Charles Phoenix New Book: Addicted To Americana On Sale Now!

By: Judy Shields


Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 4/18/2018 – “Everywhere I go, I look at what’s unique about that town, what makes that town special. I have a theme park sensibility, so I look for the attractions, the talking points.  The hidden treasures, collectables, where is the “there, there” there.  What makes these towns unique.  This book basically represents the highlights of all of those,” Charles Phoenix told The Hollywood Times today during a telephone interview.

The Hollywood Times (THT):  “What have you been up to?”

Charles Phoenix (Charles): “I just got back from Austin, Texas.  It was really, really fun. I mean this is a town that has completely embraced the Americana ascetic, the very vintage, retro and classic roadside American style.  I called it “ramshackle roadside relic sheek” it’s kind of it. There is a music thing played everywhere, it’s a very indoors/outdoors kind of restaurants and old honky-tonk.  They really embrace their lore there.  They put it up on a pedestal and I love that.  I love when towns treat themselves like a theme park.”

THT: Did you have a road show there?

Charles Phoenix Chicken neon sign in Austin Texas

Charles: “No, actually I had a book signing there.”

THT: So you were out promoting this amazing, wonderful and addictive book?

Charles:  “Thank you, I’m glad that you like it. I am very proud of it and worked very hard on it. It was 25 years in the making, literally.  All the travels, all the collecting of other people’s Kodachrome slides, which I started to do in 1992.  This whole book is a combination of my travels and my collections of other people’s old slides and the stories that came along with them.”

THT: Talk about your live shows:

Charles: “I have an enthusiastic delivering of the material when I am live onstage talking about it.  I have covered many elements of mid-century American culture, then and now. I think what people really love about my show is my enthusiasm.  I think enthusiasm is a very saleable commodity and I have the enthusiasm for it!  I have the info to back it up.  I have been doing my retro slide show live onstage for over 20 years now and I have many topics and subjects, depending on what city I am performing, and the shows have various names.  I always try to include stuff from the city that I am in, either vintage images or new images of vintage places, Mom and Pop shops, unsung local landmarks and maybe unnoticed local heroes and local foods.   I also cover shopping malls, which is certainly on the change now, which makes them kind of interesting topic.  There is a lot in this book and I am kind of shocked looking at it myself, frankly!”

THT: Talk a little about the history of your new book.

Charles: “This whole book represents treasure hunting.  Looking for Americana, is what it is in search of.  I go in search of it on two levels, both physically, by going out in the world and finding it and finding vintage images of it. In my case, I collect vintage Kodachrome slides and I have been collecting them since 1992. I first stumbled upon a collection in a thrift store in Pasadena and it was a little blue shoebox that I spotted and it said “Trip Across the United States 1957, which was on the side of it.  I was originally attracted to the box, because it was an old-looking shoebox.  I picked it up and there was a whole box full of some families slides from the trip across the United States in 1957.  I held a few up and I knew immediately that this was a treasure with my name on it.   So I was completely smitten from that moment on and I haven’t stopped collecting other people’s old Kodachrome slides since.  I call my collection the “slibrary,” and I have a “slibrarian.” She has basically been organizing the entire thing for about 15 years now.  This is in part the reason how I was able to do this book, because I have a lot of really unusual rare images.  I take great pride in my territorial skills both out in the field and going out to find what is interesting and what isn’t.”

THT: You are like an investigator.

Charles: “I love playing detective to find the stuff, I love going to a town and having a hunt for something. There is always some treasure that has gone missing, a car, a vintage neon sign or something that needs to be portable in some way that deserves to be found.  Occasionally I wind up going in search of some treasure that has been misplaced or no one knows where it went. Sometimes I recover them and occasionally they’re gone for good.”

I asked Charles if he had photos from when he was young and he said very few, because nobody in his family was a photographer.  “I have to rely on other people’s photos, not my own,” Charles said.

Charles also has a line of his and her clothing called Sir Charles of Phoenix, which are retro inspired.  Check it out here:






THT: Do you have any live stage shows coming up?

Charles: “Yes. I have one coming up in Las Vegas this weekend at the Orleans and another one in June called Catalinaland. A show all about the story and the glory of Catalina. It is going to be held inside the epic art deco theatre which is inside the legendary iconic casino building there on Catalina. That is going to be a rare threat to get inside that casino building and into that art deco theatre. That is coming up  June 10th.”

“What I am covering is uniquely American, for the most part and it’s a part of our culture that isn’t fading away but is fading away, but not completely!  That is why I am covering it.  I think it is really an underrated time in our history and the type of stuff that I am covering is very underrated in the scheme of things and very under covered historically. It was made in the USA.”

“What a great idea, a book to share with your children and grandchildren.  Get this book and share it with them. Make it a point to take a vacation to find these treasures, create your own memories with your children and grandchildren.  What wonderful gift to give to your parents/grandparents, so that they can share memories of some of these places they may have seem in their early days.  A great Mothers Day gift. This is such a colorful book, and belongs on everyone’s coffee table in every living room across America.   We need a book like “Addicted to Americana” in our lives, color, nostalgia, American history and it’s fantastic,” The Hollywood Times.

Here is my favorite picture from the book:


Charles Phoenix is a showman, tour guide, food crafter, and author. He is known for his live comedy slide show performances, madcap Test Kitchen videos, “field trip” tours, and colorful coffee table books, all celebrating classic and kitschy American life and style. On TV, Charles has appeared as a judge on Food Network’s Cake Wars: Christmas. He’s also guested on Storage Wars, Jay Leno’s Garage, Conan, and Martha Stewart, and is often heard on NPR. The Los Angeles Times says, “Call him the King of Retro,” and LA Weekly anointed him “the Kodachrome King.”

Growing up in Ontario, California Charles was educated at theme parks, shopping malls, and his dad’s used car lots. As a teen he discovered thrift shops, which led to a lifelong vintage shopping spree. He calls thrift shops “schools of style, museums of merchandise, and the perfect place to study the underbelly of our mass consumerism culture.”

After moving to Los Angeles and enjoying careers as a fashion designer and classic car dealer, his life changed forever — in a thrift shop — when he discovered a shoebox full of vintage Kodachrome slides marked “Trip Across the United States, 1957.” Collecting orphaned vintage slide photography soon became an obsession that inspired his retro slide show performance career, beginning in 1998.

Charles’ slide show performances are supercharged, laugh-out-loud celebrations of retro American pop culture. Fans from coast to coast enjoy his spirited story telling, gracious wit and sharp eye for oddball detail.

He covers a dizzying array of subjects and themes, projecting both vintage Kodachrome images and contemporary photos documenting his retro road trip discoveries.

No two shows are ever the same. Many performances are tailored specifically to highlight the region he’s performing in, inspiring newfound appreciation for underrated local landmarks, unique attractions, “mom-and-pop” businesses, and extreme architecture.

Charles’ popular “Disneyland” Tour of Downtown Los Angeles proves the heart and soul of the city is like a great big theme park. Touring vintage landmarks and themed environments — including Old Chinatown, Olvera Street, Clifton’s Cafeteria, Angels Flight, Bob Baker Marionette Theater, Carroll Avenue and more, he proves “Southern California doesn’t have one Disneyland, it has two!” He also leads tours of Palm Spring’s iconic mid-century modern architecture during Modernism Week.

Big Retro Slide Show Extravaganza

April 20, 2018 & April 22, 2018
Orleans Hotel Showroom
4500 W Tropicana Ave
Las Vegas, NV

Prepare for your national pride to swell when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, launches retro pop culture into the stratosphere! With his keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm and eagle eye for oddball detail, Charles shares the very best of his retro road-trip discoveries and colorful kaleidoscope of found vintage Kodachrome slides from the pages of his latest book, Addicted to Americana.

This is a marvelous mashup of mid-century of stories and glories of spectacular space-age style, amazing attractions, local landmarks, roadside wonders, festive foods, crazy car culture, futuristic transportation and more galore all in glorious Kodachrome COLOR! Your imagination will be inspired and your American spirit will soar!

NOTE: each show is different. Check Event schedule for show times.

June 10, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

Live Retro Slide Show Performance Celebrating SoCal’s Enchanted Island!
Avalon Casino Theatre
1 Casino Way
Avalon, CA 90704

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Catalina Island Museum presents … Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, at the iconic Casino’s spectacular 1929 Art Deco movie palace.

Be prepared for your Catalina loving’ spirit to SOAR when Charles sweeps us away on a time-travel storytelling and retro slide show adventure extravaganza exploring the island’s classic landmarks, legends and lore.

Experience the backstories and glories of the S.S. Avalon, glass bottom boat, flying fish, Bird Park, Catalina Pottery, vintage souvenirs, Casino, Wrigley family, the mysterious Catalina-shaped swimming pool, and much more.

Charles also shares his vintage guide to today’s Catalina sightseeing, shopping, dining, and where to find the Island’s hidden treasures, time warps, and what not to miss as you discover Catalina as a great big theme park!

The performance is two-acts with an intermission. Festive dress is encouraged but not expected.

Aftershow Cake & Book Signing Party

You are invited to meet Charles following the performance at the Catalina Island Museum. Copies of his latest book, Addicted to Americana, will be available for purchase.

