Profiles

Banner Year for the Hollywood Fringe

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The 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival did it again, With a significant rise in participation, attendance and revenue, it would seem that there is a hunger for new edgy works for Los Angeles audiences. Official HFF17 Stats The eighth Hollywood Fringe sold an estimated $540,000 in ticket sales. This is a 21% increase in ticket sales from last year. The numbers reflect a growth trend that has been ...

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Michael Teoli Branding Theater Through Music

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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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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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The Lyons at the Road

  The Road Theatre just opened a new show at their Lankershim location –  The Lyons by Nicky Silver. This play Which originally opened off Broadway at The Vinyard Theatre in 2011. The following season, it moved to the great white way starring Linda Lavin at the Cort. Scott Allen Smith, the Associate Artistic Director of The Road Theatre Company, directs The Lyons.  Scott is ...

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What’s it all About? Five Guys Names Moe!

The Nate Holden Performing Arts Center on Washington Blvd in Los Angeles is now presenting a revival of Five Guys Named Moe, by Clarke Peters, and starring Obba Babatundé. The premise of this piece is a sampling of the formidable works of Louis Jordan. If you’re not familiar with the name, Louis Jordan is credited with many accomplishments – The founder of Jump Jazz, the Grandfather ...

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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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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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Actors’ Gang Goes To Prison

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Walking into Walden House off of McArthur Park in downtown Los Angeles, can be a slightly unnerving moment.  It’s a discomforting environment, lots of tough looking guys milling about, tattoos, all a bit of trigger for me. Living in a free world, it’s readily apparent that this environment is not just a social service program, but it’s a half-way house, half way between prison and ...

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