by Julio Martinez
IN THE NEWS
- Lamenting the passing of director-actor John Slade, who died Friday from injuries he sustained in a car accident that occurred last Thursday night as he was driving home after a rehearsal of the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company‘s production of Julius Caesar. Michael J. Arndt, Founder and Artistic Director of the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival, has taken over direction of the play. Working with Associate Artistic Director Brett Elliott and Jason D. Rennie (who are playing the roles of Marc Anthony and Cinna, respectively), Arndt will present the play as Slade intended: set in modern Rome and featuring unconventional portrayals and gender-swapped roles. Opens July 21 at Kingsmen Park on the Thousand Oaks campus of California Lutheran University.
- Jesse Eisenberg, Nellie McKay, Alex Newell, Deborah Ann Woll, Ashley Fink, and Amanda Seales have been added to the line-up of talent participating in the first-ever Los Angeles presentation of The 24 Hour Musicals—more than 100 artists come together to write, compose, rehearse, and perform four original musicals within a 24-hour time span. Directors include Bart DeLorenzo, Kate Sullivan, Casey Stangl, and more. Playwright Lydia R. Diamond will be the featured speaker for the evening. One night only, July 17, at the United Artists Theater at the Ace Hotel.
- Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre is hosting the premiere of King of the Yees—a passage across cultural, national and familial borders that explores what it means to truly be a Yee—written by Lauren Yee, directed by Joshua Kahan Brody. Produced in association with Goodman Theatre. Opens July 16.
- Ruskin Group Theatre in Santa Monica is premiering Ron Nelson’s The Rainbow Bridge—a new comedy seeking out and pushing psychological hot buttons—directed by Michael Myers, starring Lynne Marie Stewart, Paul Schackman, and Mary Carrig. Opens July 21.
- Pasadena Playhouse’s summer line-up continues with the premiere musical, Shout Sister Shout, written by Cheryl West (based on Gayle Wald’s book, Shout, Sister, Shout! The Untold Story of Rock-and-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe), created and directed by Randy Johnson, with choreography by Keith Young and musical direction by Rahn Coleman. Tracy Nicole Chapman stars as Rosetta Tharpe. Opens July 30.
- Write Act Repertory is premiering Marlene, set in 1960, spotlighting the life of actress, performer, and patriot Marlene Dietrich. Scripted by Willard Manus and helmed by Judith Rose, the production stars Cindy Marinangel as Marlene. Opens July 30 at Write Act Repertory @ the Brickhouse Theatre in NoHo.
- Center Theatre Group and Glorya Kaufman Dance will offer the American premiere of Matthew Bourne’s production of The Red Shoes, adapted from the classic film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, and from the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale. Directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne, with music by Bernard Herrmann, arranged by Terry Davies. Opens Sep 19 at the Ahmanson Theatre.
- With a little advance notice, Company of Angels at 1350 San Pablo St. in Downtown LA is presenting the debut of Mexican-American playwright Evangeline Ordaz’s This Land—a story spanning 150 years as four families, each with roots in different parts of the world, make their home on the same plot of Southern California land. Armando Molina directs. Opens Oct 20.
- Chris Isaacson Presents is bringing Broadway star James Snyder’s Soliloquy to Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood for one night only, July 20.
- Another Hollywood Fringe Festival Encore Producer’s Award recipient, My Janis—a window into Janis Joplin’s private world, starring Arianna Veronesi—will have two added performances at the New Collective Theatre July 21-22. Veronesi wrote and directs the production.
- Celebration Theatre is presenting So Long Boulder City—comedian Jimmy Fowlie’s take on Emma Stone’s one woman show-within-a-movie. Written by Fowlie and directed by Jordan Black. Opens July 21 at the Lex in Hollywood.
- The Archway Theatre in NoHo presents Anton Chekhov’s comedy, Three Sisters—an intimate exploration of the lives of members of a Russian family in a garrison town, who slowly realize that their dreams for a better life have passed them by. Directed by Wendi Johnson. Opens July 29.
THE THING IS…
Director Eric Hoff and cast members discuss Tom Jacobson’s The Devil’s Wife, part of Skylight Theatre’s 2017 Summer Repertory Season. This “gothic comedy” performs two times each weekend.