The upcoming Hollywood Fringe Festival 2016 will spotlight a plethora of new theatrical faces gracing our local stages. It is also providing an outlet for local stages to introduce their wares to the thousands of theatre enthusiasts who will be roaming the streets of LA during Fringe Fest (June 9-25). For instance, venerable award-winning Fountain Theatre is offering a tantalizing reading of a new play culled from its in-house Rapid Development Series. Troy, written by John Johnson, directed by Miranda Johnson—focusing on the perplexity of grief in a war that is happening both far away and in our living rooms—is inspired by The Oresteia. Production stars Al Bernstein, Lisa Pescia, Whitney Montgomery, Christine Breihan and Dane Oliver (June 23 & 24).
ANNA MAVROMATI discusses her audience-interactive play, The Truth, directed by Marlee Delia, presented by Shine On Collective. The audience meets at Hudson Lobby Café (June 3-25).
“This is our debut production. We are a female-led company and there were a lot of women involved in putting this together. Our director, Marlee, comes from a strong theater background and both of us were really interested in immersive theater and coming up with interactive ways of telling stories and involving the audience in the storyline itself, really having them involved in how the storyline unfolds. Marlee has seen work like this in New York and was very excited about doing it here. Our audience members will actually gather in the lobby of the Hudson Theatre’s Café. We have six audience members at a time going though the show at 20-minute intervals. Basically, the audience buys tickets for different time slots. You are never in a theater. It kind of works like a walking tour. It all takes place within a two- to three-block area of Santa Monica Boulevard. The cast members are always in character, addressing the audience directly. And the scripted narrative is designed to involve the audience almost immediately. At one point during the performance, the audience members are asked to wear headphones to hear aspects of the drama. We have a cast of really strong improvisers, so they will be reacting to the audience and what the audience contributes to the narrative. We feel that, based on their reactions and how the cast responds to them, no two audiences will actually be involved in the same show. So, the more the audience embraces the immersive experience and interacts with our cast, the more they will enjoy the show.”