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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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PRESS RELEASE: “THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST” WINS HOLLYWOOD FRINGE PRODUCER’S ENCORE AWARD — 3 PERFS ADDED

2014 HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL
PRODUCER’S ENCORE AWARD!

QUEER CLASSICS PRESENTS
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
BY OSCAR WILDE
DIRECTED BY CASEY KRINGLEN

THREE PERFORMANCES ONLY
JULY 12, 13 &14
LET LIVE THEATRE AT THE ACTORS COMPANY

Mason & Boone backstageQueer Classics re-imagines one of the most popular comedic plays ever written — Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, by presenting the four lovers in the story as dashing gay men. Winner of a 2014 Hollywood Fringe Festival Producer’s Encore Award, Earnest will play three additional performances only on Saturday, July 12 at 9pm; Sunday, July 13 at 7pm; and Monday, July 14 at 8pm.

Two couples fight for the right to be engaged in this masterful satire written by Oscar Wilde, arrested in 1895 for “gross indecency with men.” This timeless story galavants through a world obsessed with appearances, money and social-status. By presenting the four lovers as gay men, the parallels with today’s Hollywood and American culture make for searing fun. Running time is 90 minutes.

Mason-Casey-Philip-Boone“Each of these talented actors mined new meaning into the script, creating more laughter throughout the play than I have ever experienced before,” raves Shari Barrett at BroadwayWorld.com. Rob Stevens of HainesHisWay.com calls the production “… delirious fun,” and Toby Jacobs at NeonTommy.com says, “… everyone seems to have a real blast onstage, and it shows in their performances. It is hard to recall a version of Earnest that was quite this much fun.”

Directed by Casey Kringlen, the cast features (in alphabetical order) Eric DeLoretta, Jeff Elam, Grant Jordan, Nancy La Scala, Mason McCulley, Philip Orazio, Boone Platt, and Megan Soule. Lighting design is by Dan Weingarten and stage manager is Caitlin Leong.

Queer Classics is dedicated to sharing classic stories re-imagined through a queer lens — art for the LGBTQ community and its supporters. This production of Earnest was part of the City of West Hollywood’s One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival, which this year celebrated marriage equality. For more, visit www.weho.org/pride.

Seats for the Producer’s Encore Award performances of The Importance of Being Earnest are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets may be obtained online at www.hollywoodfringe.org or by phone at (323) 455-4585.

The Let Live Theatre at the Actors Company is located at 916 N. Formosa Avenue in Los Angeles, 90036. Street and lot parking are available.

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06-30-14

Photo 1: L to R — Mason McCulley, Boone Platt.

Photo 2: Front to back — Mason McCulley, Casey Kringlen, Philip Orazio, Boone Platt.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF QUEER CLASSICS.

Press Release — Queer Classics Presents ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ at HWD Fringe Festival – Five Perfs Only

QUEER CLASSICS PRESENTS

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
BY OSCAR WILDE
DIRECTED BY CASEY KRINGLEN

AT 2014 HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL
FIVE PERFORMANCES ONLY
JUNE 7, 14, 15, 19, 22
LET LIVE THEATRE AT THE ACTORS COMPANY

The Importance of Being Earnest - Queer ClassicsQueer Classics re-imagines one of the most popular comedic plays ever written — Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest by presenting the four lovers in the story as dashing gay men. Director Casey Kringlen brings this sassy comedy to the Hollywood Fringe Festival for five performances only at the Let Live Theatre at The Actors Company beginning Saturday, June 7 at 8:30pm.

Two couples fight for the right to be engaged in this masterful satire written by Oscar Wilde, arrested in 1895 for “gross indecency with men.” This timeless story galavants through a world obsessed with appearances, money and social-status. The parallels with today’s Hollywood culture make for searing fun, and by presenting the four lovers as gay men, Queer Classics presents the play in a more hysterically fabulous fashion than Wilde could have imagined possible in his lifetime.

Performance dates and times are as follows — Saturday 6/7 at 8:30pm (press preview); Saturday 6/14 at 3:30pm; Sunday 6/15 at 5:30pm; Thursday 6/19 at 8:30pm; and Sunday 6/22 at 11am. Running time is 90 minutes.

The cast will feature (in alphabetical order) Eric DeLoretta, Jeff Elam, Grant Jordan, Nancy La Scala, Mason McCulley, Philip Orazio, Boone Platt, and Megan Soule. The production lighting designer is Dan Weingarten.

Director Casey Kringlen most recently conceived and directed an “Equal Love” version of Romeo and Juliet, a production that workshopped in New Orleans and premiered in downtown LA this past February. Among other projects, he directed LA’s first production of Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol at six01 Studios in December 2012, and The Hereafter, a movement piece exploring death, burial rites, and earthly release at The Satellite and in the 2012 Hollywood Fringe.

Queer Classics is dedicated to sharing classic stories re-imagined through a queer lens — art for the LGBTQ community and its supporters. This production of Earnest is part of the City of West Hollywood’s One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival, which this year celebrates marriage equality and runs May 22 — June 30. To see a full roster of events please visit www.weho.org/pride.

The Hollywood Fringe Festival is an annual, open-access, community-derived event celebrating freedom of expression and collaboration in the performing arts community. Each June during the Hollywood Fringe, the arts infiltrate the Hollywood neighborhood: fully equipped theaters, parks, clubs, churches, restaurants and other unexpected places host hundreds of productions by local, national, and international arts companies and independent performers.

Tickets for the Queer Classics production of The Importance of Being Earnest are $10 for all performances and may be obtained online at www.hollywoodfringe.org or by phone at (323) 455-4585.

The Let Live Theatre at the Actors Company is located at 916 N. Formosa Avenue in Los Angeles, 90036. Street and lot parking are available.

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05-05-14