Charles is the author of many colorful, collectible coffee table books celebrating mid-century Southern California, Las Vegas, Hawaii, Kodachrome road trips and his native Pomona Valley. His latest is Addicted to Americana!

About Charles Phoenix

Addicted to Americana, author, chef, and retro pop culture humorist Charles Phoenix celebrates classic and kitschy American life and style. He is known for his live comedy slide show performances, eye-popping “test kitchen” videos, and colorful coffee table books.

On TV he is a judge on Food Network’s Cake Wars, and has appeared with Jay Leno, Martha Stewart, and Conan O’Brian. He is often heard on NPR.

Fans enjoy his clever spin and genuine reverence for Americana and trust his guide to attractions from coast to coast.


Chinese-American Entrepreneur and Actress Amy Shi To Represent The City Of Angels

At 11th Annual Ms. Corporate America Competition

Amy Shi Named 2018 Honoree by Mandarin Leader, Recognizing

Excellence in the Chinese Community in North America

Los Angeles – April 3, 2018  – Chinese-American entrepreneur, actress and producer Amy Shi  will represent Los Angeles in the annual Ms./Mrs. Corporate America Competition ( held in Orlando, Florida. In its 11th year, the three-day event will feature workshops, photo shoots and exclusive dinners, culminating with a gala live finale on the evening of Saturday, April 7 at the Omni Resort at Championsgate in Orlando.

Amy Shi

“I believe in women’s empowerment and the strength found within us,” comments Amy.  “Ms. Corporate America provides a powerful platform for women to promote their personal and business goals, enhance self confidence and strengthen leadership skills, all while establishing important friendships and connections with other professional women from around the country. I’m honored to be representing Los Angeles in this prestigious competition.”

Recognizing excellence in the Chinese community in North America, Mandarin-Leader ( has named Amy Shi as one of the organization’s 2018 Honorees. She also recently appeared on the Chinese/English TV show Hollywood Talk, that airs on Channel GE.對話好萊塢-亞裔演員amy-shi/

Born in China’s Hunan Province, Amy was secretly raised by her grandmother in a small rural village far away from the city where her parents lived. She grew up liberated in spirit, inheriting the fearlessness of her grandmother from those early years.

Amy earned her BA in marketing and computer science, and an MBA. After graduation, she worked as a management consultant in Chicago.  While living in Chicago, her path took a very different turn. She studied improv at the legendary Second City and attended acting classes, and soon was cast in several TV projects, including “Shameless,” “Chop-Chop Chicago,” “Chicago PD,” and films “Time Sentry: The Box” and  “Ju-Yuki.”

Amy relocated to Los Angeles in 2016 and continued her stage work in the play “Wonder Women.”  Her film work includes “Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance,” “Tales of Frankenstein,” “Street 2 Death Fight,” “The Man Deletes Everything,” “James Dilemma,” the award-winning film “Whisper,” and sci-fi short “Zalla,” in which she stars in the title role. She received the Best Lead Actress Award at the 2017 Canada Golden Maple Film Festival.

She began producing movies since 2017 and is executive producer on “Zalla,” and co-producer on  “Street 2 Death Fight.” She is the co-founder of Hollywood Dream Factory LLC, a company dedicated to promoting diversity in Hollywood productions.

Her corporate responsibilities have been in the banking and high tech sectors, working for such top companies as JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Apple Inc.


The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine In Theaters Across North America This July to Celebrate The 50th Anniversary

Restored 4K Theatrical Version With Remixed 5.1 Stereo Surround Sound

Once upon a time…or maybe twice…there was an unearthly paradise called Pepperland…

NEW YORK / LONDON / LOS ANGELES – APRIL 03, 2018 – Abramorama announced today a deal with Apple Corps Ltd. and Universal Music Group (UMG) to theatrically release The Beatles’ classic 1968 animated feature film, Yellow Submarine, across North America this July in celebration of its 50th anniversary. Abramorama, Apple Corps Ltd. and UMG have teamed to give Beatles fans of all ages the opportunity to come together and share in this visually stunning movie and soundtrack. Abramorama originally partnered with Apple Corps, Imagine Entertainment, White Horse Pictures, StudioCanal and UMG’s Polygram Entertainment on the Ron Howard documentary The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years. Abramorama has a proven track record in the music-driven film space, partnering numerous times with Neil Young, Pearl Jam and Green Day and now once again with Apple Corps Ltd.

Yellow Submarine was restored in 4K digital resolution by Paul Rutan Jr. and his team of specialists at Triage Motion Picture Services and Eque Inc. The film’s songs and score were remixed in 5.1 stereo surround sound at UMG’s Abbey Road Studios by music mix engineer Peter Cobbin. Due to the delicate nature of the hand-drawn original artwork, no automated software was used in the digital clean-up of the film’s restored photochemical elements. This was all done by hand, frame by frame.

Richard Abramowitz, CEO of Abramorama said, “We’re thrilled to have the privilege of bringing Yellow Submarine back to the big screen so that 3 generations of happy Beatles fans can enjoy the ground-breaking animation and classic tunes and that have long been part of our collective cultural DNA.”

Directed by George Dunning, and written by Lee Minoff, Al Brodax, Jack Mendelsohn and Erich Segal, Yellow Submarine began its voyage to the screen when Brodax, who had previously produced nearly 40 episodes of ABC’s animated Beatles TV series, approached The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein with a unique vision for a full-length animated feature.

Yellow Submarine, based upon a song by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, is a fantastic tale brimming with peace, love, and hope, propelled by Beatles songs, including “Eleanor Rigby,” “When I’m Sixty-Four,” “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” “All You Need Is Love,” and “It’s All Too Much.” When the film debuted in 1968, it was instantly recognized as a landmark achievement, revolutionizing a genre by integrating the freestyle approach of the era with innovative animation techniques.

Inspired by the generation’s new trends in art, the film resides with the dazzling Pop Art styles of Andy Warhol, Martin Sharp, Alan Aldridge and Peter Blake. With art direction and production design by Heinz Edelmann, Yellow Submarine is a classic of animated cinema, featuring the creative work of animation directors Robert Balser and Jack Stokes with a team of animators and technical artists.

Information on local screenings can be found here:


About Apple Corps Limited

Apple Corps Ltd. was founded by The Beatles in 1968 to oversee the band’s own creative and business interests. As part of its management of The Beatles’ entire intellectual property canon, the London-based company has administered the legendary band’s recorded catalogue, with more than 800 million physical and digital albums sold to date.

Apple Corps has also piloted innovative Beatles projects, which have become benchmarks for pioneering accomplishment, including the record-breaking, 30 million-selling album The Beatles 1, the universally acclaimed The Beatles Anthology series, the Grammy®-winning CD, vinyl, digital and streaming release of The Beatles’ 13 remastered studio albums, 2017’s chart-topping remixed and expanded Anniversary Edition for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and in partnership with Imagine Entertainment, White Horse Pictures and Polygram Entertainment/UMG, the Grammy®-winning 2016 feature documentary, The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years, directed by Ron Howard.

In Apple Corps’ first major theatrical partnership, The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil® has played to nearly nine million audience members since its June 2006 opening at the Mirage in Las Vegas. The Beatles’ LOVE also resulted in a double Grammy®-winning album and a Grammy®-winning feature film, All Together Now, which details the fascinating story behind the unique partnership between The Beatles and Cirque du Soleil that resulted in the creation and launch of LOVE.

The Beatles debuted for streaming worldwide on December 24, 2015 with the band’s 13 U.K. studio albums and Past Masters (Volumes 1 & 2), The Beatles 1962-1966, The Beatles 1967-1970, and The Beatles 1, followed by The Beatles’ Anthology, Volumes 1-3 music collections and the LOVE album. Songs by The Beatles were streamed more than four billion times in the first two years.

And continuing the commitment to preserving the archives and legacy of The Beatles’ catalogue, The Beatles’ Help!, Yellow Submarine, and Magical Mystery Tour feature films have in recent years been painstakingly digitally restored for DVD, Blu-ray™, and iTunes release. Visit for more information.

About Universal Music Group

Universal Music Group (UMG) is the world leader in music-based entertainment, with a broad array of businesses engaged in recorded music, music publishing, merchandising and audiovisual content in more than 60 countries. Featuring the most comprehensive catalog of recordings and songs across every musical genre, UMG identifies and develops artists and produces and distributes the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful music in the world. Committed to artistry, innovation and entrepreneurship, UMG fosters the development of services, platforms and business models in order to broaden artistic and commercial opportunities for our artists and create new experiences for fans. Universal Music Group is a Vivendi company. Find out more at:

About Abramorama

Abramorama is the preeminent global rights management partner for music films today and is recognized for the consistent high quality of its work on award winning feature films. An innovator in the focused, personalized form of film distribution and event cinema, Abramorama provides invaluable alternatives to filmmakers and content owners. An industry leader in marketing, promotion, and global distribution, Abramorama continues to trail-blaze exciting new pathways for filmmakers to find their audience.

