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Set in 1930s Chicago, where opportunities for African-American men like Bigger Thomas are elusive, writer Nambi E. Kelley’s adaptation focuses on the inner workings of the protagonist’s mind as events violently and irrevocably seal his fate.
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April 12 – June 3, 2018


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A new production strips away decades of Southern gothic gauze to reveal striking themes of class, race, and gender—reinvigorating the classic which shocked audiences in its debut 70 years ago. By placing the iconic 1940s-era Blanche within an entirely contemporary and multicultural environment, this 21st century production highlights the timeless relevance of this play for our divided America. Taken from the website

February 15 – March 25, 2018

GOOD SHOW
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8.2 Overall
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No Exit presents a glimpse into the world of three strangers locked together in a room they hate for eternity. There is no escape: from the room, each other, and worst of all themselves. Taken from website 

Real Art Daily Productions is a film and theatre production company dedicated to representing the stories of those often neglected by mainstream media.  With a dual focus on both the intersectional representation on queerness, ableism, agism and feminine representation and the role of local community engagement within the arts, Real Art Daily Productions is dedicated to producing both theatre and film that challenges what the viewer deems ‘normal’. Real Art Daily Productions is a diverse company, with employees representing a wide range of sexualities, gender identities, cultures and nationalities. The company’s opening production of Jean-Paul Sartre’s famous existential play, No Exit, will be accompanied by a series of talks around social justice and philosophical topics related to the play’s themes, including queerness and feminism in the 1940s, and reflections of existentialism in today’s social climate. These curated conversations will be led by  local and community subject experts in hopes to engage the local Los Angeles community and illustrate the importance of art in representation and expression.

March 16- April 8 2018 

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Prisoners Lucious and Angel face a cold justice system as they discuss religion and humanity during their one hour in the sun. What does it mean to be free? What is justice? How does anyone maintain their humanity when society constantly pushes perceived values on to our private lives? Taken from the website.

February 16 – March 10 2018

 

 

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In writer David Farr (“The Night Manager”) and acclaimed directors Gisli Örn Gardarsson and Selma Björnsdóttir’s reimagining, Robin and his unmerry gang of cutthroats steal from the rich, but it’s never occurred to them to give anything back to anyone. But when wicked Prince John threatens all, bold Marion steps in to protect the poor and transform a thuggish Robin from hood to good. Taken from the website.

NOV 29 – DEC 17 2017

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9 Overall
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(Photos by Jessica Sherman Photography)

After the collapse of civilization, a group of survivors keep the spark of human spirit alive by telling stories around a campfire. As the years wear on, these stories expand into the realm of legend and myth. At turns sidesplitting and bone-chilling, Mr. Burns also features an unusual approach for the Fools: each act will be staged in a different theater space in the Broadwater complex, transporting the audience as we search for the light. Taken from the website

October 13th – December 9th 

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Inspired by a real event, this original musical tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ’40s. Taken from the website

OCT 11 – NOV 19, 2017 

Great Show
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8.5 Overall
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A man has mixed feelings about returning to his hometown in the Inland Empire for his 30 year high school reunion, but after encounters with mysterious persons among the familiar locations of his childhood, he finds he is drawn to stay. Against the back drop of the Day of the Dead Festival, he sets forth on a journey through his past, dreams, and memories, uncovering dark secrets about the town, and his deceased mother. Taken from the website 

October 19 – November 18, 2017

Okay, but needs work 

Hi LA Theatre Bites listeners,

As you probably  know my name is Patrick Chavis and I am the creator, designer, podcast writer and head editor at LA Theatre Bites and The Orange Curtain Review. Since 2014 I have written theatre reviews for the Orange County, California area highlighting theatres big and small. Starting in 2016, I expanded my reach and began reviewing shows in the Los Angeles area but instead of writing, I began scripting out short podcasts. I found with the podcast review, I could connect with and express my thoughts much more easily than in my written reviews. I love theatre and having the privilege to go to all of these wonderful shows and share my experience with my readers and listeners. Still, it gets very expensive– I live in Orange County and commute as far as Santa Monica and even Pasadena to make shows. I’ll often miss shows when it’s too far and I just don’t have the funds to make it out. So I’m coming to you my listeners to help me finance this podcast and website. So I can start making more consistent content hopefully weekly instead of the moments I can squeeze in a show. I want to make a podcast that can really connect the theatre community in Southern California and also bring in people that wouldn’t even think about stepping into a theatre. I was one of those people, that didn’t really know much about theatre and I was blessed to have a wife that opened my eyes to a whole new wonderful world. I would like to continue to share it even more.

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Kaidan Project: Walls Grow Thin is a multi-sensory, immersive, site-specific experience refracting ancient Japanese ghost stories through a modern, multi-cultural lens, revealing the noise of our histories and the silences that haunt us. A small group of twelve enters a room alone, the walls begins to thin, and a dark spirit stirs within you – will you ever escape it? Taken from the website. 

October 14 – November 5 2017

Masterpiece
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Production Team: 

Written by Lisa Dring and Chelsea Sutton with Rogue Artists Ensemble, Directed by Sean T. Cawelti, Music Composed by Adrien Prévost, Scenic Design by Keith Mitchell and Dillon Nelson, Lighting Design by Karyn Lawrence, Costume Design by Lori Meeker, Video Design by Matthew G. Hill, Sound Design by Steve Swift and Gilly Moon, Properties Design and Associate Scenic Design by Glenn Michael Baker, Puppet and Mask designs by Sean T. Cawelti, Jack Pullman, and Brian White, Hair & Makeup Design by Monique Paredes 

Assistant Director Darcie CragerAssociate Lighting Designer Liam Sterbinsky, Assistant Costume Designer Jazz Hager, Assistant Video Design Sara Haddadin, Associate Puppet and Mask Designers Morgan Rebane, Christine Papalexis Greg Ballora, Music Consultant Shih-Wei “Willie” Wu, Movement CoachesJessica Hanna and Joyce Lu, Cultural Advisor Shigeru Yaji, Paranormal and Culture Consultant Jasmine Orpilla, Dramaturge and Immersive Consultant Spencer Williams, Dramaturge Dylan Southard.