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12 Jun

Events > Penelope

Image courtesy of Rogue Machine Theatre.

Let the games begin! With a nod to reality TV and homage paid to the Greeks, this snarling black comedy journeys through atonement and redemption…as only Enda Walsh could write it.

Enda Walsh (Playwright) was recently honored for his musical adaptation of the film “Once” on Broadway (8 Tony, 3 Lucille Lortel, 4 Drama Desk, 3 Outer Critics Circle, and 6 Laurence Olivier Awards, as well as a Drama League Award, NY Drama Critics Circle Award, and the Grammy Award in 2013 for Best Musical Theater Album. He shot to fame when he won both the George Devine Award and the Stewart Parker Award in 1997 with his play Disco Pigs. In 2007 and 2008 he won Fringe First Awards at two consecutive Edinburgh Festivals for his plays The Walworth Farce and The New Electric Ballroom. The former led the Guardian to name him “one of the most dazzling wordsmiths of contemporary theatre.”

His other plays include this year’s premiere of Ballyturk (at the Galway Arts Festival), Bedbound, The Ginger Ale Boy, Sucking Dublin, Misterman, The Small Things, Pondlife Angels, Chatroom, and Delirium. Walsh’s 2008 biopic, Hunger, told the story of the final days of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands. It won a host of awards, including the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the Heartbeat Award at the Dinard International Film Festival. It was nominated for 7 BIFAs (including Best Screenplay), 6 British Film and Television Awards (including Best Screenplay and Best Independent Film) and BAFTA’s Outstanding British Film Award 2009. Enda has since adapted his stage play, Chatroom, for the big screen.

TICKETS AND PRICING

GENERAL ADMISSION: $30.00

Thematic content includes: Redemption, Love, Violence, Self Destruction, Dance/ Movement

DATES AND TIMES

This show runs: 06/14/2014 to 08/10/2014
Fridays: 8:00 pm
Saturdays: 8:00 pm
Sundays: 3:00 pm

Rogue Machine Theatre: (855) 585-5185 MAP

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Rogue Machine Theatre
5041 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
90019
(855) 585-5185

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(855) 585-5185

Websites

Rogue Machine Theatre
Penelope
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ADDITIONAL INFO

Rogue Machine Theatre
5041 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
90019
(855) 585-5185

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(855) 585-5185
Rogue Machine Theatre: (855) 585-5185 MAP




11 Jun

Events > The Hound of the Baskervilles

Image courtesy of L.A. Theatre Works.

Seamus Dever (Castle), Sarah Drew (Grey’s Anatomy), James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Goeffrey Arend (Super Troopers, 500 Days of Summer) star in the California premiere of this fresh take on Sherlock Holmes’ most baffling case that adds a flair of contemporary wit to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic whodunit. The sole surviving Baskerville returns from Canada to fight the ancient curse of a supernatural hound, adjust to the strange class system and fall in love with his beautiful neighbor.

All performances will be recorded live in front of an audience (without sets or costumes) to air on L.A. Theatre Works’ syndicated radio theater series, which broadcasts weekly on public radio stations nationwide (locally, in Southern California, on KPFK 90.7 FM) and can be streamed on demand at www.latw.org. June 12-15; James Bridges Theater at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television, 235 Charles E. Young Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095; $15-$60; 310.827.0889; Join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LATheatreWorks; follow us on Twitter @latheatreworks

TICKETS AND PRICING

GENERAL ADMISSION: $60.00

$15-$60
Thematic content includes: Highbrow, Humor

DATES AND TIMES

This show runs: 06/12/2014 to 06/15/2014
Thursdays: 8:00 pm
Fridays: 8:00 pm
Saturdays: 3:00 pm & 8:00 pm
Sundays: 4:00 pm

James Bridges Theater: 310-827-0889 MAP

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James Bridges Theater
235 Charles E. Young Drive
Los Angeles, California
90095
310-827-0889

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310-827-0889

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James Bridges Theater
235 Charles E. Young Drive
Los Angeles, California
90095
310-827-0889

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310-827-0889
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8 Jun

Events > Library Girl

Image courtesy of Library Girl.

