Stella Adler Los Angeles Theatre Collective Announces Inaugural Season

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It was announced today by John Jack Rodgers, the Executive Director of the Stella Adler-Los Angeles, that the academy and theatre has formed a new professional theatre company called the Stella Adler Los Angeles Theatre Collective. The theatre company will be comprised of Stella Adler Los Angeles alumni, which Rodgers will serve as the Collective's Artistic Director. The inaugural season will begin March 19, 2010 with THE CHARM OF MAKING, a world premiere play by Collective member and Award-winning playwright Timothy McNeil (Anything - 2007 LADCC Best Play) and directed by Collective member and Academy Award-winner Milton Justice (The Day I Stood Still - U.S. Premiere).

"The Collective is the fruition of the training. But more than that, it is a coming together of Stella Adler's twenty-five years of West Coast history. For Stella, it has always been about ‘the work' of acting in great plays," said Stella Adler Los Angeles Theatre Collective Artistic Director John Jack Rodgers. "With the Stella Adler Los Angeles Theatre Collective members, we wanted to also give an opportunity for our advanced students to be able to work with the company. Together we hope to bring theatre to life in the heart of Hollywood by working on plays of importance through actors, writers and directors who value, honor and continue the lineage that reaches to the next generation of actors currently studying at Stella Adler Los Angeles."

Stella Adler Los Angeles Theatre Collective members include Charlene Amoia, Sean Astin, Clifton Collins, Jr., Carly Craig, Benicio Del Toro, Milton Justice, Laura Leyva, Timothy McNeil, Jim Parrack, Rick Peters, John Jack Rodgers, Mark Ruffalo, Holland Taylor, Gary Ross, Christopher Thronton, Hillary Weaver and Matthew Weaver.

The Stella Adler Los Angeles Theatre Collective Inaugural Season includes:

THE CHARM OF MAKING
March 12 - April 25, 2010 (Press Opening - Friday, March 19, 2010)
Written by Timothy McNeil
Directed by Milton Justice

Set in present day, small town Mississippi, The Charm of Making examines the conflict of religion vs. human nature through the eyes of the last living members of an old Southern family, as they struggle with the past of their dead relatives and their present as family and individuals. Elvin Randolph attempts to break the charms of the past. He is aided by his loving but volatile sister Morgan, and opposed by his equally loving brother, baptist preacher Samuel.

INHERIT THE WIND
October 2010
Written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee
Director TBA
A science teacher in a small Tennessee town defies the law when he teaches the theory of evolution to his students. His case prompts a renowned fundamentalist politician / lawyer, Matthew Harrison Brady, to offer his services as the prosecuting attorney. To combat this, Brady's idealistic rival, Henry Drummond, arrives in town to defend the teacher and to inadvertently ignite a media frenzy. The events of the play are inspired by the Scopes "Monkey" Trail of 1925.

IMAGO FEST
November 12 - December 5, 2010 (Press Opening - November 12, 2010)

A festival of original one acts written and directed by members of the Stella Adler Los Angeles Theatre Collective and advanced students of Stella Adler-Los Angeles.

FOURTH PRODUCTION WILL BE AN INTERNATIONAL PLAY (U.S. PREMIERE)
Early 2011
TBA

Stella Adler Los Angeles Theatre Collective productions will perform at the Stella Adler-Los Angeles Theatre located at 6773 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood. For additional information visit www.StellaAdler-LA.com.

ABOUT Stella Adler-LOS ANGELES:

Stella Adler-Los Angeles, which was founded by Stella Adler, Joanne Linville, and Irene Gilbert, is a world renowned acting school located in the heart of Hollywood. Stella Adler-Los Angeles offers extensive training for the serious actor in theatre, film, and television.
The Stella Adler Technique grew out of Miss Adler's personal work with Konstantin Stanislavski, the father of modern acting. This technique (or method of acting) has been studied by many of the world's most notable actors, directors, and writers including Marlon Brando, Robert DeNiro, Salma Hayek, Benicio Del Toro, Holland Taylor, Gary Ross, Eric Stoltz, Mark Ruffalo, among others.

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