LA theater

people of los angeles,

go to Unknown Theater’s last show in the awesome 1110 Seward space. Performance artist John Fleck at 8 pm, bands at 10 pm.

AD Chris Covics said in an email to the mailing list this morning,

“In less than 12 hours, we lost our space at 1110 Seward, but through the generosity of so many of you, we managed to find a new space to set down roots (literally: we’re taking up the stage and moving it). We should be ready to open our next show, Mondo Don Juan, on schedule on August 20!”

More power to them. Please go, watch John Fleck “saturate the audience with Trader Joe’s products,” and be part of this company’s transition into their next home. I wish I could be there.

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“Slain LA theater director-producer Ben Bradley is remembered”

LAT: Bennett Bradley of Hollywood’s Fountain Theatre won awards for directing and producing plays that burrowed deeply into the African American experience, but friends and colleagues remembered Monday that he savored and contributed to nearly all of the arts.

Bradley, 59, was found stabbed to death early Saturday evening at his Mid-Wilshire apartment. Police are investigating Bradley’s death as a robbery and murder.

When he didn’t show up to lead a 5 p.m. rehearsal of the Fountain’s West Coast premiere of “The Ballad of Emmett Till,” the show’s stage manager went to his home and found his body, said Stephen Sachs, the company’s co-artistic director.

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Los Angeles theater sues Los Angeles county. (Really.)

“Los Angeles Shakespeare Company founder Geoffrey Forward went public Friday with an announcement that he has filed an $11.9-million negligence and inverse condemnation claim against Los Angeles County, claiming that 80 “outrageous acts” on the part of various county departments over the course of several years caused construction delays that led to the foreclosure sale of the company theater, the Globe, in Topanga.”

Diane Haithman in the LAT, via AJ.

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insofar

as Theatre of NOTE, my beloved Los Angeles theatrical home base, has sent out a call for ten-minute plays on the most preposterous theme imaginable: “Someone else’s loss is my chocolatey goodness” – I have shelved my objections and am passing along this fact to the blog at large. I hate to be disparaging about any opportunities for playwrights, but this one has to be viewed in the light of an opportunity best missed. Although, as a friend and I were saying, if you recast it as “One man’s meat is another man’s poison,” you might survive.

Regardless, if you have a ten-minute play on hand about, I don’t know, something, you might send it to NOTE. Their actors are the best in the city, and consequently, the best in the country. I’m not biased, I’m just right.

One man’s really bad theme could be another man’s short play.

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and yet even more bad news for the home team

headline: “Another LA theater critic gets the ax.” Right after SLM’s downmotion at the LA Weekly, Daily Breeze theater critic Jim Farber has been let go. My proud, former, first, last and only city, what’s happening to you? Where are the days when a director of 24 with her head alternately in the sand and the clouds could get eloquently slammed for her improvised choruses, at the fabled hands of SLM’s witticisms? Where, oh where, are the smackdowns going to come from now?

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bring your PJs

The Traveling Neighborhood collective, which my friend Rachel is one of the founders, is holding an umbrella event, lounge, and sleepover downtown in Los Angeles over the weekend of August 16 & 17. Featuring music, poetry, paintings, short films, and all the art you can eat. $5 at the door after 6 pm. The schedule, which I can’t paste here because it’s a Jpeg (but a very pretty one – handwritten) includes a denouement at 8 pm. Now that’s planning.

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