Our Favorite Writers Onstage “Listen To What You Read.\” A mixed-genre literary series featuring poets, playwrights, novelists, essayists, monologists, and singer-songwriters. It has something for everyone.

TICKETS AND PRICING

GENERAL ADMISSION: $10.00

(Students, Guild Members, Seniors $20)
Thematic content includes:

DATES AND TIMES

This show runs: 06/08/2014 to TBD
Thursdays: 8:00 pm
Fridays: 8:00 pm
Saturdays: 3:00 pm & 8:00 pm
Sundays: every 2nd Sunday of the month at 7:00 PM

Ruskin Group Theatre: 310-397-3244 MAP

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Ruskin Group Theatre
3000 Airport Avenue
Santa Monica, CA
90405
310-397-3244

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310-397-3244

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Ruskin Group Theatre
3000 Airport Avenue
Santa Monica, CA
90405
310-397-3244

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310-397-3244
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6 Jun

Events > AMMO

Image courtesy of Fierce Backbone.

With 300 million people and 300 million guns orbiting each other like good, bad and ugly ingredients in a spaghetti-Western Mexican standoff, the barrel of a gun is almost certain to nuzzle its nose into the everyday lives of ordinary Americans. “AMMO” tells the tale of four uniquely American gun-centric stories — 10 lives caught in the crossfire of a culture awash in weapons. Each vignette is layered in content, circumstance and time, mirroring the randomness of gun violence itself – their only link that of GUN as protagonist.

TICKETS AND PRICING

GENERAL ADMISSION: $12

Thematic content includes: Redemption, Violence, Humor

DATES AND TIMES

This show runs: 06/05/2014 to 06/28/2014
Thursdays: 8pm
Fridays: 6:00pm
Saturdays: 6:00pm, 8:00pm, 10:00pm
Sundays: every 2nd Sunday of the month at 7:00 PM

MULTIPLE SHOW DATES: Thursday, June 5 @ 8 p.m., Thursday, June 26 @ 8 p.m., Saturday, June 14 @ 8 p.m., Saturday, June 21 @ 10 p.m., Saturday, June 28 @ 6 p.m.

The Lounge Theater: MAP

ADDITIONAL INFO

The Lounge Theater
6201 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
90038

Websites

AMMO
Fierce Backbone
tickets

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AMMO
Fierce Backbone

ADDITIONAL INFO

The Lounge Theater
6201 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
90038

The Lounge Theater: MAP




5 Jun

Extended > Cabaret Versatile

Image courtesy of JSchoenPhotography.

On June 20th, experience an authentic Parisian night in the heart of LA!

From the spectacular Cancan to the refined sexiness of French Burlesque, let the dancers, singers and acrobat take you for a spin in their unique world of French folie!

Make sure to enjoy our early bird price by booking your ticket before June 14th!
($25 presale / $30 general admission)

One more time, our generous sponsors Calmada Boutique Hotel & Duverger Macarons will offer 2 lucky members of our audience the chance to win some \”très chic\” prizes…

PRE-SHOW : 8.30PM – SHOW : 9.00PM

Space is limited, make sure to grab your seats while they last!

TICKETS AND PRICING

GENERAL ADMISSION: $30

$25 Presale (until 06/14/14 midnight)
Thematic content includes: Love, Nudity, Singing, Live Music, Dance/ Movement, Humor

DATES AND TIMES

This show runs: 06/20/2014 to 06/20/2014
Thursdays: 8pm
Fridays: 8:45pm
Saturdays: 6:00pm, 8:00pm, 10:00pm
Sundays: every 2nd Sunday of the month at 7:00 PM

First & Hope: (213) 617-8555 MAP

ADDITIONAL INFO

First & Hope
710 W 1st St
LOS ANGELES, CA
90012
(213) 617-8555

ADDITIONAL INFO

First & Hope
710 W 1st St
LOS ANGELES, CA
90012
(213) 617-8555

First & Hope: (213) 617-8555 MAP




3 Jun

Events > THE BOOK OF FACES, (or) Try A Real Conversation Sometime

Image courtesy of The Book of Faces.

