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Last Day to Register For ‘Free Solo Show Workshops’ Compliment of LA Women’s Theatre Festival

Juliette Jeffers is the star in her self-penned solo play, 'Judgment Day'
Juliette Jeffers is the star in her self-penned solo play, ‘Judgment Day’

 *The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival presents BRAVA! “A Day of Theatre” on Sunday, April 23, 2017. The day offers free solo performance workshops and takes place at Kings Road Park, 1000 N Kings Rd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

LAWTF marks 24 years of producing well over 500 extraordinary multicultural and multidisciplinary solo performers from around the globe. Continue reading

Two ‘Splendid Performances’ Close Out 24th Anniversary of LAWTF!

Juliette Jeffers stars in self-penned solo play, 'Judgment Day'
Juliette Jeffers stars in the self-penned solo play, ‘Judgment Day’

*The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival offered ‘Taking Flight’ as the theme for the 24th Anniversary Festival. The opening night Champagne Gala, aptly named Standing On The Shoulders Of, honored six extraordinary women, and was co-hosted by stage and film actors Ted Lange and Hattie Winston. The event took place at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre in Hollywood.

Awarded on this evening were women who are somehow involved in the business of entertainment. Presented with the “Eternity Award” was beloved local vocalist Barbara Morrison; Megan Cavallari with the “Integrity Award,” and Paulina Sahagun with the “Maverick Award.” Two women were honored with the “Rainbow Award” — namely, Estelle Campbell and  Leslie K. Johnson; and finally, the “Infinity Award” was given posthumously to Doris Roberts.

Returning again to offer her incredible talent for the evening was Eloise Laws.

The four night event, which runs Thursday night through Sunday, offered diverse performances by eighteen women from all over the globe doing excerpts from their solo plays. Continue reading

L. A. Women’s Theatre Festival ‘Taking Flight’ on March 23rd with Champagne Awards Gala!

 

LAWTF 2017

*The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival (LAWTF) marks 24 years of producing close to 500 extraordinary multicultural and multidisciplinary solo performers from around the globe.

 The longest-running annual solo festival for women in Los Angeles, LAWTF will take place March 23-26, 2017 at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre in Hollywood  and at the Electric Lodge in Venice.

The Champagne Gala and Awards Ceremony on March 23, 2017 will be held in honor of exceptional women who have made laudable contributions in theatre. This will be held at Barnsdall Gallery Theatre in Barnsdall Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90027. There is free parking onsite. Following the reception at 7:00 p.m., the festivities continue at 8:00 p.m. with the presentation of the Integrity, Eternity, Rainbow, Maverick and Infinity Awards to distinguished women. (Integrity Awardee- Megan Cavallari; Eternity Awardee- Barbara Morrison; Rainbow Awardee- Estelle Campbell; Rainbow Awardee- Leslie K. Johnson; Maverick Awardee- Paulina Sahagun;  and posthumously, Infinity Awardee- Doris Roberts.

The theme of the Opening Night Program on March 23 is STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF…. The evening will be directed by Adleane Hunter and hosted by Hattie Winston (Becker) and Ted Lange (The Love Boat).  Back by popular demand will be award-winning vocalist Eloise Laws. There will also be a performance by emerging vocalist Payton Aurora Jones. Continue reading

Obba Babatundé Stars in ERT Production of ‘Five Guys Named Moe’

Courtesy Obba Babatunde
Courtesy Obba Babatunde

*LOS ANGELES, CA (February 2017) Ebony Repertory Theatre (ERT – Producing Artistic Director Wren T. Brown) announced today that ERT will present FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE starring Emmy Award-winner Obba Babatundé (Dreamgirls/Tony nomination). Written by Clarke Peters, this exuberant, international hit musical pays tribute to the music of rhythm and blues pioneer Louis Jordan.  ERT’s production, directed and choreographed by Keith Young (Sammy), with musical direction by Abdul Hamid Royal (FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE/original Broadway production) will commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the musical’s Broadway production. Performances will run May 18 – June 11, 2017 with an official press opening on Saturday, May 20 at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center (4718 West Washington Boulevard) in Los Angeles, 90016.

