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Openings & Extensions (June 13)

June 13, 2011

 SELF PROMOTION! Thanks to everyone who took in RUMORS at the Covina Center for the Performing Arts. We closed on Sunday. Hope you can catch me this Wednesday as Carl, the bus driver, in William Inge’s BUS STOP for IVRT at Candlelight Pavilion in Claremont. We close June 15 with a 2:30 pm matinee and 7:30 pm show!  


SPECIAL DISCOUNT OFFER: Theatre Unleashed offers an all-female JULIUS CAESAR. Set in the 1940s, in a United States battered by the effects of World War II, a group of women whose male loved ones are off fighting gather in a community center and present the play as a way to help them understand and cope with the war, and the pain, suffering and loss it’s caused. Anyone who uses the code ‘stevejulian‘ when buying tickets directly through our website will pay only $7 (including processing fee). Through June 18 at Studio/Stage 520 N. Western Ave., Los Angeles.


SPECIAL DISCOUNT OFFER: $10 with code “SteveJulian” to catch Lost Moon Radio’s 2nd foray into the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Seven performances between June 11 – 25 at Fringe Central at ArtWorks Theatre. As the top-selling production in the 2010 Hollywood Fringe Festival, Episode 10 delves into the realm of “Travel and Journeys,” exploring all the ways we get from here to there and, hopefully, back again. Fringe Central at ArtWorks Theatre, 6567 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038.


JUNE VARIOUS DATES and locations: The team behind last year’s Fringe hit, Deicide: a Sorta Musical, presents a new ensemble created dark comedy about rivalry, regret, and cheesy children’s television. Theatre and film elements are used in Top That! to tell the story of nine former child actors attending a cast reunion party of the TV show Pancakes, Ah YES! The reunion takes on a life of its own as it transforms into a weekend of nostalgia, romance, and enlightenment.


JUNE VARIOUS DATES: I’m Just Wild About Harry is a musical based on Brandon Thomas’s hilarious English farce “Charlie’s Aunt” first performed in 1892.  Lamb and Reilly have placed this new adaptation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin circa 1910 and added some very fun songs from the early 1900’s.  Crown City Theatre at St. Matthews Church, 11031 Camarillo St., NoHo 91602.



JUNE 11: Coeurage Theatre Company is proud to present the World Premiere of Gregory Nabours’ The Trouble with Words, an exciting new song cycle for 3 men and 3 women that explores the relationships people have with words as well as with each other. Nabours’ sharp wit and distinct style are displayed with songs that range from devastating to laugh-out-loud funny. The Trouble with Words is premiering this summer as part of the Festival of New American Musicals and the Hollywood Fringe Festival.


JUNE VARIOUS DATES: “PAINT” –  When Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns fell in love, they created their most critically valuable output of art. This award-winning play imagines their rivalry and friendship after their break-up in 1961. It is a magical story about fame, jealousy, art and betrayal. But above all else, it is a Love Story. June 11 & 19 @ 1 PM; 23rd, 24th & 25th @ 7 PM; 26th @ 1 PM. Flight Theatre at Complex Theatres Hollywood | 6476 Santa Monica Blvd, 90038


JUNE 13: GOOD, BAD BUT BEAUTIFUL is at the Comedy Store* (produced by The Grove Theatre) on Sunday, June 12th and Monday, June 13th. Show times: 8:00 pm. Doors open at 7:30 for cocktails and appetizers. Tickets are $30, and can be purchased by calling 1-877-920-4343. The Comedy Store is located at 8433 West Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 90069. Stay after the show and enjoy the laughter brought to you by the talented comedians who entertain at the Comedy Store. *Limited to age 21 and over.


June 13: The award-winning Musical Theatre Guild, a company of professional performers who present concert-staged readings of seldom seen musicals, will close their 15th season with Larry O’Keefe, Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming’s BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL. The performance will take place on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 7:30 PM at the historic Alex Theatre in Glendale. The Musical Theatre Guild’s 16th Anniversary 2011-2012 season will open in September, 2011 and includes HIGH FIDELITY (September 19, 2011), FANNY (November 14, 2011), LITTLE WOMEN (February 13 and 19, 2012), A NEW BRAIN (April 16, 2012) and concludes with SHENANDOAH (June 11 and 17, 2012).


JUNE 14: REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater) is proud to announce preliminary program highlights for RADAR L.A., an international festival of contemporary theater running June 14–20. The festival is produced by REDCAT in collaboration with Center Theatre Group and The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival (New York), and a consortium including Theatre Communications Group, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, LA Stage Alliance and the Los Angeles Theatre Center. $50 multi-event passes go on sale in April and will allow audiences to attend performances for as little as $10.


JUNE 14: TWIST – An American Musical is a timely adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic with a contemporary score, set in New Orleans on the eve of the Great Depression. TWIST tells the story of a young orphan boy born of a courageous white mother and an incredibly talented black father, who navigates the colorful and sometimes rough waters of street life and racial intolerance in his quest to find his family and to find love. Tickets may be purchased online, at The Pasadena Playhouse box office or by calling 626-356-7529.


