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What if that which you identify with suddenly disappeared? Who would you be then? (IM)PERFEKT is a solo show about identity, beauty, and labels. Sometimes you need to lose who you thought you were in order to discover who you truly are. https://t.co/Q4zhRHPLTJpic.twitter.com/9YIBaDDLHq
Long Beach physical theatre company Bossy Flyer brings 'dazzling acrobatics feats' to LA. Inspired by Jean-Paul Sartre's masterpiece 'No Exit' 3 acrobats test the limits of human connection in a confined space with no words & no exit. @daviolo_LA #LAThtrhttps://t.co/dlgyaCK05Gpic.twitter.com/8bvpbaPAsQ
Better Lemons had a fantastic year and we couldn't have done it without the fantastic critics, publicists, and audience members who share their love of Los Angeles theater, by posting on Better Lemons and sharing their favorite shows and their reviews on social media.
We are especially grateful for all the Registered Critics who took their time this past year to rate shows they have reviewed to be included in our LemonMeter.
There were 1200 productions registered on Better Lemons in 2019! Out of those registered shows, over 600 received at least one review from a Critic and 201 were reviewed by Audience members. Out of these shows, we selected the winners that were most favored by Critics and/or Audiences.
Here is a list with all the Better Lemons SWEET productions of 2019:
The Better Lemons DoubleSWEET #LemonMeter Choice Awards for 2019
are going to the following productions:
(33 shows out of 1200 productions received
a DoubleSWEET #LemonMeter rating
from audience and critics)
Rest your feet after all that shopping, get out of that L.A. holiday traffic for a few hours, and slip into a cozy theatre or concert venue during the Holidays!
Los Angeles theatre is alight with dozens of musicals, comedy, cabaret, magic, live radio plays, film and live mash-up productions, classic Dickens, music, dance, variety, and family-friendly shows themed to get you into the spirit of the season.
Here's is a healthy collection of shows available now and until you are just about ready to ring in the New Year.
ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY (ETC) presents the second show of its 2019-20 Season, the can’t-miss, holiday event of the season, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY, adapted by Joe Landry, from the screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra & Jo Swerling and directed by ETC’s Director of Education and Outreach, Brian McDonald.
Actors Co-op Theatre Company is proud to present the Los Angeles premiere of a new adaptation of Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play, based on the 1947 Lux Radio Hour, adapted by Lance Arthur Smith, original songs and arrangements by Jon Lorenz, directed by Joseph Leo Bwarie.
"Miracle on 34th Street" brings a heartwarming and classic tale of faith, love, and the gift of miracles to the holiday season, featuring live Foley effects and a score of holiday carols this beautiful story is sure to ring in Christmas for all. OVATION RECOMMENDED PRODUCTION!!! At the Actors Co-op David Schall Theatre.
A Christmas Carol: The One-Man Play - The Porters of Hellsgate Theatre Company presents Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol: The One-Man Play, directed by frequent Porters collaborator Drina Durazo. "Charles Dickens was known for being a performer of his own works; his novels were written with such vivid theatricality that they were almost like plays," says Durazo. "We're aiming to recreate the experience of Dickens' public recitals with a A Christmas Carol, The One-Man Play, and it's been a great joy exploring this beloved classic by way of Krieger's dynamic performance."
Having most recently taken on the roles of Theseus in The Two Noble Kinsmen and director of Romeo and Juliet, Associate Artistic Director Gus Krieger portrays over thirty characters in this telling of Dickens' classic tale. Having assumed iconic roles for the company including Richard III, Shylock, Benedick, and King John, Krieger is thrilled to return to the boards of North Hollywood.
A Los Angeles holiday tradition is back with some show veterans for just a few dates in a special engagement! It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play takes place at KAWL, a struggling 1940s radio station that good-hearted owner Michael Anderson is barely keeping alive. He calls on some old friends (with big personalities) and some less-than-professional station employees to offer up a live radio version of Frank Capra’s touching masterpiece It’s a Wonderful Life in what might sadly be the station’s last live show. But it’s the holidays, a time when miracles can happen…
TROUBADOUR THEATER COMPANY continues its 25th SILVER ANNIVERSARY SEASON with "A CHRISTMAS CAROLE KING." Musical Direction by Derrick Finely, Directed and Adapted by Matt Walker, in a limited Engagement opening Friday, December 13, 2019, at The El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood!
For their 18th annual holiday offering, The Troubies have combined the soulful sounds of songstress Carole King with one of the most enduring stories of our time – Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” – and the result is SO FAR AWAY from what you'd expect!
Charles Dickens' classic Christmas tale, A Christmas Carol, at A Noise Within, Directed by Geoff Elliott & Julia Rodriguez-Elliott.
ANW’s delightfully festive, musically merry holiday tradition returns! Families love the inspirational story of Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and Scrooge—the perfect burst of boundless good cheer for the season, and beyond!
“Only a die-hard humbug could remain unmoved by so charming a yuletide treat.” – Los Angeles Times
A Christmas Carol at South Coast Repertory. This is the 40th year for the beloved Orange County holiday classic—and marks the final time that Hal Landon Jr. will portray everyone’s favorite curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge. Nineteenth-century London comes to life when your family joins the SCR family for the holidays. Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this timeless Dickens classic and all your favorite characters—Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family, the Fezziwigs, the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come. No children under the age of 6, please.
Instead of performing Charles Dickens' beloved holiday classic for the umpteenth time, actors decide to perform every Christmas story ever told -- plus Christmas traditions from around the world, seasonal icons from ancient times to topical pop-culture, and every carol ever sung. A madcap romp through the holiday season! An outrageous holiday romp for the whole family (except those who still believe in Santa!) Written by Michael Carleton, James FitzGerald and John K. Alvarez. Music by Will Knapp. Directed by Gary Lamb. Musical director: Sean Paxton.
Yippie ki yay, theatre goers! We're settling the debate, once and for all. Yes, "Die Hard" is a Christmas movie. But when John McClane meets Ralphie from "A Christmas Story," let's just say more than just your eye might get shot out! What better way to end the year than by mashing up classic Christmas movies like "It's a Wonderful Life" with characters from some of your favorite "Not A Christmas Movie" movies like "Batman Returns?" Mix in a few iconic movie props, a team of talented writers, directors and actors and let the holiday drama and hi-jinks ensue! The way only our RUSH play festival can! Great for the whole family!
Written by Tyler Bianchi, Evan Baughfman, Jeff Folschinsky, Holly Sidell, Samantha Grace, Adam Neubauer, Samantha & Lilia Marquis, Directed by Jonathan Fahn, Jennifer Novak Chun, Holly Witham, Corey Chappell,
Randy Marquis, Tom Jones & Stacy Ann Raposa. At the Actors Workout Studio.
