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'Pro99' Actors' Equity Members Send Open Letter to AEA President'Pro99' Actors' Equity Members Send Open Letter to AEA President
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2015

Members of the "Pro99" movement of Actors' Equity Association have issued an open letter to AEA's newly elected president, Kate Shindle, in response to her victory and to her inaugural address as president of the national union for actors and stage managers. The open letter is signed by over 400 Equity members (listed below), including such notable names as Ed Asner, Francis Fisher, Sally Kirkland and Alfred Molina. The "Pro99" movement formed in late 2014 in opposition to AEA's rollout of a new plan that will effectively force "intimate theaters" in Los Angeles to pay Equity actors minimum wage, go "non-union" or even close - despite an overwhelming vote against the plan by 66% of the Los Angeles membership on an advisory referendum. "Pro99" members around the nation, who take their name from the current AEA "99 Seat Plan" that allows members to volunteer in smaller venues, oppose AEA's new promulgated plan. They are requesting that Equity leadership put a moratorium on the plan until local members' voices can be heard, and that the union work with its members to develop an alternative plan that will more realistically address the needs of the Los Angeles theater community. (more...)

18th Annual Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival Set for 6/12-13 in Steamboat Springs18th Annual Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival Set for 6/12-13 in Steamboat Springs
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2015

The Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival (perry-mansfield.org/events/3/new-works-festival) now in its 18th year, brings performing arts professionals together in the Rocky Mountains to continue Perry-Mansfield's founding principle of nurturing new talent through new work. This year's festival, taking place on June 12-13 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, will feature new works from some of America's most prestigious theater companies: Atlantic Theater Company, Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company, Primary Stages, andSouth Coast Repertory.The companies will showcase four different new works in partnership with Perry-Mansfield. (more...)

Danny Trejo's BOOST to Premiere at 15th Annual FirstGlance Film FestivalDanny Trejo's BOOST to Premiere at 15th Annual FirstGlance Film Festival
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2015

On Friday, April 24, 2015, BOOST (GF Pictures) will make its first public screening at The 15th Annual FirstGlance Film Festival opening night at The Regal Cinemas L.A LIVE (1000 W. Olympic Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90015). Written and directed by Nathan Gabaeff, starring Grazi DiPaolo, Justin Dray, and Danny Trejo, BOOST is a crime thriller that puts you in a whirlwind when car thief Jimmy (DiPaolo) finds a human kidney in the trunk of his latest boost. He is then thrust into a violent underworld of criminals and a race against the clock to save a little girl's life. FirstGlance Film Festival has become one of the fastest growing independent film festivals in Los Angeles. Named five times as one of the 'Best Film Festival Investments' by Movie Maker Magazine and 'One of the Festivals for the Rest of Us' by TIME Magazine, FirstGlance has become a leader in mid-sized festival circuit. It brings indie filmmakers and audiences together all year round with online contests and events that allow them to interact with one another giving them the attention they deserve. The opening night will feature some of the cast and crew of BOOST on the red carpet and a meet and greet at the after party at Hotel Figueroa, a timeless and enduring gem in downtown Los Angeles. BOOST is the directorial debut of Nathan Gabaeff, a San Diego native from a family of both entrepreneurs and creative individuals. He began writing screenplays after his brother Isaac (also a filmmaker), turned one of his stories into a movie script. Since then, he has devoted his life to the craft of screen writing, which in turn lead to producing and directing. Gabaeff also showcased his arrays of talents in this film by teaming up with his best friend Spencer Brock and composing the score for BOOST under their music production name, Little Kinky. The film's producer, Leah Melendez, a South Jersey native, was able to secure household name, Danny Trejo to play 'Roy', a janky mechanic that double crosses a powerful gangster, putting everyone's life in danger. BOOST includes rising Detroit native actor, Grazi DiPaolo along with veteran actors Justin Dray and Rob Nagle. The cast and crew are excited to share their work with the world. General admission tickets for the 15th Annual FirstGlance Film Festival on Friday, April 24, 2015 at The Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE can be purchased at http://firstglancefilms.com. For BOOST press coverage at the screening, please contact Ha Kim at (213) 550-6034. (more...)

BWW Reviews: South Coast Rep Debuts Witty World Premiere Play OF GOOD STOCKBWW Reviews: South Coast Rep Debuts Witty World Premiere Play OF GOOD STOCK
by Michael L. Quintos - Apr 14, 2015

Filled with relatable humor, wit, and plenty of fiercely sarcastic dialogue and gasp-lite melodrama, OF GOOD STOCK explores the layered, often contentious relationship between a trio of sisters who have decided to gather together at their family's gorgeous ocean-side summer home for a little weekend reunion, with their respective beaus in tow. Written by playwright Melissa Ross, this world premiere production is currently on stage at Costa Mesa's Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory through April 26, under the direction of Gaye Taylor Upchurch. (more...)

