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Latino Alliance Now Convening: Navigating Currents in American Theater

Latino Alliance NowThe LTA/LA presents our 2nd Annual Convening: Navigating Currents in American Theater at East Los Angeles College on August 2nd, 2014. Register online at: http://www.ltala.org

We are honored and proud to have Mark Valdez, Executive Director of the Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET), deliver this year’s keynote address. NET was created by and for artists to support those who have dedicated their life’s work to creating theater through the ensemble process. Their work is committed to the unique event of the living stage, where the imagination of the artist and audience is linked in social communion and mutual creativity.

We have designed four afternoon break-out sessions to discuss specific themes/areas based on survey results from last year’s attendees, which include LGBTQ Performance, Spanish Language Theater, Theater for Young Audiences, and Designing for the Stage. More detailed descriptions on each break-out below:

{LGBTQ | Performance=Activism: Exposing our community to the New Normal}
Is creating work that shares LGBT narratives inherently an act of social activism? Our cross-generational panel will be discussing the role that activism plays in their own work, as well as the challenges that continue to persist when exploring LGBTQ topics, themes, and political issues. Together, we can discuss how we can be allies in support of each other’s work.

{SPANISH LANGUAGE | Teatro en Español… un animal en extincción”? O “Los Olvidados”?}
Join us in a formal collective exploration of the state and potential of Spanish Language Theater in Los Angeles. We’ll examine the past, present, and future viability of producing Spanish-Only and/or Bilingual Theater for such a large and culturally diverse urban audience. We will ask ourselves: Do we really need Teatro en Español? What are the political, social, and cultural implications of awakening our Bilingual “voice”?

{TYA | Telling the Stories that Need Telling}
Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) needs to be at the forefront of conversations around audience and artistic development in the theater. Hear from and mingle with current trendsetters in the Los Angeles TYA scene as we explore strategies on how to redefine the norm for quality family programming that tackles necessary and vital issues on stage. We will wrap-up the session by discussing the key role of TYA in communities and developing future audiences. The session will provide a resource list that includes articles exploring these topics in more depth and links to organizations currently producing TYA across the country.

{DESIGN | Make it Work: Achieving a Synergistic Creative Team}
In the world of theater, one day you’re IN the spotlight and the next day you’re OUT in the wings! In this year’s team challenge, Designers, Directors and Producers will have the opportunity to experience the trials and misconceptions of each other’s roles. You will have 2 hours to create a cohesive and well-articulated concept while considering multiple perspectives and parameters (time, money, resources) without compromising story or vision. It’s time to “make it work” and strut down the catwalk!

The Convening will close with a one time only performance of ¡GAYTINO! written and performed by Dan Guerrero at 5pm. ¡GAYTINO! is a remarkable life journey from 1950s East LA to New York’s Great White Way in the 60s and 70s and back to Hollywood. A gay Chicano moves from the back of the bus to the front of American pop culture in this autobiographical play with music. The solo piece is driven by Dan’s lifelong friendship with the late Chicano artist Carlos Almaraz and by Dan’s father, Chicano music legend, Lalo Guerrero. The 90-minute performance travels through decades of Mexican-American history and the gay experience from a unique and personal perspective. Touching, provocative, hilarious and absolutely one-of-a-kind, Dan Guerrero brings his two fascinating worlds together in a riveting solo show.

**Lunch is on-your-own with many options available nearby at Atlantic Square**
**Coffee and other refreshments will be available throughout the day**

Where:
East Los Angeles College
1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez
Monterey Park, CA, CA 91754
United States

When:
August 2nd, 2014 10am – 6:30pm (Registration/Check-In begins at 9:30am)

How much:
Conference ONLY: $25
¡GAYTINO! ONLY: $25
Conference + ¡GAYTINO!: $40

Register online at: www.LTALA.org

Follow us on Facebook: Latino Theater Alliance/LA

The Latino Theater Alliance/Los Angeles is an ad hoc group of theater artists and professionals led by a steering committee of practitioners based in Los Angeles and Orange County. Our goal is to share our rich culture on a national stage by fostering collaboration and empowering our local artistic communities.

Indie Arts Listings

LIVE:

barrymore
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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Some Things Change, Some Things Stay the Same

One of my favorite sites reviews one of my favorite plays.

pLAywriting in the city

By Raquel Sanchez
Staff Writer

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“She looked like an ordinary woman, but inside beat the heart of a tightrope walker.” Imagine you are told your grandmother, whom you love dearly, is gone because she joined the circus to walk the tightrope. What kind of imagery does this concoct? A childlike mind might envision clowns and acrobats, cotton candy, and ice-cream cones or the wonder of that grandmother in a sparkly dress, carrying a pink umbrella while walking a tightrope. How could my grandma pass up on such a grand opportunity? But in the midst of these visions, the following thought might also emerge: How can grandma just leave me behind?

Death is a delicate topic for adults to confront, but how is it shared with children?  When a pet dies, how often have we heard parents tell their children, “Oh Miffy ran away,” or “Goldie left for the pet farm…

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Calling all Theatre Directors & Choreographers

I’ve happily served on the Steering Committee for the Directors Lab West since 2010. 

What is that?

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Directors Lab West fosters an intensive laboratory environment where a community of directors and choreographers inspire each other to dream and create the future of American Theatre.

Applications are open!

The deadline for applications is Friday, March 29th at 5pm PST.

If you have a resume online, please complete and submit this application in full by the deadline.

