A Martinez and Jack Stehlin to Star in OTHELLO, Directed by John Perrin Flynn

Othello New American at the Odyssey
Three of L.A.’s most venerable artistic directors come together when Odyssey Theatre Ensemble (Ron Sossi, artistic director) and The New American Theatre (Jack Stehlin, artistic director) present a bold new production of Shakespeare’s Othello, directed by Rogue Machine artistic director John Perrin Flynn. The modern dress production, starring Stehlin as Iago opposite A Martinez in the title role, opens October 17  at the Odyssey Theatre in West L.A.

Tragic events are set in motion when Othello, commander of the Venetian army, makes the handsome and charismatic Cassio his lieutenant, bypassing his ensign Iago for promotion. Consumed by envy, his resentment fueled by his knowledge that Cassio has never seen battle, Iago plots his revenge. In this riveting psychological drama, we see how social order, racial politics and the stress of a soldier’s life combine to push Iago over the edge, as he coldly calculates the destruction of Othello and Othello’s young wife Desdemona.  More

Encuentro 2014 National Theatre Festival to include CASA 0101’s Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar Casa 0101

CASA 0101 Theater will present Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar October 17 – November 16 as part of the Encuentro 2014 National Theatre Festival. Directed by Robert Beltran (Star Trek: Voyager) and presented in English, Julius Caesar explores the human motivations behind the betrayal, assassination, and the aftermath of Caesar’s death that precipitated the end of the Roman Republic and the birth of the Roman Empire.

The cast includes Lauren Ballesteros, Uvaldo Baltazar, Emmanuel Deleage, Joshua Duron, Fidel Gomez, Rachel Gonzalez, Jasmin Iraheta, Karlo Ishibashi, Ted Lange, Linda Lopez, Carmelita Maldonado, Daniel Mora, Ray Rios, Moises Rodriguez, Miguel Roura, Vance Valencia and Katie Ventura.

Julius Caesar will run Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 5:00 pm (no show on Sunday Nov. 9) at CASA 0101, 2009 East First St, Los Angeles, CA 90033. For tickets and more information visit www.casa0101.org.

For more information about the Encuentro 2014 National Theatre Festival and all of the productions on the schedule visit www.thelatc.org.

A Note From the LA Drama Club

Hello Everyone! We are very close in the LA2050 Grant competition and if we win the popular vote, Los Angeles Drama Club, the country’s youngest Shakespeare Troupe will get its own theater in Los Angeles. We are up against giants in the non-profit world however we are 8th out of 59 and the only performing arts non-profit in the entire contest! Can you help us reach our goal? If so, please Click Here to vote. Thank you!

Also our FREE Shakespeare class for children ages 7-10 begins Saturday, September 13 and continues for 12 weeks, 3:00 – 4:00 pm at the Baldwin Hills Library. For more information visit www.losangelesdramaclub.com.

Preview: Globe on Screen’s TWELFTH NIGHT Opens in LA Cinemas, 9/22

Twelfth Night - Globe on Screen

Mark Rylance and Johhny Flynn. Photos by Simon Annand

Lovers of Shakespeare are in for a real treat when Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre brings its all-male Original Practices production of Twelfth Night to local cinemas on September 22. Starring award-winning actors Mark Rylance as Olivia and Stephen Fry as Malvolio, the film gives audiences an exclusive opportunity to see this unique performance from the Globe Theatre in London. It is also a chance to see the kind of production that would have been presented in Shakespeare’s day, down to the style of the music, dance, costumes, and scenery.

In 2012, Tim Carroll directed Twelfth Night, which was one of London theatre’s biggest hits of summer, completely selling out all of its performances at the Globe. After seeing the filmed version of the production I can absolutely see why. It is magical from beginning to end.

The dream cast is magnificent, and oh what a joy it is to watch them in action. I could hardly stop smiling, and only did so when a moment of pure delight would make me laugh out loud. It is wildly entertaining, sensitive, rich, and achingly honest in its slice of life simplicity.  More

Review: Equivocation – It’s all in the Details and Theatricum Gets Them All Right

Equivocation - Theatricum

Alan Blumenfeld and Ted Barton. Photos by Ian Flanders

Throughout two thirds of Bill Cain’s political thriller Equivocation, a confused Shagspeare (known to us otherwise as Shakespeare, played by Ted Barton) keeps asking questions and getting answers that don’t make sense. Finally a circumspect Father Garnet (Franc Ross) tells him to look for the question beneath the question and suddenly the pieces of the puzzle start to fall into place.

