UPDATE: Please check the schedule frequently. (Schedule of interviews and my Fringing is here)
Saturday, June 9th
Lots of teasers. Tune in here for updates and all the live broadcasts in one post.
Friday, June 8th
One of the myriad of reasons I love the Hollywood Fringe Festival is that it fosters a feeling of experimentation along with the known. Many expand the experimentation to include the coverage of the festival as well.
The first and second year, I covered some various Fringe shows traditionally as well as trying InterTweets, interviews held entirely over Twitter. It was novel the first year, but with more people on Twitter by 2011, often an InterTweet just seemed to clog up the stream. It became clear to me that another avenue was needed, and specifically to give artists advance coverage on their work.
Along came Google’s announcements that you can now broadcast a Hangout live on You Tube. Voila! Let’s see if people like a short-form, live format where the audience can ask direct questions of each artist. Each broadcast will also be archived here on Bitter Lemons and my own You Tube channel.
Schedule posted and updated below. You can also see which shows I’m seeing here (suggestions welcome) as well as when the interviews will be live in yellow on that same link.
We’ll see how it goes! In the meantime, Let’s Fringe!
Saturday June 2nd, 5-5:15pm
RISE is an original play by Cal Barnes that will make its world premiere at Fringe under the direction of Aaron Lyons. Henry Donner (Brett Colbeth) is a young, popular, Los Angeles based preacher who has it all- a large congregation that adores him, a family that loves him, and a paycheck that would suggest he’s more than good at what he does. While preparing for his next sermon, Henry receives a knock on the door that will change his life forever. Alexandra Riverton (Gowrie Hayden) is a tornado incarnate, bringing with her a secret from their past that has the power to destroy him.
“The past lies like a nightmare upon the present.”
Tuesday, June 5th
A visceral journey of desire and despair, brought to a breaking point and implosion of our world as we know it. What happens when we are pushed to the edge and all we can do is scream or fall apart? With the current state of the global community, political climate, and the formation of the Occupy Movement, what would happen if we as a community were (really) pushed over the edge, to the point of no return?
Combining multi-media projections with physical theater, live action painting, original music, and text, we invite you to come with us to the brink of destruction, and the birth of a new beginning.
Tuesday, June 4th, 9:00-9:15pm
The rebirth of the “Super-Short,” Theatre Unleashed will showcase 25 short original plays featuring a handful of the company’s premiere actors playing over 50 characters…in one hour. Fusing comedy, drama and everything in between, these amazing pieces are set in a specific order to provide an emotional crux and unique thru-line to create a theatrical journey for you the audience in 60 minutes or less. It’s speed theatre at its best!
Wednesday June 5th
“Well-behaved women seldom make history.”
~ Laurel Ulrich
“Rogue” is an inspirational, award-winning drama based on the life of famed physicist Madame Marie Curie.
From her childhood in war-torn Poland, to Parisian labs andWWI frontlines, Madame Curie fought cultural and misogynistic oppression to become a pioneer of radioactivity research and the first female Nobel Laureate.
Two acts plus one 15 minute intermission. Approximate Rating: PG, for dialogue regarding war and adult situations. Not recommended for children under 10.
Starring Rebecca Lynn Morales as Madame Marie Curie. Written and directed by G. S. Morales.
June 7th Preview Night is only $5!
June 14 & 21 use promo code “radium” for $10 tix
Four people fight like hell to get what they want over three hours during an Arkansas blizzard. Julie is a middle-aged housewife who is pregnant but doesn’t want to be a mom again; Charlie, her husband, wants a second chance at fatherhood now gives his affections to a calf; Wilson is Charlie’s best friend and lover who sees tonight as her one chance at true love; and, Dol is a trans-dad who’s lost his health insurance and hopes the Atlanta doctors he is going to meet will help him finish his transition. High stakes, hilarious and heart-breaking, The Drifts Live is a theatrical performance of excerpts from the novel, “The Drifts” performed by its author, actor Thom Vernon (The Fugitive, Seinfeld, Grace Under Fire, General Hospital, etc.) .
Thursday, June 7th
“The Last Five Years” is a contemporary, award winning, musical that ingeniously chronicles a five year marriage, from beginning to end … or from end to beginning, depending on how you look at it. Written by Tony award winning composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Songs For A New World, 13)
Friday, June 8th
Ten years after their high-school graduation, Jon and Vince find themselves in a Michigan motel room re-examining their youth. When one of them admits to a past transgression, he discovers that the other is covertly taping the conversation. Beneath its suspenseful, high-stakes surface, TAPE asks the question: who decides your truth?
Featuring: Jason Karasev, Donald Rizzo, and Juliana Long Tyson.
Directed by: Elissa Weinzimmer.
