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Victoria Platt joins cast of ‘Building the Wall’ at Fountain Theatre

Beginning June 24, actress Victoria Platt will play the role of Gloria, joining actor Bo Foxworth in the Fountain Theatre’s smash hit production of Building the Wall by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwrightRobert SchenkkanBuilding the Wall opened at the Fountain in March, where it was the first in a series of productions taking place across the U.S. as part of a National New Plays Network Rolling World Premiere. The Fountain recently announced an extension through Aug. 27.


Schenkkan penned Building the Wall last November, a week before the election, in what he describes as a “white-hot fury.” In the play, which is set in 2019, the Trump administration has carried out his campaign promise to round up and detain millions of immigrants. As a college professor interviews the former supervisor of a private prison, it becomes clear how federal policy has escalated to a terrifying, seemingly inconceivable, yet inevitable conclusion.

 
The Fountain production, directed by Michael Michetti, has been called “L.A.’s Hottest Ticket” by the Los Angeles Times, which characterized it as “terrifyingly plausible.” It has been pronounced “mesmerizing” by The Hollywood Reporter, “compelling” by radio station KCRW 89.9 FM and “riveting” by both Broadway World and Arts In LA. National and international coverage has included The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC News Hour, Radio Canada,Agence France-PresseBreitbart News and more.

 
Victoria Platt previously appeared at the Fountain as Roxy in the world premiere ofCyrano by Stephen Sachs. She recently starred in The Gleaner, a film with Angus MacFadyen directed by Harry Lennix, and she can be seen later this summer in the sci-fi apocalyptic film Eruption: LA and on Marlon Wayan’s new sitcom Marlon. Other theater credits include Revolution in a Catsuit at the Bootleg Theatre, Sammy Davis Jr’s wife in Sammy at the Old Globe, and Emilia in Venice, a hip-hop musical loosely based on Othello, at both the Kirk Douglas Theatre in L.A. (for which she earned an Ovation Award nomination) and the Public Theatre in New York. She appeared on Broadway in Jelly’s Last Jam, and has performed on regional stages including the LATC, REDCAT, Geffen Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, Ford Theatres and Kennedy Center. TV credits include: Major Crimes, Star-Crossed, Bones, The Mentalist, Criminal Minds, The Gates and Castle. Films include Winchell (as Josephine Baker), Jonah Hex and The Baytown Disco. Victoria gender-bended as the chief justice in the film adaptation of Henry IV, entitled H4, which she co-produced and co-starred in with Harry Lennix and Terrell Tilford.

 

Building the Wall continues at the Fountain through August 27, with performances on Saturdays at 8 p.m.Sundays at 2 p.m.; and Mondays at 8 p.m. (dark July 1, July 2 and July 3). There will be additional performances on four Fridays at 8 p.m., on July 14, July 28, Aug. 11 and Aug. 25. Tickets range from $20$40; every Monday is Pay-What-You-Want.

 

The Fountain Theatre is located at 5060 Fountain Avenue (at Normandie) in Los Angeles. Secure, on-site parking is available for $5. The Fountain Theatre is air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible.

 

For reservations and information, call (323) 663-1525 or go to www.FountainTheatre.com.

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Members of the Geer family star in ‘Other Desert Cities’ by Jon Robin Baitz

The manicured life of a conservative actor-turned-politician and his impeccable wife is upset when relatives arrive at their Palm Springs home for the holidays — including politically liberal daughter Brooke, who’s about to publish a tell-all memoir.Mary Jo DuPrey directs Jon Robin Baitz’s Other Desert Cities, opening July 8 at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum.

 

Baitz’s funny, explosive and entertaining look at unruly family politics was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. At Theatricum, it will be a true family affair, featuring members of founder Will Geer’s own family: daughtersEllen Geer and Melora Marshall, and granddaughterWillow Geer. Also in the cast are Mark Bramhall andRafael Goldstein.

 

Brooke Wyeth, a once promising novelist, returns home after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas with parents Lyman and Polly, brother Trip and Aunt Silda. Lyman and Polly are the seemingly perfect upper middle class couple, “living the dream” in Palm Springs replete with wealth, political influence and A-list connections. But when Brooke announces that she is about to publish a memoir focusing on an explosive chapter in the family’s history, the holiday reunion is thrown into turmoil. As in all desert lands, mirage can transfix and trick the inhabitants. When the heat gives way, reality comes into sharp and unrelenting focus. Old family wounds are opened, childhood memories are tested and the Wyeth clan learns that some secrets cannot stay buried forever.

