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NEWS RELEASE ▪︎ AN 11:11 EXPERIENCE PRESENTS “FAMOUS” ▪︎ A WORLD PREMIERE PLAY BY MICHAEL LEONI ▪︎ OPENS FRIDAY 7/20

AN 11:11 EXPERIENCE
PRESENTS

FAMOUS

A WORLD PREMIERE PLAY
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY
MICHAEL LEONI

PREVIEWS BEGIN JULY 14
OPENS FRIDAY, JULY 20 AT 8PM

Famous publicity posterAn 11:11 Experience has announced the world premiere of Famous, a new play written by Michael Leoni. Famous will begin previews on July 14 and opening is set for Friday, July 20, at 8pm. The run will continue through August 19 at The 11:11, a new performance space on Kings Road in the heart of West Hollywood.

Through the eyes of Hollywood’s biggest star, Jason Mast, we witness a world fueled by sex, money, and power, where image is everything. On the heels of Jason’s first Oscar nomination, he plans a hot party to celebrate. The night unfolds with an adrenaline-rushed pace, ultimately revealing one of Jason’s darkest secrets. His attempt to control the outcome ignites a chain of events that pushes the boundaries of real friendship and reveals the true cost of fame. Running time is 90 minutes.

Under playwright Leoni’s direction, the cast will feature (in alphabetical order) Derick Breezee, Megan Davis, Rosie DeCandia, Gregory DePetro, Christopher Dietrick, Kenny Johnston, Thomas McNamara, Rachael Meyers, Decker Sadowski, Markus Silbiger, and Jacqi Vene.

The production will feature the music of international artist Conner Youngblood, whose work has been featured on Grey’s Anatomy and Teen Wolf, and in Michael Leoni’s feature film American Street Kid. The design team includes David Offner (set), Ovation Award-nominee Martha Carter (lighting), LaRae Wilson (costumes), and Scott Casillas (sound). Hair and make-up design is by Linda Michaels, and the stage manager is Kristin Bolinski.

Michael Leoni’s recent production of Elevator ran for seven months at The Coast Playhouse and 10 months at The Hudson and Macha Theatres. It received rave reviews. The show was a Los Angeles Times Best Bet and Critics Pick, as well as earning 11 Broadway World Award nominations including Best New Work. Leoni also wrote and directed The Playground (a rock music-infused piece inspired by the lives of homeless kids) which ran at least once a year for five consecutive years. He directed the one-woman show Listen, Can You Hear Me Now? at the NY Fringe Festival and won Best of Fringe at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Other NY theatre credits include the rock musical Loud as well as writing and directing Enigma and Deviants. Film credits include writing and directing the multiple award-winning feature documentary American Street Kid which will be in theatres this fall. Other films include Radford Rd., Deliver Us, Disappear Here, Spare Some Change and Someplace In Between. He is in post-production on the feature film #WhenTodayEnds and has just completed his new book “Dare to Be Bad.”

There will be four preview performances of Famous on Saturday 7/14 at 8pm, Sunday 7/15 at 7pm, Wednesday 7/18 at 8pm, and Thursday 7/19 at 8pm. Opening is set for Friday 7/20 at 8pm. The regular running schedule is Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 7pm through August 19. Tickets are now on sale and may be purchased online at www.FamousThePlay.com or by phone at (323) 378-6969. General admission is $35. VIP tickets are available ($50) which include a complimentary cocktail. The 11:11 is located at 1107 N. Kings Road in West Hollywood, 90069.

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06/11/18

NEWS RELEASE ▪︎ “THREE BLIND DATES: SEE HOW THEY RUN!” SET FOR HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL

11 WEST PRODUCTIONS

PRESENTS

THREE BLIND DATES:

SEE HOW THEY RUN!

THREE ONE-ACT PLAYS

BY JOHN DOBLE

DIRECTED BY JC GAFFORD

 

2018 HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL

SIX PERFORMANCES ONLY

JUNE 2, 7, 17, 18, 21, 23

 

Three Blind Dates poster11 West Productions has announced a Hollywood Fringe Festival production of Three Blind Dates: See How They Run!, three one-act plays written by John Doble and directed by JC Gafford at the Stephanie Feury Studio Theatre beginning June 2, at 2pm. The plays are Serious Person, Tatyana and the CableMan, and Coffee House, Greenwich Village. The cast will feature (in alphabetical orderNikk Alcaraz, Jessica Beligni, Eric Bettencourt, Brittany Gandy, Meghan Modrovskyand Nick Moss.

 

​Performance dates and times are as follows — Saturday 6/2 at 2pm; Thursday 6/7 at 9pm; Sunday 6/17 at 12:30pm; Monday 6/18 at 7pm; Thursday 6/21at 5pm; and Saturday 6/23 at 4:30pm. Running time is 80 minutes.


Three blind dates — no problem, right? A Navy vet meets a woman with convictions about everything from cannib
alism to the crucifixion. Then East meets West as a beautiful Russian woman encounters a Fox-News-loving cable man. Finally, in a coffee house, a lonely man meets a femme fatale. 


