Coming soon as 'Regina' in Lillian Hellman's THE LITTLE FOXES
Oct
2
12:30 PM12:30

Coming soon as 'Regina' in Lillian Hellman's THE LITTLE FOXES

Lillian Hellman’s ‘The Little Foxes opens 2018-19 season at Antaeus with Cameron Watson at the helm

GLENDALE, Calif. (Sept. 25, 2018) — Antaeus Theatre Company opens its 2018-19 season with an epic drama about a Southern family in crisis directed by Cameron Watson (award-winning Antaeus productions of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Picnic, Top Girls). Kristin Couture, John DeMita, Judy Louise Johnson, Mike McShane, Rob Nagle, Calvin Picou, Deborah Puette, Jocelyn Towne, Timothy Adam Venable and William L. Warren star in The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman, opening Oct. 25 at the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center in Glendale, where performances will continue through Dec. 10. Low-priced previews begin Oct. 18.

Hellman was one of the American theater’s most provocative and masterful playwrights, and her work continues to exert a captivating hold on American culture. The Little Foxes reveals Hellman’s unrivaled ability to create some of the meatiest roles in the modern canon. Set in the Deep South in 1900, this modern classic is a dark tale of greed, deceit and betrayal about the scheming Hubbards and their single-minded pursuit of wealth; in this family, the only thing that runs thicker than blood is cold, hard cash. Regina Hubbard Giddens (Puette) and her conniving brothers, Oscar (Nagle) and Ben (McShane), plan to get rich from a cotton mill, but first they must tap into the wealth of Regina’s sickly husband, Horace (DeMita). When Horace refuses to give them the money they need, a vicious circle of intrigue, lying and cruelty spirals out of control, tearing the family apart.

“We were struck by how timely Lillian Hellman’s tale was to the current state of the world,” suggest Antaeus co-artistic directors Bill BrochtrupRob Nagle and Kitty Swink. “We are thrilled to have Cameron Watson helm this epic Southern tale, with his exquisite taste, deep understanding of human nature and fearless commitment to exploring the dark side of family.”

According to Wikipedia, the play’s title was suggested by Dorothy Parker, and the fictional Hubbard family was inspired by discord between Lillian Hellman’s own family and their relatives, a successful banking family in Demopolis, Alabama. Tallulah Bankhead starred as Regina Giddens when The Little Foxes premiered on Broadway in 1939, as well as in a 1941 radio adaptation. Bette Davis played the role in the 1941 film version, and Greer Garson headlined NBC’s 1956 television adaptation. In 1949, Marc Blitzstein adapted the play into an opera entitled Regina.

One of the most celebrated American playwrights of the 20th century, Lillian Hellman created incendiary and powerful plays that continue to be performed internationally, including The Children’s Hour (1934), The Little Foxes (1939), Another Part of the Forest (1946), which was a prequel to the The Little Foxes chronicling the roots of the Hubbard family; Toys in the Attic (1960) and a musical adaptation of Voltaire’s Candide with a score by Leonard Bernstein (1960). She was the recipient of numerous theatrical awards including two New York Drama Critics Circle Awards (1941 and 1960), a Gold Medal from the Academy of Arts and Letters for Distinguished Achievement in the Theatre (1964) and election to the Theatre Hall of Fame (1973). In addition to being a celebrated playwright, Hellman was also an award-winning author with three published memoirs: “An Unfinished Woman” (1969), which won the National Book Award; “Pentimento” (1973); and “Scoundrel Time” (1976). Born in New Orleans, Hellman began her career as a play reader in New York City and later as a script reader in Hollywood, where she met renowned writer Dashiell Hammett, who became Hellman’s companion until his death in 1961. Together, they also became well-known political and social activists. Lillian Hellman died on June 30, 1984 at the age of 79 at her home on Martha’s Vineyard.

Antaeus is a cooperative theater ensemble founded to empower the actor and to bring classical theater to Southern California. The company exists to create a family of artists and audiences and is dedicated to exploring stories with enduring themes. Taking their company name from the Titan who gained strength by touching the Earth, Antaeus members — many of whom are familiar to film and television audiences — regain their creative strength by returning to the wellspring of their craft: live theater. Members of the company span a wide range of age, ethnicity and experience; they have performed on Broadway, at major regional theaters across the country, in film, television and on local stages, and are the recipients of numerous accolades and awards.

The Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center complements Glendale’s ongoing commitment to integrate vibrant arts space into the fabric of city life, ensuring the arts remain accessible to all. Located just a few blocks away from The Americana at Brand and the remodeled Glendale Central Library as well as the Alex Theatre, the center promises to build upon Glendale’s growing reputation as an arts and entertainment destination. The center includes an 80-seat theater, a reconfigurable 36-seat performance/classroom space, and a theater classics library.

Performances of The Little Foxes begin on ThursdayOct. 25, with performances taking place thereafter on Fridays at 8 p.m.Saturdays at 8 p.m.Sundays at 2 p.m. and Mondays at 8 p.m., through Dec. 10. Six preview performances take place Oct. 18 through Oct. 24. All tickets are $35 except preview tickets, which are priced at $15.

The Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center is located at 110 East BroadwayGlendaleCA 91205 (between N. Brand Blvd. and Maryland Ave.). The first 90 minutes of parking is free, then $2 per hour, in Glendale Marketplace garage located at 120 S. Maryland Ave (between Broadway and Harvard). The theater is air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible.

For reservations and information, call 818-506-1983 or go to www.antaeus.org.

 

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The Little Foxes

WHAT:
The Little Foxes
 — Opening Antaeus Theatre Company’s 2018-19 season, Cameron Watson, who directed Antaeus’ 2017 multiple award-winning revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, returns to direct another epic drama about a Southern family in crisis. Set in the Deep South of 1900, where women have scant options and men seem to hold all the power, Regina Giddens will stop at nothing — even blackmail — to wrest the family business away from her scheming brothers.

WHO:
• Written by Lillian Hellman
• Directed Cameron Watson
• Starring Kristin Couture, John DeMita, Judy Louise Johnson, Mike McShane, Rob Nagle, Calvin Picou, Deborah Puette, Jocelyn Towne, Timothy Adam Venable, William L. Warren
• Presented by Antaeus Theatre Company

WHEN: 
Previews: Oct. 18 – Oct. 24
Performances: Oct. 25 – Dec. 10
• Tuesday at 8 p.m.: Oct. 23 ONLY (preview)
• Wednesday at 8 p.m.: Oct. 24 ONLY (preview)
• Thursdays at 8 p.m.: Oct. 18 (preview), Oct. 25 (opening) ONLY
• Fridays at 8 p.m.: Oct. 19 (preview), Oct. 26 (opening); Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Dec. 7
• Saturdays at 8 p.m.: Oct. 20 (preview), Oct. 27; Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24; Dec. 1, 8
• Sundays at 2 p.m.: Oct. 21 (preview), Oct. 28; Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25; Dec. 2, 9
• Mondays at 8 p.m.: Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26; Dec. 3, 10 (dark Oct. 29)

WHERE:

Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center
110 East Broadway
Glendale, CA 91205
(between N. Brand Blvd. and Maryland Ave.)

PARKING:
First 90 minutes free, then $2 per hour in Glendale Marketplace garage located at 120 S. Maryland Ave (between Broadway and Harvard)

HOW:
(818) 506-1983 or www.Antaeus.org
• Join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AntaeusTheater
• Follow us on Twitter @AntaeusTheatre

TICKET PRICES:
• All performances (reserved seating): $35
• Previews: $15

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Joining 'UNBELIEVABLE' Cast, August 2018
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10
2:00 PM14:00

Joining 'UNBELIEVABLE' Cast, August 2018

Lisa Cholodenko's been on my director wishlist for a while, so this came as such happy news. This is such an important story; see below. Keep an eye out for the series premiere--when I have those dates, I'll post them. 

The series is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning article from Pro Publica about a rape investigation gone horribly wrong. You can listen to the "This American Life" telling of the real-life events here: https://www.thisamericanlife.org/581/anatomy-of-doubt

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PURE CONFIDENCE opens April 8!
Apr
2
8:30 AM08:30

PURE CONFIDENCE opens April 8!

I'm so excited about this production. If you're in LA, make plans to check it out! Tons of restaurants in the neighborhood for a pre-show meal.

"With a vivid backdrop of fast horses, gritty racetracks and high-stakes betting, PURE CONFIDENCE is an extraordinary tale of human triumphs and failings that explores the true meaning of freedom."

Buy tickets here http://lower-depth.com/production/confidence/

Sacred Fools Black Box Theatre
1076 Lillian Way, Los Angeles, 90038

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Shooting the pilot for "Lopez"
Jan
17
9:00 AM09:00

Shooting the pilot for "Lopez"

I'm so excited to start off the New Year shooting a role in the series premiere of this show. It's been a while since I've worked in single-cam comedy (ahem, Parks and Rec), and I can't wait to dive in again. Plus, George is hilarious. This should be fun.

