WRITE ACT REPERTORY - 2 COASTS / 1 GREAT COMPANY 2 OFF-BROADWAY SHOWS / 3 SHOWS UPCOMING IN LOS ANGELES
Write Act Repertory’s 21st Anniversary Season 2019
Ilia Volok in Diary of a Madman - March 16-31, 2019 - POPULAR!
Swing! by Michael Antin - April / May 2019
Write Act Rep Fringe Festival - June / July / August / September
P A S T S H O W S (2 0 1 7 / 2 0 1 8): Their Finest Hour: Churchill and Murrow ("Three by Will in Rep" series) - Jul 27-Aug 5, 2018 - Fri 8pm, Sat 4pm & 8pm, Sun 2pm & 6pm Prez: The Lester Young Story ("Three by Will in Rep" series) - February 11-March 11 (extended to June 29, 2018) - Fridays 8pm The Wicked, Wicked, Mae West ("Three by Will in Rep" series) - Feb 17, 2018-Mar 30, 2018 Bono and The Edge Waiting for Godomino's - Saturdays 4:00pm - April 21, 2018-May 26, 2018 Sing, Bibi, Sing! - Mar 30, 2018-Apr 8, 2018 Madness, Mayhem and Other Stimulants...When Women Write! - Aug 26, 2017-Oct 1, 2017 Marlene - July 23, 2017-Aug 27, 2017
***Winner of LA Weekly Theatre Award "Best Solo Performance"*** Ilia Volok in DIARY OF A MADMAN March 16, 22, 24, 29, 31 Opens March 16, Saturday 8pm Continues Fridays 8pm and Sundays 2pm ONLY 5 PERFORMANCES! Only in his madness does the lowly anti-hero attain greatness!
***Winner of LA Weekly Theatre Award "Best Solo Performance"***
LA, NY, Dubai, Paris, Kiev... Back in LA for the 100th show! 5 shows only!
DIARY OF A MADMAN Written by Nikolai Gogol Directed by Eugene Lazarev Starring Ilia Volok (Propishchin)
Nikolai Gogol's Diary of a Madmancenters on the life of Poprishchin, a low-ranking civil servant who yearns to be noticed by a beautiful woman, the daughter of a senior official, with whom he has fallen in love. His diary records his gradual, mesmeric slide into insanity. The story portrays the average mans satirical quest for individuality in a seemingly indifferent, urban city.
Only in his madness does the lowly anti-hero attain greatness!
"An absolute must-see, with a performance by Volok that is so riveting that as his insanity escalates, he maintains a powerful core that never dissipates!" - Examiner
"A fevered and fascinating one-man turn...Remarkable!" - LA Weekly
"The tour de force performance...Bold and unique" - LA Stage Happenings
Address: Write Act Repertory @ Brickhouse Theatre 10950 Peach Grove Street North Hollywood, CA 91601 *On-street parking. (Vineland and surrounding areas) ================== ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Ilia Volok (Propishchin) is a graduate of Moscow Art Theatre School and Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio. LA Theater: Slaughter City (The Courage Theater Company), The Awful Grace of God (The Actors Company), The Revisionist (Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts) co-starring opposite Tony award winner Deanna Dunagan, written by The Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg, Who Killed Comrade Rabbit? (Blank Theater), Vivien (Actor’s Circle), Diary of a Madman (various theatres), Just a Song at Twilight (Write Act Repertory) Cat’s Paw (Actor’s Studio), Ferdinand (Promenade Playhouse), Cassat & Degas (The Hudson Theater), Destiny's Calling (Stella Adler Theater), Chekhov in Yalta (Theater 40) and Fakov in America (American Renegade Theater). His one-man show Diary of A Madman won the LA Weekly Theater Award for Best Solo Performance. During Fall 2017 and Winter 2018 in New York, Diary of a Madman had two successful back-to-back Off Broadway runs, 60 performances in total. In 2018, Diary of a Madman was presented as a special engagement at the Junction Theater in Dubai, UAE, Theatre de la Huchette in Paris, France and Suzirya Theater in Kiev, Ukraine.
