HOW TO PRODUCE A HOLLYWOOD FRINGE SHOW

Want to produce a show at the Hollywood Fringe Festival (HFF) and don't know how?
Excited about the thought of doing a show at HFF , but have concerns and questions?
Get the answers to your questions and an overview of the Hollywood Fringe in this 3 hour introduction workshop, taught by Matthew Quinn, a 20+ year veteran producer/ and 9 year HFF experienced Venue Manager.
“How to Produce a Hollywood Fringe Show”
The workshop will walk you through the step by step process of creating a project, finding a venue, creating a budget, publicity and production as well as money saving tips and the best way to utilize all the HFF has to offer.. This workshop is valuable for any independent theatre producer. In addition, each participant will get an E-File including an adjustable budget and timeline.
Cost - $40
Sign up at http://hff18.org/4267


BETTER LEMONS - "MEET THE CRITICS II"

On Saturday, October 27, from 10 am to 12 noon, Better Lemons and Theatre West will be hosting “Meet the Critics!” part 2, featuring several of LA's premier critics for a panel discussion of theatre criticism.
This is a great opportunity to meet the critics face to face and to get insight into effective strategies for engaging the critics and partnering with them in promoting LA Theatre.
We will be addressing questions such as “What is a critic's role?” and “How do you reach out to a critic?” and “What are critics looking for?” and “How can we work together?”, and the biggest…”How do I get a review?”
Plus, we'll hear some tips on how to contact them and how to pitch them!
Confirmed critics on the Panel:
VANESSA CATE - Assigning Editor for Stage Raw and the Editor-in-Chief for @ThisStage.LA
ELLEN DOSTAL - LA Drama Critics Circle member, Sr. Editor for BroadwayWorld/LA and Owner of Musicals in LA
ERNEST KEARNEY - Award-winning LA playwright and contributor for TheTVolution.com
DAVID MacDOWELL BLUE - Owner of Night-Tinted Glasses
TRACEY PALEO - Owner of Gia on the Move and contributor of Discover Hollywood Magazine
ROB STEVENS - LA Drama Critics Circle member, founder of The Robby Awards, and reviewer for Haines His Way
For our past panel of critics, please listen to our first Meet the Critics Panel podcast on Soundcloud.
Gather some postcards of your show, bring your 30 second elevator pitch, and bring your coffee mug for fresh brew from Theatre West.
WHEN:
Saturday, October 27th
10am – 12 noon
WHERE:
Theatre West
3333 Cahuenga Blvd West
Hollywood, CA 90068
Fill out the form below to RSVP and add questions you want us to ask the critics.
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FREE WORKSHOP - Theatre/Film Productions: Master Your Press Release & Social Media tricks & tips

This FREE Workshop is Sunday, April 20 from 3-5pm.
Provided will be information on how to make the best use of free resources that are out there to promote your show, including using public online calendars and making your social media work better for you!
This Meetup is specifically for anyone who is:
~ promoting a theatre production or venue in the Los Angeles area.
~ promoting a film, documentary or short in an LA-based festival.
~ promoting their writing, blog, or is looking to self-promote on social media.
We, from Better Lemons, will be on hand to answer any questions regarding registering with our online calendar and how to make the most out of our website!
Come mix and mingle and enjoy beer and wine tasting in a cool, speakeasy cellar wine bar at Oeno Vino Wine shop and bar in Atwater. Oeno Vino has a wide assortment of wines, craft beers, cheese and charcuterie plates made to custom order and a selection of shareable personal pizzas. (Oeno Vino is in an open mall shared with Starbucks, Link n' Hops, and Crispy Crust, and is easily accessible from the 5 freeway: Northbound, exit 140 Glendale Blvd., Southbound exit Glendale 140B exit, turn Left on RIverside, then turn Left onto Glendale. Oeno Vino is on the Left in the mall next to Starbucks and Link n' Hops.)
All beverages and refreshments are available for purchase on-site and are not hosted by this Meetup.
There is limited parking in the lot, shared by Starbucks and other businesses. However, ample street parking is available at most meters, which is free on Sunday in Atwater, which run perpendicular to Glendale Blvd. and on adjacent streets.
SPACE FOR THIS MEETUP IS LIMITED AND FILLS QUICKLY!
RSVP here at https://www.meetup.com/Social-Media-for-Theatre-Film-Fests-Start-up-Prods.


