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On August 18th There Will Be MORE Stupid Songs in LA!

Babes! It’s time to save the date!

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Tuesday, 8/18- doors open at 6:30 show at 8pm

Right off the hype of this year’s Hollywood Fringe, Stupid Songs is back with, STUPID GOLD, at Rockwell Table & Stage on Vermont Ave in Loz Feliz Village, LA!

They’ll be doing ‘Best Of’ favorites from the past 2 years, plus some brand new stuff. Total ridiculousness! But just in case you don’t believe us — we got the deets and the beats LIVE at Fringe.  Check out the [really crappy ‘stupid’ ] video from Fringe from way in the back of the house!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABjU4IkazBw

The Lillian Goes Out with The Great Divide

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move
Adam Haas Hunter and Brandon Bales Photo credit: Bren Coombs.

Adam Haas Hunter and Brandon Bales
Photo credit: Bren Coombs.

As most of the Los Angeles Intimate Theatre community is now aware, The Lillian Theatre has been sold.  After many long years of mainstay dramatic, comedic and musical productions, this cherished location adjacent to The Elephant Theatre and Theatre Asylum and anchoring Hollywood’s Theatre Row, is mounting its last show this month.

For its final farewell, Elephant Theatre Company is presenting a world premiere of The Great Divide by Lyle Kessler, directed by David Fofi.

The Great Divide is a very complicated and convoluted fairy tale that should have been crystal clear but surprisingly missed the mark in many ways from script to execution. Billed as a dark comedy of baseball and brawls, which it momentarily touches upon, it jumps often from one unlikely story to another within this intensely dramatic puzzle about a serially controlling father, “The Old Man” (Richard Chaves) and his relationships to his sons Dale (Brandon Bales) and Coleman (Adam Hass Hunter) further tangled by a brother and sister duo Noah (Mark McClain Wilson) and Lane (Kimberly Alexander) who arrive suddenly to claim their due from Coleman who flat-out left them long ago in the middle of the night.

Floating around this more pointedly psychological piece  are so many themes and fables that come to mind which are heightened by some interesting elements, the Old Man pretending to croak and rising miraculously from the dead after days on the couch waiting for the seemingly Prodigal Son Coleman, reluctantly returned after 10 years of deliberate distance; Noah’s variety of explanations for the loss of his arm, one more extraordinary than the next; Lane’s ability to hear anything, even the clicks of the combination to Dale’s safe where he keeps his mysterious writing never seen or read by anyone, hidden from the stain of human touch or judgment; and the ghost lullaby that punctures the drama without reason, sung by the boys’ long dead mother.

So much of this play feels disconnected and I daresay that the “disconnection” is the story itself. Incredibly, although no one is utterly or exactly fulfilled by this “reunion”, freedom, love, new life, security, admiration, a big happy family, all the players come close. Saying a lie long enough or wanting something bad enough can make a thing become the truth. We are left though, with so much unresolved emotion that this piece feels like a not quite desirable scent hanging in heavy humid air, waiting for a gust of wind to blow it away.

Not for the lack of talent, this show paces quickly and is endowed with some exceptional players. But this is one case where Mr. Kessler’s writing didn’t meet his actors with a better story nor Mr. Fofi the ability to perfectly illuminate it.  It’s a toss-up.

Written by Lyle Kessler, Directed by David Fofi, Produced by Bren Coombs and Shannon McManus. Set, Sound, and Lighting Design by Elephant Stageworks.

Starring Kimberly Alexander, Brandon Bales, Richard Chaves, Kate Huffman, Adam Hunter, Forrest Lancaster, and Mark McClain Wilson.

The Great DivideNow Playing Through August 29th.

Thursday – Saturday 8 PM – Sunday at 5 PM

Where: The Lillian Theatre 1036 N. Lillian Way, Hollywood, CA 90038

How: Tickets are $25 and available at Plays411.com/divide or by calling 323.960.4429

Public Private Moments in Broken Bone Bathtub

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She took a bath and we all got in.

