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Announcing: World Premiere Play The Quarry at The Moth Theatre

The Moth Theatre Presents A World Premiere Play
Written and Directed by John Markland

Opens October 16, 2010 for Five Weeks Only

The Moth Theatre has announced the world premiere of The Quarry, a new play written and directed by Moth artistic director John Markland, with one preview performance on Friday, October 15 and opening on Saturday, October 16 at 8pm.  The engagement will run through November 14 only.

In The Quarry, a small town teenager is thrown out of his home and left to fend for himself.  His path connects him with three other people who are also trying to let go of the past and find their own way forward.  All of them are precariously standing at the edge of The Quarry.  Some towns are people, the buildings they erect, the stories they tell, and the holes they leave behind.

The cast will feature (in alphabetical order) Max Barsness (The Frankenstein Brothers), Nicholas Guest (The Long Riders, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Trading Places), Zachary Shields (The Mistakes Madeline Made and Tough!, both at the Moth Theatre), and Addison Timlin (to be seen in the upcoming season of Californication). The design team includes set by Justin Huen, lighting by Bosco Flanagan, and sound by John Thompson. The production manager is Julanne Jacobs, and the producers for the Moth Theatre are Pamela Guest and Jamie Wollrab.

The Quarry will play one preview performance on Friday, October 15 at 8pm.  Opening night is set for Saturday, October 16 at 8:00. THE MEDIA IS ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND THE OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCE ON OCTOBER 16, BUT IS ALSO WELCOME AT ANY OTHER PERFORMANCE AFTER THAT DATE.   The regular performance schedule is Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights at 8:00 through November 14. There will no performances over Halloween weekend, Friday 10/29 – Sunday 10/31.  There will be one added matinee on Sunday, November 14 at 2pm.  Tickets for the preview on 10/15 are $5, and all other performances are $15. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting or

On Saturday evenings, the Moth invites patrons to stay and enjoy Night Light, a post-performance social hour with refreshments available for donation, and live music provided by local artists. This new addition to the Moth Theatre experience will allow patrons to discuss the show they have just seen and enjoy the music.

The Moth Theatre is located at 4359 Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, 90029. Entrance to the theatre is through the alley in the back, on Heliotrope.  Street parking is available.

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Announcing: Free Night of Theatre 2010


L.A. Stage Alliance has announced the launch of Free Night of Theatre 2010, an audience development program for theatre in greater Los Angeles. Now through October 6, visitors to will be able to submit an entry to win up to five pairs of complimentary tickets to productions throughout the region.  On October 9, entrants will be notified which tickets they have won, and then will attend performances during the second half of October.

This is the fourth year that L.A. Stage Alliance has been the local partner in this national initiative, created by Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national service organization for theatre (whose annual national conference will be held in Los Angeles in June, 2011).  Over the last four years, L.A. theatres have delivered over 15,000 free tickets to local residents through this program (at a face value of roughly $375,000).  The purpose of this program is to give residents unfamiliar with theatre or with a particular theatre company the opportunity to explore the arts at no financial cost.

Said Terence McFarland, Executive Director of L.A. Stage, “We are thrilled to announce this exciting expansion of the Free Night of Theatre program. We listened to our most enthusiastic patrons who told us they wanted the opportunity to experience additional theatres they had never attended. Also, every registered patron gains access to our weekly discount ticket program, expanding their ability to attend more theatre affordably throughout the year.”

This year is notable in that L.A. Stage Alliance is piloting a new ‘enter-to-win’ version of Free Night, instead of the previous version where theatres offered specific allotments and audiences raced to claim tickets.  The ‘enter-to-win’ version takes the time pressure away, and allows patrons to receive as many as five pairs of tickets instead of just one pair.  If this new procedure is successful, it may roll out to other regions across the country in 2011.

L.A. Stage Alliance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to building awareness, appreciation and support for the performing arts in greater Los Angeles through community building, collaborative marketing, audience development, professional development to strengthen operations for members, and advocacy.  L.A. Stage serves over 325 organizational members (professional, educational, and community-based producing and presenting performing arts organizations) annually in the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara and Ventura, and individual members comprised of local, regional, national, and international performing arts patrons.

For more information about Free Night of Theatre or L.A. Stage Alliance, please contact Programs Director Douglas Clayton at (213) 614-0556, ext. 12, or DClayton @ Also visit or

Free Night of Theatre 2010 is sponsored by Sony Pictures Entertainment, and supported by all of L.A. Stage Alliance’s funders and sponsors (list available at

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Announcing: Echo Theater Company presents West Coast Premiere of Everything Will Be Different

The Echo Theater Company Presents the West Coast Premiere of
By Mark Schultz
Directed by John Lawler

Opens October 15, 2010 at Zephyr Theatre

The Echo Theater Company will present the west coast premiere of Everything Will Be Different, A Brief History of Helen of Troy, a play by Mark Schultz, directed by John Lawler. Everything Will Be Different will play one preview performance on October 14 and is set to open on Friday, October 15 at 8:00pm. The engagement runs through Sunday, November 14.

Everything Will Be Different tells the story of teenaged Charlotte, whose beautiful mother is dead. In the midst of her own grief and her father’s unwillingness to cope, she turns to the story of Helen of Troy for comfort, convinced that beauty, desire and fame can help her bring her mother back and punish the world that took her away in the first place. Charlotte finds herself searching in fantasy for what she cannot find in reality, and she ends up destroying the life and dreams of perhaps the only friend she ever really had. In the depths of pain, she comes to discover an unexpected grace.

Directed by John Lawler, the cast will feature (in alphabetical order) Wallace Bruce, Bobby Campo, Bryan T. Donovan, Alana Dietze, Liz Fenning, Christopher Fields, and Jarrett Worley. The design team includes set by Frederica Nascimento, lighting by Jared A. Sayeg, sound by Patricia Cardona, and costumes by Audrey Eisner. Andre Myers will compose original music and Lara E. Nall is the production stage manager.  Lauren Bass and Tara Karsian will produce for The Echo.

Everything Will Be Different will play one preview performance on Thursday, October 14, and opening night is set for Friday, October 15 at 8:00p. THE MEDIA IS ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND THE OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCE ON OCTOBER 15, BUT IS ALSO WELCOME AT ANY OTHER PERFORMANCE AFTER THAT DATE.

The five-week only engagement will end on Sunday, November 14. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 7:00pm. Tickets are $15 for the 10/14 preview; regular performances are $20 on Friday and Sunday, and $25 on Saturday, and may be purchased by visiting or by calling (877) 369-9112. The Zephyr Theatre is located at 7456 Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, 90046.

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