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Relevance & Empathy: Ligature Marks at Theatre Unleashed

I always consider my experience with art in terms of Relevance & Empathy, two words that are thrown around culture but rarely examined in detail.

“I feel like you had to be there.”

That is how my husband describes his non-emotional reaction to Andy Warhol. He understands Warhol’s place in art history and why he was revolutionary at the time, but he doesn’t feel anything when faced with Campbell’s Soup paintings.

That’s my reaction to a lot of classical plays, and even recent writers like Stoppard and Sam Shepard. I appreciate and enjoy them; often my brain is stimulated. I just rarely feel much that applies to my life at that very moment, or my future. (There are a handful of exceptions, as always, but I can only think of one, and it’s a film.)

New plays, especially ones that are set in an apartment, often miss the mark with me as well.

I want to be rattled by a play. I want to leave thinking about my life, my neighbor’s life, my cousin in Boston’s life, my son’s life, my boss’s life…..in a new play or adaptation, I want to leave with a perspective I did not have before entering the theater. I want to think more deeply about people and the world and how we all affect each other. I want to spend an evening in a way that directly affects my decision making in the future. Not that there’s anything wrong with a good old escapist comedy or anything; I like those too. I personally don’t see them as often.

With the very recent exception of E.M. Lewis’s The Gun Show, I haven’t felt simultaneously thrilled, revolted, and moved in…..years?

Mac Rogers did that to me. Twice already in 2015.

First with Viral at the Bootleg Theater/Moving Arts and then Ligature Marks, his 2014 Hollywood Fringe Festival piece now playing (with new cast and director) at Theatre Unleashed.

It’s hard to discuss it without giving away the very parts of his storytelling which made me go “Oh holy shit, this is NOT what I expected.”Ligature Marks

It left me as fucked up and oddly resolved as the characters in the play felt (otherwise known as empathy).

It gave me insight into a trope I typically despise: dependent relationships, especially when the female looks to be the more dependent one.

Since VIRAL last month, it made me want a different local theater to produce a different Mac Rogers play every single month so I can get my relevance and empathy fix. I would even buy a subscription to it.

I’d say that’s a win.

http://www.theatreunleashed.org for tickets and more information.

 

Indie Arts Listings

LIVE:

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WHO: Good People Theater Company

BARRYMORE by William Luce

, with Gordon Goodman in the starring role as John Barrymore

WHEN:
Preview on Friday, November 8 @ 8pm
Opening on Saturday, November 9 @ 8pm
Then running 3 weekends November 15 through December 1

Fridays @ 8pm

Saturdays @ 2pm and 8pm

Sundays @ 7pm

WHERE: Greenway Court Theater
544 N. Fairfax Ave between Melrose and Beverly
WHY CARE? Practically speaking, Gordon is of those classic hard working Los Angeles Equity actors of a certain age–a guy who’s built up more than 100 acting credits over the years.  But he’s not often carrying a whole show.  Many who know him feel he’s under-rated or under-appreciated.  And we think that is about to change.  John Barrymore is someone Gordon has long wanted to explore–as an actor and a psychologist–and we’re confident Gordon is going to give us one those “performance of a lifetime” moments.
goodpeopletheaterco.orgFacebook.com/GoodPeopleTheaterCompany

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The World Premiere of
What Kind of God? 


by Steve Julian

A gifted boy pleads for love. His only family member cries out for safe passage. One priest turns a deaf ear while another wages war against his own demon. How can any victim fight the world’s largest religion and come out whole? How many shepherds does it take to keep one lamb safe?

Directed by Aaron Lyons
Thursday, Oct. 10 & 17 @ 8pm

Friday, Oct. 11 & 18 @ 8pm

Saturday, Oct. 12 & 19 @ 8pm

Sunday, Oct. 13 & 20 @ 3pm

Starring (in alphabetical order): Brett Donaldson, Emily M. Faris, Steve Julian, Robert Keasler & Katherine McGehee *
* Appears courtesy of Actors Equity Association
whatkindofgodtheplay.com

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The Corey Blake Experience – Improv Comedy

When? Saturday, October 12, 2013

No but when? 10:15-11:30 PM

Where? Neon Venus

No but where? 7023 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, CA 90038

How much? $5

Facebook invite? Facebook!

