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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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Cathy to the Rescue!

Cathy CartoonWith one final “Ack” beloved comic strip character Cathy (originally authored by cartoonist Cathy Guisewite) said goodbye to her readers on October 3, 2010, after 34 years of struggling through the ups and downs of food, love, family and work – the four basic guilt groups of the modern women.

Writer/Producer Susan Sassi, however, thinks Cathy is more relevant than ever and has created Cathy in Real Life, a live action parody of the Cathy comic strip which explores the changing definition of feminism in a comical way.

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Susan wanted to develop a lighthearted film project that had more parts for women as well as showcase different opinions of what should and shouldn’t be empowering to women.

It is fun and important. And “the more people see women protagonists [in film], the more they can re-train themselves to relate to women.”  It’s that simple!

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Yep! It’s an indie-go-go.  So as part of our Los Angeles Femme writers/directors/producers community, we’ve decided to support this truly super cool project and hope you will too.

They need to raise $2650 in 32 days to cover all the costs.  And there are some delicious retail therapy perks involved.

MAKE IT HAPPEN!  GO HERE NOW!

BAMBOOZLED: Fact. Fiction. Art? Exploring the Art of Deception at Barnsdall LA

On the heels of a sold out April Fool’s Day kickoff, Barnsdall Art Park continues its literary arts fundraising series with its latest installment, Summer Reading.

bamboozled-logoOn June 25th from 7:30-10 p.m., the Park’s iconic Gallery Theatre invites guests to participate in its second BAMBOOZLED: Fact. Fiction. Art? event, with an all new lineup for an engaging, interactive evening, exploring the art of deception.

Hosted by radio reporter Rico Gagliano and curated by writer Diana Wagman, BAMBOOZLED promises a night to remember with live readings by four notable LA-based authors, J. Ryan Stradal, Jillian Lauren, Gary Phillips and Naomi Hirahara.

The audience then gets to decide whether or not each writer’s intricate stories are, in fact, Fact or Fiction? Prizes will be awarded to the winners. During the performance, talented, multi-media artist Aaron Axelrod will be creating a live painting inspired by the stories told, which will be gifted at the end of the night in a grand prize drawing.

The event has been brought to the Park by the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation and made possible by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Admission is $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Guests can register at http://www.barnsdall.org/events/bamboozled/

 

 

The Summer Writing Project is back!

The Second Annual Summer Writing Project is looking for the Next Great American Author
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We are so excited about this!

The Summer Writing Project is an annual collaboration between Black Hill Press, JukePop, and 1888 that advocates writing and supports reading and provides aspiring authors with an opportunity to create novellas (a distinctive, often overlooked literary form that offers the focus of a short story and the scope of a novel)

Authors can submit these stories one chapter at a time for immediate quantitative and qualitative feedback from readers.

For submission guidelines and to view a complete schedule of events please visit 1888.center/swp.

Shaunn Grulkowski, one of three authors whose novella was selected and published from last years program noted, “The great part of the Summer Writing Project was being able to workshop a project in a supportive environment of artists and consumers like JukePop; into a product that was attractive to a forward-thinking publisher like Black Hill Press.”

JUKEPOP: Go ahead. Be a part of the next best seller.

JUKEPOP: Go ahead. Be a part of the next best seller.

Last year, 117,808 writers and readers connected to participate in the Summer Writing Project.  This year, the Summer Writing Project will continue to expand and partner with local bookstores, libraries, and universities to schedule a series of FREE educational lectures, panels, and workshops throughout the months of June, July, and August.

Program topics include Writing for Comics and Videogames, Spreading the Word: The Author’s New Role in Marketing, and Judging Books by Covers, and will feature discussions with Southern California publishers and authors.  Each event will be hosted at a different location including Barnes & Noble, Chapman University, and the Orange Public Library & History Center.

After the program ends on August 31, 2015, Black Hill Press will select three (3) novellas from submitted entries and publish them in a special Summer Writing Project collection with cover artwork by noted Japanese artist Mariya Suzuki.

About Black Hill Press
Black Hill Press is a publishing collective founded on collaboration. Its growing family of writers and artists is dedicated to the novella-a distinctive, often overlooked literary form that offers the focus of a short story and the scope of a novel. Black Hill Press believes a great story is never defined by its length.

About JukePop
JukePop, Inc. is an incubation platform that combines community driven feedback and data analytics to help authors turn their concepts into great books. JukePop, Inc. believes there’s at least one great book in every author, the difference is in how the story is told.

About 1888
1888 serves as a regional catalyst for the preservation, presentation, and promotion of cultural heritage and literary arts.

BAMBOOZLED: FACT. FICTION. ART? Get Ready for April Fools at Barnsdall Art Park

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On April 1st, April Fools day, from 8-10pm. iconic Barnsdall Art Park Theatre, 4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA is throwing a one-of-a-kind fundraiser to kick off the Park’s brand-new literary arts series.  All Angelenos are invited to participate in an interactive evening.

Hosted by radio reporter Rico Gagliano and curated by writer Diana Wagman, Bamboozled promises to be a night to remember with live readings by four notable LA based authors, Lisa Teasley, Deborah Vankin, Bill Lambrinides and Cherry Chevapravatdumrong.

The audience then gets to decide whether or not each writer’s intricate stories are, in fact, Fact or Fiction?  Signed copies of the authors’ books will be awarded to the evening’s winners.

During the performance, artist and muralist Annie Preece will be creating a live painting based on the stories told, which will be raffled off at the end of the night.

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Admission is $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. You can get tickets in advance right now!

The event has been brought to the Park by the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation and made possible by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Bamboozled is part of the Park’s distinctive year-round programming, which also includes its famed wine tastings to movie nights.

Hungry for a Great Story? EAT YOUR WORDS

Eat Your WordsEat your words is back on February 5th!  If you haven’t participated in this mashup of stories, chefs, bartenders and urban foodies, this week’s event will make you salivate with stories inspired by a food politics.  It’ll be the best meal and food memory you ever ate!
 A Live Storytelling Event hosted by Greg Walloch Eat Your Words will be an intimate intimate evening of storytelling in the tradition of: 
The Moth and
This American Life
Each show features a rotating cast of the city’s most
outstanding storytellers and comedians with special guest appearances.
“L.A. audiences don’t seem to actually eat very much food, so they might as well come to a show where they can hear all about it.” 

– Greg Walloch on Eat Your Words at The Standard, Hollywood

The Standard Hollywood
Cactus Lounge 8300 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069
February 5th 2015 ongoing the first Thursday of each month.
8pm-10pm

ADMISSION: Free

TICKET INFO: The event is free. RSVP is strongly encouraged: hollywoodRSVP@standardhotel.com

This month’s storytellers include:

Steven Brydle
@midnight, FunnyorDie

Lex Vaughn
films, Maddy, Short Bus
Greg Cope White
On the Menu, memoir The Pink MarineChris Gorham and Anel Lopez Gorham
Covert Affairs, PopularAlec Mapa
Ugly Betty, The Tonight Show

Hosted by GREG WALLOCH – 

The Moth, The Howard Stern Show
Produced by Greg Walloch + Zachary Foster + Adam Gould + Dave Srock 

 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.

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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 to 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: directorslabwest.com

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.