Interview: FAMOUS Returns to The 11:11 as a Tighter, More Visually Stunning Play Addressing the Cost of FameInterview: FAMOUS Returns to The 11:11 as a Tighter, More Visually Stunning Play Addressing the Cost of Fame
by Shari Barrett - May 10, 2019

FAMOUS re-opened in April after a successful run in 2018. I decided to speak with the show's Creator/Director Michael Leoni (ML) and producers Michelle Kaufer (MK) and Cassidy Pepper (CP), about how the new production uses stylized movements by the characters, enhanced lighting and sound designs, to bring the play flow so much more fluid than last year's version. The result grabs the audience's attention to the point of being able to hear a pin drop, making the entire experience even more stunning and breathtaking than before. And, of course, its relevance to the #MeToo movement is immediately recognizable as power players move in and out of Jason's life during the party. (more...)

Grace McLeod's HERLAND Announced At Greenway Court TheatreGrace McLeod's HERLAND Announced At Greenway Court Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2019

Greenway Arts Alliance (Whitney Weston and Pierson Blaetz, Co-Founders and Co- Artistic Directors) announced today that rehearsals are underway for Grace McLeod's HERLANDat Greenway Court Theatre (544 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles). (more...)

Photo Flash: Echo Theater Company Presents THE WOLVESPhoto Flash: Echo Theater Company Presents THE WOLVES
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2019

Fierce. Funny. Intense. The Echo Theater Company opens its 2019 season with theLos Angeles premiere of The Wolves, the debut play by "playwright to watch" Sarah DeLappe that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Alana Dietze (Dry Land) directs for aMarch 16 opening at Atwater Village Theatre. Pay-what-you-want previews begin March 13, and performances continue through April 22. (more...)

L.A. Premiere of THE WOLVES Comes to Echo Theater CompanyL.A. Premiere of THE WOLVES Comes to Echo Theater Company
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2019

Fierce. Funny. Intense. The Echo Theater Company opens its 2019 season with theLos Angeles premiere of The Wolves, the debut play by "playwright to watch" SarahDeLappe that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Alana Dietze (Dry Land) directs for aMarch 16 opening at Atwater Village Theatre. Pay-what-you-want previews begin March 13, and performances continue through April 22. (more...)

Rogue Artists Presents SENOR PLUMMER'S FINAL FIESTA Extended Through 11/18Rogue Artists Presents SENOR PLUMMER'S FINAL FIESTA Extended Through 11/18
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2018

Award-winning artists' collective Rogue Artists Ensemble takes over West Hollywood's Plummer Park through a commission from The City of West Hollywood's Arts Division for a site-specific immersive theater experience with Señor Plummer's Final Fiesta, celebrating the life of Eugene Plummer, a champion of community in early Los Angeles and a prominent figure in what is now West Hollywood. Closing November 18, Señor Plummer's Final Fiesta stirs up a merry band of ghosts and shadows who sweep you into a past filled with wild west duels, pirates, land-grabs, violent mobs, shark-riding, romances, epic court battles, and, of course, fiestas! (more...)

Rogue Artists Ensemble Presents SENOR PLUMMER'S FINAL FIESTARogue Artists Ensemble Presents SENOR PLUMMER'S FINAL FIESTA
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2018

Award-winning artists' collective Rogue Artists Ensemble takes over West Hollywood's Plummer Parkthrough a commission from The City of West Hollywood's Arts Division for a site-specific immersive theater experience with Señor Plummer's Final Fiesta, celebrating the life of Eugene Plummer, a champion of community in early Los Angeles and a prominent figure in what is now West Hollywood. Opening October 19, Señor Plummer's Final Fiesta stirs up a merry band of ghosts and shadows who sweep you into a past filled with wild west duels, pirates, land-grabs, violent mobs, shark-riding, romances, epic court battles, and, of course, fiestas! (more...)

RIPE FRENZY Comes to Greenway Court TheatreRIPE FRENZY Comes to Greenway Court Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2018

Jennifer Barclay's RIPE FRENZY is produced by Greenway Arts Alliance (Whitney Weston and Pierson Blaetz, Co-Founders and Co-Artistic Directors) at Greenway Court Theatre (544 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles), as part of a National New Play Network (NNPN) Rolling World Premiere with partnering theaters New Repertory Theatre in Boston and Synchronicity Theatre in Atlanta. Winner of the 2016 NNPN Smith Prize for Political Theatre, RIPE FRENZY is directed by Ovation Award-nominee Alana Dietze (Dry Land at the Echo Theater Company and Kirk Douglas Theatre) and projection designs by Obie Award-winner Jared Mezzocchi (Vietgone at Manhattan Theatre Club). Performances will play May 17 through June 17, 2018; with the press opening on Saturday, May 19. (more...)

