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PRESS RELEASE: CHROMOLUME THEATRE PRESENTS “BIRD LIVES!” BY WILLARD MANUS, AUGUST 15 — SEPTEMBER 21

CHROMOLUME THEATRE AT THE ATTIC
PRESENTS
BIRD LIVES!
A SOLO PLAY WITH MUSIC
BY WILLARD MANUS
STARRING MONTAE RUSSELL
DIRECTED BY TOMMY HICKS

AUGUST 15 — SEPTEMBER 21 ONLY

Bird Lives! Charlie ParkerChromolume Theatre has announced Bird Lives! as its next production, opening on Friday, August 15 at 8pm. Written by Willard Manus and directed by Tommy Hicks, Bird Lives! will star Montae Russell as jazz icon Charlie Parker in this solo play with music. Parker, a legendary saxophone virtuoso, ushered in a new era of jazz by pioneering bebop and influencing subsequent generations of musicians. Bird Lives! will play a strictly limited engagement through September 21 only.

Montae Russell is a veteran television, theatre, and film actor. He was seen on NBC’s ER for 15 seasons as paramedic Dwight Zadro, and his other film and cable credits include The Player’s Club, HBO’s Laurel Avenue, TNT’s Lily in Winter, One Life to Live. Russell has made many television episodic appearances including Shameless, Detroit 187, and Cold Case, to name only a few. Stage credits include King Hedley II, A Few Good Men, Prelude to a Kiss (Broadway); Joe Turner’s Come and Gone and Fences (Kennedy Center); East Texas Hotlinks (Public Theater); The Glass Menagerie (Cleveland Playhouse); the solo show Thurgood; The Road Weeps, The Well Runs Dry; Jitney. Russell is active in the South Los Angeles area with his non-profit organization Successful Youth Los Angeles. www.MontaeRussell.com.

Playwright Willard Manus has had numerous plays produced in Los Angeles. Frank and Ava, a two-character play about Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner, recently concluded a six-month run at Three Clubs in Hollywood after winning a Best Play prize in the 2013 Hollywood Fringe Festival. Marilyn—My Secret, co-written with Odalys Nanin, is now running at the Macha Theatre. Among his other plays are Bridge and Berlin Cowboys. Manus is a member of the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit.

Director Tommy Hicks is more widely known for his starring roles in independent feature films including Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It!, Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust, and Charles Burnett’s The Glass Shield. Hicks is a former Walt Disney Studios Screenwriting Fellowship Award Winner, and has lectured on theatre, film, and television at university campuses across the country. He directed Champion at the Skylight Theatre which later moved to New York City’s New Federal Theatre for a critically acclaimed run. Most recently, Hicks directed Willard Manus’ ‘Roid Rage at the Write Act Theatre in Hollywood, Bird Lives! at the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center, and Mim & Rose at Ruskin Group Theatre in Santa Monica. Hicks is a member of the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit.

The Chromolume design team for Bird Lives! will include Daniel Ingram (scenic) Samantha Marie (lighting), Amy Mazzaferro (costumes), and James Esposito (sound). The stage manager is Lauren J. Peters.

Bird Lives! opens on Friday, August 15 at 8pm. The regular performance schedule is Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm through September 21. Tickets are $20, with discounts for students and seniors ($17) and children 12 and under ($15), and may be purchased online at www.crtheatre.com, or via telephone at 323-205-1617. Chromolume Theatre at the Attic is located at 5429 W. Washington Boulevard (between the 10 freeway and Hauser Boulevard), in Los Angeles, 90016. Ample street parking is available.

For more information, visit www.crtheatre.com or call 323-510-2688.

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07-29-14

PRESS RELEASE — BRIMMER STREET THEATRE CO. PRESENTS “THE PERFECT GAME” AT HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL

BRIMMER STREET THEATRE COMPANY
PRESENTS
THE PERFECT GAME
AN ENSEMBLE THEATRE EVENT
FOR THE 2014 HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL

SUNDAY, JUNE 15 AT 1PM
SUNDAY, JUNE 22 AT 5PM


Brimmer Street Theater Company LogoBrimmer Street Theatre Company
has announced The Perfect Game, a special ensemble event for the 2014 Hollywood Fringe Festival. The game will take place two times only on Sunday, June 15 at 1pm and Sunday, June 22 at 5pm on Cole Field at the Hollywood Recreation Center, 1122 Cole Avenue in Hollywood. Admission to the game is free.