JUNE 15: The Austin-based theatre collective Rude Mechs bring their characteristically inventive, lively and playful production, “The Method Gun,” to the Kirk Douglas Theatre through 26, 2011, as part of Center Theatre Group’s DouglasPlus. “The Method Gun” follows the disciples of the obscure acting teacher Stella Burden long after she has mysteriously moved to South America, leaving behind her acting technique. Her followers begin to question what they have learned and how to finish a project they have been rehearsing for nine years.


JUNE 15: The 2010-2011 season of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center continues with the Music Center debut of Ballet Nacional de Cuba at the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for five performances only, June 23-26, 2011. The company will present the classic, “Don Quixote,” choreographed by Alicia Alonso, after Alexander Gorsky and Marius Petipa with music by Ludwig Minkus, performed live by the LA Opera Orchestra. Ballet Nacional de Cuba will also present a program of classical repertory at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County, June 15-19, 2011.


JUNE 15-16: Unbound Productions founders Jonathan Josephson, Paul Millet, and Jeff G. Rack have announced a special performance of the popular horror story adaptation series WICKED LIT that will take place at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles for 4 performances only: June 15  at 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. and June 16 at 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., 2011. This installation of WICKED LIT will feature one short play, Mark Twain’s A Ghost Story adapted by Josephson, directed by Millet, and with production design by Rack. Josephson, Millet and Rack will also produce the event in conjunction with the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.


JUNE 15-19: LA Theatre Works presents LOBBY HERO by Kenneth Lonergan, featuring Tate Donovan. Lobby Hero is a slice of contemporary life with the same humanity and humor that its author brought to You Can Count on Me and This Is Our Youth. Bart DeLorenzo directs.


JUNE 15, 19, 20: needtheater is proud to present a world premiere adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s popular short story “Good Old Neon” at the Hollywood Fringe Festival June 15, 19, and 20. Directly adapted from Wallace’s words, Glint takes an eerie journey into the mind of a man after his own suicide–amplified by the reality of the author’s own suicide in 2008. The show had drawn significant attention from the David Foster Wallace fan base, The Howling Fantods and we are very excited for the production.


JUNE 15: The Interlopers is a Romeo and Juliet story set in the transgender world of Los Angeles. Through the theme of identity, the play explores a group of unique misfits who call themselves family, and who are brave enough to challenge the obstacle course called life. Examining these singular and special people, the play follows them on their journeys to being their whole and authentic selves. World premiere at The Bootleg Theater 2220 Beverly Boulevard, in Los Angeles, 90057 through July 17.


JUNE 16: Chris Isaacson and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center proudly present the premiere of Jennifer Leigh Warren in “DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER: the songs of Dame Shirley Bassey,” which will make its Los Angeles debut on June 16 at The Renberg Theatre, 1125 N. McCadden Place in Hollywood, with acclaimed Director Richard Jay-Alexander (Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler “Kiss My Brass” Tour, Bernadette Peters) at the helm.


JUNE 16: The Los Angeles Theatre Ensemble  opens The Naked Army at the Powerhouse Theatre in Santa Monica. The Naked Army is a premiere adaptation of ristophanes’ Lysistrata, written and directed by Matthew James Weedman. Using improvisation, clowning, music, movement, and extensive research, this is a completely re-imagined physical theatre adaptation of the classic Greek comedy. The show runs until July 2nd. Immediately following the June 16th performance, the audience is invited to join the company at the Opening Night Reception on the Deck at the Powerhouse.


JUNE 16-18: Native Voices at the Autry, America’s leading Native American theater company, continues its tradition of excellence developing works by new and established Native American playwrights at its highly regarded PLAYWRIGHTS RETREAT AND FESTIVAL OF NEW PLAYS, culminating in public readings of four new works on Thursday, June 16, 7:30 pm, Friday, June 17, 7:30 pm, and Saturday, June 18, 1 pm and 4 pm, at the Autry National Center’s Wells Fargo Theater.


JUNE 16-25: FOUR CLOWNS: ROMEO & JULIET begins a limited engagement.  Performances will be held on Thursday, June 16 @ 8pm, Saturday, June 18 @ 5:30pm, Friday June 24 @ 10:30pm and Saturday, June 25 @ 7:30pm. Performances will be held at Fringe Central, the Art/Works Theatre Mainstage,  6569 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90038. Show contains graphic violence, strong sexual situations and other wanton behavior.


JUNE 16 AND VARIOUS DATES: The nerd-tastic storytelling show ! Death 40-Feet Tall ! returns to the Hollywood Fringe Festival for nine performances. Presented by Pam Noles, the piece made its debut at the inaugural 2010 Hollywood Fringe. 9 p.m. June 16, 21, 24 / 5 p.m. June 18, 20, 22 / 1 p.m. June 19, 26 / 3 p.m. June 25.  ComedySportz LA, 733 Seward Street, Hollywood, 90038. Plentiful free street parking! $10 suggested ticket price, or Pay What You Can.