HENRY IV, PART I to Run 3/12-5/3 at AntaeusHENRY IV, PART I to Run 3/12-5/3 at Antaeus
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2015

Antaeus, L.A.'s classical theater ensemble, opens its 2015 season with a fully partner-cast production of William Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part I. Previews begin March 6, with two opening nights set for March 12 and March 13 (one with each cast) at the Antaeus Theater in NoHo. Michael Murray directs. (more...)

VS. Theatre and Firefly Theater & Films Present Revised Version of COMPLETENESS, Now thru 12/7VS. Theatre and Firefly Theater & Films Present Revised Version of COMPLETENESS, Now thru 12/7
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2014

The award-winning companies VS. Theatre and Firefly Theater & Films are co-producing the West Coast Premiere of a newly revised version of Itamar Moses' COMPLETENESS. The production will be directed by Philadelphia's multi-Barrymore Award-nominee and F. Otto Haas Award-winning director Matt Pfeiffer and will feature Steven Klein, Emily Swallow, Nicole Erb and Rob Nagle. COMPLETENESS will preview tonight, November 6 at 8pm and will open on Friday, November 7 at 8pm and will run through Sunday, December 7 at VS. Theatre, 5453 W. Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles. (more...)

VS. Theatre and Firefly Theater & Films to Present Revised Version of COMPLETENESS, 11/6-12/7VS. Theatre and Firefly Theater & Films to Present Revised Version of COMPLETENESS, 11/6-12/7
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2014

The award-winning companies VS. Theatre and Firefly Theater & Films are co-producing the West Coast Premiere of a newly revised version of Itamar Moses' COMPLETENESS. (more...)

Antaeus to Present HENRY IV, PART I, PICNIC & UNCLE VANYA in 2015Antaeus to Present HENRY IV, PART I, PICNIC & UNCLE VANYA in 2015
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

Multiple award-wining classical theater ensemble The Antaeus Company has announced three fully partner-cast productions for 2015: Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part I; Picnic by William Inge; and Anton Chekhov's beloved Uncle Vanya. (more...)

Troubadour Theatre Company to Present A MIDSUMMER SATURDAY NIGHT'S FEVER DREAMTroubadour Theatre Company to Present A MIDSUMMER SATURDAY NIGHT'S FEVER DREAM
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

Garden Grove is about to get a whole lot funnier with the integration of the critically acclaimed Troubadour Theatre Company's rendition of A Midsummer Saturday Night's Fever Dream in Shakespeare/Summerfest Orange County's 2014 season. This play-off of Shakespeare's classic comedy, directed by Matt Walker, tells this story of magic potions and foolish lovers through some of disco's greatest hits. The production includes a cast made up of acrobats, musicians, improvisers, and clowns, as well as a four piece band and an almost entirely improvised second act. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Blood, Guts and Classic Troubie Mayhem in ABBAMEMNONBWW Reviews: Blood, Guts and Classic Troubie Mayhem in ABBAMEMNON
by Ellen Dostal - Jun 17, 2014

After a particularly long laundry list of names in which Helen of Troy jumps out as the only familiar one, Chorus Leader Rob Nagle says in a completely deadpan voice, 'Don't worry... that's the last name you'll recognize tonight,' and everyone bursts into laughter. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Troubadour Theater Company's ABBAMEMNON Curtain Call and Press Night CelebrationPhoto Coverage: Troubadour Theater Company's ABBAMEMNON Curtain Call and Press Night Celebration
by Lily Lim - Jun 16, 2014

Falcon Theatre presents Troubadour Theater Company's ABBAMEMO, directed by Matt Walker. Join us for a hysterical musical reimagining of the classic Greek tragedy Agamemnon, the sordid story of seduction and scheming, with the sweet Swedish sounds of the Seventies. Check out the opening night photos below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Funny and Touching REST Makes World Premiere at South Coast RepBWW Reviews: Funny and Touching REST Makes World Premiere at South Coast Rep
by Michael L. Quintos - Apr 17, 2014

Touching, richly-staged and beautifully-acted, REST---Samuel D. Hunter's oh-so-engrossing and oh-so-funny new play now having its world premiere at Costa Mesa's South Coast Repertory through April 27---presents a disheartening reality of life we all must face sooner or later: that getting older is, for the most part, no fun, especially as one enters the twilight phase of their time on the planet. While that description suggests an overtly sad story, what really hits you as a delightful surprise is the amount of wit and humor that it contains, even as the play's overarching dark themes are hovering. (more...)

