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Openings & Extensions (May 11)

May 11, 2012

66% funded: My play ALTARCATIONS premieres at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, Fridays at 5p and Sundays at 4p, June 8-24. Read about the show and please make a tax deductible contribution through the Pasadena Arts Council’s 501(C)(3) EMERGE program here. Thank you!

I’ve signed on to direct DEATH OF A SALESMAN this fall for the Covina Center for the Performing Arts. Oct 12-Nov 4. Stay tuned for audition info…


MAY 10 – 13: Irvine Barclay Theatre presents PSY, the newest and largest production from the Montreal based circus troupe Les 7 doigts de la main which translates literally as “The seven fingers of the hand” for four performances only.  Les 7 doigts de la main is most known for their international hit Traces.


MAY 10 – JUN 10: Tim Dang directs Stephen Sondheim’s A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC for East West Players and gives it an Asian flavor.


MAY 11 – 27: Three Roses Players and Venice Sky Productions proudly present LOVE STRUCKan evening of one acts about LOVE … Lost love, found love, dangerous love and just plain silly love! Written by Dale Griffiths Stamos and Directed by Maggie Grant. Beverly Hills Playhouse 254 S. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA  90211


MAY 11 – 12: A Tribute to Frank Sinatra at the Covina Center for the Performing Arts.


May 11 -12: The Laguna Playhouse is proud to announce three performances of “8,” a play chronicling the historic trial in the federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8.  Written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter and AFER Founding Board Member Dustin Lance Black.


MAY 11 -13: California Performing Arts Centre (CPAC), the non-profit producing entity based at Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena, returns its award-winning production of Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey’s “A Woman of Independent Means” to the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena.


MAY 11 – 20: HISTORY LIT, produced by Paul Millet, Jonathan Josephson and Jeff Rack at the Fenyes Estate in Pasadena. THE YELLOW WALLPAPER, TWO PICTURES IN ONE, THE GARDEN PARTY.


MAY 11 – 27: TJ Dawson directs A CHORUS LINE for 3D Theatricals at Plummer Auditorium in Fullerton.


MAY 11 – JUN 10: JUN 21 – JULY 15: Ron OJ Parson directs JITNEY at South Coast Rep. The show moves to Pasadena after its SCR engagement.


MAY 11 – JUN 16: The Lyric Theatre Foundation presents AFTERSHOCKS by Doug Haverty and directed by JC Gafford. 520 N. La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles, 90036. Street parking is available. For more information on Aftershocks, and the Lyric Theatre, visit


MAY 11 – JUN 17: Actors Co-op concludes its 20th Anniversary season with Molière’s THE LEARNED LADIES, translated by Richard Wilbur.  Directed by Heather Chesley in Actors Co-op’s David Schall Theatre.


MAY 11 – JUN 17: Actors Co-op concludes its 20th Anniversary season with Molière’s THE LEARNED LADIES, translated by Richard Wilbur.  Heather Chesley directs. Actors Co-op’s theatres are located at 1760 N. Gower Street, Hollywood, CA 90028, on the campus of First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood.


MAY 11 – JUN 17: MACHA THEATRE/Films and Odalys Nanin present the West Coast Premiere of BITCHSLAP! by Darrin Hagen, directed by Odalys Nanin.


MAY 11 – JUN 24: Drina Durazo directs MOON OVER BUFFALO for The Group Rep at the Lonnie Chapman Theatre.


MAY 12 – 13: The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) illuminates the transcendent spirit of humanity with a dynamic program spanning 14 centuries of musical expression at its 26th Annual Spring Concert at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.



THROUGH MAY 12: Bella Vita Entertainment in association with the Whitefire Theatre present a world premiere, SLOW DANCE IN MIDTOWN, written and directed by Elizabeth Sarnoff. Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks. 


MAY 12 – 20“Cosi fan tutte.” The romantic, comedic opera is re-set in America at the time of the Civil War in this new production. Presented in Italian with English supertitles. Porticoes Theater, 2033 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91104.


MAY 12 – 27: Evangeline… a devoted daughter by day, a Hollywood go-go dancer by night. The songbook of Grammy Award winners David Hidalgo and Louie Pérez of Los Lobos at the Bootleg Theatre.


THROUGH MAY 13: THE WIZARD OF OZ at the Grove Theatre in Upland.


THROUGH MAY 13: BILLY ELLIOTT at the Pantages Theatre.


THROUGH MAY 13: THE IMAGINARY LIFE OF THE STREET SWEEPER, AUGUST G. At Casa 0101 Theater Main Stage 2102 E. 1st St., LA 90033.


