In celebration of their 17th Year in Los Angeles, Ronnie Marmo and Theatre 68 are proud to present A Theatre 68 Festival of great works. Both the Mainstage and the Flex Theatre will be utilized for the festival, which will feature acclaimed works by Tennessee Williams, Sam Henry Kass, as well as several world premieres.

The Festival will open February 8th ​, 2018. ​ ​

Theatre 68 strongly believes in fostering artists, helping them grow to their maximum potential. It is Artistic Director, Ronnie Marmo’s belief that all artists should be able to work on their dream projects. With this festival, he is giving his company members the artistic freedom to perform, write or direct without the worry of breaking the bank. Through a series of obstacles and guidelines they have settled on these 6 shows.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

February 8th through March 30th, 2018
Mainstage
Written by: Tennessee Williams
Directed by: Kenneth James Billington
Assistant Director/Producer/Stage Manager: Skyler Patton
Producer: Ciarra Siller
Costume Designer: MJ Scott
Sound Designer/Assistant Costume Designer: Caitlin Cardile

Cast
Ciarra Siller (Maggie), Dennis Hadley (Brick), Charles Hoyes (Big Daddy), Katie Zeiner (Big Mama), Caitlin Cardile (Mae), Skyler Patton (Mae u/s), AJ Brody (Gooper), Kyle Gundlach (Gooper u/s), Jarrod Robbins (Reverend Tooker), and Alan E. Ramos (Doc Baugh)

Synopsis
In Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, the dysfunctional but wealthy Pollitt family gathers to celebrate aging patriarch, Big Daddy’s, birthday. Lurking under every practiced interaction between the Pollitts is an ulterior motive. Under every smile, a challenge. And under every statement, the specter of mendacity. For the Pollitts, the truth is as hazy as the late summer sun in Mississippi, and sometimes the only way to find it is to journey through the lies.

Performances on Thursday and Friday at 7pm.
2-hours 30 minutes running time with intermission

Trust

February 8th through March 31st, 2018
Flex Theatre
Written by: Steven Dietz
Directed by: William Kircher
Assistant Director: Veniese Razo
Co-producers: Heidi Rhodes and Liz Izzo
Technical Direction by: AJ Relland

Cast
Zach Cowan (as Cody Brown, Feb 8-March 2), Swen Temmel (as Cody Brown March 8-March 30), Heidi Rhodes (Leah), Elizabeth Izzo (Becca) Caroline O’Brian (Gretchen), Caroline Henry (Holly), Paul Mcgee (Roy)

Synopsis
Trust is a full-length, contemporary, dramatic comedy set against the backdrop of the rock music scene, by Steven Dietz.  In a world ruled by love, lust and lying, a spiral unwinds. Cody is a rising star musician. Becca is his fiancèe. Gretchen is a dressmaker, fitting Becca for her wedding dress. Leah is a rock star past her prime who Cody meets while on the road. Roy is a public radio announcer smitten with the young bohemian, Holly. As the lives and loves of these people continue to intersect, attraction gives way to seduction, and secrecy holds sway over truth. Becca and Cody’s marriage-to-be grows as rocky as Roy increases his hilariously futile attempts to charm Holly. Gretchen and Leah’s past is unearthed, brought on by Gretchen’s attraction to Becca. As the final concert of Cody’s tour concludes, new bonds have been formed, old wounds remain; friends looking for answers, lovers looking for that elusive word: trust.

Performances on Thursday and Friday at 7pm. 90 minute running time.

Requiem ​ A World Premiere​

February 9th through March 31st, 2018
Flex Theatre
Written by: Carlos Javier Castillo
Directed by: Hector Negrete
Co-producers: Isabel Wagner and Carlos J. Castillo

Cast
Peter Osterweil, Rebecca Ciocca, Devin Denman, Courtney Beaver, Aj Retland, Veniese Razo, Carlos J Castillo

Synopsis
Requiem Is the story of a man who has lost his faith in society. Troubled by his past, his current job and relationship. He struggles to fit in and subsequently looks to a firearm for answers. A comedic snapshot of an American workforce and their plight to exist in the nightmare.

Performances on Friday and Saturday at 10pm. 60 minute running time.

Jack Stevenson, A Decent Man

Mainstage
Written by: Johnny Cannizzaro
Directed by: Lee Aronsohn
Co-Producers: Paulie McGee and Johnny Cannizzaro

Cast
Johnny Cannizzaro, Lionel Medina Jr, Sara Pauley, Alexis Brandt, Danielle Baker, Mariel Martinez, Emily Craig, John Scott, Becky Ciccoa, Stephen Cohen

Synopsis
Jack Stevenson, A Decent Man centers around the exploits of a sex crazed sociopath, who after marrying into wealth, deceitfully attempts to maintain a highfalutin lifestyle while continuing to carry on his sexual indiscretions.

Performances on Friday at 11pm and Saturday at 10pm.

Burt…A Homeless Odyssey ​
World Premiere​

Mainstage
Written by Sam Henry Kass
Directed by Ronnie Marmo
Assistant Director: Hope Bello LaRoux
Co-producers: Ronnie Marmo, Katy Jacoby, Veniese Razo
Technical Director: Peter Osterweil

Cast
Ed Dyer (Burt), Laura Lee Botsacos (Sadie), Jenny Nwene (Lorna), Chris Kelly (Cop 1 / Mime / Barron Trump), Thomas F. Evans (Cop #2), George Russo (Lawyer), Raf Mauro (Rabbi), Toni Perrotta (Volunteer), Nima Jafari (Immigration Officer), Hansford Prince (Homeless Guy), Drew Hinckley (Actor), Hope Bello LaRoux (Young Woman), Kelly Mullis (Society Woman / Melania Trump), Joseph Covino (Isaac)

Synopsis
This show pays homage to people who aren’t recognized. The creative souls, artists and street-people. The lost and forgotten we pass-by on the street and don’t give a second glance. But guess what? In this play, we are going to stop and listen to them.

Performances on Saturday and Sunday at 7pm.
No performances on: Feb 18th, March 18th

 

Extremities

February 9th through March 31st, 2018
Flex Theatre
Written by: William Mastrosimone
Directed by: Jenny Nwene

Synopsis
Marjorie, is attacked in her home by Raul, but manages to turn the tables on him, tying him up in her fireplace. Her roommates come home to discover the attacker bound with cords, belts and other household items.  When Terry and Patricia, Majorie’s roommates, come home, they are shocked and begin discussing how to handle the situation: call the police or take matters into their own hands? The incredibly gripping drama portrays the act of rape and its aftermath as the victim turns the tables on her attacker, reaching a climax of fever pitch suspense.

Cast
Virginia Novello, David Hardy, Marissa Fennell, Caroline Dingwall

Performances on Saturday and Sunday at 7pm. 90 minutes running time.

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