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COMPANY OF ANGELS THEATRE presents
A World Premiere Event..

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By Bernardo Solano

Directed by Tina Sanchez
Production Design by Ernesto Coehlo

A desolate L.A. highway sets the stage for a bizarre encounter between a man in his car and a mysterious woman in distress. Sometimes loneliness can take you too far.

Cast: (in alphabetical order)
Jill Fouts, Marissa Garcia, Pete Pano, Kevin Vavasseur

2 roles + 4 actors changing partners each night=
4 different ways to see this show! See them all….

Tickets: $20 General Admission; $12 Students & Seniors

Nov. 21 – Dec. 14
Fri. – Sat. 8PM, Sun. 7PM

CoA @ The Alexandria
501 S. Spring Street, 3rd Floor
Downtown Los Angeles, CA 90013

For Group Rates contact : xmoreno@companyofangels.org
Purchase online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/48426
Box Office: 323-883-1717

www.COMPANYOFANGELS.org
www.myspace.com/company_of_angels

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CoA loves LA!
Honoring our history as the oldest non-profit professional theater in Los Angeles,
Company of Angels reflects and responds to the richness, diversity and complexity that is our city!!

beauty

I just received two press releases I would love to share with you.

“Written by Peres Owino and directed by Ayana Cahrr, BEAUTY FOR ASHES is about a Kenyan woman who discovers her real self  while in America by breaking down society’s labels and redefining herself as we have just witnessed with another Kenyan, BARACK OBAMA, President of these United States!!”

You can experience the play that has been called “the most honest piece of theater” this weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30pm @ Stage 52, 5299 W. Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016.

FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY. Reservations are strongly recommended. To purchase tickets call (323) 960-4429 or buy ONLINE: http://www.plays411.com/beautyforashes.

tamales

Tamales de Puerco (Pork Tamales) tells the story of an undocumented Mexican woman who sells tamales and must maneuver through three cultures after learning that her son is deaf. While her husband is unable to cope and resorts to abuse and violence, she tries to overcome her own self-imposed handicaps so that she and her son can survive. An overachieving deaf woman trying to help them also discovers that she too must set aside some of her own self-imposed handicaps to finally achieve what she truly desires. Starring Oscar Basulto, Brian Cole, Mercedes Floresislas, Evelina Gaina, Fernando Gavaria, Royeric Gonzalez, Carlos Magaña, Diego Medina, Miriam Moses, Liana Velazquez, Carlos Zelaya.

Fri & Sat @ 8pm, Sun @ 7pm, $15 general, $12 students & seniors, $8 Boyle Heights residents. Group rates available. Opening night reception on Friday, Nov 14.

Reservations are also strongly recommended. FOR TIX: tickets@casa0101.org or 323-263-7684. MORE INFO: http://www.casa0101.org, http://www.myspace.com/casa_0101.

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My third pick is Cornerstone’s FOR ALL TIME, which I saw last weekend and highly recommend. A review shall soon follow.

See you at the theater!

directed by brian de palma (1976, 98 mins)
courtesy mgm home entertainment

new time!!!
gates at 5:30pm. Film at 7:00pm.
$10 donation tickets available at gate. parking $5.

hollywood forever cemetery
6000 santa monica boulevard at gower
no reservation necessary.

Sophisticated and terrifying, Carrie is one of our favorite horror movies ever! DePalma’s direction, Spacek’s fantastic performance and some great 70s cheese make this one of the scariest and most fun films in the canon. The humiliation of high school reaches its peak with the taunting of oddball student Carrie, who’s telekinetic powers allow her to exact a hair-raising revenge. The cast is top notch, including John Travolta, Karen Allen and PJ Soles with an unforgettable performance by Piper Laurie as the fanatical mom. Join us under the stars for this one-night-only screening of DePalma’s masterpiece.

For more information go to http://www.cinespia.org.

Through the passions and politics of a soccer match, solo theater artist Anzoategui explores the complexities of Latino identity in Los Angeles, and the nuances of being born to Argentine parents in a predominantly Mexican community.

I first saw Karen perform SER last year at CASA 0101 and knew that this very unique show was just at the beginning of what I hope will be a long career. Karen, along with other artists, will be performing tonight at 8:30pm as part of the Fall STUDIO series at the REDCAT. The STUDIO is a quarterly series of new work and works-in-progress featuring dance, theater, multi-media and music performances by Los Angeles area artists.

Click here for the full program.

And click here for a very spirited conversation with Karen about burlesque revival in Los Angeles.

