L.A. Venues and Events That Are Postponing, Updating, or Canceling To Help Deter Coronavirus Spread and Protect the Public

UPDATES: 11-14-20 5:30 p.m. PST

Better Lemons is currently in the process of updating our calendar with shows that have postponed, updated, or canceled due to coronavirus and concerns and actions towards the safety of theatre patrons.

The following is a list of venues and shows that we have updated and have been updating currently.

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Audio Interview: The Cast of 'Guys and Dolls' at The GEM Theater

Guys and Dolls is a musical romantic comedy involving the unlikeliest of Manhattan pairings: a high-rolling gambler and a puritanical missionary*

Enjoy this interview with the cast of “Guys and Dolls at The GEM Theater, playing through Mar 29th. You can listen to this interview while commuting, while waiting in line at the grocery store or at an audition, backstage and even front of the stage. For tickets and more info Click here.

*taken from the website


Garry Marshall Theatre Announces Call for Submissions for Third Annual New Works Play Festival, Developing Work by Emerging Playwrights

March 9, 2020 – BURBANK, CA – Garry Marshall Theatre launches submissions for its third annual New Works Festival slated for September 14–16, 2020. Submissions open today, March 9, 2020 and will close April 15, 2020.

The 2020 New Works Festival will pair five playwrights with professional LA-based directors and actors for readings of the selected finalists. Following the readings, moderated talkbacks with the playwright, the audience and Garry Marshall Theatre’s New Works Producing Team allow those in attendance to be part of the playwright’s process. All finalists will be considered for future development and production at the theatre.

Back for his second year as Producer of the Garry Marshall Theatre New Works Festival, Jonathan Muñoz-Proulx shared, “Garry Marshall Theatre is committed to being a home for diverse, brave new voices. It's through the annual New Works Festival that we engage our citywide community.”

Garry Marshall Theatre is interested in new work that is uniquely theatrical, authentically voiced, and has a strong point of view. Most importantly, the theatre is interested in the plays that writers are passionate about working on right now.

“The varied and exciting plays that have been submitted in the past have been remarkable. We know that the 2020 New Works Festival will be as compelling and provoking. This festival is at the heart of what Garry Marshall loved most: new voices, new ideas, and new stories. His passion for storytelling is the main reason he built this live theatre,” said Joseph Leo Bwarie of the GMT. “We look forward to opening our stage to the third year of innovative and unique voices who have stories to be told.”

Muñoz-Proulx added, “By sharing new scripts with our dedicated team of readers, matching local directors with the most innovative playwrights, welcoming diverse casts of our city's most skilled actors, and then ultimately, sharing all of this artistry with Los Angeles's dedicated theatre audience, this process places the audience and the playwrights at the center of the new play development journey.”

The 2019 New Works Festival finalists will be chosen through a blind submission
process. Applicants will submit their play as a blind PDF and fill out an informational form on the Garry Marshall Theatre website. Plays should be full-length and their form should offer a complete evening of theatre. Plays submitted should contain up to only six actors, and should not have received a previous professional production. Submissions require a $20 fee, which supports the submission and review process. Selected finalists will receive a small honorarium.

Submission guidelines can be found at garrymarshalltheatre.org/new-works-festival-2020. Submissions are open March 9, 2020 through April 15, 2020.

ABOUT GARRY MARSHALL THEATRE

Garry Marshall Theatre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing innovative performances, educational opportunities, and storytelling activities for all ages, year- round. Located in the heart of Burbank and Toluca Lake’s media district, the critically acclaimed and Ovation Award-winning 130-seat theatre was founded in 1997 as the Falcon Theatre by Hollywood legend Garry Marshall. Reestablished as the nonprofit Garry Marshall Theatre in 2017, the theatre continues to cultivate new artists and experiences that spark ideas and build community.