Over the course of more than 15 years, Abramorama has successfully distributed and marketed hundreds of films, including Ron Howard’s Grammy Award®-winning The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years; Danny Clinch and Pearl Jam’s Lets Play Two; Amir Bar-Lev’s Long Strange Trip – The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead; Paul Dugdale and Myles Desenberg’s Above & Beyond Acoustic – Giving Up The Day Job; Corbett Redford and Green Day’s Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk, John Scheinfeld’s Chasing Trane – The John Coltrane Documentary; Sam Pollard’s Two Trains Runnin’; Brett Bern’s BANG! The Bert Berns Story; Brett Morgen and National Geographic’s seminal Jane; Tomer Heymann’s Mr. Gaga; Charles Ferguson’s Time To Choose; Asif Kapadia’s Senna; Neil Young’s Greendale; Cameron Crowe’s Pearl Jam Twenty; Sacha Gervasi’s Anvil! The Story of Anvil; Banksy’s Academy Award® nominated Exit Through the Gift Shop; the surprise indie hit Awake: The Life of Yogananda; Laurie Anderson’s astonishing New York Times critics’ pick, Heart of a Dog, Showtime’s National Board of Review Winner Listen to Me Marlon and Draft House Releasing’s 2016 Documentary Academy Award®-nominee and IDA Best Documentary Winner The Look of Silence. Abramorama is a founding partner of The Seventh Art Stand program, an act of cinematic solidarity against Islamophobia, that ran in more than 50 theaters across the United States in May of 2017. For more information visit

WIT by Margaret Edson. March 23-April 8.. Ophelis’s Jump, Upland CA

By: Judy Shields/Steve Viero

Photos: Ophelia’s Jump

Upland, California (The Hollywood Times) 3/30/2018 “At some point we all have to take a deep breath and jump-especially we ladies. Let’s see what happens when Professor Vivian Bearing-delaying, obfuscating, tergiversating- finally decides to… Come to the Ophelia’s Jump production of ‘Wit’.” — Margaret Edson, playwright and educator.

Margaret Edson (Photo Getty Images)

Last Saturday night there was a very special event for Ophelia’s Jump members and subscribers

Playwright and educator, Margaret Edson, joined the Members and Subscribers via live video conferencing for a discussion about her Pulitzer Prize winning play, “Wit”, before the performance on Saturday, March 24.

Audience members had the opportunity to ask questions. The discussion was moderated by Wit Director Beatrice Casagran and OJP Co-founder and Stage IV cancer survivor, Randy Lopez.

The Hollywood Times have been to many of OJP plays and I will have to say this one was by far my favorite. It was so full of emotion and real character acting. I was without breath a couple of times and gave it my full attention.

This is one play that all of you should come out to Upland to experience. There are many restaurants in the area, so you can have a great dinner and then enjoy this extraordinary play. The theatre is just north of the 10 freeway and South of the 210 freeway.

Kelly Kelly as Vivian Bearing

The main character Vivian Bearing, Ph. D. was played by Kelly Ryan Kelly. She was last seen in OJP’s The Electric Baby and was part of OJP’s maiden voyage production, August: Osage County (Violet). She has been involved in various productions for the past seven years, including Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate at Chino Community Theatre. She hopes that he audience is touched and moved by this show and has a few laughs along the way.

The Hollywood Times talked with Ms. Kelly:

THT (Steve Viero) A rehearsal period of 5 to 6 weeks only gives an actor limited time to develop the character. Did performance use outside experience to develop such an excellent and incredibly real character?

Kelly Kelly: “Wow… such a wise and thoughtful set. This play is particularly difficult as an actress. The amount of lines, but more importantly for me, the notion of being connected to the audience for ninety minutes as a storyteller TO them.”

Kelly Kelly as Vivian Bearing and Ann Thomas as E.M. Ashford

“I wanted Them to buy in, for her to remind them of someone they love, or hate, and take a walk with her. Cancer is difficult to explain, and to feel, and I wanted to get it right. Having said that, when Bea approached me, around Thanksgiving, I knew there would be other footwork.”

“I read through and believed that the WHOLE show was her in her head at the end of her life, until she sees E.M. Ashford, Ph.D at the end. The play is constructed in a way that allows me to respond to the “feelings” of cancer, without putting the audience through grueling medical exams.”

“OJPs rehearsal schedule is four weeks from read-through to open. I had never worked with these actors, and they were a lot of fun! In August: Osage County, I was a bit removed. I was their mother, and we naturally moved away, and that was good…this time it felt like that they were rooting for Vivian. That is when I knew I had a chance with the audience. The arc, the walk, demands that the audience come along. She’s also whip smart, so I knew if I rambled about Donne rather than show her love, her passion, the thing that kept her warm all those years through the poetry, the audience would find her boorish and elitist.”

THT (Judy Shields): How did you prepare for such an emotional roll?

Kelly Kelly: “I prepared by being in my head with the emotion of it all. To be alone-truly, at the end of my life would be – a time to reflect. When I first read through the script, Vivian says in the last scene ” It came so quick, after taking so long.” I like to think she’s talking about grace, compassion, not death.”

THT (Judy Shields): What type of emotion did you experience when you had to shave your head for the role?

Kelly Kelly: “I never ever contemplated doing the role with hair or a skull-cap. I didn’t want to disrespect anyone’s journey in the audience. And it has been a release.”

THT (Steve Viero): As an audience member, I left the show with an immense picture of what your character endured. Beside the fact that the audience congratulates you in giving such an outstanding performance, what emotion do you leave the Theatre with?

Kelly Kelly: “To buy in completely, frees the actor up as well. Bea has always known how to talk to me, and how to tap down my internal voices of panic.. Since I am not a poet, and had never done Shakespeare even, we spent a lot of time outside of rehearsals going over the poems, and studying Dunne.”

THT (Steve Viero): In my own personal experience I have been at the hospital when relatives pass. That emotion will be carried with me for the rest of my life. What are your thoughts on or if in performing the character will it have on your life?

Mel Chadwick as Dr. Harvey Kelekian

Kelly Kelly: “The greatest lesson, the thing I’ll take away is this: We cannot control illness…it controls us. However, when we set up our life with people who SEE us, not for our achievements, we will be walked home with grace. And I am always so glad when the audience can see Vivian receive that. Even if it’s a Popsicle. So by the end, People are not clapping for me, but for Vivian.  And I am happy for her. Thank you for coming.”

Become a member and you’ll get free access to this and many other wonderful special events and opportunities. Basic membership includes access to all our main stage productions, special events (such as this one) and perks like discounts on tickets for friends, concession discounts, and exclusive access to behind-the-scenes production activities. Membership runs on a calendar year basis, so it’s convenient and you don’t have to worry about starting in the middle of the season. To join our OJP family visit:—subscriptions.html

Get your Tickets today for this weekend’s and next weekend’s performances at:

Kelly Kelly (Vivian Bearing)
Mel Chadwick (Harvey Kelekian)
Eric Dains (Jason Posner)
Aly Easton (Susan Monahan)
Ann Thomas (E.M. Ashford)
Kristina Meyering (Ensemble)
Sara Marie Sciarrillo (Ensemble)
Kiana Tor (Ensemble)

Michele Saba (Stage Manager)
Beatrice Casagran (Director, Scenic Designer)
Randy Lopez (House Manager/Box Office)
Margaret Woolf (Lighting Designer)
Caitlin Lopez & Virginia Platt (Sound Design)
Dylan & Noah Elhai (Light/Sound Board Operator)
Edith Dennis (Costumes)

Ophelia’s Jump has dedicated its entire run of “Wit” to help raise funds for Megan’s Wings. From now through the end of the run, anyone who pre-purchases a ticket can use the Code: “Megan” to direct $8 of the ticket price to the charity. The code will work for any performance but the ticket must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance either online or by calling the box office.

The charity assists families of children receiving cancer treatment at 9 Southern California hospitals and cancer centers.

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Beatrice Casagran – Artistic Director

Our Mission

Conceived of and founded by veteran actor, director, and teacher, Beatrice Casagran and actor/improvisor, Caitlin Lopez, Ophelia’s Jump is a new theatre company in the Inland Empire that focuses on producing highly regarded, award-winning works that leave audiences asking questions and discussing big ideas – theatre that invites you to leap into the drama.

Caitlin Lopez Associate Artistic Director

Our goal is to produce both creative new interpretations of classical and award-winning works, and new works by talented local and regional artists.

OJP’s educational mission includes developing workshops for educators in incorporating performing arts and drama into the curriculum to increase student engagement and learning.



About the OJP Studio

We’re thrilled to be in the our new venue since last June. Our intimate theater space seats 49 in comfortable tiered seating so there is not a bad seat in the house. Doors open an hour before curtain; enjoy dinner from the Big Easy Food truck and refreshments at our concessions bar. Conveniently in Upland close to the border with Claremont, we are centrally located close to both the Claremont Village and Downtown Upland. The OJP Studio is perfect for meetings and workshops. Call us for information about rentals.

Skylight Theatre Company’s “Rotterdam” Receives the Most Awards for Intimate Theatre, Including Best Production

From the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 20, 2018) – Skylight Theatre Company, Hartshorn – Hooks, along with producers Gary Grossman, Tony Abatemarco and Andrew Carlberg, garnered 3 awards from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, including the award for Best Production. There were two winners of the 2017 Production award, the other award going to Hamilton at the Hollywood Pantages.

