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NEWS RELEASE — SIXTH AVENUE PRESENTS “I♥99 THE MUSICAL! — TUESDAY, MARCH 10 AT 8PM AT AKBAR IN LOS ANGELES

SIXTH AVENUE PRESENTS

I Heart 99 bannerDIRECTED BY DANIEL HENNING
AT AKBAR IN SILVER LAKE
TUESDAY, MARCH 10 AT 8PM

I heart 99 - small logoSixth Avenue has announced “I♥99 The Musical!,” a one-night-only cabaret event to save Los Angeles intimate theatre. Produced by Adam Silver and directed by Daniel Henning, the curtain will go up on Tuesday, March 10 at 8:00 at Akbar in Silver Lake.

The cast will feature (in alphabetical order) Tisha Terrasini Banker, Burglars of Hamm, Parvesh Cheena, Deborah S. Craig, Drew Droege, Daisy Eagan, Tom Lenk, Constance Jewell Lopez, Amy Pietz, French Stewart, Jeffrey Todd, Kirsten Vangsness, and more to be announced. All performers are subject to availability.

Pro99 is a collection of thousands of individual theatrical artists that have become a community choosing to work in intimate theatres (under 99 seats) in Los Angeles. The community includes professional actors, directors, writers, designers, stage managers, and producers. Many are proud members of Actors Equity Association and most are members of other unions as well. The Pro99 community believes it has the right to perform its crafts in an intimate and non-commercial setting and volunteer its talents in search of creative fulfillment. To learn more: www.ILove99.org.

Admission to “I♥99 The Musical!” is free, but reservations are strongly advised at www.6avenue.org. Akbar, Silver Lake’s “neighborhood oasis,” is located at 4356 W. Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.

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03-03-15

NEWS RELEASE — WEST COAST JEWISH THEATRE ANNOUNCES 2015-2016 SEASON

WEST COAST JEWISH THEATRE
ANNOUNCES 2015—2016 SEASON

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED COMPANY
SET TO PRESENT AMERICAN PREMIERE OF
O MY GOD BY ANAT GOV,
ROMANCE.COM BY HINDI BROOKS,
AND THE WORLD PREMIERE OF FUGU
BY HOWARD TEICHMAN AND STEVEN SIMON

WCJT logoThe much lauded West Coast Jewish Theatre has announced its 2015—2016 season which will kick off April 18 with the American premiere of O My God by Anat Gov, followed in October by Romance.com by Hindi Brooks, and concluding in 2016 with the world premiere of Fugu by Howard Teichman and Steven Simon. All shows will be presented at the Pico Playhouse in West Los Angeles.

O My God is a dark comedy set in the Tel Aviv office of Ella, a psychologist who laments her son’s autism. His illness challenges her to the breaking point regarding her beliefs in God, religion, the human condition, and her own existence. One day, she receives a phone call from a new patient who insists on seeing her immediately and when the man arrives and introduces himself, Ella is faced with the challenge of considering what God truly means, how we accept faith, and how these concepts help us navigate each day of our lives. O My God, directed by Howard Teichman, will open on April 18 and run through June 7.

Anat Gov was born in Tiberias and joined the IDF in the 1970s, serving in the Nahal troops entertainment group, where she met her future husband, singer and actor Gidi Gov. She wrote scripts for television shows in which her husband participated, including the long-running entertainment program “Zehu Ze!” In the 1990s, she began writing comedies for the Cameri Theatre. Gov’s most successful plays include Best Friends, Lysistrata 2000, Househusband, and Happy End. In 2012, she received the Gottlieb and Hannah Rosenblum Performing Arts Award on behalf of the Tel Aviv Municipality. Gov died of cancer in 2012 at the age of 55.

Up next is Romance.com, a comedy by Hindi Brooks. Can two people find love in a chat room while lying through their teeth about one another? Can a person pretend to be someone else and get away with it? This wonderfully stylized comedy of errors by one of LA’s premiere playwrights has been presented to audiences all over Europe and now returns to Los Angeles for the first time in a decade.

Hindi Brooks was a prolific writer for the theatre and for the screen. She wrote over 100 television episodes, several TV movies, and scores of plays. Her dedication to Yiddishkeit and Jewish theatre reflected a commitment to the continuation of the Jewish experience in the Arts. Ms. Brooks’ plays have been produced all over the country as well as in Europe. She died in 2011 at the age of 85.