Santa Monica Rep’s WaveFest

WaveFest is a series of short plays presented in 3 waves. Every wave runs for two weekends and consists of five new plays (plus some surprises) from some of the most exciting and talented local playwrights around.

The Interview

Not everyone is qualified to be a parent. A play by Susan Josephs, directed by Diana Wyenn.

WORLD PREMIERE // OCTOBER 4 – 27, 2013 
Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 pm; Sundays at 5:00 pm
@ STUDIO/STAGE // 520 N Western Ave, Los Angeles [map]

http://www.theinterviewplay.com/

LIVE – IMMERSIVE:

invisiblecitiesCome to Invisible Cities in your best costume on 10/31 for a chance to win a pair of Sennheiser headphones!The Industry creates ambitious world premiere productions that expand the traditional definition of opera, merging artistic disciplines and building new paradigms for collaboration. The Industry aims to engage a wide demographic and cultivate curiosity through the unexpected audience experience.

Tickets: http://invisiblecitiesopera.com/tickets/

ART for SOCIAL GOOD:

odysseyartboundArtbound tweeted this link to me – using The Odyssey to allow prisoners to re-imagine their own returns home. #ArtHealsTheater has the power to change lives. Also, great targeted tweeting, @KCETArtbound !
Using Homer’s “Odyssey” to think about modern life is not a new idea. But using Homer’s “Odyssey” to get incarcerated young men to re-imagine their returns home from correctional facilities is new, and it’s what The Odyssey Project has been doing for three years now. Learn all about this initiative here:http://bit.ly/17BL2or

TRUST

by Steven Dietz, directed by Scott Marden at Theatre Unleashed’s new home.

October 3rd-November 9th, 2013
Thursdays-Saturdays at 8pm*
No performance on 10/31. Special performance Sunday, 11/3 at 7pm

The Belfry Stage, Upstairs @ The Crown
This venue is located upstairs and is not handicapped-accessible

Proudly Supporting

proudly supporting write girl

WriteGirl – Helping girls write their way to more positive futures.
Bring a new journal or ream of printer paper to the box office for Trustand Name Your Ticket Price to see the show! Click here to RSVP.

CALL FOR ART:

redcatREDCAT’s Studio: Fall 2013

REDCAT is seeking original performance works for the next edition of Studio, REDCAT’s quarterly series of new works in progress in dance, theater, multimedia and music. If you have a project 15 minutes or under and would like to be considered – apply now.

Applications are due by 5:00PM: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2013
Showings are scheduled for: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2013
Performance dates: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 at 8:30 PM & SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2013 at 7:00PM

Visit our website: http://www.redcat.org/about/artist-opportunities and complete the online application.

FILM:

Releasing Heart – A Short Film in it’s entirety for a limited time on the interweb! This little short premiered at the 2013 No Budget Film Festival where it screened at the beautiful Vista Theatre! Even though this movie was made for ZERO dollars, we will be sending out to more festivals to see how far it can go.

If you enjoy, spread the word and like our page!
http://youtu.be/1ePdA9IZ-Ts

COMICS:

crazy maryCrazy Mary

by Michael Colbert (Author) , J. K. Woodward (Illustrator) , Ryan Sergeant (Illustrator) & 2 more
Don’t call her crazy to her face. Several years ago Mary was a professional soldier who volunteered for an upgrade program dubbed “Project Dragonfly”. The project upgraded the subjects with enhanced strength, speed and combat ability.
It didn’t go well for Mary.
Shortly after the upgrades Mary started seeing things… insane things. A world of melting walls and living fire, vortexes of thought and colored radio waves, sentient metaphors and beings that existed in an invisible layer of reality. She could communicate with these beings. She made deals with some of them.
Or she had simply gone insane.
Either way she was useless to the project and the military so she was cut loose and vanished shortly thereafter.
A few years later she re-emerged in the New York area of Megalopolis as a “freelancer” specializing in bounty hunting and search and rescue. Her upgrades give her an advantage in competing against other freelancers, Lawcom and her targets… most of the time. She can still see the weird layer of reality and her trinity of supernatural advisors helps … most of the time.
Or she could just be crazy and very lucky.
Or a bit of both.

