Carl Weathers was famous first as an NFL player with the Oakland Raiders, then as an actor for his iconic movie roles (Apollo Creed, Action Jackson), and his roles as a regular on several TV series (Chicago Justice, Brothers, In the Heat of the Night, Street Justice), and as a television director (Always Night, For the People, Sheena, Strong Medicine, Silk Stalkings). He is set to direct John Patrick Shanley’s unlikely romance Danny and the Deep Blue Sea in The Rainbow Theatre Company production at Edgemar Center.
The story: The setting is a rundown bar in the Bronx, where two of society’s rejects, Danny and Roberta, strike up a halting conversation over their beer. He is a brooding, self-loathing young man who resorts more to violence than reason; she is a divorced, guilt-ridden young woman whose troubled teenage son is now being cared for by her parents. Danny, whose fellow truck drivers call him “the animal,” seems incapable of tender emotion, while Roberta, who is still haunted by the memory of an ugly sexual incident involving her father, is distrustful of men in general. And yet, as their initial reserve begins to melt, and they decide to spend the night together, the possibility of a genuine and meaningful relationship begins to emerge—the first for both of them. Continue reading →
*(Los Angeles, CA, May 22, 2017) The successful Los Angeles return extends for a second time — ELEVATOR, written and directed by award-winning filmmaker and playwright Michael Leoni, is now performing at The Coast Playhouse (8325 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood) through July 30. The production is An 11:11 Experience.
Imagine your worst urban nightmare — seven strangers are in an elevator when it stops. Now forced together, given nothing but four walls and each other, these seeming archetypes prove to be human after all. It’s only a matter of time (90 minutes for the audience, hours for the characters) before they show their real selves. One by one stereotypes and judgments are shed. Replete with musical sequences and cinematic style, ELEVATOR is a comedic and emotional ride into the human psyche asking the fundamental question: who are you behind closed doors?
The Los Angeles Times named it a Best Bet: “The elevator becomes a de facto confessional where secrets are revealed and unlikely bonds are formed. In good Sartrean style, hell is other people … and the resident misanthropes, like Grinches, develop rapidly expanding hearts. Great lighting and a truly remarkable set, set a high standard for 99-seat theater.”
Stage and Cinema said, “Seven distinct believable characters take a ride — exhilarating, smooth, bumpy and noisy – and win our hearts. With the aid of a wonderful ensemble and inventive stagecraft author and director Leoni succeeds in arousing our empathy and self-examination.” Continue reading →
*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 →
*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 →
*The Los Angeles Women’sTheatre 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 andhosted 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 →
*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 →
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 →
*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 →