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Review: FRIDA-STROKE OF PASSION: THE IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE at Casa 0101

Ticket holders expecting the sprawling 360-degree LED screens of viral exhibitions like the Van Gogh or Monet 'Immersive Experiences' should know: This is not that. What it is, however, is a gorgeously produced play that fans of Frida Kahlo—the Mexican painter known for her brilliantly colored self-portraits and tumultuous relationship with muralist Diego Rivera—will appreciate.
FRIDA-STROKE OF PASSION: THE IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE to Open At Casa 0101

Experience the world of renowned artist Frida Kahlo in FRIDA- STROKE OF PASSION: THE IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE. Learn how to purchase tickets!
GARBO'S CUBAN LOVER Opens at Casa 0101 Theatre In February

Macha Theatre/Films will present the critically acclaimed play Garbo's Cuban Lover at Casa 0101 Theatre from February 10 - 25, 2023. Opening night weekend Red Carpet will take place on Saturday, February 11, 2023 with a reception following the performance. The new mounting will be a “reimagined production” of the show, with more music, dance and multimedia.
GARBO'S CUBAN LOVER Comes to Casa 0101 Theatre in February

MACHA Theatre/Films will present the critically acclaimed play Garbo's Cuban Lover. First produced in 2001, the new mounting will be a 'reimagined production' of the show, with more music, dance and multimedia.
California Artists Unite For The Passage Of The Performing Arts Relief Act

Artists throughout the state of California are uniting for the passage of Senate Bill 805 (SB 805), titled, “The Performing Arts Relief Act,” which the Senate Labor Committee will vote on Wednesday, April 19, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. in Sacramento, CA.   A Coalition of 36 small 99-seat non-profit theaters and freelance performers are banding together to make theater accessible to all.  
TogetherLAFestival Returns with Playwright Meet and Greets

Meet the playwrights from the 2nd week of LA's first TogetherLAFestival. Presented by Alternative Theatre Los Angeles (ATLA) in association with LA Stage Alliance (LASA), a?oeTogether LA: A Virtual Stage Festivala?? is celebrating the vibrant and diverse intimate theatre scene of the greater Los Angeles area.
Alternative Theatre Los Angeles and LA Stage Alliance Present TOGETHER LA: A VIRTUAL STAGE FESTIVAL

Alternative Theatre Los Angeles in association with LA Stage Alliance presents 'Together LA: A Virtual Stage Festival' celebrating the vibrant and diverse intimate theatre scene of the greater Los Angeles area. Each night starts at 7 p.m. PST, and each piece runs approximately 10 minutes. Free with Reservations.
BWW Review: Odalys Nanin Produces Her Love Struck in Outstanding Benefit Performances

Lovestruck/by Odalys Nanin and Marie Barrientos/directed by Odalys Nanin/Zephyr Theatre/CLOSED Benefit performances of this sparkling play Lovestruck by Odalys Nanin and Marie Barrientos were held August 16, 17 and 18 to sold out audiences at the Zephyr Theatre on Melrose in Hollywood. It is one of Macha Theatre's most popular plays alongside Garbo's Cuban Lover and Frida Stroke of Passion, one that is often requested. Perhaps because it is about romance, in this case between two women, a Cuban named Laura (Odalys Nanin) and the other American by the name of Rachel (Tricia Cruz). It is a winner in my book because it zips along with a serious look at the ups and downs of a relationship but never without a glorious sense of humor.
BWW Interview: Odalys Nanin Talks About the Success of her FRIDA play and Announces a Fundraiser

Actress/director.producer Odalys Nanin presented her award-winning Frida: Stroke of Passion at Casa 0101 in February of this year to great acclaim. The play bowed originally in 2017 at the Macha Theatre and ran for 3 months. The Casa 0101 engagement was made possible by a grant from the Eastside Arts Initiative. Kahlo wrote the play and directs, produces and stars in it as Frida Kahlo. She will have a fundraiser in August and September so she and her team can continue their programming in 2020 and hopefully acquire a new space. In our interview she talks about her success and points to the difficulty in mounting good theatre in Los Angeles. How did your run of Frida go at Casa 101?
Odalys Nanin's Eddon's FRIDA: STROKE OF PASSION Returns To The Stage

The play explores Frida Kahlo's mental, emotional and physical condition during the last week of her life. Exposing her love affair with famous Mexican singer Chavela Vargas, Josephine Baker, Trotsky, a Cuban spy and her complex passionate love for Diego. It will peel away the secret cover up and reveal what or who killed Frida Kahlo.
Josefina Lopez's CASA 0101 Theater Announces Update On CASA#350 Fundraising Campaign, Staff Updates And The 2019 Season

