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Openings & Extensions (June 1)

June 1, 2012

80% 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.  AUDUTIONS AUG. 18 with callbacks Aug. 19.


JUN 1 – 2: EVANGELINE’s final weekend at the Bootleg. READ MY INTERVIEW.


JUN 1 – 2: Native Voices at the Autry presents three readings of new works by native American playwrights. Free; but reservations are requested. READ MY INTERVIEW.


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


JUN 1 – 23: Chelsea Sutton directs THE THEORY OF SILENCE at The Eclectic Company Theatre, 5312 Laurel Cyn Blvd., Valley Village. Pay What You Can.


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: Kurt Koehler and James Edward Quinn direct INVINCIBLE, THE LEGEND OF BILLIE JEAN – THE MUSICAL at the Cavern Club Celebrity Theatre at Casita del Campo Restaurant in Silverlake.


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. Mature audiences / nudity.


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.


THROUGH 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


THORUGH JUN 3: Chicago’s legendary sketch comedy theatre, The Second City’s Laugh Out Loud Tour will appear at The Laguna Playhouse.


JUNE 3: Peri Gilpin, Mackenzie Phillips, Daisy Eagan, Ed Asnwer, Jack Laufer and others take part as The Blank Theatre presents 20 Years of Winners: Scenes, Songs and Speeches from 20 Years of the Young Playwrights Festival.


JUN 3, 17: LA Theatre Works presents FRANKENSTEIN IN HD, a National Theatre Live production, at James Bridges Theater on the UCLA campus.


JUN 3 – JUL 1: Tony nominee Graciela Daniele directs Michael John LaChiusa’s LOS OTROS at the Mark Taper Forum.


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).


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: Christopher Diehl directs EDUCATING RITA at the Covina Center for the Performing Arts.


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 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.


THROUGH JUN 4: LOS ANGELES CHILDREN’S CHORUS HOLDS AUDITIONS for talented boys and girls ages 8 to 12.


JUN 5, 6: Courtney Harper directs Ellen Simon’s new ASS for HOTHOUSE at the Playhouse in Pasadena. Free, limited number of seats. RSVP.


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


THORUGH JUN 10: Kenne Guillory directs Richard Greenberg’s TAKE ME OUT at the Sky Lounge in NoHo. The final weekend of the run is Pride Weekend; Pride ticket holders get a 50% discount.


THROUGH 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). 


THROUGH JUNE 24: Mrs. Honey B’s Guide to the Good Life. Written by Maripat Donovan and directed by Mark Silvia. Laguna Playhouse.


THROUGH 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. READ MY INTERVIEW


THROUGH JUN 30: Stuart Rogers directs Catherine Butterfield’s THE SLEEPER for Theatre Tribe Studio Theatre in NoHo.


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


THROUGH JUL 14: For the Rogue Machine’s launch of its 2012 season, Mark Taylor directs Mark Roberts’ WHERE THE GREAT ONES RUN at5041 Pico Blvd., LA.


THORUGH JUL 15: Ron Marasco directs GRACE NOTES & ANVILS at the Odyssey Theatre, co-written with Brian Shuff. OPENING WEEKEND WITH ROXANNE HART. Leads to change.


THROUGH 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.


THROUGHJULY 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 5 – 17: THE ADDAMS FAMILY comes to the Pantages Theatre. Douglas Sills, a Tony Award® nominee for The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Sara Gettelfinger, last seen on Broadway in A Free Man of Color and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, star as Gomez and Morticia Addams. 


JUN 7 – JUL 28: Matt Chaffee directs FLUFFY BUNNIES IN A FIELD OF DAISIES at The Arena Stage at Theatre of Arts, 1625 N Las Palmas Ave in Hollywood. Mature audiences


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


JUN 8 – 23: Søren Olsen directs EGGSHELL at Artworks Theatre, Hollywood Fringe. See website also for info on RED BASTARD.


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!


JUN 8 – AUG 4: D IS FOR DOG is back after last year’s run with a few alterations. Hudson Theatre Mainstage.


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.”


JUJN 9 – 24: Chil Kong directs Mutineer Theatre’s THE PIRATE LAUREATE OF PORT TOWN at Actor’s Circle for Hollywood Fringe Festival.


JUN 9 – SEPT 30: Theatricum Botanicum presents Shaw’s HEARTBREAK HOUSE, directed by Ellen Geer.


JUN 10, 17, 24:  “Botanicum Seedlings,” The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum’s development series for playwrights, celebrates its 10th year of supporting new works and new voices in theater with readings of three exceptional new plays: Jami Brandli‘s BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!) on SundayJune 10Dancer in Kandahar by Shannon Lee Clair on SundayJune 17; and Michael Gene Sullivan‘s Recipe on Sunday,June 24. All readings begin at 11 am, and admission is free.