Developed in the Antaeus Playwrights Lab, Eight Nights is the heartfelt, lyrical portrait of a German Jewish refugee haunted by her past...witnessed over the course of generations of the same family that inhabits a single apartment from 1949 to 2016. Set during the eight nights of Chanukah, and spanning eight decades of the protagonist’s life, Eight Nights weaves together heart-aching moments with life-affirming humor to call out the trauma experienced not only by concentration camp survivors, but by African American descendants of slavery, by interned Japanese Americans, and by current victims of war in Africa and the Middle East.
Dysfunctional Family Christmas - Misunderstandings, Mistaken Identities, and Holiday Chaos create a fun-filled Christmas Morning at the Logan Home.
Before they sell the family home, Dean and Joanne Logan want one perfect final Christmas with their adult children. Although, once Grandpa is found dead, their plans go haywire as they attempt to hide the body from the family.
"A sardonic, merrily subversive tale—just the antidote to bright-eyed joy before too many shopping days have passed. Worth more than a photo album full of Santas!" NY Newsday. When it was first broadcast on National Public Radio, The SantaLand Diaries generated more requests for tapes than any story in This American Life’s history except the death of Red Barber. Timothy Olyphant brought the story to life on stage off-Broadway, and for the fourth year in a row Patrick Censoplano dons the candy-cane tights for a Santa Monica Playhouse holiday celebration in this outrageously funny one-man play from NPR’s well-loved humorist David Sedaris about the author’s experiences as an unemployed writer taking a job as an elf at Macy’s department store in New York City, taking a wry look at how the holiday season brings out the best – and the worst – in us all. Toast the Holidays! Your ticket includes a pre-show glass of champagne or non-alcoholic eggnog.
The story of Sugar Plum Fairy, based on Loh’s original tale on This American Life, follows a 12-year-old Sandra and her over-the-top dream of landing the lead in the inevitable dance school production of The Nutcracker. Loh and friends are pitted against the vicious hierarchy of desirable roles in this well-weathered ballet, while she desperately yearns to be recognized as a pre-teen queen in her own right. The play features Shannon Holt and Tony Abatemarco in a rotation of quirky characters from her misfit friends to a rigid Russian ballet instructor, as well as being co-conspirators in spreading some literal holiday cheer around the theater. Wittily set to a classical music score (a la Disney’s Fantasia’s hippopotamus ballerinas), Sugar Plum Fairy is knitted together with moments of audience participation, and attendees are encouraged to dress in their most festive outfits, prepare for sugary showers of candy, and get photos for the ‘gram with Yuletide-themed set designs that include reindeer, an animatronic Santa, and even, if you’re lucky, Frosty the Snowman.
Sixteen actors play nearly 30 characters in a holiday spectacular that will put you in a festive mood! A play-within-a-play, this fast-paced comedy follows a small, LGBTQ+ community theatre as it struggles to pull together its annual holiday pageant.
Written by Joe Marshall, directed by Bree Pavey. The cast will feature (in alphabetical order) Cassandra Carmona, Matt Caudel, Noah Copfer, Andrew Cottrell, Madylin Sweeten Durrie, Dan Ellis, Javier Flores, Barbera Ann Howard, Sean James, Corey Klemow, Katy Laughlin, Ignacio Navarro, Alejandro Baquero Sanchez, Scottie Smith, Luke Sookdeo, and Bart Tangredi.
Rubicon Theatre audiences are invited to “rejoice and be plaid” this holiday season as Ventura’s non-profit professional theatre company presents the hilarious and heartwarming musical comedy PLAID TIDINGS in Ventura’s Downtown Cultural District. The production is directed by the original creator STUART ROSS, and the cast for PLAID TIDINGS includes SEAN BELL, ADOLPHO BLAIRE, JOSHUA DAVID CAVANAUGH and ZACHARY EDWARDS, all making their Rubicon Theatre debuts. The show includes holiday favorites such as “Cool Yule,” “Let it Snow,” and “Joy to the World”; a hysterically funny speed-date version of “The Ed Sullivan Show” featuring the Rockettes, the Chipmunks and The Vienna Boys Choir; and other memorable hits from the era, like “Sh-Boom,” “Fever” and “Hey There.”
The Los Angeles Times called PLAID TIDINGS “a many splendored thing.” Variety described the show as Musical utopia…the perfect show. And the Daily News called the show “heaven-sent holiday fare.”
“SANTASIA - A Holiday Comedy” created by Shaun and Brandon Loeser, directed by Shaun Loeser, is celebrating its 20th year. At the Whitefire Theatre, this Off-Broadway Hit and Critics’s Pick laugh out loud annual holiday romp, is the perfect blend of Yuletide snark and sentiment, and has been compared to "The Carol Burnett Show", "The Kids in the Hall", "In Living Color", "Saturday Night Live" and Vaudeville. This multi-media holiday special has it all including classic Rankin and Bass Claymation inspired movies, musical parodies, and heartfelt holiday moments.
The Wallis & For The Record’s biggest, record-breaking hit returns this holiday season! The multimedia concert celebration of one of the most beloved holiday films of all time is back by popular demand, now as a not-to-be-missed Los Angeles tradition. The team behind LA’s award-winning series For The Record transforms The Wallis’ Bram Goldsmith Theater into an immersive cinema, where the modern classic written by Richard Curtis is reborn as a revolutionary stage and screen event. To tell the story, the film and live action seamlessly intertwine throughout the London setting. Iconic scenes on screen share the stage with an all-star cast of singers and a 15-piece orchestra, as they reimagine the film’s hit soundtrack including “Christmas is All Around” and “Trouble With Love." Love Actually Live is a first-of-its-kind, theatrical cinema experience.
WARNING: This production features theatrical haze effects, adult content, and brief nudity. It is recommended for ages 13+.
The San Fernando Valley Master Chorale is excited to bring back one of the most anticipated concerts of the season, our annual holiday sing-along concert! Joining us on stage this year will be the delightful San Fernando Valley Youth Chorus, under the direction of Sean Carney.
Led by Artistic Director Charlie Kim and accompanied by Bob Remstein, expect to hear your favorite holiday classics along with John Rutter's "Gloria" accompanied by a brass quartet. And lots of audience participation! Join us for a night filled with fun, music, and holiday cheer for the whole family. All ages are welcome.
Ugly Sweater Contest: Oh, and don't forget to bring your ugly sweater! This year SFVMC will give away free tickets for a future concert to the audience member who brings the ugliest holiday sweater.
The Merry Little Christmas Show - BroadwayWorld Critics’ Pick and StageSceneLA Award-winner Scott Dreier, star of last season’s acclaimed hit "Doris and Me," returns to The Colony Theatre with his holiday concert. Featuring special guest Kurtis Simmons and music director Andy Langham. Dreier will take audiences back to the feel of cherished, classic, holiday TV specials hosted by Perry Como, Andy Williams, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, and others — paying homage while also providing his modern take with pop and jazz interpretations of holiday treasures. The performance will include holiday classics including "Sleigh Ride," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "O Holy Night," "I’ve Got Your Love to Keep Me Warm," "Merry Christmas Darling," and many more. This show will transport you back to your living room sitting around the fireplace telling stories and sharing songs of the season.