Josefina Lopez, Founding Artistic Director of CASA 0101 Theater in Boyle Heights, CA announced today that her theater will stay open into 2019. Earlier in the year, in January 2018 she announced that her theater was in danger of closing its doors due to financial hardships. Lopez said today, "We are in a better place financially now in December 2018, than we were back at the beginning of the year. We still aren't out of the woods yet, but we are getting there.'
Kelly Mullis Reprises Role in MARILYN MONROE: THE LAST INTERVIEW

Kelly Mullis will reprise her starring role as Marilyn Monroe after a successful run in the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival. This Producer's Encore Winner is Written and Performed by Kelly Mullis, co-Directed by Wayne Orkline with Original Stage Direction for the Hollywood Fringe by Odalys Nanin.
BWW Review: Odalys Nanin Pays a Stellar Tribute to Frida Kahlo in FRIDA: STROKE OF PASSION

Mexican born and bred Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) was a painter of enormous reknown, but more than that...actually, a true renaissance woman, as she left her mark on art. politics. and other aspects of humanity. Most of her painting emanated from Mexican folk art, and her very best are self-portraits in which she remarkably conveys a profound sense of female suffering. Onstage at the Macha Theatre from September 9 with two extensions through December 10, Odalys Nanin's riveting tribute to Kahlo entitled Frida: Stroke of Passion played to sold-out houses and proved a captivating piece of artistry due to its fine acting as well as outstanding writing and direction. Most fans of Frida Kahlo (Nanin) have read abou
Photo Flash: FRIDA: STROKE OF PASSION Extends at Macha Theatre

Friday: Stroke of Passion is back at Macha Theatre by popular demand for three more shows. Check out photos from the show below!
KPFK's ARTS IN REVIEW to Welcome SKIN OF HONEY Playwright Odalys Nanin

Julio Martinez-hosted Arts in Review, celebrating the best in theater and cabaret in the greater Los Angeles area-airs Fridays (2-2:30pm) on KPFK (90.7FM). Today, Friday, June 17, Arts in Review hosts playwright/actress Odalys Nanin and actress Katarina Radivojevic, discussing Nanin's play, Skin of Honey, at Macha Theatre/Films in West Hollywood, through June 25, in conjunction with Hollywood Fringe Fest.
Tom Berklund to Lead NEXT FALL at MACHA THEATRE/FILMS

MACHA Theatre Co. and Treehouse Productions present the Tony Nominated and awarding winning Broadway play NEXT FALL in its 2015-1016 season. Written by Geoffrey Nauffts. NEXT FALL is about two gay men in a committed relationship with a twist, with one, Luke, being devoutly religious and the other, Adam, an atheist. The play revolves around their five-year relationship and how they make it work despite their differences. However, an accident changes everything. NEXT FALL paints a beautiful and funny portrait of modern romance, asking the hard questions about commitment, love, and faith. Directed by Robin Long.
BWW Interview: Playwright WILLARD MANUS Discusses His New Play About MM

Local Playwright Willard Manus' Joe & Marilyn: A Love Story, a new play about the troubled relationship between baseball great Joe DiMaggio and Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe, debuts this Saturday, April 23rd at 8:00 pm, runs April 23 - May 22, produced by John Lant and Anne Mesa, directed by T.J. Castronovo and starring Rico Simonini and Emily Alicia Low, produced by Write Act Rep@TheBrickhouse Theatre in North Hollywood. The play was developed at the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit (West Coast), where Manus and Castronovo are fellow-members. He shared with us a bit about the play and quite a bit about his life.
BWW Interviews: Macha Theatre's Odalys Nanin By Steve Peterson

Marie Barrientos and I were in a relationship when we started righting Love Struck. The story developed as the relationship grew. It was wonderful team work, what Marie and I had back then. We still do actually. Just last night, Marie and I were discussing other possible re-writes. This play is like our child that we nurture and guide to be better and better each time. The opportunity to enhance the play with new ideas makes my directing it fresh and fun! (I speak for myself of course.) I've added media to the play and I've re-blocked it. I'm using the back scrim throughout the play as a gauze that separates the two characters. This time around we have a beautiful new set as well, and new lighting. The two actresses that I'm directing, Ivet Corvea as Rachel and Lola Anthony as Laura, fell in love with the script and are thrilled to be doing it.

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