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NEWS RELEASE ▪︎ HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL AWARD-WINNING HIT COMEDY “THANKSGIVING” PLAYS FINAL TWO PERFORMANCES AT THEATRE UNLEASHED ▪︎ AUGUST 4 & 5

SAMOVAR SUBWAY ENSEMBLE PRESENTS
THANKSGIVING
A WORLD PREMIERE COMEDY
BY TIFFANY CASCIO
DIRECTED BY KITTY LINDSAY
✰UNLEASHED AWARD✰
FINAL ENCORE PERFORMANCES
AUGUST 4 & 5 at 8pm
AT THEATRE UNLEASHED IN NOHO

ThanksgivingSamovar Subway Ensemble’s acclaimed Hollywood Fringe Festival production of Thanksgiving, a world premiere comedy by Tiffany Cascio, will play two final encore performances on Friday, August 4 and Saturday, August 5 at 8pm at Theatre Unleashed in North Hollywood.

Nominated for five awards and designated as Pick of the Fringe, Thanksgiving won the Beyond Bechdel–Wallace Award (sponsored by Broads’ Word Ensemble), the Unleashed Award (sponsored by Theatre Unleashed, which makes these two final performances possible), and the Encore! Producers’ Award. The show was also nominated for the ShoWorks Don’t Wait Create! Award (sponsored by ShoWorks Entertainment) and Best Comedy.
The cast features (in alphabetical order) Trip Langley, Susan Louise O’Connor, Asia Lynn Pitts, Gary Poux, Sharon Spence, and Allison Youngberg. The creative team includes Kit Whitten (set design), Brandon Baruch (lighting design), Sharon Spence (costume design), and James Ferrero (sound design). Fight choreography is by Dane Oliver, the stage manager is Taylor Jackson Ross, and Allison Youngberg is the producer for Samovar Subway Ensemble.

Thanksgiving is a not all-the-way true, but sometimes painfully so, dysfunctional family comedy. Chloe Patterson has invited her perfect fiancé to what she will make sure is the perfect Thanksgiving, despite her very imperfect family. She’s got a solid plan in place to combat any and all hints of dysfunction, providing for every possible contingency — except the unexpected dinner guest: a very unfiltered, Las Vegas stripper. Scabs are picked, secrets are revealed, and fights erupt as this group struggles to make it through another holiday unscathed. Running time is 90 minutes.

Tickets for the two final performances of Thanksgiving are $15 and may be obtained online at www.theatreunleashed.org. Theatre Unleashed is located at 11031 Camarillo Street in North Hollywood, 91602.

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07-27-17

 

L to R — Allison Youngberg, Asia Lynn Pitts, Susan Louise O’Connor. Photo by Cali Bloomfield.

NEWS RELEASE ▪︎ “A HARMONY BOYS CHRISTMAS” at HOLLYWOOD FRINGE ▪︎ ONLY THREE PERFORMANCES REMAIN

“A Harmony Boys Christmas is like a sweet holiday confection laced with crack.”
—Patrick Hurley, That Awesome Theatre Blog

🎄 IT’S CHRISTMAS IN JUNE 🎄
AT THE HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL

Harmony Boys Christmas

Photo by Casey Kringlen.

A HARMONY BOYS CHRISTMAS
ONLY THREE PERFORMANCES REMAIN!
FRIDAY, JUNE 16 AT 9PM
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21 AT 10:30PM
SATURDAY, JUNE 24 AT 8:30PM
SACRED FOOLS THEATER MAIN STAGE IN HOLLYWOOD

The legendary Harmony Boys have returned to Southern California and they’ve brought Christmas 1962 with them! Only three performances remain in the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival.

Renowned singing sensations The Harmony Boys are presenting their annual yuletide fundraising concert to benefit their charity “Force Feed the World” (in which they shove food and their personal, cultural, and religious beliefs down the throats of the less fortunate during the holiday season). It’s a singing, dancing, musical comedy extravaganza brimming with heartfelt but provocative satire, at once evoking nostalgia for our nation’s past while dissecting its many shortcomings of the present day.

The Harmony Boys are (in alphabetical order) Michael Hoy, Aaron Matijasic, Gabriel Oliva, and Al Rahn. The design team includes production designer Alexa Camargo, choreographer Jen Oundjian, and musical director Ben Stanton. A Harmony Boys Christmas is written and directed by Aaron Matijasic. Jon Tosetti is producer.

Performance running time is one hour. Admission is $15 and tickets are available online at http://hff17.com/4661 or by calling (323) 455-4585. The Sacred Fools Theater Main Stage is located at 1076 Lillian Way (just west of Vine), in Hollywood, 90038.

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06-14-17

NEWS RELEASE ▪︎ ONLY THREE PERFORMANCES REMAIN FOR “THANKSGIVING” IN HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL

SAMOVAR SUBWAY ENSEMBLE PRESENTS
THANKSGIVING
A WORLD PREMIERE COMEDY
BY TIFFANY CASCIO
DIRECTED BY KITTY LINDSAY
THREE PERFORMANCES REMAIN
2017 HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL
AT THE LOUNGE THEATRE

Samovar Subway Ensemble’s Hollywood Fringe Festival production of Thanksgiving, a world premiere comedy by Tiffany Cascio and directed by Kitty Lindsay will play three more performances only on Sunday 6/11 at 3:45pm; Saturday 6/17 at 1:45pm; and Friday 6/23 at 7:45pm. Running time is 90 minutes.

The cast features (in alphabetical order) Trip Langley, Susan Louise O’Connor, Asia Lynn Pitts, Gary Poux, Sharon Spence, and Allison Youngberg. The creative team includes Kit Whitten (set design), Brandon Baruch (lighting design), Sharon Spence (costume design), and James Ferrero (sound design). Fight choreography is by Dane Oliver, the stage manager is Taylor Jackson Ross, and Allison Youngberg is the producer for Samovar Subway Ensemble.

Said Rob Stevens at hainehisway.com, “The cast plays their over-the-top roles with gusto and their big family brawl looks real and spontaneous thanks to Dane Oliver’s adept fight choreography.” Julianne Gabert of girlsonfood.net enthused, “The writing is not only full of belly laughs but full of heart as well.”

Thanksgiving is a not all-the-way true, but sometimes painfully so, dysfunctional family comedy. Chloe Patterson has invited her perfect fiancé to what she will make sure is the perfect Thanksgiving, despite her very imperfect family. She’s got a solid plan in place to combat any and all hints of dysfunction, providing for every possible contingency — except the unexpected dinner guest: a very unfiltered, Las Vegas stripper. Scabs are picked, secrets are revealed, and fights erupt as this group struggles to make it through another holiday unscathed.

Playwright Tiffany Cascio hails from Sacramento and lives in Los Angeles. Her plays have been performed in Los Angeles, Chicago, and on the radio. Her short play Take Your Daughter to Work was just selected for PlayGround LA’s Best of PlayGround Season 5, and her plays Origin Story and About Your Mother have been published in their Best of PlayGround anthologies. She also works as a television producer. For more: tiffanycascio.com.

Tickets for Thanksgiving are $15 and may be obtained online at http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/4549 or by phone at (323) 455-4585. The Lounge Theatre is located at 6201 Santa Monica Boulevard (just east of Vine at El Centro), in Hollywood, 90038.

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06-10-17