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Queer|Art|Film Announces Summer 2020 Season Photo Queer|Art|Film Announces Summer 2020 Season
by Stephi Wild - May 13, 2020

Queer|Art, New York City's home for the creative and professional development of LGBTQ+ artists, is pleased to announce the upcoming summer season of Queer|Art|Film, taking place online May 25th-August 17th.

BWW Spotlight Series: Meet Jessica Lynn Johnson, Founder and CEO of Soaring Solo Photo BWW Spotlight Series: Meet Jessica Lynn Johnson, Founder and CEO of Soaring Solo
by Shari Barrett - Apr 7, 2020

This Spotlight focuses on Jessica Lynn Johnson, proud founder and CEO of Soaring Solo LLC, a company dedicated solely to the direction and development of one person plays who has collaborated on well over 100 solo shows and is still going strong despite the current shutdown. And now she is offering free classes on ZOOM until it is possible to do theatre in a theater again.

BWW Spotlight Series: Meet Anzu Lawson - Asian-American Actress, Playwright, Stand-Up Photo BWW Spotlight Series: Meet Anzu Lawson - Asian-American Actress, Playwright, Stand-Up Comic, and Yoko Ono Doppelganger
by Shari Barrett - Mar 25, 2020

With the current theatre world on hiatus, I have created a Spotlight Series of interviews with some of am the many talented artists who make our Los Angeles theatre community so exciting and vibrant thanks to their ongoing contribution to keeping the arts alive in the City of the Angels. And like all of us, how are they dealing with the abrupt end of productions in which they were involved? This Spotlight focuses on Anzu Lawson, an Asian-American Actress, Playwright, Stand-Up Comic, and Yoko Ono doppelganger who I first met during the 2014 Hollywood Fringe Festival.

Whitefire Theatre Presents Final Month Of Solofest 2020 Photo Whitefire Theatre Presents Final Month Of Solofest 2020
by Stephi Wild - Mar 1, 2020

The Whitefire Theatre presents SOLOFEST 2020, the largest solo theater festival on the West Coast. Now in its 8th year, SOLOFEST 2020 brings 80 shows in 90 days celebrating solo artists from around the globe - each story-teller sharing their compelling and often unusual take on life. SOLOFEST 2020 runs January 4 - March 28.

THE BAND'S VISIT, JITNEY, And More Nominated for 2020 Helen Hayes Awards Photo THE BAND'S VISIT, JITNEY, And More Nominated for 2020 Helen Hayes Awards
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 3, 2020

Tonight, at a celebration honoring theatre excellence on stages across the Washington area, theatre artists, administrators, patrons, and special guests gathered in the National Theatre's Helen Hayes Gallery for theatreWashington's announcement of nominees for the 36th Annual Helen Hayes Awards, which will be presented on Monday, May 18 at an event at the Anthem.

SOLOFEST 2020 Announces February Shows at the  Whitefire Theatre Photo SOLOFEST 2020 Announces February Shows at the Whitefire Theatre
by Stephi Wild - Feb 2, 2020

The Whitefire Theatre presents SOLOFEST 2020, the largest solo theater festival on the West Coast. Now in its 8th year, SOLOFEST 2020 brings 80 shows in 90 days celebrating solo artists from around the globe a?' each story-teller sharing their compelling and often unusual take on life. SOLOFEST 2020 will run January 4 a?' March 28.

(IM)PERFEKT To Open The Solo Stars Series In Hollywood! Photo (IM)PERFEKT To Open The Solo Stars Series In Hollywood!
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 10, 2020

The award- winning one woman show, written and performed by Jannica Olin, is coming back to The Lounge Theatre in Hollywood, where it all began last summer with a sold out run in The Hollywood Fringe Festival.

