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PRESS RELEASE — COEURAGE THEATRE COMPANY “ANDRONICUS” / CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL LA MOBILE BLOOD DRIVE ON FRIDAY 7/25

COEURAGE THEATRE COMPANY
AND ITS PRODUCTION OF
SHAKESPEARE’S ANDRONICUS

WILL PARTNER WITH
CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL LOS ANGELES
FOR MOBILE BLOOD DRIVE

FRIDAY, JULY 25 FROM 12PM—5PM

Blood DriveCoeurage Theatre Company (Jeremy Lelliott, Artistic Director; Nicole Monet, Managing Director), LA’s ‘Pay What You Want’ Company, has announced a partnership with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for the Andronicus Blood Drive, a community event in Silver Lake on Friday, July 25 from 12pm—5pm. Coeurage approached CHLA with the notion of turning the negativity of Shakespeare’s bloodiest play into a positive and this blood donation event is the result.

The Andronicus Blood Drive is set to take place in CHLA’s mobile blood unit which will be parked next door to the Lyric-Hyperion Theatre & Cafe at 2030 Hyperion Avenue in Silver Lake. Blood donors will receive a pair of complimentary tickets to see Shakespeare’s Andronicus which is now playing through August 17. They will automatically be entered into a raffle with chances to win various prizes from Coeurage, the Lyric-Hyperion Theatre & Cafe, and other restaurants and merchants in the Silver Lake area. The lot next to the theatre where the mobile unit will be parked has been generously provided by Medicus Graphics Center.

To make an appointment to donate, go to www.coeurage.rsvpify.com. The donation process takes approximately 60 minutes, which should be taken into consideration when booking a time. Refreshments will be provided, and Coeurage Theatre Company members will be present to meet and greet all who come to give blood.

In Andronicus, deliciously twisted humor gives way to unexpected poignancy in this bold take on William Shakespeare’s original horror play The Lamentable Tragedy of Titus Andronicus. Reveling in the darkest corners of human nature, Andronicus is a streamlined adaptation of Shakespeare’s most violent play; the bard’s masterful dramatic structure and brutal tale of revenge have been carefully preserved. Of the Coeurage production, Jason Rohrer at StageAndCinema.com said, “Director Jeremy Lelliott understands and makes clear pretty much all that may be found in the text to disgust and to amuse … he packs [the theatre] with bodies and action that threaten to overspill the [playing] area … this is a good thing in a highly emotional show. It’s an exciting and worthwhile production.”

The running schedule for Andronicus is as follows — Fridays, July 25, August 1, 8, and 15 at 8pm; Saturdays, July 26 and August 9 at 8pm; Sundays, August 3 and 17 at 7pm. All seats are available on a ‘Pay What You Want’ basis and may be reserved online at www.coeurage.org/tickets or by calling (323) 944-2165.

The Lyric-Hyperion Theatre & Cafe is located at 2106 Hyperion Avenue in Los Angeles, 90027. Street parking is available.

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07-21-14

PRESS RELEASE — COEURAGE THEATRE COMPANY PARTNERS WITH DIANE HAITHMAN AND HER NEW NOVEL “DARK LADY OF HOLLYWOOD”

COEURAGE THEATRE COMPANY
PARTNERS WITH LA BASED NOVELIST
DIANE HAITHMAN AND HER NEW NOVEL
DARK LADY OF HOLLYWOOD

LA’s ‘PAY WHAT YOU WANT’ THEATRE COMPANY
WILL RECEIVE A PORTION OF BOOK SALES
DURING RUN OF THE COEURAGE PRODUCTION
OF SHAKESPEARE’S
ANDRONICUS

Coeurage - Dark Lady of Hollywood - AndronicusCoeurage Theatre Company, LA’s ‘Pay What You Want’ Company, and novelist Diane Haithman have announced a unique partnership in honor of the Bard. During the run of the company’s bold production of Shakespeare’s Andronicus — adapted and directed by Coeurage artistic director Jeremy Lelliott — Haithman will donate a portion of book and Kindle e-book sales of her new critically acclaimed comic novel Dark Lady of Hollywood to the brash young theatre company. This special offer will continue through September 1 only.

A finalist for the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition and published by Harvard Square Editions, Dark Lady of Hollywood is a merry mashup of the worlds of Shakespeare and the television industry that tells the story of a dying TV executive’s murderous search for a soul mate like Shakespeare’s mysterious Dark Lady of the Sonnets. Raves Jill Allen of ForeWord Reviews, “It takes a special kind of talent to simultaneously skewer Hollywood and Shakespeare while writing a thought provoking novel, and Dark Lady of Hollywood proves Diane Haithman has this genius.” And Ellen Dostal of BroadwayWorld.com said, “Dark Lady of Hollywood is a dream for any lover of Shakespeare with a secret desire to see behind the curtain of show biz. Capitalizing on Haithman’s unique point of view and savvy intellect, it has ‘deadly guilty pleasure’ written all over it.’”

Autographed copies of the book that purchased at the Lyric-Hyperion Theatre & Cafe on performance nights or via the Coeurage website [www.coeurage.org] as well as Amazon Kindle e-book sales are included in this special promotion.