How did a nice Evangelical Christian girl from Arizona wind up doing a one-woman comical cabaret show at Jewish Women’s Theatre (JWT) in Santa Monica? Audiences will laugh and maybe even sing along, as they learn the secrets of Anna Abbott’s dual life in her new solo show, "A Very Goyisha Hanukkah," playing two performances only at The Braid, JWT’s art and performance space.
The Group Rep presents A Twisted Christmas Carol, a world premiere comedy written by Phil Olson, directed by Doug Engalla, produced by Alyson York, a Texas-style spoof of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”
Talk-backs are after Sunday shows 12/21 and 01/04. Upstairs at the Group Rep on the second floor of the Lonny Chapman Theatre, 10900 Burbank Boulevard, North Hollywood 91601. The Upstairs venue is not handicapped accessible.
The Eight: Reindeer Monologues by Jeff Goode, Directed by Jerry Pilato & Erica Livingstone
Santa's Reindeer Tells All! With each deer's confession, the truth behind the shocking allegations becomes clearer and clearer and seems to implicate everyone from the littlest elf to the tainted Saint himself. Don't miss this expose of North Pole Naughtiness.
Starring David Janisch as Dasher, Eric Trigg as Comet, Christine McCoy as Dancer, Andrew Walters as Hollywood (Prancer), Mclain Parker as Cupid, Melanie Mino as Blitzen, Michael Adler as Donner and Kellen Gold as Vixen.
Emmy Award-winner Leslie Jordan returns to Catalina Jazz Club with his hilarious holiday show "Deck Them Halls, Y’All" for one performance only. Best known for his stand-out roles in "Sordid Lives," "American Horror Story," "The Help," as the beloved Beverley Leslie on "Will & Grace" (for which he is currently shooting the final season), and most recently as Sid on the Fox series "The Cool Kids," Leslie Jordan has charmed fans for over four decades.
His hilarious holiday tales are not to be missed. Jordan’s special guest will be country-pop singer Brandon Stansell.
Los Angeles Times calls Impro Theatre “Amazing!” One of the funniest evenings as the troupe spins an entire play into comedy gold right before your eyes. Starting with an audience suggestion, the troupe creates completely improvised, full-length plays in the styles of the world’s greatest writers. Join us this holiday season for a hilarious comedy inspired by the works of Charles Dickens. Comic portrayals, cruel melodrama and heartbreaking tenderness explode onto the teeming streets of Victorian London. A fun and festive evening of comedy.
Laguna Playhouse brings back its holiday tradition! A Special, Stripped Down to the Abs, Musical Event! "The Skivvies: I Touch My Elf" at Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach!
With Special Guest Appearances by Broadway’s Nick Adams, jackbenny and more! Ho, Ho, Ho, you don’t want to miss this show!
Broadway stars Lauren Molina (Rock of Ages, Sweeney Todd) and Nick Cearley (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, All Shook Up) return to the Laguna Playhouse for two nights of the most outrageous holiday show of the season. This undie-rock, comedy pop, award-winning duo perform stripped-down, mashed-up versions of holiday favorites and more. Expect to see ukulele, electric cello and an array of zany instruments.
BenDeLaCreme and Jinkx Monsoon are back in an all-new two-queen holiday extravaganza at The Montalbán!
After last year’s wildly successful "To Jesus, Thanks for Everything," Jinkx and DeLa return to the stage this holiday season in a high-spirited scramble to maintain your interest! DeLa is all sugar and Jinkx is all spice — but how do these two very different gals deal with the stress of the holidays? A little song, a lot of eggnog, and theatres full of people looking at them. Yup ... all they want for Christmas is attention!
Returning to Hollywood by popular demand, platinum-selling recording artist and Tony Award-nominated actor Sam Harris brings his new holiday show to Catalina Jazz Club for one performance only. Led by his longtime musical director Todd Schroeder, Harris will perform Broadway, pop, and holiday fare.
The Theatre School @ North Coast Rep presents "A Charlie Brown Christmas" by Charles M. Schulz, based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson Stage Adaptation by Eric Schaeffer, and by Special Arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson.
When Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism he sees among everyone during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant. Charlie Brown accepts, but this proves to be a frustrating endeavor. When an attempt to restore the proper holiday spirit with a forlorn little Christmas tree fails, he needs Linus’ help to discover the real meaning of Christmas.
The Nutcracker from critically acclaimed Inland Pacific Ballet,celebrating 25 years. The Nutcracker comes to life with this magnificent ballet comprised of beautiful sets, dazzling costumes, and more than 80 dancers on stage. The Nutcracker tells the story of a young girl who receives a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve and sets out on a wondrous journey to the Land of the Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. Toy soldiers, life-sized dancing dolls, and a fantastic dream with battling mice, dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers, and the delightful Sugar Plum Fairy stir the imagination. Meet the cast after the performance for photos and autographs. This is family entertainment at its best.
Experience the joy of the season as Jenny Wong, GMCLA’s interim Artistic Director and Associate Conductor of the LA Master Chorale, leads GMCLA in choral classics, timeless Christmas carols, a medley of hits from the beloved film Love Actually, Broadway bonanzas, and Mariah Carey’s anthem – it’s all you’ll want for Christmas. A Los Angeles tradition for the entire family, this concert will be truly Spectacular!
Curated by Performances à la Carte, Jazz ‘n Paz continues with its’ seasonal intimate jazz series showcasing some of Los Angeles’ finest jazz musicians. To ring in the holidays, the December concert, Carols of the Belles, features the vocals of the iconic Barbara Morrison, Jamie Perez, and Renee Myara, at Pasadena’s Neighborhood UU Church. In a jazzy program of standards and holiday favorites, the musicians behind the angelic voices feature Michael Ragonese on piano, James Yoshizawa on drums, Danny Janklow on sax and flute, and Luca Alemmano on bass...A Holiday Champagne Party will follow the concert and may be added to any concert ticket purchase online for an additional $12. The party will feature appetizers, desserts, champagne and non-alcoholic punch along with music, dancing, comedic holiday improv antics and capped off with a Holiday Sing-A-Long.
L.A.’s largest holiday spectacular celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2019 is at The Music Center, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Join this year’s co-hosts, internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzmán and actress Marissa Ramirez (Blue Bloods), for this free, three-hour holiday show featuring 25 music ensembles, choirs and dance companies from the many neighborhoods and cultures that make up L.A. Once again, PBS SoCal will host a live broadcast of the event that has been a Los Angeles holiday tradition since 1959, while KCET will air the program twice on Christmas Day.