CALENDAR DETAILS

WHAT and WHEN:
Submissions Open for 2020 New Works Festival
Submissions Accepted: March 9, 2020 – April 15, 2020
New Works Festival
September 14, 15, 16, 2020

WHERE: Garry Marshall Theatre, 4252 W Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505
SUBMISSION FEE: $20
MORE INFORMATION:
Box Office: (818) 955-8101
Website: GarryMarshallTheatre.org
Facebook: facebook.com/GarryMarshallTheatre
Twitter: @GMTheatre_org
Instagram: @garrymarshalltheatre


From Mormon to Callback Queen Actor/Singer Luke Monday Takes the LA Stage By Storm

Actor/singer Luke Monday has performed as standby for Elder Price in The Book of Mormon which just canceled at the Ahmanson Theatre. He is now preparing to perform his concert/cabaret at Rockwell Table & Stage on Monday March 16 entitled Callback Queen. In our interview Monday talks about both shows and how he really likes performing in Los Angeles.

I understand you are standby for Elder Price in The Book of Mormon. Have you gotten the chance to perform for this show yet? Do you cover other roles?

LM: Yes, I have been performing as a standby for Price! I went on for him on Tuesday March 3rd. I only cover Elder Price in the show. When it’s a role as demanding as this, often times companies will hire a standby just to cover that part. I’m the only Price standby in this company.

This is without a doubt the funniest musical comedy, especially for gay people. Are audiences still jumping out of their seats?

LM: They really are! I wasn’t sure what to expect since the show has played here a few times, but we’ve been selling really well and the crowds have been fantastic. I went on on a Tuesday night, and it honestly felt like a Friday night crowd. Totally electric. I loved it!

What do you think is the message of The Book of Mormon and do you think the message is important in today's mixed up world?

LM: My takeaway from the show is that it’s ok to follow your own path, even if it’s not what you expected. Particularly in Elder Price’s case, he’s had this very specific idea of how everything in his life (and afterlife) will play out. Obviously once he gets paired with Cunningham and sent to Uganda, that all gets derailed. But by the end of the show he learns to manage the change, and in that change he finds a new strength. I think that’s something anyone watching can learn from. Life always throws curve balls, but it’s all about how you handle the struggles and find a way to move forward!

Is this the favorite role you have played? If not, what is your favorite role and why?

LM: The Book of Mormon is definitely one of my top favorites! Maybe top 3? I love the music in this show. I remember watching the Tony’s one year, hearing I Believe for the very first time and thinking, “I can do that!” Almost 9 years and 3 auditions later and here I am! My other favorites would have to be Gabe in Next to Normal and George in She Loves Me.

You were in Mamma Mia. What part did you perform in that show and did you enjoy being in that production?

LM: Mamma Mia was a blast! One of the best experiences I’ve ever had. It was my first time touring, and the people in that show became my family. I was in the ensemble and I covered Sky, the fiancée. I loved Mamma Mia because no matter what negativity was going on in the world at the time, we could take the audience away for 2 hours and escape all of that and just have fun.

Your cabaret show Callback Queen premiered last summer in San Diego. You tell anecdotes about your career and sing Broadway show tunes. Can you give us a little sneak peek without creating a spoiler alert?

LM: The show sort of opens with my very first rejection, not getting the part I wanted in my 4th grade school play, and then we continue all the way to the present. I noticed a trend with concerts and cabarets that a lot of them are just greatest hits of roles people played or originated i.e. their success stories. And while that is perfectly great, I thought it would be interesting to flip that idea on its head and share stories of rejection. Every actor has them! Without giving away too much, there are going to be appearances from my talented friends from The Book of Mormon, awesome medleys and mashups, a costume reveal, glow sticks, and a choose-your-own finale. It should be a blast!

Do you have a favorite musical or composer or performer?

LM: I think it’s a tie between West Side Story and Ragtime for favorite musical. Two of the most glorious scores ever written, and sadly still so relevant now. I don’t think I’ve got a favorite composer. I appreciate so many of them for different reasons! But I have a few favorite performers. I’m a huge Gavin Creel fan. His voice was and is one of the best in the business. I want to play everything he’s ever played. I guess I’m on my way, seeing that he was an Elder Price! Another fav is Laura Osnes. She’s a true triple threat and just has a positive presence that I think is so important in a cut throat industry like this.