FREE WORKSHOP - FILL THE HOUSE - BETTER LEMONS POWER TOOLS

Have you ever wished you could squeeze our brains so you could ask questions about how to make the most out of our website?
Here is a FREE workshop where you will be able to do just that!
DATE AND TIME
Sat, May 19, 2018
10am - 12 noon
LOCATION
Theatre West
3333 Cahuenga Boulevard West
Los Angeles, CA 90068
DESCRIPTION

  • Do you register your shows on Better Lemons?
  • Do you use the playbill insert to encourage audience reviews?
  • Do you use your sweet ratings to further promote your shows?
  • Do you review shows that you've seen on Better Lemons?
  • Do you use the resources page of the Better Lemons website?
  • Introduction to new website features
  • and more

Come to this free workshop to learn all there is to know about Better Lemons and bring your friends and family! Film, Theatre, and Event Producers, Publicists, Reviewers, Performers, and everyone else who goes to live theater, film festivals, art events, etc. will benefit from this workshop!
Join us! It's FREE!


Antaeus Academy Classes Open for Enrollment

Antaeus Academy is offering now 12 classes and this is the time to enroll for these summer sessions!
If you're interested in any of the classes below, visit http://antaeus.org/arts-education/academy/academy-3/ and click on the "Enroll Now" button to use the enrollment form on the website.
If you take more than one class, you can get a "buy one, get one 50% off" discount.
Friends and Colleagues: Harold Pinter & Simon Gray
Moderated by Nike Doukas
Mondays 12-4pm, June 25-August 27 (10 weeks)
$450 (Early Bird Discount $400, due by June 11)
Class Size: 14-16
Harold Pinter and Simon Gray wrote very different kinds of plays: Pinter is terse and mysterious; Gray is verbose and more naturalistic - but they are both darkly comic and subversive. They were great friends and Pinter directed Gray's perhaps most popular play, Butley. In this class, the class will focus on the plays of Pinter (Betrayal, Lovers, The Birthday Party, The Homecoming, etc) but also take a look at some by Gray: Butley, Otherwise Engaged, Quartermaine's Terms, and others. Both men are dazzling masters of language who demonstrate those skills with vastly different approaches. Prepare to be thrilled by the experience of interpreting their work.
Myth, Superstition & the Blues: The Poetry of August Wilson
Moderated by Gregg Daniel

Mondays 7-11pm, June 11-July 16 (6 weeks)
$310 (Early Bird Discount $280, due by May 28)
Class Size: 14-16
Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson is arguably one of the great playwrights of the 20th century. His ambitious ten-part play series known as “The Century Cycle” chronicles the African American experience during each decade of the 20th century. His work has garnered a Tony Award as well as the New York Drama Critics Circle Award.
In this workshop, the class will examine the themes, sources and personal history that make the playwright's work so resonant. Through scene and monologue work, you will delve into the musicality, rhythm, prose and poetry which distinguishes Wilson's text. As Wilson stated, “the more my characters talk, the more I find out about them.”
This class is open to students of all ethnicities, races and backgrounds.
An Amuse-Bouche of Masters: A Scene Study/Technique Class
Moderated by Daniel Blinkoff

Tuesdays 2-6pm, June 12-August 14 (10 weeks)
$450 (Early Bird Discount $400, due by May 29)
Class Size: 14-16
This 10-week Intensive will focus on Chekhov, Stanislavski, and Earle Gister's technique of acting developed at The Yale School of Drama. Whether you have a lot of experience with any of these innovators of the theatre, or none at all, it doesn't matter. Your curiosity and passion is all that is required. Just like the Master's Program at Yale, this class will start exactly where you are and work from there. With a main focus on Chekhov's plays and short stories, the class will focus on The Moscow Art Theatre's approach to Chekhov, examining Stanislavski's scene analysis while combining it with the exercises that The Moscow Art Theatre utilizes in interpreting Chekhov's plays so the actor is no longer thinking about the play but experiencing it in a kinesthetic physical manner. Once this is established, Earle Gister's technique of acting will be introduced as an aid in releasing the work. Through this scene study, focusing on Chekhov and then possibly bridging out towards more modern texts, the class will experience the common threads between all of these master teachers and how they resonate in all different kinds of texts. This class is an opportunity to strip away our own misconceptions with these three masters of the theatre and to experience their approaches in a positive and beneficial way that we can use today.
Mind the (Gender) Gap
Moderated by John Sloan