Legendary Cuban jazz trumpet player Arturo Sandoval, accompanied by his world-renowned band, will kick off this year’s celebration with a medley of holiday songs. Returning favorites include Hālau Keali’i o Nālani & the Daniel Ho Trio, the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, gospel choir Greater LA Cathedral Choir, Jung Im Lee Korean Dance Academy and folklorico troupe Pacifico Dance Company. Some of this year’s newcomers include Latin folk band Cuñao, the dancers and drummers of African Soul International and a cappella group Street Corner Renaissance.
All-female, two-time GRAMMY award-winning Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea will team up with their “brother” band Mariachi Espectacular, and Jewish cultural revival band Mostly Kosher will share the stage with Urban Voices Project, a choir made up of men and women surviving homelessness on Skid Row. Those who can't make it to The Music Center on Dec. 24 can watch the live broadcast on PBS SoCal starting at 3 p.m., with the rebroadcast on KCET on Christmas Day from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., or online at pbssocal.org/holidaycelebration.
Fifteen Men in a Smoke-Filled Room - Chicago, June, 1920. The Republican National Convention is in full swing. Warren G. Harding is overwhelmed by the prospect of being the nominee of the Republican Party for President. https://t.co/CgSb5LEFqPpic.twitter.com/XIkQgbSPDO
ARCADIA - Prepare to be transported back and forth in time for lust, longing and literary rivalry at an English estate. In 1809, while the residents are gripped in their own intrigues, Thomasina, a brilliant young student, proposes an astonishing scientif https://t.co/NXPiOa511hpic.twitter.com/0iBVoF0wy3
I GET RESTLESS - Hazel just landed a job at a top law firm, bought a condo and married Mitch, who adores her. Then an accident on her honeymoon leaves her unable to remember anything about the past six years. https://t.co/WNsxCGZoIPpic.twitter.com/P1kROBzs5u
THE SCARLET LETTER - Named The Wall Street Journal ‘s 2017 Playwright of the Year, Kate Hamill is celebrated for her female-centered classics—and SCR has her latest world premiere! Get ready for Nathaniel Hawthorne’s acclaimed masterwork in a most... https://t.co/if0NQESxgfpic.twitter.com/9pyRvApsEY
OUTSIDE MULLINGAR - Go on a thrilling musical adventure filled with magic, mystery and fantastical creatures! Young Minli’s poor village desperately needs good fortune. So she sets out on a quest to find The Old Man in the Moon, who holds all the... https://t.co/Mugpe6wiZ1pic.twitter.com/BarbS52x9P
WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON - Go on a thrilling musical adventure filled with magic, mystery and fantastical creatures! Young Minli’s poor village desperately needs good fortune. So she sets out on a quest to find The Old Man in the Moon, who holds. https://t.co/FGRkpE1puepic.twitter.com/myiyYuSef4
FIREFLIES - Somewhere in the Jim Crow South, the sky burns red. A church bombing has rocked the Civil Rights Movement to its core, and Reverend Charles Grace must galvanize the people with messages of hope. https://t.co/hKR1CiXIGqpic.twitter.com/NqWfBhY5eI
SHE LOVES ME - Romantic, charming and brimming with joy, this musical comedy reminds us that one kind deed can open up a world of possibilities. At Maraczek’s Parfumerie, clerks Georg and Amalia are constantly at odds. https://t.co/zIecVyUoTUpic.twitter.com/MrRERNnR9f
A CHRISTMAS CAROL - This is the 40th year for the beloved Orange County holiday classic—and marks the final time that Hal Landon Jr. will portray everyone’s favorite curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge. https://t.co/0azmfp6Incpic.twitter.com/UpYDIO2Xpm
AUBERGINE - Sometimes a meal is more than just food. A man shares a bowl of berries and a young woman falls in love. A mother meticulously prepares her son’s favorite dish to keep him from leaving home. https://t.co/Udp20ZGJEq
The Gayest Christmas Pageant Ever! - Sixteen actors play nearly 30 characters in a holiday spectacular that will put you in a festive mood! A play-within-a-play, this fast-paced comedy follows a small, LGBTQ+ community theatre as it struggles to pull... https://t.co/GW9DjefQlwpic.twitter.com/XrymwZ7dP3
TABOO II is an evening of six short plays by six playwrights from around the U.S. Murderous impulses arise when a couple invites a friend over for dinner who has vastly different views. A teenager rants about his suicide from the afterlife. https://t.co/QEJurl3bojpic.twitter.com/WqfCZRdZit
Max and Willy’s Last Laugh (A staged reading benefit for Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills) - When German star, comedian Max Ehrlich, and his best friend, composer Willy Rosen were caught in Holland in 1942 and sent to the Westerbork Transit Camp, the... https://t.co/MJ6ADSO5F3pic.twitter.com/CT4v0y2Y2q
Yippie ki yay, theatre goers! We're settling the debate, once and for all. Yes, "Die Hard" is a Christmas movie. But when John McClane meets Ralphie from "A Christmas Story," let's just say more than just your eye might get shot out! https://t.co/zTbBmA74GYpic.twitter.com/Blouo7L3y1
POCKETS - Hear ye, hear ye; Los Angeles’s premier musical comedy collective -- @RobotTeammate -- announces a triumphant return to SoHo Playhouse NYC this holiday season to share their wee original British-ish musical comedy, POCKETS. #lathtr#broadwayhttps://t.co/15qbRvDE1d
Actors Art Theatre is happy to announce the world premiere of the solo show “Nothing Ever Goes On Here” starring Ellen Newhouse, written and directed by Jolene Adams, adapted from the memoir, “Nothing Ever Goes On Here” by Ellen Newhouse. https://t.co/gX17DMisfSpic.twitter.com/EMtIq2Uy3W
The Theatre School @ North Coast Rep presents A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schulz Based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson Stage Adaptation by Eric Schaeffer By Special Arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby... https://t.co/on5GXs7OMUpic.twitter.com/QgB1ZVSJlm
Waiting for Waiting for Godot -WEST COAST PREMIERE! It is probably not their night. Ester and Val are understudies for a production of Waiting for Godot. They are committed to art, and frustrated by anonymity. https://t.co/kZx3ApuOTupic.twitter.com/Ket7kKNABB
EIGHT NIGHTS - A new play with much music, influenced by the golden era of Hollywood musicals, from Irish writer/performer Pat Kinevane and the team that previously brought Forgotten, Underneath and the Olivier Award-winning Silent to the Odyssey. https://t.co/JYdAYe0h3apic.twitter.com/XT2oq6CW6Q
Actors Co-op Theatre Company is proud to present the Los Angeles premiere of a new adaptation of Miracle on 34th Street: A LiveMusical Radio Play, based on the 1947 Lux Radio Hour, adapted by Lance Arthur Smith,... https://t.co/NDN9J4rFFmpic.twitter.com/RG03HCSNc2
PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL: A PIRATES’ CHRISTMASLAGUNA PLAYHOUSE and LYTHGOE FAMILY PANTO announce that LINCOLN CLAUSS (Broadway’s Bat Out of Hell) will star as “Peter Pan,” DAKOTA LOTUS (Disney’s “Coop & Cami Ask The World”) will star as “John Darling”.. https://t.co/ubnAJrwdVrpic.twitter.com/k5bXua0fw7
Saint Joan: Fundraiser celebrating the Downtown Women’s Center
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Please join us for a special Fundraiser celebrating the Downtown Women’s Center: a gender neutral staged reading of SAINT JOAN by George Bernard Shaw. Saturday, November 23rd at 8 PM. Thymele Arts, Hollywood. https://t.co/Y1w2VeSHx4pic.twitter.com/YnRCh2XMpl
MUSKET AND THE RAT - Musket Cherry is a young woman who lives in a gritty, rugged, ungentrified neighborhood in Chicago. Her mom is a deadbeat alcoholic. Musket’s anchors are her beloved brother Weso, her best friend Gay Stevie, and her boyfriend Billy. https://t.co/JMCjKnEe1opic.twitter.com/4BecwtK7RB
SkyPilot Theatre Company’s Runway series will close out its 2019 season with a selection that pays homage to a literary classic. "A Twisted Christmas Carol" will be performed on Wednesday, Nov. 13th at 8pm at Oh My Ribs! Theater, 6468 Santa Monica Blvd. https://t.co/GmxnSDiJ9tpic.twitter.com/kqafzOWMN9
Ten performances only: ANITA BERBER IS DEAD! Starring Tonya Kay as Anita Berber Music and Lyrics by Jim Lang and David Melville Book by Melissa Chalsma Developed in Collaboration with Tonya Kay Directed by Melissa Chalsma https://t.co/QmFRa906P9pic.twitter.com/RgeNCoMQ3a
The Group Rep presents StoryTime, a story salon produced by Patricia Willson, featuring live personal stories of triumph, tragedy and just crazy shit told by wonderful storytellers, Sunday, November 17 at 7: https://t.co/wpfYF5uA1apic.twitter.com/r3cW6Ap8SO
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ORRY - You’re invited to the funeral of three-time Oscar winner and Hollywood legend, costume designer Orry-Kelly. Don't expect a little thing like death to stop the whip tongue and quick wit of the unapologetically gay Australian rascal who... https://t.co/TCKPdMxesUpic.twitter.com/kVeHNnFWvM
After successful runs at The United Solo Festival NYC, Pangea NYC, The Marsh San Francisco, and The Marsh Berkeley multi award-winning actor/playwright and Theatre Rhinoceros Artistic Director John Fisher’s acclaimed solo show "A History of World War II" https://t.co/xfXrrFFrWKpic.twitter.com/jKUWy7LGQh
The Orange County Playwrights Alliance concludes its 2019 season of new play events on Saturday, November 2 at 2:30pm at the esteemed Chance Theater in Anaheim Hills, with a staged reading of "Siblings," a new full-length comedy from Karen Fix Curry. https://t.co/f9gF0c1amxpic.twitter.com/74euHtOlmM
LA VIE EN ROSE - Grammy-winning chanteuse Julia Migenes travels back to the Paris of Edith Piaf, Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway in this evening of nostalgic French chansons by Charles Aznavour, Léo Ferre, Jacques Brel, Michel Legrand and others. https://t.co/QFZWlWvxWGpic.twitter.com/toevcFuYvV
Collaborative Artists Ensemble is proud to present the West Coast Premiere of Unraveled. Joy is a professor of physics and philosophy, who has spent her life exploring theories of space and time. https://t.co/T4Padn7jbVpic.twitter.com/KSltBM3RFH
Mordant spoof of big musicals such as Mame and Gypsy, and the film The Bad Seed. Eight-year-old Tina Denmark knows she was born to play Pippi Longstocking, and she will do anything to win the part in her school musical. https://t.co/qOCkiRAN3hpic.twitter.com/3TWhm7DXRP
Winner of eight Tony Awards, Once the musical is adapted from the Oscar-winning movie about a heartbroken Irish guitarist who has given up on love and music until an immigrant girl inspires him to keep going. https://t.co/mqsA8FYcUFpic.twitter.com/zoGFB8TEOE
Rubicon Theatre opens the company’s 22nd Season with an environmental production of the musical Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, opening October 26 at 7pm and continuing through November 10, 2019. https://t.co/SlJrjM9b5fpic.twitter.com/i5mezYenYh
Theatrical shows, Film Festivals, Musicals, Dance, Solo, and Awards Showsregistered on the Better Lemons calendar!
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One Night Only
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SkyPilot Theatre Company presents "One Night Only - A showcase of highlights from company members". Join us for an evening that promises to entertain and get the laughs going. Join us for an evening that promises to entertain and get the laughs going. https://t.co/ZlTYETXXy9pic.twitter.com/G7nnzOrdyK
The Blank Theatre and Marc Huestis Presents offer a multimedia event to celebrate the release of the audio book of Marc Huestis’s memoir "Impresario of Castro Street," narrated by actor/activist and Blank Theatre Artistic Director Daniel Henning. https://t.co/1hdbvbZNphpic.twitter.com/qdYObzUYum
4 Times Entertainment (creators of The Company Men) in association with The Montalbán is pleased to announce the World Premiereof "The Soul of Broadway - Impossible Dreams" starring Terron Brooks with musical direction by Mark Vogel on Sunday, November 3. https://t.co/U9GlmM3u53pic.twitter.com/9lJPCG2zMa
A special one-night-only concert, Levi Kreis’s "Home for the Holidays" will infuse gospel, country, rockabilly, and jazz into an exuberant and spirit-lifting collection of Christmas classics and holiday favorites. https://t.co/a5aXwwX5NJpic.twitter.com/BnGPuYdGGD
It’s the 1590s in London, and brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play, but they are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star, William Shakespeare. https://t.co/DliGFExLC9pic.twitter.com/vv84ziIdIl
You can’t beat City Hall, but you can try. In this Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy-drama by Stephen Adly Guirgis, ex-cop and recent widower Walter ‘Pops’ Washington has made a home for his newly paroled son in his sprawling, rent-controlled New York City https://t.co/no74bnhToa
THE WRONG KIND OF PEOPLE - Theo, an African-American law student, needing privacy to study for the California Bar Exam during 1942, checks in at the exclusive Guardian Hotel located in downtown Los Angeles. https://t.co/w4Sn9KAGpMpic.twitter.com/CMyWr9dqRl
Second City/NBC Bob Curry Fellowship Showcases 2019
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2019 Bob Curry Fellows to Perform Showcase at Second City Hollywood
Los Angeles, CA (August 2019) - On October 17th, the 2019 Bob Curry Fellows will share their talents in the first of three performances. https://t.co/nnG9HuOtrmpic.twitter.com/hMpNa9jLYF
“The Double V” is a new play examining how a 1942 letter to the Pittsburgh Courier, asking whether black men should be asked to fight for a country that considers them “half-American,” sparked the Double V campaign and, many believe, the civil rights move https://t.co/o7ag2J7LW8pic.twitter.com/hdmym3Y4Lo
