Will Geer News

North Coast Rep to Revive American Classic OF MICE AND MENNorth Coast Rep to Revive American Classic OF MICE AND MEN
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2017

For its second play of Season 36, North Coast Rep is reviving John Steinbeck's classic drama novella-turned play, OF MICE AND MEN. (more...)

Inara George & Friends to Play Theatricum Botanicum This FallInara George & Friends to Play Theatricum Botanicum This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2017

Acclaimed singer/songwriter and homegrown Topangan Inara George returns to Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum for her annual concert that benefits the theater's artistic and educational programming on Sunday, October 8 at 6 p.m. (more...)

LA Premiere of NAKED IN ALASKA Opens in Bootleg Theater's Solo Queens FestLA Premiere of NAKED IN ALASKA Opens in Bootleg Theater's Solo Queens Fest
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2017

After three sold-out, award-winning runs in international Fringe Festivals (New York City, Edinburgh, and Chicago), a critically-acclaimed Off-Broadway run, and a featured performance at the The Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska, Valerie Hager's autobiographical solo play about her years stripping in the Alaskan frontier will open at Bootleg Theater on Saturday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

BWW Review: Provocative TROUBLE IN MIND by Alice Childress Gets Timely Revival at Theatricum BotanicumBWW Review: Provocative TROUBLE IN MIND by Alice Childress Gets Timely Revival at Theatricum Botanicum
by Shari Barrett - Aug 22, 2017

TROUBLE IN MIND, the scathingly funny and thought-provoking backstage drama about interracial politics by pioneering African American playwright Alice Childress, is currently enjoying a brilliant revival at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum in Malibu thanks to director Ellen Geer's vision of the groundbreaking 1955 satire in which an integrated theater company in rehearsal for a “progressive” anti-lynching drama marks the first opportunity for gifted African American actress Willetta Mayer (portrayed by multiple NAACP Award-winner Earnestine Phillips who commands the stage) to play a leading lady on Broadway. This could be her dream come true, but what compromises must she make to succeed? (more...)

Theatricum's Botanicum Seedlings Announces Winner of 2017 IZZY AwardTheatricum's Botanicum Seedlings Announces Winner of 2017 IZZY Award
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2017

Botanicum Seedlings, the development series for playwrights at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum, has announced the recipient of the 7th annual "Izzy" Award for new plays. The winning play, Still Life by Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich, was presented during last year's Summer Playreadings. The Izzy is named for Theatricum's first dramaturg, Israel Baran, who passed away in 2007. To honor Israel's keen mind, sharp tongue, and ear for language (despite the fact that he was frustratingly deaf), the Izzy was established to recognize the Seedlings play that "speaks to us the loudest." (more...)

BWW Review: George Orwell's ANIMAL FARM Speaks Directly to the World's Current Political TurmoilBWW Review: George Orwell's ANIMAL FARM Speaks Directly to the World's Current Political Turmoil
by Shari Barrett - Aug 2, 2017

ANIMAL FARM, Orwell's brilliant political satire about the corrupting influence of power, charts the fall of idealism and the rise of tyranny after the animals of Manor Farm rise up against their oppressive human owner in a struggle for rights, equality, gaining the right to make their own choices on how to live their lives. Onstage, the story is read by two children, the girl (Sierra Rose Friday) and boy (Shane McDermott), keeping the audience informed as to the action taking place or what has gone on off stage leading to that particular scene. It all begins as the animals, led by Snowball, an idealistic pig (Christopher Yarrow), take over the farm from Mr. Jones (Steve Fisher). Their plan goes well at first; all the animals are equal and content. But eventually, several of the other pigs, led by Napoleon (Mark Lewis) and Squealer (Melora Marshall), yield to the lure of power and start to make decisions that serve their own interests best, eventually leading them to proclaim that some animals are more equal than others. The quote, 'absolute power corrupts absolutely,' certainly applies to Orwell's masterful work. (more...)

BWW Interview: Meet the Producers of DOG SEES GODBWW Interview: Meet the Producers of DOG SEES GOD
by Erica Garcia - Jul 20, 2017

Interview with Executive Producers Joey Maya Safchik, Chandler David, Judy Durkin, and Charlotte Weinman of DOG SEES GOD at The Blank Theater (more...)

Free Readings of Two New Plays Come to Theatricum BotanicumFree Readings of Two New Plays Come to Theatricum Botanicum
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2017

Botanicum Seedlings: A Development Series for Playwrights - This summer, Seedlings augments the Theatricum Botanicum summer season with free readings of two new plays. Both Stop-Motion by Liz Kerin (on Sunday, Aug. 20) and The Orange Garden by Joanna Garner (on Sunday, Aug. 27) explore how choices compelled by extraordinary circumstances can lead us into unknown territory. Admission is free. (more...)

Photo Flash: Members of the Geer Family Star in OTHER DESERT CITIES by Jon Robin BaitzPhoto Flash: Members of the Geer Family Star in OTHER DESERT CITIES by Jon Robin Baitz
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2017

The manicured life of a conservative actor-turned-politician and his impeccable wife is upset when relatives arrive at their Palm Springs home for the holidays - including politically liberal daughter Brooke, who's about to publish a tell-all memoir. Mary Jo DuPrey directs Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities, opening July 8 at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum. (more...)