Jon Brittain received the Writing award for Rotterdam and actress Ashley Romans took home the award for Lead Performance for the role of Fiona/Adrian in Skylight Theatre’s production of Rotterdam.

Directed by Michael A. Shepperd and nominated for the Ensemble Performance award, the Rotterdam cast included Miranda Wynne, nominated for Lead Performance, Ryan Brophy, Audrey Cain, and Ashley Romans.

Presented by Skylight Theatre Company & Hartshorn – Hook Productions, Rotterdam was produced by Gary Grossman, Tony Abatemarco, and Andrew Carlberg in Association with Providence Entertainment, Ltd., with Josh Gershick as Associate Producer and Dramaturg, Jonathan Muñoz-Proulx, Christopher Aguilar, and Shaina Rosenthal as Associate Producers.

Rotterdam’s creative team included Jeff McLaughlin (Set and Lighting Design), Christopher Moscatiello (Sound Design), Naila Aladdin Sanders (Costume Design), Michael O’Hara (Props), Shen Heckel (Assistant Director), Garret Crouch (Stage Manager), Tuffet Schmelzle (Dialect Coach), Raul Clayton Staggs (Casting Director), and opened November 11, 2017 with an extended run through January 28, 2018.

Skylight Theatre Company discovers, develops and produces new, exhilarating works that expand mainstream theatre while nurturing and educating the people who create them. A recipient of the Steinberg National Theatre Critics Citation (Dontrell, Who Kissed The Sea – Nathan Alan Davis), Skylight’s resident PlayLAb writers have been recognized with productions nationwide, a national 2014 USA Ford Fellowship in Theater and Performance (Sigrid Gilmer), and locally as a winner in the 2015 Humanitas/CTG Playwriting Prize (Louisa Hill – Lord of the Underworld’s Home for Unwed Mothers). Skylight won 4 Ovation Awards in 2014 for The Wrong Man and Pray To Ball (the most of any intimate theatre in LA). LA Weekly included the Skylight’s productions of Years To The Day, Open House and Sexsting on their Top Ten list of plays for 2013. Their first year as a company dedicated to developing new plays, 2011, found Skylight’s production of Hermetically Sealed on the LA Times annual list of Top Ten Plays, while Mad Women moved from Los Angeles to La MaMa in New York. Since then, plays developed by Skylight have been performed Off-Broadway and in other New York theaters, Chicago, Washington D.C., Oregon, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Kansas City, and internationally in Scotland and France. For more information, script submission policy and production history go to

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A Christmas Story Stage Play at Sierra Madre Playhouse Starts Tonight

A Christmas Story Stage play is running November 17th through December 31st.  Get your tickets today at Sierra Madre Playhouse website:

Kevin Ying(l.), Jackson Kendall, Griffin Sanford (Photo John Dlugolecki)

Experience the heartwarming story of Ralphie and his Midwestern family at Christmastime. The Parker family gets its Christmas tree. Ralphie’s dad, The Old Man, wins a very special prize in a contest.

Kevin Ying (l.), Richard Van Slyke, Andrea Stradling, Griffin Sanford (Photo John Dlugolecki)

Ralphie is pursued by a girl in his class.

Ralphie is pursued by the class bully. And, most famously, Ralphie sets off on a campaign to acquire his most-desired Christmas present, a Red Ryder BB air rifle, only to be warned repeatedly, “You’ll put your eye out, kid.”

Sierra Madre Playhouse
87 West Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024

Sierra Madre Playhouse, located in the charming foothill village of Sierra Madre, California, located just east of Pasadena and less than 20 miles from downtown Los Angeles. Sierra Madre boasts a selection of restaurants, cafés to enjoy before or after the show.

There is ample street parking, and a free parking lot on the North side of (behind) the theatre.
The lot used for parking closes at midnight. Please be sure to move your vehicle if you plan on staying in the area after that time.

Special lobby exhibits suggested by A Christmas Story will be curated by Diane Siegel

The Hollywood Times was in the audience for this past Saturday night’s performance.  Get you tickets today because this play is worth the price of admission. It is full of laughter, wonderful acting, that brings the famous characters to life, right in front of your eyes.  The play is well-written, the stage makes you feel like you are right in the living room, kitchen and Ralphie’s bedroom.  The famous rifle, a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle with a compass in the stock and “this thing which tells time” just can’t be said enough.  I can’t wait to see it again.


Richard Van Slyke, Andrea Stradling (Photo John Dlugolecki)


Griffin Sanford (Photo John Dlugolecki)

Oh Fudge! Shout Out!

Saturday, December 2, 1 p.m.

Under the marquee of the Sierra Madre Playhouse – Ralphie messes up big time in A Christmas Story when he is trying to help his dad. He utters a wail of – let’s say “Oh Fudge!”

You’re invited to take a turn at this iconic oath and you might walk away with the prize – a plate of fudge. Otherwise – it is “soap” for you!  Free sample tastes of fudge for all in attendance.  FREE! All ages. Awards at 1:30 p.m.



Andrea Stradling (l.), Kevin Ying, Richard Van Slyke, Griffin Sanford (Photo John Dlugolecki)

Written by Philip Grecian

Directed by Sierra Madre Playhouse Artistic Director Christian Lebano

Adapted by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Rob Clark

Adapted from the novel by Jean Shepherd, “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash”

Set Design: Charles Erven
Costume Design: Shon LeBlanc
Lighting Design: Derek Jones
Sound Design: Christopher Moscatiello
Fight Director: Ken Merckx


About A Christmas Story

Adapted for the stage by Philip Grecian. Based on the screenplay by Jean Shepherd, Bob Clark and Leigh Brown, and on the book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd. Directed by Christian Lebano.

Produced for  Sierra Madre Playhouse by Estelle Campbell and Christian Lebano. Young Ralphie Parker and his family experience their most memorable Christmas, with Ralphie in pursuit of his dreamed-about Christmas present: a Red Ryder BB air rifle. 

About The Sierra Madre Playhouse

Our mission – The Sierra Madre Playhouse is a nonprofit, award-winning 99-seat theater dedicated to illuminating the American experience through high-quality productions by acclaimed and emerging playwrights. With century-old ties to our community, we are committed to engaging diverse local and regional audiences and inspiring the next generation of artists and theater lovers.

Artistic Director: Christian Lebano
Managing Director: Estelle Campbell

Sierra Madre Playhouse

Board of Directors
Joan Riback, President
David Gordon, Secretary
Louise Calaway, Treasurer
Anne Scott-Putney
Vanessa Silberman, Marketing Chair
Christian Lebano
Estelle Campbell

The Sierra Madre Playhouse has evolved from a theatrical heritage that stretches back to the days when Sierra Madre was just a tiny village. Residents presented dramas and musicals as early as the 1880s in their homes, in the Town Hall, and in the Woman’s Club.


FRIDA: STROKE OF PASSION Hit Play Closing Weekend

November 17th–19th, 2017
Location: Macha Theatre
1107 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood, California 90069
Tickets: $40
50% Discount Promo Code: 008
Chosen the Best 99 seat theater in Los Angeles by Broadway World
Al Pacino’s favorite 99 seat theater
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Free Event: Sierra Madre Playhouse Offers THE UGLY LAMP CONTEST




Serra Madre Playhouse

In celebration of Sierra Madre Playhouse’s upcoming production of A Christmas Story, the Playhouse is holding The Ugly Lamp Contest. (An ugly lamp is a major prop in the upcoming stage comedy.) Winners of The Ugly Lamp Contest will receive tickets to A Christmas Story, or Ugly Lamp Christmas ornaments, or other fun stuff. You also get to brag which lamp is the Ugliest One of All.

Want to enter? Sierra Madre Playhouse will be accepting lamps as contest entries on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 from 12:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.; and on Saturday, November 11 from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Multiple lamps can be entered on separate registration forms. Lamps can be entered in either of two categories: Found ; or Made.(i.e., decorated or constructed by the participant).

A Christmas Story Lamp

All lamps must be in safe working condition (e.g., no frayed wires). They must be handed over to a Playhouse representative. Lamps cannot simply be left on the front step.

Registration for the contest must be completed at by Tuesday, November 7 at 5:00 p.m.

Voting for the lamps will begin on Sunday, November 12 at Noon and close on Saturday, November 18 at midnight, at and at Sierra Madre Playhouse’s Facebook events page at

Live voting will also take place in the Playhouse lobby before performances on Friday, November 17 and Saturday, November 18.

Winners of the contest will be announced at the Playhouse on Sunday, November 19 before the 2:30 matinée of A Christmas Story. Winners need not be present. Results will also be posted on the Playhouse Facebook page on November 20 at 3:00 p.m.

Lamps will be released for pick up by contestants on Sunday, November 19th at 5:30 pm. Arrangements for pick up to be made in advance with contest organizers at SMP.

