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PRESS RELEASE — BRIMMER STREET THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS PUBLIC READINGS OF THREE NEW PLAYS

BRIMMER STREET THEATRE COMPANY
ANNOUNCES PUBLIC READINGS
OF THREE NEW PLAYS AS PART OF ITS
BLUEPRINT SERIES PLAY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

JUDY PRESLEY ON A BINGE BY CHELSEA SUTTON
AND
MADAME BY MICHELLE MEYERS
AND
GENTLEMEN BY DAVID JETTE

Brimmer Street Theatre Company logoAs part of its 2014 Blueprint Series play development program, Brimmer Street Theatre Company has announced public readings of three new plays. Judy Presley on a Binge by Chelsea Sutton will be presented on Tuesday, October 7 at 8pm; Madame by Michelle Meyers will be presented on Sunday, November 9 at 7:30pm; and Gentlemen by David Jette will be presented on Sunday, November 16 at 7:30pm. Judy Presley on a Binge will be at the 2nd Stage Theatre in Hollywood; Madame and Gentlemen will be at Studio A Dance in Silver Lake. Following each presentation, audiences will be invited to engage in brief discussions with the playwrights and participating artists. Admission is free and no reservations are required.

The BSTC Blueprint Series focuses on developing work from the ground up. Dozens of playwrights submitted to the program with ideas for plays they would like to develop through ten weeks of collaboration with the Brimmer Street ensemble. This is the Sixth Annual Blueprint Series, and plays developed through this program which have been produced in Los Angeles include 1969 by Damon Chua, All Your Hard Work by Miles Brandman, and Flower to Flower by Christina Cigala.

Chelsea Sutton’s Judy Presley on a Binge follows the employees of The Grand Elsinore Hotel and their most treasured and troublesome yearly guest, Judy Presley, only two days before the Elsinore’s infamous Halloween party. Michelle Meyers’s Madame is a tale of scandal, magic, and radioactive love based on the life of Marie Curie. In David Jette’s Gentlemen (based on Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona), two best friends from Ventura get into the business of hardcore porn and let envy and lust destroy their reputations and their friendship.

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. For more, visit www.brimmerstreet.org.

The 2nd Stage Theatre is located at 6500 Santa Monica Boulevard (at Wilcox) in Hollywood, and Studio A Dance is located at 2306 Hyperion Avenue in Silver Lake.

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09-26-14

PRESS RELEASE — AUDIENCE TALKBACK AT BLANK THEATRE’S “THE WHY” ON SUNDAY 9/28 AT 3:30PM

THE BLANK THEATRE
PRESENTS
AN AUDIENCE TALKBACK SESSION
SUNDAY 9/28 AT 3:30PM

FOLLOWING THE MATINEE PERFORMANCE OF
THE WHY

The Why - Blast BannerThe Blank Theatre (Daniel Henning, Founding Artistic Director; Noah Wyle, Artistic Producer) has announced an audience talkback session following the matinee performance of The Why on Sunday, September 28. The conversation begins at 3:30pm at the 2nd Stage Theatre in Hollywood. The event is scheduled to last one hour.

The Why is a fast-paced tragicomedy — one part modern satire, one part honest investigation of school shootings. Of the production, Paul Birchall of StageAndCinema.com said, “Crackles with genuine anger and frustration at the horrors of gun violence … sincere and powerful … there’s a lot of passion here, depicted with commendable skill and ferocity.” And from Shari Barrett at BroadwayWorld.com, ” … sickening, mind-bending, and totally necessary to point a finger right where it belongs — at all of us.”

Blank Theatre board member Paolo Andres will serve as moderator, and members of organizations with opposing viewpoints will be present to participate in the conversation. Shoot Safe Learning is a training school at which quality training is administered to law abiding citizens by using the best teaching techniques in a safe environment that instill proper attitude and discipline. Women Against Gun Violence (WAGV) seeks to educate the public, policymakers, and the media about the human, financial, and public health consequences of gun violence. Taking on gun violence as a women’s issue and focusing on violence prevention on a community level forms the basis of this organization’s work.

Playwright Victor Kaufold was just 19 years old when he wrote The Why in response to the Columbine tragedy. The play was a Blank Theatre Young Playwrights Festival winner and was later produced on The Blank’s mainstage. Kaufold received an LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Award nomination for World Premiere Play, the youngest person ever to do so.

The cast of The Why features (in alphabetical order) Ben Crowley, Nicholas Cutro, Jen Landon, and Jeff Witzke. The regular performance schedule is Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm through October 19. Admission is $30 (student price is $20; must show valid ID), and 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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09-24-14

2014 LA STAGE ALLIANCE OVATION AWARD NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

2014 LA STAGE ALLIANCE OVATION AWARD
NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

THEATRE @ BOSTON COURT LEADS WITH 19,
GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE AND
LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
FOLLOW WITH 17 EACH,
CENTER THEATRE GROUP AND 3-D THEATRICALS
TIE WITH 13 EACH,
AND WALLIS ANNENBERG CENTER FOR
THE PERFORMING ARTS GETS 12

Nominees for the 2014 LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards were announced on the evening of Monday, September 22 at Native Voices at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles. The nominations were revealed by past Ovation Award recipients Gigi Bermingham, Brighid Fleming, Parmer Fuller, Jennifer Haley, Brian Kite, Glynn Turman, and John Zalewski, along with LA STAGE Alliance Chief Executive Officer Terence McFarland.

Theatre @ Boston Court received the most nominations (19), followed by the Geffen Playhouse and La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts with 17 each, Center Theatre Group and 3-D Theatricals with 13 each, and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (12). Theatre @ Boston Court garnered nine nominations for Stupid Fucking Bird (co-production with Circle X Theatre Company), seven for Everything You Touch (co-production with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), R II (2), and Best Season. The Geffen Playhouse received nominations for The Country House (11), Play Dead (3), Slowgirl (2), and Wait Until Dark (1). La Mirada’s nominations are for Floyd Collins (9), Les Misérables (7), and Best Season. Center Theatre Group received seven nominations for Harmony and one each for A Word or Two and Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty all at the Ahmanson Theatre, The Steward of Christendom at the Mark Taper Forum (2), and St. Jude and The Black Suits, both at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, with one each. Nods to 3-D Theatricals are for The Producers (7), Funny Girl (2), Damn Yankees, Into the Woods, and Legally Blonde with one each, and Best Season. The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts received nominations for Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life (8), Parfumerie (3), and Brief Encounter (1).

Ovation Honors, which recognize outstanding achievement in areas that are not among the standard list of nomination categories, have been awarded to Dave Robbins (Music Composition for a Play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Actors’ Gang), Ahmed Best (Fight Choreography, Backyard at Echo Theater Company), and Michelle Zamora (Puppet Design, Roald Dahl’s The Magic Finger, MainStreet Theatre Company).

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