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PRESS RELEASE — BLANK THEATRE OPENS 24TH SEASON WITH “THE WHY” ON SATURDAY 9/20 AT 8PM

THE BLANK THEATRE
PRESENTS
THE WHY
BY VICTOR KAUFOLD
DIRECTED BY DANIEL HENNING

24TH SEASON BEGINS ON SEPTEMBER 16
AT THE BLANK’S 2nd STAGE THEATRE
OPENING SET FOR SATURDAY 9/20 AT 8PM

The Why - Blast BannerThe Blank Theatre (Daniel Henning, Founding Artistic Director; Noah Wyle, Artistic Producer) has announced that the first production of its 24th season will be The Why by Victor Kaufold, directed by Henning. Previews begin September 16 and opening is set for Saturday, September 20 at 8pm. The engagement will run through October 19.

The Why is a fast-paced tragicomedy — one part modern satire, one part honest investigation. The central story concerns Robert, an American teenager guilty of murdering three of his classmates in a school shooting. Spliced among the dramatic exchanges between Robert and his assigned social worker, a parade of fantastical stereotypes storms in and out, creating a dichotomy between moments of hilarity and sorrow. Confronted by disturbingly accurate exaggerations of the tabloid-like modern media, the audience is made to laugh and then question that laughter.

The cast will feature (in alphabetical order) Ben Crowley, Nicholas Cutro, Jen Landon, and Jeff Witzke. The design team includes Martha Carter (lighting), Sarah Kalb (costumes), and Rebecca Kessin (sound). The stage manager is Samantha Else. Sarah Allyn Bauer serves as producer.

Said Blank Artistic Producer Noah Wyle, “The Why is a truly original take on a very serious and very complex subject: what is happening to the youth of America? Why are kids killing each other? Who or what is to blame? Through blended styles, mixed media, and a constant shifting between drama, farce, satire, and melodrama, The Why seems to offer an answer. Or at least it manages to debunk several popular theories being touted by ‘experts’ in the media. Its continued relevance is frightening.”

Playwright Victor Kaufold was just 19 years old when he wrote The Why, which was a Blank Theatre Young Playwrights Festival winner. 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.

Preview performances of The Why begin on Tuesday, September 16 at 8pm, and continue Wednesday, September 17 through Friday, September 19 at 8pm. Opening is set for Saturday, September 20 at 8pm. The regular performance schedule will be Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm through October 19. Admission prices are $25—$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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08-13-14

PRESS RELEASE — “O BABY MINE: SING A SONG OF SHAKESPEARE” CD AND DIGITAL DOWNLOADS NOW AVAILABLE

“Play, music! And you, brides and bridegrooms all,
With measure heap’d in joy, to the measures fall.”
As You Like It, Act V, Scene 4

134 WEST ANNOUNCES
O BABY MINE: SING A SONG OF SHAKESPEARE
AN ALBUM OF MUSIC
FOR PARENTS AND CHILDREN OF ALL AGES

SONGS FROM AND INSPIRED BY
SHAKESPEARE’S PLAYS

CD AND DIGITAL DOWNLOADS
RELEASE TUESDAY, AUGUST 12

O Baby Mine CD Art134 West has announced O Baby Mine: Sing A Song of Shakespeare, an album of music for parents and children of all ages. Comprised of songs from and inspired by Shakespeare’s plays, the CD and digital downloads release on Tuesday, August 12.

O Baby Mine: Sing A Song of Shakespeare is for anyone that wants to share their love of theatre, music, and the Bard and his language with their families. Featuring eight songwriters and 14 tracks, Shakespeare plays represented include Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, The Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, Macbeth, and King Lear.

The composers are (in alphabetical order) Raymond Bokhour, Sean Galuszka, Rob Kendt, Susan Lambert, Cinco Paul, Madison Scheckel, William Shakespeare, and David Tobocman. The project was conceived by Susan Lambert, who also acts as executive producer. The CD is produced, mixed, and engineered by Rob Kendt, with additional mixing by Matt North, mastering by Reuben Cohen at Lurssen Mastering, and art direction and design by Chad Calvert/Muse of Fire Creative.

Said producers Lambert and Kendt, “This album began as a way to introduce the wonder of Shakespeare to our kids, but it quickly took on a life of its own. Music flows throughout Shakespeare’s work: the rhythm and melody of his language can really make you want to sing and dance … and listen.”

The track listing follows —

OBABYMINE_backcover_72Up and Down
Shakespeare Said It First
There Are Bees
O Baby Mine (Daddy version)
Witches’ Song
Who Is Sylvia?
Nightingale’s Lullaby
Sigh No More
Do You Think You Have A Twin?
Oh Father
In Springtime
O Baby Mine (Mommy version)
Out, Out, Brief Candle
We Two Alone

 

134 West, LLC is a producing and consulting company specializing in entertainment marketing and theatrical development, as well as social media and digital production across all channels from theatre to music to web to mobile.

