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NEWS RELEASE — “THE GENTRIFICATION CYCLE” in the HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL

SAMOVAR SUBWAY ENSEMBLE PRESENTS
THE GENTRIFICATION CYCLE
TWO SHORT PLAYS BY G.D. KIMBLE
JEN TRIES VACATION
AND
LOCOMOTIVE REPAIR IN THREE EASY STEPS
DIRECTED BY CHRISTINA CIGALA
FIVE PERFORMANCES ONLY
IN THE 2016 HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL
AT THE DORIE THEATRE @ THE COMPLEX

Samovar Subway Ensemble has announced a Hollywood Fringe Festival production of The Gentrification Cycle, two short plays written by G.D. Kimble and directed by Christina Cigala. Jen Tries Vacation and Locomotive Repair in Three Easy Steps will feature (in alphabetical order) Jon Gentry, Emily McLeod, Suzan Mikiel, Adam Tomei, Brian Wallace, Claire Winters, and Allison Youngberg. There will be five performances at the Dorie Theatre @ The Complex in Hollywood — Friday 6/3 at 7:30pm (press preview); Thursday 6/9 at 9pm; Thursday 6/16 at 7pm; Thursday 6/23 at 10:30pm; and Friday 6/24 at 6:45pm. Total running time will be 70 minutes.

In Jen Tries Vacation (West Coast premiere) an affluent couple discovers a landscape of magical manifest destiny: the inner city. Locomotive Repair in Three Easy Steps (world premiere) asks the question, “What if Chekhov wrote one more short, morphine and vodka fueled act of Three Sisters?” The Prozorov sisters are in the same place we left them, though a bit more broken than before. The glue of ennui has begun to slip and whether they like it or not things are finally going to change …

G.D. Kimble is an actor, playwright, and director. He is a native of Louisiana, where he was a founding member of both GreenDoor Productions and Pass-The-Hat Theatre. He has served as assistant director on Broadway for Terence Rattigan’s Man & Boy (2011) and Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink (2014). Kimble is the author of several other plays including Megiddo, What Passes for Comedy, and The Girl from the Thing. After a successful run at The Glass Eye in NYC, his play Two Irishmen Are Digging a Ditch opened the Neil LaBute New Theater Festival in St. Louis. It later returned to New York for its off-Broadway debut.

The creative team includes Brad Harris (set design and assistant director), Brandon Baruch (lighting design), Natascha Snellman (costume design), and James Ferrero (sound design). Fight choreography is by Dane Oliver, the stage manager is Erica Criddle, and Allison Youngberg is the producer for Samovar Subway Ensemble.

Tickets for The Gentrification Cycle are $15 and may be obtained online at http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/3401 or by phone at (323) 455-4585. The Dorie Theatre @ The Complex is located at 6476 Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood, 90038.

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05-25-16

NEWS RELEASE — FULL CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THE BLANK THEATRE’S 24th ANNUAL YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL

ANGELIQUE CABRAL, CHRISTOPH SANDERS,
JR BOURNE, SHARON LAWRENCE, SCOTT LOWELL, ANGEL PARKER,
LENNY JACOBSON, JESSY SCHRAM
AND MORE SET TO PARTICIPATE IN
THE BLANK THEATRE’S
24TH ANNUAL YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL
JUNE 2—26

Young Playwrights Festival 2016More than 40 actors have been set to participate in The Blank Theatre’s 24th Annual Young Playwrights Festival, including Angelique Cabral (Life In Pieces), Christoph Sanders (Ghost Whisperer, Last Man Standing), JR Bourne (Teen Wolf), Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blue), Scott Lowell (Queer As Folk), Angel Parker (Lab Rats, American Crime Story), Lenny Jacobson (Nurse Jackie, Big Time in Hollywood, FL), and Jessy Schram (Nashville, Veronica Mars, Falling Skies). Twelve winning plays by young playwrights aged 16—19 from seven different states will be presented during this year’s festival at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood, running from June 2—26.

