Welcome To Your Alternative Reality at The Open Fist Theatre

Written and Directed by: Catherine Butterfield & Ron West
Starring: Lane Allison, Josh Banday, Tisha Terrasini Banker, Kiley Eberhardt, Bjørn Johnson, Dylan Maddalena, Paul Mischeshin, Beth Robbins, Emily Tuñon, & Micah Watterson.

A liberal journalist working for a right wing news program. An octogenarian stressing about the future of the planet. High level government leakers in love. A dry cleaner who might be our next president. What do they have in common? They are all stuck in this strange new post-election world we live in. “Welcome to Your Alternative Reality” is: the antidote to the low level thrum of anxiety running through all our lives. A bracing tonic of laughter and lunacy that will take the edge off your week, it’s a series of interwoven one acts and sketches about this bizarre new reality we find ourselves in.

Opening night: June 30th, Runs: June 28th- August 12th
(No performances on
July 28th and 29th)
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm. Sundays at 7 pm.
General Admission: $20  Students, Seniors, & Veterans: $15

Now in residence at:
The Complex at Atwater Village Theatre  3269 Casitas Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90039 

 

PURCHASE TIX HERE

The Gary Plays

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Open Fist Theatre Company presents Mednick’s entire “The Gary Plays” series in one epic production beginning May 4 at Atwater Village Theatre. Longtime Mednick collaborator Guy Zimmerman directs.

The Gary Plays runs May 4 through June 4 with performances on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 12 p.m.; 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Preview performances take place April 26 through April 30 on the same schedule.

Part 1 (Tirade for Three, Girl on a Bed), Part 2 (Gary’s Walk, Out of the Blue) and Part 3 (DaddyO Dies Well, Charles’ Story) perform on a rotating basis on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with all three parts performed on Sundays. Go to www.openfist.org to view a complete schedule. Tickets are $30 for each two-play part, or $50 for a series pass (all three parts/six plays). Previews are $15 for each two-play part or $30 all three parts.

Atwater Village Theatre is located at 3269 Casitas Ave in Los Angeles, CA 90039. On-site parking is free. For reservations and information, call (323) 882-6912 or go to www.openfist.org.

REVIEWS AND PRESS-

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BOTH: A Hard Day’s Silent Night 2015

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BOTH: A Hard Day’s Silent Night will perform this year at 24th Street Theatre 1117 West 24th Street Los Angeles, CA  90007

(Exit 10 freeway at Hoover and head south a few blocks)

Limited parking available in theatre parking lot across the street- Additional street parking available

Wednesday, Dec 16; 8 pmThursday, Dec. 17; 8 pmFriday, December 18; 8 pmSaturday, Dec. 19; 3 pmOpen Fist Fundraiser Saturday, Dec. 19; 7 pmSunday, Dec 20; 3 pm Sunday, Dec 20; 7 pm

The Pied Pipers of the Lower East Side

Thru May 24, 2015, Thurs- Sat 8pm, Sun 7PM @ the Matrix Theatre

7657 Melrose Ave. LA, CA 90046- tix at www.piedpipersla.com  

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Overtone Industries ICELAND at the REDCAT New Original Works Festival

Overtone Industries presents the first half hour of ICELAND, an upcoming musical theatre work by Overtones’ artistic director/composer/actress O-Lan Jones and singer/songwriter Emmet Tinley, at REDCAT’s New Original Works Festival July 24-26, 2014.  ICELAND tells the story of Vaya (Cesili Williams – The Color Purple the Musical), a woman who plans an escape from her unfulfilling life by flying to northern Iceland, only to have her plane malfunction on the way. She escapes in a parachute, landing in a fanciful world full of “sea dragons, mermaids, monsters, fragments of life, and unfinished things.” Mundur (David O), the airline clerk who sent Vaya on her way, sets out to rescue her before the memories of her real life disappear. Featuring a twenty-person cast, including two soloists, a choir and chamber orchestra, ICELAND is “a modern love story, set in a mythical and timeless world, where elemental forces and ancient creatures challenge the hero and heroine on an archetypal journey.” The finished work is expected to premiere in 2016.This half hour preview of the multidisciplinary work will close each night of Program One of the NOW Festival, which includes the dance productions Saana/The Foreigner by Wilfried Souly and Still from Rosanna Gamson/Worldwide.

James Joyce’s The Dead- The Open Fist at the Greenway Court Theatre

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Lighting Design by Terry Enroth & Dan Reed
Limited Return Engagement! Six Weeks Only! Jan 18 – Feb 22 at the GREENWAY COURT THEATER 544 N Fairfax Hollywood, CA  (Just South of Melrose)  
CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS  $25 | $20 Students/Seniors (WITH ID ONLY)

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The Open Fist Presents Both: A Hard Day’s Silent Night

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Concert Dates December 18th – 22nd

Conceived by Mark Wilson;
Musical Arrangements by Jason Paige;
Music Direction by Chris Wabich; Choreography by Eboni Nichols; and
Direction by Martha Demson

Sound Design – Peter Carlstedt
Lighting Design – Dan Reed, Projection Design – Liam Carl

CONCERT PERFORMANCES:
Wednesday, Dec. 18 @ 8 pm
Thursday, Dec. 19 @ 8 pm
Friday, Dec. 20 @ 8 pm
Saturday, Dec. 21 @ 7 pm & 9:30 pm
Sunday, Dec. 22 @ 4 pm & 7 pm

LOCATION:
Complete Actors’ Place (CAP Theatre)
13752 Ventura Blvd (West of Woodman)
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Tickets: $10.00

Get your TICKETS now for this holiday event!