About A Christmas Story:

A Christmas Story. Adapted for the stage by Philip Grecian. Based on the screenplay by Jean Shepherd, Bob Clark and Leigh Brown, and on the book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd. Directed by Christian Lebano. Produced for Sierra Madre Playhouse by Estelle Campbell and Christian Lebano. Young Ralphie Parker and his family experience their most memorable Christmas, with Ralphie in pursuit of his dreamed-about Christmas present: a Red Ryder BB air rifle. At Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024. There is ample free parking behind the Playhouse. November 17th through December 31, 2017. Admission: $36 general; $33 seniors (65+); $25 youth (to age 21). Contact venue for show times. Reservations: (626) 355-4318. Online ticketing:

“Frida: Stroke of Passion” – a ‘not to be missed’  theatrical event at Macha Theatre LA 

Frida Kahlo was born July 6, 1907 and died July 13, 1954. Her death certificate alleges cause of death: “pulmonary embolism” but no autopsy was allowed and she was immediately cremated.  This play explores her mental, emotional and physical condition during the last week of her life. It will peel away the secret cover up and reveal what or who killed Frida Kahlo.

FRIDA: Stroke of Passion

Every Friday & Saturday at 8pm, Thru October 21ST, 2017

At The Historic Macha Theatre 

1107 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood, CA. 90069

Starring Odalys Nanin as the iconic Frida Kahlo

Group Discounts: 1-323-314-6332

Media Contact: Zachary Cortes PR, 1-310-560-5034



                         A Modern Adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People



                                     $10 Preview:  Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.                                      Four-Week Run:  Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 5:00 p.m.,

October 20 – November 12, 2017

Josefina López said, “In my adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People the main character isn’t the male Dr. Thomas Stockmann, as it is in Henrik Ibsen’s play, or in Arthur Miller’s adaptation … In my adaptation of Ibsen’s play, the central protagonist is a Mexican woman of Apache descent who is a Midwife and Curandera (shaman woman) who discovers the water in the town has been contaminated.  She has a premonition and it is her gut that tells her she is right.  AN ENEMY OF THE PUEBLO is a Chicana eco-feminist approach – where it is not science or logic that is the strength of the character, but her intuitive feminine self.  The play is set in Milagros (Miracles), a colonial town in Mexico near the U.S. border on the brink of becoming a ghost town for healing springs that attracted American tourists for many years until the town was overrun by a drug cartel called “Los Sapos” (The Frogs).  The play is set in the present and deals with immigrant issues.”

 Under the direction of Corky Dominguez (or Boyle Heights), Obie Award-winning actress Zilah Mendoza (of Pasadena, appearing courtesy of Actors Equity) leads a cast of 10 actors portraying 20 roles in the central role of Magdalena “Magda” Del Rio, a Mexican woman of Apache descent, a Curandera (shaman woman), Midwife and co-owner of the land where the springs are located.

Other member of the cast include:  Arturo Aranda, Jr. (of Los Angeles) as Pedro Del Rio, Magdalena’s younger brother, Mayor of the town and co-owner with Magda of the land where the springs are located; Laura Bravatti (of Hacienda Heights) as Petra Del Rio, Magda’s daughter; Angiee Lombana (of Pomona) as Clarita Del Rio, Petra’s daughter and Magda’s granddaughter, and as Laura, a lady who gives birth with the assistance of Magda; William Jaramillo (of Long Beach) as O’Connor, a “gringo” Mexican of Irish decent; J.D. Mata (of North Hollywood) as Luis, a journalist who is also a founder of the town’s newspaper, and as Man of the Pueblo, an ignorant man, and as Musician; Joshua Nuñez (of Rancho Cucamonga) as Laura’s Husband, and as

Juan José, a journalist; Paul Renteria (of East Los Angeles) as Ghost of El Sapo, the head of the drug cartel, and as Señor Reyes, one of the heads of a company in charge of renovating the springs; Javier Ronceros (of North Hollywood, appearing courtesy of SAG/AFTRA) as Eugenio/Ghost of Eugenio, a courageous and proud man, and as Padre Lazaro, the town priest who drinks too much and gossips about people when he is drunk; and Catalina Shoshan (of Encino) as Elvia, a lady who goes to Magda for psychic help, and as Doña Campeche, a mother in the town of Milagros, and as Woman of the Pueblo, an ignorant woman.

Director Corky Dominguez says, “Josefina López has written a very special piece of theatre. I am honored to be directing this particular piece of a women’s heartfelt struggle to get the truth out in the open. I’m working on creating an intimate piece of theatre experience for audiences with both Josefina’s text and what I perceive to be her and my vision for this intense story.”

Josefina López (Playwright, AN ENEMY OF THE PUEBLO; Founding Artistic Director, CASA 0101 Theater, Producer, Screenwriter, Author, Restaurateur, Activist) is best known for authoring the play and co-authoring the film Real Women Have Curves, a coming-of-age story about Ana, a first-generation Chicana torn between pursuing her college ambitions, a personal goal and securing employment, which is a family expectation.  Along the way, Ana confronts a host of cultural assumptions about beauty, marriage and a woman’s role in society.  Although Real Women Have Curves is López’s most recognized work it is only one of many literary and artistic works she has created since her artistic career began at 17.  Born in San Luis Potosí, Mexico to Catalina and Rosendo López, on March 19, 1969, Josefina López was five-years-old when she and her family immigrated to the United States and settled in the East Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights.  She graduated in the first class from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts in 1987.  López was undocumented for 13 years before she received Amnesty in 1987 and eventually became a U.S. Citizen in 1995.

López has been an activist and has been doing public speaking for over 20 years.  She has lectured on various topics including Chicano Theater, Women’s History Issues and Minority representation in Cinema at over 200 universities such as Yale, Darmouth, and University of Southern California.  She has been the subject of countless television and radio interviews in which she has passionately discussed immigration issues and other controversial subjects concerning women and minorities.

López is the recipient of a number of other awards and accolades, including a formal recognition from U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer’s 7th Annual “Women Making History” banquet in 1998; and a screenwriting fellowship from the California Arts Council in 2001.  She and Real Women Have Curves film co-author George LaVoo won the Humanitas Prize for Screenwriting in 2002, The Gabriel Garcia Marquez Award from Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn in 2003, the Artist-in-Residency grant from the National Endowment for the Arts/Theatre Communications Group for 2007 and a grant from The California Endowment in 2013.

In October of 2013 Josefina López executive produced the film, Detained in the Desert, an adaptation of her play of the same name, through her production shingle, Real Women Have Curves Studioâ.  The film received its World Premiere screenings at TCL 6 Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and Mann’s Chinese Theatre) as part of the 16th Annual Los Angeles Latino Film Festival.  Since then the film has been screened in the 9th Annual Los Angeles International Women’s Film Festival in Burbank, CA (2014, where it won Best Feature Film), the 21st Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival (2014), the 30th Annual Chicago Latino Film Festival (2014), the 11th Annual Reel Rasquache Art & Film Festival in Boyle Heights, CA (2014) and at Museum of Art and the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia (2014).

A Discounted Preview Performance will be presented on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. for $10.00 per person.  Opening Night is Friday, October 20, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.  The play will be presented for a four-week run on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 5:00 p.m. from October 20 – November 12, 2017 at CASA 0101 Theater, 2012 East First Street (at St. Louis Street across the street from the Hollenbeck Police Station), Boyle Heights, CA  90033.

Tickets during the four-week run are $20 per person for General Admission; $17 per person for Students and Seniors; and $15 per person for Boyle Heights residents.  Discounts for Groups of 10 or more will be available at $15 per person.  This show is recommended for all audiences.  Advance reservations are highly recommended.  Free Parking is available on several streets surrounding the theatre.  Free Parking is also available on Fridays and Saturdays only at the Boyle Heights City Hall Parking Lot located at 2130 East First Street (at Chicago Street) by entering the lot from Chicago Street; the lot is closed on Sundays.  For tickets, please call the CASA 0101 Theater Box Office at 323-263-7684, E-mail, or buy online at  Join the conversation on Facebook @CASA0101Theater; on Twitter @CASA0101 and on YouTUBE at        

This production is made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles.








Skylight Theatre Company presents the West Coast Premiere of “Rotterdam” by Jon Brittain Directed by Ovation Award Winner Michael A. Shepperd