Details about the straight-to-series order and creative team as reported by Deadline HERE.

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Joining the cast of "Cloud 9" at Antaeus
Dec
16
9:00 AM09:00

Joining the cast of "Cloud 9" at Antaeus

We begin rehearsals early January. This cast is just marvelous.

Written by Caryl Churchill
Directed by Casey Stangl 

Sex and Gender. Race and Power. Politics and Family. Plus Queen Victoria! Caryl Churchill’s biting satire boldly tackles them all. Set in both British Colonial Africa and 1970s London, Cloud 9 is an outrageously funny, thought-provoking look at the rigid boxes society puts us in — and what it takes to break free.

Ensemble

CLIVE/CATHY: Bo Foxworth*, Adam J. Smith*
BETTY/EDWARD: Bill Brochtrup*, JD Cullum*
EDWARD/BETTY: Gigi Bermingham*, Deborah Puette*
MAUD/VICTORIA: Liza de Weerd*, Joanna Strapp*
ELLEN/MRS. SAUNDERS/LIN: Laura Wernette*, Abigail Marks
HARRY/MARTIN: Graham Hamilton*, David DeSantos*
JOSHUA/GERRY: Chad Borden*, John Allee*
 
*member, Actor’s Equity Association, the union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S.

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Enter "The Christians" at Mark Taper Forum
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18
11:30 AM11:30

Enter "The Christians" at Mark Taper Forum

"A terrific play about the mystery of faith, and how it can tear people apart just as it can bring them together."

— Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

I started reading this play and couldn't stop. Lucas Hnath has written a compelling, thoughtful, SURPRISING story about a megachurch pastor's crisis of faith and how it affects him,  his congregants, his family. You think you know where Hnath is headed, and he turns you on your ear.

I'm so thrilled to be a part of this show. I hope you'll join us at the Mark Taper Forum December 2 - January 10. It's an especially great time to visit the Music Center--it's all decked out for the holidays!


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Ghost Light No Mas
Oct
12
5:30 PM17:30

Ghost Light No Mas

Because a lot of people have contacted me wondering why this lovely playlet is no more: Paul Birchall does a good job of distilling the brouhaha. I will  miss doing this show.

"In a dramatic about-face, playwright Tommy Smith on Wednesday abruptly retracted allegations that Echo Theater Company had “stolen” his short play Ghost Light, which had starred Deborah Puette and opened August 5 to rave notices. The production was the playwright’s third collaboration with Echo artistic director Chris Fields, whose stagings of Smith’s Firemen in 2014 and last spring’s Fugue were likewise met with critical acclaim."

 Read more: http://stageraw.com/2015/10/12/paul-birchalls-got-it-covered-echo-solomon/

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LA Weekly GO! American Falls
Sep
14
1:30 PM13:30

LA Weekly GO! American Falls

The most recent rave in a long string of nearly immediate reviews. I'm so proud of this play. Running through October 18, but message me for dates as I'm doubling the role to accommodate some out of town travel on my end.

"There are many ghosts haunting American Falls, Miki Johnson’s lyrical and intricately woven 2012 drama about trauma, memory and the fundamentally life-affirming nature of storytelling.

The play takes its name from a real place in southeastern Idaho, and the excess of drinking and drug abuse — along with the emotional betrayals and secret cruelties that its working-class characters inflict, endure and mostly shrug off — place American Falls among such fictional small towns as Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio, the Grover’s Corners of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town and David Lynch’s Lumberton, North Carolina, the town in Blue Velvet.

Each of American Falls' eight characters has a shocking personal experience to relate — to each other and directly to the audience — in the kind of distanced, anecdotal style that suggests old scar tissue over deep wounds. But the presence of a literal ghost (standout Deborah Puette), who matter-of-factly announces her recent suicide, lights a narrative fuse. The ghost's increasingly harrowing revelations drive the play’s unrelenting momentum to an explosive, albeit hopeful, conclusion.

Director Chris Fields' beautifully composed staging (under Jesse Baldridge’s half-shadowed, expressionist lighting) and a well-honed ensemble (including magnetic performances by Leandro Cano and Karl Herlinger) ably realize Johnson’s calculated mix of offhand humor and hair-raising horror — while adroitly sidestepping the material’s potentially melodramatic traps."  --Bill Raden

GO! Echo Theater Company at Atwater Village Theatre; 3269 Casitas Ave., Atwater; through Oct. 18. (310) 307-3753, echotheatercompany.com.