JUNE 17-25: I Heart Hamas: And Other Things I’m Afraid to Tell YouJennifer Jajeh was born in San Francisco. Her parents are from Ramallah. She will not have her birth certificate with her. Nor will she defend being a single woman in San Francisco with a cat, or an American wanting sushi while she watches Sex and the City in Ramallah. What she will have is a new perspective on why she’s OK with you not being OK with it.


JUNE 17 AND VARIOUS DATES: Dirtie Blonde Productions presents Girl Band in the Men’s Room, a play by Robert A. Ford, as part of the 2nd Annual Hollywood Fringe Festival this June. Set in a men’s bathroom in 1994, the grunge-nostalgic dramedy follows four female musicians as they negotiate artistic and personal compromises on the eve of their big break in the male-dominated music industry.


JUNE 17: Ten West returns to the Hollywood Fringe Festival and Theatre of NOTE to present: INEFFABLE: a clown treatise on the mysteries of life, death, hay fever. TEN WEST is the comedy duo of Stephen Simon and Jon Monastero under the direction of Bryan Coffee. Their show, The Understudies, played to sold out houses and was a festival favorite in last year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival.


JUNE 17: The Bootleg Theater, Alicia Adams, Artistic Director, has announced the world premiere of THE INTERLOPERS by Gary Lennon, directed by Jim Fall, opening on Friday, June 17 for a limited engagement of five weeks only. There will be two preview performances on June 15 and 16. It’s is a Romeo and Juliet story set in the transgender world of Los Angeles.


JUNE 17: The all new production of “Les Misérables,” featuring glorious new staging and spectacular re-imagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, will play at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre, opening June 17, with previews June 14 –16, and performances continuing through July 31, 2011.


JUNE 17: CRUMS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage (Ruined, Fabulation) and directed by Ben Campbell.  Told through the eyes of 17-year-old Ernestine Crump, CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY is a memory play about an African-American family from the Deep South that moves to bustling Brooklyn in 1950. Continues through Sunday, June 26 at The Hudson Mainstage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood. Through June 26.


JUNE 17-19: THE 2 SIDES OF EDDIE RAMONE.  What is going on in Eddie Ramone’s mind as he tells jokes to the audience? Chris Sullivan’s compelling new play examines the tragicomic and complicated personality of an established comedian as he strives to overcome personal tragedy and scandal. $16; online or call 1-(310)-394-9779 x1. All proceeds benefit the Santa Monica Playhouse Save the Playhouse Campaign.


JUNE 17-19: Mashing the 1950s with science fiction in their signature Hyper-theatrical style, Rogue Artists Ensemble creates a uniquely theatrical event using puppetry, live actors, original music and video. D is for Dog premieres with four performances at South Coast Repertory as part of the Studio Series, June 17-19, followed by a six-week run at Studio/Stage in Los Angeles beginning July 1. Rogue Artists Ensemble differs from other theater companies in that it’s run by a collective of multi-disciplinary artists and designers rather than by actors, writers or directors.


JUNE 17, 18, 19, 25: Award-Nominated Show I Do Card Tricks and I’m Funny Returns to the Hollywood Fringe Festival, June 2011. Named Close Up Magician of the Year in 2007, Jon Armstrong’s amazing close-up skills and comedy have brought him numerous awards and nominations throughout his career. This year, he is bringing his award-nominated show “I Do Card Tricks and I’m Funny” back to the Hollywood Fringe Festival for the festival’s second year at Fringe Central (ArtWorks Theater, Studio A) 6567 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles 7:30 pm.


 JUNE 17-25: The Pallas Theatre Collective is pleased to announce that their season’s production of The Many Women of Troy, a new musical, will be a part of the 2011 Hollywood Fringe Festival, marking the area premiere of their work at the Open Fist Theatre. This musical has been workshopped at several different universities since 2003 (including NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, and the University of Maryland); this is its first full production on the west coast.


JUNE 18: An evening of plays by J.M. Barrie: Rosalind and The Old Lady Shows Her Medals – two delightful, unique and rarely produced works by the author of “Peter Pan” which mirror each other, examining the theme of unlikely love in early 1900’s England with humor, wit and poignancy. Directed by Marilyn Fox and Dana Dewes, this is the second show of their 25th season. PACIFIC RESIDENT THEATRE 703 Venice Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291


JUNE 18: Katselas Theatre Company announces the World Premiere of A Death in Colombia by Shem Bitterman, Directed by Steve Zuckerman at The Skylight Theatre 1816 N. Vermont Ave. LA 90027. Previews begin June 3rd with the official press opening Saturday, June 18th. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. through July 31st. Tickets are $30 or $20 for students/seniors. Tickets can be purchased by calling 702-KTC-TKTS (702-582-8587), or online at


JUNE 18, 29, 25: Combined Artform (Matthew Quinn, producer) has announced four special performances of Blink & You Might Miss Me, written and performed by Larry Blum and directed by Stan Zimmerman, as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival, on June 10, 18, 19 and 25 at the Asylum Lab in Hollywood..