Directed by Andrea AdnoffPerformances will be at Artworks (Studio A) located at 6569 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles.Preview Performance:
Sunday June 10 @ 6:00 pmFestival Performances:
Friday June 15 @8:00pm
Saturday June 16 @ 6:00pm
Sunday June 17 @ 6:00pm
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Saturday, June 9th
From the brilliant minds at Fierce Backbone comes a collection of shorts about people — the good, the bad, and the alternatively minded.
WHOLE FOODS by Cailin Harrison — The Few. The Proud. But NOT the Marines. Do you have what it takes to be a grocery guard?
TALK IN 10 by Cailin Harrison — Man. Woman. Car. Who’s really in the driver’s seat?
GAYBY’s PLAYDATE by Jan O’Connor — Equality starts in the crib.
A FEW GOOD PB&Js by Jeremy Kehoe — You can’t handle this woman’s sandwich!
Tuesday, June 12th
5 Bed. 4 Bath. 12 Ghosts. When a too honest for his own good real estate agent (Gabriel Diani) discovers he’s invested in a haunted house he realizes he must find a buyer before its ghostly inhabitants ruin his life. Featuring Jonathan Klein (Hotel For Dogs), Janet Varney (The Legend of Korra), Etta Devine (Adventures of Huckleberry Finn [Robotic Edition]), Barry Bostwick (Rocky Horror Picture Show, Spin City), and
Nancy Lenehan (Worst Week).
In our closets hang a thousand costumes and faces and we love to throw them on in the name of Love. With original music and the mad joy of dress-up, Making Love Over There is an attempt to rediscover Love and its lexicon. Together, actors Patrick Riley and Zoe Chao portray dozens of characters of varying ages and nationalities in different places, times, and states of mind, all of whom are searching in one way or another for the right words to be able to form a connection. This thematic series of snapshots creates a play collage straight out of Love’s family photo album. With its bold use of the entire theatrical space, live music, projections, and passionate exploration, Making Love Over There embodies the joyous spirit and “spark for theatricality” –(LA Weekly) that has come to characterize the work of Lonesome No More! Theatre.
“A bishop. A priest. A woman. A boy.”
A forced reunion between a Catholic bishop and the woman he soiled when she was 15, while a priest preys on a trusting teen. Snatched from today’s headlines, “Altarcations” examines lust, absolution, accepting apologies, and whether any place is safe. With Travis Michael Holder, Robert Keasler, Dylan Jones and introducing Drew Hellenthal. Written and directed by Steve Julian and developed at EST/LA’s playwright’s unit..
“Altarcations” is a project of the Pasadena Arts Council’sEMERGE Fiscal Sponsorship Program. Steve Julian acts, directs and writes about theater for LASTAGE Times. By day, he’s the morning voice on 89.3 KPCC and graduated from an all boys Catholic high school. More information at stevejulian.com.
How many times do you have to bang your head against the wall until you finally change course? Ride along this fun and funny journey. From a tough love Queens upbringing to a run in with the law Stella just can’t get a break. She finally embarks on an adventure to Buenos Aires. What she learns….why fight when you can dance?
Stella Valente Wilkins, a stand up comic, actress, writer and dance lover weaves the correlation of the Argentine Tango, to living life, creating lasting relationships and falling in love.
The Amazing Daisy (an illusionist whose act is less than magical) and Sweet Bojanski Brown (a burlesquer with more dreams than talent) form an unlikely friendship in their hilarious struggle to get booked at the Moulin Rouge, Las Vegas’ first integrated casino. Treat yourself to an hour or so of dodgy illusions and historically accurate but politically insensitive burlesque and learn a thing or two about Black magic while you’re at. Set in 1955.
About the Author: CINDY MARIE JENKINS is a Storyteller based in Los Angeles. She hosts & broadcasts regular Arts Outreach Videos, experimenting with how technology unites independent artists with new audiences. Cindy co-hosts the weekly Web Series Watch, where she reviews web series and interview Creators and Innovators; her podcast Web Series Watchers just premiered on CSICON.net . Currently Outreach/Marketing Director for 24th STreet Theatre & Outreach/Social Media Consultant for The Help Group (named one of the Top Facebook Pages & Twitter Accounts to Follow for Special Education). Cindy has been on the Directors Lab West Steering Committee since 2011 and Resident Artist at The Indy Convergence since 2009. She has been a guest on LaLaLand Talk, In the Room, Angry Patrons, That Billy WIlson Show, Bitter Lemons Live & Digital Spill to discuss outreach, social marketing and audience development in live and web entertainment. She contributes to 24th ST Theatre's blog, Web Grandparent, Bitter Lemons, LAFPI, Theatre @ Boston Court, The Comics Observer, and previously contributed to ArtJob.org (Arts For LA), LA Stage Times, Atwater Village Now & The Inspired Classroom.