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Joni Ravenna

 
Bio:
a graduate of USC, Joni's full length plays include "A BRUSH WITH FATE" which ran at the West Coast Ensemble Theatre in Hollywood in one of the early Fringe Festivals (1 Dramalogue nomination); "FOR PETE'S SAKE" (under the name JR Sussman)which ran at the Chance Theatre in Anaheim, was ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
a graduate of USC, Joni's full length plays include "A BRUSH WITH FATE" which ran at the West Coast Ensemble Theatre in Hollywood in one of the early Fringe Festivals (1 Dramalogue nomination); "FOR PETE'S SAKE" (under the name JR Sussman)which ran at the Chance Theatre in Anaheim, was ... (read complete bio)
 

 

Joni Ravenna Biography

a graduate of USC, Joni's full length plays include "A BRUSH WITH FATE" which ran at the West Coast Ensemble Theatre in Hollywood in one of the early Fringe Festivals (1 Dramalogue nomination); "FOR PETE'S SAKE" (under the name JR Sussman)which ran at the Chance Theatre in Anaheim, was nominated Best New Play by OC Weekly, won Best Play DP Weekly, was a finalist in the Int'l Playwrights Circle Playwriting Competition (Brooklyn Publishers). "BEETHOVEN AND MISFORTUNE COOKIES" ran at the Met in LA then went to the Midwest for a short stint then returned to LA's Odyssey Theatre where it was extended due to critical acclaim. (directed by TJ Castronova and starring Earnest Harden, Jr.) The play was optioned by Woodie King Jr., and will appear in OC-Centric this August at Chapman University. "BLINDED" which enjoyed a successful run at the Brickhouse Theatre in No. Hollywood in 2017. Produced by John Lant in assoc. with Write Act Rep. Some of her One Acts include: "Jack of Hearts" (a play teaching math through music commissioned by the BlackRock Center for the Arts -played throughout PSUSD and others. "The Green Grocer" winner/ finalist in dozens of festivals including The Dublin Festival, The Tulip Festival (NYC) "Sex Love and The Premature Evacuation" winner/finalist in various festivals including The Strawberry Festival (NYC) "Tucked Away" runner up to the winning play March, 2019 at the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood for Ink Fest. Ravenna is also a TV writer, co-author of "You Let Some GIRL Beat You?-The Ann Meyers Drysdale Story", and a regular contributor to Mind/Body section of The Epoch Times.




Joni Ravenna News

PlayGround-LA Announces November 8 Monday Night PlayGround Photo PlayGround-LA Announces November 8 Monday Night PlayGround
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 29, 2021

Following the successful opening of Season 10 earlier this month, Los Angeles playwright incubator PlayGround-LA has recently announced the prompt for the next Monday Night PlayGround short play staged reading event. Thirty-six Los Angeles writers had just four-and-a-half days to generate their original scripts inspired by the prompt 'WHODUNNIT' as they vie for one of six slots in the second round of this year's Monday Night PlayGround staged reading series, presented live at The Broadwater Second Stage and simulcast online on November 8th at 7pm PT.

PlayGround-LA Announces Monday Night PlayGround Photo PlayGround-LA Announces Monday Night PlayGround
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 5, 2021

On the eve of the return to in-person theatre and PlayGround's expansion to New York, Los Angeles playwright incubator PlayGround-LA has chosen the prompt of 'rebirth' as inspiration for the opening Monday Night PlayGround of Season 10.

Sean Rose's Grok Acting Studio To Premiere VIRTUAL THEATER: STORIES OF COLOR Photo Sean Rose's Grok Acting Studio To Premiere VIRTUAL THEATER: STORIES OF COLOR
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 15, 2020

On September 24th, at 8PM PT, the Grok Acting Studio will be premiering 'Virtual Theater - Stories of Color' of three selected short plays celebrating artists of color. The Grok Acting Studio, The Rose Theater Foundation for the Arts, and the Department of Cultural Affairs of Los Angeles have all contributed to making this series possible to bring audiences back to theater -- online due to the current pandemic.

OC-CENTRIC New Play Festival Opens August 15 Photo OC-CENTRIC New Play Festival Opens August 15
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 22, 2019

In its ninth season, OC-centric: Orange County's New Play Festival stages four compelling works from Orange County playwrights plays that tell stories you don't typically see in local theatre, stories that need to be told.

The Ninth Annual OC-centric New Play Festival Announced Photo The Ninth Annual OC-centric New Play Festival Announced
by Stephi Wild - Jun 4, 2019

In its ninth season, OC-centric: Orange County's New Play Festival stages four compelling works from Orange County playwrights - plays that tell stories you don't typically see in local theatre, stories that need to be told.

New Voices Playwrights Theatre Presents Summer Voices 2019 (Five New One-Act Plays) Photo New Voices Playwrights Theatre Presents Summer Voices 2019 (Five New One-Act Plays)
by Julie Musbach - May 28, 2019

New Voices Playwrights Theatre presents Holiday Voices 2019 (five new one-act plays)

OCPA Presents 5 New Plays In Santa Ana Photo OCPA Presents 5 New Plays In Santa Ana
by Julie Musbach - Apr 22, 2019

The Orange County Playwrights Alliance heads to Santa Ana's Grand Central Theatre - home of The Wayward Artist - for its May 4 program of staged readings of five new one-act plays

OCPA Presents DISCOVERIES At STAGEStheatre Photo OCPA Presents DISCOVERIES At STAGEStheatre
by Stephi Wild - May 23, 2018

The Orange County Playwrights Alliance (OCPA) presents its spring 2018 event at STAGEStheatre on June 9: staged readings of two one-act plays by Joni Ravenna and Eric Eberwein, and a trio of short comedies by Arthur Kraft.

2cents Theatre's 3rd Annual Acting Act Ink Fest Opens Tonight
by Tyler Peterson - Apr 15, 2016

2Cents's Acting Out INK Fest is back for its 3rd exciting year!!! We are once again gathering over 100 artists for this 3-day event, from playwrights to directors to actors and street artists, to celebrate the FEMALE PLAYWRIGHT and ART! The Fest will kickoff beginning on Friday April 15 at 1pm at the Hudson Theatres in Hollywood, right in the heart of Theatre Row and the LA 99-seat community.

BWW Reviews: BEETHOVEN AND MISFORTUNE COOKIES Teaches to Take the Sour Notes in Life and Tweak Them in Your Favor
by Shari Barrett - Dec 2, 2013

BEETHOVEN AND MISFORTUNE COOKIES is the true story of Kabin Thomas, a musician and, for eleven years, a Professor of Music at the University of Arkansas. Ernest Harden, Jr. portrays Professor Thomas, taking us on Thomas' harrowing journey back to his childhood as he questions his mental health, just as Beethoven must have endured emotional turmoil after the loss of his hearing.