A project ten years in the making and inspired in part by an essay by David Mamet from his book “Three Uses of the Knife,” The Perfect Game seeks to blur the line between sport and theatre and to provide an immersive, authentic, nine-inning baseball game – but with no ball. All of the plays are rehearsed, the action is staged, and the outcome predetermined. Spectators are welcome to come and go or stay to watch the whole game and cheer for their favorite team. Hot dogs, popcorn, and other classic baseball game food and drink will be available from local food trucks. On Sunday 6/15, special guest Terence McFarland (LA STAGE Alliance CEO) will pretend to throw out the first pitch, and on Sunday 6/22, Colin Mitchell (Bitter-Lemons.com Editor) will do the same.

The Hollywood Fringe Festival is an annual, open-access, community-derived event celebrating freedom of expression and collaboration in the performing arts community. Each June during the Hollywood Fringe, the arts infiltrate the Hollywood neighborhood: fully equipped theaters, parks, clubs, churches, restaurants and other unexpected places host hundreds of productions by local, national, and international arts companies and independent performers.

The Perfect Game will take place only twice — Sunday, June 15 at 1pm and Sunday, June 22 at 5pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit brimmerstreet.org/perfectgame.

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05-22-14

Press Release: Coeurage Theatre Company Partners with Hemophilia Foundation of SoCal and Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

COEURAGE THEATRE COMPANY’S
PRODUCTION OF
THE YELLOW BOAT
BY DAVID SAAR
PARTNERS WITH
HEMOPHILIA FOUNDATION OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
AND
ELIZABETH GLASER PEDIATRIC AIDS FOUNDATION
TO RAISE FUNDS AND AWARENESS

The Yellow Boat bannerCoeurage Theatre Company (Jeremy Lelliott, Artistic Director; Nicole Monet, Managing Director), LA’s ‘Pay What You Want’ Company, has announced it will share a portion of box office proceeds from their production of The Yellow Boat with the Hemophilia Foundation of Southern California and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Coeurage will also host a Hemophilia Day Carnival on May 17 prior to that evening’s performance. (More details on the Carnival will be announced at a later date.) Written by David Saar and directed by Joseph V. Calarco, The Yellow Boat will play one preview performance on Friday, April 18 at 8pm and opens on Saturday, April 19 at 8pm at GTC Burbank.

Based on the true story of David and Sonja Saar’s son Benjamin, The Yellow Boat is a glorious affirmation of a child’s life and the strength and courage of all children. The play celebrates the value of living life fully and richly in the moment, and with playfulness and creativity explores real people overcoming very real fears. The show is recommended for kids over age eight, parents, and families.

A portion of the box office proceeds from the preview performance on April 18 will benefit the Hemophilia Foundation of Southern California. Since 1954, HFSC has been providing quality programs and services to individuals affected by Hemophilia and other bleeding disorders. Currently, HFSC offers assistance in many areas such as medic alert sponsorship, emergency financial aid, individual and family counseling, case management, seminars and advocacy, as well as many youth-focused programs. For more information, visit www.hemosocal.org.

On May 11 (Mother’s Day), a portion of the box office will benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. More than 90% of HIV infections in children result from mother-to-child transmission. Today, just as when EGPAF was founded in 1988, children are the forgotten face of HIV/AIDS. Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is dedicated to preventing pediatric HIV infection and eliminating pediatric AIDS through research, advocacy, and prevention and treatment programs. The organization now works in more than 17 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.pedaids.org.

The cast of The Yellow Boat features (in alphabetical order) Katelyn Gault, Ivy Khan, Cody Klop, TJ Marchbank, Joseph O’Malley, Kurt Quinn, Joey Nicole Thomas, and Malika Williams. The production design is by Tito Fleetwood Ladd, costume design is by Marcy Hiartzka, and sound design is by Joseph V. Calarco. Original music is by Gregory Nabours, and choreography is by Janet Roston.

The running schedule for The Yellow Boat is Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 4pm through May 25 only. No performance on Easter Sunday (4/20). All seats are available on a Pay What You Want basis, and may be reserved online at https://coeurage.secure.force.com/ticket, or by calling (323) 944-2165.

GTC Burbank is located at 1100 W. Clark Avenue in Burbank, 91506. Street parking is available.

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04-14-14

**The Coeurage PAY WHAT YOU WANT Policy**
Pay What You Can is based on a person’s ability to pay.
Pay What You Want is based on a patron’s desire.
It is a value placement as well as an economic decision, designed to eliminate cost as a factor
in attending theatre. Each patron decides what a theatre experience is worth to him or her,
and some decide it is worth more than they initially paid.
For that reason, the box office is kept open during intermission and after performances.