Her name is Siobhan O’Loughlin and she’s got some broken bones. Not just the 10 shoulder and arm bones: clavicle, scapula, humerus, radius, and ulna; or the 16 wrist bones: scaphoid, lunate, triquetrum, pisiform, trapezium, trapezoid, capitate, hamate; or the 38 hand bones: 10 metacarpals and 28 phalanges (finger bones) – the osseous matter housed in her giant colorful hand cast. I’m talking about real emotional skeletons.  The ones most of us carry around daily like unwieldy passions, unfulfilled dreams, frustration, loneliness, uncertainty.

And how does she heal?  By a heart to heart with friends, strangers and bubbles in an almost uncomfortably, immersive theatrical pastime – washing, literally and metaphorically naked in the bathtub.

Broken Bone Bathtub is so intimate that one needs to take a moment and a deep breath to relax into the interactive moments of helping Siobhan ritualistically bathe, while she also casually relates the very traumatic episode of her life-altering bike accident.

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I admit I went into a flash panic being (myself) asked to wash her back during and as a part of the performance.  Maybe it was the wine.  There was plenty of it in the kitchen along with other tasty accoutrements in a small apartment overlooking Hollywood Boulevard in the street-lit distance.  And I did giggle as one guy, awkwardly washed Siobhan’s hair, something he’d never done for anyone before. Inevitably strange yet lovely was the feeling of sharing in something  warm and personal as to be soothing and for a fleeting hour, “not weird”.  We all told our stories about love, dating and bathing, private and public moments, back and forth to each other prompted by Siobhan. But yeah, it IS weird.  Hello, she’s in the tub. The novelty though, was enough to draw all 8 of us in to the moment utterly.

Quite an experience!

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Created & Performed by Siobhan O’Loughlin

US Premiere: Los Angeles

Last performance is tonight!
Wednesday, July 22nd at 8:00pm in Sherman Oaks, zip code: 91411.

Hosted by Danielle Cintron. (Towon Alumni Night PART TWO)

EXTENDED UNTIL  SUNDAY,

JULY 26!  

VISIT THE WEBSITE FOR RESERVATIONS AND INFO: http://siobhanoloughlin.com/broken-bone-bathtub/

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“Fight for Love” in Santa Monica July 24, 25 & 26

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Rubans Rouges Dance Company and Special Guests will present its 3rd Annual Summer Series Dance Concert “Fight for Love”  featuring the host company’s repertoire including a new 45 minute piece by the same title.
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“Fight for Love” – exploring the right to love whom we choose without being bullied or brainwashed to conform to societal pressures.

 July 24 8pm, July 25 2pm & 8pm, July 26 2pm 2015
(please note the different guest artists on different dates)

Produced by: Noelle Andressen & the Board for Rubans Rouges Dance Company and made possible by and under the auspices of Glendale Arts In Partnership with Performing Arts Live, Special Guest Choreographers inlcude: Albertossy Espinoza – LA FUSION Dance Theater, Chad Michael Hall – MULTIPLEX DANCE, Amanda Hart – Hart Pulse Dance Company (Fri Only), Judith FLEX Helle – Luminario Ballet (Sat Only), Paula Present – PTERO Dance Theatre, Kenneth Walker Jr – Kenneth Walker Dance Project  – AND – a special uplifting presentation for Sunday’s Show titled “MOSAIC” featuring works by Rubans Rouges Dance and Special Guests: Albertossy Espinoza, Marlita Hill, Maria Rendina Frantz, Grete Gryzwana, Milva Rinaldelli.

Tickets: DRC get a SPECIAL Discount
Miles Memorial Playhouse
1130 Lincoln Blvd, St Monica, CA 90403

For more information

www.RubansRougesDance.com
Office: 310-890-8285

8 Days! 31 Plays! The Road Summer Playwrights Festival

This year’s festival will include 50/50 mix of male and female playwrights

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THE ROAD THEATRE COMPANY and Taylor Gilbert, Founder/Artistic Director together with Sam Anderson, Artistic Director, return for their 24th season, in the sixth annual SUMMER PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL (SPF6).

Summer Playwrights Festival – Sunday July 26 – Sunday August 2, 2015

SPF6This year’s festival features all new works to Los Angeles and has attracted playwrights from around the country including, Wendy Macleod (The House of Yes, nominated for 6 LADCC for The Water Children, Juvenalia), Vince Melocchi (Ovation Award nominated Lions, LA Weekly Best Play nomination Julia) Julie Marie Myatt (The Happy Ones, LADCC Ted Schmidt Award for Outstanding New Play, Boats on a River, Finalist Susan Smith Blackburn Prize). Lucille Lichtblau (The English Bride, winner the Susan Glaspell Prize and Israel Baran Award. The Hemings Diary, finalist Inkwell/Woolly Mammoth Competition, Weissberger Award finalist. 4 time winner of PATV’s Annual New Play Competition.