Short+Sweet Hollywood Festival - Our Fantasia and On the Terrace
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Short+Sweet Hollywood Festival presents a special event: The World Premieres of two short plays by John Patrick Shanley: Our Fantasia, directed by John Hindman and starring Nora Garrett and Graham Sibley; and On the Terrace, directed by Jackie Diamond https://t.co/1LvqnjLHt8
October, 23, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Little Women. Family/Romance. Directed by George Cukor. Adapted for the screen by Sarah Y. Mason and Victor Heerman.Based on thenovel by Louisa May Alcott. Directed by Merian C. Cooper. From RKO Radio Pictures. https://t.co/lBpvLf4kyXpic.twitter.com/vs6WV2xH2o
"An Excuse to Behave Badly – The Variety Show!" is a one-hour variety show with a mix of stand-up comedy, sketch comedy, and the 2019 Hollywood Fringe Festival hit and Encore! Producers’ Award-winner "An Excuse to Behave Badly" by Jenni Halina. https://t.co/FdLeznuhropic.twitter.com/9ce13PsmWG
CIRCA: HUMANS - Internationally acclaimed contemporary circus company Circa comes all the way from Australia to make its debut as The Wallis’ first foray into contemporary circus with Humans. https://t.co/ZgUwQbFZnB
The Eight: Reindeer Monologues by Jeff Goode
Santa's Reindeer Tells All! With each deer's confession, the truth behind the shocking allegations becomes clearer and clearer and seems to implicate everyone from the littlest elf to the tainted Saint https://t.co/IeHHs3EFstpic.twitter.com/2NhcQPjr97
UPDATE: The notorious play, DISROBED, is moving to a monthly residency at Studio C, which is along Theatre Row in central Hollywood, along with 3 new actors! The heartfelt comedy was nominated for Best Immersive Show at this year’s 2019 Fringe Festival! https://t.co/aCH80Pbso6pic.twitter.com/xgQUJBnrJD
"Aliens, Immigrants & Other Evil Doers" - A sci-fi “Latino noir” satire, inspired by interviews with immigrants who crossed the border to escape economic despair and war, that spotlights anti-immigrant hysteria. https://t.co/Vui7E9g4EJpic.twitter.com/dg2W11ZblE
It’s time once again to “get ready to match the stars” with a new edition of Dennis Hensley’s "The MisMatch Game," the side-splitting parody of the ‘70s game show that has set the rafters ringing with laughter since its debut in 2004. https://t.co/OmqEFEYYsUpic.twitter.com/n94Tf0STFT
Zombie Joe's Underground's all-new wild, fun and adventurous hour-long production of Shakespeare's hilarious masterpiece centering around love, fairies, power and mischief within the forest kingdom of Oberon and https://t.co/E0LmPdHy64pic.twitter.com/2RU7oiy7iO
A Deaf couple’s relationship is revealed through their lovemaking in this startlingly intimate portrait of a marriage — made even more intense by Deaf West Theatre’s signature performance style combining American Sign Language with spoken English. https://t.co/oNd1m9CoJXpic.twitter.com/9xz1V6clOR
Tuesday Night Comics is arguably the funniest night of comedy in San Diego. Mark Christopher Lawrence taps into his extensive list of talented comedian friends and shares the North Coast Rep stage with them. https://t.co/iLPJQFb6a6pic.twitter.com/zIFwwkd9J6
Corina, From Lap Dance to Sundance recounts the journey of how Corina Calderon went from working as a stripper in Austin, Texas, to being cast as the lead in a feature film that was nominated for the Grand Jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival. https://t.co/RoohF8G7rDpic.twitter.com/nygc0nOKL6
Weekends in September, as part of its celebration of 50 years of family theatre, Santa Monica Playhouse presents the captivating Rudie-DeCarlo original musical fairytale for girls, boys, and young-at-heart https://t.co/KvJb3YQe2lpic.twitter.com/uYQcf4MF0z
San Francisco, 1987. A quartet of Chinese women meet regularly at their Joy Luck Club to play Mah Jong and socialize. When the group’s founder passes away, her American-born daughter is invited to join the group. https://t.co/qDqdN8hl9dpic.twitter.com/v7BdD9nCsp
SkyPilot Theatre Company’s Runway series gets royal with its next selection, The Queen’s Fool, which will be performed on Sunday, Sept. 8th at 8pm at Oh My Ribs! Theater, 6468 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. https://t.co/3560QkC8sHpic.twitter.com/3HVokAnapu
“Papa Dozes, Mama Blows Her Noses.” That’s just one of the delightfully quirky musical numbers from this Obie award-winning musical romp adapted by composer Al Carmines from A Circular Play by Gertrude Stein. https://t.co/OYD2Bgi8LJpic.twitter.com/abtwsDrC9M
The Brisk Theatre Festival is underway at The Broadwater, featuring short plays, in English and in Spanish, up to 10 minutes in length and running through August 11, 2019, with eight programs consisting of six to seven plays each, several of which were created by Hollywood Fringe Festival veteran producers and other participants.
The festival opened on July 11, 2019, and two of the eight programs have been presented with six programs remaining, with several of the shows created by Hollywood Fringe Festival veteran producers and participants.
There were 350 plays submitted for consideration and of those selected for performance, 34 are in English and 20 are in Spanish. Most of the productions are produced by local theatre companies in Los Angeles, but there are also artists heralding from Mexico, Florida, and Australia in this first edition of the festival.
The best plays are to be chosen by a jury of professionals including casting directors, producers, directors, actors, writers, managers, and agents. Those chosen go on to compete in a finals weekend on Saturday, August 10, and Sunday, August 11, 2019. The best play in English and the best play in Spanish are to receive an award of $500 each.
The festival was founded by Christian Rodrigo, a Spanish producer, director, and member of The Actors Gang. Rodrigo and Mexican producer and actor Ramon Valdez will be taking the Brisk Theatre Festival to Mexico, Barcelona, and Madrid later this year and in 2020, partnering with Full Emotion, a production company that has been producing films, television, and theater for more than 12-years.
Here is a list of the remaining performances:
From Salvador Casados' "Shakespeare Love" at the 2019 Brisk Festival, at The Broadwater, Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of The Brisk Festival.
The Orange Program, with shows in English. from July 18 - 21, 2018:
"Interventions," written by Greg Lam, and directed by Hollywood Fringe veteran Megan Frances who brought "Hott Line" (2016) to Fringe, tells of a couple on a hike who find that their "special plans" are interrupted by a succession of Time Travelers.
"Grown," written and directed by Soda Persi, features Corey Lynn Howe and Adam Briggs–all Fringe veterans and of Theatre Unleashed–who together bring to Brisk a piece about the nuances of love.
