Profiles

Lee Sankowich on the Zephyr Theatre

In the current climate of “NO!” within the 99-seat theater community, Wendy MacLeod’s “The House of Yes” is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a revival at the Zephyr Theatre. Directed by the Zephyr’s Producing Artistic Director Lee Sankowich, this black comedy marks a return in more ways than just the play itself, but also for Sankowich, whose gusty career has been much like what the ...

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“Properties of Silence” and Women’s Voices at the Pasadena Playhouse

“I walk beneath your pens, and am not what I truly am, but what you’d prefer to imagine me.” ― Juana Inés de la Cruz It is easy enough to claim that in our country, women have made great strides towards equality. Even now, this debate is still being fiercely waged as the constructs of feminism includes intersectionality of race and sexuality, along with gender. It ...

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24th Street Theatre Answers the Question: What is Theatre?

It all started with a simple question from an inquisitive young boy strolling past the open doors of a converted 1928 carriage house on the corner of 24th STreet and Hoover, just as Jay McAdams and his wife Debbie Devine were on a ladder hanging their light grid in their recent new home. “What is theatre?” Since Aristotle’s “Poetics,” dramaturges, critics, artists and audiences alike ...

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Vox Lumiere at the Los Angeles Theatre Center

The breadth of human creation is a derivative of prior moments. Art, all human knowledge is built upon a foundation originally started before the dawn of man and added to by each subsequent generation. Now, after an eight-year absence from Los Angeles, VoxLumiere, (Latin for hear the light,) is re-introducing their version of this continuum. Utilizing the bare-boned industrial facade of the Los Angeles Theatre ...

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Boston Court: Creative, Bold and Daring

There are a lot of buzzwords to describe Boston Court’s artistic vision; among them in their mission statement is creative, bold and daring. In the broadest terms, these are certainly applicable, but what sets Boston Court apart from other theaters requires the experience of seeing one of their productions to appreciate the uncompromising and dedicated passion they have to the eclectic, avant-garde and wholly original ...

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Tonya Cornelisse

There is no one in the world like Tonya Cornelisse. No one. Her sultry voice, ginger head of hair and more sweet, raw talent wrapped up in her petite frame than all that Halloween can handle. Cornelisse grew up in Chicago and Grand Rapids and started working professionally as soon as she could hustle her parents into the car. “I was overwhelming to say the ...

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A Timely Portrayal: Pamela Daly as Margaret Sanger

Timing is everything. Acting teacher and professional veteran of film/TV, Pamela Daly, appreciates the divisive climate as she prepares to bring women rights activist Margaret Sanger to the stage in her one-woman show at the El Portal Theatre in NoHo succinctly called “Sanger.” “It’s so charged!” Daly utters with a wide-eyed expression of wonder tinged with apprehension. “I always wanted to portray a strong, historic ...

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Kenneth Cavander and the Co-Artistic Directors of The Antaeus Company

Bill Brochtrup, Rob Nagle and John Sloan (for this article’s purpose we will call them the Troika) are a lot more than three actor amigos, who happened to just love the classics. Together, this triumvirate makes up the Artistic Directorship at The Antaeus Company in North Hollywood, one of the most established (and sexy) companies in town. In the Troika’s three years leading the company, ...

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Rogue Machine Takes Big Risks and Growing Strong

A good rule of thumb is to start as you mean to go on. For Rogue Machine it all started when TV and film producer John Perrin Flynn renewed his interest in directing for the stage and had big ideas about producing theatre in Los Angeles. After seeing Craig Lucas’ Obie-award-winning play “Small Tragedy” in NYC, he made several attempts to get the rights. For ...

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Steve Julian

Theatre lovers are everywhere. Yes, even in Los Angeles. No, especially in Los Angeles. Sure, they support our theatre scene by attending but a lot of them have a personal stake in it somehow, but some are being cornered into seeing shows by friends and family. But then there are theatre lovers like Steve Julian, who love it because of something more… You may recognize ...

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