SPF6THE SUMMER PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL (SPF6) will open on Sunday July 26 at 8pm and run through Sunday August 2 at the Historic Lankershim Arts Center, 5108 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, CA.

Additional performances will be held Wednesday July 29 and Thursday July 30 at The Road on Magnolia in the NoHo Senior Arts Colony located at 10747 Magnolia Blvd North Hollywood.

 

SPF6LIVE MUSIC!

One popular feature of the festival last summer was the live music that was featured during each reading reception in our gallery space. This year’s festival will feature the bands and musicians Mleo, Stage 11, Engine of Survival, End of Ever, Theo’s Dream, and Irish band sensation, Whiskey Sunday. The reception will be held in our backyard patio-Bettina’s Cantina-and will feature wines from Paso Robles Wineries and delicious appetizers and desserts.

SCHEDULE

Performances are Monday-Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm and 8pm; Sunday at 11am, 2pm and 8pm at the Road on Lankershim and Tuesday-Thursday at 8pm at the Road on Magnolia. Ticket prices are suggested donation of $15; WEEK-LONG FESTIVAL PASS available for $50. Good for any reading any and all days. For more details and to view complete schedule, play descriptions and cast lists visit roadtheatre.org.

View a copy of the Festival Schedule:  HERE

PRICING

A suggested donation of $15 is requested of festival attendees and they are invited to give as little or as much as they want during each day’s performance. A week long all play festival pass is available for $50. See as many plays as you want for $50.

SPF6First recipient of Yale’s first MCA Fellowship in Playwriting

Robert Edward Lunney (Boardwalk Empire, Broadway-Born Yesterday, Deuce, Streetcar Named Desire, The Graduate. His Play For Nina was a 2007 O’Neill Playwright’s Conference semi-finalist),

Laurence Klaven (2 Obie Awards, 2 Barrymore awards and 7 Drama Desk nominations and an Outer Critics Circle nomination for Bed and Sofa),

Paden Fallis (award winning The Play About the Coach),

Stephanie Walker (The Art of Disappearing– O’Neill Playwright’s Conference semi-finalist, Princess Grace award),

Kat Ramsburg (Playwright of the Year The Bridge Initiative: Women in Arizona Theatre),

Steven Young (The Resurrectionists 2 Joseph Jefferson citations, The Wal*Mart-ians Jerome Fellowship Finalist, The Night We Bombed Lincoln Towing Finalist 2012 Stage West New Play Competition,

Jennie Webb (co-founder LA Women’s Playwrights Initiative),

Steven Simoncic (Once Upon a Time in Detroit 2013 O’Neill Playwright’s Conference semi-finalist, Emmy winner, Woodward/Newman Finalist Broken Fences.)

Lorenzo Destefano (Winner Los Zafiros:Music From the Edge of Time Winner Grand Festival Award Berkeley Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival Gold Hugo nomination, Talmage Farlow),

.Jon Kern (2012 Laurents/Hatcher Award Modern Terrorism)

Richard Manley (Matches, Winner Oglebay Institute Towngate Prize 2013),

Carmen Milito (nominated for 2 Ovation Awards).

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Road Company members are also highlighted with plays by:  Anna Carini, Deana Barone (Peabody Award winner). Bettina Zacar, Lisa Kenner, Shanti Reinhardt. This year’s festival features noted directors such as, Taylor Nichols (Barcelona,NAACP Award All My Sons, LA Drama Critics Circle Award), April Webster (Emmy Award Winner-3 nominations, 4 time CSA winner. 11 nominations ), Keith Stevenson (Ovation Award, Out There on Fried Meat Ridge Road) and many Road company members and members of the Los Angeles theater community. This year’s Collegiate Playwriting Competition winner is Will Arbery (Northwestern University), and his play, The Mongoose which will be performed Sunday August 2 at 11am. Most of the playwrights whose work is featured will be attending and will participate in a post-show discussion with the audience and cast.