To this date, Ilia has appeared in over 150 films and television shows. Select Films: Air Force One, Oliver Stone's U-Turn, Indiana Jones 4, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Soloist, Water for Elephants, Mission Impossible-Ghost Protocol, Abduction, GI JOE 2, The Immigrant, Pawn Sacrifice and the recent Hunter Killer (Opposite Gerard Butler and Gary Oldman). Recent television includes CBS’ "Magnum PI," FX’s "Oh Jerome, No," CBS’ "MacGyver," and Marvel/Netflix’s "The Punisher," "Swedish Dicks," "Counterpart," "Stitchers," "Criminal Minds," "Baskets," "Shameless," "The Americans," "NCIS" & "NCIS New Orleans," "Hawaii 5.0," "Two Broke Girls," "Clipped," and recurring roles Michael Bay's "The Last Ship," and "Scandal." Faculty of the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in Los Angeles. More info: www.iliavolok.com.
Eugene Lazarev (Director), Russian actor and director. 1959 graduated from the Moscow Art Theater School-Studio. Has a 50 year career on Russian and international stage and screen. His director's credits include Hamlet, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, The Lion in Winter, The Little Lizard, Old Fashion Comedy and others. As an actor, he played more than 75 roles in the leading Moscow Theaters in USA and Europe. Since 2000, he worked in LA Tenure of Russian Academy of Arts. He has numerous awards and state decorations. Faculty of USC, School of Cinematic Arts.
Nikolai Gogol(Writer) (1809-1852) was a Ukrainian-born Russian dramatist and novelist. Considered by his contemporaries one of the preeminent figures of the natural school of Russian literary realism. His early works, such as Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka, were influenced by his Ukrainian upbringing, Ukrainian culture and folklore. His later writing satirised political corruption in the Russian Empire (The Government Inspector, Dead Souls), leading to his eventual exile. The novel Taras Bulba (1835) and the play Marriage (1842), along with the short stories "Diary of a Madman", "The Tale of How Ivan Ivanovich Quarreled with Ivan Nikiforovich", "The Portrait" and "The Carriage", round out the tally of his best-known works.
DIARY OF A MADMAN Adapted for the stage by Eugene Lazarev and Ilia Volok Presented by Write Act Repertory Producer: Anne Mesa Lighting Designer: Kenneth Cosby Stage/Tech Manager: Jonathan Harrison Visit: www.writeactrep.org
THREE BY WILL IN REP February - August 2018 A Festival Series featuring works by playwright Willard Manus at Write Act Rep’s Brickhouse Theatre Their Finest Hour: Churchill And Murrow - July 27, 2018 - Aug 5, 2018: Fri 8pm, Sat 4pm & 8pm, Sun 2pm & 6pm (Closed) PREZ: The Lester Young Story - February 11, 2018 - June 29, 2018: Fri 8pm (Closed) The Wicked, Wicked Mae West - February 17, 2018 - March 30, 2018: Sat 8pm (Closed)
Write Act Repertory with Producers John Lant and Anne Mesa present THEIR FINEST HOUR: CHURCHILL AND MURROW A World Premiere Production by Willard Manus Part of a Three Production Series in Rep ***Special Limited Engagement*** July 27, 2018 - August 5, 2018 Fridays 8pm / Saturdays 4pm & 8pm / Sundays 2pm & 6pm
ABOUT THE SHOW THEIR FINEST HOUR: CHURCHILL AND MURROW LOS ANGELES – Write Act Repertory's Producing Artistic Director John Lant and Anne Mesa are pleased to present the world premiere of Willard Manus’ THEIR FINEST HOUR: CHURCHILL AND MURROW. The final production in the series, Three By Will In Rep, is directed by Stu Berg. Opening June 16th, 2018. Write Act Repertory @ The Brickhouse Theatre. This full-length play sheds light on the unique relationship between Winston Churchill and Edward R. Murrow during the early years of WW II when England was under attack by Hitlers air-force. Murrow, who was covering the war for CBS Radio News, not only became friendly with Churchill, but had a passionate and adulterous love affair with the Prime Ministers daughter-in-law, Pamela–-one of the most famous courtesans of her time.