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This one’s for the parents….and those who aren’t so sure

I’ve been a tad out of the blogging loop lately, and mostly because I’m 16 weeks pregnant while work has never been better. Huzzah! Hurrah! I’m excited!…..and sleepy.

I have a lot of drafts to complete and post, but here are two projects that really grabbed my attention lately. I’m sure you can see why.

(Also, if you have something on Facebook to share, tag The CMJ Stories and it will go on my page. Also @CindyMarieJ on twitter).

    NOT EVERYONE QUALIFIES TO BECOME A PARENT…

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BEYOND THE USUAL presents
THE INTERVIEW
a play by Susan Josephs // directed by Diana Wyenn Parenthood exists under the firm control of the federal government and it is now easier to get accepted into Harvard than become a mom or dad. Still, first-time applicants Jenna and Steven have beaten the odds and landed a coveted final interview with the U.S. Department of Parenting and Child Welfare. However, when they sit down with their state-licensed interviewer and the questioning begins, all three quickly realize that nothing could have prepared them for what they will learn about themselves—and each other.WORLD PREMIERE // OCTOBER 4 – 27, 2013 
Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 pm; Sundays at 5:00 pm
@ STUDIO/STAGE // 520 N Western Ave, Los Angeles [map]PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE

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I exchanged some Social Media consultation with Deepti Gupta last month (as part of her donation to an indiegogo campaign), in anticipation of the release of her short film Happy and You Know It. Being on her VIP list brings some fun perks, including a sneak peek I can share with you. If you want to be a VIP, just contact her!

HAPPYthefilm logoHere’s your first special perk for being our VIP guest – a SNEAK PEEK of the trailer! Our official trailer comes out next week on OCTOBER 1st. You of course will get to see if first!

Happy and You Know It – trailer sneak peek from Hamari Films on Vimeo.

Wanna see more?
Get on our VIP list
Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter
Our website

In the next month, leading up to the worldwide online release on November 7th, we will share with you all kinds of fun stuff about the film. 

Do make sure you’ve liked us on Facebook and followed us on Twitter. Our hashtag is #HappyTheFilm

Thank you and enjoy the sneak peek. 

Cheers,

-Deepti
#HappyTheFilm

A powerful piece: Arts Tweet Up!

Hello! Would you like to be on my Arts Tweet Up list?

I will send invites for cool events I’m attending, or promoting. It will likely be 1-2 events per month, and I’ll be transparent when it’s pure fun or outreach work-related.

*To be clear, these are not live-tweets when we attend performance, but a fun way to meet the people behind your favorite tweets & help artist with word-of-type!*

I’ll move these invites to mailchimp soon, but want to keep it personal at first! Sign up here to get on the mailchimp list. If you’d rather hear just via email, or don’t want to be on the list, just reply and I will comply.

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First up! I’m winding down my outreach work with Steve Julian on his world premiere play “What Kind of God?”. We open this Saturday. You probably know that I can’t work on a project, especially doing outreach and marketing, unless I feel really strongly that an artist has something important to say (remember “Gracie & Rose” by Anastasia Coon last summer?). Steve has a passion for telling stories of those silenced by people in power, and created a trilogy project “Silence No One.” The first of these plays is “What Kind of God?”.

This is not a condemnation of the Church, but intended to begin a conversation. You can read more on his blog entry here.

Here are the basic details w/ links for more information. And you know me, I’ll take lots of photos and let people know about your work and upcoming projects via social networks and blogs if you attend.

What Kind of God? Tweet Up

Thursday, Sept 19th

7:30 Mixer, 8:00 show

$5 Tickets (includes a Silence No One t-shirt). Tickets normally $23.

The special ticket price is on  plays411.com . Please also reply here to get on our Twitter list (guests welcome!).

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How many shepherds does it take to keep one lamb safe?

Whatkindofgodtheplay.com

#WhatGodPlay

WHAT KIND OF GOD?  explores the chasm between belief and trust in the Catholic Church. A gifted boy pleads for love. His only family member cries out for safe passage. One priest turns a deaf ear while another wages war against his own demon. How can any victim fight the world’s largest religion and come out whole? How many shepherds does it take to keep one lamb safe?