The Whitefire Theatre Presents SOLOFEST 2020 Photo The Whitefire Theatre Presents SOLOFEST 2020
by Stephi Wild - Jan 4, 2020

The Whitefire Theatre presents SOLOFEST 2020, the largest solo theater festival on the West Coast. Now in its 8th year, SOLOFEST 2020 brings 80 shows in 90 days celebrating solo artists from around the globe - each story-teller sharing their compelling and often unusual take on life. SOLOFEST 2020 runs January 4 - March 28.

DEAR YOKO Opens At Whitefire Theatre On February 2 Photo DEAR YOKO Opens At Whitefire Theatre On February 2
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 5, 2019

Following successful 2019 engagements at the Whitefire Theatre and Santa Monica Playhouse, the acclaimed show Dear Yoko returns to the Whitefire Theatre for a single performance as part of the Whitefire's Solofest 2020. Anzu Lawson (who plays Ashley Kim on NBC's Chicago Med) is an Asian-American actress who grew up in Southern California in a broken family.

Heather Keller Brings CHEMO BARBIE to United Solo Photo Heather Keller Brings CHEMO BARBIE to United Solo
by Julie Musbach - Oct 22, 2019

In 2016, Heather Keller's world was rocked by a breast cancer diagnosis. Overnight, she went from being a healthy, vegan runner to a cancer patient and since then her life has been and continues to be an inspiring journey of growth filled with love, friendships, disappointments, betrayals and yes, even some humor. 

PRINCESS WOW Hits The Triad For One Night Only! Photo PRINCESS WOW Hits The Triad For One Night Only!
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 15, 2019

Ageless Wonders: A Grown up kids Guide to Realizing we are NEW: is a triumphant one woman performance designed to enlighten people on aging in modern times under the direction of Best National Solo Artist Jessica Lynn Johnson. This musical/dramedy promises to shed light on the benefits of entering the club of senior wonderhood. This 70 minute play promises to evoke some tears, guarantee smiles and even laughter. The show has a catchy original score written by Roland Mousaa, Grammy Winner & Mindy Fradkin, both of whom had the privilege of working and befriending the late great Pete Seeger, folk icon/activist.

Crystal Bush Takes Addiction-Redemption Solo Show CHRISSY METH To Binge Fringe Festiv Photo Crystal Bush Takes Addiction-Redemption Solo Show CHRISSY METH To Binge Fringe Festival
by Julie Musbach - Sep 30, 2019

Actress Crystal Bush explores her personal story of addiction and redemption in her celebrated new original solo show CHRISSY METH - A Dance with the Devil and the Journey Back to Self, at the Santa Monica Playhouse presents The BFF Binge Fringe Festival of Free Theatre Event on October 25th.

TheaterWorks PuppetWorks PuppetWorks Season Opens With Spooktacular Halloween Show Photo TheaterWorks PuppetWorks PuppetWorks Season Opens With Spooktacular Halloween Show
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 27, 2019

TheaterWorks opens their 2019-20 PuppetWorks season with Boo! A Halloween Spooktacular taking place October 12, 19 and 26. Boo! continues the black light style of puppetry which causes the puppets, scenery and even the audience to glow-in-the-dark. Boo! will be performed at 9am, 10:30 am and 12 pm at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts. Wailing Willow Way is the scariest street in town where no kid dares to trick-or-treat. Denny, Kenny and Penny venture down the street on the hunt for a fun-filled Halloween adventure. Hilariously spooky shenanigans ensue as they meet witches in the woods, a Gloomy Ghost and Count Fang as they travel through a Haunted Graveyard and encounter a Vampire's mansion.

(IM)PERFEKT - The Award Winning Solo Show Comes To Santa Monica Playhouse Photo (IM)PERFEKT - The Award Winning Solo Show Comes To Santa Monica Playhouse
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 26, 2019

Actress Jannica Olin was the stereotypical blonde blue eyed Swede. Her long hair had always been a big part of her identity. Until suddenly, she lost it all.

