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BWW Interview: The Versatile Matthew Hancock Inhabits Many Characters - Just in AN OC Photo BWW Interview: The Versatile Matthew Hancock Inhabits Many Characters - Just in AN OCTOROON
by Gil Kaan - Jun 10, 2021

The Fountain Theatre will inaugurate their new outdoor stage with Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ 2014 Obie Award-winning AN OCTOROON, with previews beginning June 11, 2021. Judith Moreland directs the cast of Leea Ayers, Matthew Hancock, Mara Klein, Hazel Lozano, Rob Nagle, Kacie Rogers, Vanessa Claire Stewart and Pam Trotter. Between final rehearsals, Matthew, who plays the playwright’s alter-ego among other characters, made some time to answer a few of my inquiries.

AN OCTOROON Casting Complete, Dates Set For On Fountain Theatre Outdoor Stage Photo AN OCTOROON Casting Complete, Dates Set For On Fountain Theatre Outdoor Stage
by Alexa Criscitiello - May 11, 2021

Casting is complete and rehearsals begin this week for the Los Angeles premiere of a radical, incendiary and subversively funny Obie award-winning play by MacArthur Foundation ‚ÄúGenius Grant‚ÄĚ recipient Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.

The Blank Theatre Presents THE TRAGEDY OF JFK Streaming Now Photo The Blank Theatre Presents THE TRAGEDY OF JFK Streaming Now
by Alexa Criscitiello - Nov 25, 2019

The two-time Telly Award-winning film version of The Blank Theatre's production of The Tragedy of JFK (as told by Wm. Shakespeare) is now available for free streaming on YouTube (https://youtu.be/jhnBy9fKvHk). Conceived, adapted, and directed by Daniel Henning, the play had its world premiere in Los Angeles on October 1, 2016.

BWW Review: The Robey Theatre Company Presents the World Premiere of BIRDLAND BLUE Ho Photo BWW Review: The Robey Theatre Company Presents the World Premiere of BIRDLAND BLUE Honoring Jazz Great Miles Davis
by Shari Barrett - Apr 30, 2019

At Broadway and 52nd Street in New York City, the nightclub Birdland was the legendary center of the jazz world, where the glitterati of Broadway, Hollywood and the sports world regularly filled its 500 seats. In August 1959, the biggest star in jazz was Miles Davis, who earlier that year recorded Kind of Blue, regarded then and now as the most innovative and best jazz album of all time. The Miles Davis Sextet, as constituted that summer, was regarded as the best jazz combo ever. Honoring his love of all things jazz, Randy Ross Ph.D., an accomplished saxophonist and member of the jazz group the Blue Morning Quintet, spent several years researching Miles Davis and the amazing musicians in his Sextet. After gathering enough information to paint a clear picture of these jazz greats, Ross wrote his world premiere play BIRDLAND BLUE, directed by Ben Guillory, Artistic Director and Co-Founder of The Robey Theatre Company, the group producing the show at LA Theatre Center through May 12.

Photo Flash: Opening Night of ROTTERDAM At Center Theatre Group Photo Photo Flash: Opening Night of ROTTERDAM At Center Theatre Group
by Alexa Criscitiello - Apr 1, 2019

Skylight Theatre Company's production of 'Rotterdam,' opened this weekend at Center Theatre Group at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Written by Jon Brittain and directed by Michael A. Shepperd, 'Rotterdam' will close April 7.

Skylight Theatre Company Production Of ROTTERDAM Opens At Douglas Photo Skylight Theatre Company Production Of ROTTERDAM Opens At Douglas
by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 29, 2019

Skylight Theatre Company's production of "Rotterdam," which Center Theatre Group is remounting at the Kirk Douglas Theatre as part of the third annual Block Party: Celebrating Los Angeles Theatre, will open this Saturday, March 30 at 8 p.m. Written by Jon Brittain and directed by Michael A. Shepperd, "Rotterdam" is currently in previews and will close April 7.

Cast Announced For ROTTERDAM Part Of Block Party 2019 At The Douglas Photo Cast Announced For ROTTERDAM Part Of Block Party 2019 At The Douglas
by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 6, 2019

Casting is set for Skylight Theatre Company's production of "Rotterdam," which Center Theatre Group is remounting at the Kirk Douglas Theatre as part of the third annual Block Party: Celebrating Los Angeles Theatre. Written by Jon Brittain and directed by Michael A. Shepperd, "Rotterdam" will begin previews March 28, open March 30 and continue through April 7.

Review: TOO HEAVY FOR MY POCKET Reflects the Belief a Better Future was Possible in 1 Photo Review: TOO HEAVY FOR MY POCKET Reflects the Belief a Better Future was Possible in 1961
by Shari Barrett - Feb 23, 2019

I had several reasons for wanting to see the West Coast Premiere of Jireh Breon Holder's TOO HEAVY FOR MY POCKET, produced by Scott Golden for Sacred Fools Theater Company, brilliantly directed by the talented Michael A. Shepperd, Artistic Director of Los Angeles' award-winning Celebration Theatre. I knew he would honor this delicate story of aspiration and familial love centering on two African-American couples struggling to find their way in a year filled with the promise of a better future for everyone, taking place at the height of the Civil Rights Movement when Freedom Fighters took to the road in buses to battle justice in the Deep South, firmly believing that equal rights for all people deserved to be the law of the land. And that boys will be boys and women will always forgive them their trespasses when babies are part of the equation by speaking out for equality in their own lives and homes.

