West Coast Premiere
By Steven Simoncic
Directed by Andre Barron
Opens Fri, Feb 12 at 8PM
Performances Fri 8PM, Sat 8PM, Sun 2PM
At The Road on Magnolia
10747 Magnolia Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
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In a neighborhood on Chicago’s deep West Side, the momentum of
gentrification has taken hold and things have begun to change forever.
As property taxes rise and demographics shift, Hoody and D struggle to keep the only home they have ever known. But when April and Czar––a white couple intent on starting a family––buy their first home and move in next door, the very definition of home is called into question. With
unflinching honesty and unapologetic humor, Broken Fences attempts to
examine identity and invisibility, community and security, hope and
hostility in a modern American urban village that is at once foreign,
and the place that these people call home.
We, at the Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency, Inc. are proud to welcome Juan Francisco Villa to our family! Juan is the author of EMPANADA FOR A DREAM and DON CHIPOTLE. and is currently developing a new "Untitled Solo Play".
Check out Juan Fransisco Villa in Empanada For A Dream.
The Space Behind Your Heart by Steven Simoncic and other 10-minute plays this Saturday - 2pm at Chicago Dramatists
10-Minute Play Workshop
with Guest Curator Gus Menary, Interim Artistic Director of Jackalope Theatre
Staged readings of 10-minute plays by various writers, followed by an audience discussion moderated by our Guest Curator Gus Menary, Interim Artistic Director of Jackalope Theatre.
This year's writers include Erin Austin, Spenser Davis, Joe Janes, Mary Parisoe, Jennifer Rumberger, Steven Simoncic and Steve J. Spencer.
Pieces directed by Gus Menary, Ilesa Duncan, Diane Raiselis and Kaiser Ahmed.
"What do you do with your family over the holidays? Stay at home? Eat a meal together? Dress the tree? Give gifts to your work family? How do you show your loved ones you care for them?
Step Up Productions and its HoliDaze one-acts continues its 3rd season and supports awareness for Seasonal Affected Disorder (S.A.D.S.) at the Athenaeum Theatre 29366 N Southport Avenue, from November 26th – December 20th. These six short one-act plays written by six different playwrights bring awareness for the different kinds of feelings and emotional dynamics within families during the holidays, of what some families are willing to do without, and how much others just wish for things to change. "
Mia McCullough writes ‘Temperance vs. Tolerance’ about Sabrina, a young woman who asks her family to assist her in helping get through the holiday without drinking. There is more than one change that the family works through to sit at the table for a holiday dinner. Discovering her family’s depth for tolerance is a learning experience for everyone.
‘Christmas Eve Eve’ by M.T. Cozzola, touches on the work family relationship between two new co-workers. One of which exudes an abundance of holiday spirit and generosity in gift giving.
The expectations of relationships, to brave the Chicago cold or even family members that may not like you are presented in ‘Someplace Warm’ by Steven Peterson.
The hesitancy to start a family and to share the news is the theme of ‘Your Better Half’ by Jake Carr.
‘This is that Moment’ by Joshua Rollins examines the night that a relationship changes, the regrets one has and the question of how you can make a change.
Finally, ‘Later in the Strange’ by Steven Simoncic, tells a story of how one family tries to get through the holidays without the one person who made every holiday so special for them all.
Each of these stories touches on the dynamics that many families struggle through each year. From the loss of a family member, to reestablishing relationships and questioning how relationships have changed. Poignant and aware of the different families and relationships that the world has, HoliDaze has created a group of one-acts that make you enjoy the hope of the holidays and crave the nearness and dearness of your families. It will make you reach out for those you love and remind them of how truly thankful you are for them.
Posted Dec 9 2015 by Sean Douglass & Bec Willett in Chicago Playwrights,
In this final installment of Chicago Playwrights, we talk to Meghan Beals about the remainder of Chicago Dramatists’s 2015-2016 season. Beals is the new Artistic Director at Chicago Dramatists, having previously worked as the organization’s Associate Artistic Director. She has also directed work for the Goodman, Steppenwolf, Northlight, Collaboraction, Pavement Group, Theatre Seven and, in New York, the Women’s Project, Abingdon Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre and The Pearl. Chicago Dramatists’s upcoming plays for 2016 include Beautiful Autistic by Scott Woldman and American Beauty Shop by Dana Lynn Formby.
Dana Lynn Formby is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. Her play JOHNNY 10 BEERS' DAUGHTER was listed on the Kilroys' Honorable mention list for 2015. Her play AMERICAN BEAUTY SHOP was read at Steppenwolf’s First Look 2014. It was also nominated for Kilroy’s 2014’s “The List.” Her plays have been produced, workshopped, and read by Pegasus, Chicago Dramatists, Mortar Theatre Company, Steep, PICT, Victory Gardens, WordBRIDGE, Florida Studio Theatre, The Alliance Theatre of Atlanta, The Kennedy Center, and New York Theatre Workshop. Her short play A DECK OF MONSTERS was featured in Goodman's New Play Bake-Off. Her play UNTIL DEATH was produced in 2015 at Concordia University Chicago in association with Chicago Dramatists. She is represented by The Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency in New York. She was a Finalist for the 2015 Princess Grace Award in playwriting. American Beauty Shop is being produced by Chicago Dramatists and published by Bloomsbury Methuen in the Spring of 2016.
Book & Lyrics by Stephen Cole Music by David Evans
A tuneful, original smart, funny, warm new musical comedy about childhood, parents, Broadway and Ethel Merman. Who could ask for anything more?