About 
Three Blind Dates: See How They Run! — These plays have won acclaim at the LaBute New Theater Festival in NYC and St. Louis, at the MidtownInternational Theatre Festival in NYC, the Eclectic Company Theatre in Los Angeles, the Nantucket Short Play Festival, the Segora One-Act Play Competition inFrance, and the One Festival in London as well as the Belper Best Play Prize.


Director
 JC Gafford has been on the Los Angeles theatre scene since 1986. He has degrees from LA Valley College, Cal Arts, and New York University. He is an award-winning director, designer, and production stage manager as well as theatre generalist who over the last 20 years has worked with such acclaimed actors as RonnMoss, Michael T. Weiss, and Richard Kind and at such notable theatres as LATC and the Zephyr in LA, MerkinConcert Hall and Provincetown Playhouse in New York, and many others. He is co-founder of InfinitusTheatreworks, a theatre arts consultation, services, and design firm.

 

John Doble’s plays include A Serious PersonTatyana and the Cable ManCoffee House, Greenwich VillageTo Protect the PoetsReunion RunThe Mayor Who Would Be SondheimTen Commandments, and The Mortgage. In addition to NYC and LA, his plays have been produced in Nantucket MA; Burlington WI; Binghamton NY; Hudson, NY; Sonora, CA; and in London, Arundel, Westcliff-on-Sea, and Belper, UK. Hisplays have received acclaim in numerous national competitions. His short stories have appeared in various literary magazines and a collection, Lefty and Other Stories, was published by Clemson University and nominated for the Southern Book Award. 

​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.

Tickets for Three Blind Dates: See How They Runare $12 and may be purchased online at www.HFF18.org/5078 or by phone at (323) 455-4585. The Stephanie Feury Studio Theatre is located at 5636 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, 90038.        

 

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05/14/18


NEWS RELEASE — LA NEW COURT THEATRE PRESENTS “ATLAS PIT or THE GARBAGE MAN’S SON” — OPENS FRIDAY 9/30 at 8pm

LOS ANGELES NEW COURT THEATRE
Theatre for Everyone Under the Sun
PRESENTS
THE WORLD PREMIERE PRODUCTION OF

ATLAS PIT
or THE GARBAGE MAN’S SON
WRITTEN BY ALEX BURKART
DIRECTED BY BETH LOPES
ORIGINAL SONGS BY KYLE ACHESON

SEPTEMBER 30 — OCTOBER 23
AT WORKING STAGE THEATER

Atlas Pit or the Garbage Man's SonLos Angeles New Court Theatre has announced its world premiere production of Atlas Pit or The Garbage Man’s Son, a new play by Alex Burkart at Working Stage Theater from September 30 through October 23. Directed by Beth Lopes and featuring original songs by Kyle Acheson, the cast will feature (in alphabetical order) Daniel Braunstein, Michael Chandler, Devereau Chumrau, Herman Johansen, Josey Montana McCoy, and Nancy Stone. Opening is set for Friday, September 30 at 8pm and the strictly limited engagement of 12 performances will run through October 23 only.

Atlas Pit or The Garbage Man’s Son is the tale of 18-year-old Ozzy, whose girlfriend Gray drowns in an old gravel quarry in Milton, Wisconsin. Gray’s sudden death sends Ozzy into a severe depression; he runs away from home and shuts himself up in a seedy apartment. In his continued quest to find escape, Ozzy stumbles upon a brand of heroin that brings users so close to death that “they see those waiting for them on the other side.” Atlas Pit is inspired by the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice and explores the ideas of addiction, love, life, and faith. The scenic design is by Morgan Lindsey Price, lighting design is by Toranj Noroozi, costume design is by Emily Fisher, and sound design is by Isaiah Howell. The assistant director is Josh Gannon and the stage manager is Rebekah York.

Playwright Alex Burkart is a co-founder of the Los Angeles New Court Theatre and is currently its board president. He also works as the manager at ZBS Acting Studios. His acting work has been seen across the country, including the American premiere of Tom Stoppard’s Pirandello’s Henry IV at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Adam Sandler’s Jack and Jill, and a reading of Edward Albee’s Me, Myself, and I at Playwrights Horizons alongside Elizabeth Ashley and Brian Murray. Burkart’s directing credits include Neil Simon’s Fools and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night for Los Angeles New Court Theatre as well as It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play for TheatreVCU. Originally from Wisconsin, Atlas Pit has been a bold and personal stroke for him; it is his first full-length play. For more, visit www.alexburkart.com.

Director Beth Lopes directed last year’s Jason & (Medea) for Los Angeles New Court Theatre. Some of her recent projects include Hamlet with New Swan Shakespeare Festival, The Winter’s Tale with San Antonio Shakespeare in the Park, and the development of the new rock musical The Merry Lives of Windsor High with Los Angeles company mediaV. For more, visit www.bethlopes.com.

The opening of The Atlas Pit or The Garbage Man’s Son is set for Friday, September 30 at 8pm. All seating is general admission and tickets are $20. The running schedule is Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm through October 23 only. Tickets may be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2593462 or by calling (303) 619-0203.

Working Stage Theater is located at 1516 N. Gardner Street in Los Angeles. Street parking is available.

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