Guest actor include Butch Klein (Grace and Frankie, 24) and Matthew Glave (The Wedding Singer, Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, Argo) and many other guest actors. Artistic Directors Taylor Gilbert and Sam Anderson on the importance of the festival to the theatre, “The Road’s Summer Playwrights Festival offers a wonderfully compressed period of new works and voices from established and emerging playwrights brought to life by the Road ensemble and guest artists who interact in lively discussions with our audiences, different live bands each evening, great food and drink and a tremendous sense of community between artists and theatregoers. An unforgettable event.”

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Located in the heart of the NoHo Arts district-the fastest growing arts district in Los Angeles County-the company has called the Historic Lankershim Arts Center home for the past 19 seasons. Now on the verge of their Silver Anniversary 25thseason of bringing new works to Los Angeles, the company is coming off a very successful 24th  season featuring the hit plays Mud Blue Sky by Marisa Wegrzyn (SPF5 Official Selection) and (Melissa Arctic by Craig Wright (SPF1 Official Selection) Things Being What They Are by Wendy MacLeod,  The Other Place by Sharr White and The English Bride by Lucille Lichtblau.

Fiercely committed to that most dangerous of theater missions-the dedication to new works-the Road Theatre Company led by founding artistic director Taylor Gilbert and artistic director Sam Anderson, is a multi-award winning theater that has been named one of the top ten intimate theater companies in Los Angeles (LA Weekly). It is home to over 100 theater artists devoted to the creation of the highest level of work. This festival is our way of sharing the process of play development with our community and allows participants playwrights the chance to hear their plays in a professional setting of talent and artistry. The festival is also a fundraising event for the theater to help us launch our Silver Anniversary 25th season, which begins with the SPF5 festival pick Homefree by Lisa Loomer.

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Independent Shakespeare Rocks Romeo and Juliet at Griffith Park

Erika Soto and Nikhil Pai in ISC's Romeo and Juliet

Erika Soto and Nikhil Pai in ISC’s Romeo and Juliet

@IndyShakes returns to Griffith Park this Summer with Shakespeare’s most famous play about teenage folly as it’s season opener.

The emotional knee-jerk characteristics of tween/teens are thoroughly captured in this production by a not yet 13, overly cutesy Juliet and a capricious Romeo falling in and out of infatuation with Rosalind and then soundly in love with the girl of his dreams.

It’s a solidly modern theme that never loses its resonance or it’s impact especially with younger people today driving culture into a very adult landscape, drowning out the motif of children being babies, in its wake.  That’s not exactly the case here, but the power of extreme youthful passion craving experience in its fullest value is never more displayed so well as in Romeo and Juliet.

Once past the somewhat manufactured physicality of actress Erika Soto’s (Juliet) naivety, who displays a more adult change-up in the second act, there really is a quite brilliantly executed performance.  Ms.  Soto captures on one hand an exuberant, refreshingly high-spirited pre-teen and on the other, a singularly desperate, very young girl trapped in a situation with no options, no empathy from her parents, and no social recourse whatsoever.  Suicide is a clear choice.  For Juliet, it is the one way she knows how to absolutely decide her own fate.

Independent Shakespeare has taken pains to master a raucous Romeo and Juliet focusing much more into the quicksilver aspect of the teenage love story and the bawdiness of Shakespeare’s original writing.  Everything about the presentation is pointedly interactive, jolly, “loose,” laying so much less heavily on Shakespeare’s age-old theme of parental control, but nevertheless making the heady and lightening speed ending absolutely potent.

In fact, it is noticeable that some of the darkest aspects of this play – the death of Mercutio, the fatal duel with Tybalt, the severity of the consequences of Romeo and Juliet’s secret marriage – are almost skipped in favor of  what seems like a “never-ending party.” Here we have a thoroughly libertine Mercutio powerfully executed by Andre Martin and a surprisingly un-frumpy, street-wise, quick-thinking nurse played by Bernadette Sullivan almost entirely coopting focus.  Actor Nikhil Pai is a perfectly appealing Romeo who matches Juliet.  And there is truly an immersive quality about this production.