RIPE FRENZY Comes to Greenway Court TheatreRIPE FRENZY Comes to Greenway Court Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2018

Jennifer Barclay's RIPE FRENZY is produced by Greenway Arts Alliance (Whitney Weston and Pierson Blaetz, Co-Founders and Co-Artistic Directors) at Greenway Court Theatre (544 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles), as part of a National New Play Network (NNPN) Rolling World Premiere with partnering theaters New Repertory Theatre in Boston and Synchronicity Theatre in Atlanta. Winner of the 2016 NNPN Smith Prize for Political Theatre, RIPE FRENZY is directed by Ovation Award-nominee Alana Dietze (Dry Land at the Echo Theater Company and Kirk Douglas Theatre) and projection designs by Obie Award-winner Jared Mezzocchi (Vietgone at Manhattan Theatre Club). Performances will play May 17 through June 17, 2018; with the press opening on Saturday, May 19. (more...)

Jennifer Barclay's RIPE FRENZY Comes to Greenway Court TheatreJennifer Barclay's RIPE FRENZY Comes to Greenway Court Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2018

Jennifer Barclay's RIPE FRENZY is produced by Greenway Arts Alliance (Whitney Weston and Pierson Blaetz, Co-Founders and Co-Artistic Directors) at Greenway Court Theatre (544 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles), as part of a National New Play Network (NNPN) Rolling World Premiere with partnering theaters New Repertory Theatre in Boston and Synchronicity Theatre in Atlanta. Winner of the 2016 NNPN Smith Prize for Political Theatre, RIPE FRENZY is directed by Ovation Award-nominee Alana Dietze (Dry Land at the Echo Theater Company and Kirk Douglas Theatre) and projection designs by Obie Award-winner Jared Mezzocchi (Vietgoneat Manhattan Theatre Club). Performances will play May 17 through June 17, 2018; with the press opening on Saturday, May 19. (more...)

Bootleg Theater Presents the World Premiere of THE WILLOWSBootleg Theater Presents the World Premiere of THE WILLOWS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2018

BOOTLEG THEATER is thrilled to announce the world premiere of THE WILLOWS, written by Kerri-Ann McCalla and directed by Jessica Hanna. THE WILLOWS will preview on Friday, April 6 & Saturday, April 7 at 7pm; Sunday April 8 at 2pm; will open on Thursday, April 12 at 7pm and run through Saturday, May 5 at 7pm at the Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd. in Los Angeles. (more...)

Greenway Arts Alliance & Urban Theatre Movement present YERMA IN THE DESERTGreenway Arts Alliance & Urban Theatre Movement present YERMA IN THE DESERT
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2017

Greenway Arts Alliance (Whitney Weston and Pierson Blaetz, Co-Founders and Co-Artistic Directors) and Urban Theatre Movement (Paul Tully, Artistic Director and Gisla Stringer, Company Manager) present the world premiere of YERMA IN THE DESERT by Oliver Mayer (Off-Broadway's Blade to the Heat at The Public Theater) and co-directed by Marlene Forte and Edgar Landa. Urban Theatre Movement is the first Los Angeles theatre company recipient of Greenway Arts Alliance's Greenway Residency Program, created in celebration of GAA's 20th Anniversary Celebration. YERMA IN THE DESERT will open to the press at Greenway Court Theatre (544 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles) on Friday, November 17 and play through December 16, 2017. (more...)

Greenway Arts Alliance & Urban Theatre Movement present YERMA IN THE DESERTGreenway Arts Alliance & Urban Theatre Movement present YERMA IN THE DESERT
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2017

Greenway Arts Alliance (Whitney Weston and Pierson Blaetz, Co-Founders and Co-Artistic Directors) and Urban Theatre Movement (Paul Tully, Artistic Director and Gisla Stringer, Company Manager) present the world premiere of YERMA IN THE DESERT by Oliver Mayer (Off-Broadway's Blade to the Heat at The Public Theater) and co-directed by Marlene Forte and Edgar Landa. Urban Theatre Movement is the first Los Angeles theatre company recipient of Greenway Arts Alliance's Greenway Residency Program, created in celebration of GAA's 20th Anniversary Celebration. YERMA IN THE DESERT will open to the press at Greenway Court Theatre (544 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles) today, November 17 and play through December 16, 2017. (more...)

