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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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Kennedy Center College Theatre Awards

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9 Awards in total were presented to works in Northern and Southern California schools including University of Southern California, University of California, Irvine, Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy, Glendale College, Fresno City College, and American River College. Press Release: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today announced the national awardees for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF). Selected awardees ...

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Ojai Playwrights Conference and Gala

A pinch of words, a drop of insight, a shadow of a doubt, a dust of vision, lots of maybes, countless hopes and endless sentiments. You have the ethereal mist that makes up the alchemy of theatre. It’s magical, because there is no formula that creates great theatre, there’s just dreams. It is most often the right moment with the right people all perfectly stirred ...

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2016 Ovation Awards: Nominations & Winners

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The 2016 Ovation Awards were held on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 in the Ahmanson Theatre.  The winners in each category are italicized and in red.  The evening’s host was Alexandra Billings. Best Season CELEBRATION THEATRE Bootycandy Dream Boy The Boy From Oz GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE Barcelona Big Sky Guards at the Taj In & Of Itself Outside Mullingar Sex with Strangers Stage Kiss These Paper Bullets! ...

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Miami Flies 99-Seat to London

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Kemp Powers’ One Night in Miami… has now crossed the Atlantic.  World Premiering in 2013 at Los Angeles’ Rogue Machine Theatre, the show moved eastward in 2015: first to Baltimore, then Denver.  Now it moves even farther eastward,  jumping the Atlantic to London’s Donmar Warehouse where the show runs October 6 through December 3, 2016. Powers is a founding member of The Temblors, an Angeleno ...

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Edward Albee: I Prefer Yes to No

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When an American playwright with enough interesting insights to win 3 Pulitzer Prizes – 4 if you count the one not given to him because the advisory committee didn’t want to give a prize out in 1963 – dies, it’s best to allow him to write his own column.  Especially for Edward Albee who always seemed to have something prickly – and honest – to ...

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Garry Marshall – Cultural Titan and Family Man

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If you are of a certain age, your cultural life was dominated by Garry Marshall’s touch.  The Odd Couple. Happy Days. Laverne & Shirley. Mork & Mindy. Pretty Woman. The Princess Diaries.  He helped Ron Howard get cast in his first film (George Lucas’ American Graffiti) and directed Jackie Gleason in his last (Nothing in Common  with Tom Hanks). And these are just a few ...

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Ojai Playwrights Conference Announces 19th Season

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The Ojai Playwrights Conference (OPC) announces its 19th season with a program of playwrights, new play workshops, and special performance events from August 7–14, 2016 in Ojai, California. The OPC Summer New Works Festival will feature eleven events over five days with established and up-and-coming playwrights.  Nick Gandiello will be this year’s “Writer-In-Residence.” “In our 2016 OPC season entitled ‘Across the Divide,’ our playwrights are reaching out, ...

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2016 Stage Raw Awards: Nominees & Winners

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Now in its second year, the 2016 Stage Raw Awards, given to honor the excellence found in Los Angeles 99-seat (intimate) theater, were held on Monday, April 25 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center in Downtown LA.  The evening’s hosts were Dr. Pinch (Independent Shakespeare Co.’s David Melville) and the Pinchtones will host. Awards winners are listed below in bold, red letters among any nominations. Congratulations ...

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Steve Julian – A Voice in the City of Angels

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Sometimes you can be a strong presence without being a physical presence. If you lived in Los Angeles in the past 15 years, it’s likely you’re familiar with Steve Julian’s voice.  I can’t remember a time when I was in my car in the morning when he wasn’t there with me.  He was the morning man for NPR station KPCC, the station’s call letters alluding ...

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