 

 

“I wondered about the hubris in the act of writing about people who are actually living, and I thought so many people do this and so few people get to respond to it really,”

 

 

explained Baitz in an interview.

 

“There are so many great memoirs and they’re also absolutely unreliable in the fundamental sense. It came from my sense of trying to either expiate or make sense of my life as a writer up until now and the potential damage that I’ve been party to or done.”

 

The play’s title refers to a roadside sign on the eastbound I-10 that directs drivers to exit at Palm Springs, California, or head on to “other desert cities.”

 

Other Desert Cities premiered at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center Theater before transferring to Broadway in 2011, and has since been performed at regional theaters around the country. It was the winner of the Drama League Award for Distinguished Play, was named Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play by the Outer Critics Circle, received five Tony nominations including Best Play and was a 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist.

 

Costume design is by Vicki Conrad; lighting design is by Zach Moore; sound design and original music are by Marshall McDaniel; set design is by Rich Rose; and props are by Sydney Russell. The production stage manager is Elna Kjordian.

 

With its one-of-a-kind outdoor setting in the heart of Topanga Canyon and its roots in the 1950s McCarthy-era Hollywood blacklist — when actors Will Geer and his wife, Herta Ware, created the theater as a haven for blacklisted actors — Theatricum is best known for its productions that frame contemporary social issues through the lens of theater.

 

Theatricum has been an oasis for theatergoers for over 40 years, presenting Shakespeare and the classics in repertory in its scenic, outdoor amphitheater in rustic Topanga Canyon. Unlike most theaters in the Los Angeles area which stage continuous runs of a single play, the Theatricum, using a company of actors, performs five plays each season on a rotating basis. By the end of the summer, when all five plays are up and running, it is possible to see a performance of each in a single weekend. Theatricum Botanicum is a recipient of the prestigious Margaret Harford Award, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circles highest honor for sustained excellence.

 

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 WeeklyThe 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.”

 

Other Desert Cities opens on Saturday, July 8 at 7:30 p.m. and continues through Sept. 30, running in repertory with The Merchant of VeniceA Midsummer Night’s Dream, Animal Farm and Trouble in Mind as part of Theatricum’s 2017 “Rising Up” summer season. Tickets range from $15-$38.50.

 

Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum is located at 1419 North Topanga Canyon Blvd. in Topanga, midway between Malibu and the San Fernando Valley. For a complete schedule of performances and to purchase tickets, call 310455-3723 or log ontowww.theatricum.com. Visit Theatricum on facebook: www.facebook.com/theatricum. Follow us on twitter: @theatricum.

 

 

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Other Desert Cities
WHAT:
Other Desert Cities — Jon Robin Baitz’s funny, explosive and entertaining look at unruly family politics was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. At Theatricum, it’s truly a family affair, with a cast that includes members of founder Will Geer’s own family: daughters Ellen Geer and Melora Marshall, and granddaughter Willow Geer. The manicured life of a conservative actor-turned-politician and his impeccable wife is upset when relatives arrive at their Palm Springs home for the holidays — including politically liberal daughter Brooke who’s about to publish a tell-all memoir.

WHO:
• Written by Jon Robin Baitz
• Directed by Mary Jo DuPrey
• Starring Mark BramhallEllen GeerWillow GeerRafael GoldsteinMelora Marshall
• Presented by Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum

WHEN:
Performances July 8–Sept. 30::
• Saturday, July 8 at 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday, July 29 at 3:30 p.m.
• Saturday, Aug. 5 at 3:30 p.m.*
• Sunday, Aug. 13 at 7:30 p.m.
• Sunday, Aug. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday, Aug. 26 at 7:30 p.m.
• Sunday, Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday, Sept. 9 at 3:30 p.m.
• Saturday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m.
• Sunday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m.
*Prologue (pre-show discussion): Saturday, Aug. 5 at 2:30 p.m. (included in ticket price)

WHERE:
Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum
1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Topanga CA  90290
(midway between Pacific Coast Highway and the Ventura Freeway)

HOW:
• (310) 455-3723 or theatricum.com
• Visit us on facebook: facebook.com/theatricum
• Follow us on twitter: @theatricum

 
TICKET PRICES:
• Adults: $38.50 (lower tier); $25 (upper tier)
• Seniors (65+), Students, Military Veterans, Teachers, AEA Members: $25/$15

OTHER:
The outdoor amphitheater at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum is 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.

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Latino Theater Company to unveil ‘Lupe Ontiveros Theatre’ at the LATC

LOS ANGELES (June 14, 2017) — The Latino Theater Company will rename one of five theaters at downtown’s Los Angeles Theatre Centercomplex in honor of award-winning Mexican American actress and community activist Lupe Ontiveros, who was a founding member of the company.