Tweet or like or pin or post? In a dynamic amalgam of physical theatre, vocal percussion, text and poetry, combining explosive realism with hilarious fantasy, THE BOOK OF FACES dives full force into the ocean of modern communication (or the lack thereof) to scrutinize, dismember and ogle personal and global issues in a production that addresses the impact of social media and the internet, self-esteem, betrayal, our place in society, and whether or not it is possible to create a human-sized community in such a vast city as Los Angeles. It’s a whole new world, and the options are vastly different and more complicated than they were even a decade ago. When you see someone in trouble, is your first instinct to be a good Samaritan, or to take a picture and post it online? When you need to share an emotional secret with your lover, is your first instinct to take their hand, look into their eyes, and spill your guts, or to grab your phone, hide in the closet, and send them a text? How do we keep our promise to keep a secret, when the temptation of an anonymous post beckons us so temptingly?

Supported in part by a grant from the County of Los Angeles through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, by Playhouse PALS and by US Bank, THE BOOK OF FACES is a ShortBurst® Theatre Collaboration in which professional artists, tyro performers and members of the community at large have pooled their resources, their time, and their concerns, resulting in a sometimes tantalizing, sometimes terrifying look at the way communication has changed in the past decade and how its efforts to better connect us to each other may have brought about an emotional disconnect that threatens to crumble our inner existence as it solidifies our online presence.

Helmed by Playhouse co-artistic director Chris DeCarlo, renowned worldwide for his professional artist/community member ShortBurst® Theatre productions, written by Playhouse Playwright-in-Residence Evelyn Rudie, THE BOOK OF FACES is crafted and performed by Jesse Barcelo, Grace Im, Linda Kohn, Amber Lenoir, Kathryn Martin, Berkeley Sanjay (doing double duty as assistant director), and Veronica Wu. Participants include artists and community members from Los Angeles, Agoura Hills, Culver City, Gardena, La Habra, Oxnard and Santa Monica.

TICKETS AND PRICING

GENERAL ADMISSION: $10.00

Admission includes complimentary post-show refreshments and reception with the cast
Thematic content includes: Redemption, Humor

DATES AND TIMES

This show runs: 06/17/2014 to 06/17/2014
Tuesdays: 7:30 PM & 9:00 PM
Thursdays: 8pm
Fridays: 8:45pm
Saturdays: 6:00pm, 8:00pm, 10:00pm
Sundays: every 2nd Sunday of the month at 7:00 PM

Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage: 310-394-9779 MAP

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ADDITIONAL INFO

Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage
1211 4th Street
Santa Monica, CA
90401
310-394-9779

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310-394-9779
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31 May

Events > The Curse of Oedipus

Image courtesy of The Curse of Oedipus.

A curse lies upon the land of Thebes and its ill-fated rulers Oedipus the King, Jocasta the Queen and Creon the high counselor—a curse that reiterates generation upon generation. The suffering of the people provides a battleground against which Apollo and Dionysus contend for power over the mortal realm. Playwright Kenneth Cavander, director Casey Stangl and the actors of Antaeus Company have distilled the legends of three generations into a single evening of drama, telling the story of a land and people caught in a web of pride and self-destruction.

In The Curse of Oedipus, the legends of three generations have been distilled into a single evening of drama to impart the story of a land and people caught in a web of pride and self-destruction — a battleground against which Apollo and Dionysus contend for power over the mortal realm. Drawing on the numerous, often contradictory legends surrounding the figure of Oedipus, this monumental work combines newly translated dialogue from Sophocles and Euripides and other ancient Greek poets with new, original material gleaned from lost plays that exist only in synopsis form, lyric poetry and retold mythology.