Other notable performers appearing in Festival plays are (in alphabetical order) Max Adler (Glee), Juliette Angelo, Cole Bernstein, Grace Bethany, Scarlett Byrne (Harry Potter, Falling Skies), Jake Cherry (Night at the Museum), Deborah S. Craig (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Paul Eiding, Jen Eldridge, Chase Ellison, Julie Ann Emery (Fargo, Better Call Saul), Elisha Henig, Eric Ladin (American Sniper, The Brink), Casey McCormick Leach, Ethan Lee, Mackenzie Lintz, Oliviana Marie, Austin Mincks, Amir Mitchell-Townes (Girl Meets World), Eric Nenninger (Wet Hot Summer, First Day of Camp, Generation Kill), Lily Nicksay (Boy Meets World, The Blank’s A Singular They), Tim Peper, Cait Pool, Hannah Prichard (The Blank’s A Singular They), Sarah Jo Provost, Jazz Raycole, Jordan Rivera, Will Ropp, Sloane Morgan Siegel, Ben Stillwell (Teen Wolf, Murder in the First), Jennifer Stone (Wizards of Waverly Place), Kitty Swink, and Joey Voccia.

The Blank Theatre’s 24th Annual Young Playwrights Festival runs Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm, beginning June 2 and running through June 26 at the Stella Adler Theatre, 6773 Hollywood Boulevard (at Highland), in Hollywood. Each week’s program includes three plays. Tickets are $20 for adults and $14 for students. Festival Passes, which include one ticket for each week, are $68 for adults and $48 for students. Tickets may be purchased online at www.theblank.com or by calling (323) 661-9827.

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05-25-16

 

NEWS RELEASE — “ALL ABOARD THE MARRIAGE HEARSE” BY MATT MORILLO — SIX PERFS ONLY IN HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL

All Aboard the Marriage HearseKADM Productions has announced a Hollywood Fringe Festival production of All Aboard the Marriage Hearse, a romantic seriocomic play written and directed by Matt Morillo. Featuring Jessica Moreno and Tom Pilutik, there will be six performances at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood — Saturday 6/4 at 6pm (press preview); Friday 6/10 at 8pm; Saturday 6/11 at 10pm; Friday 6/17 at 6pm; Saturday 6/18 at 8pm; and Sunday 6/19 at 4pm. Running time will be 70 minutes.

Sean and Amy are your typical co-habiting Catholic/Jewish thirty-something couple living in Manhattan. After four years together, Amy wants to get married but Sean doesn’t. Sean will try to talk Amy out of marriage; Amy will try to talk Sean into it. Will they break up? Will they keep traveling on the same path? Or will they climb aboard the ‘Marriage Hearse?’

All Aboard the Marriage Hearse had its world premiere in New York City in 2008. The play also caught the attention of renowned marriage counselor Rabbi Shmuley Boteach who began a public debate with playwright Morillo on the institution of marriage. In 2015, All Aboard the Marriage Hearse ran to great acclaim in Croatia and Mexico and is now receiving productions throughout the USA. In this new production at the Hollywood Fringe, Jessica Moreno returns for the first time to the role she created in the play’s 2008 debut.

Award-winning playwright/director Matt Morillo made his theatrical debut in New York with Angry Young Women in Low Rise Jeans with High Class Issues. The play had an off-Broadway run in 2007, followed by multiple engagements in Hollywood, and Sydney, Australia. Angry Young Women enjoyed several return engagements in 2009, 2010, and 2011. It also ran in the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival (as well as being developed into a web series). All Aboard the Marriage Hearse, similar to Angry Young Women, traveled the world, having successful runs in Ohio, Illinois, Mexico, and Croatia. Morillo’s first serious play, American Soldiers, a family drama about a woman war veteran’s return to her home in Long Island, has been produced in New York, Hollywood, and Florida. All three plays have been published by Samuel French. Morillo’s next play, a return to comedy with The Inventor, The Escort, The Photographer, Her Boyfriend and His Girlfriend, had an acclaimed Los Angeles engagement followed by a run at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it won the Fringe Review Tea Pot Award for Best Theatre Performance. Morillo’s latest play, the serio-comic Allen Wilder 2.0, is about an alcoholic, soft-core porn director trying to put his life back together, was recently performed in New York to critical acclaim.

Tickets for All Aboard the Marriage Hearse are $15 and may be obtained online at http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/3605?tab=tickets or www.kadm.com, or by phone at (323) 455-4585. The Lounge Theatre is located at 6201 Santa Monica Boulevard (just east of Vine, at El Centro), in Hollywood, 90038. Street parking is available.

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05-05-16