If your resume must be emailed, please follow the directions below & submit by the deadline:

APPLICATION 2013
DIRECTIONS: Answer these questions using as much additional space as needed. Email it along with your resume and the contact information for at least two theatrical references to info@directorslabwest.com as PDF ATTACHMENTS by 5:00pm MARCH 29, 2013 PST.
PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE ANY OTHER ADDITIONAL MATERIALS.
Return notification of acceptance status will be sent via email two weeks after the deadline. Admission to Directors Lab West does not guarantee or preclude admission to the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us via email: info@directorslabwest.com

Name:
Mailing Address:
Phone Number:
Email Address:
Website and/or Blog Address:
Facebook Name:
Twitter Handle:
YouTube or other social media platform info:
Are you currently a student? Yes No If yes, projected year of graduation:
Union Status:
References:
How did you hear about Directors Lab West (please be specific):

List three directors or choreographers you admire and explain why:

If there were any piece you could direct or choreograph, what would it be, and why?

How do you approach your work as an artist?

What themes do you gravitate toward?

Describe a theatrical experience that changed you.

Describe what work you are most proud of and why.

The deadline for applications is Friday, March 29th at 5pm PST.

The 2013 Lab will take place May 18-25, 2013

in residence at The Pasadena Playhouse.

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The Lab will continue its tradition of bringing together dedicated theatre directors, choreographers and master artists for a week of intense discussions and exploration of the art form.

Attendance is by application only and no cost is charged to participate in the Lab.

Bechdel Test Talks: Awards Shows

THE BECHDEL TEST TALKS

are a monthly series where we examine entertainment through the lens of The Bechdel Test.

Etta Devine & Caroline Sharp join me every month!

The Bechdel Test asks 3 basic questions for every story (originally applied to film):

1. Is there more than 1 female character (with a name)?

2. Do they talk to each other?

3. About anything besides men?

These perimeters are not meant to be judgement calls, but simply starting points for discussion.

Awards Shows!

LA Times Story: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/moviesnow/la-et-mn-sundance-2013-women-lag-men-even-in-independent-film-study-finds-20130120,0,712589.story
Ted Hope’s Blog: http://hopeforfilm.com/?p=8838

SAG AWARDS

SCORE: 2-7-5
yes:
The Paperboy
Les Miserables

dubious:
Flight
Argo
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Zero Dark Thirty
Skyfall

trouble seeing film:
Rust and Bone
The Impossible

no:
Lincoln
Hitchcock
Silver Linings Playbook
The Master
The Sessions

INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS

SCORE: 1-2-2
yes
Moonrise Kingdom

dubious
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Keep the Lights On

no
Bernie
Silver Linings Playbook

IAWTV Winners

SCORE: # of shows 7-1-4
# of awards 12-2-6

yes
Best Comedy Series – Squaresville
Best Ensemble Performance – Squaresville

Best Drama Series – Leap Year
Best Writing (Comedy) – Squaresville – Matt Enlow
Best Costume Design – The League of S.T.E.A.M. – The League of S.T.E.A.M.
Best Makeup/Special Effects – The League of S.T.E.A.M. – The League of S.T.E.A.M.
Best Design (Art Direction/Production) – Continuum – Eric Whitney – computer voice
Best Editing – Continuum – Blake Calhoun
Best Directing (Comedy) – My Gimpy Life – Sean Becker
Best Female Performance (Comedy) – My Gimpy Life – Teal Sherer Teal
Best Directing (Drama) – Anyone But Me – Tina Cesa Ward (but it’s complicated in a good way)
Best Interactive/Social Media Experience – The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

maybe
Best Original Music – Cost of Capital – Rob Gokee
Best Male Performance (Comedy) – The Jeff Lewis 5-Minute Comedy Hour – Jeff Lewis – Poker Episode ?
Best Visual Effects (Digital) – H+ The Digital Series – Faction Creative and The Sequence Group: VFX Supervisor Ian Kirby; Digital Effects Supervisor Chris van Dyck; VFX Producer Caleb Bouchard

no
Best Animated Series – Red vs. Blue
Best Cinematography – H+ The Digital Series – Brett Pawlak – up to Episode 12. silent conversation probably about work between two women in Episode 13.
Best Female Performance (Drama) – Blue – Julia Stiles – Blue
Best Male Performance (Drama) – The Booth at the End, Season 2 – Xander Berkeley – Lead
Best Writing (Drama) – The Booth at the End, Season 2 – Christopher Kubasik
Best Supplemental Content – Red vs. Blue

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Watch Bechdel Test Talk Ep3: Children’s Stories

Watch Bechdel Test Talk Ep4: Who’s Breaking the Gender Glass Ceiling?

Watch Bechdel Test Talk Ep5: Fantasy & Sci Fi

Watch Bechdel Test Talk Ep6: Holiday Fare

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Trans-Media Prep for Project1979: Jackson Edition

Tonight I’m the Online Storyteller for Project1979: Jackson Edition. Alice works hard to connect the stories she gathers from YOU to every city, town, country she visits & performs.

My job is to connect wherever she is to the world online & create even more conversation online to integrate into real-time as well as future project1979 editions.
Join us tonight: 8pm PT & 9pm Jackson Wyoming time! The link to watch will post here: http://project1979.wordpress.com/
Or follow @Project1979 & on Facebook

Here I outline some of the ways Alice & I prepare for a Trans-media Storytelling experience and hurdles we faced/overcame.

ARTmageddon Outreach Tips

As Artists sign up for ARTMageddon LA, I email them Outreach Tips. Diana Wyenn and I thought for some, it might be easier to access through a short video tutorial.

We also show how you can help even if you don’t have an event. Participate as an audience member!

http://www.artmageddonla.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ARTmageddonLA
https://twitter.com/ARTmageddonLA

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