Award-winning Solo Show WILLY'S LIL VIRGIN QUEEN Comes To The Garage Theatre This Wee Photo Award-winning Solo Show WILLY'S LIL VIRGIN QUEEN Comes To The Garage Theatre This Week
by Marianka Swain - Sep 2, 2019

CORINA, FROM LAP DANCE TO SUNDANCE Announced At Santa Monica Playhouse Photo CORINA, FROM LAP DANCE TO SUNDANCE Announced At Santa Monica Playhouse
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 29, 2019

Corina, From Lap Dance to Sundance recounts the journey of how Corina Calderon went from working as a stripper in Austin, Texas, to being cast as the lead in a feature film that was nominated for the Grand Jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival. From hiding the truth from her judgmental, Mexican-American Catholic family, to finding support and friendship in the strip club. Written and performed by Corina Calderon, and directed and developed by Jessica Lynn Johnson,and playing for one night only, September 14th at 8:00 pm at Santa Monica Playhouse.

Santa Monica Playhouse Benefit Series Presents WAKE UP, LITTLE SUSY Photo Santa Monica Playhouse Benefit Series Presents WAKE UP, LITTLE SUSY
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 29, 2019

Speaking to the #metoo and #timesup movement, Susy Porter brings her darkest secrets into the light. Will she shed her shame and embrace her inner strength? Will she learn to turn her passiveness into power? It's time to Wake Up Little Susy. One night only, Saturday, September 7th at 7:30 pm.

Review: Anzu Lawson Opens Her Heart and Shares Her Soul in DEAR YOKO Photo Review: Anzu Lawson Opens Her Heart and Shares Her Soul in DEAR YOKO
by Shari Barrett - Aug 27, 2019

I was unaware of how Anzu's personal history inspired Ono's spirit to speak so directly to her until I was in the audience at her World Premiere solo show, DEAR YOKO, in which Anzu opened her heart and soul as she revealed how her personal history of non-acceptance as an Asian woman and her overwhelming depression was turned around when she discovered Ono as she studied her story and writings. During her 90-minute performance, directed by Jessica Lynn Johnson at the Whitefire Theatre, Anzu not only portrayed Ono with her signature dialect, hat and sunglasses, but also personal family members, rock musicians she met while touring as a singer/songwriter, agents and entertainment moguls who brought on the need for the #MeToo movement, and others who assisted her in turning her life around and accepting herself as the person she really was meant to be. And that road was never easy but so worth the journey.

BWW Interview: Terra Taylor Knudson Talks WILLY'S LIL VIRGIN QUEEN Photo BWW Interview: Terra Taylor Knudson Talks WILLY'S LIL VIRGIN QUEEN
by Don Grigware - Aug 26, 2019

Actress/Playwright Terra Taylor Knudson is about to open her award-winning solo show Willy's Lil Virgin Queen at the Garage Theatre in Long Beach after Labor Day. In our conversation she talks about why Shakespeare's work is so important to her and gives welcome advice to our readers on how to fully understand and appreciate him more. Actress/Playwright Terra Taylor Knudson is about to open her award-winning solo show Willy's Lil Virgin Queen at the Garage Theatre in Long Beach after Labor Day. In our conversation she talks about why Shakespeare's work is so important to her and gives welcome advice to our readers on how to fully understand and appreciate him more. Willy's Lil Virgin Queen sounds delightful. Tell us about how you and Shakespeare first got acquainted. TTK: I grew up in Bouldeilly's Lil Virgin Queen sounds delightful. Tell us about how you and Shakespeare first got acquainted. TTK: I grew up in Boulde

Award-Winning Show Coming To The Garage Theatre Photo Award-Winning Show Coming To The Garage Theatre
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 15, 2019

Award-Winning playwright and performer, Terra Taylor Knudson, (2017 Encore Producer's Award, 2005 Arts Professional of the Year, Long Beach Arts Council), brings her solo show; Willy's Lil Virgin Queen fresh from the boards of the Santa Monica Playhouse to The Garage Theatre in Long Beach for very special three night engagement September 5th, 6th & 7th at 8:00pm. 

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