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NEWS RELEASE ▪︎ AN 11:11 EXPERIENCE PRESENTS “FAMOUS” ▪︎ A WORLD PREMIERE PLAY BY MICHAEL LEONI ▪︎ OPENS FRIDAY 7/20

AN 11:11 EXPERIENCE
PRESENTS

FAMOUS

A WORLD PREMIERE PLAY
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY
MICHAEL LEONI

PREVIEWS BEGIN JULY 14
OPENS FRIDAY, JULY 20 AT 8PM

Famous publicity posterAn 11:11 Experience has announced the world premiere of Famous, a new play written by Michael Leoni. Famous will begin previews on July 14 and opening is set for Friday, July 20, at 8pm. The run will continue through August 19 at The 11:11, a new performance space on Kings Road in the heart of West Hollywood.

Through the eyes of Hollywood’s biggest star, Jason Mast, we witness a world fueled by sex, money, and power, where image is everything. On the heels of Jason’s first Oscar nomination, he plans a hot party to celebrate. The night unfolds with an adrenaline-rushed pace, ultimately revealing one of Jason’s darkest secrets. His attempt to control the outcome ignites a chain of events that pushes the boundaries of real friendship and reveals the true cost of fame. Running time is 90 minutes.

Under playwright Leoni’s direction, the cast will feature (in alphabetical order) Derick Breezee, Megan Davis, Rosie DeCandia, Gregory DePetro, Christopher Dietrick, Kenny Johnston, Thomas McNamara, Rachael Meyers, Decker Sadowski, Markus Silbiger, and Jacqi Vene.

The production will feature the music of international artist Conner Youngblood, whose work has been featured on Grey’s Anatomy and Teen Wolf, and in Michael Leoni’s feature film American Street Kid. The design team includes David Offner (set), Ovation Award-nominee Martha Carter (lighting), LaRae Wilson (costumes), and Scott Casillas (sound). Hair and make-up design is by Linda Michaels, and the stage manager is Kristin Bolinski.

Michael Leoni’s recent production of Elevator ran for seven months at The Coast Playhouse and 10 months at The Hudson and Macha Theatres. It received rave reviews. The show was a Los Angeles Times Best Bet and Critics Pick, as well as earning 11 Broadway World Award nominations including Best New Work. Leoni also wrote and directed The Playground (a rock music-infused piece inspired by the lives of homeless kids) which ran at least once a year for five consecutive years. He directed the one-woman show Listen, Can You Hear Me Now? at the NY Fringe Festival and won Best of Fringe at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Other NY theatre credits include the rock musical Loud as well as writing and directing Enigma and Deviants. Film credits include writing and directing the multiple award-winning feature documentary American Street Kid which will be in theatres this fall. Other films include Radford Rd., Deliver Us, Disappear Here, Spare Some Change and Someplace In Between. He is in post-production on the feature film #WhenTodayEnds and has just completed his new book “Dare to Be Bad.”

There will be four preview performances of Famous on Saturday 7/14 at 8pm, Sunday 7/15 at 7pm, Wednesday 7/18 at 8pm, and Thursday 7/19 at 8pm. Opening is set for Friday 7/20 at 8pm. The regular running schedule is Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 7pm through August 19. Tickets are now on sale and may be purchased online at www.FamousThePlay.com or by phone at (323) 378-6969. General admission is $35. VIP tickets are available ($50) which include a complimentary cocktail. The 11:11 is located at 1107 N. Kings Road in West Hollywood, 90069.

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06/11/18

NEWS RELEASE ▪︎ THE BLANK THEATRE SOIRÉE 2018 ▪︎ MEET TONY AWARD-WINNING PLAYWRIGHT STEPHEN KARAM ▪︎ SATURDAY 6/23

HOLLYWOOD’S BLANK THEATRE
CELEBRATES 26 YEARS OF THE
YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL
THE BLANK SOIRÉE 2018

AN INTIMATE AFTERNOON WITH
TONY AWARD-WINNING PLAYWRIGHT OF THE HUMANS
STEPHEN KARAM

SATURDAY, JUNE 23

Hollywood’s Blank Theatre has announced The Blank Soirée 2018, an intimate afternoon with Stephen Karam, the Tony Award-winning playwright of The Humans. The event will take place from 2–5pm at Denenberg Fine Arts, a private art gallery in West Hollywood.