The World Premiere of

WHAT KIND OF GOD?

by Steve Julian

Directed by Aaron Lyons

Starring (in alphabetical order): Brett Donaldson, Emily M. Faris, Steve Julian, Robert Keasler & Katherine McGehee *

Setting: A hill. A church. A home. An open door. A closed door.

Scenic Design:                        John Iacovelli

Lighting Design:                     Michael Gend

Sound Design:                        Cricket S. Myers

Costume Design:                     Clifford Chally

Outreach Director:                  Cindy Marie Jenkins

Publicist:                                 Lucy Pollak

* Appears courtesy of Actors Equity Association

WHAT KIND OF GOD? is the first in a trilogy of plays presented under the new social awareness campaign SILENCE NO ONE.

Join us @SilenceNoOne, #WhatGodPlay by @SteveJulian this September at the Lillian

Theater in Hollywood, CA.

Thurs-Sat @8, Sun @3

Sept 14-Oct 20

whatkindofgodtheplay.com

#WhatGodPlay @SilenceNoOne

https://www.facebook.com/whatkindofgodtheplay

Thanks and I hope to see you there!

The Baby Dance Broadcast

THE BABY DANCE Broadcast

Live at 7pm PT

Lisa CliftonLisa Clifton (Co-Producer/Rachel) A proud member of Theatre of NOTE since 2003, some of Lisa’s area stage highlights include:Up by Bridget Carpenter, Spring Dance by Horton Foote, The Holy Mother of Hadley New York by Barbara Wiechmann and An Evening of Elaine May & Mike Nichols and Don’t Forget to Remember by Patricia Parker. Lisa can also be seen in the current webisode series, The Act Now Stage. TV highlights include; Hawthorne, CSI and Criminal Minds.

David Johann Kim  DirectorDavid Johann Kim (Director) David is an LA based director, filmmaker, actor, teacher and coach. As a filmmaker, David’s long form short film Lossed recently received worldwide distribution. His film, $/Dreamwon a Motor City Film Festival Award in Detroit. He founded Horizon Children’s Theatre which was named Artist in Residence for the Kennedy Center’s IMAGINATION CELEBRATION. As an actor, he has performed at regional theatres on both coasts including: NY Theatre Workshop, Berkeley Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, The Huntington Theatre, Lincoln Center Institute, Syracuse Stage, La Mama NYC, El Teatro Campesino, The Magic Theatre and NYS Theatre Institute. David received critics choice awards for his performances in John Steinbeck’s East Of Eden and Han Ong’s Reasons To Live as well as for Neil LaBute’s Bash directed by Les Waters. David has taught and coached actors in New York, LA, San Francisco and San Diego. He received his MFA in Acting from UC San Diego. David is thrilled to be part ofTHE BABY DANCE team.
 
Rebecca Sigl (Wanda) Rebecca is an actor, writer and theatre educator’ and she couldn’t be more pleased to be a part of The Baby Dance. Rebecca is a proud company member of Theatre of NOTE, where credits include the west coast premiere of Holy Ghost and the world premiere of He Asked for It. Film credits include Notes from the New World, an adaptation of Dostoevsky’s Notes from the Underground, and last year’s 11/11/11. When not at NOTE Rebecca works as the Program Administrator for The Unusual Suspects, an arts education organization for at-risk youth. She is a graduate of Boston University’s School of Theatre.
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THE BABY DANCE

FACTS & CALENDAR INFORMATION

PERFORMANCE DAYS
Preview, Friday, March 1 at 8:00
Regular Performances begin Saturday, March 2.
Fridays & Saturdays 8:00 pm
Sundays 7:00 pm

WHERE
The Lounge Theatre 2
6201 Santa Monica Blvd. (corner of Santa Monica and El Centro)
LA, CA 90038

ABOUT
A Los Angeles couple who have everything, but can’t have children, agree to adopt the unborn
child of a poor, Louisiana couple who have four kids but can barely support them. The couples’
desperate choices lead to an insightful, poignant and, often funny, drama that challenges the
audience’s views on poverty, adoption and disparity between the classes.

TICKETS
$15 Preview, Friday, March 1
$20 available in advance on-line at: www.thebabydance.eventbrite.com
$25 at door

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