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LA Weekly GO! for "Ghost Light"
Aug
11
9:30 AM09:30

LA Weekly GO! for "Ghost Light"

Full review from Tuesday, August 11, 2015

It’s easy to understand director Chris Fields’ impatience to get Ghost Light, the entrancing new evening of playlets by playwright Tommy Smith, before an audience. The lyrically allusive, 30-minute program, which stars Deborah Puette, is actually intended to be performed on the set of whatever play it follows. That will come later when Fields transfers it to the bill of Miki Johnson’s full-length American Falls, which opens in September.

Here the pieces play under their own mordantly engaging steam as a synonym for the interstitial poetics of the stage itself, where meaning is found in the music of the language, and words open up onto haunting — and darkly grotesque — psychic landscapes unreachable by more pedestrian dramatic entertainments.

The empty seductiveness of the latter is the implicit subject of “The Fog,” in which Puette describes a mysterious waterfront cloud that a group of friends seeks out in which to escape their quotidian existence only to find a more profoundly felt alienation.

“The Lotus Eaters” extends the metaphor as Puette plays a winsome consumer of the narcotic flowers from The Odyssey, luring Odysseus’ men into opiated ambivalence. In “Madelines,” which is the corrupted form of the Proustian “Madeleine,” Puette plays a memory-addled dilettante maker of corrupted and meaningless art films. “Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia” backs into an increasingly bleak portrait of a woman whose sterile existence — and reason for living — revolves around a despised cat.

Puette ably makes use of Fields’ intimate staging (accented by Matt Richter’s lights) to make vivid Smith’s subtle ironies in monologues that range in feeling from the experimental flash fictions of Donald Barthelme to the early schizophrenic-styled writing of Peter Handke.

GO! Echo Theater Company at Atwater Village Theatre; 3269 Casitas Ave., Atwater; through Aug. 27. (310) 307-3753, echotheatercompany.com.

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Jul
28
11:00 AM11:00

Deborah originates Tommy Smith's "Ghost Light" helmed by Chris Fields

"In Tommy Smiths poignant and poetic rumination on love and loss, innocence and age,  a lone woman materializes on the set of an unrelated play, illuminated only by the ghost light."

Tommy Smith is the acclaimed young playwright from Julliard who recently had productions of his plays "Firemen" and "Fugue" at the Echo. Firemen recently won five Los Angeles Drama Critics Awards including for writing and for Chris Fields' direction. I'm thrilled to be working on this lyrical and raw play for one woman! I hope you'll join us. 

Four shows ONLY:

Wednesdays August 5 (opening) 12 and 26

Thursday August 27 (closing) 

Tickets and more info at https://echotheater.tixato.com/buy/

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6
5:30 PM17:30

Return to The Blank Theatre's acclaimed Young Playwrights Festival

My first time working with this exciting fest was in 2013, and I'm thrilled to be invited back as an alum. The Blank's 23 year old YPF is the nation's ONLY competition which rewards writers ages 9 to 19 with a full production using professional actors, and I can't think of a better place to volunteer my time. 

This year's YPF runs June 4 - 28. The piece I'm doing, "Bromeo and Julius," is very funny, smart play written by Los Angeles' own Sabrina Bachtler. We'll be going up the final weekend of the fest. Please join us! You can purchase tickets to any or all of the four weekends here: http://ypf.theblank.com/ 

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Mar
17
7:00 AM07:00

'A Delicate Balance' takes home LADCC award for Best Revival

On March 16, director Robin Larsen and I joined most of our cast at the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards where our production of A Delicate Balance was honored with the McCulloh Award for Best Revival. You can see pics from the production on the Screen page and a list of winners here. Robin was also awarded the  Milton Katselis Award for Career Achievement in Direction--so very well deserved. You can see more about our work together on the Stage page under A Delicate Balance, The Fall to Earth, and Tryst.

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Mar
16
6:00 PM18:00

Nomination for Best Supporting Actress

Stage Raw has picked up the baton from the now-defunct LA Weekly Awards celebrating intimate theater in Los Angeles, and I'm honored to have been nominated  for best supporting actress for my work as 'Julia' in Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance. The awards will be presented April 13 in a 1940s-themed bash at Los Angeles Theatre Center. A complete list of nominees here

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