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 Applications Open for Directors Lab West 2015

The Directors Lab West Steering Committee has opened  applications for its sixteenth annual Directors Lab West, taking place Saturday, May 23 through Saturday, May 30, 2015.


Now entering its 16th year, the annual Lab brings together dedicated emerging and mid-career theatre directors and choreographers with master artists for an eight-day long intensive, enabling them inspire each other to dream and create the future of American Theatre.

The deadline to submit the application is Friday, March 6, 2015 at      5 pm PST.

There is no cost to participate, however attendance is by application only. Applicants should have experience as a professional director and/or choreographer; students are encouraged to apply for internships.

For more details on the application process, including the full eligibility criteria, and for more details on Directors Lab West, please visit:

Directors Lab West is produced by the Directors Lab West Steering Committee, in association with the The Pasadena Playhouse and with the generous support of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society.

About Directors Lab West
Directors Lab West fosters an intensive laboratory environment where a community of directors and choreographers inspire each other to dream and create the future of American Theatre. The Lab, which was spun off of Lincoln Center Theater’s Directors Lab in 2000, brings together theatre directors and choreographers to participate in a week long series of workshops, panels, roundtables, and symposia with some of the nation’s leading theatre artists. In the last 14 years, over 100 acclaimed artists have given their time to the Lab including Jason Alexander, Julie Arenal, Luis Alfaro, Paris Barclay, Cirque Berzerk, Kay Cole, Gordon Davidson, George Furth, Moises Kaufman, Ming Cho Lee, Marc Masterson, Randy Newman, Vincent Paterson, Carey Perloff, Stephen Wadsworth and Charlayne Woodard.

The Latino Theater Alliance: LA’s 1st Annual Playwrights’ Nest Fest

Nest Fest, Latino Theater Alliance, Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC) will present the Latino Theater Alliance/LA’s (LTA/LA) first annual Playwrights’ Nest Festival, February 6–8, 2015 showcasing eight (8) directed readings of plays developed under the auspices of LTA/LA’s Writers Circle.

The Playwrights’ Nest Festival features diverse emerging Latina/o voices based in Los Angeles. The theatrical styles of the new works range from multimedia solo-puppetry, to contemporary absurdist tragicomedy, to epic family drama. The festival marks the culmination of the Writers Circle’s inaugural cycle introducing new works, new voices, and new Latina/o perspectives into Los Angeles’ cultural ecosystem.

The Latino Theater Alliance/LA launched the Writers Circle, a new works development lab, in early 2014 to foster the writing of emerging Los Angeles-based Latina/o artists. Eight playwrights were selected to generate new plays: Augusto Amador, Diana Burbano, Estela Garcia, Gabe Rivas Gomez, Kyra Huete, Israel Lopez, Sal Lopez, and Zury Ruiz. Facilitated by dramaturge Christina Hjelm (M.F.A., University of New Mexico), the playwrights developed their scripts over the course of seven months. The playwrights were provided workshop opportunities for their new plays with a variety of guest artists including Luis Alfaro, Evelina Fernandez, Tiffany Ana Lopez, Rose Portillo, and Alice Tuan.

Participating festival directors include: Dan Guerrero (writer/producer/performer), Dr. Jorge Huerta, Chantal Rodriguez (LATC), Jose Luis Valenzuela (Latino Theater Company), and more.

Festival Schedule

Friday, February 6

7:00pm Remedios Varo: La Alquimista, by Estela Garcia. Enter the dreams and nightmares of surrealist painter Remedios Varo. Time and space seizes to exist, as we know it—moons are caged like birds, owls and cats act as people. The play is a whimsical drama that spans 30 years from Europe in World War II to 1960s Mexico.

8:30pm This is a Man’s World, by Sal Lopez. This Is A Man’s World is a semi-autobiographical coming of age story. A celebration and exploration of masculinity that journeys through the lessons that shaped Sal’s life, taught to him by role models from pop culture icons to his father.

Saturday, February 7

1:00pm It Runs From the Family, by Kyra Huete. One generation after a family is brought to the U.S. from a revolution, a young girl has big dreams, but is torn between self-hood and blood. Young love is but a luxury. Trauma travels from parent to child, dramatic and silly.

3:30pm Fabulous Monsters, by Diana Burbano. 1977. The punk rock scene is in full swing. Two Latinas meet at a band audition at an L.A. punk club. After thirty years, life has taken them in different directions, drugs and hard living have exacted a brutal toll. They re-unite on stage and discover that two old broads can rock as hard as they ever did.