Sacred Fools Presents The West Coast Premiere Of TOO HEAVY FOR YOUR POCKET Photo Sacred Fools Presents The West Coast Premiere Of TOO HEAVY FOR YOUR POCKET
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jan 14, 2019

Sacred Fools Theater Company is excited to continue its 22st season with the West Coast Premiere of Too Heavy for Your Pocket written by Jireh Breon Holder and directed by Michael Shepperd. "We have been tracking Too Heavy For Your Pocket since its world premiere, and were deeply affected by the poetry and humanity on display in Jiren's work," former Artistic Director Bryan Bellomo says. "We are honored to bring a west coast premiere to Los Angeles, and thrilled to finally have the opportunity to partner with Michael A. Shepperd, the perfect director to tell this delicate story of aspiration and familial love."

BWW Review: A Gripping, Tension-Packed HOSTAGE Completely Captivates Photo BWW Review: A Gripping, Tension-Packed HOSTAGE Completely Captivates
by Gil Kaan - May 29, 2018

The world premiere of playwright Michelle Kholos Brooks' HOSTAGE receives an absolutely stunning mounting by the Skylight Theatre Company. Tracie Lockwood gives a tour de force performance as Barbara, normally an inconspicuous, yet outspoken, mother like most in the Oak Creek, Wisconsin neighborhood; but a real pit bull when matters concern her hostaged son.

Skylight Theatre Company Opens ROTTERDAM, A West Coast Premiere Photo Skylight Theatre Company Opens ROTTERDAM, A West Coast Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2017

Skylight Theatre Company Stages West Coast Premiere of ROTTERDAM by Jon Brittain and Directed by Ovation Award Winner Michael A. Shepperd

VIDEO: Danny Glover and June Angela Discuss Their Characters In YOHEN Photo VIDEO: Danny Glover and June Angela Discuss Their Characters In YOHEN
by Alan Henry - Nov 3, 2017

Watch Danny Glover and June Angela discuss their characters in Philip Kan Gotanda's YOHEN!

Review Roundup: YOHEN at East West Players  - What Did The Critics Think? Photo Review Roundup: YOHEN at East West Players - What Did The Critics Think?
by Alan Henry - Nov 3, 2017

YOHEN runs through November 19 at East West Players Theatre, and the critics are weighing in!

Skylight Theatre Company Opens ROTTERDAM, A West Coast Premiere Photo Skylight Theatre Company Opens ROTTERDAM, A West Coast Premiere
by Alexa Criscitiello - Nov 2, 2017

Skylight Theatre Company Stages West Coast Premiere of ROTTERDAM by Jon Brittain and Directed by Ovation Award Winner Michael A. Shepperd

Photo Flash: Danny Glover and June Angela In YOHEN At East West Players Theatre Photo Photo Flash: Danny Glover and June Angela In YOHEN At East West Players Theatre
by Alan Henry - Nov 2, 2017

YOHEN runs through November 19 at East West Players Theatre! See photos from the show here!

Danny Glover and June Angela Lead YOHEN, Starting Tonight at East West Players Photo Danny Glover and June Angela Lead YOHEN, Starting Tonight at East West Players
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2017

East West Players (EWP) and The Robey Theatre Company (RTC) welcome screen, stage, and television actor Danny Glover and Emmy Award-winning actress June Angela in the revival of Philip Kan Gotanda's Yohen.

The Fountain Theatre Presents Mother-Daughter Tale RUNAWAY HOME Photo The Fountain Theatre Presents Mother-Daughter Tale RUNAWAY HOME
by Julie Musbach - Aug 8, 2017

Sometimes what you're searching for is right where you started. The Fountain Theatre presents a powerful, funny and deeply moving mother-daughter story byJeremy J. Kamps. Multiple award-winning Shirley Jo Finneyreturns to the Fountain to direct the world premiere of Runaway Home for a Sept. 16 opening.

Danny Glover and June Angela to Star in YOHEN at East West Players
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2017

East West Players (EWP) and The Robey Theatre Company (RTC) have announced that screen, stage, and television actor Danny Glover and Emmy Award-winning actress June Angela will star in the revival of Philip Kan Gotanda's Yohen. 

Ebony Repertory Theatre presents FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE Starring Obba Babatundé
by Alexa Criscitiello - May 19, 2017

Ebony Repertory Theatre (ERT - Producing Artistic Director, Wren T. Brown) presents FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE starring Emmy Award-winner Obba Babatunde (Dreamgirls - Tony Award nomination, Broadway's Chicago, CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful) as 'Nomax.'

Block Party Continues with Opening of CITIZEN This Sunday at the Douglas
by Alexa Criscitiello - Apr 27, 2017

Center Theatre Group's Block Party continues with the opening of The Fountain Theatre production of "Citizen: An American Lyric" this Sunday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Based on a book of poetry by Claudia Rankine, adapted for the stage by Fountain Co-Artistic Director Stephen Sachs and directed by Shirley Jo Finney, "Citizen: An American Lyric" will begin previews April 28 and continue for 11 performances only through May 7, 2017.

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