“Ebony Repertory Theatre is very excited to present FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE in the 25th Anniversary year of its Broadway debut,” said Wren T. Brown, ERT Producing Artistic Director.  “I will never forget the sheer excitement I felt while sitting in the Eugene O’Neill Theatre on Broadway in 1992 watching six wonderfully talented men and a most swinging band celebrate the music and persona of the seminal and pioneering saxophonist, singer and bandleader Louis Jordan.  In addition, we are thrilled to have Keith Young make his Los Angeles directorial debut with this production.  We are also honored to have the original Musical Director of the Broadway production, Abdul Hamid Royal, leading the band. And of course, we are overjoyed to have the gifted triple-threat Obba Babatundé as Nomax. Continue reading

Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Comes to Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre! (Photos)

Courtesy: © Disney
Photo courtesy: © Disney

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (February 2017) – Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre presents a special engagement of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST March 17 –  April 30, 2017, in Dolby Vision™ Laser Projection and Dolby Atmos® Sound Technology.  Plus, an additional show on Thursday, March 16 at 9:30pm!

Exclusively at The El Capitan Theatre, the theatre will come alive under the magical spell of an immersive light and projection show before the movie featuring a dazzling SWAROVSKI crystal curtain, bringing the tale as old as time to life in a new and spectacular way. Continue reading

From the Mississippi Delta–FREE–January 30 at Sierra Madre Playhouse

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*For the eleventh entry in its Off the Page series of monthly staged readings, Sierra Madre Playhouse will present ‘From the Mississippi Delta.’

From Dr. Endesha Ida Mae Holland, winner of the Lorraine Hansberry Award, comes the personal story of her rise from poverty as an unwed mother, high-school dropout and prostitute to become a civil rights leader, scholar, professor, mother, poet and acclaimed writer.

Sherrie Lofton directs a cast that includes Leslie Bee, Tyra Hughes and Toyin Moses in this staged reading. Continue reading

Danny Glover on Board As L. A. Women’s Theatre Festival Races to Reach its ‘Kickstarter Goal’ in 4 More Days!!!

"Women. What would life be without them? Well ...there would be no life without them." Danny Glover LAWTF Honorary Co-Chairperson (Twitter photo)
“Women. What would life be without them? Well …there would be no life without them.”–Danny Glover, LAWTF Honorary Co-Chairperson (Twitter photo)

*(Hollywood) During this time of gratitude, the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival (LAWTF) thanks those who have contributed to their 2016-17 Kickstarter Campaign.

As they gear up for their 24th Annual Festival, “TAKING FLIGHT” they welcome 18 phenomenal women performers who will share their stories through dance, theatre, song, spoken word and laughter. Some of these performers will come from as far away as London and Israel to be a part of this magical event.

Presently, the festival has 34 backers and it has raised $4370.  They are $5630 away from their goal of $10,000 and they have until midnight January, 14th to accomplish this. 

It can be done!  It must be done! Otherwise, they stand to lose all of their contributions from those who have pledged thus far. 

If you have not become a backer yet, they hope you will do so today? Continue reading

Al Pacino, Judith Light Star in ‘Playworks Development’ Production at Pasadena Playhouse

The legendary Al Pacino
The legendary Al Pacino

PASADENA, CA (December 16, 2016) — The Pasadena Playhouse announced today that their first development production, under the theater’s new play development program PlayWorks, will be Dotson Rader’s “God Looked Away” starring Academy Award- and two-time Tony Award-winner Al Pacino (Scent of a Woman) as “Tennessee Williams” and co-starring two-time Tony Award-winner Judith Light (Transparent) as Williams’ close friend “Estelle” and Miles Gaston Villanueva (CBS’s The Young and the Restless) as “Baby.”

Rounding out the cast are Garrett Clayton (Hairspray Live!) as “Luke,” Andrew Dits (NBC’s Telenovela) as “Zach,” Broadway and TV vet Matt Gottlieb as “Peter,” and Takuma Anzai (NBC’s Community) as “Bellboy.” Robert Allan Ackerman, who directed Pacino on Broadway in Salome, will stage the new work and develop “God Looked Away” with Rader at The Pasadena Playhouse (39 S. El Molino Avenue, Pasadena) beginning February 8 – March 19, 2017.

Tickets went on sale December 16.

“God Looked Away” is an eye-opening glimpse into a turbulent period in the life and career of one of America’s most mysterious, iconic artists: playwright-screenwriter-novelist Tennessee Williams.

“The Playhouse is about to enter its 100th year, and I can’t think of a better way to kick off the celebration than with the expansion of our new works program beginning with this new development production and these extraordinary artists,” said Danny Feldman, the Playhouse’s Producing Artistic Director. “As a young playwright, Tennessee Williams premiered two new plays at The Playhouse, and it is fitting that our first PlayWorks production features a revealing glimpse into the life of this great American playwright.” Continue reading