Archived entries for The Lost Studio

Announcing: Kate Fodor’s ‘Rx’ Set for LA Premiere at Lost Studio on La Brea – Saturday, January 11 at 8pm

Rx LogoBY KATE FODOR
DIRECTED BY JOHN PLESHETTE

SET FOR LOS ANGELES PREMIERE
AT THE LOST STUDIO
JANUARY 10 — MARCH 2, 2014

Rx, a new comedy by Kate Fodor, has been set for its Los Angeles premiere January 10 through March 2 at the Lost Studio on La Brea. Directed by John Pleshette, there will be one preview performance on Friday, January 10 at 8pm and opening is set for Saturday, January 11 at 8pmRx will play a limited engagement through March 2 only.

Love and pharmaceuticals make for a strange cocktail in Kate Fodor’s piercing new comedy. Containing equally strong doses of satire and insight, Fodor’s play strikingly portrays our overmedicated society, which has a pill to alleviate every uncomfortable emotion. A winning combination of comedy and romance, Rx pokes gentle fun at our overprescribed culture. Said the New York Post, “If laughter is the best medicine, maybe health plans should cover the ticket price.”

The cast of Rx will feature (in alphabetical order) Mina Badie, K Callan, Michael Dempsey, James Donovan, Kirsten Kollender, and Jonathan Pessin. The set design is by John Pleshette, lighting design is by Nick Davidson, costume design is by Esther Rydell, and sound design is by Joseph “Sloe” Slawinski. The stage manager is David Rubin. Rx is produced by the Lost Studio and Lynn Pleshette.

Playwright Kate Fodor is a 2013 Guggenheim fellow in playwriting. Her other plays, including the much acclaimed and multi-awarded Hannah and Martin and 100 Saints You Should Know have been produced by Playwrights Horizons, Epic Theatre Ensemble, San Jose Repertory Theatre, London’s Courtyard Theatre, and Chicago’s TimeLime Theatre, among others. She has been a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2008. Fodor’s work has been developed by Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Hartford Stage, and Center Theatre Group. She was named one of the “Eight to Watch” by the New York Times.

Director John Pleshette returns to the Lost Studio where he has previously directed The Grand Irrationality, Me, As a Penguin, Confusions, Mammals, No Man’s Land, and The Caretaker, which won an LA Weekly Award for Best Revival. At the Lex Theatre, he directed productions of Little Murders and The Arrangement, and at the Matrix Theatre, A Critic and His Wife. At the Manhattan Theatre Club Pleshette staged premieres of Jonathan Levy’s Marco Polo and The Pornographer’s Daughter. As an actor, he appeared as a regular on Knots Landing and Murder One, and in the title role of the ABC mini-series The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald. Guest appearances include Curb Your Enthusiasm, N.C.I.S., and The Sopranos. His film credits include featured roles in Blake Edwards’ Mickey and Maude and S.O.B.

There will be one preview performance on Friday, January 10 at 8pm, and opening is set for Saturday, January 11 at 8pm. The running schedule is Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm through March 2 only. Tickets for the preview are $15 and for all other performances admission is $25. Tickets are available now, online at www.plays411.com/rx or by calling (323) 960-7780.

The Lost Studio is located at 130 S. La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles, 90036. Street parking is available.

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12-13-13

Announcing: Coeurage Theatre Company Presents ‘A Bright Room Called Day’ by Tony Kushner, Opening August 17

COEURAGE THEATRE COMPANY
LA’S ‘PAY WHAT YOU WANT’ COMPANY
PRESENTS
A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY
BY TONY KUSHNER
DIRECTED BY JEREMY LELLIOTT

OPENS SATURDAY, AUGUST 17
AT THE LOST STUDIO ON LA BREA
FOR FIVE WEEKS ONLY THRU SEPTEMBER 15

A Bright Room Called DayCoeurage Theatre Company, LA’s ‘Pay What You Want’ Company, has announced their next production, A Bright Room Called Day by Tony Kushner, directed by Coeurage Artistic Director Jeremy Lelliott. There will be two preview performances on Thursday, August 15 and Friday, August 16 at 8pm, and opening is set for Saturday, August 17 at 8pm. A Bright Room Called Day will play through September 15 only at The Lost Studio on S. La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles.

In A Bright Room Called Day, Pulitzer, Tony and Emmy Award-winning writer Tony Kushner examines Berlin’s reaction to the rise of Hitler in 1932. Through its provocative, fantastical and audacious look at history, Kushner’s incendiary play challenges not just the German culture at the time, but the status quo of here and now. Originally produced in 1985, this new production combines the lyricism of Kushner’s words with an eclectic soundtrack and choreography.

The cast will feature (in alphabetical order) Erin Anderson, Laura Crow, Mark Jacobson, Graham Kurtz, Nicole Monet, Teya Patt, Bert Rotundo, and Miles Warner. The production design is by Tito Ladd, costume design is by Cole Clemens, and sound design is by Joe Calarco. The stage manager is Megan Laughlin.