Coeurage company member and director of development Mark Jacobson called Haithman’s novel the perfect match for Lelliott’s streamlined adaptation of Shakespeare’s original horror play. “As a company, we’re always looking for partnerships, and anyone with a passion for Shakespeare would catch our eye,” said Jacobson of Coeurage, which is committed to presenting one Shakespeare production each year.

Said Haithman, “I’m delighted to support a company that has the nerve to take on Andronicus, Shakespeare’s first tragedy and most violent play. Coeurage is serious about finding the humor in Shakespeare’s darkest moments.” Arts and entertainment journalist Diane Haithman, a longtime Studio City resident, was a Los Angeles Times staff writer for more than two decades. She is a frequent contributor to the Deadline Hollywood industry website and Deadline’s print publication Awardsline, among others. She has also served on the adjunct faculty of USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism.

In Andronicus, deliciously twisted humor gives way to unexpected poignancy in this bold take on William Shakespeare’s original horror play The Lamentable Tragedy of Titus Andronicus. Reveling in the darkest corners of human nature, Andronicus is a streamlined adaptation of Shakespeare’s most violent play; the bard’s masterful dramatic structure and brutal tale of revenge have been carefully preserved. Of the Coeurage production, Jason Rohrer at StageAndCinema.com said, “Director Jeremy Lelliott understands and makes clear pretty much all that may be found in the text to disgust and to amuse … he packs [the theatre] with bodies and action that threaten to overspill the [playing] area … this is a good thing in a highly emotional show. It’s an exciting and worthwhile production.”

The running schedule for Andronicus is as follows — Fridays, July 18, 25 and August 1, 8, and 15 at 8pm; Saturdays, July 26 and August 9 at 8pm; Sundays, July 20 and August 3 and 17 at 7pm. All seats are available on a ‘Pay What You Want’ basis, and may be reserved online at www.coeurage.org/tickets or by calling (323) 944-2165.

The Lyric-Hyperion Theatre & Cafe is located at 2106 Hyperion Avenue in Los Angeles, 90027. Street parking is available.

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07-18-14

PRESS RELEASE: “THE PROTAGONIST” SET FOR LA PREMIERE JULY 24 — AUGUST 9 AT LILLIAN THEATRE

THE PROTAGONIST
BY TIM LIVINGSTON
DIRECTED BY JEREMY GUSKIN

LOS ANGELES PREMIERE
SET FOR LIMITED THREE WEEK RUN
OPENS JULY 25 AT THE LILLIAN THEATRE

The Protagonist posterCarthay Films has announced the Los Angeles premiere of The Protagonist, a new comic play by Tim Livingston, directed by Jeremy Guskin. There will be one preview performance on Thursday, July 24 at 8pm and opening is set for Friday, July 25 at 8pm. The Protagonist will run through August 9 only.

The Protagonist is a comedy that audaciously attempts to inspire its audience. It wants to make people laugh, make people think, and balance profundity with levity in a unique poetic style. The story focuses on two brothers living their own version of the American dream — one with a lucrative job in finance, the other striving to be creative, both unable to understand the rationale of the other. As they trek along their disparate paths, they realize how far they’ve drifted apart, how much they’ve changed, and finally, how much they need each other.

The cast will feature (in alphabetical order) Libe Barer, Keenan Jolliff, Joey Livingston, and Christian Roberts. The design team includes Grant Gorrell (set and lighting), Alyson Wheeler (costumes), and Jaymes Wheeler (sound).

Playwright Tim Livingston is a Los Angeles-based writer who has garnered success in television where he has been commissioned to write several pilots, and in sports journalism where his articles have gained national attention and led to interviews with some of the biggest names in basketball, baseball, and football.

Director Jeremy Guskin is an actor, director, and writer. His film credits include Art School Confidential, Pulse, The Hero Of Color City, Get Dead, and Simone. On television — Rizzoli & Isles, ‘Til Death, General Hospital, Roswell, Raising Hope, The Mentalist, The Finder, Life, NCIS, Alias, NYPD Blue, Angel, Six Feet Under, E.R., and King Of Queens. Theatre in Los Angeles and New York — Shakespearience (Alex), The Curse Of Ravensdurn (Barnsdall Gallery), Nothing Sacred (South Coast Rep), You Can’t Take It With You (Antaeus), The Lower Depths (MXAT), Basketball Jones (New Victory). Guskin currently teaches and directs at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.

There will be one preview performance of The Protagonist on Thursday, July 24 at 8pm and opening is set for Friday, July 25 at 8pm. The regular running schedule is Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm through August 9 only. Tickets are $19 and may be purchased online at www.theprotagonist.ticketleap.com, or via phone at (323) 571-2288. For more information, go to www.theprotagonistplay.com. Visit The Protagonist on Facebook at www.facebook.com/theprotagonistplay and follow us on Twitter @protagonistplay.

The Lillian Theatre at the Elephant Stages is located at 1076 Lillian Way, (off Santa Monica Boulevard, one block west of Vine), in Hollywood. Street parking is available.

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07-14-14