Opening at 8:30pm on Saturday, November 11, 2017 with reception to follow
A queer love story, about all of us…
Los Angeles (October 10, 2017) – New Year’s. Rotterdam, 2017. Alice has finally found the courage to email her parents to tell them she’s a lesbian. But before Alice hits send, her girlfriend Fiona reveals that she has always identified as a man, and now wants to live as one, sending their relationship into a tailspin.
Amid a breaking wave of transgender stories in popular culture (Transparent, Boy Meets Girl, and  Orange is the New Black), Jon Brittain has created a groundbreaking play, with deeply relatable characters that are flawed, and hilarious. Rotterdam is a comedy with powerful questions about love and identity at its core.
Jon Brittain received the Olivier Award in 2017 for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre and was nominated for the Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright at the Evening Standard Awards, with a nomination for the Off West End Award as well. His plays include The Wake, The Sexual Awakening of Peter Mayo, What Would Spock Do? and A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad). Brittain co-created the critically acclaimed show Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho (winner of both the Brighton Argus Angel for Artistic Excellence, at Brighton Fringe, and the Micheál Mac Liammóir Award for Best Male Performance at the Dublin International Gay Theatre Festival) and its sequel Margaret Thatcher Queen of Game Shows. He was one of the 503Five 2012/2013, and has worked extensively with Old Vic New Voices. Brittain has written for Radio 4’s The Now Show and the Cartoon Network’s The Amazing World of Gumball. He created and starred in the online sketch show HodgePodge.
“Everything I’ve ever written has had some kind of comedic angle to it. To entertain someone is an excellent way to open them up to new thoughts, says Brittain. This story is an optimistic one. Given what’s happening in the world today, I think we need a bit of optimism.
“To live your truth out loud can be dangerous,” added director Michael A. Shepperd. “But to take that step into your authentic self can make you much more powerful than anything the world can throw at you. This is the world of Rotterdam.”
Michael Sheppard (Director) is the Co-Artistic Director of Los Angeles’ award-winning Celebration Theatre. Directing credits include: The Boy From Oz (Ovation Award, LADCC Award, Best Director), The View Upstairs, The Next Fairy Tale[title of show], A Gay Christmas Carol, GaGa Gardens, The Max Factor Factor, and Rent. Michael is a Resident Director for The Blank Theatre’s Young Playwrights Festival and numerous others. Acting roles include Fences (Troy; Ovation, LADCC Nominations), Bootycandy (LADCC nom, Ovation, Stage Raw Win), The Color Purple (Mister; Ovation Award), Steel (Ovation Award), Master Harold and the Boys (NAACP theatre nom), Intimate Apparel (NAACP Award), and Choir Boy (NAACP nom). Broadway/Regional credits include: Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan, Little Shop of Horrors, Caroline, or Change, Whipping Man. TV: Curb Your EnthusiasmSoul ManHot In ClevelandWizards of Waverly PlaceMonkCriminal MindsNCIS. #transisbeautiful
Produced by Gary Grossman, Tony Abatemarco, Andrew Carlberg, and Hartshorn – Hook Productions Ltd. Associate Producer: Josh Gershick
Skylight Theatre Company discovers, develops and produces new, exhilarating works that expand mainstream theatre while nurturing and educating the people who create them. A recipient of the prestigious Steinberg National Theatre Critics Citation (Dontrell, Who Kissed The Sea – Nathan Alan Davis), Skylight’s resident PlayLAb writers have been recognized with productions nationwide, a national 2014 USA Ford Fellowship in Theater and Performance (Sigrid Gilmer), and locally as a winner in the 2015 Humanitas/CTG Playwriting Prize  (Louisa Hill – Lord of the Underworld’s Home for Unwed Mothers). Skylight won 4 Ovation Awards in 2014 for The Wrong Man and Pray To Ball (the most of any intimate theatre in LA). LA Weekly included the Skylight’s productions of Years To The DayOpen House and Sexsting on their Top Ten list of plays for 2013. Their first year as a company dedicated to developing new plays, 2011, found Skylight’s production of Hermetically Sealed on theLA Times annual list of Top Ten Plays, while Mad Women moved from Los Angeles to La MaMa in New York. Since then, plays developed by Skylight have been performed Off-Broadway and in other New York theaters, Chicago, Washington D.C., Oregon, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Kansas City, and internationally in Scotland and France. For more information, script submission policy and production history go to
Cast: Ryan Brophy (Young Arts 2014 Finalist/Silver Award winner); Audrey Cain (East West Players production of La Cage Aux Folles, and Friends in Transient Places by Fresh Produce’d LA with appearances at the Fountain Theatre, Chalk Rep and EST-LA); Ashley Romans (Charm at Celebration Theatre in 2016, and The Devil Lives in Clarksville County); Miranda Wynne (Cissy Franks in the West Coast premiere of Punk Rock at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble)
Production Team: Jeff McLaughlin (Set and Lighting Design), Christopher Moscatiello (Sound Design), Naila Aladdin Sanders (Costume Design), Christopher Aguilar (Asst. to the Director), Tuffet Schmelzle (Dialect Coach), Raul Clayton Staggs (Casting Director)

Rotterdam opens at 8:30pm Saturday, November 11th and plays at 8:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays; 2:00pm on Sundays; and 8:00pm on Mondays through December 11, 2017. Skylight Theatre is located at 1816 1/2 N. Vermont Ave, LA, 90027. Tickets are $15 – $41. Reservations: 213-761-7061 or or 866-811-4111. Online at

CAP UCLA in Association with LACMA Presents West Coast Premiere of Canadian Stage’s Multimedia Theater Work Helen Lawrence by Visual Artist Stan Douglas and Screenwriter Chris Haddock


Helen Lawrence
 CAP UCLA in Association with LACMA Presents
West Coast Premiere of Canadian Stage’s
Multimedia Theater Work
Helen Lawrence
by Visual Artist Stan Douglas and
Screenwriter Chris Haddock
October 13 & 14 at Royce Hall


