Kicking off Write Act Repertory’s 20th Anniversary Season - Spring 2018
NOW PLAYING: PREZ: The Lester Young Story("Three by Will in Rep" series) | Sundays at 2:00pm
COMING SOON: Bono and The Edge Waiting for Godomino's | Opens April 21, 2018 - Saturdays at 4:00pm Their Finest Hour: Churchill And Murrow ("Three by Will in Rep" series) | May/June (TBD)
PAST SHOWS (2017/2018): Sing, Bibi, Sing! | Mar 30, 2018 - Apr 8, 2018 The Wicked, Wicked, Mae West("Three by Will in Rep" series) | Feb 17, 2018 - Mar 30, 2018 Madness, Mayhem and Other Stimulants...When Women Write! | Aug 26, 2017 - Oct 1, 2017 Marlene | July 23, 2017 - Aug 27, 2017
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March 30 - April 8, 2018 WRITE ACT REPERTORY WITH Producers John Lant and Tamra Pica present "Sing, Bibi, Sing!" A West Coast Premiere
Producers John Lant and Tamra Pica with Write Act Repertory are pleased to present the West Coast premiere of Elise Arndt's award-winning one-woman show SING BIBI SING! The Untold Tales of Bibi Osterwald. Opening at Write Act Repertory's home, the Brickhouse Theatre, in North Hollywood on March 30th, at 8 p.m. for seven performances, after a sold out run in New York. The musical is written by and stars Elise Arndt, the granddaughter of the late Bibi Osterwald. The show is directed by Christine O'Grady, (HAIR, tick, tick...BOOM!), with musical direction by Doug Peck and The Doug Peck Trio. (Winner: six Joseph Jefferson Awards for his musical direction, two After Dark Awards, The Guy Adkins Award, and the Sarah Siddons Award). Tickets will go on sale next week with Brown Paper Tickets.SING, BIBI, SING! - Chronicles the untold tales of Bibi Osterwald, veteran actress of stage and screen. As the renowned standby for Hello Dolly, Bibi worked with some of the biggest names in the biz and bequeathed her legacy for her granddaughter to carry on. Elise cracks open Bibi's songbook and weave together their two stories to celebrate the triumphs and trials forging a career in the musical arts. Tonight's musical lineup spotlights popular jazz standards, go-to staples from Bibi's nightclub act, and of course, some Broadway medleys.
Bibi Osterwald was an actress and singer whose career on stage and screen spanned over fifty years. Her long and fruitful career in New York includes the Broadway productions of: Sing Out, Sweet Land!; Three to Make Ready; Gentlemen Prefer Blondes; Look Homeward, Angel; Bus Stop; The Vamp; Family Affair; The Golden Apple (Outer Critics Circle Award); and the First National Tour of 42nd Street. As standby for Hello Dolly for seven years, she stepped into the role over two hundred times for Carol Channing, Ethel Merman, Betty Grable, Ginger Rogers, Phyllis Diller, Martha Raye, and Pearl Bailey. Film and Television highlights include: The Ed Sullivan Show; The Imogene Coca Show; Love Boat; Murder She Wrote; Remington Steele; Tales From The Crypt with Tom Hanks; General Hospital; Parrish; The Tiger Makes Out; The World of Henry Orient; A Fine Madness with Sean Connery; Caddyshack II; As Good As It Gets with Jack Nicholson; and Moving with Richard Pryor. Bibi moved permanently to Toluca Lake from New York City in 1976 to work in TV and Film.
Elise Arndt is a NYC-based actress (although born in California), graduated from American University with a BA in musical theatre. She starred in The D* Word (from the creator of Menopause the Musical), and was featured in Footloose (Seven Angels), Briar Rose and the 13th Fairy (NYC premier), and Love, New York (music by Rob Rokicki). She has done countless workshops, readings, and festivals in the New York and DC area, and is a resident co-host and special guest performer at La-Ti-Do, a premier cabaret series based in DC. When not performing, Elise loves to travel the world, teach, and nurture the next generation of young performers. For more information, please visit www.elisearndt.com.
THE PRODUCTION TEAM Written by Elise Arndt Directed by Christine O’Grady Musical Direction by Doug Peck Music by The Doug Peck Trio Produced by John Lant and Tamra Pica
Sing, Bibi, Sing! runs March 30th through April 8th, 2018, at Write Act Rep at The Brickhouse Theatre. Located at 10950 Peach Grove Street, North Hollywood, CA. 91601.