In the end though, the message for Juliet remains the same: that Love is most definitely NOT unconditional.  She has “lain with her sworn enemy”.  There will be no forgiveness for the truth and no way out of a life she can no longer accept through the “forced” new open eyes of an adult.  In Romeo’s case, death is as definitive a choice, and that of a young boy so immersed in the conviction of love without reason.  He really believes his life is over when he hears of Juliet’s untimely demise.  Romeo and Juliet’s only real support system is Friar Lawrence who (even though only) by accident, fails the couple, when it counts.

The violence of Romeo and Juliet’s actions is not shocking at all.  Their course has been set for them, mostly by the haste and bullying with which Juliet’s parents arrange her “womanhood”.  They are well-meaning but typically narcissistic adults more concerned about appearance and legacy than their child’s “actual” happiness.  Sound modern?  It should.  It’s a behavior still happening in every culture ore’ the world difficult to render it excusable for the “times,” be it cross-racial divides, religious and cultural differences that don’t assimilate, buying and selling child brides…and grooms, keeping kids on lock down for more than safety reasons, the gamut is endless – just watch the news.  And that is what makes this story ultimately so tragic.  We may have moved the needle in the direction of facilitating awesome human beings rather than ordering our children into a kind of submissive adulthood.  But plenty over centuries hasn’t really changed.

Independent Shakespeare’s production of Romeo and Juliet under the direction of Melissa Chalsma is an overwhelming success with it’s completely fresh interactive presentation.  Here we have absolute beauty, intelligent comedy and painful tragedy unequivocally balanced.  

One of the most gorgeous and seriously fun aspects of this production is the original fairytale-punk, rock score designed and performed by David Melville & Ashley Nguyen with William Elsman & Jack Lancaster.  Undeniably the highlight of the evening.

Highly recommended.  It’s a bit bawdy at times for young children, but no one was complaining.

The Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival
Friday through Sunday until July 26th
at The Old Zoo in Griffith Park

7:00pm

For more information, call (818) 508-1754

or visit www.iscla.org

Photo credit: Grettel Cortes

Spring Awakening Returns To Broadway

Deaf West’s Acclaimed Production Returns with a Strictly Limited Engagement This Fall  — 18 Weeks Only — No Extension Possible

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Ken Davenport, Cody Lassen, Hunter Arnold and Deaf West Theatre (Artistic Director David J. Kurs) announced today that Spring Awakening,the Tony Award-winning Best Musical of 2007, will play a strictly limited Broadway engagement at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47thStreet) with previews beginning on Tuesday, September 8 and opening night set for Sunday, September 27. The show will run 18 weeks only, through Saturday, January 9, with no extension possible. It will be performed simultaneously in American Sign Language and spoken English by a cast of 27. Deaf West was last represented on Broadway with the triumphant production of Big River in 2003.

Tickets are on sale today, Tuesday, July 7, at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 877-250-2929. The Brooks Atkinson Theatre box office will open on Monday, August 17.

The innovative and acclaimed production of Spring Awakening recently completed an extended, critically-acclaimed, engagement at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles where the production was expanded from its original, sold-out run at the Rosenthal Theatre in downtown L.A.  The Los Angeles Times called Spring Awakening “an emotional triumph,” and said that it “awakens us to the dormant possibilities of this musical, with all the goose-bumps and teardrops to prove it. This is a show for anyone who wants to see a contemporary American musical superbly done.”

Following the recent West Coast production, Duncan Sheik said, “Spring Awakening is very much about the difficulty that parents and children have with communication. So there’s a beautiful metaphor to it being done with this particular set of actors. The musicianship and the vocal performances of the Broadway cast being assembled are second to none, and that combined with the amazing physicality of the signing actors really raises the emotional bar.”

“I couldn’t be more grateful than I am to Deaf West, Michael, and Ken,” Steven Sater added. “It will surely be one of the thrills of my life to watch our young cast sing to New York, every night, in this pure language of the heart.”

The Hollywood Reporter said Spring Awakening has “exceptional performances, inspired staging and brilliant use of sign language.”

BroadwayWorld.com raved that Deaf West’s production is “unlike any production of Spring Awakening I’ve ever seen.”