 “Set in post-World War II Vancouver, Helen Lawrence dives with gusto into a
world of crooked cops, scheming hustlers and blond bombshells.”
—The New York Times
UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA) in association with Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents the West Coast premiere ofHelen Lawrence, a Canadian Stage production conceived and directed by Stan Douglas and written by Chris Haddock, on Friday, Oct. 13 and Saturday, Oct. 14 at Royce Hall. Single tickets for $39–$79 are now available online at, via Ticketmaster, by phone 310-825-2101 and at the UCLA Central Ticket Office.
In a virtuosic feat of double vision from celebrated visual artist Douglas and screenwriter Haddock (Boardwalk Empire, DaVinci’s Inquest), this film noir is produced in real time as actors on stage are composited live into virtual sets of Vancouver circa 1948. Featuring a dynamic cast of 12 from Vancouver, Toronto and Los Angeles, performers are filmed against a blue screen-enclosed stage. Their live action images are simultaneously integrated into a meticulous, computer-generated 3D landscape of seedy hotels and skid-row streets projected as a completed cinematic thriller unfolding on stage.
The world economy is in recession, the banking system in shambles, people are terrorized by a shadowy foreign threat, and there is a housing crisis in virtually every city of the Northern Hemisphere. This is the world of Helen Lawrence, where Frank Capra-like “John Does” — having experienced trauma abroad and privation at home — now resort to desperate measures to get by.
“Tough guys and femme fatales all wear finely-tuned personas to protect themselves from further trauma and this condition is reflected in the visual polyphony of our play,” said Douglas. “No matter how spectacular the images projected onto the scrim that separates audience from actors, one remains keenly aware of the fragile human bodies on stage.”
Raising live performance to new technological heights in a perfect marriage of theater and cinema, the actors in the “movie” seem more real than the actors “on stage.” History, modernity, virtuality and reality collide in Helen Lawrence, hailed as “a visual masterpiece” (Vancouver Presents) “where hard-boiled meets high-tech” (Wall Street Journal).
On October 17 at LACMA, artist Stan Douglas and LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan will discuss Douglas’s practice and the artistic process of making Helen Lawrence.
Helen Lawrence marked its world premiere on March 19, 2014, in Vancouver. The production has traveled to the Munich Kammerspiele in Germany, Edinburgh International Festival and Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Funds provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation multi-year grant for Collaborative Intersections in the Visual & Performing Arts. A co-production by Canadian Stage, Arts Club Theatre Company, The Banff Centre, Stan Douglas Inc., Festival TransAmeriques and Canada’s National Arts Centre. Co-presented by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, with technical support provided by the Art + Technology Lab at LACMA.
CAP UCLA’s 2017–18 Theater series continues with Théâtre de la Ville – Paris: L’État de siege (The State of Siege) (Oct. 26–27, Royce Hall), William Kentridge: Refuse the Hour (Nov. 17–18, Royce Hall), Poor Dog Group: Group Therapy (Jan. 11–13, Little Theater, UCLA) and Ann Hamilton & SITI Company: the theater is a blank page (April 28 to May 12, Royce Hall).
CAP UCLA in association with LACMA presents
Canadian Stage
Conceived and Directed by Stan Douglas
Written by Chris Haddock
Friday, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 14 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Royce Hall, UCLA
Program: The world economy is in recession, the banking system in shambles, people are terrorized by a shadowy foreign threat, and there is a housing crisis in virtually every city. The year is 1948 and this is the world of Helen Lawrence — a film noir landscape of tough guys and femme fatales who resort to desperate measures to get by. In a virtuosic feat of double vision from celebrated visual artist Stan Douglas and screenwriter Chris Haddock (Boardwalk Empire), actors perform in front of blue screens as camera-controlled software inserts them into a meticulous environment of seedy hotels and skid-row streets projected as a completed movie on stage.
Single tickets: $39–$79
UCLA Central Ticket Office: 310-825-2101Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Royce Hall box office: open 90 minutes prior to the event start time.
Related Activities:
Post-show Discussion
Saturday, Oct. 14 (matinee only)
Join Stan Douglas and the company for a discussion about Helen Lawrenceimmediately following the matinee performance.
Art + Tech: Stan Douglas and Michael Govan in Conversation
Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at LACMA
Join artist Stan Douglas and LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan as they discuss Douglas’s innovative hybrid of cinema and theater, Helen Lawrence. They will talk about the making of Helen Lawrence, and the role of history, narrative, and temporal and spatial displacements in the artist’s practice. Admission is free but tickets are required.
CAP UCLA Art in Action
Arrive early to deep dive into the themes emanating from Helen Lawrence at our free pre-show activations in Royce Hall’s West Lobby and Terrace.
Writing the Noir Landscape
The City of Angels is home to a particular kind of noir. Working with our partners in UCLA Library Special Collections we’ll present an exhibit featuring the papers of Raymond Chandler and other L.A. noir writers, photographers and comic book artists. Visit the exhibition in our pop-up space in the West Lobby before each show.
Noir Poetry Bureau and Photo Booth
Stop by our Noir Poetry Bureau on the Royce Hall Terrace for a personalized, typewritten poem from one of our “hard-boiled” poets and wrap yourself in a trench coat and fedora under the lamp post for your noir close-up.
Ramin Abrams: live mood music on the Terrace by bassist Ramin Abrams, both nights.
Canadian Stage (Toronto)
Conceived and directed by Stan Douglas
Written by Chris Haddock
Story by Stan Douglas and Chris Haddock
Scenery design by Kevin McAllister
Costume design by Nancy Bryant
Lighting design by Robert Sondergaard
Composition and sound design by John Gzowski
Director of photography Brian Johnson
Video programming by Peter Courtemanche
Mary Jackson ….. Crystal Balint
Inspector Leonard Perkins ….. Greg Ellwand
Chief James Muldoon ….. Ryan Hollyman
Henry Williams ….. Sterling Jarvis
Percy Walker ….. Nicholas Lea
Buddy Black ….. Allan Louis
Eva Banks ….. Ava Jane Markus
Harry Mitchell ….. Hrothgar Mathews
Julie Winters ….. Haley McGee
Rose George ….. Emily Piggford
Helen Lawrence ….. Lisa Ryder
Edward Banks ….. Adam Kenneth Wilson
STAN DOUGLAS (conception, director) is a visual artist who lives and works in Vancouver and Los Angeles. His films, videos and photographs have been seen in exhibitions internationally, including Documentas IX, X and XI (1992, 1997, 2002) and three Venice Biennales (1990, 2001, 2005). A survey of his recent work, Stan Douglas: Mise en scène, will travel in Europe from 2013 until the end of 2015. Between 2004 and 2006 he was a professor at Universität der Künste Berlin and since 2009, has been a member of the core faculty in the Grad Art Department of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.
CHRIS HADDOCK (story, playwright) is a multiple award-winning screenwriter, director, and producer, internationally acclaimed for his Vancouver-based television drama creations Da Vinci’s Inquest and Da Vinci’s City Hall, and the cult favorite Intelligence. Most recently he served as the writer-producer on Martin Scorsese’s HBO production Boardwalk Empire, for which he was nominated for a Writers’ Guild of America Award. Helen Lawrence is the result of his collaboration with his long-time friend Stan Douglas, andis his first exploration of theatrical drama. He is currently writing and developing films and television dramas in Canada and abroad.
Founded in 1987, Canadian Stage is one of Canada’s leading not-for-profit contemporary performing arts companies, sharing new, innovative stage work from Canada and around the world. Led by Artistic & General Director Matthew Jocelyn and Managing Director Su Hutchinson, Canadian Stage produces and presents a new hybrid of multidisciplinary performance that pushes the boundaries of form and style, integrating theatre, dance, music, multimedia and more. Based in Toronto, Canadian Stage is dedicated to reinforcing the presence of Canadian art and artists within an international cultural dialogue, by acting as a home, incubator and exporter of leading Canadian and global performance. For more information, visit
UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA) is dedicated to the advancement of the contemporary performing arts in all disciplines — dance, music, spoken word and theater as well as emerging digital and collaborative platforms — by leading artists from around the globe. Part of UCLA’s School of the Arts and Architecture, CAP UCLA curates and facilitates exposure to artists who are creating extraordinary works of art and fosters a vibrant learning community both on and off the UCLA campus. The organization invests in the creative process by providing artists with financial backing and time to experiment and expand their practices through strategic partnerships and collaborations. As an influential voice within the local, national and global arts communities, CAP UCLA connects this generation to the next in order to preserve a living archive of our culture. CAP UCLA is also a safe harbor for cultural expression and artistic exploration, giving audiences the opportunity to experience real life through characters and stories on stage, and giving artists an avenue to challenge assumptions and advance new ways of seeing and understanding the world in which we live.
Since its inception in 1965, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has been devoted to collecting works of art that span both history and geography, in addition to representing Los Angeles’s uniquely diverse population. Today LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States, with a collection that includes more than 130,000 objects dating from antiquity to the present, encompassing the geographic world and nearly the entire history of art. Among the museum’s strengths are its holdings of Asian art, Latin American art, ranging from ancient American masterpieces to works by leading modern and contemporary artists; and Islamic art, of which LACMA hosts one of the most significant collections in the world. A museum of international stature as well as a vital part of Southern California, LACMA shares its vast collections through exhibitions, public programs, and research facilities that attract over a million visitors annually, in addition to serving millions through digital initiatives, such as online collections, scholarly catalogues, and interactive engagement at Situated in Hancock Park on over 20 acres in the heart of Los Angeles, LACMA is located between the ocean and downtown.
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Filifera Offers Hamilton-Inspired Cocktail for Pantages Theatregoers


Filifera at the Hollywood Proper Residences is offering Hamilton theatregoers “The Founding Father” cocktail (Templeton Rye Whisky, Pierre Ferrand Orange Dry Curacao, Fresh Squeezed Lemon, Brown Sugar Syrup, Mint) while the show resides in Los Angeles.

WHAT:                      The Hamilton craze has officially taken over Los Angeles, and Filifera at the Hollywood Proper Residences wants to make sure theatregoers are “Satisfied.” Located just steps from the Pantages theater, Filifera is the perfect rooftop lounge to imbibe in pre-, or post-show drinks. Guests who show their Hamilton ticket stub at “The Room Where It Happens” (Filifera) will receive “The Founding Father” for $10 (Alexander Hamilton wouldn’t have it any other way). Continue reading “Filifera Offers Hamilton-Inspired Cocktail for Pantages Theatregoers”

Jimmy’s Hall at The Abbey, Dublin

Jimmy’s Hall is a new stage adaptation of the critically acclaimed Ken Loach film. It tells the true story of Leitrim farmer Jimmy Gralton, the only Irishman deported from his own country. His crime was to build a dance hall where he encouraged the local community to learn, to argue and to dream, but above all to dance and have fun.  As the hall grew in popularity its free-spirited reputation brought it to the attention of the church and politicians who forced Jimmy to flee and the hall to close.

A decade later, at the height of the Depression, Jimmy returns from the US. The hall stands abandoned but as Jimmy sees the poverty and growing oppression in the village, the leader and activist within him is stirred. He decides to reopen the hall, and so takes on the established authorities of the church and the government.

The production marks Director of the Abbey Theatre Graham McLaren’s directorial debut at the theatre. Graham has been co-Director of the Abbey, along with Neil Murray, since September 2016. Graham’s productions of European classics have been seen in London’s West End, ancient Greek amphitheatres, black box studios and on the main stages of national theatres and major festivals across the world.

Graham McLaren said ‘It was important to me that this would be the first play I’d direct at the Abbey Theatre. Jimmy Gralton had a vision of Ireland as a fair and equal society, with people’s needs put in front of profit, at the heart of its culture. He wanted to create a space for people to come and break bread, to sing the old songs, to fall in love, argue about politics and to be a community. This act was such a threat to the people in power, that they vilified Jimmy. They burned down the hall and he was deported.

It is a great honour to play a part in telling Jimmy’s story. Our production is a celebration of his ideals – full of live music, singing and dancing. This is a story about the people of Leitrim, told for the people of Leitrim. As Ireland’s national theatre it is imperative for us, that they are the first to see it.’

With Richard Clements playing ‘Jimmy’, the talented cast includes Lisa Lambe, Bosco Hogan, Bríd Ní Neachtain, Ruth McGill, Donal O’Kelly and Muiris Crowley.

Jimmy’s Hall opened in Carrick-on-Shannon Community School on 22 July ahead of a three week run on the Abbey Stage. Booking is now open for all dates at //ENDS
Lucky Leitrim had the World premiere of Jimmy’s Hall in school hall in Leitrim. Very fitting location for the only Irish man officially deported from Ireland who just wanted a community hall for people to enjoy.

From 20 to 22 July 2017, the Abbey Theatre presented the world premiere of Jimmy’s Hall in Carrick-On-Shannon in Leitrim

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Róisín McGann, Press Manager at the Abbey Theatre at


Catherine Bell – Ensemble

Richard Clements – Jimmy

Craig Connolly – Brendan

Muiris Crowley – Sean

Aindrias De Staic – Doherty

Alan Devally – Mossie

Bosco Hogan – Fr Sheridan

Donal O’Kelly – O’Keefe

Lisa Lambe – Oonagh

Sarah Madigan – Marie

Ruth McGill – Tess

Diarmaid Murtagh – Tommy Gilroy

Bríd Ní Neachtain – Alice

Adapted from Paul Laverty’s film script

Director – Graham McLaren

Set and Costume Design – Colin Richmond

Musical Director – Michael John McCarthy

Lighting Designer – Sarah Jane Shiels

Movement Director – Vicki Manderson

Dramaturg – Pamela McQueen


Dates: 20-22 July 2017 (Leitrim) / 28 July-19 August 2017 (Dublin)

Previews: 20-21 July 2017 (Leitrim) / 28-29 July 2017 (Dublin)

Opening night: 22 July 2017 (Leitrim) / 31 July 2017 (Dublin)

Free preview: 28 July 2017

Times: 7.30pm (Matinees 2.30pm)

Tickets : or 01 87 87 222


Leitrim – Carrick-on-Shannon Community School, Co. Leitrim

Dublin – Abbey Theatre, Abbey Street, Dublin 1.