Have you auditioned for the King in Hamilton role yet? It's a funny, funny role.

LM: Obviously I’d love to play that part but I haven't auditioned yet! I think it’s pretty spectacular that a character can be onstage for such a short time and yet be so memorable. So it's definitely on my list of auditions to do. Thankfully Hamilton will be around for MANY years, so there’s time!

Tell our readers anything that I did not mention, like the camaraderie with your Mormon cast or how LA audiences are different from those in other cities across the country.

LM: Well, I love my cast. This is the longest I’ve been with any company and I can honestly say I love each one of them. We lift each other up, and I know they’ll be at Callback Queen on the 16th cheering me on. I think the audiences in LA are used to seeing great theater, so they are really smart! They pic up on the details and the nuances that often go unnoticed in other cities. Being here is a reminder of how truly funny and well written this show is. It feels new again in a way.

Catch Luke Monday on March 16 at Rockwell Table & Stage at 1714 N. Vermont Ave. in Hollywood in "Callback Queen." Call 323-669-1550 for table reservations. 

Both shows cancelled. Check back after the Corona Virus to see if Callback Queen will be rescheduled.


Now Registered on the Better Lemons Calendar – March 2 - 8, 2020


Better Lemons currently has over 140 shows NOW registered on the Better Lemons Calendar!

Registered NEW this week are Art Shows, Musicals, Comedy, Cabaret, Solo, Readings, and more:
For shows with a LemonMeter rating, visit our LemonMeter page.


Wait Until Dark

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Bernhardt/Hamlet

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One Way Ticket to Oregon

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The Pack

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Darkness Comes Alive: Discover Your Neon Eternity

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Muse of Fire (Henry 4/5)

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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Divorce

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Scintilla

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2nd Annual NOT REAL ART Creators Conference

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Bakersfield Mist

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ANTIDOTE TO NOISE: FOUR VOICES

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Poor Clare

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Alice in Wonderland the Musical

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Señorita Julia - Staged Reading

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Audio Interview: Armin Shimerman (Quark from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) the director of Measure for Measure

Armin Shimerman, best known by his fans as Quark from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, is also an accomplished Shakespearean scholar and teacher. He is one of two directors of Measure for Measure.

Enjoy this interview with Armin Shimerman co-director of “Measure for Measure at the Antaeus Theatre Company, playing through Apr 6th. You can listen to this interview while commuting, while waiting in line at the grocery store or at an audition, backstage and even front of the stage. For tickets and more info Click here.

*taken from the website


JOAN OF ART: A House is definitely a Home, Let's Go Surfing, A Delicious Feast, and Comedy is Back at the Hudson

I know staying home and watching the news can make some of us feel that it is dangerous out there, but I promise with the help of some hand sanitizer, you'll all be fine. Plus the events this week are certainly worth the trek away from your house.

And speaking of home that's exactly what you will find out the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. HOME created by Geoff Sobelle is a play like nothing you've ever seen.

It's an extremely original, heartfelt theatre piece performed without words. 'Home' is a fast moving, unique blend of concept, movement, music and visual storytelling that shows us what it means to make a house a home.

On an empty stage, a house rises before your eyes. Residents past, present and future rollick through its rooms in an impromptu dance that defies time and space, magically transforming our mundane everyday tasks into a glorious intimate and profound celebrations.

HOME has played in several cities including New York and Boston to rave reviews. This is definitely on my 'must see' list and I'll be in the audience this Friday evening.

For tickets and more information go the TheBroadStage.org or call the box office at (310) 434-3200.

HOME plays Thursday, March 5th through Sunday March 8th. The Broad is located at 1310 11th Street in Santa Monica 90401.