According to artistic director Jose Luis Valenzuela,

 

“After Lupe’s untimely passing in 2012, we decided that renaming one of the theater spaces here would be a wonderful tribute to our friend who paved the way for so many.”

 

A multi-faceted performer, Ontiveros was equally at home performing on stage and screen. She appeared in the original 1978 production of “Zoot Suit” at the Mark Taper Forum, as well as in over 100 movies and TV shows ranging from “El Norte” to “Desperate Housewives” to “Selena.” Thanks to a generous contribution from SONY Pictures, the 250-capacity theater, formerly known only as “Theater 2,” has been refitted to accommodate film in addition to live theater.

 

A private, invitation-only ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 17 to officially unveil the refurbished Lupe Ontiveros Theatre. Guests will include actors Edward James Olmos and Robert Beltran, Los Angeles City Councilmember Gil Cedillo, former Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa, and former member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation AuthorityGloria Molina.

 

The Latino Theater Company has operated The Los Angeles Theatre Center, a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and a landmark building in Downtown’s Historic Core, since 2006.

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Is Kevin Can Wait becoming the new King of Queens?

Attention all King of Queens’ fans! Kevin James’ CBS sitcom Kevin Can Wait is changing in a strange direction for season 2 and King of Queens’ fans might be the only ones benefited from it.

 

Leah Remini, the former leading lady of King of Queens, is joining the cast of Kevin Can Wait as a series regular and Erinn Hayes, who plays Kevin James’ wife on the current show, will not return for season 2. In the season 1 finale, Remini guest starred on Kevin Can Wait as Vanessa Cellucci, James’ character’s former colleague, an undercover police officer, and she will reprise her role in season 2.

 

Both stars announced the big news on social media. Erinn Hayes tweeted on June 3rd,

 

 “I’ve been let go from the show. Very sad, I had a great experience season 1. Thank you for all the support from our wonderful fans.”

 

Remini posted a screenshot of a tweet about the change on Instagram with the caption,

 

“Dreams do come true. #blessed #grateful.”

 

How will this work? Season One ended with Donna, Erinn Hayes’ character, announcing that she had quit her job and panicking because she realized neither she nor her husband had a job to provide for the family, then Kevin assured her they will get through it. Would they be divorced in season 2? In That 70’s Show, Midge, Tanya Roberts’ character, left for California and divorced Bob after Roberts left the show. Would Kevin Can Wait take the same route?

Could this development be ratings related? Kevin Can Wait’s ratings dropped from 11.078 million (Premiere) to 5.683 million (Finale.) In an article, Emily Yahr from The Washington Post suspects that this is how the network and producers are trying to attract viewers for season 2. She wrote,

 

“The network and producers are banking on viewers wondering all of these things — and, naturally, tuning in to the second-season premiere in the fall. Well played.”

 

What are the producers up to? Why this new cast shakeup? Find out on Kevin Can Wait’s season 2 on Monday, September 25th at 9/8c. Buckle up, folks. This is going to be a weird ride.

 

Written by Curtis Han, RM Entertainment Contributor

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Debra Jo Rupp heads cast in world premiere of Bekah Brunstetter’s ‘The Cake’

Faith, family and frosting collide in a touching and timely new play by Bekah Brunstetter (NBC’s This Is Us). The Echo Theater Company continues its20th Anniversary Season with the world premiere of The Cake.Jennifer Chambersdirects for a July 1opening at Atwater Village Theatre.

 

Debra Jo Rupp (That ’70s Show) stars as Della, a baker who makes cakes, not judgment calls — those she leaves to her husband (Joe Hart, recently seen on Broadway in Bonnie and Clyde). But when Jen, the girl Della helped raise (Shannon Lucio ofAmerican Horror Storyand True Blood), comes back home to North Carolina to get married and the fiancé turns out to be another fiancée (A Noise Within resident artist Carolyn Ratteray), Della’s life gets turned upside down. She can’t really make a cake for such a wedding, can she? For the first time in her life, Della has to think for herself.

 

 

“This play is my attempt to humanize conservative values,”

 

says Brunstetter, who hails from Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

 

“I feel there’s a lack of empathy, especially in our liberal pocket, a sense of dismissiveness towards people we don’t agree with. There are people in my life who have these values, who I love, who I am always trying to understand.”

“Whenever I’m trying to figure out how to have a conversation, I write a play about it. Plus – I love baking shows. I love eating cakes and baking cakes.”