THROUGH MAY 13:  Acclaimed stage and screen actor Jon Tenney takes on the role of Mike Dillon in the Geffen Playhouse production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People. Tenney joins the previously announced Jane Kaczmarek (Broadway’s Lost in Yonkers and television’s Malcolm in the Middle), in this West Coast premiere helmed by prominent local director Matt Shakman who is also the artistic director of LA’s Black Dahlia theater. 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood Village 90024. For more information,


MAY 15 – JUN 12: Michael Michetti directs Alex Goldberg’s IT IS DONE in site-specific Pig ‘N Whistle restaurant in Hollywood.


MAY 16: L.A.L.A.W – Los Angeles Lady Arm Wrestlers – bring LA’s theater community together one bicep and tricep at a time. Eight women will battle it out with strength, wits, bribery, you name it. Our celebrity judges make the final decision. We name a champion and the proceeds are donated back to the winning wrestlers company. INFO:


MAY 16 – JUN 10: East West Players (EWP), the nation’s largest producing organization of Asian American artistic work and the longest-running professional theatre of color in the country, concludes its 46th Anniversary season, themed Languages of Love, with Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, directed by Tim Dang and choreographed by Reggie Lee.


MAY 17 – 20: Brendon Fox directs Kevin Chamberlain (replacing Adam Arkin) and others in OPUS for LA Theatre Works at The James Bridges Theater at UCLA.


MAY 18 – JUN 17: Dave Barton directs the Monkey Wrench Collective production of POOL (NO WATER) Flight Theatre at The Complex, 6472 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood , CA 90038.


MAY 18 – JUN 17: “Aphrodite 2.” An erotic comedy mystery. World Premiere engagement.  The MET Theatre, downstairs in The Great Scott Theatre, 1089 N. Oxford Ave., Hollywood, CA 90029. 


MAY 18 – JUN 24: Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA members take Richard Martin Hirsch’s THE CLOSENESS OF THE HORIZON to the Odyssey Theatre. Directed by Darin Anthony.


MAY 18 – 27: Julia Rodriguez-Elliott directs THE BUNGLER at A Noise Within.


MAY 19: Grammy and Academy Award winner DEBBY BOONE performs one day only at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. REFLECTIONS OF ROSEMARY.


MAY 19 – 27: Hisa Takakuwa directs David Lindsay-Abaire’s SNOW ANGEL at South Coast Rep. A teen players production.


MAY 19 – JUN 24: Murray Mednick and Guy Zimmerman direct Mednick’s THE FOOL AND THE RED QUEEN at the Lounge Theatre.


THROUGH MAY 19: A Noise Within presents THE ILLUSION by PIERRE CORNEILLE, adapted by TONY KUSHNER and directed by Casey Stangl. The cast includes Nick Ullett (Pridamant), Jeff Doba (Amanuensis and Geronte), Deborah Strang (Alcandre), Graham Hamilton (Calisto/Clindor/Theogenes), Devon Sorvari (Melibea/Isabelle/Hippolyta), Abby Craden (Elicia/Lyse/Clarina), Freddy Douglas (Pleribo/Adraste/Florilame) and Alan Blumenfeld (Matamore). 3352 East Foothill Blvd.,  Pasadena, CA 91107


THROUGH MAY 19: Danai Gurira’s powerful new play, “The Convert,” which was commissioned by Center Theatre Group, will be presented at the Kirk Douglas Theatre 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232.


EXTENDED THROUGH MAY 20: Playwrights’ Arena and the Latino Theater Company at the Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC) in association with PAE Live! is presenting the World Premiere of  MICHAEL PREMSRIRAT’S  The Girl Most Likely To. 


THROUGH MAY 20: Richard Chamberlain, Heather Tom and Julia Duffy star in THE HEIRESS at the Pasadena Playhouse.


THROUGH MAY 20: A WRINKLE IN TIME at Lewis Family Playhouse, a MainStreet Theatre Co production with Amanda Pajer and Jeremy Lelliott.


THROUGH MAY 20: Lindsay Frame directs THE LAUGHING COW, the tale of a lawyer-cum-prophet who has the audacity to reach beyond the mandate for feel-good fare to tell the truth.  Based on the writer’s (Jessica Abrams) time at Disney. Meta Theatre on Melrose at Anthony Meindl’s Actor Workshop, 7801 Melrose Avenue #3, Los Angeles, CA 90046


THROUGH MAY 20:  Guillermo Cienfuegos directs OUT THERE ON FRIED MEAT RIDGE ROAD  Pacific Resident Theatre 707 Venice Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291.