TROUBLE IN MIND by Alice Childress Comes to TheatricumTROUBLE IN MIND by Alice Childress Comes to Theatricum
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2017

Trouble in Mind, the scathingly funny backstage drama about interracial politics by pioneering African American playwright Alice Childress, will get a revival at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum beginning July 29. (more...)

Backstage Romance, Political Intrigue and Fast-Paced Fun Hits North Coast Rep in AT THIS EVENING'S PERFORMANCEBackstage Romance, Political Intrigue and Fast-Paced Fun Hits North Coast Rep in AT THIS EVENING'S PERFORMANCE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2017

North Coast Repertory Theatre closes Season 35 with the San Diego premiere of AT THIS EVENING'S PERFORMANCE, an uproarious comedy about a bohemian theatre troupe appearing in an Eastern European police state. (more...)

Members of the Geer Family Star in OTHER DESERT CITIES at TheatricumMembers of the Geer Family Star in OTHER DESERT CITIES at Theatricum
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2017

The manicured life of a conservative actor-turned-politician and his impeccable wife is upset when relatives arrive at their Palm Springs home for the holidays - including politically liberal daughter Brooke, who's about to publish a tell-all memoir. Mary Jo DuPrey directs Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities, opening July 8 at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum. (more...)

The Wallis Youth Theater Company presents Gareth Jandrell's THEBESThe Wallis Youth Theater Company presents Gareth Jandrell's THEBES
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2017

Under the auspices of GRoW @ The Wallis, The Wallis Youth Theater Company presents its second theater production of the 2016-17 season, playwright Gareth Jandrell's Thebes, which makes its North American premiere on Saturday, June 10 at 8pm and Sunday, June 11 at 6pm at The Wallis in Beverly Hills. Ravaged by climate change and shaken by political turmoil, the citizens of Thebes must unite in order to revolutionize their democracy. From Oedipus to Antigone, the story of Thebes  remains a fascinating exploration of fate, morality and power, two and a half thousand years after the saga was originally written. Thebes is directed by Madeleine Dahm, with lighting design by Bosco Flanagan, recently named Lighting Designer of the Year by Los Angeles' Stage Raw. The cast includes young actors: Trecey Dory, Malakai Jones, Jayde Kief, Samantha Marino, Kelvin Morales, Jordan Rodriguez, Alexander Sheldon and Clementine Turner. (more...)

OCPA Presents DIRECTING HEDDA at The Chance TheaterOCPA Presents DIRECTING HEDDA at The Chance Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2017

The Orange County Playwrights Alliance (OCPA) partners with Anaheim's Chance Theater on June 24 for a staged reading of Lynn Wells Nelson's comedy Directing Hedda. (more...)

Photo Flash: Theatricum Opens Summer Season with MERCHANT OF VENICEPhoto Flash: Theatricum Opens Summer Season with MERCHANT OF VENICE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2017

William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice opens the summer season at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum on June 3. (more...)

3rd Annual Old Fashioned Barn Dance and Barbeque Announced at Theatricum3rd Annual Old Fashioned Barn Dance and Barbeque Announced at Theatricum
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2017

Old-fashioned Family Barn Dance and Barbeque  - Celebrate the 4th at Theatricum with a family hoe-down. Activities include live music, a barn dance, pie-eating contest, watermelon seed-spitting contest, cake walk, horseshoes, relay races, dunk bucket, family games and more. Barbeque and fixin's, beer and wine available for purchase. Folk and country fun! (more...)

Theatricum Botanicum presents Peter Hall's Stage Adaptation of George Orwell's ANIMAL FARMTheatricum Botanicum presents Peter Hall's Stage Adaptation of George Orwell's ANIMAL FARM
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

How do lies become truths? An acclaimed stage adaptation of Animal Farm, the classic novel by George Orwell, opens at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum on June 17, part of the company's "Rising Up" Summer 2017 Repertory Season. (more...)

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Kicks Off Theatricum Summer SeasonTHE MERCHANT OF VENICE Kicks Off Theatricum Summer Season
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2017

William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice opens the summer season at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum on June 3. (more...)

On Site Opera Presents U.S. Premiere of LA MERE COUPABLEOn Site Opera Presents U.S. Premiere of LA MERE COUPABLE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2017

Known for staging “the ultimate in intimate productions” (The New York Times), On Site Opera (OSO) presents the U.S. premiere and new site-specific production of Darius Milhaud's La mère coupable (The Guilty Mother). For the premiere, OSO partners with the Darius Milhaud Society and the award-winning International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). The site-specific production celebrates the 125th birthday of Milhaud and is dedicated to Katharine Warne, composer and founder of the Darius Milhaud Society. La mère coupable also marks the completion of OSO's three-year Figaro Project, in which the company is staging lesser-known operatic adaptations of French playwright Beaumarchais' (1732-1799) famed trilogy of Figaro plays. (more...)

'MOMentum Place' to Bring Fantastical World to Theatricum Botanicum for Mother's Day'MOMentum Place' to Bring Fantastical World to Theatricum Botanicum for Mother's Day
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2017

This Mother's Day, the 19th annual 'MOMentum Place' creates a fantastical world of aerial and circus performers, dancers and musicians in Theatricum Botanicum's rustic outdoor amphitheater. (more...)

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