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.
(No performances on July 28th and 29th)
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm. Sundays at 7 pm.
The Complex at Atwater Village Theatre 3269 Casitas Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90039
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-
- AMERICAN THEATRE | Murray Mednick Stages L.A.’s Interior Sprawl in ‘The Gary Plays’
- FOOTLIGHTS- Open Fist’s Anti-Hero
- PAUL MYRVOLD’S THEATRE NOTES-“The Gary Plays” at Atwater Village Theatre
- ONSTAGE LOS ANGELES- OPEN FIST! THE GARY PLAYS!!
- STAGE RAW- THE GARY PLAYS – PART 3: DADDY O DIES WELL & CHARLES’ STORY
- KPFK 90.7 FM LOS ANGELES- GARY PLAYS INTERVIEW (MP3)
DIRECTED BY SCOTT PAULIN
Produced by Martha Demson
Nov. 2 – Dec. 15, 2012
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
“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.
9635 Venice Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
I had the unique opportunity to oversee the installation of over 1900 Schnick Schnack B-250 and C-250 LED units provided by VER and distributed by TMB into the precarious new main staircase and lovely new 360˚ balcony rails on Dancing with the Stars. Many thanks to Lighting Designer Simon Miles at VX Inc and Susan Tesh at VER for bringing me on and having me wrap my head around this project, to Jolynn Schmitt, Victor Cruz, Matt Cotter and Mo Duleasis for the smooth install process onsite, and to Melanie Lekaj, Tommy Stephanson and Stephanie Kilburg at TMB for walking the fine line between customs and customer service to pull this off.
And congratulations to James Yarnell on an truly incredible set design…
Performance Dates: July 13- Aug 21
Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave.Atwater Village. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 2 p.m. Sundays. Ends June 19. $15. (323) 644-1929 or www.atwatervillagetheatre.com.
More info at DaddyO Dies Well :: Padua Playwrights
- Variety Reviews – Cirque Berzerk- “The one-time tent attraction, for several years part of California’s fabled, anything-goes summer festival, makes a stylish scenic transition to indoors. David Morong’s heavenly deconstruction of carnival hell – surrounding staircases and decaying canvas flaps – is raised almost to poetry as Dan Reed’s flashing lights keep breaking film noir shadows.” By BOB VERINI
- Entertainment Weekly EW.com Review- Cirque Berzerk– It’s a feast for the eyes…” by Samantha Harmon
- LA WEEKLY Behind the Scenes with Cirque Berzerk at Club Nokia
Huge photo gallery courtesy of pix courtesy Pixie @ Pixie Vision Productions- http://www.pixieonline.com
Photos by Ed Kreiger
Shows Feb 2-27 Wed-Sat 8p, Sun 2p
For more info and directions go to www.theatre40.org