 

Following its world premiere at the Echo, The Cake is scheduled to open at Playmakers Repertory Company in Chapel Hill, NC in Sept. 2017; Warehouse Theatre in Greenville, SC in Dec. 2017; La Jolla Playhouse in Feb. 2018; and Houston’s Alley Theater in June, 2018.

According to Brunstetter,

 

“This play was born in the Echo Theater’s Playwright’s LAB and wouldn’t be what it is without their support. I rewrite a lot during the rehearsal process for a first production, so it’s also wonderful to premiere the play in the city where I live and work.”

 

The cast also includes the voice of Morrison Keddie as the host of the Great American Baking Show. The creative team includes set designer Pete Hickok, lighting designer Pablo Santiago, sound designer Jeff Gardner, costume designerElena Flores and photographer Darrett Sanders. Casting is by Meg FisterNatalie Figaredo is the production stage manager, and Jesse Cannady and Nadia Marina produce for TheEcho Theater Company.

 

Bekah Brunstetter’s other plays include Going to a Place Where You AlreadyAre (South Coast Repertory), The Oregon Trail (Portland Center Stage Fall 2016, O’Neill Playwrights Conference; Flying V) Cutie and Bear (Roundabout commission), A Long and Happy Life (Naked Angels commission), Be A Good Little Widow (Ars Nova, Collaboraction, The Old Globe), Oohrah! (Atlantic Theater Company, Steppenwolf Garage, Finborough Theater/London), Nothing is the End of the World(Except for the End of the World) (Waterwell), House of Home (Williamstown Theatre Festival) and MissLilly Gets Boned (Ice Factory Festival). She is an alumna of the CTG Writers Group, Primary Stages Writers Group, Ars Nova Play Group, The Playwright’s Realm and the Women’s Project Lab. She has previously written for MTV (Underemployed and I Just Want My Pants Back), ABC Family’s Switched at Birth and the Starz series American Gods.She is currently a producer on NBC’s This is Us.

 

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

 

The Cake runs July 1 through Aug. 6, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.Sundays at 4 p.m.; andMondays at 8 p.m. Three preview performances are set for Wed., June 28; Thurs., June 29; and Fri., June 30, all at 8 p.m. Tickets are $34 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and $20 on Mondays; preview performances are pay-what-you-can. A “community night” on Sunday, July 9 at 4 p.m. is sponsored by McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams andCheerwine; tickets for that performance are $10, and include a post-show “ice cream social” with the cast. Atwater Village Theatre is located at 3269 Casitas Ave in Los AngelesCA 90039. On-site parking is free. For reservations and information, call (310) 307-3753 or go to www.EchoTheaterCompany.com.

 

 

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WHAT:
World premiere 
of The Cake  Debra Jo Rupp (That ’70s Show) stars as Della, a baker who makes cakes, not judgment calls — those she leaves to her husband. But when the girl she helped raise comes back home to North Carolina to get married, and the fiancé is actually another fiancée, Della’s life gets turned upside down. She can’t really make a cake for such a wedding, can she? For the first time in her life, Della has to think for hesrself. A world premiere play from Bekah Brunstetter (NBC’s This Is Us).

WHO: 
• Written by Bekah Brunstetter
• Directed by Jennifer Chambers
• Starring Joe HartMorrison Keddie, Shannon LucioCarolyn Ratteray and Debra Jo Rupp
• Presented by The Echo Theater Company

WHEN: 
Previews: June 28, June 29, June 30
Performances: July 1 – Aug. 6

• Wednesday at 8 p.m.: June 28 ONLY (preview)
• Thursday at 8 p.m.: June 29 ONLY (preview)
• Fridays at 8 p.m.: June 30 (preview); July 7, 14, 21, 28; Aug. 4
• Saturdays at 8 p.m.: July 1 (opening night), 8, 15, 22, 29; Aug. 5
• Sundays at 4 p.m.: July 2, 9*, 16, 23, 30; Aug. 6
• Mondays at 8 p.m.: July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
*A “community night” on Sunday, July 9 at 4 p.m. is sponsored by McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams and Cheerwine; tickets are $10 and include a post-performance “Ice Cream Social” with the cast.

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

HOW:
• Call 310-307-3753 or go to  www.EchoTheaterCompany.com
• Visit us on facebook: www.facebook.com/echotheater
• Follow us on twitter: @echotheater
• Hashtag: #20

TICKET PRICES:
Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays: $34 (except Sunday, July 9)
Community Night on Sunday, July 9 at 4 p.m.: $10 (sponsored by McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams and Cheerwine; includes post-performance “ice cream social with the cast)
Mondays: $20
Previews: Pay-What-You-Can

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

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The Flash’s Barry Allen is dead

“The Flash” season 3 finale on Tuesday began with a twist a lot of people saw coming but ended with an even more shocking twist.  Filming of the ending scene was leaked on YouTube in April and the finale confirmed people’s suspicions – Barry Allen is done being the Flash.