"People Will Talk," directed by Todd Felderstein, and written by Scott Mullen–who brought his play "Piñata" (2017) to Fringe–, is about a surprising connection between two people, challenged by life's obstacles, who meet one night on the ledge of a 12-story office building. A story of "life, the art of listening, and everyday miracles."
Additional shows are "Anything For My Mother," "Noir Man," and "Evidences of a Contemporary Love."
The Yellow Program, with shows in English, from July 18 - 21, 2018:
"Recess," written by Cara Emily Krantz, and directed by Roe Moore who co-produced "Buzz'd Out! LIVE" at last year's Hollywood Fringe, is a tale of two children on a playground who imagine what life would be like as adults, perhaps even together.
Additional shows are "You me. Me you," "A Streetcar Derailed," "The Heart to Heart," and "Vote for Me."
The Green Program, with shows in English, from July 25 - 28, 2018:
"To The Roof," written by Cynthia Faith Arsenault, also directed by Frances, and is about elevator riders who become more than passing strangers.
"Captive Audience," written and directed by Raymond-Kym Suttle and hot off his Fringe show this year "Yes. No. Maybe" with actress Dee Dee Stevens, together along with actor Kevin Alain bring to Brisk a piece on how "being a stand-up comedian can bring out the worst in some people. So, be careful who you captivate."
"The Landing," written and directed by Fringe veteran Prakriti Maduro, who brought "Frida Kahlo: Viva La Vida" from Venezuela to the Hollywood Fringe in 2019, brings to Brisk her show "The Landing." brings a story about a woman who appears in the middle of an empty plane, midair, and the sudden arrival of her husband.
"RIP I.N.C.," written and directed by Harim Sanchez–a Sacred Fools member and a four-show Fringe veteran who brought his show "Pagliaccis" to the Hollywood Fringe in 2017--, "follows a world where grim reapers are just cubicle workers sent out to harvest souls, and it's not as 'grim' as one would make it out to be."
Additional shows are "The Gringos are Coming," "Creeper Sunrise," and "Dog Barks, Bodybuilder Slaps."
From Ken Levine's "The Hookup," a finalist at the 2019 Brisk Festival, at The Broadwater, Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of The Brisk Festival.
The Brown Program, with shows in Spanish, from July 25 - 28, 2018:
Shows are "Pastel de Naranja," "El Asunto del Chocolate," "La Razon," "Somos Super Fans," "La Gran Familia," and "Cuatro."
In the Pink Program, with shows in English, from August 1 - 4, 2019:
"Fandango," written by Karissa Montaner, and directed by Guy Picot who brought "Cookie and the Monster" (2015), "Disasteroid!" (2018), and "Earth to Karen" this year to Fringe tells of "two estranged sisters, forced to unite and discuss the fate of their deceased father's Tapas restaurant, become heels deep in one hell of a flamenco reckoning!"
Additional shows are "Performance Review," "Dead Man's Curve," "The Next Ivan Sharanski," "Spoiler," "Doctor's Orders," and "The Silent Woman."
In the Red Program, with shows in Spanish, from August 1 - 4, 2019:
"A Dos Tumbas de Ti," written by Nancho Novo and directed by Marcel Rasquin, also features Maduro, along with Karla Solarte, about two sisters wake up in their own funeral, having died on the same night but in different accidents. They discover the bizarre circumstances of their untimely death and unveil a secret that might take them straight to the grave for a second time."
Additional shows are "Sexoral," "After Life Vacation," "Crash ¿Quien Tiene La Culpa?" "La Taza que me Mira desde la Meza," and "Mrs. Fox' Zoo."
The following are more winners of the Hollywood Fringe Festival, including the Sponsored Awards and Fringe Runway.
Now that the Hollywood Fringe Festival has technically come to a close, here are awards that provide additional opportunities through the Encore! Producers Awards and the Best of Broadwater Award which provide an avenue for shows to extend through July, August, and beyond, to see the shows you might have missed.
The Unleashed Award is given to the ensemble production who unleashes their production with a strong focus on telling the story and the winner receives a certificate, a dog collar and tag engraved with the name of the show, the award and the year, award laurels for social media use, and shout outs on the Theatre Unleashed social media sites.
The 2Cents Distinctive Voices Award recognizes an artist/team of artists who prove themselves as a true auteur. The winning production will demonstrate unique perspective, fresh interpretation and defined approach, providing a one of a kind experience of unexpected storytelling. The winner will receive a coveted engraved 2Cents Piggy.
Aunt Lyla’s Fave Fringe Flyer
Matt: The Gathering
Aunt Lyla’s Fave Fringe Flyer recognizes superb flyer design and the winner(s) receive an award plague showcasing the winning flyer.
Fight The Power Award is granted for performance, writing, direction combined "to create a powerful piece that moves the needle in social justice, inclusiveness, normalization of reality, and forward-thinking art." Winners receive a custom ‘Fight the Power’ trophy.
No Room In The Green Room Award
Borracho: Spanish For Drunken Bum
MB Stage Productions No Room In The Green Room Award "goes to those who like to challenge themselves to have a full audience and an even fuller stage." Winner(s) are awarded a trophy and recognition on MB Stage Productions, LLC’s website, social media and digital laurels.
O Face Award For Orgasmic Achievement In Theatre: “Most Orgasmic Performance”
Macy Idzakovich – Flower Society
The O Face Award For Orgasmic Achievement In Theatre: 'Most Orgasmic Performance' Award singles out one production "for forging a connection between artist, audience and the divine, bringing all three together in an explosive theatrical experience that transcends convention and can only be regarded as 'Orgasmic.'" A 7th Annual O Face Award statuette is presented to the winner.
The ShoWorks Don’t Wait. Create! Award is awarded to "writers and creators who develop their own opportunities by producing original content and pushing the creative envelope from 'page to stage.'” The winner receives this 3rd Annual award statuette.
Soaring Solo Artist Award
Dear Jeff by Callie Ott
The 3rd Annual Soaring Solo Artist Award is presented by Soaring Solo LLC, Jessica Lynn Johnson & the Whitefire Theatre recognizes and celebrates "excellence in solo theatre within the Hollywood Fringe Community." The winner receives an award plaque, along with a spot to perform their winning solo show at the Whitefire Theatre’s SOLOFEST 2020.
Standout Song Award honors "the song at Fringe that we feel represents the 'number one hit' of the festival. The song that we remember as we leave their show and keep thinking about as the festival goes on." The award involves "a fully funded/produced music video of the original song that will be published online."
Steve Kent Award
Earth Stories: Our Climate And Our Future
Steve Kent Award, named after co-founder of the legendary Company Theatre, the late Steve Kent, "is given a piece of theatre that uses their art for to create political or social change within an individual and their community." and a trophy is awarded to the winner.
