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Michael Teoli Branding Theater Through Music

Michael Teoli Skullduggery Band musicals

Doomesday Cabaret, The Magic Bullet Theory, Absolutely Filthy, Skullduggery.  All these Made-in-LA Theater productions that have an extra element unique to them.  Original music. Berklee College of Music alum Michael Teoli has written, arranged or scored (or all three) more than a few out-of-the-box original rock musicals and plays for Los Angeles theater. (Of course, there’s that other fun fact of him being an intern ...

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Fringing Around the World

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society has a significant milestone birthday this year. It is seventy years old and this means that “fringe” is seventy too. Where there was one fringe festival in 1947, now over 200 fringe festivals across the globe facilitate hundreds of thousands of artists and performers to reach a staggering number of people every year.The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society has a significant ...

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Beyond The Hollywood Fringe

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Is there life after the Hollywood Fringe Festival? Yes! Of course! Last season Hollywood Fringe founder Ben Hill spoke to the excitement and changes with each HFF season, including some of the How To’s for international shows participating in the local scene . But a next step for productions who want to go further than a 2-week run once the #fringeproms, Twitter chats and regular ...

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Open Fist’s Anti-Hero

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Collaborators and artistic directors Guy Zimmerman of Padua Playwrights and Martha Demson of Open Fist Theatre Company,  will tell you, The Gary Plays are a pure product of Los Angeles.  Each part written here and culturally borne of this very city is a sort of Homeric tale prescient in its day, now living in the present moment.  An octet of plays written by Murry Mednick, ...

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Rare Vonnegut Comes To Sacred Fools

Ben Rock (Blair Witch Project, Alien Raiders, Baal, Occupation, Taste) laying out his Sirens of Titan Show & Tell – script, program, tattered teen tome and set design specs – was like discovering ancient artifacts that were going to change the course of human history. “I brought some visual aids to show you. One of them is the original script that I got from the ...

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Chuck Berry and Creating Commercialated Culture

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Chuck Berry may be dead but you know he won’t stay buried.  He’s just too irrepressible for confinement to such a singular state.  He was like his music:  audacious and muscular.  His huge hands easily enveloped the fretboard of his Gibson ES-335 and pulled sounds from it that would electrify the soul.  Is it possible to remain still while experiencing the pure energy coming from ...

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There’s No Place Like Home

Creating a home in the arts is a common occurrence. The camaraderie and shared experiences. Common ground and common goals. Hours and hours spent talking, planning, designing and performing. Building something that will last. It’s no surprise that any kid on his or her own might be drawn to all that dynamic energy and open creativity. For Road Theatre Company Resident Director Andre Barron, theater ...

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Little Children Dream of God at the Road

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Who doesn’t love a good story? A woman’s desperate escape fomented by mysticism, a violent past, dark magic, a baby who doesn’t cry, an assemblage of outlandish, urban characters and dreams… vivid, terrifying, portentous, hopeful. Just a taste of what’s in store at The Road Theatre’s February 2017 West Coast premiere of Little Children Dream of God, by playwright Jeff Augustin, about a Haitian immigrant ...

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The War On Science

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Are you a fan of NASA and the scientific output of our national laboratories? Better enjoy it while our open scientific culture lasts. President Lyndon Johnson declared a War on Poverty. President Richard Nixon, more cynically, declared a War on Drugs to indirectly target the black and hippie communities. And since taking office, Republican President Donald Trump has stepped up the unofficially declared War on ...

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Fanny

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I can’t tell you why she affects me so. I only know that if I let my guard down for but a moment, there’s a tightening in my gut and a wave of panic and helplessness comes over me. I need to be cautious. I must focus. I must keep it together. I don’t even know this ten-year-old girl. Not personally anyway. I have never ...

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