Under the direction of Stu Berg, THEIR FINEST HOUR stars *Michael Karm, Tyler Cook, Chantelle Albers, and Beau Hogan. July 27 - Aug 5, 2018. Fridays @ 8:00PM, Saturdays @ 4:00PM & 8:00PM, Sundays @ 2:00PM & 6:00PM. (*AEA)
Playwright Willard Manus has had over 40 plays produced in LA, regionally, and in Europe. Frank and Ava won a best-play award at the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival and has been turned into a feature film. Other recent plays include Frank And Ava, Bird Lives!, Berlin Cowboys, and Who Killed Comrade Rabbit (co-written with Ilia Volok). Manus is also a novelist whose best-known book, Mott the Hoople, became the name of the British rock band of the 70s. He is a member of the Actors Studio, Playwrights/Directors unit and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Will also publishes the online literary review, Lively-Arts.com.
REVIEWS FOR THEIR FINEST HOUR: CHURCHILL AND MURROW "Beautifully written, expertly acted and superbly directed…Bravo!!" "I highly recommend “Their Finest Hour: Churchill and Murrow.”In these times of uncertainty and disrespect in both politics and journalism, spending a little time with two brave and moral souls is much needed and almost medicinal…I certainly felt a lot better for it." - Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros/Noho Arts District
"This thrilling re-enactment of the politician and the broadcaster who joined forces to fight for freedom against fascism are among the finest two hours this reviewer has ever spent in a theater." - Ed Rampell/Hollywood Progressive
"The performances are brilliant with Michael Karm in the starring role, bringing out all the nuances of this bigger than life figure. Tyler Cook, Chantelle Albers, and Beau Hogan round out the cast...a perfect ensemble! Stu Berg did a great job with the challenging staging. "Their Finest Hour" just proves you don't need a major venue to bring a major story to life." -Hettie Lynne Hurtes/KPCC 89.3FM
"Cook takes on a charming, leading man approach to playing Murrow" "Albers is brilliant as the feisty jezebel" "Karm is uncanny as Churchill. Each speech he delivers is laced with the giant’s strength and dignity. He accurately mirrors the man’s famous mood swings and adds emotional depth to his acting, most notably during his candid war room discussions with Murrow to which he reveals personal familial stories." -Stage Raw
Their Finest Hour: Churchill And Murrow ***Special Limited Engagement*** July 27 - Aug 5, 2018 Fridays @ 8:00PM Saturdays @ 4:00PM & 8:00PM Sundays @ 2:00PM & 6:00PM Part of a Three Production Series in Repertory - "THREE BY WILL - IN REP"
LOCATION: Write Act Repertory @ the Brickhouse Theatre 10950 Peach Grove Street North Hollywood, CA 91601
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Leslie A Jones reprises his much-acclaimed performance of PREZ: THE LESTER YOUNG STORY by Willard Manus Presented by John Lant with Write Act Repertory Part of a Three Production Series in Rep Playing now thru June 29, 2018 - Fridays, 8pm
A SOLO PLAY ABOUT THE LEGENDARY JAZZ MUSICIAN LESTER YOUNG Opening February 11th and running through March 11th, 2018 -- extended thru June 29th, 2018 (Fridays at 8pm)
LOS ANGELES - (January 6, 2018) – WRITE ACT REP announces PREZ, a solo show written by playwright Willard Manus, in celebration of Black History Month, and returns to Los Angeles, as part of a Festival Series at Write Act Rep’s Brickhouse Theatre called THREE BY WILL IN REP. The Series includes two World Premiere’s along with the return of the acclaimed PREZ, which chronicles the unique life of jazzman Lester Young, featuring Leslie A. Jones. The intimate drama is produced by John Lant II, and will be directed by Daniel E. Keough. The show is set to open February 11th, 2018. All performances for PREZ will be on Sunday at 2PM, through March 11th, 2018, as part of the three production Series, "THREE BY WILL IN REP".
ABOUT THE SHOW PREZ had its world premiere in Feb. 2016 at Chromolume Theatre in Culver City, where it ran for two months and was hailed by critics and audiences alike. The play, which is set in a 1959 hotel room in Paris, paints an intimate portrait of Lester Young, a unique jazzman whose warm, lyrical style brought him fame, first with the Count Basie band, then with the likes of Nat ‘King’ Cole, Oscar Peterson, Teddy Wilson, and his best friend and alter ego, Billie Holiday.