Abbey Theatre

Inspired by the revolutionary ideals of its founders and its rich canon of Irish dramatic writing, the Abbey Theatre’s Mission is to imaginatively engage with all of Irish society through the production of ambitious, courageous and new theatre in all its forms. The Abbey Theatre commits to lead in the telling of the whole Irish story, in English and in Irish, and affirms that it is a theatre for the entire island of Ireland and for all its people. In every endeavour, the Abbey Theatre promotes inclusiveness, diversity and equality.

The Abbey Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of

The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon


Bianca made history for being the first Mexican actress to be invited in a lead role on Broadway.

May 2017 marks Marroquin’s 20th Anniversary as a Performer
New York, New York (May 8, 2017) – Award-winning Broadway star Bianca Marroquin is back as Roxie Heart in Chicago The Musical from May 1st through July 2, 2017 at The Ambassador Theatre on Broadway.  Marroquin, who first played the role on Broadway in 2002 has now played Hart for well over 5,000 performances. Bianca made history for being the first Mexican actress to be invited in a lead role on Broadway.

ABOUT Award-winning actress Bianca Marroquin was born in Monterrey, Mexico, and raised on the border between Matamoros, Mexico and Brownsville, Texas. She started her artistic career in Mexico City in the productions of Disney’s Beauty and The Beast,Rent, Phantom of The Opera, Vagina Monologues and Chicago. 
For her portrayal of Roxie Hart in Chicago Bianca received 5 awards from the Mexican CriticsAssociation including New Revelation and Best Actress. In the summer of 2002, Bianca was invited to Broadway and made her debut with her English version of Roxie Hart and later kicked off Chicago’s 3rd National Tour for which she received a HelenHayes Award in Washington DC for OutstandingLead Actress in 2004. After touring for two years she officially moved to New York to continue pursuing her career. She then starred as Carmen in the Revival Broadway hit, Tony Award® Winner, Pajama
Game starring Harry Connick, Jr.
You can listen to Bianca on the special edition of the 10th anniversary of Chicago CD performing a medley version of three of Roxie’s songs in Spanish. In April of 2008 The Mexican Consulate in New York awarded Bianca for her successful work as an actress on Broadway. Bianca then premiered her one woman show in Mexico City: Solo Pido (All I ask) in honor of her late mother.
Regional Theatre credits include: And the World Goes round at Barrington Stage Company. Bye Bye Birdie at North Shore Music Theatre, Rose Alvarez for which she won a IRNE Award for Best Actress in a musical. Bianca then portrays the role of Maria Rainer in Mexico City’s hit production of The Sound of Music marking her official return to the Mexican Stages after 6 years. In the summer of 2010 she appeared back on Broadway when she joined the Tony Award® winner company of In the Heights in the role of Daniela.
Television credits include One Life to LiveMira Quien Baila (Univision), Esperanza delCorazon (Televisa) and Pequeños Gigantes (Televisa) among many others.
In musical theatre, Bianca starred as Mary in Disney’s Mary Poppins in Mexico City. She went back to Broadway to her Chicago family playing Roxie Hart and wrapped up the 4th season of Univision’s Mira Quien Baila.
Bianca made her debut album as a singer/songwriter with EL MUNDO ERAMIO. She returned to TV in Mexico once more as a judge in Televisa’s Bailando por un Sueño.
Named one of the 50 most Beautiful People by People en Español (2015 edition) Bianca debuted her new show: BIANCA MARROQUIN EN CONCIERTO in Mexico City.  Right after, she portrayed Anita in Carnegie Hall’s 125 anniversary celebration production of West Side Story. Bianca recently wrapped Pequeños Gigantes for Univision as a Judge beside Prince Royce and Luis Coronel. She now returns once again to her beloved Chicago Family on Broadway.  Her new album of standard ballads called Nuestros Tesoros is being released this month by Warner Music.
ABOUT CHICAGO: Winner of Six 1997 Tony Awards® Including Best Musical Revival, CHICAGO is Broadway’s Longest Running American Musical. A true New York City institution, CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway great: A universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz;
one show-stopping song after another; and the most astonishing dancing the world has ever seen. CHICAGO has been honored with 6 Tony Awards®, 2 Olivier Awards, a Grammy® and thousands of standing ovations.

TONY AWARDS: Nina Lannan and Alan Wasser to Receive The 2017 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre

The Tony Awards Administration Committee has announced that they will present the 2017 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre to two of the most successful General Managers in the industry – Nina Lannan and Alan Wasser.


Tony Awards 2017 Statue | Award Shows 2017New York, New York (April 20, 2017)
– The Tony Awards Administration Committee has announced that they will present the 2017 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre to two of the most successful General Managers in the industry – Nina Lannan and Alan Wasser. Continue reading “TONY AWARDS: Nina Lannan and Alan Wasser to Receive The 2017 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre”


Megan Cavallari at work!


By: Judy Shields

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 3/16/17 – “I got an email that I had won an award and I was so excited about it.  I was not even aware that I was even nominated, it’s all very exciting and next Thursday, there will be a ceremony.  I am so excited to be getting back into theatre,” Megan Cavallari told The Hollywood Times yesterday.

The 24th Annual Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival will honor composer Megan Cavallari with the Integrity Award on Wednesday, March 23rd at 7 pm at Barnsdall Gallery Theatre. Continue reading “24th ANNUAL LOS ANGELES WOMEN’S THEATRE FESTIVAL”

Eugene O’Neill Theater Center presents

The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center Presents Meryl Streep With The 14th Annual Monte Cristo

the New York City premiere of A Concert To Benefit the O’Neill and The Trevor Project

Broadway’s Music Box Theatre

March 27, 2017 7:30pm

 Featuring Betsy Wolfe and Justin Vivian Bond

Waterford, CT — The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center announces the New York City premiere of the musical, TALES OF THE CITY on BroadwayMarch 27, 2017 at the Music Box Theatre. The iconic ensemble story of love, identity, and San Francisco will be presented in a one night only benefit concert. With a rocking score by the Grammy-nominated Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears and John Garden, and a book by Tony Award-winner Jeff Whitty, this is first time the vibrant new musical will be seen in NYC. All proceeds from the concert will benefit the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and The Trevor Project. Continue reading “Eugene O’Neill Theater Center presents”

Pat O’Brien is Honoree of the 8th Annual Experience, Strength and Hope Award

By: Sharoll Jackson

February 23, Los Angeles (The Hollywood Times) 2/23/2017 – Entertainment show anchor, sportscaster, radio legend, and author, Pat O’Brien, was recognized for his sustainable sobriety and his touching and insightful memoir entitled “I’ll Be Right Back After This”.  True to his nature, his story is robust with absorbing and compelling tales about sports legends, celebrities, and his personal struggle and recovery from alcoholism, and it carries a positive message of hope.  The event was held at the Skirball Cultural Center.

Actor, Bruce Davison (X-Men, Insidious 4), hosted the celebration and talked about his  shared history with his friend, Pat.  Like minded narrative was shared by other co-hearts: author DeJuan “DJ” Verrett (Sons of Anarchy) with a spoken word performance; actor Tony Denison as a presenter; singer and performer Sherri Lewis with a musical performance; musician Joe Walsh (The Eagles) as a special guest and presenter; actress Joanna Cassidy (Blade Runner, Who Framed Roger Rabbit) as a presenter, actress Rachelle Carson-Begley and actor/environmentalist Ed Begley, Jr. (Bold and Beautiful) as presenters; and comedian and performer Sarge with a comedy routine.  The ambiance of love, humor, support, sensitivity and honor was deepened by the presence of a familial bond that was shared by the entire audience.  O’Brien was deeply appreciative and moved.

The Experience, Strength, and Hope Award event occurs annually created by Writers In Treatment, an organization that supports recovery and the arts.  Founder Leonard Buschel said they were “proud to honor O’Brien at this year’s awards show… his story is poignant and profound … people from all walks will find his successes and misadventures wildly entertaining and inspirational.”

Writers in Treatment’s mission is to help people in the writing industry facing the challenges of alcoholism, drug addiction, and other self-destructive behaviors to find treatment sources for their illness.  In addition, the multi-day REEL Recovery Film Festival & Symposium is produced by the organization as a platform to provide honest films about the challenges of addiction, alcoholism, mental  disorders, treatment and recovery.

Some of the past honorees include: actress Mackenzie Phillips, Christopher Kennedy Lawford; Academy Award winner, Lou Gossett, Jr; astronaut Buzz Aldrin; co-founder of Duran Duran, John Taylor; acclaimed author, Carrie White; and actor/author Joe Pantoliano.

The inspirational event clearly celebrated a commonality of gratitude and admiration for Pat O’Brien, and his kindness, willingness and courage to share his personal journey and to reach out to anyone to offer help.