What Shag is having difficulty with are discrepancies in the stories each side tells of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. The event is still celebrated in England today and concerns an alleged Catholic plot to blow up King James (Dane Oliver) and the Parliament.  More

Review: Indie Film BILLY SHAKESPEARE Highlights the Writer’s Dilemma

Billy Shakespeare deborah vorhees photo

Billy Shakespeare is a spicy little independent film by Deborah Voorhees that imagines what might happen if William Shakespeare tried to make it as a writer in today’s Hollywood rather than Elizabethan England. Quirky characters, compromising situations, and the kind of deadpan humor that fans of Waiting For Guffman will recognize collide with hilarious moments of camp to create a madcap world in which young Billy just can’t get a break.

From the blockbuster producer who wants to add aliens to The Tempest to the Pornos R Us production company that is ready to produce an X-rated version of The Merry Whores of Windsor starring Bigstaff instead of Falstaff, everyone wants to make “a few changes.”   More

The Winter’s Tale is #19 for The Porters of Hellsgate

Porters of HellsgateThe Winter’s Tale marks the halfway point for The Porters of Hellsgate as the company continues toward its goal of producing all 38 of Shakespeare’s accepted plays. This 19th production will open at The Actors Forum Theatre in North Hollywood on October 18 and run through November 15. Fully embracing the fairy tale quality of Shakespeare’s story of jealousy and the redemptive power of love (and an infamous bear), this production will be staged quite literally between the pages of a book as The Porters set out to enchant even the most stone-hearted of theatergoers.

Associate artistic director Thomas Bigley will star as Leontes and this will also be resident artist Jesse James Thomas’ first outing as a director for The Porters. Thomas previously assistant directed The Merry Wives of Windsor in 2012. This production will also feature a bear.

October 18 – November 15, 2014
(No performance on Halloween night October 31)
The Actors Forum Theatre
10655 Magnolia Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Information line/voice mail (818) 325-2055
Tickets: $20 online; $25 at the door
Run time: approximately two hours with one intermission.

Friday Funny: Macbeth, by the Brothers McLeod

A little something to launch your weekend.

From the Brothers McLeod featuring music by Gary Yershon

Peter Richards to Direct MACBETH at Edgemar Center for the Arts

Macbeth - Edgemar

Working Barn Productions and Bontela Productions will present a six-actor, multimedia look at Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Macbeth, directed by Peter Richards at the Edgemar Center for the Arts, October 9 – November 2.

How does a man become a monster? Shakespeare’s tragic masterpiece takes us inside the troubled mind of a murderer, and charts Macbeth’s horrifying journey from war-hero to tyrant, from “peerless kinsman” to “fiend of Scotland.” With immersive multi-media and some of the greatest language ever written, this dynamic new production brings immediacy and intimacy to a dark, shocking, timeless classic.

The cast will be led by Thomas Piper as Macbeth, with Jenny Greer, Mark Rimer, Christine Sage, Evan Smith and Lucia Yamuy. The design team features set design by Yee Eun Nam, lighting design by Anna Cecilia Martin, sound design by Matthew Glenn, costume design by Jenny Foldenauer, projection design by Hana Kim and Yee Eun Nam, and fight direction by Mike Mahaffey.

Oct. 9 – Nov. 2, 2014 (opening night Saturday, Oct. 11)
Edgemar Center for the Arts
2437 Main Street in Santa Monica
Thurs, Fri, Sat at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 7:00 pm
Tickets: $15 (previews), $20.00 (regular performances) are available at www.edgemarcenter.org/macbeth or by calling (310) 392-7327.

Parson’s Nose Theater Kicks Off New Season with Reading of The Merchant of Venice

Parson's Nose 2014

Jill Rogosheske, Michael Manuel, and Lance Davis in the Reader’s Theater performance of The School for Scandal. Photo by Peter Zuehlke

Parson’s Nose Theater, led by Artistic Director Lance Davis, announces its 15th anniversary season of classic theater in Southern California. The company’s season consists of three Reader’s Theater Series performances and three Full Productions. The Merchant of Venice kicks off the Reader’s Theater Series in October, followed by A Christmas Carol in December and The Barber of Seville in January, 2015. The season will also feature full productions of The Pied Piper of Hamlin – A Musical, The Madwoman of Chaillot, and Our American Cousin. All Reader’s Theater and Full Productions are original adaptations by Parson’s Nose artistic director, Lance Davis.

“It’s our fifteenth season introducing classic works to the people of Los Angeles. And we are just as committed to their relevance,” says Mr. Davis. “Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice presents two warring cultures, one behind the walls of the other. The Pied Piper is from an Eastern European legend of children lost in a war. Dickens’A Christmas Carol has reminded us for 160 years what it is to be human. Beaumarchais’ The Barber of Seville sails two young lovers through the rapids of authority. Giraudoux’s Madwoman of Chaillot ends the fracking of Paris. And Tom Taylor’s 1859 comedy sends our boorish American Cousin to visit an erstwhile Downton Abbey. Come get to know the lights of our past, that shine on our present and into our future.”  More

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