THROUGH MAY 20: Laurie Woolery directs THE BEWILDERED HERD at The Greenway Court Theatre, 544 N. Fairfax Boulevard in Los Angeles, 90036.


THROUGH MAY 20: TICKLED PINK – the story of a woman who spends way too much time in comedy clubs. Then people laugh. Laguna Playhouse.


THROUGH MAY 24: MODIGLIANI, The Open Fist Theatre Company’s co-production with Amedeo Production, 6209 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood.


MAY 24 – JUN 10: James O’Neil directs Tony winner Lillias White and Keith Arthur Bolden in GEM OF THE OCEAN at the Rubicon in Ventura.


MAY 25 – 26: Chance Theater puts up their first-ever, 24 hours of non-stop theatre, music, magic, and tap-dance — 24HR CHANCE-A-THON — as a benefit. 7pm through 7pm at Chance Theater, 5552 E. La Palma Ave. in Anaheim Hills.


MAY 25 – 27: Raul Cardona directs SIMPLY MARIA, OR THE AMERICAN DREAM by Josefina Lopez at Hobbs Hall, Amino Locke Charter High School, 325 E. 111th St., LA 90061. PWYW.


MAY 25 – JUN 10: Juliette Carillo directs Karen Zacarias’ JANE OF THE JUNGLE (music by Deborah Wicks La Puma) at South Coast Rep.


MAY 25 – JUN 30: Jaime Robledo directs French Stewart in STONEFACE as the Buster Keaton we never knew: over-the-hill, alcoholic, and struggling to regain the magic that once made him one of the greatest stars of Hollywood and the silent film era.  Sacred Fools.


MAY 25 – JUL 1: Jenny Sullivan directs the world premiere of Tony Abatemarco’s BEAUTIFIED for Katselas at the Skylight Theatre.


MAY 26: Pink Floyd cover band SHINE ON at the Grove Theatre in Upland.


THROUGH MAY 26: A CHILD LEFT BEHIND – a dramatic response to the LA Times “value-added” teacher ratings, while taking a personal look at Asperger’s Syndrome. The Beverly Hills Playhouse is located at 254 South Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211. 


 THROUGH MAY 26: Celebration Theatre is thrilled to announce that the third show of its 2011-2012 Season, THE COLOR PURPLE, book by Marsha Norman, music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray, musical direction by Gregory Nabours, choreography by Janet Roston and directed by Michael Matthews.  THE COLOR PURPLE will open on Friday, March 9 and will perform through Saturday, May 26 at Celebration Theatre, 7051B Santa Monica Blvd in Hollywood. (323) 957-1884 – or visit 


MAY 26 – JUL 15: THE IMMIGRANT. Book by Mark Harelik. Lyrics by Sarah Knapp. Music by Steven M. Alper. Produced and directed by Howard Teichman.  Presented by West Coast Jewish Theatre. Pico Playhouse, 10508 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064.


THROUGH MAY 27: THE BUNGLER at A Noise Within, Pasadena.


THROUGH MAY 27: Peter Mac becomes Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli, Tallulah Bankhead, Katherine Hepburn, Peggy Lee and more at Peter Mac’s Supper Club Theater




 MAY 31: BODYTRAFFIC, the 10-member Los Angeles repertory dance troupe will offer an advanced look at two new works, freshly created under commissions to global dance makers Barak Marshall and Richard Siegal. The Gindi Auditorium, at the campus of the American Jewish University on Mulholland Drive.


MAY 31 – JUN 2: HOOLIGAN Theatre Company at UCLA presents Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. HOOLIGAN is performing their third show of the season in the Kerckhoff Grand Salon at UCLA for one weekend only. (310) 825-2101 or online


MAY 31 – JUNE 24: The Blank Theatre’s season will conclude with The Blank’s 20th Annual Nationwide Young Playwrights Festival. This season’s shows will be presented at two different Hollywood venues:  The Blank’s 2nd Stage Theatre, 6500 Santa Monica Boulevard (on Theatre Row), and the Stella Adler Theatre, 6773 Hollywood Boulevard (at Highland). 