JUNE 18-25: (Hollywood Fringe – family friendly show) New Perspectives Theatre Company (NPTC) makes its Hollywood debut with the acclaimed production for family audiences Steal Away: The Living History of Harriet Tubman at the 2nd Annual Hollywood Fringe Festival. Performances are Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m., June 18–25, 2011 at Theatre of NOTE, 1517 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028. Harriet Tubman’s great-great grand niece making an appearance for the June 24th & 25th performances.


JUNE 18 AND VARIOUS DATES: World Premiere of Interactive Children’s show “Voices from Chornobyl, Jr.” After their successful 25th Anniversary Awareness Events benefiting the Chernobyl Children’s International, this new play ventures to reach an even wider audience by introducing children 8+ to a time in history rarely discussed except in crisis. Carefully crafted and interactive, the audience learns how Katya, 9 years-old in 1986, learned about science and history so she can understand the new situation evolving around her. Fringe Central (ArtWorks Theater, Studio A) 6567 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles.  Take advantage of a “stevejulian” discount code for $5 tickets to all performances June 11, 18, 19, 25 & 26 at 1pm.


EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 19: BOOMERMANIA – The Musical about the Baby Boomers!, written and directed by Debbie Kasper & Pat Sierchio, with choreography by Edward Carignan, musical direction by Mary Ekler and produced by Michael Anthony Gremo is EXTENDING again and will now play through Sunday, June 19 at the El Portal Forum Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood.


JUNE 19: “Botanicum Seedlings,” The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum‘s development series for playwrights, announces the recipient of the 2nd annual “Izzy” award. The winning play, The Territory of Dreams by Velina Hasu Houston, was presented as part of last year’s spring playreadings. The selections for the 2011 spring readings showcase three diverse female voices: Fengar Gael‘s The Gallerist on Sunday, June 5; The Versailles by Erica Jones on Sunday, June 12; and Lucile Lichtblau‘s The English Bride on Sunday, June 19. All readings begin at 11 am, and admission is free.


JUNE 19: Forever Flamenco!The Fountain Theatre’s acclaimed series returns to the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre on June 19. Each show in the series features a roster of world-class Flamenco dancers, singers and musicians drawn from the rich pool of Flamenco artists in Southern California, with additional guest artists brought from San Francisco, Albuquerque and Spain. Barnsdall Art Park is located at 4800 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027.



JUNE 20: A free reading of The Fix – A hard-edged, hard-boiled rock musical that follows the mercurial rise of a charismatic young politician and the political machinery that created him. As a mother and her brother-in-law scheme to have her son elected as president of the United States, the three of them compose one of the most dysfunctional almost-first families this side of real-life Washington politics. International City Theatre in Long Beach, 7 pm.


June 20-23: Theatre of NOTE will facilitate four special panel discussions during the 2nd Annual Hollywood Fringe Festival, June 20-23, 2011.  Each panel discussion will be patterned after last year’s successful forum and feature experts in the field exploring issues that impact the Los Angeles theatre community.  Admission to the Theatre of NOTE panel discussions is Pay-What-You-Can and open to the public.


JUNE 20, 27: STANDING ON CEREMONY: The Gay Marriage Plays continues at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center, The Renberg Theatre, 1125 N. McCadden Pl., Los Angeles. This evening’s cast includes Wendie Malick, Kurtwood Smith, Harriet Harris, James Patrick Stuart among others. Hear my conversation with Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Doug Wright, whose play ON FACEBOOK is one of the shorts of the evening. (I saw this on June 6 – wonderful! – sj)


JUNE 22: As part of the 2011 Hollywood Fringe Festival, the Brimmer Street Theatre Company has announced Black Tie Salon, an interactive evening of parlor games and champagne cocktails, for one night only on Wednesday, June 22 at Arena Stage at Theatre of Arts, in Hollywood. 7:30pm. Attendees have the opportunity to participate in a series of carefully selected exercises designed to awaken the creative spirit and collaboratively explore visual art, writing, performance, and everything in between. M Cafe de Chaya will provide catering for the event, which is suited for 21 years of age and over.  Formal or business attire is requested.


JUNE 23: The 2010-2011 season of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center continues with the Music Center debut of Ballet Nacional de Cuba at the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for five performances only, June 23-26, 2011. The company will present the classic, “Don Quixote,” choreographed by Alicia Alonso, after Alexander Gorsky and Marius Petipa with music by Ludwig Minkus, performed live by the LA Opera Orchestra. Ballet Nacional de Cuba will also present a program of classical repertory at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County, June 15-19, 2011.


