Just tell them “The Porters Sent You”

Year of the King - The Porters

The inventive players of The Porters of Hellsgate invite you to join them on March 12 for a celebration to raise funds for their 10th Anniversary Season, The Year of the King at Hollywood’s Bar Covell. This special season of theatre will include an ambitious interpretation of the Henry VI trilogy, encore readings of Richard II, Henry V, and Richard III, and a repertory production of the Henry IV plays. The party will take place in the “secret room” at Bar Covell in Los Feliz (4628 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90027). Tickets include free food, beer, and wine, plus a raffle offering prizes sure to please.

Also part of the evening’s entertainment is something called “Hot Pepper Hamlet,” which will give guests the opportunity to compete for additional prizes — as well as acclaim for their artistry, humor, and fortitude. What is Hot Pepper Hamlet? I guess you’ll just have to buy a ticket and find out. More

Celebrate Love and Shakespeare on the Metro for Valentine’s Day

Love's Fire

“O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?”

“Getting ready to take the Metro, my love. All aboard!”

Independent Shakespeare Co. partners with Metro Art Moves for a unique way to celebrate love, Shakespeare, and the city of Los Angeles this Valentine’s Day. You’re invited to “Go Metro” for a free tour that explores artwork in the Metro system accompanied by scenes from some of Shakespeare’s most famous plays on the topic of love.

The 2 ½-hour tour begins at Union Station at 2pm (meet at the information booth in the Alameda Street entrance) and ends at the Hollywood/Western Red Line station. You don’t need a reservation but attendance is limited to the first 50 people so plan to be there early, and make sure you wear comfortable shoes.

The Metro Art Moves program regularly offers special tours and other performing arts programming in a wide range of disciplines to enhance and engage Angelenos – everything from music, dance, and poetry readings to films screenings and photography installations. It’s an innovative way to experience art and culture in unexpected places. Who doesn’t love that?!

Saturday, February 14 at 2:00 pm
Union Station
FREE – limited to 50 attendees
For more info about ISC: www.iscla.org
For more about the Metro Art Moves series: Metro Art Tours

A Noise Within Announces Cast of Romeo and Juliet coming Valentine’s Day

Donnla Hughes and Will Bradley. Photos by Daniel Reichert

Donnla Hughes and Will Bradley. Photos by Daniel Reichert

Will Bradley and Donnla Hughes will star as Romeo and Juliet in A Noise Within’s production of William Shakespeare’s classic love story. Director by Dámaso Rodríguez, performances begin February 14 and will continue through May 8, 2016.

ANW artistic director Geoff Elliott says, “When we approached Dámaso about directing for us this season, he responded by saying that he has wanted to do Romeo and Juliet because it deals with the most basic of human emotions – love, rashness, hate, fate – as in being star-cross’d – and tribalism, which drives just about anything we call news. Humans have passion, conduct war, and kill each other over a tribalism that often doesn’t even remember what has driven the conflicts. And I think that Dámaso has found a direct and compelling way to tell this story.”

Dámaso Rodríguez adds, “I recently went to Cuba where I saw theatre companies without much in the way of money putting on plays, with found objects for props and scenery, and in very low-tech, low-resource performance spaces. And the plays with just the actors themselves having to rely on their skills, were powerful and inspirational. In this place where there are few resources, actors and audience link as a community with the powerful need to tell and hear stories joining them as a whole.”

“So I wanted to bring this experience to Romeo and Juliet—the most elemental and known play,” he continues. “We have a frame story of an acting company like the ones I saw in Cuba: their costumes will be clothes that the actors own, the props are ones they found on the street, the setting will be urban, and the play will exist in telling rather than the trappings. At the start there are two families that just hate each other; the prejudice and hate have been passed on for so long that neither side knows or remembers the source of it.”

Romeo and Juliet - A Noise Within
In addition to Bradley and Hughes as Romeo and Juliet, the cast includes Amir Abdullah, Christian Barillas, Alan Blumenfeld, June Carryl, Robertson Dean, Charlotte Gulezian, Rafael Goldstein, Chase Green, Carina Haller, Jill Hill, Seven Pierce-English, Marcos J. Ruiz, Larry Sonderling, Kathryn Ventress, and Troy Whiteley.

