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PRESS RELEASE — THE BLANK THEATRE PRESENTS LA PREMIERE OF “SONS OF THE PROPHET” BY STEPHEN KARAM

THE BLANK THEATRE
PRESENTS
A LOS ANGELES PREMIERE
SONS OF THE PROPHET
BY STEPHEN KARAM
DIRECTED BY MICHAEL MATTHEWS

PERFORMANCES BEGIN JANUARY 31, 2015
AT THE BLANK’S 2nd STAGE THEATRE

Sons of the ProphetThe Blank Theatre (Daniel Henning, Founding Artistic Director; Noah Wyle, Artistic Producer) has announced that rehearsals begin on December 1 for the Los Angeles premiere of Sons of the Prophet by Stephen Karam, directed by Ovation Award-winner Michael Matthews. Performances begin January 31, 2015 with opening set for February 7.

Winner of the 2012 NY Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics Circle, and Lucille Lortel Awards for Best Play and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Sons of the Prophet by Stephen Karam (Speech & Debate) is a refreshingly honest take on how we cope with wounds that just won’t heal. If to live is to suffer, then Joseph Douaihy is more alive than most. With unexplained chronic pain and the fate of his reeling family on his shoulders, Joseph’s health, sanity, and insurance premium are on the line. In an age when modern medicine has a cure for just about everything, Sons of the Prophet is the funniest play about human suffering you’re likely to see.

The performance schedule will be Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm through March 15. Tickets may be purchased online at www.TheBlank.com or via phone at (323) 661-9827. The Blank’s 2nd Stage Theatre is located at 6500 Santa Monica Boulevard (at Wilcox), in Hollywood.

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11-21-14

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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