Leslie A. Jones is an actor/musician who has appeared in two previous plays by Willard Manus: BRIDGE and BIRD LIVES! He won an NAACP Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Randall in Matthew Witten’s “Washington Square Moves.” He recurred on TV’s “Beverly Hills, 90212" and has appeared in numerous independent films. His band, “Right Hand Rule,” can be heard on iTunes,com, Amazon.com and cdbaby.com. He plays saxophone, flute, percussion, and sings as well. Willard Manus has had numerous plays produced in L.A. and elsewhere. FRANK AND AVA won a best-play award at the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival and has been turned into a feature film.
PAST REVIEWS FOR PREZ "Jones is not just a wonderful actor, he is, above all, a riveting and unapologetic storyteller." – Beverly Hills Courier
“Jones does a good job of channeling Young... spiced with slick riffs from the saxophone...” – Stage Raw
“Lester A. Jones brilliantly embodies the essence of a musical innovator... This is a sensitive, relatable story that holds us captive until the very end.“ - Wayne Jobson - Indie 103.1 Radio Los Angeles
THREE BY WILL - IN REP Part of a Three Production Series in Repertory
PREZ is running at the Brickhouse Theatre in repertory, called THREE BY WILL IN REP with two new plays by Manus, THEIR FINEST HOUR: CHURCHILL AND MURROW and THE WICKED, WICKED MAE WEST.
THREE BY WILL IN REP opens February 11, 2018 Friday @ 8:00PM PREZ – The Lester Young Story - Opens Feb. 11 @ 2:00PM The Wicked, Wicked Mae West - Sunday - Opens Feb. 17th @ 8:00PM Their Finest Hour: Churchill And Murrow – July 27th-Aug 5th @ Fridays 8:00PM, Saturdays 4:00pm & 8:00PM, Sundays 2:00PM & 6:00PM
Write Act Repertory @ The Brickhouse Theatre 10950 Peach Grove Street North Hollywood, CA 91601. General admission: $20.00 Tickets are available at: www.brownpapertickets.com Additional information at: www.writeactrep.org Publicity by Sandra Kuker PR
Write Act Repertory with Producers John Lant and Tamra Pica present THE WICKED, WICKED MAE WEST A World Premiere Production by Willard Manus Part of a Three Production Series in Rep February 17, 2018 - March 30, 2018 - Saturdays, 8pm
THE WICKED, WICKED MAE WEST LOS ANGELES - (February 13, 2018) – Producers John Lant and Tamra Pica with WRITE ACT REP announce a three Production Series in Rep, “THREE BY WILL - IN REP” which includes two World Premiere’s, “Their Finest Hour: Churchill And Murrow,” “The Wicked, Wicked Mae West,” along with the acclaimed “PREZ – The Lester Young Story.” The three plays will open at Write Act Repertory @ the Brickhouse Theatre beginning February 9th, 2018 . The Wicked, Wicked Mae West will open Saturday, February 17th. Tickets for Saturday performances at: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3328677
ABOUT THE SHOW THE WICKED, WICKED MAE WEST is a new comedy about the legendary actress, writer and sex symbol. Set in 1959, the play portrays the bigger-than-life, wise-cracking Mae when she was being interviewed by Charles Collingwood for a possible appearance on his popular “Person to Person” TV show.
Directed by Iris Merlis, THE WICKED, WICKED MAE WEST, stars Colette Rosario and Michael Robb.
THE TEAM Written by Willard Manus Directed by Iris Merlis Produced by John Lant and Tamra Pica in association with Write Act Repertory Associate Produced by Jonathan Harrison Lighting Design by Alonzo Tavares Publicity by Sandra Kuker PR
MORE ABOUT WILLARD MANUS Playwright Willard Manus has had over 40 plays produced in LA, regionally, and in Europe. Frank and Ava won a best-play award at the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival and has been turned into a feature film. Other recent plays include Frank And Ava, Bird Lives!, Berlin Cowboys, and Who Killed Comrade Rabbit (co-written with Ilia Volok). Manus is also a novelist whose best-known book, Mott the Hoople, became the name of the British rock band of the 70’s. He is a member of the Actors Studio, Playwrights/Directors unit and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Will also publishes the online literary review, Lively-Arts.com
THE SERIES IN REPERTORY
THREE BY WILL - IN REP will open February 11 through May 25, 2018 Friday @ 8:00PM – PREZ – The Lester Young Story – Opening Feb. 11th Fridays @ 8:00PM, Saturdays @ 4:00PM & 8:00PM, Sundays @ 2:00PM & 6:00PM – Their Finest Hour: Churchill And Murrow - July 27th - Aug 5th Saturday @ 8:00PM – The Wicked, Wicked Mae West - Opens Feb. 17th
Write Act Repertory @ the Brickhouse Theatre 10950 Peach Grove Street North Hollywood, CA 91601.