Spring Awakening, with book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik, is directed by Michael Arden and choreographed by Spencer Liff.
Based on Frank Wedekind’s controversial 1891 expressionist play of the same name and featuring an electrifying pop/rock score, Spring Awakening follows the lives of a group of adolescents as they navigate their journey from adolescence to adulthood in a fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll. An extraordinary creative team including Michael Arden and Spencer Liff has reinvented the groundbreaking musical about lost innocence and the struggles of youth in true Deaf West style.

Following its transfer from Atlantic Theatre Company to Broadway’s Eugene O’Neill Theatre, the original production of Spring Awakening was the recipient of eight 2007 Tony Awards including Best Musical; four Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical; three Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Broadway Musical; two Lucille Lortel Awards including Outstanding Musical; the Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical; and the 2007 Drama League Award for Distinguished Production of a Musical. Amidst wild critical reception for Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s “ravishing rock score,” including the Tony Award for Best Score and Drama Desk Awards for Best Music and Best Lyrics, Spring Awakening launched the careers of its young actors now known for their film, television and theater work, and stunned Broadway with “something unusual and aspiring, something vital and new” (Charles Isherwood, The New York Times).

Director Michael Arden, who plays Patrick on the FX series “Anger Management,” recently originated the title role in The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Paper Mill Playhouse and La Jolla Playhouse and previously appeared in Deaf West productions of Big River on Broadway and Pippin at the Mark Taper Forum. Choreographer Spencer Liff is an Emmy-nominee for his work on FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance” and choreographed the current Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Casting will be announced shortly.

Biographies

STEVEN SATER (Book and Lyrics) was awarded the 2007 Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score for Spring Awakeningalong with the Drama Desk and Outer Critic Circle Awards for Best Lyrics. With alt-rocker Duncan Sheik, he received the 2007 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album for Spring Awakening. In addition, the two received The Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award, the Outer Critics Circle, the Drama Desk, the Lucille Lortel, New York Drama Critics’ Circle, and Drama League Awards for Best Musical. Steven is the author of numerous plays, including the long-running Carbondale Dreams, Perfect for You, Doll (the Rosenthal Prize, Cincinnati Playhouse); Umbrage (Steppenwolf New Play Prize); A Footnote to the Iliad (New York Stage and Film, The Miniature Theatre of Chester); Asylum (Naked Angels); Murder at the Gates(commissioned by Eye of the Storm); In Search of Lost Wings (Sanford Meisner Theater) and a re-conceived version of Shakespeare’s Tempest, with music by Laurie Anderson, which played London’s Lyric Hammersmith and toured throughout Great Britain. In addition to Spring Awakening, Sater has collaborated with Sheik on the NY premiere of Umbrage (HERE), Nero (The Magic Theatre, workshopped at the New York Shakespeare Festival and New York Stage & Film), and The Nightingale (workshopped at the O’Neill Musical Theatre Conference, La Jolla Playhouse, A.C.T., and New York Theater Workshop). He is also hard at work with System of a Down’s Serj Tankian on a musical version of Prometheus Bound, to be directed by Diane Paulus at the American Repertory Theater. Sater is the lyricist for Sheik’s critically acclaimed album Phantom Moon (Nonesuch), and together the two wrote the songs for Michael Mayer’s feature film A Home at the End of the World (Warner Classics) as well as the independent features Brother’s Shadow and Mary Stuart Masterson’s The Cake Eaters. Sater is also co-creator and executive producer, with Paul Reiser, of recent pilots for both NBC and Sony/FX, and has developed two projects for HBO, and another for Showtime (with Reiser). He is also at work, with Jessie Nelson, on a feature film and is creating an original movie musical for producer Larry Mark. In addition, Steven works as a lyricist with various composers in the pop/rock world — recently writing songs with Burt Bacharach, Johnny Mandel, Andreas Carlsson and William Joseph.

DUNCAN SHEIK (Music). In addition to writing the music for Spring Awakening (2007 Tony Awards for Best Orchestrations and Best Original Score, 2008 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album), Sheik’s other theater credits include: Nero (Another Golden Rome) (currently in development),The Nightingale (currently in development), and Whisper House (currently in development). Recorded works include: Whisper House (Sony/Victor 2009), White Limousine (Rounder 2006), Daylight (Atlantic Records 2002), Phantom Moon (Nonesuch 2001), Humming (Atlantic Records 1998), and Duncan Sheik (Grammy Nomination, Best Male Vocal) (Atlantic Records 1996). Film Scores include: DARE (2009), Little Spirit: Christmas in New York (2008), Capers (2007) and The Cake Eaters (2007). Producer Credits include: Holly Brook (forthcoming CD 2009), Micah Green (2008),Spring Awakening Original Cast Album (Universal 2007) and Chris Garneau (2006).