I suggest Harry Potter fans stay away from the Rogue Artists‘ adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean‘s “The Comical Tragedy OR Tragical Comedy of MR. PUNCH.” It’s not for the faint of heart. It’s not for humans period. It’s for puppets. Only creatures made of wood can withstand this two-hour ride on the planet of the puppets where humans’ distorted features forever expose the latent predator in all of us. Think twice before you step in the theater, because, like The Professor (Tom Ashworth) says to The Boy (Sean Eaton/Connor Merkovich): “When you put Mr. Punch on, there’s no taking him off. ”

The Punch (Tom Ashworth) and Judy (Miles Taber) show.

MR. PUNCH is the story of a young man (Miles Taber) reminiscing about a life-changing summer when as a Boy (Connor Merkovich/Sean Eaton,) despite grumbling and protesting, his parents sent him away to spend the summer at His Grandpa’s (Dana Kelly, Jr.) Grandpa runs a fair by the sea with The Boy’s hunchback Uncle (Kerr Seth Lordygan.) The young parents laugh at The Boy’s desire to stay with them and cut even deeper by adding that Grandpa might eat him for supper.

Settled by the English seaside, the Boy spends most of his time with the fair’s main attraction: Mr. Punch. “Families are supposed to love each other,” he whines while watching Mr. Punch torturing his newborn. The star miniature obeys the little master. Suddenly, flowers bloom on the tiny stage. The sun rises. But the Creature takes a 360 degree turn to spew a “IT’S MYYY WOOORRRLLLD TOO!” so convincing it blew the house down. Think before you enter. Disneyland’ small world might never ever feel the same. It is a Mr. Punch’s world and Mr. Punch does whatever the hell he wants.

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My second recommendation for August, EL VERDE will be playing TWO WEEKENDS ONLY!!!! at CASA 0101, 2009 E. 1st Street, LA, CA 90033. Click here to read what I wrote about the episodes I saw at Casa 0101 last year. For more information go to www.casa0101.org.

ALL new sketch comedy from the 18 Mighty Mountain Warrriors that is “SAVAGELY FUNNY yet STRANGELY CIVILIZED!”

Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun @8pm at THE COMPLEX (Ruby Theater), 6476 Santa Monica Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90038
(west of Highland Ave.)

$15 General, $12 Students/Seniors, $10 groups of SIX or more. $5 for Preview July 31st.
Buy out the house for $8 each!
2 for 1 every Sunday! (sorry, no doubling on discounts!)
Special: if you pay to see the show once, you can see it again for FREE if you bring a paying friend!

OPTIONAL Valet Parking $5 after 7pm (or just park on the street!)

Info/Reservations: 818-754-4500 or email 18mightymountainwarriors@gmail.com
or buy ONLINE at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/38603
Cast: Junko Goda, Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle, Kennedy Kabasares, Jully Lee, Greg Watanabe, Peter J. Wong

 

Starring: Letitia Chang, Feodor Chin, Becky Heneise, Elaine Kao, Saachiko, Kim Miyori, Kipp Shiotani, Leonard Wu, Elpidio Ebuen, Kelly Portier & Jennifer Betit Yen

Tennessee Williams’ classic “Suddenly, Last Summer” revolves around the death of a beloved son and cousin (Sebastian Venable) which leads to a family conflict as Mrs. Venable and Catherine Holly fight over their memories of the dead man and push the boundaries of truth. How will Sebastian be remembered? How would you like to be remembered?

August 2-24, 2008
Friday & Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm
Low-Priced $8 previews, July 31 and August 1, 8pm

$16 general admission
$14 students and seniors (w/valid ID)
$12 (groups of 10+)
All Sunday matinees (except August 24) are pay-what-you-can ($1 minimum)
$20 Aug. 2 opening night gala performance (w/post-show dessert reception)

GTC Burbank
1111-B W. Olive Ave.
Burbank, CA 91506

The theatre is in George Izay Park between S. Victory Bl. and N. Griffith Park Bl. Park near the jet plane at 1111 W. Olive and walk past the Olive Recreation Center. The theatre is behind the rec center; the entrance faces the softball fields.

To RSVP: (323) 993-7245
For more more information, go to:
Myspace: www.myspace.com/suddenly_lodestone

Kanzo. BH Life Film Festival fundraiser. Photo by Sam Hernandez.

frankiely: Tell us about your first encounter with Burlesque.

KANZO: My first time was at the Fourty Deuce on Melrose where they do a mainstream kind of burlesque. I felt so empowered by it. I didn’t feel ashamed to watch. It was such a relief to feel good about something that can be considered bad. This was not degrading to women, men were not throwing money at them saying come over here and do this sexual act for me. It was accepted in the room that this was a performance and I was so taken by the connection the girls had with the audience since I’m a performer as well. I was blown away by what they did and how they did it with such confidence. They didn’t take everything off and they were able to captivate and suspend the audience’s attention by teasing them… which is what it’s about.