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


JUN 8 – JUL 1: Richard Israel directs LEADING LADIES – a cross between Twelfth Night and Some Like It Hot—at ICT in Long Beach.


 June 8 – July 18. For their main stage entry into the Hollywood Fringe Festival, Coeurge will produce Is He Dead? which 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 – 23: Four Clowns presents THAT BEAUTIFUL LAUGH, directed by Turner Munch at Open Fist Theatre (Fringe Central).


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.


JUN 9 – JUL 15: Christian Levatino directs the new musical EARTHBOUND by Adam Hahn and Jonathan Price for SkyPilot Theatre in NoHo.


JUN 9 – JUL 30: John Perrin Flynn directs Tony nominee Enda Walsh’s THE NEW ELECTRIC BALLROOM for Rogue Machine 5041 Pico Blvd., LA.


THROUGH JUN 9: The Visceral Company presents THE TURN OF THE SCREW, based on a classic ghost story by Henry James, at the Underground Theater, 1312 N. Wilton Pl., Hollywood, CA.


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.


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


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


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 11 – 27: Mel Johnson, Jr. directs Tom Dugan in Dugan’s ROBERT E. LEE – SHADES OF GRAY at Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills. Dugan won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for his performance as “Nazi Hunter- Simon Wiesenthal,” in a play that he wrote.


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


THROUGH JUNE 15:  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


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


JUN 16: The Autry National Center presents a conversation with gay Chicano historian D. Michael Quinn, who specializes in cross-national social history. He will discuss his award-winning book, Same-Sex Dynamics Among Nineteenth-Century Americans: A Mormon Example. WWW.THEAUTRY.ORG.


THROUGH 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


JUN 16 – 23: Tom Dugdale directs MAKING LOVE OVER THERE for Lonesome No More! Theatre at Theatre Asylum Lab, Hollywood Fringe Festival. A collage of short works.


JUN 16 – JUL 8: Cameron Watson directs Anne Gee Byrd in THE SAVANNAH DISPUTATION at the Colony in Burbank.


THROUGH 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.


THROUGH 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. 


THROUGH 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.


THROUGH 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.


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


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.


THROUGH JUL 22: The Geffen extends Mona Golabek in the Pianist of Willesden Lane.


JUN 23 – SEPT 30: Serena Dolinsky directs DOROTHY’S ADVENTURES IN OZ at the Santa Monica Playhouse.


THROUGH 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.


THROUGH JUN 24: Tim Dang directs Stephen Sondheim’s A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC for East West Players and gives it an Asian flavor. READ MY INTERVIEW.


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


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


JUN 29, 30: Chris Winfield directs Kevin Dobson and Janet Wood in LOVE LETTERS at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in NoHo, a Group Rep production.


JUN 29 – JUL 15: Steve Glaudini directs Davis Gaines as King Arthur in SPAMALOT at Musical Theatre West in Long Beach.


THROUGH JUN 29: FELLOWSHIP, the musical based on The Fellowship of the Ring, continues at the Steve Allen Theatre.


JUN 30: ONE DAY ONLY, LA Theatre Works presents on screen ONE MAN, TWO GUV’NORS. 2 showings.


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


JUL 5 – AUG 26: Jessica Kubzansky directs MACBETH for Antaeus in NoHo.


JUL 11 – AUG 12: John Doyle directs Richard Chamberlain, Harry Groener and Brooke Shields in THE EXORCIST at The Geffen.


JUL 13 – AUG 19: Jill Gerber directs FOOTLOOSE at the Covina Center for the Performing Art.


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)


JUL 20 – 22: The Academy for New Musical Theatre (ANMT) presents “Biz of the Musical Theatre Biz Conference,” their 4th bi-annual conference for musical theatre writers and composers, from July 20 to 22 at the NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood, CA.


JUL 20 – AUG 24: “THE MANOR” Theatre 40’s critically-acclaimed, exciting drama of history, mystery and intrigue, will return for its tenth year to Greystone Mansion this summer, the scene of the original crime that inspired this fictionalized story by Kathrine Bates.


THROUGH JUL 22: Amelia Mulkey directs Rex Pickett’s stage adaptation of his book and screenplay SIDEWAYS, the Santa Ynez Valley wine romp. Pinot tastings at performances. Ruskin Group Theatre in Santa Monica.


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. 


SEP 8 – OCT 9: Shaheen Vaaz directs A WIDOW OF NO IMPORTANCE for East West Players.  


SEP 14 – SEP 30: Mark Gamez directs THE FANTASTICKS at the Covina Center for the Performing Arts.


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


NOV 3 – DEC 4: Jessica Kubzansky directs THE LANGUAGE ARCHIVE for East West Players.


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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