Join Tony Award-winner Stephen Karam (a three-time YPF winner) for an exclusive party celebrating 26 years of The Blank Theatre’s Young Playwrights Festival. Chat with Stephen and other special guests over cocktails at an exclusive West Hollywood private art gallery. Hear Stephen discuss his career and how YPF encouraged and inspired him. The Blank Soirée is a benefit to support The Blank Theatre’s Young Playwrights Festival and the Future of Theatre.

The Blank Theatre’s Young Playwrights Festival, now in its 26th year, is the only professional nationwide competition for playwrights 9 to 19. Winning playwrights are given mentors, and 12 winning plays are given productions with professional actors and directors in a month-long Festival. This year’s YPF is now running through June 24 at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood.

Tickets are $250 for general admission and $500 for VIP tickets, which include an exclusive private reception at 2pm with Stephen Karam and special guests, a full bar, and two premium reserved seats for the Young Playwrights Festival. Ticket info and more information are available online at www.TheBlank.com/Soirée or by calling (323) 871-8018. The Blank Theatre is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization.

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06/11/18

NEWS RELEASE ▪︎ “BRILLIANT TRACES” at the BEVERLY HILLS PLAYHOUSE ▪︎ JUNE 8 – JULY 1

BRILLIANT TRACES

BY CINDY LOU JOHNSON

DIRECTED BY ALLEN BARTON

JUNE 8 – JULY 1

BEVERLY HILLS PLAYHOUSE

Brilliant TracesThe Beverly Hills Playhouse has announced a limited engagement of Cindy Lou Johnson’s critically-acclaimed drama Brilliant Traces, set to run June 8–July 1 on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. Under the direction of Allen Barton, the production will feature (in alphabetical order) Caroline Gottlieb and Tomas Pais.

The place is a remote cabin in the wilds of Alaska as a blizzard rages outside. A lonely figure lies sleeping under a heap of blankets when he is suddenly awakened by the insistent knocking of an unexpected visitor — a distraught young woman who has fled all the way from Arizona to escape her impending marriage. Thrown together in the confines of the snowbound cabin, the man and woman alternately repel and attract each other as they explore the pain of the past and, in time, consider the possibilities of the present.

Set design is by Joe Mauceri, lighting design is by Derrick McDaniel, and sound design is by Allen Barton. The stage managers are Natalia Ferreiro and Nick Phillips.

Caroline Gottlieb received her BFA in Theatre from Pace University in Manhattan and is now a dedicated student of the Beverly Hills Playhouse, studying under Allen Barton and Howie Deutch. She can be seen in the feature film A Rising Tide, which is now airing on Showtime. She also recently produced her first short film, Shark Week, in which she stars alongside writer/director/actor Jeremy Radin. Other film credits include Flat, I’m Not Here, and Temp-To-Perm. She is making her LA professional theatre debut in Brilliant Traces.

Tomas Pais majored in theatre at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Los Angeles has been his home for the past 15 years where he spent the majority of time studying at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and working in film and television. His most recent film, Hunky Dory, in which he starred and co-wrote, earned numerous festival awards. Brilliant Traces is his first full-length stage production in LA.

Allen Barton is a Los Angeles-based playwright, author, director, teacher, and classical pianist. Plays include Circling (2018), Disconnection (2015), Years to the Day (2013), and Engagement (2010). Years to the Day was named one of LA’s 10 Best New Plays by LA Weekly and has been performed in 10 cities across three continents. Directing credits include About Faith, I Make You Laughing, Burn This, The Last 5 Years, The Real Thing, Rabbit Hole, The Heidi Chronicles, Oleanna, Speed-the-Plow, and Gruesome Playground Injuries. He has worked as a stage, television, and film actor, and he is also active as a classical pianist. He is currently owner and principal teacher at the Beverly Hills Playhouse.

Brilliant Traces will play 10 performances only beginning Friday, June 8, at 8pm. The running schedule is Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 7pm through July 1. (No performances on Friday 6/22, Saturday 6/23, and Sunday 6/24. Performances on Sunday 7/1 are at 2pm and 8pm.) Tickets are $15 and may be purchased online at www.brillianttraceslosangeles.com or by phone at (800) 838-3006. The Beverly Hills Playhouse is located at 254 S. Robertson Avenue in Beverly Hills, 90211.

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06/06/18