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PRESS RELEASE — “MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH” SET FOR INDUSTRY READING ON MONDAY 10/27 IN NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA

WARP GRAPHICS PRESENTS

MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH
A MUSICAL THRILLER

BOOK AND LYRICS BY WENDY PINI
MUSIC AND ADDITIONAL LYRICS BY GREGORY NABOURS
DIRECTED BY CALVIN REMSBERG

EXCLUSIVE WORLD PREMIERE INDUSTRY READING
SET FOR MONDAY, OCTOBER 27
IN NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA

Masque Musical logo bannerWarp Graphics has announced a world premiere industry reading of Masque of the Red Death, a musical thriller with book and lyrics by Wendy Pini, music and additional lyrics by Gregory Nabours, and directed by Calvin Remsberg, on Monday, October 27 at 7:30pm at the NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood, CA.

Epic in sweep and scope, Wendy Pini and Greg Nabours’ musical thriller Masque of the Red Death is based on Pini’s graphic novel of the same name (based on The Mask of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe) which employs a Japanese anime style of art, and this new musical expands on this adaptation. Set in a decadent, perfect future, Anton Prosper uses his vast fortune and scientific genius to seek the ultimate power of life over death. But when the stunning prodigy Steffan Kabala enters Prosper’s life, he unlocks a tempestuous passion that may send the entire planet hurtling into a bloody maelstrom of destruction.

Writer/Artist Wendy Pini has worked for nearly all of the major comics publishers such as Marvel, First Comics, Comico, DC Comics, and Dark Horse Comics. In 1977, she created the best-selling high fantasy comic series Elfquest, the first Japanese anime-influenced graphic novel series to be published in America. Pini’s adults-only graphic novel based on Edgar Allan Poe’s horror story The Mask of the Red Death (1842) serves as the foundation for this new musical thriller.

Gregory Nabours is a composer/lyricist and music director. Musical Direction credits include The Color Purple (2012 Ovation, LADCC, LA Weekly, and NAACP Awards), Thoroughly Modern Millie, Falsettos, Rent, The Wild Party, A New Brain, Spring Awakening, Into the Woods, Assassins, and The Full Monty. Nabours’ song cycle, The Trouble With Words, was awarded the 2011 Ovation Award for Best Music and Lyrics for an Original Musical, as well as Best Musical in the Hollywood Fringe Festival. This November, an evening of his work will be performed and broadcast at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Nabours is a founding member and resident composer of Coeurage Theatre Company.

Calvin Remsberg is known both as an accomplished actor and noted theatre director. His directing credits include the revival of Bare, the LA premiere of Glory Days, Into the Woods starring Anthony Geary, Hello, Dolly! for 3-D Theatricals, Sweeney Todd for Musical Theatre West, the 20th Anniversary production of Sweeney Todd for Reprise!, the West Coast Ensemble production of Sunday in the Park with George, and Interact Theatre Company’s Urinetown. For Musical Theatre Guild, Remsberg has directed Shenandoah, Parade, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Street Scene, Aspects of Love, Titanic, The Most Happy Fella, and Death Takes a Holiday.

The cast will feature (in alphabetical order) Heather Ayers, Benai Boyd, Rich Brunner, Emma Degerstedt, Tawny Dolley, Ben Gibson, Steven Good, Steve B. Green, Paulette Ivory, Ashley Jones, Jeffrey Landman, Tyler Ledon, Jamison Lingle, Jacob Lusk, Marco Ramos, Aaron Scheff, Rebecca Spencer, Zach Spound, and Zach Villa.

The reading will take place on Monday, October 27 at 7:30pm. For more information, contact kenwertherpr@gmail.com. The NoHo Arts Center is located at 11136 Magnolia Boulevard in North Hollywood, CA, 91601.