JUNE 23-25: Richard Tatum presents three encore performances of the musical GROUP. In short, “Group” is: 1 professor, 6 twenty-somethings, 3 musicians… Musical Group Therapy. Group chronicles seven strangers’ path to love and acceptance. With heartfelt wit, set to an indie-rock score, Tatum says you’re going to find your peace here. Stella Adler Theatre 6773 Hollywood Blvd $2 parking @Hollywood & Highland.


JUNE 23 & 26: Can’t get to New York? L.A. Theatre Works presents a high-definition screening of Roundabout Theatre’s critically acclaimed, Tony-nominated Broadway production of Oscar Wilde’s comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by and starring Tony-nominee Brian Bedford at UCLA this June. At UCLA  Thursday, June 23 @ 8 pm; and Sunday, June 26 @ 4 pm. Other screenings in the L.A. area: La Mirada Theater (June 26).


JUNE 24-26: Sideways SmileyFace Productions and Phoenix Rising present a Special Engagement of eLove, a, with book, music, and lyrics by award-winning Wayland Pickard with additional lyrics by Sherry Netherland & Deborah Johnson, June 24 and 25 at 7:29pm, and June 26 at 2:00pm, at The Grove Theatre in Upland.


JUNE 24: Hip-Hop Theater Festival and Prana Theatre Group in partnership with Rogue Machine and John Perrin Flynn present THE WORD BEGINS. Presented at Rogue Machine (in Theatre Theater)  5041 W. Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90019. Mashing up spoken word, comedy and Hip-Hop, Steve Connell and Sekou Andrews deliver hyper-kinetic performances in this fresh new satire that examines the current American cultural landscape as it appears to a young white man and a young black man. Nominated for three Helen Hayes Award.


JUNE 24 & 26: Performing for the first time in three years, JUKEBOX STORIES returns with new tales and tunes, classic pieces from the past, and an expertly integrated bingo game that will have audience members vying for the Asian-est prizes this side of Chinatown! What will PRINCE GOMOLVILAS have to say about UCLA student Alexandra Wallace, the proposed all-white Akira, and, of course, his beloved sister? How will Brandon Patton look surrounded by a festival full of Asians? How could a show that’s constructed randomly by the audience be so much damn fun? National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, 111 N. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012


June 24: Monkey Wrench Collective opens provocative drama DAMNÉE MANON, SACRÉE SANDRA June 24! Two interweaving monologues on religion and sex, delivered by a languid drag queen and a devoted Catholic woman, DAMNÉE MANON, SACRÉE SANDRA examines the sacred and the profane–their similarities and differences–and how they merge and become one another. Directed by Richard Stein, the play stars Monkey Wrench regulars Jessica Lamprinos and Alexander Price.


JUNE 25: Grove Theater Center presents the world premiere of A BOOK BY ITS COVER by Damon Chua. Millie explores the intricate paradox of being Chinese-American in a world of ever-changing fortunes. From the same team that created Film Chinois, winner LA Ovation Award for Best World Premiere of a Play. GTC Burbank 1111-b W. Olive, Burbank, CA 91506. Through July 23.


EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 25: Wendy Graf’s NO WORD FOR ME IN GUYANESE, a one-woman “protean performance” by Anna Khaja who portrays a gay Muslim woman. Sidewalk Theatre, 4150 Riverside Dr., Toluca Lake (Burbank), CA 91505. SPECIAL MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND DISCOUNT OFFER THIS WEEKEND ONLY! $10 with DISCOUNT CODE “DISCOUNT”  on Don’t miss this Critic’s Pick hit!


EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 25TH: In his internationally acclaimed stage work, La Razón Blindada, Argentine-born playwright/director Aristides Vargas infuses Miguel de Cervantes’ classic novel, El Quijote with Franz Kafka’s, The Truth About Sancho Panza, and testimonies by Chicho Vargas and other political prisoners held in the 1970′s at the Rawson Prison during Argentina’s dictatorship. Two political prisoners, oppressed by physical and emotional abuse, find solace in meeting every Sunday at dusk to tell the story of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. 24TH Street Theatre, Los Angeles.


THROUGH JUNE 26: Gregory Craft’s SUPER SIDEKICK returns for the Hollywood Fringe Festival at Actors Circle Theatre, 7313 Santa Monica Blvd., WeHo. Saturdays and Sundays 1pm. Pay What You Can. Info & RSVP


EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 26: Santa Monica Playhouse is proud to announce the extension of the West Coast premiere of Todd Susman’s LOCKED AND LOADED. The show opened on February 18 and will run through June 26 in The Other Space at Santa Monica Playhouse.


JUNE 26: I’m a board member of Parson’s Nose Theater, a nonprofit company that mounts hour-long adaptations of classic works. If you haven’t seen one of our FREE shows, please find a Friday or Saturday to do so. We’re holding a fundraiser that promises to be a lot of fun. We’ll toast the past season, announce the next, drink some wine, sing-along with someone, and slap backs. $40. Lineage Performing Arts Center 89 S. Fair Oaks, Pasadena 91105.