MAY 31 – JUNE 24: Mrs. Honey B’s Guide to the Good Life. Written by Maripat Donovan and directed by Mark Silvia. This new adventure channels Maripat’s critically acclaimed comedic skills into Mrs. Honey Buczkowski, a 30 year veteran teacher of home economics and health at Richard Nixon High School in Dixon, Illinois. Fresh out of retirement due to her adjustable rate mortgage, Mrs. Honey B. is thrilled to bring her domestic genius to the local adult education center. Whether you’re a crackerjack house cleaner or a domestically challenged slop, Mrs. Honey B knows how to unleash the domestic engineer in all of us. Laguna Playhouse.


MAY 31 – JULY 1: Bruce Gray directs Norm Foster’s THE LONG WEEKEND, a west coast premiere at Theatre 40, in the Reuben Cordova Theatre , 241 S. Moreno Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.


JUN 1 – 10: Yvonne Flack directs THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST at the Grove Theatre in Upland.


JUN 1 – 24: Cathy Rigby returns as PETER PAN at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd in La Mirada. Glenn Casale directs.


THROUGH JUN 2: David LM McIntyre directs Padraic Duffy’s world premiere of COPY at Theatre of NOTE, 1517 N. Cahuenga Blvd. in Hollywood.


JUN 2 – JUL 8: The Inventor, The Escort, The Photographer, Her Boyfriend and His GirlfriendMatt Morillo’s raucous new sex comedy, for a limited engagement at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood.


JUN 2 – JUN 24Armando Molina and Rena Heinrich direct Leilani Chan and Ova Saopeng’s REFUGEE NATION at LA Theatre Center, Theatre 4, 514 S. Spring St.


JUN 2 – SEPT 1: MEASURE FOR MEASURE set in the 1960s at Theatricum Botanicum.


JUN 3 – 24: Evren Odcikin directs Yussef El Guindi’s LANGUAGE ROOMS at LA Theatre Center


JUN 3 – SEPT 30: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM at Theatricum Botanicum.


THROUGH JUN 3: Sunday evening, May 6 at 7:00 pm, the Downey Arts Coalition, in collaboration with the Urban Theater Movement, will premiere the first staged reading of its new, dramatic series, Urban Acts: New Plays From the Street.  The four plays in the series are by contemporary playwrights and focus on different manifestations of the clash of cultures that so often typify modern, urban life. 


THROUGH JUNE 3:  Award-winning director Bart DeLorenzo returns to the Odyssey to direct an exuberant and burlesque-spirited version of Anton Chekhov’sIvanov, the story of a once idealistic man turned apathetic from a life going terribly, terribly wrong. ODYSSEY THEATRE 2055 South Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90025-5621


THROUGH JUN 3: Kirsten Sanderson directs SUKIE AND SUE: THEIR STORY, a new comedy by John LaChiusa at The Blank Theatre. Includes Mackenzie Phillips and Eddie Driscoll.


JUN 8 – 24: My play ALTARCATIONS premieres at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, Fridays at 5p and Sundays at 4p. Read about the show and please make a tax deductible contribution through the Pasadena Arts Council’s 501(C)(3) EMERGE program here. Thank you!


FRINGE: Theatre Unleashed hits the 2012 Hollywood Fringe Festival with “The Divine Madness of Isabella,” “Round Rock” and the return of “25 Plays Per Hour.”


JUNE 11, 16, 17 FRINGE: Phillip Edward Van Lear directs Nikki Brown’s one woman show, LOST & FOUND at Theatre of NOTE and Comedy Sportz.


FRINGE: FIERCE BACKBONE is a group of playwrights, actors and directors. This process has yielded our 7 productions in the Hollywood Fringe, encompassing 14 plays by 9 writers, utilizing 11 directors and 28 actors, producing 46 performances in 6 venues.


 June 8 – July 18. For their main stage entry into the Hollywood Fringe Festival, they will produce a play known to be written by Mark Twain. Published in 2003, and adapted by David Ives for a Broadway production in 2007, Is He Dead? tells the story of an impoverished painter in 1840’s France who fakes his own death in order to escape his debts, then dresses as a woman to cover the trick. August 3 – September 9. Stephen Sondheim’s provocative musical about successful and failed assassins of Presidents of the United States. Originally produced Off-Broadway, Assassins was supposed to receive its Broadway debut in 2011, but that production was put on hold due to the events of September 11th. Directed by Julianne Donelle.  September 29 – October 28. THE WEST COAST PREMIERE of Sean Graney’s hit play. Originally produced by The Hypocrites theatre company, The 4th Graders Present an Unnamed Love-Suicide received a transfer to New York after a wildly successful run in Chicago. A truly dark comedy, the play is literally the suicide note of a ten year old, which his classmates are forced to act out. Director Joe Calarco was a cast member of the original production. 


