Los Angeles LGBT Center Announced World Premiere of HOODWINKED

Los Angeles LGBT Center Announced World Premiere of HOODWINKEDThe Los Angeles LGBT Center's Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center has announced the world premiere of Hoodwinked, an original play created for the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival. Preview performances begin June 2, at 6:30pm with opening set for Saturday, June 9, at 8pm at the LGBT Center's Davidson/Valentini Theatre.

Performance dates and times are as follows - Saturday 6/2 at 6:30pm (preview); Monday 6/4 at 8:30pm (preview); Saturday 6/9 at 8pm (opening); Sunday 6/10 at 12pm; Monday 6/11 at 8:30pm; Sunday 6/17 at 12pm; Monday 6/18 at 8:30pm; Thursday 6/21 at 10:30pm; Friday 6/22 at 8:30pm; and Saturday 6/23 at 2pm. Running time is 90 minutes.

Over the last 20 years, the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center has created an artistic family of performers, directors, designers, and technicians. Following the success of two previous Fringe Festival productions (David Harrower's Blackbird and the Ovation Award-winning production of Sam Shepard's Fool for Love), the Center has drawn upon this pool of talent to create the original play Hoodwinked for this year's Festival.

Conceived by Charlotte Gulezian, Hoodwinked examines what it means to join and participate in a cult. The cast will feature (in alphabetical order) Whitney Anderson, Jessica Carlsen, Amaka Izuchi, Corey Johnson, Kristina Johnson, Michael Evans Lopez, Alejandro Parrón, Jonathan Reinhart, and Roland Ruiz. The actors have spent the past two months exploring the subject, developing their characters, and creating scenes. Funny, moving, and hard-hitting, the play utilizes the mythology of Joseph Campbell's A Hero's Journey to find its way into being Hoodwinked.

The set design is by Tor Brown, lighting and sound design are by Matt Richter, costume design is by Paula Higgins, and Maggie Marx is stage manager. The Center's artistic director Jon Imparato serves as dramaturg and producer.

Tickets for Hoodwinked are $10 for previews and $15 for regular performances and may be obtained online at www.lalgbtcenter.org/theatre or by phone at (323) 860-7300. The Los Angeles LGBT Center's Davidson/Valentini Theatre is located at 1125 N. McCadden Place (one block east of Highland, just north of Santa Monica Boulevard), in Hollywood, 90038.



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