Next are you ready to go surfing? Well for those of you that don't surf, there is something going on that's pretty close to it. I'm talking about POINT BREAK LIVE!. After its debut a decade ago, this laugh out loud over the top show has settled back in L.A. for another run. Many of my friends have seen it and they assure me that I won't stop laughing.

POINT BREAK LIVE is the theatrical spoof of the 1991 Patrick Swayze - Keanu Reeves cult classic film that shuffles up the casting a bit by assigning Keanu's role of Johnny Utah to an audience member - chosen by the crowd's reaction, as measured by the Keanu Woah-O-Meter.

In case you forgot the plot of the film, the Reeves character is an undercover FBI Agent and Swayze's character is the head of a gang that robs banks, blows things up, skydives with loaded guns and in between catches waves - big ones. This crew of adrenaline junkies are called the Ex-Presidents.

You can expect an exuberant hour and a half of watching the antics of this crazy cast. Oh by the way ponchos are provided at the door to protect you from all the water, fake blood and other various liquids that tends to get thrown at you from the stage.

If a hysterically funny, off the wall spoof is your thing, then go to PointBreakLA.com to buy tickets. The show is playing at Club Los Gobos on 3040 Sunset Blvd., 90026.

Now at some point this weekend you are going to eat and there's a restaurant that I went to last weekend that's absolutely fabulous. I've eaten there before but for some reason I forgot how delicious the food was. I know, hard to believe, right?

The restaurant is called MILO AND OLIVE and it's open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They call themselves a neighborhood bakery and pizzeria but it's so much more than that.

I tried their wood fired pizza, scrumptious garlic bread, incredible homemade Minestrone soup filled with market vegetables, beans, parmesan brodo and herbs, homemade pasta along with several appetizers and despite getting fuller by the minute, my friends and I couldn't stop devouring everything that was put in front of us.

For those of you who aren't vegetarian or vegan, there are plenty of chicken and meat dishes to try. The food at Milo and Olive is always fresh and always of the highest quality.

Owners Josh and Zoe, both Santa Monica natives, have opened several neighborhood restaurants along with their partner Colby Goff to form what is now the Rustic Canyon Family.

Other food establishments include the wonderful Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe, Sweet Rose Creamery, Tallula's, Cassia Rice & Noodle Kitchen and the newest Birdie G's which I can't wait to try.

Milo and Olive is located at 2723 Wilshire Blvd in Santa Monica 90403. Their phone number is (310) 453-6776. For hours and more information go to MiloAndOlive.com.

I believe you can never have to much laughter and that's why the last thing I'm going to recommend for your weekend fun is TMI HOLLYWOOD at the Hudson Theatre located at 6530 Santa Monica Blvd in Hollywood 90038.

What is TMI HOLLYWOOD you ask? Well if you take Saturday Night Live, mix it with TMZ and add a dash of The Daily Show you get LA's most celebrated live comedy show.

To give you an idea of the kind of comedy they do, every time Chrissy Teigen claps back at her haters, Trump opens his Twitter or someone asks Alyssa Milano her opinion, TMI Hollywood is there with its own hilarious take on the story.

As their tag line states; 'When a story breaks in Hollywood, we'll be there with the crazy glue.' For more about them visit their website at TMIHollywood.com.

This very funny show plays every Sunday starting March 8th from 8:00pm-9:30pm through June 2020.

Whatever you chose to do this weekend people, have a great one.


Audio Interview: The Cast of 'Found' at The Los Angeles Theatre Center

IAMA Theatre Company presents the West Coast premiere of Found, a new musical inspired by Davy Rothbart’s popular Found magazine, which features scores of actual discarded notes and letters that have been “found” in the real world by everyday people.*

Enjoy this interview with the cast of “Found at The Los Angeles Theatre Center, playing through Mar 23rd. You can listen to this interview while commuting, while waiting in line at the grocery store or at an audition, backstage and even front of the stage. For tickets and more info Click here.