Greenway Arts Alliance & Urban Theatre Movement present YERMA IN THE DESERTGreenway Arts Alliance & Urban Theatre Movement present YERMA IN THE DESERT
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2017

Greenway Arts Alliance (Whitney Weston and Pierson Blaetz, Co-Founders and Co-Artistic Directors) and Urban Theatre Movement (Paul Tully, Artistic Director and Gisla Stringer, Company Manager) present the world premiere of YERMA IN THE DESERT by Oliver Mayer (Off-Broadway's Blade to the Heat at The Public Theater) and co-directed by Marlene Forte and Edgar Landa. Urban Theatre Movement is the first Los Angeles theatre company recipient of Greenway Arts Alliance's Greenway Residency Program, created in celebration of GAA's 20th Anniversary Celebration. YERMA IN THE DESERT will open to the press at Greenway Court Theatre (544 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles) on Friday, November 17 and play through December 16, 2017. (more...)

BWW Review: THE CAKE - A Well-Executed, Tasty, Bittersweet Baked Food for Savoring Thought
by Gil Kaan - Jul 5, 2017

The Echo Theater Company's world premiere of playwright Bekah Brunstetter's THE CAKE brilliantly demonstrates the success of following a winning recipe for a memorable theatre production. Start with Brunstetter's witty, relationship-focused script on very timely, hot-button issues of today; generously add a talented cast of actors (led by the most delicious Debra Jo Rupp); mix well with Jennifer Chambers' sure-handed direction; and top off with perfectly synchronized and fitting technical elements; and you have a very well-executed THE CAKE. (more...)

THAT '70S SHOW's Debra Jo Rupp Stars in World Premiere of Bekah Brunstetter's THE CAKE, Beginning Tonight in L.A.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2017

Faith, family and frosting collide in a touching and timely new play by Bekah Brunstetter (NBC's This Is Us). The Echo Theater Company continues its 20th Anniversary Season with the world premiere of The Cake. Jennifer Chambers directs for a July 1 opening at Atwater Village Theatre. (more...)

Photo Flash: Debra Jo Rupp Heads Cast in World Premiere of Bekah Brunstetter's THE CAKE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2017

Faith, family and frosting collide in a touching and timely new play by Bekah Brunstetter (NBC's This Is Us). The Echo Theater Company continues its 20th Anniversary Season with the world premiere of The Cake. Jennifer Chambers directs for a July 1 opening at Atwater Village Theatre. (more...)

THAT '70S SHOW's Debra Jo Rupp to Star in World Premiere of Bekah Brunstetter's THE CAKE
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

Faith, family and frosting collide in a touching and timely new play by Bekah Brunstetter (NBC's This Is Us). The Echo Theater Company continues its 20th Anniversary Season with the world premiere of The Cake. Jennifer Chambers directs for a July 1 opening at Atwater Village Theatre. (more...)

Photo Flash: DRY LAND Celebrates Opening Night as Part of 'Block Party' the Douglas
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017

Center Theatre Group's Block Party continues with the opening of The Echo Theater Company production of 'Dry Land' at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Written by Ruby Rae Spiegel and directed by Alana Dietze, 'Dry Land' opened on May 14 and runs through May 21, 2017. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening festivities below! (more...)

VIDEO: Go Behind the Scenes of Echo Theater's DRY LAND, Part of CTG's Block Party
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2017

Center Theatre Group's Block Party continues with the opening of The Echo Theater Company production of 'Dry Land' this Sunday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Written by Ruby Rae Spiegel and directed by Alana Dietze, 'Dry Land' will begin previews May 12 and continue for 11 performances only through May 21, 2017. Go behind-the-scenes in the video below! (more...)

Cast Set for CTG's Block Party, Featuring 'FAILURE', 'CITIZEN' and DRY LAND
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2017

Casting is finalized for three local productions being presented as part of Center Theatre Group's inaugural Block Party: Celebrating Los Angeles Theatre. (more...)

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