7:00pm Carnivores, by Gabe Rivas Gomez. Carnivores follows a group of children in a Los Angeles County Court waiting room while their fates are being decided down the hall. Reality and imagination bleed together as the children play with toys and art supplies to work through trauma.

Sunday, February 8

1:00pm Karina Played Pachanga Music (the dallas slasher marathon), by Israel Lopez. Karina Played Pachanga Music explores the underground world of techno-rancheras, poverty, and party crews in West Dallas. Karina must escape a manhunt and save her missing brother from a dark party crew rival.

3:30pm The Book of Leonidas, by Augusto Amador. The Book of Leonidas follows Lenny, a Dominican-American street corner hustler in Queens whose mother derides him for not living up to his crime-lord father’s legacy. Lenny is challenged to chase a better fate, when he falls in love with a white girl from Chelsea. Is it possible to escape the crimes of the father?

7:00pm Bottle Blonde: A Latino Tragicomedy, by Zury Ruiz. Not all of the Malcriado family thinks they’ve something to gain from dying their hair blonde. Sure, it might help with business or school popularity, but make them viral-video stars? In the end they must decide if blonde is worth it.

Full Festival Access with suggested $10 at-door donation

Los Angeles Theatre Center
514 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

In addition to the metered street parking surrounding The LATC, secured parking is available in five private facilities just south and east of The LATC. Parking charges are on average about $6 – $10 per vehicle.

Questions? Go to or call (213) 489-0994.



Arctic Zero Choices for Staying Fit and Diet Friendly

Reviewed by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The MoveARCT_Orange-Dream_003_OP

I gave this product the ultimate taste test – my dad – a milk, cheese and ice cream loving,  late Silent Generation (1925-1946) guy with a serious sweet tooth, who knows barely anything about gluten-free and doesn’t actually care.

He was into it.  Here’s how the dialog went from opening the Strawberry container purchased at my local West Hollywood, CA Whole Foods to finishing the sample:

“Dad would you try this with me?

“What is it?”

It’s kind of like ice cream but not really.  It’s a gluten-free dessert, like, for someone who can’t have milk. So it’s gonna taste a little different.”

“Ok yeah, I’ll try it.  You got a spoon?”

“What do you think?”

“It’s not bad.  It’s not sweet.  It doesn’t taste like ice cream and not really yogurt.  And it tastes a little powdery.  You know, I think it would be better with blueberries or strawberries.  I like it but it’s not something I would go out and buy.”

“Well, what if you couldn’t eat the other stuff, would you  be ok with it?”

“Yeah.  I’d eat it. It wasn’t bad.  It was satisfying.”

I’d have to agree on every point but one.  I myself would go out and buy it, especially if I was lactose or gluten intolerant and was looking for something fat-free and diet friendly.  The subtle flavors lean toward what an Asian palette might enjoy rather than overbearing sugary American tastes.  The light sweetness for me is a big invitation to do what my dad was hoping for – adding extra variety and nutrition with a berry or other favorite fruit.  Based on that alone I’m giving this product a thumbs up.  Arctic Zero is definitely and option for maintaining any dieting goals, clocking in at only 150 calories for an entire pint (35 calories/serving).

What we also like at Gia On The Move is the claim:

ARCTIC ZERO is made with premium, GMO-free ingredients, including the finest quality whey protein and antioxidant-rich monk fruit. Every pint is fat free, offers 12 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber, and includes no artificial flavors, sweeteners or colors.  We are also very very cool with the fact that it is a low glycemic food! So it’s going to fit into a lot of people’s different dietary needs.

One caveat:  ARCTIC ZERO IS NOT A VEGAN FOOD.  It does contain whey.

ARCTIC ZERO’s Creamy Pints are available in ten great-tasting flavors—Vanilla Maple, Purely Chocolate, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Cappuccino, Cookie Shake, Hint of Mint and Simply Strawberry, as well as three new additions, Orange Dream, Salted Caramel and Toasted Coconut.

ARCTIC ZERO is available for a suggested price of $4 to $5 at natural and traditional grocers nationwide, including Kroger, Publix, Safeway, Sprouts Farmers Market, Walmart and Whole Foods Market, as well as online at

BONUS!!!  The folks over at ARCTIC ZERO also forwarded an awesome cocktail recipe:

Creamy 007 Orange float

This for-adults-only float is sweet and frosty – just the right creamy cocktail to enjoy during the warm weather. The citrus flavors are a vibrant addition to this float made with Orange Dream ARCTIC ZERO.

