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NEWS RELEASE ▪︎ DAVID HARROWER’S “BLACKBIRD” AT GTC BURBANK ▪︎ AUGUST 19 – SEPTEMBER 17

BLACKBIRD
By David Harrower

Directed by Jeremy Adrianne Lelliott

Featuring

Candace Hammer and Eric Larson

August 19 — September 17

at GTC Burbank

Blackbird LOGOA new production of Blackbird by David Harrower has been announced for a limited run at GTC Burbank. Featuring Candace Hammer and Eric Larson and directed by Jeremy Adrianne Lelliott, the limited run opens August 19 and runs through September 17 only.

Scottish playwright David Harrower’s drama won the 2007 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play and had a critically acclaimed run on Broadway last year. Inspired in part by the crimes of sex offender Toby Studebaker (though in no way a literal dramatization of actual events) the play depicts a young woman meeting a middle-aged man 15 years after being sexually abused by him when she was 12 years old.

Candace Hammer has appeared as Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Wendla in Spring Awakening at Playwrights Horizons, and Gower in Pericles at RADA. Her TV work includes This is Us, Criminal Minds, House of Cards, Masters of Sex, Girlboss, NCIS LA, Aquarius, Lost, and Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life. Hammer’s film credits include Rocket Science (Sundance), From Within (Tribeca), and Eugene.

Eric Larson co-produced and played the lead in Donald Margulies’ play Time Stands Still which was awarded an Encore! Producers’ Award in the 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival. He was a Drama-Logue Award-winner for the original Los Angeles stage production of Toe to Toe at the Cast Theatre. Larson recently performed the lead role in Little Darling, an American Film Institute thesis project, and he starred in Adagio, a 2016 Arlington International Film Festival Best Short Film Winner.

Jeremy Adrianne Lelliott is the artistic director of Coeurage Theatre Company. His directing highlights include The Two Kids That Blow Shit Up for Artists at Play, and Vieux Carré, The Woodsman, and Andronicus for Coeurage. He has appeared in productions at The Pasadena Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Chance Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, and MainStreet Theatre Company, as well as with Disney on Broadway. Lelliott serves on the LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Rules Committee.

Andrew Schmedake is the lighting designer, Donna Eschelman is movement coordinator, and Isabella Petrini is producer.

Opening is set for Saturday, August 19 at 8pm. The running schedule is Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 7pm through September 17. General admission seating is $20 and tickets may be purchased online at www.blackbirdplay.com or by calling (571) 232-8894. To obtain a $5 per ticket discount (available online only), use code ‘friendsand family.’

GTC (Grove Theatre Center) is located at 1100 W. Clark Avenue in Burbank, 91506. Street parking is available.

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07-18-17

NEWS RELEASE ▪︎ THELMA HOUSTON’S “MY MOTOWN MEMORIES & MORE!” RE-SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY 10/15 AT NATE HOLDEN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

THELMA HOUSTON
MY MOTOWN MEMORIES & MORE!
RESCHEDULED FOR
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, AT 7:30PM
AT NATE HOLDEN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Thelma HoustonChris Isaacson Presents and the City of Los Angeles have announced that Grammy Award-winning recording artist and Motown legend Thelma Houston in her show My Motown Memories & More! has been rescheduled for Sunday, October 15 at 7:30pm at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center. All previously purchased Ford Amphitheatre tickets will be honored for the new date.

Perhaps best known for her number one international hit “Don’t Leave Me This Way,” Thelma Houston takes her audience on a musical and inspirational journey that chronicles her illustrious career. Sharing intimate stories and behind-the-scenes adventures against a tapestry of more than 20 classic Motown hits, Houston performs songs originally recorded by Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, and more, leading up to her iconic Grammy Award–winning number one pop song “Don’t Leave Me This Way.” After 50 years of performing, 23 studio albums, and winning a Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Houston continues to celebrate her long and outstanding career. The concert will be directed by Iona Morris and choreographed by Damita Freeman. The musical director is Darrell Alston. Special guests are Quattrosound and Johnny Britt, and the evening will be hosted by KJLH 102.3FM Radio’s Lon McQ.

All seats for Thelma Houston: My Motown Memories & More! are reserved and ticket prices start at $44. Tickets are available online at www.ChrisIsaacsonPresents.com or by phone at (866) 468-3399. The Nate Holden Performing Arts Center is located at 4708 W. Washington Street in Los Angeles, 90016. For refunds on previously purchased seats at the Ford Amphitheatre, call (323) 461-3673.

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08-28-17

Thelma Houston. Photo courtesy of Chris Isaacson Presents.

NEWS RELEASE ▪︎ TALENT MANAGER PAULO ANDRÉS NAMED BOARD CHAIR OF HOLLYWOOD’S BLANK THEATRE

TALENT MANAGER
PAULO ANDRÉS
NAMED BOARD CHAIR
OF HOLLYWOOD’S BLANK THEATRE

Paulo AndresTalent manager Paulo Andrés has been named The Blank Theatre’s new Board Chair, it was announced today by Daniel Henning, Founding Artistic Director.

Paulo Andrés is partner at Rothman/Andrés Entertainment, a boutique talent management company based in Studio City. The company serves a small, select group of working actors. His non-profit experience includes being a board member and eventual Board President for Common Ground (now called Venice Family Clinic). Andrés also served as a board member on Century of Compassion, an organization dedicated to making this century the most compassionate ever.

Said Founding Artistic Director Daniel Henning, “I am so looking forward to beginning this new journey with Paulo as The Blank’s Board Chair. His sensibilities and experience will help us reach new heights and new audiences. As he moves from board member to Chair, we are very lucky to have him on our team for this exciting time in our history.”

More information is available at www.theblank.com. The Blank’s 2nd Stage Theatre is located at 6500 Santa Monica Boulevard (on Theatre Row at Wilcox), in Hollywood, 90038.

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08-18-17

Paulo Andrés.