Formed in 1998, under the artistic leadership of John Lant since 2003, the acclaimed theatre group WRITE ACT REPERTORY has produced over 50+ World or West Coast Mainstage Premieres and 75 Original one-act plays in Los Angeles and New York City. Write Act Repertory is dedicated to the development of original plays, lesser known works by established writers, adaptations of classical-themed materials and musicals. Write Act Repertory also produces rarely seen works and unfinished musicals by composers who passed before their work was completed. www.writeactrep.org
Write Act Repertory with Producers Anne Mesa and John Lant present BONO AND THE EDGE WAITING FOR GODOMINO’S Written and Directed by Richard Lucas The smash hit award-winning comedy comes to Write Act Repertory for a special limited engagement, April 21 - May 26, 2018 - Saturdays at 4pm (Just in time for U2's Los Angeles concert in May!)
"We have asked for the pizza to come, and we have to believe that it will come - because we have asked.”
Bono orders pizza delivery to get back in touch with the Common Man… A satire on celebrity culture wrapped in a modern-day parody of ‘Godot’ with questions on art, on being, and on one’s purpose in an absurd, humorous and familiar tune.
BONO AND THE EDGE WAITING FOR GODOMINO'S Written and directed by Richard Lucas Starring Bruno Oliver, Curt Collier, Jeff Blumberg, and Richard Lucas
"Encore Producers Award" Winner, Hollywood Fringe Fest 2017 "Best Comedy" Nominee, Hollywood Fringe Fest 2017 "Best Comedy" Winner, TheTVolution.com "Best of Los Angeles Theatre 2017" List, TheTVolution.com
North Hollywood, CA (April-May 2018): Write Act Repertory’s Producing Artistic Director John Lant and Producer Anne Mesa are proud to present a limited engagement of Bono and The Edge Waiting for Godomino’s, a clever and ingenious new take on Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, written and directed by Richard Lucas, starring Jeff Blumberg, Curt Collier, Richard Lucas, and Bruno Oliver at The Brickhouse Theatre in the heart of the NOHO Theatre Arts District. The 70-min play had its world premiere at the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival and was extended with a six-week run at The Whitefire Theatre in Fall 2017. The show garnered several awards and nominations including “Best Comedy,” “Encore Producer’s Award,” and TheTVolution.com’s “2017 Best of Los Angeles Theatre” list.
ABOUT THE SHOW In this parody of Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot," the script is flipped as Bono, wracked with guilt over his own success and fear of having lost touch with his working class and spiritual roots, orders a pizza delivery to his castle in the hopes of conversing with the delivery person about living a real life. But Bono's lifelong U2 bandmate, guitarist The Edge, wants no part of his socio-spiritual experiment and rejects any thought of inviting opinions or judgments on his hard-earned rock star life. Both struggle with the possible hypocrisies in their practices versus their policies in a funny and surprisingly deep comedy that skewers celebrity culture, blind faith, and pretentious theater while searching for the meaning of art in a hyper-capitalist society.
Writer/director Richard Lucas says, “It’s a satire on celebrity culture wrapped in a ridiculous 180-degree parody of ‘Godot.’ The set-up of ‘Waiting for Godot’ is socially pretty well known – the rest of the play, maybe not so much. That said, no one needs to have written a thesis on ‘Godot’ to enjoy our version. As long as one can imagine the off chance that a mega celebrity might feel a moment of self-doubt or a pang of regret at having lost touch with reality, it should be fun.”