*taken from the website


Now Registered on the Better Lemons Calendar – February 25 - March 1, 2020


Musicals, Comedy, Cabaret, Immersive, Solo, Readings, Kid-friendly shows, and more now registered on the Better Lemons calendar!

For shows with a LemonMeter rating, visit our LemonMeter page.


The Serpent

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LA Fest by Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA

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The Bindings

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Antigone, Presented by the Girls of St. Catherine's

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Soul Trek

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Five Pieces of Paper: Stories my Hungarian grandmother refused to tell me and other family tales. A Love tribute to my Holocaust surviving grandmother

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Dohee Lee: MU/巫: 9 Goddesses

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Transcendients Community Celebration: Challenging Borders

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Beat Bugs JV at Theatre School @ North Coast Rep

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The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity

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The Colony Comedy Series – Hosted by Damon Williams

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Sex, Addiction & Love in the 21st Century at The Braid

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Sex, Addiction & Love in the 21st Century at dnj Gallery

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Man of God

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Aleichem Sholom! The wit and wisdom of Sholom Aleichem

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Show Up, Kids! Interactive Family Comedy

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Geronimo: Life on the Reservation

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Theresa Rebeck's "Seminar"

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Orphée

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Nowhere on the Border director Stewart J. Zully Presents His Take on the Play Currently at The Road Theatre on Magnolia

The Road Theatre Co is proud to present the premiere of "Nowhere on the Border" by Carlos Lacámara and directed by Stewart J. Zully. The play concerns itself with the question "Why do people cross borders?". Two working class men, an Anglo on border watch and a Mexican, face off in the desert. What is discovered is that border crossings are both physical and emotional. The play opened January 17 at the Road on Magnolia and will play through March 8. Director Zully took time out of a busy schedule to discuss the play.

What are your challenges directing Nowhere on the Border?

SZ: Many years ago I performed in an earlier draft of this play, and this was the first time I had directed a play that I had been in previously. It was interesting being reminded of my own acting choices from more than 10 years ago and then collaborating on new ones with the two actors performing this role (we have an alternate cast). Chet Grissom and Lance Guest are such experienced actors that it was rewarding to see them find their own character choices through our process.

What do you feel is the best feature(s) of the play? How does it speak to the audience?

SZ: Nowhere On The Border reminds us that we are more similar than different. When it comes to natural disasters, such as floods, fires, hurricanes, etc., we as a species get together as one—"Are you alright?” "Look at mother nature’s devastation, etc." Then, when the dust has settled, we get back to manmade problems, such as war, poverty, religion. This play is a reminder that we are all human, as the desert, a natural phenomenon, awakens in us an animal instinct. The characters in this play bond through adversity, and the audience gets to witness that.

Can you tell us a little bit about your cast?

SZ: I have been blessed with solid pros, in both casts, as the characters are inhabited by some well seasoned stage actors. I recommend people not only see the show, but actually see both casts, as the work is fascinating in the hands of different actors. The types that have been cast are vastly different in many ways, so the alternate cast puts its stamp on the roles thoroughly. And since we had to mix and match, having some of the actors in the alternate cast performing with the first cast, we have created a true ensemble of 12 people. I have been blessed with some enormous talent to direct.

What have you been up to as of late? How is your book doing?

SZ: Last year I published my memoir, MY LIFE IN YANKEE STADIUM Forty Years as a Vendor and Other Tales of Growing Up Somewhat Sane in the Bronx. The book tells the story of my working at the ballpark in New York for 2500 events as I pursued my career in show business as an actor, director, writer, and producer. For the past year I did promotion with interviews and book signings so it was nice to be able to stay in one place and focus on this play, which has been percolating at The Road for a number of years. And now, here it is…

Nowhere on the Border plays on Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 8 pm and Sunday matinees at 2 pm at the Road in The NoHo Senior Arts Colony that is located at 10747 Magnolia Blvd. in NoHo. There is plenty of street parking but arrive early. For tickets call 818-761-8838 or go to RoadTheatre.org.