Tuesdays 7-11, June 5-August 21 (12 weeks)
$550 (Early Bird Discount $500, due by May 24)
Class Size: 16-18
Every word a woman writes changes the story of the world, revises the official version.--Carolyn See
In the 21st century, female playwrights are taking center stage (and creating some of our favorite television shows too). But for so many years, the work of female playwrights hasn't been given the attention it deserves. In this class the company will focus their scene study work on plays written by women from all over the world, from the earliest days of the theater to the rich and varied works of contemporary times. Through the exploration of what dramaturg Susan Jonas called "the other canon," the class will challenge our assumptions, expand our horizons, enrich our craft, and add depth to our experience as actors and as people.
The Dive In: Othello
Moderated by Elizabeth Swain

Tuesdays 1-5, July 3-31 (5 weeks)
Tuition: $280 (Early Bird Rate $250, due no later than June 19)
Class Size: 14-16
How well do you really know this play? Through deep textual analysis, set against knowledge of Shakespeare's times, the class will dig and dive and gain more understanding of Shakespeare's meanings. In the long held Antaean tradition the actors will read the play together, playing any parts they choose. Occasionally the class participants might stage a scene to clarify (he did intend the plays for performance!) but the intention is to gain a new understanding of Shakespeare's text through extended table work, readying them all for a production. The final class will include a reading of the play, all participants alternating roles.
A Holistic Look at Dialects: UK Edition
Moderated by Lauren Lovett-Cohen

Wednesdays 1-4, July 11-August 29 (8 weeks)
Tuition: $310 (Early Bird Rate $280, due no later than June 27)
Class Size: 14-16
It's 2018, and thankfully there are more and more TV/Film/Web and theater projects that include roles from all over the world. The idea of a Standard American dialect or RP or the “correct” way to speak is giving way to the specificity of the who/what/where and the history of each character.
Join Antaeus for this class where they open up a new way of looking at dialects -- with a concentration on the UK for this round -- to give you the tools for getting more work in today's projects. There will be monologues and scene work from various plays penned by British authors from the turn of the 20th century through today.
Shakespeare: Making the Bard's Words Your Words
Moderated by Rob Nagle

Wednesdays 7-11, June 6-August 29* (12 weeks)
$550 (Early Bird Discount $500, due by May 25)
Class Size: 16-18
*no class the week of July 4
Why is Shakespeare such a challenge to so many, not only to perform, but also to comprehend? Could it be that we get caught up in the academic, an analytic study of the text through reading it, and then find ourselves neglecting the characters, the people we are attempting to bring to life. In this class, through action and scene study, participants will find a way to use the scansion and the poetry to make them bolder actors — and in so doing, participants will find his words coming out of their mouths as conversational and current, but not casual or contemporary.
Fitzmaurice Voicework
Moderated by Scott Ferrara

Thursdays 1-5pm, July 19-September 6 (8 weeks)
$350 (Early Bird Discount $300, due by June 7)
Class Size: 14-16
Whether you work in theatre, film or television, all mediums of our craft call for vocal strength, flexibility, and specificity. This class uses a holistic approach to body/mind/ voice work, to help the participant explore the dynamics between body, breath, voice, imagination, language, and presence.This approach liberates the mind, body and voice by strengthening the connection between what the participants are feeling and what they're expressing. By integrating physical exercises with mental focus, the class will bring the full richness of the actors' experiences to their work. By strengthening the “support” for the participants voice, the class will also add more variety to the expression of the performers use of it, be that in pitch, volume, singing – all without straining the voice or vocal chords. And then the class will combine Classical Text with the voice work, further developing the awareness, trust and freedom with the actors' breathing, body, feelings, imagination, and voice and add more vibrancy and presence in performance.
Shaw, Wilde & Coward
Moderated by Kitty Swink