1970. The Golden Age of Musical Theatre is drawing to an end. But twelve-year-old Muriel Plakenstein doesn't know that. So she runs away from home to become a Broadway star, and meets the Queen of Broadway Ethel Merman, who takes her to a Hello, Dolly! rehearsal where they sing together. When legendary producer David Merrick hears the kid, he decides to star Muriel in the first all-child cast of Dolly! Naturally, Merman takes her under wing to teach her the ropes of being a star...making little Muriel Plakenstein...Merman's Apprentice!
After selling out back in June at Birdland, we are coming back for a One-Night-Only Reprise to celebrate the release of the Original Cast CD from Jay Records!
"Melodies that have the perfect period pizzazz to remind us of when Broadway really was Broadway. MERMAN’S APPRENTICE hits the bull’s eye."
Peter Filichia, theater critic, Star-Ledger emeritus
"A hilarious good time from start to finish! Cole, the book writer and lyricist, has struck storyline gold. Book and lyrics are solidly supported by David Evan’s tuneful and sprightly music, which includes several lovely ballads for musical texture. Klea Blackhurst is the perfect Merman. Elizabeth Teeter is a young actor to watch; she has talent and confidence. Her synergy with Blackhurst is apparent...seriously funny perfection...a true musical comedy!"
Marilyn Lester, Theatre Pizzazz
Birdland Jazz Club 315 West 44th St New York, NY, 10036
January 18th @7pm
DramaDogs does Climate Change Theatre ActionJoin DramaDogs, a Theater Company, Sunday December 6th, in their staged reading of EM Lewis’ Earth Duet. This is DramaDogs’ contribution to the international CLIMATE CHANGE theatre action – a series of worldwide readings and performances intended to bring global awareness to climate change during the months of November and December 2015.
On December 6th, Ken Gilbert and E. Bonnie Lewis will present the staged reading of Earth Duet three times; each time with an associated event intended to engage awareness, consciousness and conversation with those who are participating.
The day will begin at Santa Barbara Dance Arts at 10:30 am where Ken and Bonnie will stage a reading of Earth Duet followed by Ken teaching a Nia Class. The second event will happen at 2:30 pm in Santa Barbara City College Dance Studio (PE 113) with E. Bonnie teaching a yoga class followed by the reading of Earth Duet. The day completes at 7 pm inside the Anyi Gallery with a presentation about Global Warming facilitated by Adam Green, Environmental Studies Professor from Santa Barbara City College, ending with the final performance of Earth Duet.
Gilbert and Lewis are creating DramaDogs does CLIMATE CHANGE theatre action as an all day event to integrate DramaDogs’ body-centered “experience as art” with Earth Duet, to explore alternative venues, to create multi-disciplined artistic experiences, and to include a scientific component to a broad sector of our community.
Each event is free of charge. Donations are welcome.
"but i cd only whisper" by Kristiana Rae Colón is being produced by The Flea Theater in New York City.
David Monteagudo will be directing. The play opens Monday, February 29th, 2016.
"but i cd only whisper" received its World Premiere at Arcola Theatre in London produced by Sophie Watson for Tabula Rasa Theatre and directed by Nadia Latif.
America. 1970. Black Vietnam veteran Beau Willie Brown is held in custody, accused of a heinous crime. A story comes to light that sticks in the throat, a story murmured between dark dreams.
*beau come back from ’nam with empty eyes and hands like stone
the war started long before he got on that plane"
but i cd only whisper wrestles with being vulnerable and black in white America. Fusing the physical and the poetic, a strange song emerges from the warble of police sirens, the percussion of machine guns, and the chants of voices only you can hear.
Paula Cizmar's THE LAST NIGHTS OF SCHEHERAZADE is a 2015 Finalist for the Henley Rose Playwright Competition for Women
The Henley Rose Playwright Competition for Women was founded by Yellow Rose Productions, with permission of Beth Henley, to encourage and recognize the new works of female playwrights. The Henley Rose Playwright Competition for Women aims to give voice to the stories of this generation and to bring into the spotlight important works that have been crafted.
Henley Rose seeks to honor both the writings of Pulitzer Prize winner Beth Henley and those of future winners of the Henley Rose Award.
In THE LAST NIGHTS OF SCHEHERAZADE by Paula Cizmar a young woman, Cher, retreats into stories to mask the truth about her abusive marriage. A musician researching the sounds of desert cultures befriends her, helping to draw her out and face the truth—but his motives become misunderstood and place her in more jeopardy.
Dana Lynn Formby's American Beauty Shop being published by Bloomsbury Methuen in conjunction with the World Premiere at Chicago Dramatists.
Princess Grace Award finalist Dana Lynn Formby's play American Beauty Shop is being published by Bloomsbury Methuen in conjunction with the World Premiere at Chicago Dramatists this spring.
Dana Lynn Formby’s American Beauty Shop will run April 28–June 5 and will be directed Megan Schuchman.
Dana Lynn Formby is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. Her play JOHNNY 10 BEERS' DAUGHTER was listed on the Kilroys' Honorable mention list for 2015. Her play AMERICAN BEAUTY SHOP was read at Steppenwolf’s First Look 2014. It was also nominated for Kilroy’s 2014’s “The List.” Her plays have been produced, workshopped, and read by Pegasus, Chicago Dramatists, Mortar Theatre Company, Steep, PICT, Victory Gardens, WordBRIDGE, Florida Studio Theatre, The Alliance Theatre of Atlanta, The Kennedy Center, and New York Theatre Workshop. Her short play A DECK OF MONSTERS was featured in Goodman's New Play Bake-Off. Her play UNTIL DEATH was produced in 2015 at Concordia University Chicago in association with Chicago Dramatists. She is represented by The Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency in New York. She was a Finalist for the 2015 Princess Grace Award in playwriting.
Bloomsbury Methuen recently published Kristiana Rae Colón's play Octagon in conjunction with The World Premiere at Arcola Theatre.
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