Profiles

Rare Vonnegut Comes To Sacred Fools

Photo Credit Jessica Sherman

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

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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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Practical Coeurage

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A Saturday afternoon lunch with Jeremy Lelliot, founding artistic director of Coeurage Theatre Company, immediately erupted into a snowball of hilarious storytelling in which Jeremy also revealed an intriguing insight about himself. “I love baseball. I played baseball for one inning. Second base. I’d been on the bench the whole time pre-season. In the first game, the ball hit my glove, jumped up, hit my ...

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Burt Young’s Last Vig? Not Quite

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Walking in at the tail end of rehearsal to interview Academy Award-nominated actor Burt Young (Rocky, Chinatown, The Pope of Greenwich Village), starring this month in The Last Vig, a new comedy by David Varriale at the Zephyr Theatre, was like stepping into my dad’s old social club where many a film, tv and music star, played and lost at poker at one time or ...

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Reaching Our Kids Through Theater

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Growing up in downtown Boston as an inner city kid, the performing arts were more than just a fun place to spend my time after school. Theater was where I could learn and dream and activate my physicality and my intellect. And yes. There was a lot of pretty cool stuff to do! I was lucky enough to benefit from donors and supporters, completely anonymous ...

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Opening the Dialog for Women in Theater

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Summer 2015 was the genesis of a thought: Write about powerful women in Los Angeles Theater. Focus upon a more cohesive picture of theater culture. Open up a dialog about what the landscape really looked like for women. And discuss their integration in the performing arts. There was this temptation of course to be the underdog. In the last year alone, I’ve read article after ...

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L.A.’s Latino Theater Company Evolves the Narrative

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José Luis Valenzuela and Evelina Fernández are an all-in-one husband and wife theatrical team.  José Luis Valenzuela is The Latino Theater Company Artistic Director and the head of the UCLA MFA Director Program.  Evelina Fernández is writer of The Mexican Trilogy which opens this month with José directing.  The pair recently sat down with me to discuss the evolving role of theater in Los Angeles: ...

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Wendy Worthington’s Tour de Force

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Wendy Worthington is an actor, producer, and founding member of Neo Ensemble Theatre.  She joined Actors’ Equity Association only a few years ago.  Her motivation was to throw in with fellow Los Angeles actors protesting their union’s termination of the 99-Seat Plan – the vehicle which has fostered the development of intimate theater throughout Los Angeles.  Says Wendy: “I had come to Los Angeles to ...

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