Tony Kushner’s best known work is Angels in America (a play in two parts: Millennium Approaches and Perestroika), a seven-hour epic about the AIDS epidemic in Reagan-era New York, which was later adapted into an HBO miniseries for which Kushner wrote the screenplay and won an Emmy Award. His other plays include Hydriotaphia, Slavs!, Homebody/Kabul, and the book for the musical Caroline, or Change. In the early 2000s, Kushner began writing for film. He co-wrote the screenplay for Munich in 2005 and in January 2006, a documentary feature about Kushner entitled Wrestling With Angels debuted at Sundance. In 2011, he wrote the screenplay for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln and was nominated for an Academy Award. His most recent work for the stage, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, was first produced in 2009.

A Bright Room Called Day will play two preview performances on Thursday, August 15 and Friday, August 16 at 8pm, and opening is set for Saturday, August 17 at 8pm. The running schedule is Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 7:30pm through September 15 only. All seats are available on a Pay What You Want basis, and may be reserved online at https://coeurage.secure.force.com/ticket, or by calling (323) 944-2165.

The Lost Studio is located at 130 S. La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles, 90036. Street parking is available.

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07-16-13

**The Coeurage PAY WHAT YOU WANT Policy**
Pay What You Can is based on a person’s ability to pay.
Pay What You Want is based on a patron’s desire.
It is a value placement as well as an economic decision, designed to eliminate cost as a factor
in attending theatre. Each patron decides what a theatre experience is worth to him or her,
and some decide it is worth more than they initially paid.
For that reason, the box office is kept open during intermission and after performances.

Announcing: “The Trouble with Words,” Coeurage Theatre Company’s Ovation Award-Winning Musical, Set for Limited Return Engagement

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COEURAGE THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS
A LIMITED RETURN ENGAGEMENT OF
THE TROUBLE WITH WORDS
MUSIC AND LYRICS BY GREGORY NABOURS
CHOREOGRAPHY BY JANET ROSTON
DIRECTED BY PATRICK PEARSON

★2011 OVATION AWARD-WINNER★
FOR ORIGINAL MUSIC AND LYRICS
OPENS SATURDAY, MARCH 2
AT THE LOST STUDIO FOR FIVE WEEKS ONLY

EXTENDED THRU FRIDAY, APRIL 12
FOUR PERFORMANCES ADDED

The Trouble With WordsCoeurage Theatre Company (Jeremy Lelliott, Artistic Director) has announced a limited return engagement of The Trouble With Words. The 2011 Ovation Award-winner for Original Music and Lyrics (Gregory Nabours), will once again be directed by Patrick Pearson and will run at The Lost Studio on S. La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles. There will be two preview performances on Thursday, February 28, and Friday, March 1 at 8pm, and opening is set for Saturday, March 2 at 8pm. The Trouble With Words will play through March 31 only.

The Trouble With Words is a song cycle that explores the relationship people have with words, as well as with each other, as they struggle to connect. In examining how human beings are brought together and pulled apart by words, the songs range from devastating to laugh-out-loud funny. Prior to winning its Ovation Award in 2011, The Trouble With Words had been named Best Musical at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

Of the 2011 production, StageAndCinema.com said, “Mr. Nabours … writes lyrics that are poetic, economical, funny and smart. Patrick Pearson’s direction is focused and fluid … allowing the songs to rightfully be the star.” Said Pauline Adamek on ArtsBeatLA.com, “A vibrant musical experience. Stunning … captivating … The Trouble With Words has humor and charisma to burn.”

Gregory Nabours works as a composer, musical director, and pianist in Los Angeles. His wide breadth of experience includes classical, jazz, pop/rock, and musical theatre. The Trouble With Words won the 2011 Ovation Award for Original Music and Lyrics, and Nabours is currently a 2012 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award nominee for Best Musical Direction for The Color Purple at Celebration Theatre. Director Patrick Pearson received a 2012 Ovation Award nomination for his work on Rooms: A Rock Romance at Chance Theater in Anaheim, CA. Other directing credits include A New Brain, Altar Boyz and Songs From An Unmade Bed at Celebration Theatre, Equus, Reefer Madness, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Seussical, among others.

The cast of The Trouble With Words will feature (in alphabetical order) Julianne Donelle, Aimee Karlin, Jamie Mills, Chris Roque, Ryan Wagner, and Robert Wallace. The set design is by JR Bruce, lighting design is by Susan Hallman, costume design is by Bradley Lock, and sound design is by Joe Calarco. The choreography is by Janet Roston, and Nabours serves as musical director. Stage manager is Abe Luke Rodriguez.

There will be two preview performances on Thursday, February 28 and Friday, March 1 at 8pm, and opening is set for Saturday, March 2 at 8pm. The running schedule is Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 7pm, through March 31 only. All seats are available on a Pay What You Want basis, and may be reserved online at https://coeurage.secure.force.com/ticket, or by calling (323) 944-2165.

The Lost Studio is located at 130 S. La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles, 90036. Street parking is available.

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02-05-13

Revised 03-25-13