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Festival XLVI - Los Angeles Theatre Center- February 12-15, 2014


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INVITED PRODUCTIONS


Thursday, February 13th

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare adapted by Chris Mangels

Directed by Chris Mangels

College of the Sequoias

Theatre 1, LATC

Thursday, February 13th, 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm


The year is 1967 and the quiet college town of Athens-by-the-Bay is about to experience a Midsummer of Love! To escape the conservative establishment that forbids their union, two star-crossed lovers flee into a nearby forest, pursued by a rejected suitor who is, himself, pursued by a rejected lover. As darkness falls, the lovers are joined by a hopelessly inept troupe of amateur actors and a band of spaced-out fairies that have clearly turned on, tuned in, and dropped out. Can this motley assortment of characters survive an evening filled with mistaken identities, misplaced passions, and mismatched pairings?

Shakespeare’s most beloved romantic comedy gets a psychedelic face-lift in this magical mystery tour-de-force production!


Respondents: Alexis Jacknow and Georgia McGill

Response: Thursday, February 13th immediately following the 2 PM performance, Theatre 1


The Plain Princess book and lyrics by Jim Christian, music by Tom Edward Clark

Adapted from the children’s book by Phyllis McGinley

Directed by Jim Christian

Weber State University

Theatre 2, LATC

Thursday, February 13th, 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm


A musical tale of enchantment, laughter, and the discovery of inner beauty. Based upon the children’s story of the same title by Phyllis McGinley, this timeless fable tells of young Princess Esmeralda who seems to have everything a girl could ever want…except for the fact that she is plain. When she is snubbed at her birthday party by Prince Charles Michael, Esmeralda’s parents, the King and Queen, take drastic measures in an attempt to find the person who can transform their daughter into someone special. Their challenge is taken up by Dame Goodwit, a clever widow with five stunning daughters of her own. What follows is a journey into finding the joy and light that come from trying, caring, and giving of oneself. There is a “special kind of magic” at work here and the lessons learned speak to all ages and audiences of every kind.


Respondents: Richard “Buzz” Herman and Chase Waites

Response: Thursday, February 13th immediately following the 7:30 PM performance, Theatre 2


SPECIAL INVITED DEVISED PERFORMANCE


pool ‘63 by Philip Valle

Directed by bree valle

Cuesta Community College

Theatre 3, LATC

Thursday, February 13th, 11:30 am and 5:00 pm


Alabama, 1963. The contested water of Birmingham public swimming pools is the jumping off point for this story of two girls, one black and one white, caught in the maelstrom of the American civil rights movement. This new and groundbreaking production fuses the violent imagery of cinema with the theatrical innovations of avant garde, dance and musical theatre. Part Baptist revival, part homage to the brave men and women who forged unlikely alliances in pursuit of racial justice, pool ‘63 provides a bracing tonic of hope as well as a rousing call to action.


Respondents: Richard “Buzz” Herman and Alejandro Rodriguez

Response: Thursday, February 13th immediately following the 11:30 AM performance, Theatre 3.


Microburst Theatre Festival, An evening of 10-minute plays that explore the joy and sorrow of finding and losing love by Taryn Politis, Amy McGreevy, Katie Jarvis, Amberly Plourde, Amanda Welch, Chelsea Hickman and Chauntel Lopez

Directed by George D. Nelson

Brigham Young University

Theatre 4, LATC

Thursday, February 13th, 9:00 am, 3:00 pm, and 7:00 pm


Microburst Theatre is a collection of seven short student written plays that examine different points of view as they relate to our universal human desire to be loved and accepted. A mixture of comedy, farce and drama, they explore the circumstances that bring us together through accidental collisions, set-ups, break-ups, best-laid plans gone astray, and a deep desire to belong. A cast of 5 characters plays all the roles in this bare bones, pseudo-Brechtian based production.


