminder of the parallels between Richard Nixon and the corruption that brought his presidency to an end and the current state of corruption overshadowing the Donald Trump administration. I want to thank the Fountain Theatre for producing this live reading, which underscores the importance of art in its many forms that can illuminate the conditions that affect us as a nation and as a society.”

Adds Sachs

 

“We are profoundly grateful to Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell’s office and the City of Los Angeles for taking the extraordinary and unprecedented action of hosting the reading at Los Angeles City Hall, in the City Council Chamber, as a sign of solidarity. I am very proud of our city.”

 

Although admission to the reading is free of charge, any voluntary donations will support, in part, the Society of Professional Journalists, the nation’s oldest organization representing American journalists, founded to improve and protect journalism and dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press.

 

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 inclusion of the Fountain’s Citizen: An American Lyric in Center Theatre Group’s Block Party at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. 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.

 

All The President’s Men takes place on SaturdayJan. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the John Ferraro Council ChamberRoom 340 of Los Angeles City Hall200 N Spring St.Los Angeles, CA 90012. Admission is free; however, seating is extremely limited. Please go to [www.FountainFreePress.com%20]www.FountainFreePress.com or email freepress@fountaintheatre.com to inquire about reservations. Due to high security at the venue, no walk-ups will be permitted.

 

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All The President’s Men
WHAT:
Celebrity reading of All The President’s Men — Bradley Whitford (The Post, Get Out, The West Wing), Joshua Malina (Scandal, The West Wing), Richard Schiff (The Good Doctor, The West Wing) and Ed Begley, Jr. (Future Man, St. Elsewhere, The West Wing)  head the cast of a special, one-night only reading of William Goldman’s screenplay for All The President’s Men, presented by the award-winning Fountain Theatre in partnership with the City of Los Angeles and with exclusive permission from Warner Bros Entertainment and Simon & Schuster. The free event will be hosted by Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and will take place in the John Ferraro Council Chamber of Los Angeles City Hall. Based on the book by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the 1976 film All The President’s Men tells the story of their Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation of the Watergate scandal, which brought down the presidency of Richard M. Nixon. As the Trump administration is investigated for obstruction of justice, the echo of Watergate rings loud and clear.

 

WHO: 
• Written by William Goldman
• Directed by Stephen Sachs
• Composer/Sound Designer Peter Bayne
• Starring Bradley Whitford as Bob Woodward, Joshua Malina as Carl Bernstein, Richard Schiff as Washington Post local news editor Harry Rosenfeld and Ed Begley, Jr. as Post managing editor Howard Simons
• Hosted by Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell
• Presented by The Fountain Theatre and the City of Los Angeles with special permission from Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. and Simon & Schuster

WHEN: 
Saturday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:
John Ferraro Council Chamber
Room 340
Los Angeles City Hall
200 N Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

HOW:
[www.FountainFreePress.com%20]www.FountainFreePress.com or (323) 663-1525
• Seating is extremely limited
• Please go to [www.FountainFreePress.com%20]www.FountainFreePress.com or email freepress@fountaintheatre.com to inquire about reservations
• Due to high security at the venue, no walk-ups will be permitted

TICKET PRICE:
FREE
• Donations will support the Society of Professional Journalists, the nation’s oldest organization representing American journalists, founded to improve and protect journalism and dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press.

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Odyssey Theatre opens 2018 with off-Broadway hit ‘Freud’s Last Session’

Intellectual debate and food for thought: Odyssey Theatre Ensemble presentsMark St. Germain’s off-Broadway hit, Freud’s Last SessionEmmy Award-winner Robert Mandel directs for a January 13 opening, with performances continuing through March 4 at the Odyssey Theatre in West L.A.

 

Suggested by the book “The Question of God” by Dr. Armand M. Nicholi, Jr., the play imagines a meeting between the father of psychoanalysis, Dr. Sigmund Freud, and rising Oxford don and author C.S. Lewis, newly converted to Christianity. The conversation takes place in London on Sept. 3, 1939 — the day England entered World War II, and just two weeks before Freud, in the advanced stages of oral cancer, took his own life.

 

Freud (Martin Rayner, in the role he created for the world premiere production at the Barrington Stage Company, off-Broadway at New World Stages and in Chicago at the Mercury Theatre) invites the younger Lewis (Martyn Stanbridge, whose theater work includes UK tours of The Graduate, Rebecca, Dangerous Obsession and Lotty’s War) to his home, where they engage in a brain-teasing battle of wits on the subjects of love, sex and the existence of God. Filled with humor, this deeply touching play explores the minds, hearts and souls of two brilliant men addressing the greatest questions of all time.

 

“The debate of God’s existence set against the backdrop of George VI committing Britain to WWII and Freud’s last days is compelling and dramatic,”

 

says Mandel.

 

“The dialogue is thought provoking, smart and humorous. For me, it’s at its best when it moves away from theoretical discussion to the effect it has personally on Freud and Lewis.”

 

Freud’s Last Session premiered at Barrington Stage Company in 2009. It opened off-Broadway at New World Stages on July 22, 2010, where it ran for two years and 775 performances, garnering the Off Broadway Alliance Award. The New York Times found it a

 

“sharp, lively discourse… audience members searching for engaging debate will be pleased,”

 

while the Huffington Post called it

 

 “riveting… a theatrical and intellectual delight.”