"...This is not the first parody of Beckett's "Waiting For Godot" I've ever seen, but it may be the last because I'm not sure it can get any better than this." - FringeReview.co.uk
"An inventive, clever, cool and classy parody of Samuel Beckett's 'Waiting for Godot' featuring an excellent and colorful cast... Has the potential to become a cult favorite." - NoHoArtsDistrict.com
"...Like the legendary shows Beyond the Fringe, The Mighty Boosh, Bing Hitler, Lucas has served up a dish both cerebral and madcap and pulls it off brilliantly..." - TheTVolution.com
"9 out of 10: EXCEPTIONAL SHOW - a great job translating the thoughts and questions from the original into such a modern day scenario..." - LATheatreBites.com
CAST: Jeff Blumberg Curt Collier Richard Lucas Bruno Oliver
Bono and The Edge Waiting for Godomino’s was conceived at the “Serial Killers” show at Sacred Fools, which led to its premiere at the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival, where it instantly became an audience favorite and had a highly successful run. Due to its popularity, the show garnered an extension at The Whitefire Theatre in the Fall of the same year and returns now as a special “pop-up” run at Write Act Repertory, just in time for U2’s Los Angeles concert in May!
For more information on the show, visit www.WaitingForGodominos.com.
About the playwright: Richard Lucas is a Los Angeles based writer, actor, comedian, and storyteller. His first book, The Dog Log, a comedic memoir about living next to a barking dog, is being published by The Chicago Review Press and is due for release in early 2019. For more info, visit http://www.RichardLucasComedy.com.
6 Performances: April 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26 (65 minutes)
Producers John Lant and Tamra Pica with Write Act Repertory are pleased to present the West Coast premiere of Elise Arndt's award-winning one-woman show SING BIBI SING! The Untold Tales of Bibi Osterwald. Opening at Write Act Repertory's home, the Brickhouse Theatre, in North Hollywood on March 30th, at 8 p.m. for seven performances, after a sold out run in New York. The musical is written by and stars Elise Arndt, the granddaughter of the late Bibi Osterwald. The show is directed by Christine O'Grady, (HAIR, tick, tick...BOOM!), with musical direction by Doug Peck and The Doug Peck Trio. (Winner: six Joseph Jefferson Awards for his musical direction, two After Dark Awards, The Guy Adkins Award, and the Sarah Siddons Award). Tickets will go on sale next week with Brown Paper Tickets.SING, BIBI, SING! - Chronicles the untold tales of Bibi Osterwald, veteran actress of stage and screen. As the renowned standby for Hello Dolly, Bibi worked with some of the biggest names in the biz and bequeathed her legacy for her granddaughter to carry on. Elise cracks open Bibi's songbook and weave together their two stories to celebrate the triumphs and trials forging a career in the musical arts. Tonight's musical lineup spotlights popular jazz standards, go-to staples from Bibi's nightclub act, and of course, some Broadway medleys.
Bibi Osterwald was an actress and singer whose career on stage and screen spanned over fifty years. Her long and fruitful career in New York includes the Broadway productions of: Sing Out, Sweet Land!; Three to Make Ready; Gentlemen Prefer Blondes; Look Homeward, Angel; Bus Stop; The Vamp; Family Affair; The Golden Apple (Outer Critics Circle Award); and the First National Tour of 42nd Street. As standby for Hello Dolly for seven years, she stepped into the role over two hundred times for Carol Channing, Ethel Merman, Betty Grable, Ginger Rogers, Phyllis Diller, Martha Raye, and Pearl Bailey. Film and Television highlights include: The Ed Sullivan Show; The Imogene Coca Show; Love Boat; Murder She Wrote; Remington Steele; Tales From The Crypt with Tom Hanks; General Hospital; Parrish; The Tiger Makes Out; The World of Henry Orient; A Fine Madness with Sean Connery; Caddyshack II; As Good As It Gets with Jack Nicholson; and Moving with Richard Pryor. Bibi moved permanently to Toluca Lake from New York City in 1976 to work in TV and Film.
Elise Arndt is a NYC-based actress (although born in California), graduated from American University with a BA in musical theatre. She starred in The D* Word (from the creator of Menopause the Musical), and was featured in Footloose (Seven Angels), Briar Rose and the 13th Fairy (NYC premier), and Love, New York (music by Rob Rokicki). She has done countless workshops, readings, and festivals in the New York and DC area, and is a resident co-host and special guest performer at La-Ti-Do, a premier cabaret series based in DC. When not performing, Elise loves to travel the world, teach, and nurture the next generation of young performers. For more information, please visit www.elisearndt.com.