 

 

Season finales of “The Flash” have always been epic and major shakeup of the cast. Season one ended with both Eddie and Harrison Wells dead, and the singularity swallowing up the whole city and season two ended with the start of Flashpoint.  However, the CW show has a habit of changing things as fast as the Flash himself. Ronnie and Caitlin got married and then Ronnie died, Barry’s dad was released from prison and stayed for a day then left, Flashpoint lasted for less than one episode, Iris was presumed dead for a week until the finale came out. Barry Allen is done being the Flash, but how long will that last?

 

 

For those who didn’t know, Barry Allen died in the 1985 crossover comic book series, “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” letting Wally West be Flash for 20 years until he came out of the speed force and became alive again in 2008’s crossover storyline, “Final Crisis.” Barry Allen will return, but the question is when? “The Flash” writers should take advantage of this plot change and allow Keiynan Lonsdale’s Wally West to become the official Flash at least for a few episodes before bringing Barry back from the dead. Maybe Team Flash could now get assistance from the “New Caitlin?” It would be more interesting to see how Team Flash adjust to Barry Allen gone and Wally West being the Flash instead of having the premiere of season 4 being Barry Allen back from the dead a year later and he has to win back Iris’ love all over again.

 

Since Grant Gustin has only recently engaged to LA Thomas, he could take advantage of the break and focus on making his wedding amazing. But, knowing how the show has dealt with big changes in the past, he probably will be back to work before he sends out the wedding invitations.

 

Would you prefer to see how Team Flash adjusts to the new change or having Barry Allen back in a flash?

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Peter Hall’s stage adaptation of George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’: How do lies become truths?

How do lies become truths? An acclaimed stage adaptation of Animal Farm, the classic novel by George Orwell, opens at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum on June 17, part of the company’s “Rising Up” Summer 2017 Repertory Season.

 
Theatricum artistic director Ellen Geer directs the adaptation by Sir Peter Hall, originally produced by Britain’s National Theatre, which features music by Richard Peaslee and lyrics by Adrian MitchellMarshall McDanielmusical directs, and pianist Daniel Sugimotoheads up a band of cows, sheep, dogs, hens and farmers on instruments ranging from sax, clarinet, oboe, violin, melodica, guitar and banjole to drums and percussion.

 
Orwell’s brilliant political satire about the corrupting influence of power charts the fall of idealism and the rise of tyranny after the animals of Manor Farm rise up against their oppressive human owner in a struggle for rights and equality. Led by Snowball, an idealistic pig (Christopher Yarrow), they take over the farm from Mr. Jones (Steve Fisher). Their plan goes well at first; all the animals are equal and content. But eventually, several of the other pigs, led by Napoleon (Mark Lewis) and Squealer (Melora Marshall), yield to the lure of power and decide that some animals are more equal than others.

 

“Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism,”

wrote Orwell in an article called ‘Why I Write’.

 

“Animal Farm was the first book in which I tried, with full consciousness of what I was doing, to fuse political purpose and artistic purpose into one whole.”

According to Geer,

 

“In a revolution, things happen so quickly that sometimes, before people know it, the pendulum has swung right back again. The new leaders seize and hold onto power using military strength, then lull the populace with propaganda. That’s why apathy is so frightening. We delude ourselves into thinking that everything will be better, but we don’t do the necessary work to make sure those in power don’t abuse it.”

 

The Theatricum cast also includes Clayton Cook as Moses, Thad Geer as Old Major, Katherine Griffith as Clover,Holly Hawk as Minimus, Rodrick Jean-Charles as Benjamin, Max Lawrence as Boxer, Lea Madda as Mollie andJackie Nicole as Muriel.

 

Costume design is by Beth Glasner; lighting design is by Zach Moore; and props/set design is by Ernest McDaniel. The production stage manager is Kim Cameron.

 

With its one-of-a-kind outdoor setting in the heart of Topanga Canyon and its roots in the 1950s McCarthy-era Hollywood blacklist — when actor Will Geer created the theater as a haven for blacklisted actors — Theatricum is best known for its productions that frame contemporary social issues through the lens of classic literature.