“The production is epic, sweeping —and still evolving,” says Stangl. “It’s primal, emotional and fluid, punctuated by live percussion and drumming. The action is set in ancient Greece, but the language and costumes have a contemporary feel. The aesthetic is timeless.”

The journey began in 2011, when Stangl directed a ClassicsFest workshop of Cavander’s The Legend of Oedipus, a two-part re-telling that had premiered at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 1988. The project was so massive, that Stangl approached the playwright to suggest condensing the Oedipus story into one evening. That led to the development of an entirely new endeavor which Cavander, Stangl and the Antaeus actors have been developing for nearly three years, including a workshop production at the Getty Villa in 2013 under the title Oedipus the Man.

TICKETS AND PRICING

GENERAL ADMISSION: $34.00

Opening Weekend performances June 19-June 22: $34 (includes a reception with the actors)Thursdays and Fridays: $30 (except June 19 & June 20)Saturdays and Sundays: $34Previews: $15
Thematic content includes: Love, Violence, Self Destruction, Highbrow

DATES AND TIMES

This show runs: 06/19/2014 to 08/10/2014
Tuesdays: 7:30 PM & 9:00 PM
Thursdays: 8:00 pm
Fridays: 8:00 pm
Saturdays: 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm
Sundays: 2:00 pm

Previews: June 12-June 18 No matinees Sat. June 14 or June 21 Dark July 4 Talk back Thursdays begin on June 26: stay after the performance and discuss the play with the cast.

The Antaeus Company: 818-506-1983 MAP

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ADDITIONAL INFO

The Antaeus Company
5112 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, California
91601
818-506-1983

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818-506-1983

ADDITIONAL INFO

The Antaeus Company
5112 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, California
91601
818-506-1983

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818-506-1983
The Antaeus Company: 818-506-1983 MAP




29 May

Events > Other Desert Cities

Image courtesy of International City Theatre.

In Jon Robin Baitz’s funny, explosive and entertaining look at unruly family politics (a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize), the manicured life of an actor-turned-politician and his impeccable wife is upset when relatives arrive at their Palm Springs home for the holidays — including daughter Brooke who’s about to publish a tell-all memoir.

As in all desert lands, mirage can transfix and trick the inhabitants. As the heat gives way, reality comes into sharp and unrelenting focus. Perception and reality grapple with love and mercy as 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, Calif., or head on to “other desert cities.”

TICKETS AND PRICING

GENERAL ADMISSION: $47.00

Opening Night (June 6) : $52 (includes post-show reception with the actors)Friday, Saturday, Sunday (except June 6): $47 Thursday: $42Previews: $32
Thematic content includes: Highbrow, Humor

DATES AND TIMES

This show runs: 06/06/2014 to 06/29/2014
Tuesdays: 7:30 PM & 9:00 PM
Thursdays: 8:00 pm
Fridays: 8:00 pm
Saturdays: 8:00 pm
Sundays: 2:00 pm

International City Theatre: 562-436-4610 MAP

OR BY PHONE 562-436-4610

ADDITIONAL INFO

International City Theatre
300 East Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, California
90802
562-436-4610

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562-436-4610

ADDITIONAL INFO

International City Theatre
300 East Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, California
90802
562-436-4610

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562-436-4610
International City Theatre: 562-436-4610 MAP




25 May

Events > “…He Wrote Good Songs”

Image courtesy of HE WROTE GOOD SONGS – JON PETERSON.

HE WROTE GOOD SONGS

Part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival, HE WROTE GOOD SONGS is the story of Anthony Newley, the British actor, singer, song-writer, director, who created songs like GOLDFINGER, WHAT KIND OF FOOL AM I?, WHO CAN I TURN TO?, GONNA BUILD A MOUNTAIN, CANDY MAN.

His turbulent life, his many loves, the highs, lows, the desperation of a man innately wise to the charade that is show business – a man possessed with too many talents.