JUNE 26: La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts in association with Roundabout Theatre Company, L.A. Theatre Works and BY Experience is thrilled to be presenting – direct from Broadway, the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Tony Award-nominated production of Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, directed by and starring Tony Award Nominated Best Actor Brian Bedford on SUNDAY, JUNE 26 at 2pm at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd. in La Mirada.


JUNE 26: TWIST – An American Musical is an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic with a contemporary score, set in New Orleans on the eve of the Great Depression. TWIST tells the story of a young orphan boy born of a courageous white mother and an incredibly talented black father who navigates the colorful and sometimes rough waters of street life and racial intolerance in his quest to find his family and to find love. Tamyra Gray stars. The Pasadena Playhouse from June 14 – July 17, 2011 with the official press opening on June 26, 2011. The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue in Pasadena.


EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 26: THE ROAD THEATRE COMPANY announces that the critically-acclaimed, world premiere production of PURSUED BY HAPPINESS, written by Keith Huff (Broadway’s A Steady Rain; The Bird and Mr. Banks) and directed by Robin Larsen (An Infinite Ache; Tryst) is EXTENDING through SUNDAY, MAY 29, at the Historic Lankershim Arts Center, 5108 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, CA. 


EXTENDED through JUNE 26: at the Zephyr – David L. Ray’s world premiere play, CAUGHT, presented by Buttermilk Productions in association with Drumfish Productions, and directed by three-time Ovation Award-winner Nick DeGruccio, has extended its run one final time through Sunday, June 26. For the remainder of the run, patrons may use special codes (either NOH8 or AID4AIDS) when ordering tickets at and the production will donate 25% of the ticket price to either the NOH8 Campaign or Aid for AIDS.


THROUGH JUNE 26: Lonesome No More! Theatre presents Frank Wedekind’s Spring Awakening, as translated by Jonathan Franzen, at the 2nd annual Hollywood Fringe Festival. Spring Awakening has six performances, including a designated press preview on June 9, throughout the duration of the Hollywood Fringe Festival at The Complex Hollywood’s Ruby Theatre.


JUNE 30 AND BEYOND: Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival – MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, HAMET, LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST various dates at Griffith Park Old Zoo, 4730 Crystal Springs Dr, LA 90027, FREE. 818-710-6306 or website. There is no seating at the site so bring a blanket or low-backed chair and dress warmly for evening performances.


JUNE 30: It was the Summer of 1947. Hot off the success of his smash debut ‘The Glass Menagerie,’ Tennessee Williams had written a play that would cement his legacy as America’s greatest playwright. He needed to find the perfect star to play Stanley Kowalski in “A Streetcar Named Desire.” When a young unknown actor named Marlon Brando showed up to read for the role the rest, as they say, was history. This is the untold story of the most infamous audition of them all at Two Roads Theatre 4348 Tujunga Blvd., Studio City.


The 2011 Festival of New American Musicals extends over 16 new musicals and musical events presented in area theatres as part of their on-going programming including “Summer of Love” (April 1-17) at Musical Theatre West; “Krunk Fu Battle” (May 12-June 26); at East West Players; “Thank You, Mister Falker” (May 14-29) at the Morgan Wixson Theatre; “Moscow, Cherry Town” (May 15, 18 and 22) and “The Difficulty of Crossing A Field” (June 15-18) at Long Beach Opera; “Bash’d: A Gay Rap Musical” (opening May 26) at Celebration Theatre; “The Trouble With Words” (June) at Coureage Theatre; “Twist” (opening June 14) at Pasadena Playhouse; “Jerry Springer: The Opera” (July 1-August 7) at Chance Theatre; “Sherwood Forest” (July 25-27) at Theatre West; and Amanda McBroom at the Ford Amphitheatre (July 30).


JULY 1: Mashing the 1950s with science fiction in their signature Hyper-theatrical style, Rogue Artists Ensemble creates a uniquely theatrical event using puppetry, live actors, original music and video. D is for Dog begins a six-week run at Studio/Stage in Los Angeles. Rogue Artists Ensemble differs from other theater companies in that it’s run by a collective of multi-disciplinary artists and designers rather than by actors, writers or directors. Studio/Stage is located at 520 N. Western Ave, Los Angeles 90004 (corner Western and Maple).


JULY 2-10: Building upon the success of last year’s Metro Me @Metro, Watts Village Theater Company (WVTC) in association with Watts/Century Latino Organization presents Meet Me @Metro II, a theatrical journey on Los Angeles’ Metro Rail featuring daring, site-specific performances curated by WVTC Artistic Director Guillermo Avilés-Rodríguez and Associate Curator Rita Cofield from Obie Award winner Rick Burkhardt, eight innovative Long Beach and Los Angeles-based theater companies and a myriad of solo performers. Meet Me @Metro II will take place July 2–10, 2011 with performances on Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00am beginning and ending at the Watts Towers Arts Center.


