Cinemas enter the transition phase – Larchmont Buzz
We’re entering summer with a full return to in-person indoor events still on the distant horizon, but some IRL action is starting to happen. The theater groups have had over a year to hone their virtual talents and do a very good job. Upcoming events run the gamut from virtual bar elevation and direct jumping to real-life joy.
Here’s a recap of some things worth checking out, starting with some creative ways to produce theater in person (spoiler alert: that means outdoors).
Friday June 18 at 7:00 p.m.
the Fountain theater inaugurates its new outdoor stage with the Los Angeles premiere of An Octoroon. Previews begin June 11, with the opening night slated for June 18. The race continues until September 19. Judith Moreland directs the deconstruction of a 19 by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.e-melodrama of the century by playwright Dion Boucicault. The Octoroon stars Matthew Hancock as a modern-day noir playwright who struggles to find his voice among a chorus of people telling him what he should and shouldn’t write. For the full schedule and to purchase tickets, click on here.
Until June 30
Set of rogue artists present Love letter, an interactive, in-person, audio-only experience that guides audiences through a twisted collection of love stories, meditative romance and lost connections. Free at Plummer Park in West Hollywood, Love letter, “A collaborative creation exploring the transcendence of love beyond identity, boundaries and definitions,” invites users to bring their cell phones and headphones and explore eight unique stops in the park. Via a secret phone line, each member of the public’s own love story is part of the archives. Community stories recorded during the race will then be woven into the experience to create an ever-changing tapestry of voices calling for love and belonging. Love letter is free and open to the public during park opening hours. The idea has some similarity to Fire season, revised last year. Additional information, driving directions and a download for those unable to make it to Plummer Park are available here.
Thursday, May 20 at 4:00 p.m.
Crossroads Theater CompanyCicely Tyson’s annual gala salutes. Broadway star Anika Noni Rose hosts the event, which includes performances and tributes by Guy Davis, Blair Underwood, Regina Taylor and the Cicely Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts. Tickets start at $ 42 and are available here.
From Thursday May 20 to May 30
The ace Latin theater company associated with Cara Mía Theater in Dallas to broadcast the first world production of Cara Mia Ursula. The show was written, performed and directed by Mexican-born theater artist Frida Espinosa Müller, with original music by Armando Monsivais. Müller plays an unaccompanied minor who separates from her mother after seeking asylum at the US-Mexico border. The show, primarily in Spanish with some English and subtitles, will air on demand from May 20 to 30. A moderated online panel will discuss the immigration crisis through the prism of Central America, Mexico and the United States on Tuesday, May 25. at 5:00 p.m. The show and the online chat are available for free here, with a trailer and more information.
Sunday May 23 at 5:00 p.m.
Skylight Theater Company in Los Feliz teams up with Housing works and other organizations to present 10 unique voices sharing their experiences of incarceration and the hard work of staying on the path to redemption. Michael Kearns, who started developing this specific form of docudrama theater in 1986 with the AIDS / US world premiere at the Skylight Theater, made it happen. Kearns engaged individuals across Los Angeles in a series of writing workshops to explore their stories. Released, not free premiered on May 23 at 5 p.m., followed by a live Q&A. The performance and questions and answers, totaling approximately one hour, can be broadcast until May 30. here.
Broadcast from May 23 to June 20
IAMA Theater present The Latrell Show, a black comedy that explores the mental aerobics of being black and queer in America through opinionated talk show host Latrell Jackson (writer / performer Brandon Kyle Goodman). As Latrell hosts “a very special episode,” the world’s questions begin to undermine his relatable personality. Shot on stage at the Pico Playhouse. The show airs from May 23 to June 20; tickets cost $ 15 and more, available here.
Saturday June 12 at 5:00 p.m.
The Ojai Playwright Conference present Connections, a virtual celebration and a 90-minute fundraiser. The playwrights, many of whose work has been developed at the OPC, will share their work on the theme of deeper human bonds. Participants understand Luis Alfaro, Jon Robin Baitz, Father Greg Boyle, Bill Cain, Culture Clash, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Danai Gurira, Samuel D. Hunter, David Henry Hwang, Julia Izumi, James Morrison and his son Seamus Morrison, Jeanine Tesori and Charlayne woodard. The minimum suggested donation is $ 20. Tickets are available here.
To finish, Chalk repertoire theater launches a new audio playback series, Chalk lines, to illuminate the little-known landmarks of LA: the Metro Expo line, Leimert Park, the historic West Adams and the exhibition center. Chalk lines continues Chalk Rep’s 13-year tradition of revealing the spaces and stories of Los Angeles in all of its beautiful and complex diversity. Watch the show virtually or enhance the experience by visiting each outdoor location and listening on a mobile device. Chalk lines is free from June 19; donations are encouraged. Streaming information and an experience guide are available here.