Closing the season will be the world premiere of Fugu, a new historical drama by Howard Teichman and Steven Simon. Prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, there was a group of Japanese ministers that believed Franklin D. Roosevelt was Jewish. Hoping to persuade Roosevelt to revoke the 1935 oil embargo he imposed on the Japanese for attacking China, this group of ministers allowed European Jews safe haven in Kobe, Japan. The hope was to convince the United States that Japan was good to the Jews so that money, exports, and good relations would follow. Unfortunately another group of ministers had a different idea — the attack on Pearl Harbor. Director and dates will be announced at a later time.

Howard Teichman is the Artistic Director of West Coast Jewish Theatre. Through the years, he has directed I’m Not Rappaport by Herb Gardner, the musical version of Mark Harelik’s The Immigrant, the West Coast premiere of New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza at Talmud Torah Congregation: Amsterdam, July 27, 1656 by David Ives, The God of Isaac (LA premiere) and Door to Door by James Sherman, Neil Simon’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Rumors, and Lost in Yonkers, Daniel Goldfarb’s Sarah, Sarah and Modern Orthodox, Murray Schisgal’s Luv, The Value of Names by Jeffrey Sweet, and many others. Last year, Teichman’s production of The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez received unanimous acclaim from audiences and critics alike.

Steven Simon studied acting at Syracuse University, during which time he appeared in various stage productions. He worked with Robert Kalfin of the Chelsea Theatre Center and the late Cheryl Crawford of the Actor’s Studio. Simon also acted in his play Kindred Spirits off-Broadway at the Amistad World Theatre. In Los Angeles, the Playwright’s Group produced Simon’s play Back Bar, and his play Wilding received a workshop production at the Road Theatre.

Tickets for the West Coast Jewish Theatre 2015—2016 Season are currently available by subscription only and may be purchased online at www.wcjt.org or via phone at (323) 821-2449. The Pico Playhouse is located at 10508 W. Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles, 90064.

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03-02-15

NEWS RELEASE — “THE MISMATCH GAME” RETURNS TO LOS ANGELES LGBT CENTER FOR 2 NIGHTS ONLY — 3/14 and 3/1

The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s
Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center
and Dennis Hensley
Present

The MisMatch Game
WITH HOST DENNIS HENSLEY

AT LOS ANGELES LGBT CENTER’S RENBERG THEATRE
Saturday, March 14 at 8pm
Sunday, March 15 at 7pm

The MisMatch GameIt’s time once again to “get ready to match the stars with a new edition of Dennis Hensley’s The MisMatch Game, the show the Los Angeles Times calls, “witty, ribald … an adventure in surrealist era bending.” The perennial LA cult favorite returns to the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Renberg Theatre for two hilarious nights only, Saturday, March 14 at 8pm and Sunday, March 15 at 7pm.

Producer and host Dennis ‘Gene Rayburn’ Hensley will be joined onstage by a panel of some of LA’s most creative, hilarious, and demented comic minds. Fractured celebrity impersonations include such luminaries (living and otherwise) as Zooey Deschanel, Bea Arthur, Harvey Fierstein, Cher, Ricardo Montalbán, and Tim Gunn. The casts for Saturday 3/14 includes Willam Belli as Jessica Simpson, Rachel Butera as Wanda Sykes, Danny Casillas as Reba Arriva, Drew Droege as Tanya Roberts, Sam Pancake as Lucille Ball, and Tony Tripoli as Charles Nelson Reilly. On Sunday 3/15, the cast will be Jackie Beat as Bea Arthur, Maile Flanagan as Danny Bonaduce, Nadya Ginsburg as Cher, Tom Lenk as Zooey Deschanel, Felix Pire as Ricardo Montalbán, and Marc Samuel as Bill Cosby. Cast members subject to change. Hensley and company are once again generously donating the proceeds to benefit the Center’s array of free and low-cost services.

The MisMatch Game regularly fills the house at its irregularly scheduled gigs at the Renberg Theatre. Audiences keep coming back for the razor’s-edge improv (the panel has no clue what the questions will be) and the sassy, racy, and decidedly un-PC wit and wildness. The Advocate honored The MisMatch Game with a “10 Best Theatre” citation, saying, “This recurring Los Angeles happening re-imagines the ‘70s TV game show The MisMatch Game with full-camp press and excellent sub-lebrity impersonations.” With kitschy prizes for volunteer contestants pulled from the audience, it’s time to dig out that leisure suit for a racy, irreverent, side-splitting parody of ‘70s game show insanity.

The MisMatch Game will be played on Saturday, March 14 at 8pm and Sunday, March 15 at 7pm. General admission tickets are $15. All seats may be purchased online at www.lalgbtcenter.org/theatre or by phone at (323) 860-7300. Net proceeds from all ticket sales will support the full range of free and low-cost programs and services offered by the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Renberg Theatre is located at the 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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02-24-15