Respondents: Alexis Jacknow and Chase Waites

Response: Thursday, February 13th immediately following the 9:00 AM performance in Theatre 4


Friday, February 14th

Next to Normal book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt

Directed by David Tinney

Utah Valley University

Theatre 1, LATC

Friday, February 14th, 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm


This Pulitzer Prize winning rock musical concerns a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder, specifically bipolar I disorder with psychotic features, and the effect that her illness has on her family. With book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt.


Respondents: Alejandro Rodriguez and Rae Robinson

Response: Friday, February 14th immediately following the 2:00 PM performance pm in Theatre 1


AutoPLAY: Stop, Yield, Detour

Directed by Leslie Ferreira

Theatre Academy, Los Angeles City College

Theatrer-goers meet in the LATC Lobby 15 minutes prior to the performance time to be escorted to the performance venue.

Friday, February 14th, 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4:30 pm


AutoPLAY, is a devised work—a series of original, intimate, site-specific ten-minute plays—each taking place in an automobile. Audiences of two move from car to car to experience works by different student actor/playwrights. After being ushered to their seats by “car hops”, the car doors close and you experience a drama, thriller, farce or comedy, performed just inches away. Ten minutes later, the doors open, a seat in a new car awaits, and a new story begins. In the course of an hour, five evocative stories are experienced. STUDENTS MUST LINE UP OUTSIDE AT THE BACK OF THE LATC LOBBY 15 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE PRODUCTION FOR AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THE SHOW.


Respondents: Alejandro Rodriguez and Chase Waites

Response: Saturday, February 15th at 10:00 am in HOTEL Heinsbergen


The Pirates of Penzance by W.S.Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan

Directed by John Blondell

Westmont College

Theatre 2, LATC

Friday, February 14th, 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm


It’s not your Mother’s Pirates. In a kind of “house concert” of The Pirates of Penzance, a strange group of people (who are they?) arrive at someone’s house to… well… we can’t be too sure. They are given something to drink, start to sing and act, and are overcome by something intoxicating. Enjoy the trip!


Respondents: Alexis Jacknow and Rae Robinson

Response: Friday, February 14th immediately following the 7:30 PM performance in Theatre 2


Sun and Room by Danny Mitarotondo

Directed by Dr. Ginny Davis

Written for, commissioned and produced by Fort Lewis College

Theatre 4, LATC

Friday, February 14th, 12:00 pm, 3:00 pm, and 7:00 pm


An intimate new play about college life; now. Set in a Durango basement, Sun and Room is about three friends – Leah, Matt and Zoe – hanging out on a Friday night. The play was written for the actual voices of FLC actors Leah Brewer, Matthew Socci, and Zoe Pike. Author Danny Mitarotondo composed this story in a new form of playwriting called the Score Technique™. Created by Mitarotondo and his Chicago based collaborator Shannon Fillion, the Score uses the fundamental principles of sheet music to capture the acrobatic beauty of colloquial conversation, uniting the entire creative team of a play in critically timing an imagined world. Sun and Room’s ensemble, form, inspiration and structure provide an unbiased and uncensored portrait of a vulnerable time of life that comes and goes – but never goes away.


Respondent: Georgia McGill and Tom Miller

Response: Friday, February 14th immediately following the 3:00 PM performance Theatre 4


Saturday, February 15th

The Old Lady Shows Her Medals by J.M. Barrie

Directed by Pat Gage

Santa Monica College

Theatre 4, LATC

Saturday, February 15th, 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 5:00 pm


The Old Woman Shows Her Medals is undoubtedly the most amusing and touching play inspired by the highly romanticized sentiments of WW1. An old Scottish charwoman invents a son and finds to her great surprise that a fine upstanding soldier adopts her as a mother. Written by the same playwright who wrote Peter Pan, one can detect a similar theme running through this play.


Respondents: Tom Miller and Chase Waits

Response: Saturday, February 15th immediately following the 1:00 PM performance in Theatre 4