The Diverse Diva Award is presented by the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival, co-sponsored by City National Bank, and is awarded to a solo female identified artist performing "cabaret, poetry, dance, as a singer-songwriter, vocalist, musician [or] storyteller" selecting one "engaging and unique female identified artist who exemplifies what it means to be a 'Diverse Diva.'" The winner receives a framed award certificate, a performance spot in the LAWTF Wine Down Wednesday event, and a week-long stay at the Writer’s Well International Literary Retreat in Sharpsburg Georgia (including lodging.)
The Golden Key
The show with the highest score will receive The Golden Key, a symbol of the production’s ability to unlock a new world for guests.
The Encore Award
The Encore! Producers Award represents the best of the Hollywood Fringe selected by venue producers, based on artistic merit and commercial potential. The extensions immediately follow the HFF2019 and run through July in participating fringe venues. Shows selected receive extensions "giving them the opportunity for additional audience, press, awards and extensions. Shows receive "at least one performance," following the Hollywood Fringe Festival, in July. Typically extensions are one to two performances, but longer runs are possible and are negotiated between venue and show producer.
The Inkwell Theater Playwright’s Promise Award, presented by the Inkwell Theater Development LAB, recognizes a writer of a Fringe production. The criteria for this fifth annual award is based on the play itself, not necessarily the production. The playwright of the winning production is invited to "participate in a number of special events and reading opportunities throughout our 2019-20 season" and receive a “Golden Pen” statuette.
The Outdoor Voices Festival “conversation Creation” Award
Dear Jeff: A Musical Comedy About Suicide & Domestic Abuse
The Outdoor Voices Festival “conversation Creation” Award honors the show that "encompasses all of the qualifications that make up a brilliant piece of socially relevant theater." The winner of the award receives a statuette and is invited to perform in the "Outdoor Voices Festival, Winter 2019" where a limited number shows are selected each year.
Sponsored by MET Theatre (MET Foundation) The Paul Koslo Memorial/Met theatre Award, in honor of the late MET Theatre founding member Paul Koslo, is given to "outstanding theatre makers who reflect that same bold, creative, and inspirational spirit as was possessed by our beloved Mr. Koslo." The winner receives a statuette, plaque, or "the like" along with "20 Free Rehearsal Hours (a $500 value) at the MET Theatre on the Paul Koslo Stage in the Great Scott space."
Sponsored by They Played Productions, LLC., TPP’s Trope Buster! is awarded to shows that "break the mold," disrupt the medium, and take the "expected roles or stories or themes or tropes of theatre and spin them off the axis into unknown territory." Winners will receive an award created by producer and artist Thea Rivera specifically for this year’s TPP Trope Buster as well as a digital file listing your winning award.
LAFPI's Most Wanted Award
LAFPI's Most Wanted Award is granted in "recognition of the gender parity efforts and achievements by LA Theaters and Fringe Venues, focusing on female-identifying playwrights" and receive a certificate.
The LAFPI Most Wanted Awards:
Assistance League Theatre
Asylum @ McCadden Theatre
Asylum @ Studio C
The Hobgoblin Playhouse at The Arena Stage, Theatre of Arts
The New American Theatre
The New Collective
The Best of Broadwater Award is awarded to a select few Hollywood Fringe productions that have performed at The Broadwater based on "their high level of artistry and excellence." Winners receive a statuette and certificate for their production during the Hollywood Fringe Festival Closing Night Ceremony and are offered an extension at one of The Broadwater’s four stages on Best of Broadwater Weekend July 5th-7th.
EVA PERON BY COPI EN ESPAÑOL
AN YET ANOTHER EVENING WITH THE SISTAHS- UNSUNG SHEROES
LOVE, MADNESS, AND SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN
IT TAKES TWO: MUSICAL IMPROV WITH PEARCY & BYRNES
The Complex Hollywood
2 FOR 1
ACID WASH LOVE
CAVE GIRL THE MUSICAL
THE COLOR COLLECTIVE
CRACK WHORE, BULIMIC, GIRL-NEXT-DOOR
DEATH AND THE FOOL
IF IT GOES THERE
MY TRANS WIFE
THE NARCISSIST NEXT DOOR
OLIVIA WILDE DOES NOT SURVIVE THE APOCALYPSE
PIT OF GOBLINS
POCKETMON! A PARODY MUSICAL
PRINCESS MAGIC’S TRASH TIME REVUE
SHIVA FOR ANNE FRANK
TALES FROM THE POWDER ROOM
THE MAYOR’S DEBATE OF TRANQUILITY, NEBRASKA
THIS WAY YONDER
VERY GOOD ACTOR: AN ACTING SEMINAR
WHAT I NEVER TOLD YOU
WHY DID THE CHICKEN CROSS THE ROAD?
YES. NO. MAYBE.
AN EXCUSE TO BEHAVE BADLY
CHRISSY METH – A DANCE WITH THE DEVIL AND THE JOURNEY BACK
CORINA, FROM LAP DANCE TO SUNDANCE
HIDE YOUR FIRES: BUTOH LADY MACBETH
A BIT MUCH
IF WE RUN
LEAVING PRINCE CHARMING
BATTER UP! MY BRAIN ON BASEBALL
CRABBE AND GOYLE ARE DEAD
LIFE PLAN, OR LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE IN A COLLAPSING WORLD
THE JOURNEY OF THE LITTLE PRINCE
SILENT JOY, A NEW PLAY
SUGARFREE: FOSTER CARE COGNITIVE DISSONANCE
The Hobgoblin Playhouse at the Arena Stage
EARTH & FIRE WALKING (TIERRA Y FUEGO QUE CAMINA)
SHE KILLS MONSTERS
TABLETOP (THE MUSICAL)
THE BULLY PROBLEM
GUNFIGHT AT THE NOT-SO-OK SALOON
LET’S WRITE A MUSICAL
NO MORE TOYS
STRAIGHT WHITE MEN TRYING TO WOKE
NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND.
Stephanie Feury Studio Theatre
BUNNY THE ELF LIVE!
OUT OF THE BLUE
RAISED BY WOLVES
SORRY ABOUT MY FRIEND
SWIPE RIGHT: THE MUSICAL
THANK YOU FOR LOVING ME
THE HUMAN[OID] EXPERIENCE
ASK A BLACK WOMAN
DANDY DARKLY’S ALL ABOARD!
DEAR JEFF: A MUSICAL COMEDY ABOUT SUICIDE & DOMESTIC ABUSE
DOUBLE FEATURE: THE ORIGINAL ENGLISH & MURDERFUCK
I AM NOT A MAN
JAMBA JUICE: THE MUSICAL
MORAL FIXATION (ORIGINALLY TITLED BOYS
WILL BE BOYS)
ONE HUMP HEART
SPEAK I WILL: A FRACTURED SHAKESPEARE
SUPPORTIVE WHITE PARENTS
THE LAST POWERPOINT
THE ONE-MAN IMPROVISED MUSICAL
ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS