Center Theatre Group invites current undergraduate and graduate-level college and university students to attend the Going Pro Career Fair, hosted by East Los Angeles College (ELAC) and co-presented with LA Stage Alliance, the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Theater, Film and Television; and the University of Southern California (USC) School of Dramatic Arts. The fair will take place at the ELAC Performing and Fine Arts Complex, 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, in Monterey Park. The event, intended to help current undergraduate and graduate-level students prepare for a professional theatre career, will include a resource fair, speed networking sessions, panel discussions, and a networking mixer. The fair will feature tables hosted by graduate theatre programs, LA Stage Alliance, and Actors’ Equity and other unions to help students learn more about the work of these organizations and programs and the resources they offer theatre artists. Free snacks and beverages will be provided by UCLA. The fair will also include a series of panel discussions, as well as 20-minute speed networking sessions with theatre professionals, from producers to costume designers to casting directors. Apr 8, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. To RSVP for CTG’s Going Pro Career Fair, students should email StudentBody@CTGLA.org with the following information: full name, school and year, and which discussions they would like to attend.
Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum speaks out with a 2017 summer line-up of socially conscious plays, music, and performance, beginning with William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, directed by Ellen Geer and starring Alan Blumenfeld as Shylock. Opens June 3. The season continues with a return of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, helmed by Melora Marshall (June 4) and Sir Peter Hall’s stage adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, featuring music by Richard Peaslee and lyrics by Adrian Mitchell (June 18). Joining the season on July 8, members of the Geer family will star in Other Desert Cities, Jon Robin Baitz’s look at unruly family politics. A Pulitzer finalist, it will be directed by Mary Jo Duprey. Finally, multiple NAACP award-winner Earnestine Phillips will star in Trouble In Mind, written by pioneering African American playwright Alice Childress (July 29). Theatricum, using a company of actors, will perform each of the plays in repertory through October 1, making it possible to see all five plays in a single summer weekend. In addition to its theatre productions, Theatricum will present three special events on its mainstage: Re-PETE Celebration 2017: The Songs and Spirit of Pete Seeger–The Rising of the Women (Apr 1); Momentum Place, Theatricum’s annual offering of modern dance, aerial acts, juggling, and performance art curated by Lexi Pearl (May 14, Mother’s Day); and Theatricum’s third annual Family Barn Dance and Bar-B-Que (July 4).
Playwrights Arena presents The Hotel Play, a site-specific, immersive new play written by Paula Cizmar, Velina Hasu Houston, Jennifer Maisel, Nahal Navidar, Julie Taiwo Oni, Janine Salinas Schoenberg, and Laurie Woolery; conceived and directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera. Opens April 1 at the Radisson Hotel Midtown at USC.
Disney Channel showrunner Marc Warren (Even Stevens, Full House) has wrought The Furniture—a dark comedy about the ways we hurt the ones we love, helmed by Joel Zwick (My Big Fat Greek Wedding). Premieres Apr 21 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts in Thousand Oaks. Stars Christy Carlson Romano, Rakefet Abergel, and Giuliana Carullo as three sisters who gather to divvy up the family furniture after their mother’s demise.
Emmy-winning writer Gordon Bressack (Pinky & The Brain) is debuting Murder, Anyone?, a new comedy concerning two writers who argue relentlessly as they work on their bad play that just keeps getting worse. Directed by Bressack, the production stars Carla Collins and features Devin Caldarone, Bruce Clifford, Liesl Jackson, Abraham Smith, and Jack Zullo. Premieres Apr 5 at the Whitefire Theater in Sherman Oaks.
Theatre Unleashed in North Hollywood will be presenting John Steinbeck’s 1937 masterwork, Of Mice and Men, directed by Aaron Lyons. Steinbeck’s tale of two migrant field workers looking for work on the California coast during the Great Depression opens Apr 6 at The Belfry in North Hollywood.
The Edye at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica is presenting Poems from the Pond: The Writings of Peggy Freydberg—who began writing poetry at age 90—edited by Oscar-winning producer Laurie David and featuring Debbie Allen, Frances Fisher, and Daphne Zuniga, with additional names to be announced. Plays Apr 2.
Julio pens the weekly LA STAGE Insider column for @ This Stage Magazine, as well as being a theater reviewer for Stage Raw. He is a recurring contributor to Written By (the monthly publication of the Writer’s Guild of America) and is the TeleVision columnist for Latin Heat Entertainment. On air, he hosts the weekly Arts in Review program for KPFK 90.7 FM. An active journalist for over 30 years, Julio’s articles and reviews have appeared in Los Angeles Times Magazine, Daily Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, L.A. Weekly, Backstage West, Westways Magazine, and Drama-Logue Magazine, among others.