For O Baby Mine: Sing A Song of Shakespeare CD availability ($14.99) and download options ($10.99) including iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, GooglePlay, and xbox music among others, visit www.obabyminemusic.com. For further information, visit www.134west.biz.

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08-12-14

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PRESS RELEASE — ANIL KUMAR’S “RISE AND SHINE [I THOUGHT I WAS WHITE]” OPENS SATURDAY 9/13 AT LET LIVE THEATRE

BAD HINDU
IN ASSOCIATION WITH EAST 4TH STREET
AND OFF-CHANCE PRODUCTIONS
PRESENTS
RISE AND SHINE [I Thought I Was White]
WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY ANIL KUMAR
DIRECTED BY REENA DUTT

OPENS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
LET LIVE THEATRE @ THE ACTORS COMPANY

Rise and Shine posterBad Hindu in association with East 4th Street and Off-Chance Productions has announced Rise and Shine [I Thought I Was White], written and performed by Anil Kumar for a limited engagement at the Let Live Theatre @ The Actors Company. Directed by Reena Dutt, Rise and Shine will play one preview performance on Friday, September 12 at 8pm and opening is set for Saturday, September 13 at 8pm. The show will run through October 12 only.

Rise and Shine [I Thought I Was White] is an uplifting, heartwarming, hilarious story about a young man coming to terms with his parents, his culture, and ultimately himself. Told through the voices of his Punjabi immigrant family in the heartland of America, Ohio native Anil Kumar’s energetic and passionate performance shares a universal tale of bravery, connection, and self-acceptance. Sometimes enlightenment takes the path of most resistance.

Anil Kumar is a classically trained actor who has performed onstage in almost every major city in the United States. He has collaborated and performed with many theatre notables such as Terrence McNally, Alec Baldwin, Angela Bassett, Joseph Chaikin, George C. Wolfe, Valerie Harper, Liev Schreiber, and Lynne Meadow to name only a few. Kumar originated the role of Mohamed in Charles Busch’s The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, performing in the play on Broadway and on tour for over two-and-a-half years. As a founding member of East 4th Street Productions, he created, produced, and originated roles in various productions including Backseats and Bathroom Stalls (later titled Love Sucks), What’s Wrong with Getting Laid?, The Dairy Farm: Land of Milk, and Hunnies. Television credits include Revenge, Nip/Tuck, Inconceivable, Six Feet Under, 24, Miss Match, JAG, The Agency, ER, Law & Order: SVU, and Oz, among others. Film work includes The 5, The Ode, Pride and Glory, The Two Faces of Janus, Westbank Brooklyn, Marmalade, Story of a Bad Boy, The Karaoke King, and American Desi.

Reena Dutt’s directing credits include working with 2Cents, Fierce Backbone, The Vagrancy, Theatre of NOTE, Sacred Fools (winner of 2010 Fast & Loose Fest), The Blank, Piano-Fight Productions (SF), Disha Theatre (NYC), and Off-Chance Productions (a media collective she co-founded). For film, she directed 3 Puffs of Gold (currently traveling the festival circuit), and she was a finalist for New Filmmakers Los Angeles: On Location competition (2011). As a producer, Dutt was involved with Off-Chance’s LAWeekly and Ovation Award- winning shows The Limitations of Genetic Technology and Shaheed: The Dream and Death of Benazir Bhutto (which later went on to a full run at The Culture Project in NYC), and NOTE’s LA Weekly Award-winning production of The Wreck of the Unfathomable.

The set design for Rise and Shine [I Thought I Was White] is by LA Weekly Award-winner David Mauer, lighting design is by Ric Zimmerman, projection design is by Corwin Evans, and sound design is by Tony Award nominee Cricket Myers. Musical direction is by the internationally acclaimed Samrat Chakrabarti, and cinematography is by Lock and Monkey Productions. Genesis Artists of the Year Shivani Thakkar choreographs, the stage manager is Aaron Saldana, and Sara Fenton serves as producer.

There will be one preview performance on Friday, September 12 at 8pm and and opening is set for Saturday, September 13 at 8pm. The running schedule is Friday and Saturday at 8pm through October 12 only. There will be no performance on Friday 10/3 and there will be an additional performance on Monday 10/6 at 8pm. General seating admission is $22 and tickets are available online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/742984 or by calling (323) 207-8198. For more info, visit www.riseandshinetheplay.com or www.ithoughtiwaswhite.com.

Let Live Theatre @ The Actors Company is located at 916A N. Formosa Avenue in Los Angeles, 90046.

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08-08-14

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