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PRESS RELEASE — COEURAGE THEATRE COMPANY ADDS THREE BENEFIT PERFORMANCES OF “CANNIBAL! THE MUSICAL” DEC. 18-19-20

COEURAGE THEATRE COMPANY
ADDS THREE BENEFIT PERFORMANCES
OF ITS RUNAWAY HIT PRODUCTION
TREY PARKER’S CANNIBAL! THE MUSICAL

DECEMBER 18-19-20
TICKETS NOW ON SALE

Cannibal! The MusicalCoeurage Theatre Company (Jeremy Lelliott, Artistic Director; Nicole Monet, Managing Director), has announced the addition of three benefit performances of Trey Parker’s Cannibal! The Musical on December 18, 19, and 20 at the Lyric-Hyperion Theatre in Silver Lake. The runaway sold out hit ends its regular run on Saturday, November 22 but due to audience demand three special performances have been added just before the holidays for some non-Christmas Carol fun and to raise money for the non-profit theatre company.

These special performances of Cannibal! The Musical will benefit Coeurage, its various programs and its community outreach. The show opened on Halloween night and has received rave reviews for its inspired zaniness and abundance of laughter, and it has been playing to sold out houses.

The Coeurage Theatre Company production of Cannibal! The Musical has received unanimous critical raves. Says Ryan McRee of neontommy.com, “Coeurage Theatre Company’s production of Cannibal! The Musical is a true thrill for anyone who wants to see what barebones theatre can do.” Ellen Dostal at BroadwayWorld.com says, “… a surprisingly satisfying musical comedy about people eating dead people and singing and dancing while they do it. If you’ve got a sense of humor and don’t mind a little gore, you’re gonna love it.” And from Travis Michael Holder at ArtsInLA.com, “… there’s not a moment of this wonderfully silly musical treat that won’t make you howl with laughter.”

Tickets for the benefit performances of Cannibal! The Musical are now on sale at www.coeurage.org/tickets or by calling (323) 944-2165. All seats are $25. The performances are on Thursday, December 18 at 8pm, Friday, December 19 at 8pm, and Saturday, December 20 at 8pm. The remaining regular performances (Friday, November 21 at 8pm and Saturday, November 22 at 8pm and midnight) are sold out.

For regular Coeurage Theatre Company productions throughout the year, all seats are available on a ‘Pay What You Want’ basis. For more information, visit www.coeurage.org.

The Lyric-Hyperion Theatre & Cafe is located at 2106 Hyperion Avenue in Los Angeles, 90027. Street parking is available.

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11-21-14

PHOTO OF CANNIBAL! THE MUSICAL COMPANY BY NARDEEP KHURMI.

PRESS RELEASE — ALL NEW PRODUCTION OF “THE SANTALAND DIARIES” AT WORKING STAGE THEATER — 12 PERFS ONLY

THE SANTALAND DIARIES
RETURNS TO LOS ANGELES

ALL NEW PRODUCTION STARRING MATT CRABTREE

DIRECTED BY DEIDRA EDWARDS

OPENING SET FOR FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5 AT 8PM

Santaland Diaries 2014Aggramomic Productions, D&ME Productions LLC and Brenda Davidson have announced and all new production of The Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris. Starring Matt Crabtree and directed by Deidra Edwards. Santaland begins performances on Thursday, December 4 at 8pm and opening is set for Friday, December 5 at 8pm at the Working Stage Theater in Los Angeles.

The Santaland Diaries is an outrageously funny solo play by NPR’s well-loved humorist David Sedaris about his experiences as a 33-year-old unemployed writer who takes a job as a Christmas elf at Macy’s in New York City. The show recounts all of his exploits with hysterical tales of being in the Customer Service industry during one of the most anticipated and emotionally charged holidays of the year. For those who like a little spice with their Christmas sugar, this tale of mass marketing, stressed out sales clerks, drunk Santas, screaming kids and the general insanity of the holidays is hilarious, sardonic and unpredictable, mercilessly cutting through the Christmas spirit to point out the crazy things human beings do during the holidays. Cycling through 50 characters in 65 minutes, The Santaland Diaries is a wild ride of sarcasm and wit that is at times funny and at times touching and will leave the hearts of audience members filled with joy.

Matt Crabtree started his career on the first National Tour of She Loves Me. Los Angeles theatre credits include Doctor Anonymous, The Homosexuals, Epic Proportions, Mommie Queerest, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Frank Zappa’s Joe’s Garage, and 175 performances of The Book of Liz by Amy and David Sedaris. On TV: Modern Family, Masters of Sex, Bones, NCIS, Monday Mornings, Grey’s Anatomy, and Will & Grace, among others. Films include Jamesy Boy, Fast and the Furious: Supercharged, The 41-Year-Old Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall, and Felt Superbad About It. Crabtree created the web series Failing Upwards and he is a TOSCAR Golden Fist winner for his portrayal of Joaquin Phoenix as Ted in the Best TOSCAR parody Terminate Her.

Deidra Edwards just returned from the Guthrie Theater where she assistant directed A Steady Rain for Steppenwolf Theatre Company co-founder Jeff Perry. The Santaland Diaries marks her Los Angeles theatre directing debut. As an actress, she starred in the critically acclaimed Los Angeles revival of Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig. Starring in the award-winning indie feature Disfigured she received an award specifically created for her performance by the Women Film Critics Circle “to recognize Deidra Edwards for redefining conventional standards of female physical beauty and pride on screen, and promoting positive images of big bodied women.”

The scenic design for The Santaland Diaries is by David Mauer, lighting design is by Amanda Mauer, and the stage manager is Daniel Coronel.

Performances begin on Thursday, December 4 at 8pm and opening is set for Friday, December 5 at 8pm. The regular running schedule is Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm through December 21 only. All tickets are $25 ($20 with unwrapped toy donation for “Spark of Love” Toy Drive) and may be purchased online at www.santaland2014.brownpapertickets.com or by calling (800) 838-3006. The Working Stage Theater is located at 1516 N. Gardner Street in Los Angeles, 90046.

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11-12-14

PRESS RELEASE — LESLIE JORDAN RETURNS LOS ANGELES LGBT CENTER’S RENBERG THEATRE, DECEMBER 4—21

Reaction Productions and the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s
Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center
Present
LESLIE JORDAN: FRUIT FLY
OPENS DECEMBER 4 FOR THREE WEEKS ONLY

Leslie JordanThe acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning actor Leslie Jordan will return to the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Renberg Theatre with his smash hit solo play, Fruit Fly, for three weeks only, December 4—21.

Jordan, who recently created a sensation in London on the reality TV show Celebrity Big Brother, has received rave reviews wherever he has performed Fruit Fly, a heartfelt and hilarious homage to his parents (especially his mother) and growing up gay in the Deep South. Touching and bawdy, Fruit Fly contains all the elements that have made Jordan an international star … preternatural charm, exquisite comic timing, total honesty, and spicy, libidinous fun.

In the show, Jordan asks the age-old question, “Do Gay Men Really Become Their Mothers?” He has crafted a look back at how his Southern Belle mom, Miss Peggy Sue—an indomitable steel magnolia who inspires him to this day—survived his tales of woe, regret, success, and rewards. Directed by David Galligan, this show-and-tell tribute will have audiences captivated by the gamut of emotions served up by this no-holds-barred performer.

Leslie Jordan: Fruit Fly is set to open on Thursday, December 4 at 8pm for a limited run through December 21 only. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 7pm. General admission seating is $35, and tickets are on sale now online at www.lalgbtcenter.org/theatre or by phone at (323) 860-7300.

The Renberg Theatre is located at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 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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11-04-14