JULY 4: Part II of the Santa Monica Playhouse‘s 24-month 50th Anniversary celebration will be inaugurated with a 14-day FREE FESTIVAL OF THEATRE, July 4 through 17, centered around the original musical ALL JOIN IN – commissioned for last year’s 40th Family Theatre year and back by unprecedented popular demand. Other special FREE events during the 14 days of the Festival include a FREE Enchanted Fairytale Interactive Theatre Adventure for kids 4 to 10 and their grown-ups on Monday, July 4, 10:30 to noon; and four FREE Public Workshops where participants work together to create their own mini-play: Wednesday, July 6, 6:00 to 7:30 PM for ages 6 to adult; Thursday, July 7 and Monday, July 11, 3:30 to 5:00, both for ages 6 to 15; and Tuesday, July 12, 6:00 to 7:30, for ages 18 and up.


JULY 5: DEADLINE to apply for Phantom Project’s 2011 Young Artist Project, an opportunity for those aged 16-23. It puts 10 strangers together with just 14 days to produce and present an original evening of theatre, music, dance, film, and much, much more. Online application here.


JULY 6: Rizzo 39 Productions has announced a limited engagement of Donna/Madonna at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood. This new solo show, written and performed by John Paul Karliak, is directed by Tiger Reel and Matthew Craig. Karliak wants desperately to be the perfect son for his adopted mother, a doting Catholic housewife from Scranton, PA. But realizing he will never be the ideal local boy, he seeks answers from a very different source: his fashion-writing, married-to-a-British-pop-star birth mother. Through Aug. 10 at The Lounge Theatre 6201 Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood, 90038.


JULY 7-24: FCLO Music Theatre presents “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now change”, which tackles the truths and myths behind the contemporary conundrum known as the relationship. Hailed by critics as “Seinfeld set to music” and “a funny, witty escapade”, the show is intended for mature audiences.


EXTENDED THROUGH JULY 8: The world premiere drama FIREHOUSE by Pedro Antonio Garcia, directed by Bryan Rasmussen, extends its run for a second time!   Fridays, 8pm, at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks.


 JULY 9: Musical Theatre West is proud to announce the professional regional premiere of THE WEDDING SINGER at the beautiful 1,070-seat Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach. THE WEDDING SINGER previews July 8 and runs July 9 through July 24, 2011. This production will be directed by Larry Raben (Original Cast: FOREVER PLAID, Regional: MTW’s THE ANDREWS BROTHERS [West Coast Premiere], THE PRODUCERS, FORBIDDEN BROADWAY, Broadway: THE PRODUCERS, MTW Directing Credits: NEVER GONNA DANCE, THE THING ABOUT MEN and I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE). THE WEDDING SINGER’s musical director is David Lamoureux, choreography by Spencer Liff. NOTE: Mary Jo Catlett will play Rosie.


THROUGH JULY 10: Katselas Theatre Company announces the World Premiere of A Death in Colombia by Shem Bitterman, Directed by Steve Zuckerman at The Skylight Theatre 1816 N. Vermont Ave. LA 90027. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. through July 10th. Tickets are $30 or $20 for students/seniors. Tickets can be purchased by calling 702-KTC-TKTS (702-582-8587), or online at



JULY 13-17: LA Theatre Works presents NEW JERUSALEM by David Ives featuring Billy Crudup and Andrea Gabriel. Baruch de Spinoza is a successful merchant and would-be philosopher. But Amsterdam’s Jews have made a fateful arrangement with the city: to police their own for “unorthodox” beliefs.


JULY 15: One night only The Grove Theatre brings in ABBEY ROAD – A Tribute to the Beatles. With their tight harmonies, flawless note for note renditions of Beatles hits, custom–tailored costumes, vintage instruments, Liverpudlian dialect and precise attention to every detail, Abbey Road – A Tribute to the Beatles has honed their show to become one of the most musically and visually satisfying Beatle tribute acts in the world.


JULY 22: Absolute Theatre presents THE INSIDIOUS IMPACT OF ANTON, by David Hilder. Francesca is a 30-something urban dweller who knows who’s who and what’s what, and will be more than happy to tell you exactly which is which. She has it all, from the job that’s not too demanding, to the superintendent ex-boyfriend who still fixes her plumbing (so to speak), to the gay friend next door. Then she meets Anton, a mysterious stranger who keeps turning up, and the oddest things start happening. Directed by Absolute Theatre’s Artistic Director, Richard Tatum, and again co-producing with Full Circle Theatrics at El Centro Theatre.


THROUGH JULY 22: BASH’D! is loosely based on the real life spike in hate crimes in Alberta, Canada during the national debate on equal marriage for gays and lesbians. Since this debate, same sex marriage has been legalized in Canada, despite the fervent protests of the religious right. In America the struggle continues. BASH’d! explores the effect of homophobic violence and the emotions associated with being any marginalized population. Though the topic is serious, the play itself is fast paced, high energy and full of laughs. Celebration Theatre.