MICHAEL ARDEN (Director) made his Broadway debut in Deaf West and the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Big River. Directing credits include La Ronde, for The Forest of Arden; For the Record: John Hughes, both in Los Angeles and NYC; A Tale of Two Cities (Associate) on Broadway; and various other plays in bedrooms and kitchens. Other theatre credits include The Times they are a Changin’; Ragtime (Avery Fisher); It’s Only Life; Swimming in the Shallows; Ace; Juno; As You Like It; The Winter’s Tale; The Secret Garden; Pippin (Mark Taper Forum); andAspects of Love, directed by Sir Trevor Nunn (Menier Chocolate Factory, London). Film credits include Source Code, Bride Wars, The Good Shepherd, Over/Under, My Eleventh and The Odd Life of Timothy Green. Michael can currently be seen on the series “Anger Management” on F/X and FOX. Other TV credits include “GCB,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Royal Pains,” “Unforgettable,” “Off the Map,” “Kings,” “The Closer,” “The Forgotten,” “Bones,” “The Return of Jezebel James,” “Cashmere Mafia,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “NUMB3RS.” His concert work includes: Barbra Streisand, Chris Botti, BELOW 54, Feinstein’s at the Regency and Joe’s Pub. Michael also formed the site-specific theater company The Forest of Arden and their immersive production of La Ronde is currently being developed into a feature film. Training: The Julliard School. Michael recently appeared as Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the La Jolla Playhouse.

SPENCER LIFF (Choreographer). Spencer Liff’s choreography can currently be seen on Broadway in Hedwig and The Angry Inch. Spencer’s choreography has been seen in Sleepless in Seattle, at Pasadena Playhouse; Two Gentleman of Verona: A Rock Opera for The Shakespeare Theater Company; a new production of Oliver! for The Human Race Theater; A Snow White Christmas, and Aladdin for Lythgoe Family Productions; On a Clear Day… for MTW (director /choreographer); The Wedding Singer for MTW; Saturday Night Fever for Royal Caribbean; two original shows for Disney’s newest cruise ship The Fantasy; and, Broadway by the Year at Town Hall in NYC. His most recent television work was on the past 5 seasons of the hit FOX television show, “So You Think You Can Dance.”  His work on the show earned him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Choreography in 2012. This year, Spencer choreographed “The Emmy Awards” starring Neil Patrick Harris. Other recent television choreography credits include “Mike and Molly,” “2 Broke Girls,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Parks and Recreation,” and the upcoming MTV series, “Happyland.” As a performer, Spencer has been a memorable presence on stage and screen. He earned his Equity card at the young age of 7 in the first national tour of The Will Rogers Follies, directed by Tommy Tune. He made his Broadway debut in Big -The Musical, followed by The Wedding Singer, Cry-baby, Equus, and 9 to 5. Spencer won the 2008 Fred Astaire Award as Best Male Dancer on Broadway for his role in Cry-baby, for which he was also assistant choreographer and dance captain. Film and TV credits include Hairspray as Mikey; Across The Universe as Daniel; Footloose; “Smash;” and “Gypsy with Bette Midler. Spencer has danced for two Presidents of The United States, performed on The Tony Awards five times, The Academy Awards twice, The Kennedy Center Honors four times and The Grammy Awards once.

