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WinterFest 2012

WinterFest 2012 – Immerse yourself in some new theatre. Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA is currently presenting three weeks of non-stop staged readings: 47 plays in 18 days including new works by playwrights Nicholas Kazan, Tom Jacobson, Richard Martin Hirsch, Jacqueline Wright, Marek Glinski, Jonas Oppenheim and many more.

Admission is free, with donations accepted at the door.

  EST/LA @ Atwater Village Theatre

3269 Casitas Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90039

January 10-29, 2012.

Remaining schedule:

  • Sun. Jan 15:

◦                     12:30 pm: The Luckiest Girl by Kitty Felde

◦                     2 pm: The Contract by James Webb

◦                     4 pm: Total Power Exchange by Edith Freni

◦                     6:30 pm: Artifice by Anne Flanagan

◦                     8:30 pm: Morgenstern in Vienna by Alan Goodson

  • Tues. Jan 17

◦                     7 pm: The Happy Slave by Jonas Oppenheim

◦                     8:15 pm: Moments Before Medicine by Brian James Polak

  • Wed. Jan 18:

◦                     8 pm Memorizing Rome by Richard Martin Hirsch

  • Thurs. Jan 19:

◦                     7 pm: The Annual Meeting of the American Society of Lone Fisherman Who Have Found Dead Bodies by T.S. Cook

◦                     9 pm: The Devil’s Sonata by Marek Glinski

  • Fri. Jan 20:

◦                     7 pm: Accidentally, Like A Martyr by Grant James Varjas

◦                     9 pm: The Suck by Chris Merrill

  • Sat. Jan 21:

◦                     12 pm: Watching OJ by David McMillan

◦                     2:30 pm: Deus Ex Machina by Tom Jacobson

◦                     5 pm: Match by Jennifer Maisel

◦                     7:30 pm: Like A Silica Milkshake by Karen Rizzo

◦                     9 pm: Boundaries by Chris diGiovanni

  • Sun. Jan 22:

◦                     1pm: A Scream by Gina Barnett

◦                     4pm: Mixquixtal by Jacqueline Wright

◦                     6 pm: Live Girls by Tim Cummings

◦                     8 pm: The Blood Poems by Garrett M. Brown

  • Tues. Jan 24:

◦                     8 pm: Species Native to California by Dorothy Fortenberry

  • Wed. Jan 25:

◦                     7:30 pm: We Are the Great Granddaughters of Patrick Sarsfield Rail by Carole Real

◦                     8 pm: The Fourth Estate by Colin Mitchell

  • Thurs. Jan 26:

◦                     7 pm: Andrea Lane by Steve Serpas

◦                     8:30 pm: Shiner by Christian Durso

  • Fri, Jan 27:

◦                     6 pm: Family Planning by Michelle Kholos Brooks

◦                     8 pm: Rescuers by Tom Baum

  • Sat. Jan 28:

◦                     1 pm: Idols of the Cave by Keliher Walsh

◦                     3:30 pm: Lucy’s Wedding by Randolyn Zinn

◦                     5:30 pm: Clytemnestra by Tom Jacobson

◦                     8 pm: The Rosy Fingers of Dawn by Tom Jacobson

  • Sun. Jan 29:

◦                     1 pm: The Great 11 by Lea Floden

◦                     3:30 pm: Bela Lugosi’s Dead/Late Snow by James Macdonald

◦                     5 pm: Apocrypha by Stephen Dierkes

◦                     6:30 pm: Ees Story Uff Poor Sea Village Gerl by Mara Lathorp

FREE – donations accepted at the door

FREE on-site

 323-644-1929 or at their official site.


Flash Theatre L.A. launches on Tuesday

no venue

no schedule

no charge


That’s the motto for Flash Theater L.A. – a new theatrical venture being produced by Playwrights’ Arena.


Flash Theater L.A. is a hybrid of flash mob and site-specific theater work that combines text, songs, rituals, dance and music with events performed in public places.

Playwrights’ Arena historic Flash Theater L.A. launch is set for this Tuesday evening, in Downtown Los Angeles.

Artistic Director, Jon Lawrence Rivera, hopes to engage young audiences to the theater by creating performances that suit their mindset.  “The formalities of theater does not excite any young audience member whose life revolves around social networks like twitter and facebook.” says Rivera. “You may present plays with hip-hop, socially relevant topics or new music. But when you cram that idea inside an old format – an 8 o’clock performance on a Saturday night, inside a dark theater where they have to get dressed, and turn off their cell phones during the show – you lose their interest.  That’s just not the way they function these days.”

Flash Theater L.A. strives to present the antithesis of those stuffy formalities.  There are performance pieces to be performed in public places all over Los Angeles.  There are no set schedules, no set venues and at no charge.