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10-03-14

PRESS RELEASE — COEURAGE THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS “CANNIBAL! THE MUSICAL” — OPENING HALLOWEEN NIGHT

COEURAGE THEATRE COMPANY
LA’S ‘PAY WHAT YOU WANT’ THEATRE COMPANY
PRESENTS
THE LOS ANGELES PREMIERE

OPENS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31
PERFORMANCES AT 8PM AND MIDNIGHT
AT LYRIC-HYPERION THEATRE & CAFE

Cannibal The MusicalCoeurage Theatre Company, LA’s ‘Pay What You Want’ Company, has announced the final production of its 2014 season, Trey Parker’s Cannibal! The Musical. With book, music and lyrics by New Cannibal Society and directed by Tito Fleetwood Ladd, there will be two preview performances on Saturday, October 25 at 8pm and Thursday, October 30 at 8pm, and opening is set for Halloween night, Friday, October 31 with performances at 8pm and midnight. There will be a Halloween party between the two opening night performances. Cannibal! The Musical will play through November 22 at the Lyric-Hyperion Theatre & Cafe in Silver Lake.

Uncouth, absurd, and wickedly tongue-in-cheek, Coeurage Theatre Company presents the Los Angeles premiere of Tony Award-winner Trey Parker’s Cannibal! The Musical. From the creators of South Park and The Book of Mormon comes this western spoof telling the tale of a pack of miners en route to the promised land of Colorado, led by the state’s only convicted cannibal, Alfred Packer. Replete with puppets, blood, song, dance, and Parker’s signature crassness, Cannibal! The Musical is guaranteed to delight and offend.

The cast will feature (in alphabetical order) Mike Brady, Ryan Brady, Brian Cannady, Gregory Crafts, Mikey De Lara, Travis Dixon, Josh Hoover, Ashley Kane, Jason Peter Kennedy, Scott Kruse, Peter Larney, Kari Lee, Gregory Nabours, Kurt Quinn, Kalena Ranoa, Christine Sinacore, and Joe Tomasini.

Scenic design is by JR Bruce, lighting design is by director Ladd, and costume design is by Kara McLeod. Musical direction is by Gregory Nabours, choreography is by Carly Wielstein, and fight choreography is by TJ Marchbank. Stage manager is Risa Kurosaki.

Cannibal! The Musical will play two preview performances on Saturday, October 25 at 8pm and Thursday, October 30 at 8pm, and opening is set for Halloween night, Friday, October 31 with performances at 8pm and midnight. There will be a Halloween party between the performances and members of both audiences are invited to join the fun.

The regular running schedule is as follows — Fridays, November 7, 14, and 21 at 8pm; Saturdays, November 8, 15, and 22 at 8pm and midnight; no performance on Saturday, November 1. 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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10-02-14

**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.

 

PRESS RELEASE — Celebrated Cabaret Artist LADY RIZO in Concert at Los Angeles LGBT’s Renberg Theatre — Thursday 10/30

The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center Presents LADY RIZO in Concert Celebrated Cabaret Artist Makes Renberg Theatre Debut Thursday, October 30 at 8pm

“SENSATIONAL … A fierce but kindhearted fusion of comedy, burlesque, performance art and rock ‘n’ roll.” — New York Times Lady Rizo by Kevin KauerThe Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center has announced the Renberg Theatre debut of New York’s internationally acclaimed cabaret artist Lady Rizo. The one-night-only concert is on Thursday, October 30 at 8pm. The “Cabaret Superstar” (New York Magazine), comedienne, and chanteuse revives the genre by creating vintage arrangements and theatrical explorations of pop songs from every decade. In 2005, Lady Rizo (née Amelia Zirin-Brown) co-created the cult CaBurlesque spectacular, Lady Rizo & the Assettes. In January 2010 she won her first Grammy Award on a duet with acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma that was released on a holiday album featuring Diana Krall, James Taylor, and Alison Krauss, among others. Lady Rizo also sang and recorded with multi-platinum recording artist Moby and was nominated for an MVPA for the choreography in the video for the single “New York, New York,” featuring Debbie Harry. A proud recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in 2010, Lady Rizo has performed her sold-out show monthly at Joe’s Pub since 2009 and was commissioned for a full-length piece by the Public Theater which premiered as part of the New York Voices series in November 2011. For more information, visit www.ladyrizo.com. General admission tickets are $25 and may be purchased online at www.lalgbtcenter.org/theatre or by phone at (323) 860-7300. Net proceeds will support the full range of free and low-cost programs and services offered by the Los Angeles LGBT Center. The Renberg Theatre is located at the Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 N. McCadden Place (one block east of Highland, just north of Santa Monica Boulevard), in Hollywood. Free onsite parking is available.

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10-02-14

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