Set in 1994, FAMOUS takes audiences into a world ruled by sex, money, and power taken at any cost. Just nominated for his first Oscar, Jason Mast is throwing a celebratory party at his Hollywood Hills home that serves as the backdrop for an intricate plan to confront his past with the night unfolding at an adrenaline-rushed pace. Driven by a devastating need to expose the truth, Jason’s attempt to control the outcome of the evening ignites a chain of events that push the boundaries of real friendship and reveals the true cost of fame. Taken from the website. 

(photo credit: Keri Kilgo) (graphic credit Tim Gabor) 

Over 10 days in April 2018, nearly 300 actors performed in 26 productions of monologues, based on stories from people who have been homeless. The productions were seen by nearly 2,000 people in venues all around Los Angeles, raising approximately $55,000 for The Midnight Mission.

This year, from April 26 to May 5, Homeward LA will be staging new stories from those who strive to find their way home in 50 productions across the city. Join us as we inspire the community to come together and end homelessness.

Tickets are $20 and all proceeds go to The Midnight Mission, a nonprofit on Skid Row that provides shelter, food, education and more to LA’s homeless population. If you cannot attend, please consider donating to the cause via the donate button below. Taken from the website. 

For more info go to: 

HOMEWARD LA 

(Art by Pedro Garcia)

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
by Stephen Adly Guirgis
A hilarious, poignant, thought-provoking work, boasting a zany cast of characters that asks one of the most plaguing questions in the Christian ideology: What happened to Judas Iscariot and should we care? Taken from the website. 

***For mature audience, due to strong language and subject matter***
Remaining performances:
Friday, April 5 at 7:30PM, Phillips Hall Theatre
Saturday, April 6 at 7:30PM, Phillips Hall Theatre
Sunday, April 7 at 6:30PM, Phillips Hall Theatre

Creators:

Nathan Makaryk

Geneviève Flati

Written and directed by comedy partners Nathan Makaryk and Geneviève Flati (both cc’ed here!)—who double as the raucous Thenardiers—this irreverent parody lampoons every aspect of the famous musical, movie, and novel. Both Les Misérables enthusiasts and haters alike will love the show, which features new versions of classic songs, tons of improvisation and audience interaction. (Taken from the press release)

April 5- May 11,2016 


Noise Now is an opportunity to expand our family by engaging with our neighboring communities and peer organizations. Noise Now is more than an audience development initiative – it is a commitment to being a great neighbor, to building relationships with audiences and artists, and to demonstrating our eagerness to listen well and respond courageously.

Noise Now is an enhanced commitment to being of service to all audiences. We aim to illuminate and activate underrepresented populations, communities of color, young people, and all others not equitably represented at the theatre. In addition, we are activating non-traditional or underutilized spaces throughout the A Noise Within campus. We are excited to challenge ourselves, identify how disruptive we can push to be, and commit to making decisions “with” – as opposed to “for” – our audiences.

By expanding our artistry to include dance, music, art installations, non-traditional theatre and beyond, we are opening our home to audiences new to theatre and new to us, in addition to facilitating work that illuminates overlap between our mission and the missions of our collaborators. Taken from the website. 

(PRODUCTION PHOTOS BY CRAIG SCHWARTZ)

Interview with actors Michael Manuel (Iago) and Tania Verafield (Emilia) about their new production at A Noise Within Shakespeare’s Othello. Feb 10 – April 28, 2019

The Bard’s most intimate of family tragedies about the terrible force of love and the breakdown of a man who has everything—power, position, and passion—only to find his world decimated through intense mind games with his ensign. Prescient in its searing social commentary of prejudice, betrayal, and thwarted ambition, Shakespeare’s thunderous drama examines who we trust and the price we pay for choosing wrong. Taken from the website. 

(warning podcast has some bad language) 

It’s 1940, and celebrated psychologist William Moulton Marston has decided that he wants to create a comic book heroine who stands for valor and love in a world dominated by men and war. Over the course of a single evening, Marston, his wife Elizabeth, and their lover Olive must convince DC Comics executive Max Gaines of the value of such a heroine while downplaying their own unorthodox lifestyle. Taken from the website

March 9th – March 30th, 2019

Dec 1 – Dec 9, 2018

Lisa Dring – Lisa graduated from School of Dramatic Arts at the University of Southern California and has apprenticed with Actors Theatre of Louisville. She studied Creative Writing at CalArts and has trained in clown with Chris Bayes, Paola Coletto and Aitor Basauri.

Show coming up :  directing Cleo, Theo & Wu by Kirsten Vangsness at Theatre of NOTE

Chelsea Sutton – Chelsea holds a BA in Creative Studies with an emphasis in Literature from the College of Creative Studies at UC Santa Barbara and is currently pursuing her MFA in Fiction at UC Riverside. She is a 2016 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow.

She is currently working on a short story collection, Curious Monsters, her first novel, and her first screenplay.

Lisa Dring

Chelsea Sutton

Rogue Artists Ensemble’s Kaidan Project: Walls Grow Thin from Rogue Artists Ensemble on Vimeo.

For more check out my review from last year :

Dan Sugimoto

A bored billionaire and his wife hold a charade of a dinner party. When their guests arrive, they take their coats and strip away societal constructs, what remains is…all too human. Taken from the website. 

June 22,2018