 

Theatricum has been an oasis for theatergoers for over 40 years, presenting Shakespeare and the classics in repertory in its scenic, outdoor amphitheater in rustic Topanga Canyon. Unlike most theaters in the Los Angeles area which stage continuous runs of a single play, the Theatricum, using a company of actors, performs five plays each season on a rotating basis. By the end of the summer, when all five plays are up and running, it is possible to see a performance of each in a single weekend. Theatricum Botanicum is a recipient of the prestigious Margaret Harford Award, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circles highest honor for sustained excellence.

 

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 theLA WeeklyThe 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.”

 

Animal Farm opens on Saturday, June 17 at 7:30 p.m. and continues through Oct. 1, running in repertory with The Merchant of VeniceA Midsummer Night’s Dream, Other Desert Cities and Trouble in Mind. Tickets range from$10-$38.50Animal Farm is recommended for ages 10 and up.

 

Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum is located at 1419 North Topanga Canyon Blvd. in Topanga, midway between Malibu and the San Fernando Valley. For a complete schedule of performances and to purchase tickets, call 310455-3723 or log onto www.theatricum.com. Visit Theatricum on facebook: www.facebook.com/theatricum. Follow us on twitter:@theatricum.

 

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Animal Farm
WHAT:
Animal Farm
  How do lies become truths? This brilliant satire about the corrupting influence of power charts the fall of idealism and the rise of tyranny after the animals of Manor Farm rise up against their human owner in a struggle for rights and equality. Originally produced by Britain’s National Theatre, Peter Hall’s stage adaptation of Orwell’s classic novel features music by Richard Peaslee and lyrics by Adrian Mitchell.

WHO:
• Adapted for the stage by Peter Hall from the novel by George Orwell
• Music by Richard Peaslee
• Lyrics by Adrian Mitchell
• Directed by Ellen Geer
• Musical Direction by Marshall McDaniel
• Starring (in alphabetical order): Clayton Cook as Moses, Steve Fisher as Mr. Jones, Thad Geer as Old Major,Katherine Griffith as Clover, Holly Hawk as Minimus, Rodrick Jean-Charles as Benjamin, Max Lawrence as Boxer,Mark Lewis as Napoleon, Lea Madda as Mollie, Melora Marshall as Squealer, Jackie Nicole as Muriel andChristopher Yarrow as Snowball
• Presented by Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum

WHEN:
Performances: June 17–Oct. 1:
• Saturday, June 17 at 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m.
• Sunday, July 2 at 7:30 p.m.*
• Saturday, July 8 at 3:30 p.m.
• Sunday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m.
• Sunday, July 30 at 3:30 p.m.
• Friday, Aug. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
• Sunday, Aug. 6 at 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday, Aug. 12 at 3:30 p.m.
• Saturday, Aug. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday, Aug. 26 at 3:30 p.m.
• Saturday, Sept. 2 at 7:30 p.m.
• Sunday, Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
• Sunday, Sept. 17 at 3:30 p.m.
• Saturday, Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m.
• Sunday, Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
*Prologue (pre-show discussion):Sunday, July 2 at 6:30 pm.(included in ticket price)

WHERE:
Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum
1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Topanga CA  90290
(midway between Pacific Coast Highway and the Ventura Freeway)

HOW:
• (310) 455-3723 or www.theatricum.com
• Visit us on facebook: www.facebook.com/theatricum
• Follow us on twitter: @theatricum

TICKET PRICES:
• Adults: $38.50 (lower tier); $25 (upper tier)
• Seniors (65+), Students, Military Veterans, Teachers, AEA Members: $25/$15
• Children (10-15): $10 (Recommended for ages 10+)

OTHER:
The outdoor amphitheater at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum is 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.

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Does Once Upon a Time deserve season 7?

Once upon a time, a city full of fantasy characters, including Snow White and Prince Charming, were dragged into our world by the Evil Queen’s curse and their only hope to ever get back to their world depended on a little boy’s reunion with his mother, the Savior.  This was how Once Upon a Time started. With its storylines primarily focusing on Snow, Charming, Emma, Regina and Gold, the show took us on a magical journey across the Enchanted Forest, Neverland, Oz, and many others, bringing to life many iconic characters including Belle, Hook, Peter Pan, and even characters from the movie Frozen. After finishing the story of the last six seasons in a satisfying season finale, the creators decided to change the show drastically for season 7.

 

Like all fairy tales, the villans and their agendas drive the story forward and engage the audience as the secrets the villans hold are revealed and the heroes defeat them. Oncers should remember when the heroes traveled to Neverland in season 3 and met a really evil Peter Pan, who was creating a lot of chaos and even traded bodies with Henry. British actor Robbie Kay brought the character to life perfectly and a lot of fan girls swooned for him. Kay used #AskRobbie to chat with fans on Twitter when the episodes aired and it was trending almost every time. Pan was a villan who was so evil and yet lovable at the same time. None of the other villans after Pan were as interesting, even though Emma as the Dark One came close.