Serving Size

Makes one float (12-ounces)


  • 6 ounces orange juice
  • 2 ounces lemon-lime soda
  • 2 ounces vodka (use orange-flavored vodka for added flavor)
  • 2 scoops Orange Dream ARCTIC ZERO
  • Orange slices as garnish


  1. Add the orange juice, lemon-lime soda and vodka to a 12-ounce glass and stir.
  2. Float 2 scoops of Orange Dream ARCTIC ZERO over the other ingredients.
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Arctic Zero

Serrano The Musical at the Matrix Theatre

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move
Suzanne Petrela and Tim Martin Gleason of the World Premiere of "SERRANO THE MUSICAL," choreography by Peggy Hickey, directed by Joel Zwick and now playing at the Matrix Theatre in West Hollywood.

Suzanne Petrela and Tim Martin Gleason of the World Premiere of “SERRANO THE MUSICAL,” choreography by Peggy Hickey, directed by Joel Zwick and now playing at the Matrix Theatre in West Hollywood.

Cyrano de Bergerac meets the Sopranos.  “Who woulda thunk?”

Serrano The Musical made a spectacular world premiere at the Matrix Theatre last Friday evening presenting the heart of New York City’s Little Italy, complete with poetry, nymphomania, gangster rivalry, fabulous drag shows and a very quirky love affair.   Suffice it to say, this show is “colorful” in all of its poetic, musical, mobster mayhem.

This time around, Cyrano has been transformed into Serrano D’Angelo, a highly cultured, lover of the arts, enforcer for the Reyo crime family, in love with a judge’s daughter.  When Don Reyo is facing jail time, Serrano is ordered to take Reyo’s crude, light-headed but incredibly handsome, New Jersey nephew, Vinnie, under his wing and do more than smooth out Vinnie’s rough edges, in order to influence the judge by seducing Rosanna.

It’s an unusually epic story that could have gotten to the point just a little sooner.  As a three hour musical, that could have skipped a few drawn out and extra moments, Serrano just about tests the patience of short attention span theatre goers.

But … Peggy Hickey’s choreography is “built to last” and packs a punch as soon as actor Chad Borden (Nickie Reyo)  outrageously delivers a hilarious and sexy glitter and be gay drag extravaganza as well as when actress Valerie Perry does her Spumonte version of Mama Rose in the second act.

Serrano is loaded with vocal talent to spare.  Tim Martin Gleason (Serrano) sings and serenades heady operatic amore to a lovely Suzanne Petrela (Rosanna) who sings her tender crushes in unbelievable infatuation – to Vinnie.  And the entire cast really steps up the delivery of Robert Teppers music for a riotous affair.

The slapstick goes somewhat round in circles and there are plenty of “inside” gag references, but overall, Serrano is a zany audience pleasing show.


Book and Lyrics by Madeline Sunshine

Music by Robert Tepper

Musical Direction/Arrangements by Jeff Rizzo

Choreography by Peggy Hickey

Directed by Joel Zwick

Now playing through Sunday, March 29, 2015

Thursdays Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm;

Sundays at 3pm

TICKETS:  $34.99

For Tickets visit:

or call 323-960-7774

Starring: TIM MARTIN GLEASON (Serrano) 

Featuring:  Suzanne Petrela (Pasadena Playhouse Mask, Life Could Be A Dream) as Rosanna, Chad Doreck (Off-Broadway – Altar Boyz) as Vinnie and Barry Pearl, Chad Borden, Tom G. McMahon, Craig McEldowney, Valerie Perri, Peter Van Norden, Matthew Henerson, James Tabeek and Kristina Miller.

Hellcab at the Elephant Stages

By Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move
Dominic Rains and Danny Parker photo credit: James Pippi

Dominic Rains and Danny Parker photo credit: James Pippi

Hell in a Cab is definitely not Genii in a Bottle.  The freaks don’t just come out at night and nothing is off limits from religion, to racism, to sex, violence or kindness.  It’s Christmas Eve in the windy city but still an average day for an average city cab driver.

Currently extended at the Elephant Theatre is Hellcab by Will Kern.  This “one hell of a holiday ride” directed by Elephant’s artistic director, David Fofi was originally produced in 1992 by Famous Door Theatre and is one of the longest-running shows in Chicago theatre history.  The plays are taken straight from real life – 85% of them are true and they happened to the author.  How’s that for “authenticity”?!

Lead actor Danny Parker-Lopes, remarks in the program “Generations to come will have no idea what a Taxi is. They won’t know what it’s like to get in a smelly disgusting Cab and not worry about the repercussions of acting like a jack ass or making a mess or throwing up.”

