Paul Sand does Kurt Weill – Interview for LA Stage Times

Paul Sand does Kurt Weill – Interview for LA Stage Times

Kurt Weill at Cuttlefish Hotel

LA Stage Times feature article  – Sand Brings Weill to the West End (of the Santa Monica Pier)

by Pauline Adamek | December 4, 2013

Santa Monica denizen Paul Sand has a special affinity for one of the local attractions — the jolly fun fair situated along the wooden length of Santa Monica Pier. His Mexican father and Russian mother met and fell in love on the 104-year-old landmark, says the quirky actor/director/producer.

Sand took his first wobbly steps as a toddler on its uneven boards, and he even lived above the carousel when he was a teen. Recalls Sand, “After I graduated high school, I lived there with my girl friend, Joan Rose, over the merry-go-round. The rooms were round — it had round bedrooms and a round living room, and you constantly heard calliope music going.” He laughs.

Now Sand is putting on an artistic director’s hat and starting a new theater company, creating a pop-up cabaret venue on that same pier, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Calling it The West End Theatre, he plans to transform an observation deck at the end of the pier into a “mysterious, waterfront cabaret-style performing space.” The stage will be set and struck every night in a narrow, enclosed space upstairs above the Mariasol Restaurant.


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Kurt Weill at the Cuttlefish Hotel

The West End Theater

Santa Monica Pier

Show runs from Dec. 6-21, with performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 (no performance Saturday, Dec. 7), and 7:30 and 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 13, 14, 20 and 21, with the possibility of an extension.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at




Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.


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