One of the most epic things Once Upon a Time has achieved has been transforming the Evil Queen to a hero. Who would ever think that could happen? After six seasons of twist and turns, however, the creators and writers seem to have run out of ideas. There could only be so many crucial characters the heroes are related to and only so many times the town could be cursed or threatened to be cursed. Especially when the writers introduced “The Land of Untold Stories,” it was as if the writers had given up. Why would there be a land called the “Untold Stories?” It would be as if the guys from Supernatural went after a demon called, “Demon Sam and Dean Hasn’t Killed,” or The Flash chasing after a speedster called, “Someone Faster Than Barry.”

 

The season 6 finale finished the story the pilot was trying to tell. The war was won and the heroes were safe. It was a good ending and even the last scene with the girl finding the older Henry in Seattle and telling him she was his daughter worked as a finale because it showed that Henry’s life ended up mirroring his mom’s, similar to what Gilmore Girl: A Year in the Life did in their finale. Could the finale be the beginning of an even more epic seventh season? Maybe. However, with Emma, Snow White, Prince Charming and Belle not being on the show anymore, it’s hard to imagine the show making the story worth watching, especially since Jared Gilmore, the boy Once Upon a Time fans watched growing up for the last six years, has been replaced by an older version.

 

Maybe the show should learn from epic shows such as Breaking Bad and Dexter, and end the show when it’s at its strongest, instead of changing the show drastically into something worse. Lab Rats: Elite Force destroyed the legacy both Lab Rats and Mighty Med created by turning both shows about superheroes fighting villans into a superhero soap opera about superheroes doing mundane activities. Fringe drastically changed after a few seasons from a Sci-Fi crime investigation show into a weird parallel universe travel show and completely ruined the fun and lost its fans. Once Upon a Time might ruin their legacy by changing the story into something worse than they had ever done before.

Written by Curtis Han, RM Entertainment  Contributor

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Aloysius Productions presents the U.S. Debut of Ellyn Daniels’ ‘Emotional Terrorism’

2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival Participant at The Actors Company (Let Live Theater)

 

Stand-up comic, writer, actor and model Ellyn Daniels makes her debut at the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival this June with her new show ‘Emotional Terrorism. This one woman stand-up show takes the audience on an intoxicating journey from Orlando to Togo, ballet to bulimia, the runways of Paris to blacking out in Hollywood mansions and sitting on the precipice of suicide, to finding salvation through stand-up comedy. Daniels puts a hilarious spin on her unapologetic, soul-bearing tale of one girl’s journey from humiliation to liberation. 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival participant, ‘Emotional Terrorism’, presented by Aloysius Productionsand directed by Desmond Devenish (actor/director/producer/writer and founder of Gunnison Galaxy, a creative collective), with six performances at The Actors Company (Let Live Theater) in West Hollywood from June 4 – 24.

 

Having trained as a ballet dancer and danced professionally in her late teens and early twenties, Ellyn was scouted by a modeling agent in Paris at the age of 17 and has subsequently worked as a model in Paris, Milan, New York, Tokyo, Hamburg, Los Angeles, Barcelona and Madrid. When modeling took her to Los Angeles, Ellyn began getting acting jobs and performing stand-up comedy and has been working on the international circuit in Los Angeles, New York, Spain and the UK since, drawing on many of the experiences she’s had throughout her extensive travels in her writing, acting and stand-up comedy.

 

“Emotional Terrorism started off as an attempt to understand the origins of the many debilitating voices in my head,” explains Daniels. “Make sure you take a good hard look at the people who tell you that you’re not good enough, that you’re missing something, or that you don’t have what it takes to make it. Usually you’ll find they have given up on their own dreams or worse, never had the courage to try.”

 

Emotional Terrorism will also make its UK debut at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August.

 

As an actress Ellyn has appeared on Oxygen’s ‘Funny Girls’, ABC’s ‘The Forgotten’ and in the hit web-series, ‘Kiss Her I’m Famous’. Most recently she co-created, produced, directed and starred in the original comedy series, ’30, Debt-Free & Far From Happy’ which premiered at the 2016 New York Television Festival. Ellyn was awarded Best Actress in a Comedy from the Velvet Rope Film Festival for her work on this series.

 

The Hollywood Fringe Festival is an annual, open-access, community-derived event celebrating freedom of expression and collaboration in the performing arts community. Each June during the Hollywood Fringe, the arts infiltrate the Hollywood neighborhood: fully equipped theaters, parks, clubs, churches, restaurants and other unexpected places host hundreds of productions by local, national, and international arts companies and independent performers.