Laurel & Hardy, picture found on http://www.dvdbeaver.com.

frankiely: Can you expand on that? Being a French woman by trade, burlesque to me evokes Laurel & Hardy usually with their clothes on.

KANZO: Burlesque in major cities has changed over time, it died and was revived and died again and was revived again. What is interesting here in Los Angeles is that the girls make a comment, maybe political, social or cultural like La Cholita

KANZO: She’s a great performer and dancer, her persona comments on how we see Chicanos or Latin people in our culture today, maybe not immigrants from Mexico or Central America but the pocha, if you want to say the term… the Chicana of Los Angeles. She dresses up in very traditional forms of folkloric dresses but she has her twist for the new generation. She represents neo-burlesque, the new wave, the new Chicana, what it is to be a Latina in today’s L.A.

Each performer has their own personality, their own act. Ruby Champagne calls herself the Mexican Spitfire of Burlesque; her inspiration comes from the 1930’s Golden era of Mexican cinema. She’s got the glamorous look. Her routines are very classic, it’s not just about the body and about stripping, it’s about her as this persona and you follow her dialogue, her dance, and yes it involves taking off clothes but it’s really about the revealing of the personality.

Ruby Champagne. Photo by Laura Creecy.

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Toraichi Kono and Charlie Chaplin.

I attended two out of the three plays presented at EdgeFest’s LA History Project at the Autry National Center last Sunday. Circle X’s 1pm production of Tom Jacobson’s “The Chinese Massacre” which “chronicles the first race riot in Los Angeles history, when 19 Chinese men and boys were lynched by a mob of 500 people from all nations” was a truly impressive debut even if still in the workshopping stage. The play generated many laughs while staying true to the hard facts. Or attempting to. Indeed, some of the funniest moments were born out of the playwright’s desire to confess to us that all the research he did came from press clippings and studies that might or might not tell the absolute truth. Sometimes the playwright gave us two points of view on the same person or incident from two different sources with two very different agendas, which made the play very timely as we’re dealing with two presidential candidates with two very different versions of our future, our past and our present. I highly recommend that you add your name to Circle X‘s e-mail list to stay informed about the future of this disturbing yet necessary play.

I stayed for the next presentation: the first act of Lodestone Theatre Ensemble’s “My Man Kono” written by Philip W. Chung and directed by Jeff Liu about Toraichi Kono who was Charles Chaplin’s valet for 17 years “before being arrested as a Japanese enemy spy on the eve of World War II.” This first act was extremely moving and also enlightening – does anybody know that Charlies Chaplin was the subject of an attack on his life while visiting Japan? – thanks to a terrific cast all around and an outstanding Garrett Wang as Toraichi Kono, all impassive face and bottled up emotions against Donovan Oakleaf’s Charlie Chaplin pirouetting around the stage with open arms and an overflowing heart. I must say when the play began I was embarrassed for whoever had the formidable task of bringing Charlie Chaplin to life but that’s exactly what Donovan Oakleaf did and I’m still recovering from the shock of having been in the genius’ presence. I also recommend that you go to Lodestone’s website to get a chance one day in the near…distant… future, as Philip W. Chung promised us, to witness this intriguing pair who, ironically, ended up having more in common when they grew apart.

Here is Sunday’s line-up for Part II of the festival:

11 AM
Watts Village Theater Company
At Risk
By Judy Soo Hoo
Directed by David Catanzarite
In a fictional middle school in South Los Angeles, every student is at risk, and so is every teacher. Watts Village Theater Company’s offering to the festival explores the history of United Teachers of Los Angeles through the eyes of a rookie and the motley band of veterans who get him through his first year.

1PM
About Productions
Bleeding Through
Written by Teresa Chavez and Rose Portillo
Directed by Teresa Chavez
A multi-media work inspired by Norman Klein’s novella Bleeding Through Layers of Los Angeles, which uncovers the narrative ghosts, both fictional and non-fictional of Angelino Heights, and addresses historical forgetting and the erasure of memory.

3:30PM
Native Voices at the Autry
Serra Springs
By Larissa FastHorse
Music by Brian Joseph
Lyrics by Brian Joseph and Larissa FastHorse
Directed by Robert Vestal
Two teens, two adults and one strange dude deal with some major surprises during one magical night at a protest to save the last sacred site of the Tongva people in West Los Angeles.

What: EdgeFest Los Angeles History Project
When: Sunday, July 13, and Sunday, July 20, 11AM, 1PM, 3:30 PM
Where: Autry National Center of the American West, Griffith Park Campus, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA, 90027-1462
How Much: Free
Reservations: Not required.
More Info: lahp@edgeoftheworld.org