Audiences can find out WHEN and WHERE by following them on:




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You have only one chance to experience this project without having to follow them on twitter or Facebook – by joining them for the launch/preview of Flash Theater L.A. on Tuesday, September 27, 2011, starting at 8:30 PM, on Spring Street (between 5th and 6th streets) in Downtown Los Angeles.

This launch/preview is company devised and features Emmy Award-winning actors Christian Le Blanc and Michelle Stafford, both from television’s The Young and the Restless, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, the band Cityzen, a gospel choir, and a cast of more than 100 actors, singers, dancers and stilt walkers.

Future Flash Theater L.A. performances will be written by LA-based playwrights in celebration of Playwrights’ Arena’s 20th Anniversary Season in 2012.

The Flash Theater L.A. playwrights include: Luis Alfaro, Boni B. Alvarez, Alison de la Cruz, Evelina Fernandez, Tony Foster, Prince Gomolvilas, Jose Cruz Gonzales, Velina Hasu Houston, Tom Jacobson, Donald Jolly, Michael Kearns, Lucy Kim, Annette Lee, Jennifer Maisel, Leon Martell, Ken Narasaki, Laurel Ollstein, Michael Premsrirat, Janine Salinas, Gene Franklin Smith and Bernardo Solano.


For more information go to their official site

or call (213) 627-4473



Flash Theater L.A.

Launching Tuesday, September 27, 2011

8:30 PM

On Spring Street (between 5th and 6th streets)

Downtown Los Angeles.



Taboo and tasteless – House of the Rising Son

Rising Son


Watchful ghosts, sinister hustlers and diabolical demons – acclaimed playwright Tom Jacobson”™s subversive Southern Gothic romance House of the Rising Son combines supernatural elements with science in its examination of issues of family, gay marriage and equality.

Review by Pauline Adamek

But with its graphic language and unabashed presentation of taboo behavior, House of the Rising Son is a genuinely shocking and distasteful play that is not recommended for all audiences.

At the Natural History Museum, where he is a staff fundraiser, Felix (Steve Coombs) is attentively watching Dr. Trent Varro (Paul Witten) deliver a lecture about the grisly habits of parasitic creatures. Watching but not listening”¦ We can hear the young man”™s lascivious thoughts as he brazenly plays with himself through his pants. We can also hear Dr. Trent”™s perplexed thoughts about the beguiling young man interspersed with his lecture as he struggles to maintain composure and hide his own arousal.

Their instant attraction is mutual, leading to a heady first date of scampering about graveyards and hot sex in an empty grave. As Felix opines, “Gay people have a shamanistic role in our society, so if anyone should see a ghost, it”™s us.”

Impulsively (and implausibly) Dr. Varro immediately whisks his new young lover home to New Orleans to meet his wealthy family and offer Felix the opportunity to further explore his passion in a haunted town where tales of ghosts are part of its rich history. There, Felix is confronted by Trent”™s cantankerous grandfather”™s vocal disdain for his grandson”™s openly gay lifestyle. Played by Rod Menzies, the grandfather unleashes a disgusting homophobic tirade that actually conceals his true sentiments. In spite of this off-putting “˜welcome”™, the abandoned and lonely Felix still seems to be intrigued by the possibility of stepping into the very family environment that he craves – that is until the young ghost hunter learns a bit more about this Southern family and their skeletons. Patrick John Hurley also co-stars as Trent”™s father.

Rising Son


Directed by Michael Michetti, House of the Rising Son is well acted by all four players, who also double up with minor roles. Staged in the round, the finest element of this play is the stunning set by designer Richard Hoover, is a wild combination of low brick walls and dilapidated mansion interior elements, layered with Persian carpets. Random items such as antique portraits, ramshackle dining chairs and even an old double bed are suspended amongst broken crystal chandeliers, suggesting heritage, ancestry and decay.

Tom Jacobson”™s seditious Gothic romance holds rewards for those who can get past the off-putting language and, at times, extreme subject matter.

What do the first race riot in Los Angeles and gay life in steamy New Orleans have in common? Each is the subject of a new play by Tom Jacobson, one of Los Angeles”™ most acclaimed and prolific playwrights. Circle X Theatre Co. presents Jacobson”™s The Chinese Massacre (Annotated), directed by Jeff Liu, opening April 22, and Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA presents House of the Rising Son, directed by Michael Michetti, opening April 23, both playing at the new Atwater Village Theatre where the two companies offer a joint season in 2011.

House of the Rising Son

Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA @ Atwater Village Theatre

3269 Casitas Ave,

Atwater Village, CA  90039


Runs now through May 29th, 2011.

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm

Sundays at 2 pm

Running time:

Approx 2 & ½ hours, including a 10 minute intermission.



Pay-what-you-can tickets are available on Thursday, May 5th when purchased at the door (subject to availability).

Box Office:

For reservations and information, call (323) 644-1929 or go here.