 

Participation in the Hollywood Fringe is completely open and uncensored. This free-for-all approach underlines the festival’s mission to be a platform for artists without the barrier of a curative body. By opening the gates to anyone with a vision, the festival is able to exhibit the most diverse and cutting-edge points-of-view the world has to offer. Additionally, by creating an environment where artists must self-produce their work, the Fringe motivates its participants to cultivate a spirit of entrepreneurialism in the arts. The Hollywood Fringe Festival is a non-profit company. The festival gives 100% of box office revenue back to participating artists and venues.

 

Music and Sound design by Desmond Devenish, and produced by Ellyn Daniels and Desmond Devenish.

 

Emotional Terrorism opens for press on June 9 and continues through June 24. Performances takes place on Friday, June 9 at11:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 10 at 5:30 p.m.; Thursday, June 15 at 7 p.m.; Sunday, June 18 at 2:30 p.m.; and Saturday, June 24 at 8:30 p.m. There will be a preview performance on SundayJune 4 at 7 p.m. All tickets are $12$6 for Actor’s Equity/seniors/veterans/students/teachers. The Actors Company (Let Live Theater) is located at 916 North Formosa Ave.,West Hollywood, 90046. For tickets and information, please visit http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/

 

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Emotional Terrorism

WHAT:
Stand-up comic, writer, actor and model Ellyn Daniels makes her debut at the 2017 Hollywood Festival this June with her new show ‘Emotional Terrorism. This one woman stand-up show takes the audience on an intoxicating journey from Orlando to Togo, ballet to bulimia, the runways of Paris to blacking out in Hollywood mansions and sitting on the precipice of suicide, to finding salvation through stand-up comedy. Daniels puts a hilarious spin on her unapologetic, soul-bearing tale of one girl’s journey from humiliation to liberation.
WHO: 

Written and Performed by Ellyn Daniels
Directed by Desmond Devenish
Music and Sound Designed by Desmond Devenish
Produced by Ellyn Daniels and Desmond Devenish


WHEN:
Preview: June 4
Performances: June 9 – 24

• Sunday, June 4 at 7 p.m. (preview)
• Friday, June 9 at 11:30 p.m. (opening)
• Saturday, June 10 at 5:30 p.m.
• Thursday, June 15 at 7 p.m.
• Sunday, June 18 at 2:30 p.m.
• Saturday, June 24 at 8:30 p.m.

WHERE:
The Actors Company (Let Live Theater)
916 North Formosa Avenue
West Hollywood, CA  90046


TICKET PRICE:

$12.00 for all performances
$6 for Actor’s Equity/seniors/veterans/students/teachers


MORE INFORMATION/HOW:
– http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/

– Additional artist info: http://www.ellyndaniels.com

– Like us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ellynedaniels

– Follow us on twitter: https://twitter.com/ellyn_daniels

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Open Fist presents double bill of solo plays in May

WHAT:
Open Fist Theatre Company presents an evening of two solo plays from the 1980s:Cemetery Man by Ken Jenkins and Don’t You Ever Call Me Anything But Mother byJohn O’Keefe.

In Cemetery Man actor Bruce Dickinson(reprising his performance from Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheater in Chillicothe Ohio) portrays an aging gravedigger on the verge of being replaced by a backhoe. But he refuses to leave his post without a fight, believing the digging of a proper grave must be done with care and concern in order for the departed to enter eternity in peace.

In Don’t You Ever Call Me Anything But Mother, three-time LA Weekly Award-winning actress Tina Preston revisits her fierce and savagely etched performance, one that stunned Los Angeles and San Francisco audiences in the mid-’80s, as a drunken mother ranting to and about her “possibly” absent son.

WHO:
Cemetery Man:
• Written by Ken Jenkins
• Directed by Amanda Weier
• Starring Bruce Dickinson

Don’t You Ever Call Me Anything But Mother
• Written by John O’Keefe
• Directed by Jan Munroe and John O’Keefe
• Starring Tina Preston

WHEN:
May 16 – May 31:
• Tuesdays at 8 p.m.: May 16, May 23, May 30
• Wednesdays at 8 p.m.: May 17, May 24, May 31

WHERE:
Atwater Village Theatre
3269 Casitas Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(FREE parking in the Atwater Xing lot one block south of the theater)

HOW: 
(323) 882-6912 or www.openfist.org

TICKETS: 
• General Admission: $15
• Students/Seniors/Veterans: $10

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