But we actually get a pretty good idea of the driver’s side point of view from Lopes, who uncannily captures a vulnerable, tense, not always so bright but mostly good-hearted, ordinary guy, trying to make a living.  Driving a cab is not always pretty, can get you into trouble, is often life threatening dangerous, takes voyeurism to a heightened sexy level, punches you in the stomach with brutal realities and sometimes…once in a blue moon, can be awfully, surprisingly nice.

Most people don’t experience this kind of emotional roller coaster in half a lifetime, never mind one single night.

The cast of “characters” in this show is hilarious and highly entertaining.  Hellcab is a great show all around creatively performed by a well-rounded cast. Worth the ticket.

There are only 2 performances left!  Friday, January 23rd & Sunday, January 25th, both at 8:00pm

For tickets, go to: 

Performances:  Friday, Saturday & Sunday at 8PM – General admission:  $20.00

The Elephant Theatre (Elephant Stage) is located at 6322 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. 90038

Featuring: Danny Parker, Anita Curran, Charlotte Taschen, Cody Anderson, Dominic Rains, Eric Bunton, Erick Nathan, Ethan Rains, Etienne Eckert, Gary Werntz, Jason Konopsis, Jennifer Finch. Joe Tomasini, John Charles Meyer, Jolie Carina, Katherine Barcsay, Keena Ferguson, Kim Estes, Kimberly Alexander, Lawrence Dillard, LeShay Tomlinson Boyce, Marina Mouhibian, Meghan Cox, Rey Goyos, Scott Krinsky, Shannon McManus, Tara Norris, Terrance Flack and Tim Starks.

80 minutes

Silent Witnesses at the Odyssey Theatre

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move


A genuinely humanizing, beautiful and hopeful amalgamation of the conversations of four women, one of whom is the therapist of the other three, Silent Witnesses articulates the narrative memories of child survivors of the Holocaust.

Stephanie Satie takes this one woman show into a quiet place to amplify a potent recanting of the Holocaust through the eyes of innocents.  Morphing into each character with impeccable craft she brings to life four heartbreaking yet incredibly inspiring realities.  Not ghastly in any way, Silent Witnesses is smart and uncommonly warm.

Truly unique of any of Hitler’s victims are the youngest Jewish children who were growing up under the Nazi regime.   For so many years their experiences were pushed aside and unspoken because they were ONLY kids.  They were allotted zero importance at the expense of even their own people’s collective cultural wail. Yet these children were ripped from everything they knew and throughout the Nazi rule, absolutely silently bore witness to every atrocity.  They grew up in the shadows, confused, terrified, displaced, even rejected by their own so they would have a chance to survive.  Some of the fairer ones, the pretty ones, even hid in plain site of Hitler’s gestapo, blended into sympathetic Aryan families for protection.  But because they were babies or practically so, they were almost ignored and that was their “luck”.

Most didn’t even know that there were others — hundreds of thousands like them, or a story to tell.  But theirs is probably the most important because they are the boys and the girls who lived.  Yet, for decades they did not have voice — until now.

It’s a short run with only two more Sunday performances left.  And it’s an easy show to sit through.   My only only disappointment with Silent Witnesses is not having a resolution with the therapist’s character with her personal history and family.  I would have liked to have known if she ever did keep her promise to go back to Lvov, to come face to face with a shocking fact revealed about her father.  Otherwise, this is one production that wholeheartedly deserves a last look before it disappears once again.  Ms. Satie is a brilliant storyteller.

Silent Witnesses

Written and performed by Stephanie Satie Directed by Anita Khanzadian

Now playing or 2 more performances Sundays, January 25 & February 1 at 2:00 pm

The Odyssey Theatre 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90025

For tickets and information call: (310) 477-2055 ext. 2 or visit:

Ticket prices General admission: $30 Seniors: $25 Students: $20

ZJU’s 50 Hour Drive-By Theatre Festival Is Back!


Zombie Joe’s Underground is kicking off its 2015 season with its fabulous 14th Annual Festival.  Five all-new mini-plays have been written and will be directed and performed (and created to AMAZE) in a speedy 2 days in the much waited for spectacular event!

This event is so popular we didn’t get in last year.  Joe even had to turn the critics away it was so oversold!!!  So get in on these tickets fast!

(3) Performances over One Weekend Only:
JANUARY 24, 25 & 26, 2015.

Tickets_ZombieZJU Theatre Group
4850 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601

For Reservations Call:
(818) 202 – 4120
Tickets: $15

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