A symposium with a lecture from a noted scholar will take place on Wednesday Feb 17 at 6:30 pm, and post-performance conversations with the artists will be held following the Friday March 18 (8pm), Friday April 8 (8pm), Friday April 29 (8pm), and Sunday May 8 (2pm) performances.

February 14 – May 8, 2016 (opening night 2/20)
A Noise Within
3352 East Foothill Blvd.,
Pasadena, CA 91107
Tickets: www.anoisewithin.org or 626-356-3100 ex 1
Single Tickets from $44.00 Student Rush with ID an hour before performance $20.00 Groups (10 or more): Adults from $30/ticket; Students from $18/ticket. Pay What You Can Performance: Thursday, Feb 18 at 7:30pm. Tickets go on sale at the box office window the day of the performance, starting at 2pm, and are sold on a cash-only basis based on availability; limit of two tickets per person.

Batten Down the Hatches. A TEMPEST REDUX is Coming

Tempest Redux rehearsal. Director John Farmanesh-Bocca looks on as Jack Stehlin flies

Tempest Redux rehearsal. Director John Farmanesh-Bocca looks on as Jack Stehlin flies. Photo credit: Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin

In honor of El Niño, The New American Theatre and Odyssey Theatre Ensmble will present Tempest Redux, a perfect storm of comedy, romance, mystery and magic, beginning February 20. This reconstruction of Shakespeare’s The Tempest stars Jack Stehlin as Prospero and is adapted, directed and choreographed by Not Man Apart–Physical Theatre Company’s John Farmanesh-Bocca. It will explore Shakespeare’s father-daughter story of love and forgiveness with a potent blend of physical theater and verbal gymnastics.

‘Redux’ signifies that we’re re-examining the text from the ground up and visceralizing it with a ton of athletic movement,” says Farmanesh-Bocca. “It’s a meditation on Shakespeare’s work, contemporized for a modern audience, but without losing any of the language or traditions of the original. As radical as the adaptation is, I’m actually a purist.”

A cast of seven actors and three dancers will play multiple roles, while also sharing some of the same parts. They are: Mimi Davila as Miranda and Hunter Paul as Ferdinand; Willem Long and Dash Pepin as a two-headed Caliban (Long also takes on the role of Sebastian and Pepin also plays Francisco); Dennis Gersten doubling as Antonio and Trinculo; and Gildart Jackson as Alonso, Gonzolo and Stephano. The role of Ariel is shared by three dancers: Mecca Vazie Andrews, Lilian Manansala and Emily Yetter.


Shakespeare Preview: What to See in 2016

SHappy New Year and welcome back Shakespeare lovers! 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death (April 23, 1564 – April 23, 1616) and that means it’s another big year ahead honoring one of the greatest writers of all time. Here’s a look at what’s coming so get out your calendars and make note.

Antaeus Theatre Company starts the year with its popular ClassicsFest reading series featuring four plays in January and February. Among them are Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Tom Stoppard’s Tony Award-winning absurdist play, initiated by Bo Foxworth and Adrian LaTourelle, directed by John Henry Davis (Jan. 17 & 18), and Shakespeare’s classic The Winter’s Tale, initiated and directed by Elizabeth Swain (Jan. 31 & Feb. 1). These member-driven developmental readings are often the first step in the company’s progression to a fully-staged production and are a great way to become immersed in the plays. www.antaeus.org

For Valentine’s Day, A Noise Within will present Romeo & Juliet directed by Dámaso Rodríguez. Rodriguez is currently artistic director at Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland but is well-known in LA. from his time spent as associate artistic director of the Pasadena Playhouse and co-artistic director of Furious Theatre Company. In his streamlined interpretation of the story, he says, “the design and concept will evoke a street performance in an economically and socially repressed, centuries-old city.” It will remain focused on the play’s primary relationships and feature a diverse cast, original music by Martin Carrillo, and minimal props and costumes. A pre-show discussion will take place Feb. 17 prior to the performance at 6pm. Post-show conversations with the cast will follow the 8pm performances on March 18, April 8 & 29, and May 8 (2pm). www.anoisewithin.org