KEN DAVENPORT (Producer) is a Broadway producer whose credits include Kinky Boots (Broadway – Tony Award, National Tour, Toronto and West End), The Visit (Tony nomination), It’s Only a Play, Mothers and Sons (Tony nomination), The Bridges of Madison County, Macbeth starring Alan Cumming, Godspell, Chinglish, Oleanna starring Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles, Speed-the-Plow, Will Ferrell’s You’re Welcome America (Tony nomination), Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury (Broadway, West End and National Tour), and 13, as well as Daddy Long Legs, That Bachelorette Show, Altar Boyz, My First Time, The Awesome 80s Prom, and Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, & Marriage Off-Broadway. He also produced the award winning These Magnificent Miles: On the Long Road with Red Wanting Blue, a documentary on one of the top unsigned rock bands in the country. Ken was featured on a national commercial for Apple’s iPhone, named one of Crain’s “40 Under Forty” and is one of the co-founders of TEDxBroadway. Combined, Ken’s productions have grossed more than $100 million worldwide and are being produced internationally in over 25 countries including Germany, Mexico, France, and Korea. He created and developed the Broadway board game Be A Broadway Star, as seen on “The Today Show.” He also runs a number of theatrical websites including YourBroadwayGenius.com andDidHeLikeIt.com, for which he also developed a smartphone app. His blog, TheProducersPerspective.com, has been featured in Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, The Gothamist and more. He has written articles for Forbes, Mashable, Imedia and others. Current projects include his adaptation of the novel and film Somewhere in Time, which premiered at Portland Center Stage, Gettin’ The Band Back Together which premiered at George Street Playhouse, as well as bringing the first ever revival of A Few Good Men to Broadway. For more information, visitwww.DavenportTheatrical.com.

CODY LASSEN (Producer) serves as Marketing Director for LA’s Center Theatre Group and its three theatres: The Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum & the Kirk Douglas Theatre, overseeing marketing efforts that result in more than 500,000 tickets and $30 million in ticket revenue annually. Previously, he consulted with major studios, producers and agencies to help them discover how they should market their shows to have the best chance at financial and critical success. Recent producing credits include two sold-out and critically-acclaimed productions of Deaf West’sSpring Awakening, in Los Angeles; Broadway’s Macbeth, starring Alan Cumming; and the upcoming musical Somewhere in Time. Cody is a graduate of DePaul University and the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business and serves as vice-chair of the Board of Directors of GLAAD, the nation’s leading LGBT advocacy organization. Cody lives in Malibu with his partner Nitzan.

HUNTER ARNOLD (Producer) is a Broadway Producer whose recent credits include The Visit (Tony nomination), It’s Only A Play, Mothers and Sons (Tony nomination), The Bridges of Madison County, Kinky Boots (Tony Award), Macbeth with Alan Cumming, Godspell and Chinglish. Upcoming projects include The Great White Hope, Somewhere in Time and A Little More Alive. In addition to his producing projects Hunter is the founder of the New Musical Creative Collective, an organization focusing on the support and development of Broadway’s emerging musical theatre composers, lyricists and book writers. Hunter is also the founder and CEO of ARTech Holdings, LLC, an incubator and holding company focused on generating technologies to support the live arts community. Upcoming projects in this space include an arts education portal and a membership community for accredited, live-theater investors: Broadraise.com.

DEAF WEST THEATRE (DWT) (David J. Kurs, Artistic Director) (Producer)’s productions are renowned for weaving ASL with spoken English to create a seamless ballet of movement and voice, thereby creating a fully inclusive theatrical experience for deaf, hard of hearing and hearing audiences. Spring Awakening marks DWT’s fifth musical production. The company’s Big River received Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle and Backstage Garland awards for Best Musical in its L.A. premiere, then went on to garner a Tony nomination and four Drama Desk Awards when it transferred to Broadway. Pippin was produced at the Mark Taper Forum in a co-production with Center Theatre Group, and Sleeping Beauty Wakes, also a co-production with CTG, was presented at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. DWT’s production of Oliver! was honored with an Ovation Award for Best Musical. Other award-winning productions from Deaf West include Cyrano (a co-production with the Fountain Theatre – Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Production) and A Streetcar Named Desire (Ovation Award for Best Play). In 2005, DWT was selected to receive the Highest Recognition Award by the Secretary of Health and Human Services for its “distinguished contributions to improve and enrich the cultural lives of deaf and hard of hearing actors and theater patrons.” DWT’s most recent production, American Buffalo by David Mamet, premiered February 2015 in association with Cal State Los Angeles.

The Deaf West production of Spring Awakening was originally produced in Los Angeles by Deaf West Theatre, Forest of Arden, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Cody Lassen, Jarrod Musano, Christopher Sepulveda, Ann E. Wareham, Philip & Monica Rosenthal, Chockstone Pictures, John C. Hall, Victoria Morris & Ken Davenport.

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