THE PRODUCTION TEAM Written by Elise Arndt Directed by Christine O’Grady Musical Direction by Doug Peck Music by The Doug Peck Trio Produced by John Lant and Tamra Pica
Sing, Bibi, Sing! runs March 30th through April 8th, 2018, at Write Act Rep at The Brickhouse Theatre. Located at 10950 Peach Grove Street, North Hollywood, CA. 91601.
7 Performances: Friday, March 30 @ 8:00PM Saturday, March 31 @ 8:00PM Sunday, April 1 @ 7:00PM Friday, April 6 @ 8:00PM Saturday, April 7 @ 4:00PM and 8:00PM Sunday, April 8 @ 7:00PM (Run-time: 70 minutes)
Summer Playwright’s Lab 2017 MADNESS, MAYHEM, and OTHER STIMULANTS… WHEN WOMEN WRITE! Featuring Works by 3 Playwrights: Linda L. Rand, Susan C. Hunter, Rochelle Perry August 26, 2017 - October 1, 2017
MADNESS, MAYHEM, and OTHER STIMULANTS … When Women Write! Summer Playwright’s Lab 2017 – Write Act Repertory’s annual women’s playwrights returns in our new home spotlighting three prominent Los Angeles playwrights. Write Act Rep's Spotlight Series provides an opportunity for Write Act Rep artists-in-residence featuring a principal performer's written word, with the support of fellow Write Act members. Write Act Rep picks a writer's body of work as a focus for our playwriting groups we work with here. In the past, Write Act Rep worked with members of Los Angeles Playwrights Group, ALAP, At-Rise Playwrights and Women Inventing Theatre.
Produced by John Lant, in association with and written by Linda L. Rand, Susan C. Hunter and Rochelle Perry, with Michael Eiden. Production Stage Manager / Associate Producer: Jonathan Harrison. Lighting Design: Ken Cosby. Graphics: Rochelle Perry. Additional Technical Support: Alonzo Tavares.
Festival Series A – "Diversion of Life" – A collection of short plays written by Linda L. Rand Plays run from August 26th – September 3rd, 2017
Festival Series B – "Kissinup to Mr. Bliss" – Full length play written by Susan C. Hunter Play runs from September 9th – September 17th, 2017
Festival Series C – "A Colorful Conscience" – A collection of short plays written by Rochelle Perry Plays run from September 23rd – October 1, 2017
Cindy Marinangel stars in MARLENE World Premiere Of Willard Manus’ New Play About The Legendary Actress, Performer -- And Patriot-- Marlene Dietrich Directed by Judith Rose Produced by John Lant July 23, 2017 - August 27, 2017
MARLENE will be performed every Sunday night at 7pm through August 27 at the Brickhouse, which is located at 10950 Peach Grove Street, at Camarillo & Vineland, in NoHo.
MARLENE tells a true story. In May, 1960, Dietrich returned to Germany to perform on stage for the first time since fleeing the Hitler regime in 1939. The play is set in Dietrich’s dressing-room at Berlin’s Tatiana Palast Theatre, where she is trying to decide whether she should go through with the recital. Threats have been made on her life by Nazi sympathizers who still resented her for having spent much of WW II entertaining American soldiers on the front lines. In their eyes she is a turncoat, a traitor, and should be killed..
Willard Manus has had numerous plays produced in L.A., most recently “Joe & Marilyn: A Love Story”and “Frank and Ava,”. Among his other plays are “Prez: The Lester Young Story,” “Bird Lives!” and “Berlin Cowboys.”. He is also a journalist and novelist whose best-known work is “Mott the Hoople,” the book from which the 70s British rock band took its name. Manus is a member of the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors unit and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.
Write Act Repertory @ the Brickhouse Theatre, 10950 Peach Grove St., N. Hollywood, CA 9l601 (one block east of Vineland). Performances are July 23-August 27, Sunday nights only at 7pm. Tickets are $20. Visit www.brownpapertickets.com.