The Ensemble Shakespeare Theater has been developing an original work based on the fascinating character of Queen Margaret who appears in Henry VI Parts 1-3 and Richard III. Shakespeare’s Rose Queen is told from Margaret’s point of view and runs Feb. 20 – March 3 at Lineage Performing Arts Center in Pasadena. Starring Megan Rippey as Margaret, Rose Queen’s gritty story will feature battles choreographed as movement pieces by Lineage Dance Company’s artistic director, Hilary Thomas, and other new elements of storytelling in an intimate theater setting. The cast also includes Brian White as Suffolk/Edward, Natalie Fryman as Eleanor/Richard III, Jay Blair as Henry VI, Sonny Calvano as Warwick, and other to be announced. Shakespeare’s Rose Queen follows previous original works by the company – Shakespeare’s Lovers and its international hit, Shakespeare’s Villains. www.californiashakespeare.org


Shakespeare in LA is Going on Hiatus

Hello Everyone,

Four years ago I started Shakespeare in LA because, as much as I love Shakespeare’s plays, it was nearly impossible to find out where or when they were being performed. No central source existed online where one could go for information. So I decided to create this website – to highlight the many companies producing Shakespeare’s brilliant works and to bring a community of Shakespeare lovers together.

For the next several months, Shakespeare in LA will be on hiatus. I am not certain when I will return however, in the interim, I will continue to post news and photos periodically on Shakespeare in LA’s Facebook and Twitter pages. You can join me there for updates.

I will also continue to keep the Calendar and show list up to date here on the website so you can always find where to see Shakespeare live on stage.

In the meantime, go see a show! Make it Shakespeare. You’ll be glad you did.

Ellen Dostal
Shakespeare in LA

The Taming of the Shrew by Lovers & Madmen

Lovers & Madmen present a free outdoor performance of The Taming of the Shrew directed by Bruce Cervi, Sunday, October 18, 3:00 pm at  Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena Memorial Park.

Shrew Levitt Pavilion

Simply Shakespeare, Saveth the Date!

Simply Shakespeare Dec 2015


Independent Shakespeare Co. produces Original Play, Strange Eventful History


Erika Soto, Sam Breen, and David Melville star in Strange Eventful History. Photo by Reynaldo Macias/blu PHIV Photography

Independent Shakespeare Co. presents an original studio production, Strange Eventful History, by David Melville, William Shakespeare, and Christopher Marlowe, beginning October 22 in the Independent Studio in Atwater Village.

In the new work, an actor (David Melville) is preparing to play Richard III in a rapidly approaching production. Unfortunately, his leading lady just quit, and her replacement (Erika Soto) doesn’t have the faintest idea what’s happening. Adding to the confusion, the director is nowhere to be found and his stage manager (Sam Breen) has it in for him. As the three characters wrestle with the complicated family soap opera that is the history of England’s royalty, they uncover truths about Shakespeare’s kings (and queens) and bring the history plays to life.

Directed by ISC company member Joseph Culliton, the play interweaves the works of Shakespeare and Marlowe with new, scripted narrative, Strange Eventful History is a humorous and vivid ride through 10 plays and 150 years of British war.

October 22 – November 22, 2015 (opening night (10/24)
Independent Shakespeare Co.
Independent Studio
3191 Casitas Ave. #168
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Photo Flash: The Porters Bring Back Breaking Bard

The Porters of Hellsgate’s Breaking Bard, now playing at the Whitmore Lindley Theatre, 11006 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601. Click Here for tickets. For more about The Porters go to www.portersofhellsgate.com.

Gus Krieger and Jesse James Thomas. Photos by Zachary Andrews

Gus Krieger and Jesse James Thomas. Photos by Zachary Andrews

Skyler's revenge 2

Gus Krieger and Kate O’Toole

Breaking Bard

Dana DeRuyck and Jesse James Thomas


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