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo at the San Francisco Playhouse

 

Photos by Jessica Palopoli

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo 

Regional Premiere

Written by Rajiv Joseph (Animals Out of Paper), Directed by Bill English

October 1th to November 16th, opens October 5th

In this Pulitzer Prize finalist, two US Marines and an Iraqi translator are thrust into a world of greed, mystery and betrayal after an encounter with a now-deceased but still very pissed-off tiger. The streets of war-torn Baghdad are filled with ghosts, riddles and wry humor in this groundbreaking play that explores the power and perils of human nature.

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Abigail’s Party at the San Francisco Playhouse

By Mike LeighAbigal's Party at the SF Playhouse  Directed by Amy Glazer
May 21st to July 6th   Press Opening, May 25th
Tues/Wed/Thurs at 7pm Fri/Sat at 8pm, Sat Mat at 3pm

Momma told me not to come. This biting, hilarious, disco infused satire of British suburbia in the 70’s is a party only Mike Leigh could conceive. Stolen straight from real life, these friends test the strength of the ties that bind.

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Both- A Hard Days Silent Night at the Open Fist

BOTH A Beatles Gospel Nativity

Music and Lyrics by The Beatles

Book by Mark Wilson
Directed by Martha Demson
Arrangements by Jason Paige, Music Direction by Ken Rosser, Choreography by Eboni Nichols, Sound Design- Peter Carlstedt, Lighting Design- Dan Reed, Projection Design- Liam Carl

Performances at 8pm from December 18th through December 23rd.

Foote Notes- Two Plays About Harrison, Texas at the Open Fist Theatre

DIRECTED BY SCOTT PAULIN

Produced by Martha Demson

Nov. 2 – Dec. 15, 2012

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The Black Glass- Padua Playwrights and the Open Fist at the Hollywood Fringe Central Mainstage

A blistering and darkly comedic deconstruction of corporate power in the age of Occupy Wall Street and internet porn by the award-winning playwright and director Guy Zimmerman. One of Los Angeles’ leading theatrical voices, Zimmerman delivers a searing indictment of the current neo-liberal mores in a story involving intrigue after hours in an office in downtown Los Angeles. In return for the CEO position at his LA-based corporation, Bentham offers his daughter to the sinister McGivern. McGivern’s two female cohorts have very different ideas, and the play takes unexpected twists and turns on the way to an explosive denoument.

Schedule- Sunday June 17 2012, 3:30 PM, Tuesday June 19 2012, 6:30 PM, Sunday June 24 2012, 3:30 PM

6209 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90038 (map) Box Office 323 – 818-823-1008

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Overtone Industries- The Woman in The Wall

“Balcony scene” Below – Gretchen Johnson as Marianna.  Above – Livia Reiner, Kathleen Kelso, Octavia Leclerc-Jones. Photo: Emily Brooke Sandor

March 23, 24, 30, 31 2012 – at 8 p.m.

Masonic Lodge
9635 Venice Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
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Both- A Beatles Nativity; Presented by The Open Fist at The Hollywood United Methodist Church & Open Fist Theatre

Music and Lyrics by The Beatles
Book by Mark Wilson

Directed by Martha Demson
Arrangements by Jason Paige, Music Direction by Chris Wabich, Choreography by Eboni Nichols
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Performances: Wed 12/7, Fri 12/9, Sat 12/10 8:00pm  at Hollywood United Methodist Church  6817 Franklin Ave / Highland  Admission & Parking Free

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Performances: Tue 12/20, Wed 12/21, Thur 12/22 8pm, Fri 12/23 8 pm at Open Fist Theater 6209 Santa Monica Blvd / Vine  Hollywood, CA

Big Art Labs- Smashlabs Stage

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Big thanks to Kenny Abney and Crunchy for bringing me in to design and hang the rep plot for the Smashlabs (3.0?) stage.  Can’t wait to see a show in there soon!

BIG ART LABS– Explaining ourselves

651 CLOVER ST LOS ANGELES, CA 90031  (323) 559-3505

42nd Street at Bridges Auditorium

Claremont High School Presents 42nd Street

The quintessential “backstage” musical, Forty -Second Street traces the history of a Broadway musical comedy, from casting call to opening night. With entertaining tap numbers and underlying romantic twists, 42nd street is where Broadway dreams can become reality and is a great show for the entire family.

Forty-Second Street will run May 26th-May 28th at 7:30 pm with a 2:00 pm matinee on May 28th.

Bridges Auditorium is located at 450 N. College Way, Claremont.