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Press Release: Impro Theatre Celebrates Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday on Friday, April 25 at 8pm

IMPRO THEATRE CELEBRATES
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S 450TH BIRTHDAY
WITH SPECIAL PERFORMANCE OF
SHAKESPEARE UNSCRIPTED
FOLLOWED BY CHAMPAGNE RECEPTION

FRIDAY, APRIL 25 AT 8PM

Shakespeare UnScripted artworkImpro Theatre is set to celebrate William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday on Friday, April 25 with a special performance of its currently running production, Shakespeare UnScripted, a post-show discussion, and a champagne reception complete with birthday cake. The curtain will rise at 8pm at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre (upstairs at The Pasadena Playhouse) in Pasadena.

Shakespeare UnScripted, directed by Brian Lohmann and Dan O’Connor, is a completely improvised play in the style of William Shakespeare. The Impro Theatre ensemble starts with a single audience suggestion and builds improvised, full-length, never-before-seen plays inspired by Shakespeare’s poetry, colorful imagery and bawdy innuendo. Every show is totally unique and brings to life the monarchs, spirits, lovers and fools that make up Shakespeare’s world.

Critical raves for the work of Impro Theatre continue. Of Shakespeare UnScripted, The Tolucan said, “Like a fine Chianti, the show can be sipped and enjoyed. And like a whiskey, it packs a punch. Shakespeare would be overjoyed to know that his works can be interpreted in boundless ways.” ShakespeareInLA.com enthused, “Great improv, like the kind Impro creates, takes comedy and turns it into an art.” And from StageAndCinema.com, “ … as high a degree of general excellence in writing, acting, and direction as I have seen in any theater company in America.”

The cast is a rotating ensemble, including (in alphabetical order) Kari Coleman, Lisa Fredrickson, Kelly Holden-Bashar, Brian Jones, Stephen Kearin, Brian Lohmann, Nick Massouh, Dan O’Connor, Edi Patterson, Paul Rogan, Michele Spears, and Floyd Van Buskirk. The set and costumes are by Sandra Burns, the lighting design is by Leigh Allen, stage manager and lighting improviser is Michael Becker, and sound improviser is Alex Caan.

Impro Theatre is an Unscripted Repertory Company that has brought innovative, unscripted theatre to Los Angeles and the world. The company’s goal is to take core narrative and style elements of great playwrights and writers, and create a new play using no more than the essence of an author’s work and an audience suggestion. Most recently, unscripted explorations of great literary figures has included Shakespeare, Dickens, Stephen Sondheim, and Tennessee Williams. For more, visit www.ImproTheatre.com.

Shakespeare UnScripted plays through Sunday, May 4 only. Performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm through May 4 only. (No performance on Thursday, May 1.) Tickets are $25 ($15 student tickets are available; student ID required at the door) and are available online at www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org, or by calling (626) 356-7529.

The Carrie Hamilton Theatre is located upstairs at The Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Avenue, in Pasadena, 91101. Lot and street parking are available.

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04-15-14

Press Release: Brimmer Street Theatre Company Now Accepting Submissions for 2014 Blueprint Series

CALLING ALL PLAYWRIGHTS!
BRIMMER STREET THEATRE COMPANY’S
2014 BLUEPRINT SERIES
NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS

Brimmer Street Theatre Company logoBrimmer Street Theatre Company’s sixth annual Blueprint Series is now accepting submissions, with a deadline of Saturday, May 17 to submit applications. The Blueprint Series provides opportunities for playwrights to work with the BSTC ensemble, in collaboration with other artists, to develop new plays.

The BSTC Blueprint Series focuses on developing work from the ground up. Projects will be selected by the BSTC ensemble based on the concept of a play, including genre, plot, cast, along with other elements. Duration of the development process is ten weeks, at the conclusion of which the company may offer further studio development, a public reading, or even a full production of a play that has been built during the process.

Past Blueprint Series projects have included Pack up the Moon by Christina Cigala (produced by BSTC in 2013), All Your Hard Work by Miles Brandman (produced by BSTC in 2012), 1969 by Damon Chua (produced by GatChu Productions and Rogue Machine Theatre in 2012), Leiris/Picasso by David Jette (produced by BSTC in 2010), and more.

Brimmer Street Theatre Company is a non-profit ensemble theatre that creates and produces new works of theatre in order to cultivate artists and engage audiences in Los Angeles. By working from a select core of talented artists, BSTC aims to produce a unique brand of American theatre that is rooted in a common experience and driven by their commitment to building better theatre that is challenging, extraordinary, and inspiring.

Applications for the 2014 Brimmer Street Theatre Company Blueprint Series may be downloaded at http://www.brimmerstreet.org/blueprint/, and submission deadline is Saturday May 17 at midnight. Those interested in participating as collaborative artists, including actors, directors, designers, and producers, should email info@brimmersteet.org.

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04-14-14

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.