JUN 8 – JUL 1: Bill Sterritt and SPQR Stage Company are bringing back one of his popular original absurdist comedies, Modern Drama at studio/stage 520 N. Western Ave., Hollywood, CA 90004.


THROUGH JUN 9: The Kennedy Center’s much lauded Broadway production of James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies,” which recently received an impressive array of awards and nominations, including eight 2012 Tony Award nominations, nine Drama Desk Award nominations, five Outer Critics Circle Award nominations and two Drama League Award nominations at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre.


JUN 9 – 23: LOST MOON RADIO, the winner of the 2011 Fringe Award for Comedy and the LA Weekly’s “Best of Fringe 2011,” returns with EPISODE 12, a collection of original material on the theme of “Night.”  Open Fist Theatre, Fringe Central 2012.


JUN 11, 17: Musical Theatre Guild concludeS its 16th season with SHENANDOAH, a production commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War at the historic Alex Theatre in Glendale.


JUN 11 – 22: Following its acclaimed run at the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and its triumphant UK tour, RICHARD PARKER by Welsh playwright Owen Thomas is having its United States Premiere at this year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival. Open Fist & Theatre of NOTE.


JUN 11 -24: INTERNment at The ElephantTo provide the feeling of authenticity the show requires, writer/performer Joe Mahon spent a year and a half as an intern in one of the busiest primetime television casting offices in Los Angeles.


JUN 16: Barbra Streisand’s younger sister, Roslyn Kind, performs at The Grove Theatre in Upland, one night only, 8pm.


THROUGH JUN 17: Chris DeCarlo directs Arnold Schulman’s SLEEPING UGLY at the Santa Monica Playhouse.


THROUGH JUN 17: The world premiere of two-time Oscar nominated show business legend Arnold Schulman’s humorous and romantic SLEEPING UGLY at the Santa Monica Playhouse.


JUNE 21-24: LA Theatre Works presents The Browning Version by Terence Rattigan, featuring Martin JarvisIan Ogilvie and Joanne Whalley. Terence Rattigan’s 1948 masterpiece about a schoolmaster who must give up his 18 year post at an English public school. Brilliantly exploring the complexity of the human heart, it also predates Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in its scathing examination of a marriage. A contemporary of Noël Coward and Somerset Maugham, Rattigan’s wit and depth remain timeless. (Thursday @ 8 pm; Friday @ 8 pm; Saturday @ 3 pm & 8 pm; Sunday @ 2 pm & 7 pm)


JUN 21 – JULY 15: Ron OJ Parson directs JITNEY at the Pasadena Playhouse. The show moves to Pasadena after its SCR engagement.


JULY: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES with George Hamilton and Christopher Sieber at the Pantages.


JULY 19-22: LA Theatre Works presents Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco.What do you do when everyone around you is turning into a rhinoceros?  In Eugene Ionesco’s farcical French classic that defines Theatre of the Absurd, Stanley Berenger is an unhappy clerk who faces this odd reality in his daily life. Written during the German occupation of Paris, this masterful comedy became a metaphor for conformity and culture that still resonates today. (Thursday @ 8 pm; Friday @ 8 pm; Saturday @ 3 pm & 8 pm; Sunday @ 2 pm & 7 pm)


JUNE 3 – JULY 15: Musical Theatre West is proud to announce that it will close its 59th consecutive season with the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT.  MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT will be helmed by Musical Theatre West’s Artistic Director Steven Glaudini (MTW’s ANNIE, THE PRODUCERS).


THROUGH JUL 8: Simon Levy directs Stephen Sachs’ CYRANO, a co-production of Deaf West and the Fountain Theatre 5060 Fountain Ave., LA.


AUG: MEMPHIS at the Pantages.


AUG 25 – SEP 2: Meet Me @Metro: Uncovering Los Angeles’ Hidden Treasures produced by Company of Angels, East LA Rep, Moving Arts, Rogue Artists Ensemble, The Vault and Watts Village Theatre Co.


SEP 5 – NOV 25: THE BOOK OF MORMON comes to the Pantages. 


Oct 12 – NOV 4: I direct Arthur Miller’s DEATH OF A SALESMAN at the Covina Center for the Performing Arts.


APR 2013: In 2013, to celebrate the City of San Gabriel’s Centennial, the Mission Playhouse will present a fullystaged version of The Mission Play. This work, set in California during the 1700’s, was first staged 100 years ago, ran for decades and drew millions of people to San Gabriel. More information

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