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For the Love of Felicia

For the Love of Felicia (Part 11)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Written by Dani Powell, RM Entertainment Original Story Contributor

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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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For the Love of Felicia

For the Love of Felicia (Part 10)

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

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

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

“Hola, gorgeous,” Sergio responded.

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

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

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

“I can’t wait to see both of you!”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Written by Dani Powell, RM Entertainment Original Story Contributor

 

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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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WHAT'S THE BUZZ?

WHAT’S THE BUZZ? DJ KHALED, DIDDY and DRAKE!

On last Wednesday, December 20, 2017 DJ Khaled got into a jet ski accident on his way to Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ house when he smashed into a floating tree. Therefore, he posted videos via his Instagram informing his followers of his dire situation. The producer told his followers,

 

“This ain’t no joke. I am stuck! This ain’t no joke, team. Never a joke, that’s the problem. Honey, I just texted you … anybody know my people, tell them to check their texts, tell them I took the secret route.”

 

DJ Khaled is known for his optimistic attitude and even in his time of stress he turned his accident into a source of motivation stating,

 

“To be honest with you the only reason why I’m documenting this… is because in life there are roadblocks and you have to overcome every roadblock. The key is don’t panic. Don’t panic. Don’t panic.”

 

The producer eventually found his way to Combs home where he was greeted by his friends, Drake and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’.

 

WATCH WHAT’S THE BUZZ? NOW!

 

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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.

 

 

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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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