Thursdays 7-11, June 7-August 30* (12 weeks)
$550 (Early Bird Discount $500, due by May 19)
Class Size: 14-16
*no class on July 12
"This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last." Oscar Wilde
This class will engage participants in the wit, craft and social commentary of three of the English language's most celebrated playwrights, Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw and Noel Coward. Participants will learn to contextualize their times, manners and behaviors, and using scene work they will embrace truthfulness, imagination, concentration and living in the actor's body while performing biting satire and high comedy. The powerful combination of technical expertise and emotional truth brings each of the playwrights to life and makes the participants understand why these three have been performed for more than a century. Open to actors of all ages.
Shakespeare 2.0
Moderated by Armin Shimerman

Saturdays 10am-2pm, June 9-July 28 (8 weeks)
$400 (Early Bird Discount $350, due by May 24)
Class Size: 14-16
This class is a further exploration of Shakespearean acting skills for people who have already studied with Armin at Antaeus. This class will further intensify the actor's awareness of the text and how to clearly communicate that to an audience. To enroll, participants must apply and be approved.
Real, Safe, and Kicka**: Stage Violence for Actors
Moderated by Ned Mochel

Saturdays 10am-2pm, July 7-August 25 (8 weeks)
Tuition: $350 (Early Bird Rate $300, due no later than June 22)
Class Size: 14-16
This class focuses on an exciting, new approach toward stage violence in the American theater that's rougher, tougher, and more realistic. This is not your traditional stage combat class; this class prepares the modern actor to engage in a more realistic, intense style of stage action.
Ned Mochel has been building stage violence for over 25 years. His violence design has been showcased in plays at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, on and off Broadway in NYC, Geffen Playhouse, as well as at Antaeus Theatre Company. He's been changing the way audiences perceive stage violence one production at a time. If you've been immersed in stage action in the past or if you're interested in diving in for the first time, this is the class for you. It's a rough, tough, fun approach--an experience you'll never forget. Learn how to make it real, stay safe, and kick ass. From hand to hand fighting and gun work to detailed sword training, you'll find yourself building new skills to set you apart from the others. This is new cutting edge stage action and it's happening at Antaeus.
Shakespeare: Getting Started - WAIT LIST ONLY
Moderated by Armin Shimerman

Wednesdays 1-5pm, June 13-August 8* (8 weeks)
$400 (Early Bird Discount $350, due by May 30)
Class Size: 14-16
*no class the week of July 4
This class is designed for those who have never studied Shakespeare with Armin before. It will include monologue/scene study and a thorough approach to acting, understanding, and communicating through language, history, religion, social mores, and - the Rosetta stone to performing Shakespeare - Elizabethan rhetoric. Any fear of performing/reading Shakespeare will be cured. You may laugh as well.


FREE Workshop: Working your Press Release & Social Media tricks & tips!

Better Lemons is an official sponsor for the Meet-Up "Working your Press Release & Social Media tricks & tips!".
This Meet-Up will take place on Sunday, April 29 from 3-5pm at Oeno Vino, 3111 Glendale Blvd, in Atwater Village.
Better Lemons will be available to answer questions about our website and how our review aggregation provides some free benefits in promoting your shows/events and how to register.
This Meetup is specifically for anyone who:
~ Is promoting a theatre production in the Los Angeles area.
~ Is promoting a film, documentary or short in an LA-based festival.
~ Is promoting their writing, blog, or is looking to self-promote in general on social media.
Things you should to bring for this event (if you have):
* A business card and/or bar card/post card and/or 8 x 10 poster art of your show or project.
* A lap top or tablet (for notes, accessing apps and platforms) AND a smart phone or camera. (No video cameras or video taking.)
* Be ready to take notes and meet people. Networking encouraged before and after.
* Your focus. The presentation will not be long, but it will be packed with a of information.
Things to know:
Alcohol is served at this venue and food, wine, beer are available, however, they are NOT included with the Meetup, just be mindful of everyone's electronics.
Plug-ins for laptops and devices are NOT available, so make sure they are charged before the event. Using Wi-Fi during the event is not required, however free Wi-Fi is in the area.
Audio recordings are fine but again please no video recordings or social media sharing during the presentation.
There will be networking after the Meet-up in the wine bar and, again, social media and information sharing will be encouraged.
This event is FREE
Seating is limited so please RSVP on Meet-Up or email Monique LeBleu.