Written and performed by Jon Peterson, veteran of many Broadway and West End shows, HE WROTE GOOD SONGS includes twenty of Newley’s incredible songs driving home this tale of a man inspired, a show business legend.

TICKETS AND PRICING

GENERAL ADMISSION: $10

Preview performance Sun June 8th all seats ONE DOLLAR
Thematic content includes: Love, Singing, Live Music

DATES AND TIMES

This show runs: 06/08/2014 to 06/28/2014
Tuesdays: 7:30 PM & 9:00 PM
Thursdays: 8:00 pm
Fridays: 8:00 pm
Saturdays: 8:00 pm
Sundays: 2:00 pm

5 performances only during the month of June. Sun June 13th @ 4pm Fri June 13th @ 8.30pm Mon June 16th @ 10pm Sat June 21st @ 11am Sat June 28th @ 5.30pm

The Asylum Theatre - Asylum Lab: (323) 962-1632 MAP

ADDITIONAL INFO

The Asylum Theatre - Asylum Lab
1078 Lillian Way
Los Angeles, CA
90038
(323) 962-1632

ADDITIONAL INFO

The Asylum Theatre - Asylum Lab
1078 Lillian Way
Los Angeles, CA
90038
(323) 962-1632

ADDITIONAL INFO

The Asylum Theatre - Asylum Lab
1078 Lillian Way
Los Angeles, CA
90038
(323) 962-1632

The Asylum Theatre - Asylum Lab: (323) 962-1632 MAP




21 May

Events > UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS ALUMNI GROUP MIXTAPE THEATRE COMPANY PREMIERES \”HOME\” AT HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FEST 2014

Image courtesy of “Home” – Mixtape Theatre Company

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS ALUMNI GROUP MIXTAPE THEATRE COMPANY PREMIERES NEW WORK AT HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FEST 2014

“HOME”
In a city full of transplants, where do you go to find a heart? You go…Home.
Mixtape Theatre Company brings you nine solo plays in one hour on the cozy, the bleak, the beautiful, terrible, hilarious, lonely and heartwarming, all – encompassing, identity defying and defining, the many, the only: HOME.

“We are so excited about HOME. This is a brand new one-hour piece of theatre with nine solo acts, all written and performed by members of our company, alumni from the University of Texas at Austin. We originally came from different places – we have six Southerners, one Mid-Westerner and one Romanian – but since we all studied acting in Austin, Texas that creates a special bond.”
- Co-Artistic Director Mark Scheibmeir

“This shared foundation for theatre makes it easy to talk together and work off one another. Each solo act draws from a combination of personal experience, spoken word, and movement to enhance the storytelling. We use our shared language to play with humor, drama and all the stuff -in-between on what “home” means to us.”
- Co-Artistic Director Smaranda Luna

TICKETS AND PRICING

GENERAL ADMISSION: $0

Free!
Thematic content includes: Love, Sex, Humor

DATES AND TIMES

This show runs: 06/08/2014 to 06/28/2014
Tuesdays: 7:30 PM & 9:00 PM
Thursdays: 8:00 pm
Fridays: June 27th @ 5:30 PM (FRI)
Saturdays: June 14th @ 10:00 PM (SAT), June 28th @ 7:00 PM (SAT)
Sundays: June 8th @ 11:30 AM (SUN), June 22nd @ 1:00 PM (SUN)

This is part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival so the performance times are pretty sporadic, as I'm sure you noticed

Hollywood Fringe Festival 2014 at The Actor’s Company: (323) 463-4639 MAP

ADDITIONAL INFO

Hollywood Fringe Festival 2014 at The Actor’s Company
916 North Formosa
Los Angeles, CA
90046
(323) 463-4639

ADDITIONAL INFO

Hollywood Fringe Festival 2014 at The Actor’s Company
916 North Formosa
Los Angeles, CA
90046
(323) 463-4639

Hollywood Fringe Festival 2014 at The Actor’s Company: (323) 463-4639 MAP




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