SCR Presents REST as Part of Pacific Playwrights Festival, Now thru 4/27SCR Presents REST as Part of Pacific Playwrights Festival, Now thru 4/27
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2014

What happens when an elderly patient with dementia goes missing in a northern Idaho blizzard, leaving his wife and others behind to face the unknown? The story is Rest, a heartbreakingly funny and tender play commissioned by South Coast Repertory from Samuel D. Hunter. SCR Founding Artistic Director Martin Benson directs the world premiere of Rest, today, March 28-April 27, on the Segerstrom Stage. (more...)

SCR to Present REST as Part of Pacific Playwrights Festival, 3/28-4/27SCR to Present REST as Part of Pacific Playwrights Festival, 3/28-4/27
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2014

What happens when an elderly patient with dementia goes missing in a northern Idaho blizzard, leaving his wife and others behind to face the unknown? The story is Rest, a heartbreakingly funny and tender play commissioned by South Coast Repertory from Samuel D. Hunter. SCR Founding Artistic Director Martin Benson directs the world premiere of Rest, March 28-April 27, on the Segerstrom Stage. The show is a cornerstone production of SCR's Pacific Playwrights Festival. Tickets are available online: www.scr.org. (more...)

Open Fist Theatre's THE DEAD Extends Through Feb 23Open Fist Theatre's THE DEAD Extends Through Feb 23
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2014

The Open Fist Theatre Company announces that their critically acclaimed production, James Joyce's THE DEAD, book by Richard Nelson; music by Shaun Davey; lyrics conceived and adapted by Nelson and Davey; based on the short story by James Joyce. With choreography by Christine Sang, musical direction by Dean Mora and original direction by Charles Otte. James Joyce's THE DEAD is adding two performances, Thursday, Febraury 20 at 8pm and Sunday, February 23 at 8pmat Greenway Court Theatre, 544 North Fairfax Avenue in Hollywood. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Open Fist Theatre Company's Must-See Musical, James Joyce's THE DEADBWW Reviews: Open Fist Theatre Company's Must-See Musical, James Joyce's THE DEAD
by Ellen Dostal - Jan 27, 2014

When a show moves me like this one did, it's worth raving about. Minus the bombardment of glitz and flash so often shoe-horned into modern day musicals, the remount of Open Fist Theatre Company's James Joyce's THE DEAD is instead that rare production that breathes life into our hearts with its singular connection to our humanity. (more...)

Open Fist Theatre Remounts THE DEAD at Greenway Court Theatre, Beg. TonightOpen Fist Theatre Remounts THE DEAD at Greenway Court Theatre, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2014

The Open Fist Theatre Company presents a remount of their critically acclaimed production, James Joyce's THE DEAD, book by Richard Nelson; music by Shaun Davey; lyrics conceived and adapted by Nelson and Davey; based on the short story by James Joyce. With choreography by Christine Sang, musical direction by Dean Mora and original direction by Charles Otte. James Joyce's THE DEAD will preview tonight, January 17th and will open on Saturday, January 18 at 8pm at Greenway Court Theatre, 544 North Fairfax Avenue in Hollywood. (more...)

Open Fist Theatre to Remount THE DEAD at Greenway Court Theatre, Beg. 1/17Open Fist Theatre to Remount THE DEAD at Greenway Court Theatre, Beg. 1/17
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2014

The Open Fist Theatre Company presents a remount of their critically acclaimed production, James Joyce's THE DEAD, book by Richard Nelson; music by Shaun Davey; lyrics conceived and adapted by Nelson and Davey; based on the short story by James Joyce. With choreography by Christine Sang, musical direction by Dean Mora and original direction by Charles Otte. James Joyce's THE DEAD will preview on Friday, January 17th and will open on Saturday, January 18 at 8pm at Greenway Court Theatre, 544 North Fairfax Avenue in Hollywood. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Troubadour Theater Company's WALKIN' IN A WINTER ONE-HIT-WONDERLAND Curtain Call & Opening Night CelebrationPhoto Coverage: Troubadour Theater Company's WALKIN' IN A WINTER ONE-HIT-WONDERLAND Curtain Call & Opening Night Celebration
by Lily Lim - Dec 15, 2013

Falcon Theatre presents Troubadour Theater Company's Walkin' in a Winter One-Hit-Wonderland, directed by Matt Walker, the third production of the Falcon Theatre's 2013-2014 Subscription Season. The show began previews on Dec. 4, and opened this past Friday, Dec. 13, and will continue to run through Jan. 19. Below, check out a look back at the opening night festivities! (more...)

Miki Shelton Named New Executive Director of AntaeusMiki Shelton Named New Executive Director of Antaeus
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2013

The Antaeus Company, L.A.'s classical theater ensemble, has chosen long-time development consultant Miki Shelton to fill the newly created position of executive director beginning January 1. Current managing director Kathleen Eads is moving to Jamestown, NY, where she will serve as executive director of the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts. (more...)

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