THROUGH JULY 23: The multi-award-winning NoHo Arts Center Ensemble (NoHo ACE) presents a newly revised version of the play developed by the company, DEPARTURES, written by Michael Catlin, Effie Hortis, Jim Lunsford, James J. Mellon, Duane Poole, Penelope Richards, Jed Schlanger and Mark Wyrick, and directed by James J. Mellon.  DEPARTURES will run through Saturday, July 23 at the NoHo Arts Center, 11136 Magnolia Blvd. (at Lankershim) in North Hollywood. 


JULY 22: The hills will be alive in Thousand Oaks as Cabrillo Music Theatre proudly announces its brand-new production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE SOUND OF MUSIC, through Sunday, July 31st, at the 1,800-seat Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks.


JULY 30: The San Gabriel Valley Music Theatre presents SWINGIN’ AND CROONIN’: A Night of Prima, Dino, and Bing at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse. 2pm and 8pm. 626-282-1440.


THROUGH JULY 31: The world premiere of a funny, touching and thought-provoking new comedy about art by Stephen Sachs is next up at the multiple award-winning Fountain Theatre. Starring veteran actors Jenny O’Hara and Nick Ullett and directed by Sachs, BAKERSFIELD MIST, opens on June 11, the first in a series of productions set to take place at regional theaters across the U.S. as part of a National New Play Network rolling world premiere.




THROUGH JULY 31: MARGO VEIL– Len Jenkin’s noir fantasy entertainment is a cross between a surreal radio melodrama and wacky comedy filled with music and fantasy. Margo Veil is a young actress whose strange adventures lead her into an ever-changing landscape of dream and reality. An Odyssey Theatre Ensemble and Evidence Room co-production directed by Bart DeLorenzo. Through July 31.



AUG 4-21: FCLO Music Theatre’s third and final show of the season “Las Vegas Live, A salute to Sin City Songs and Showgirls” features the music of famous Las Vegas entertainers, from Louis and Keely to Elvis and Streisand, a marriage of classic and contemporary Vegas hits.  Also featured will be the “Skyroom” leggy chorines, “The Skygirls”. Intended for mature audiences.


THROUGH AUG 5: HOW TO SURVIVE THE APOCALYPSE aka A Burning Opera, SYRUP loft LA in fashion District. 25 performances. &



AUG 5-7: HAIRSPRAY comes to the Hollywood Bowl, reuniting the original Tony-winning stars Harvey Fierstein and Marissa Jaret Winokur. Directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell. (This is Fierstein’s Hollywood Bowl debut.)


AUG 23-23: The Pasadena Playhouse, in association with Glynis Henderson and Jonathan Reinis, announced ENNIO, featuring Ennio Marchetto – The Living Paper Cartoon, will play an exclusive, one week only, limited engagment from August 23 – 28, 2011.


SEPT 9: South Coast Repertory’s 48th season begins with an adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved Pride and Prejudice and will include works from some of theatre’s master craftsmen: Horton Foote’s touching The Trip to Bountiful, August Wilson’s powerful Jitney, Donald Margulies’ stimulating Sight Unseen and Suzan-Lori Park’s gripping Topdog/Underdog. The new work includes the Southland debut of Molly Smith Metzler’s comedy of class, Elemeno Pea, and the world premieres of three plays read at this year’s Pacific Playwrights Festival: Catherine Trieschmann’s pressure-cooker drama How the World Began, Steven Drukman’s family comedy The Prince of Atlantis and Octavio Solis and Adam Gwon’s emotional chamber musical, Cloudlands.


SEPT 18: POOR BEHAVIOR, a new play about lust and deception, marriage and fidelity by renowned playwright Theresa Rebeck, will have its world premiere at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum on September 18, as part of the Taper’s 2011 season. Directed by Doug Hughes, previews begin September 7 and performances will continue through October 16. This dark adult comedy asks the question: Is it adultery if they already think you’ve done it? It replaces the previously announced Rebeck play THE NOVELIST.


SEPT 23: LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS & MC COY RIGBY ENTERTAINMENT announce their 2011- 2012 season of shows!  For the first time ever, the company will offer its subscribers and audiences four weeks of performances this season (an additional week has been added to each run!) – with six must-see theatrical events: The 39 Steps and Noises Off; Miss Saigon and Cathy Rigby returning as Peter Pan; Life Could Be A Dream and a spectacular evening with Debby Boone reminiscing  about her mother-in-law Rosemary Clooney.


THROUGH OCT 1: The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum opens TARTUFFE with new songs by Ellen Geer and Peter Alsop. Considered by many to be his best work, Molière’s rich comic genius is epitomized in the character of the 17th century con artist whose excessively cultured manners and religious devotion mask his true aim—to defraud a naïve gentleman, seduce his wife, marry his daughter, and steal the deed to an elegant estate. Every Friday in September, audiences are invited to feast on a French Provençal buffet dinner in the theater’s adjacent gardens at 6:30 pm, followed by an 8 pm performance. (Separate admission, or combination packages are available.)



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