 

NY1 hailed the play as

 

 “a gem… intellectually thrilling with both humor and insight in abundance…the kind of nuance that breathes life into history.”

 

The Odyssey’s creative team includes set designer Pete Hickok, lighting designer Derrick McDaniel; costume designer Kim DeShazoand props designer Josh LaCour. The stage manager is Emma Whitley.

 

Mark St. Germain’s plays include Camping with Henry and Tom (Outer Critics and Lucille Lortel Awards), Dancing Lessons, Becoming Dr. Ruth, Best of Enemies, The God Committee, Scott and Hem and Out of Gas On Lover’s Leap, as well as the musicals Stand By Your Man and, with Randy Courts, Gifts of the Magi, Jack’s Holiday and Joseph and Mary. Television work includes The Cosby Show, and he co-wrote Carroll Ballard’s film Duma. He directed and co-produced the documentary My Dog: An Unconditional Love Story and wrote the prize winning children’s book Three Cups. Mark is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Writer’s Guild East and an Associate Artist of the Barrington Stage Company. He was awarded the New Voices In American Theatre award at the William Inge Theatre Festival. Playbill has hailed him as

 

“America’s premier biographical playwright.”

 

Robert Mandel recently took a nine-year hiatus from directing to serve as dean at the American Film Institute Conservatory. He is an award-winning film and television director with credits including F/X, School Ties, Big Shots, The SubstituteX-Files (pilot), Lost, Prison Break and Dominion. Robert won an Emmy Award for his first TV movie, Andrea’s Story. He has served as a directing mentor at the Sundance Institute and won first prize for his short film, Nights at O’Rears at Filmex in LA; USA Film Festival, Dallas; and a screening at the NY Film Festival at Lincoln Center. He is the recipient of the Special Educator Award given by The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors. Mandel directed theater in NY at the Manhattan Theatre Club, The Roundabout and The Public, where Joseph Papp was his mentor. He directed regionally in Providence, Washington DC, and Syracuse.

 

Performances of Freud’s Last Session take place on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. from Jan. 13 throughMarch 4. On Sunday, Jan. 14 only, the performance will be at 5 p.m. with no 2 p.m. matinee. Additional weeknight performances are scheduled on WednesdayJan. 24ThursdayFeb. 8WednesdayFeb. 21; and ThursdayMarch 1, all at 8 p.m. Talkbacks with the cast follow the performances on FridayJan. 19 and WednesdayJan. 24. Tickets range from $30 to $35; there will be three “Tix for $10” performances on Wednesday, Jan. 24FridayFeb. 2; and Thursday, March 1. The third Friday of every month is winenight at the Odyssey: enjoy complimentary wine and snacks and mingle with the cast after the show.

 

The Odyssey Theatre is located at 2055 SSepulveda Blvd., West Los Angeles, 90025. For reservations and information, call (310)477-2055 or go to OdysseyTheatre.com.

 

 

Details for Calendar Listings
Freud’s Last Session
WHAT:
Freud’s Last Session — September, 1939. On the day England enters World War II, legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud invites the young, rising Oxford don C.S. Lewis to his home in London. There, only weeks before Freud took his own life, they engage in a brain-teasing battle of wits on the subjects of love, sex and the existence of God. Filled with humor, this deeply touching play explores the minds, hearts and souls of two brilliant men addressing the greatest questions of all time.

WHO:
• Written by Mark St. Germain
• Directed by Robert Mandel
• Starring Martin Rayner as Sigmund Freud and Martyn Stanbridge as C.S. Lewis
• Presented by the Odyssey Theatre EnsembleRon Sossi Artistic Director

WHEN:
Jan. 13 – March 4:
• Wednesday at 8 p.m.: Jan. 24** and Feb. 21 ONLY
• Thursdays at 8 p.m.: Feb. 8 and March 1 ONLY
• Fridays at 8 p.m.: Jan. 19* **, 26; Feb. 2, 9, 16*, 23; March 2
• Saturdays at 8 p.m.: Jan. 13 (opening night), 20, 27: Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24; March 3
• Sundays at 2 p.m.: Jan. 21, 28; Feb. 4, 11**, 18, 25; March 4 (no 2 p.m. matinee on Jan. 14)
• Sunday at 5 p.m.: Jan. 14 ONLY
*The third Friday of every month is wine night at the Odyssey: enjoy complimentary wine and snacks and
mingle with the cast after the show.
**Post-show discussions on Fri., Jan. 19; Wed. Jan. 24; Sun. Feb. 11

WHERE:
Odyssey Theatre
2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90025

HOW:
• (310) 477-2055 ext. 2 or www.OdysseyTheatre.com
• Visit us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/OdysseyTheatre
• Follow us on Twitter: @OdysseyTheatre_

TICKET PRICES:
• $30-$35
• “Tix fo $10” available on Wed., Jan. 24; Fri., Feb. 2;; and Thurs., March 1
• Discounted tickets available for seniors, students and patrons under 30

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