Hollywood Fringe Festival Workshop II: Money & Promotion Twitter Roundup

Today we live tweeted from the Hollywood Fringe Festival Workshop that was all about Money and Promotion that was moderated by Fringe Festival Outreach Manager Ellen Den Herder. On the panel were [email protected] Primeau, Monica MiklasSofie Khan, and  Tom Cavanaugh. We did our best to find the shows on the Fringe website whose reps could ask some questions during the workshop. If we found them, you will find their show links above their tweet question.
On a sidenote, please be sure to register your Fringe shows (and also non-fringe shows) on Better Lemons, so you can get a Critics as well as Audience #LemonMeter rating of your show.
 


This following question came from Lisa from the Hollywood Fringe Production SEX RATED G: A ONE WOMAN SHOW WITH A MAN IN IT


This following question came from Sam from the Hollywood Fringe Production SAM SHABER: LIFE, DEATH & DURAN DURAN


This following question came from a rep from the Hollywood Fringe Production #METOO


This following question came from Soo from the Hollywood Fringe Production MARON DOLL - THE EMOTIONAL REUNION OF A MOTHER AND DAUGHTER


Fringe Friday: Office Hours Schedule + Workshop 2 Panelist Announcement

Join Hollywood Fringe staff and participants for weekly casual meet-ups at different bars around Hollywood. If you're wondering what the fuss is all about, check out this FringeTV video.
Office Hours take place Wednesdays starting March 28th. The times and locations are below; for drink specials and updates, check out this blog post and the #drinkingaboutfringe hashtag on Twitter and Instagram (as well as #hff18, the official festival hashtag).
March 28th, 7-10pm - St. Felix (1602 N. Cahuenga Blvd.)
April 4th, 7-10pm - Lost Property (1704 Vine St.)
April 11th, 7-10pm - Paloma (6327 Hollywood Blvd.)
April 18th, 7-10pm - Pig N' Whistle (6714 Hollywood Blvd.)
April 25th, 7-10pm - The Well (6255 Sunset Blvd.)
May 2nd, 7-11pm - BLACK (6202 Santa Monica Blvd.)
May 9th, 7-10pm - 33 Taps (6263 Hollywood Blvd.)
May 16th, 7-11pm - Three Clubs (1123 Vine St.)
May 23rd, 7-11pm - BLACK (6202 Santa Monica Blvd.)
May 30th, 7pm-Bar Close - Three Clubs (1123 Vine St.)
Networking is an essential ingredient to your success at Fringe and the Fringe organizers are giving you a ton of opportunities to mix and mingle! Hope to see you #drinkingaboutfringe soon.
Consider this your last call to join the Fringe organizers this Sunday, March 11th for Workshop II: Money & Promotion from 2-4pm at the Complex, moderated by their Outreach Manager Ellen Den Herder.
They have some awesome panelists lined up to share their expertise (and encouragement!) who have all had successful Fringe shows: Sofie Khan, Tom Cavanaugh & Kat Primeau.
Click the workshop link above to reserve your free seat.


Some Other Notable Upcoming Dates:
The next #HFF18 Twitter Chat is on Wednesday, March 14th from 2-3pm. Check the link for tips and the full schedule.
Venues will still be hosting tours and open houses this month. Check out the list here.
Town Hall II: Marketing takes place Tuesday, April 3rd at 8pm. Check out the full schedule of this year's Town Hall & Workshop series here.
Purchase Ads for the printed guide by April 15th at hollywoodfringe.org/market.
Questions? Send them to [email protected].