A Super Scary Movie, Burlesque Meets Queen, and Our Favorite Monster

First up is a film I saw at a press screening this week and was really surprised by how good it was. Actually considering it was written and directed by horror maven Leigh Whannell ('Insidious: Chapter 2 & 3', 'Saw') I shouldn't have been that surprised.

The film is The Invisible Man starring the excellent Elizabeth Moss who never makes a wrong move. She's in practically every scene and absolutely nails it.

I always rate how scary a film is by how many times I jumped out of my seat and grabbed the arm of the stranger sitting next to me. I counted at least five times.

The Invisible Man is a 2020 science fiction horror film and a contemporary adaptation of the novel of the same name by H. G. Wells and a reboot of The Invisible Man film series.

It follows a woman who believes she is being haunted by her brilliant, wealthy, abusive husband, despite the fact that he has died from an apparent suicide.

The film has a couple great twists and scares you won't see coming, so if that's what you enjoy, you will not be disappointed. The Invisible Man produced by Universal opens in theaters this Friday, February 28th.

Next up is BURLESQUE RHAPSODY: A QUEEN TRIBUTE which will require you to take a little trip to Harvelle's in Long Beach.

The title of the show is Dirty Little Secrets and it pays tribute to the musical sounds of one of the most commercially successful bands of all time: QUEEN!.

Dirty Little Secrets brings their very own special touch to the amazing songs that Queen produced and at the same time pays tribute to the incredible talent of Freddie Mercury.

The show is a mix of comedy and brilliant burlesque performers and having seen it before, it's something you do not want to miss.

Dirty Little Secrets plays at Harvelle's at 201 East Broadway in Long Beach on Friday, February 28th. For tickets call 562-239-3700 or go to LongBeach.Harvelles.com.

Now if monsters are your thing then this weekend head on over to the Lovelace Studio Theatre at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts to see the world premiere of FRANKENSTEIN, an exuberant amalgamation of dynamic physical theatre, live music and experiential design bringing Mary Shelley's tale to life in a modern take that spotlights the dangers of unregulated technology.

Sourced predominantly after Shelley's novel the production features a cast of twelve all doubling as musicians . The show is created, staged and composed by Four Larks' Mat Sweeney with design and choreography by Sebastian Peters-Lazaro and libretto written with Jesse Rasmussen.

This is Shelley's nightmarish vision of inverted creation and a show you will remember long after the curtain falls.

The remaining performances are Friday, February 28th until Saturday March 7th 2929. To buy tickets and for more information go to TheWallis.org/Frankenstein.

The Wallis is located at 9390 North Santa Monica Blvd. in Beverly Hills 90210.

Whatever you choose to do this weekend people, make it a fun one.


Audio Interview: Stephen Sachs the author and director of Human Interest Story

Stephen Sachs is the co-founder and co-artistic director of the Fountain Theatre and the author of 15 plays. Recent work includes his Deaf/Hearing love story, Arrival & Departure (“Critic’s Choice,” Los Angeles Times); his stage adaptation of William Goldman’s screenplay for All the President’s Men, starring Bradley Whitford and Joshua Malina at L.A. City Hall; and his stage adaptation of Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric, which premiered at the Fountain Theatre and was remounted by Center Theatre Group at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. His play Bakersfield Mist is performed worldwide.

In Human Interest Story, newspaper columnist Andy Kramer is laid off when a corporate takeover downsizes the City Chronicle. In retaliation, Andy fabricates a letter to his column from an imaginary homeless woman named “Jane Doe” who announces she will kill herself on the 4th of July because of the heartless state of the world. When the letter goes viral, Andy is forced to hire a homeless woman to stand-in as the fictitious Jane. She becomes an overnight internet sensation and a national women’s movement is ignited.*

Enjoy this interview with Stephen Sachs the author and director of “Human Interest Story at the Fountain Theatre, playing through Apr 5th. You can listen to this interview while commuting, while waiting in line at the grocery store or at an audition, backstage and even front of the stage. For tickets and more info Click here.

*taken from the website