7 Performances: Friday, March 30 @ 8:00PM Saturday, March 31 @ 8:00PM Sunday, April 1 @ 7:00PM Friday, April 6 @ 8:00PM Saturday, April 7 @ 4:00PM and 8:00PM Sunday, April 8 @ 7:00PM (Run-time: 70 minutes)
February 11, 2018 - Currently Playing - Sundays, 2pm LESLIE A. JONES REPRISES HIS MUCH-ACCLAIMED PERFORMANCE OF “PREZ” by Willard Manus Presented by John Lant with Write Act Repertory Part of a Three Production Series in Rep
A SOLO PLAY ABOUT THE LEGENDARY JAZZ MUSICIAN LESTER YOUNG Opening February 11th and running through March 11th, 2018
LOS ANGELES - (January 6, 2018) – WRITE ACT REP announces PREZ, a solo show written by playwright Willard Manus, in celebration of Black History Month, and returns to Los Angeles, as part of a Festival Series at Write Act Rep’s Brickhouse Theatre called THREE BY WILL IN REP. The Series includes two World Premiere’s along with the return of the acclaimed PREZ, which chronicles the unique life of jazzman Lester Young, featuring Leslie A. Jones. The intimate drama is produced by John Lant II, and will be directed by Daniel E. Keough. The show is set to open February 11th, 2018. All performances for PREZ will be on Sunday at 2PM, through March 11th, 2018, as part of the three production Series, "THREE BY WILL IN REP".
ABOUT THE SHOW PREZ had its world premiere in Feb. 2016 at Chromolume Theatre in Culver City, where it ran for two months and was hailed by critics and audiences alike. The play, which is set in a 1959 hotel room in Paris, paints an intimate portrait of Lester Young, a unique jazzman whose warm, lyrical style brought him fame, first with the Count Basie band, then with the likes of Nat ‘King’ Cole, Oscar Peterson, Teddy Wilson, and his best friend and alter ego, Billie Holiday.
Leslie A. Jones is an actor/musician who has appeared in two previous plays by Willard Manus: BRIDGE and BIRD LIVES! He won an NAACP Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Randall in Matthew Witten’s “Washington Square Moves.” He recurred on TV’s “Beverly Hills, 90212" and has appeared in numerous independent films. His band, “Right Hand Rule,” can be heard on iTunes,com, Amazon.com and cdbaby.com. He plays saxophone, flute, percussion, and sings as well. Willard Manus has had numerous plays produced in L.A. and elsewhere. FRANK AND AVA won a best-play award at the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival and has been turned into a feature film.
PAST PRESS FOR PREZ "Jones is not just a wonderful actor, he is, above all, a riveting and unapologetic storyteller." – Beverly Hills Courier “Jones does a good job of channeling Young... spiced with slick riffs from the saxophone...” – Stage Raw “Lester A. Jones brilliantly embodies the essence of a musical innovator... This is a sensitive, relatable story that holds us captive until the very end.“ - Wayne Jobson - Indie 103.1 Radio Los Angeles
PREZ is running at the Brickhouse Theatre in repertory, called THREE BY WILL IN REP with two new plays by Manus, THEIR FINEST HOUR: CHURCHILL AND MURROW and THE WICKED, WICKED MAE WEST.
THE SERIES IN REP: THREE BY WILL IN REP will open February 11, 2018 Friday @ 8:00PM PREZ – The Lester Young Story - Opens Feb. 11 @ 2:00PM The Wicked, Wicked Mae West - Sunday - Opens Feb. 17th @ 8:00PM Their Finest Hour: Churchill And Murrow – Opens April 20 @ 8:00PM
Write Act Repertory @ The Brickhouse Theatre 10950 Peach Grove Street North Hollywood, CA 91601. General admission: $20.00 Tickets are available at: www.brownpapertickets.com Additional information at: www.writeactrep.org Publicity by Sandra Kuker PR
February 17, 2018 - March 30, 2018 - Saturdays, 8pm WRITE ACT REPERTORY WITH Producers John Lant and Tamra Pica Present "THE WICKED, WICKED MAE WEST" A World Premiere Production By Willard Manus Part of a Three Production Series in Rep
Part of a Three Production Series in Repertory Kicking off Write Act Rep’s 20th Anniversary Season - Spring 2018
LOS ANGELES - (February 13, 2018) – Producers John Lant and Tamra Pica with WRITE ACT REP announce a three Production Series in Rep, “THREE BY WILL - IN REP” which includes two World Premiere’s, “Their Finest Hour: Churchill And Murrow,” “The Wicked, Wicked Mae West,” along with the acclaimed “PREZ – The Lester Young Story.” The three plays will open at Write Act Repertory @ the Brickhouse Theatre beginning February 9th, 2018 . The Wicked, Wicked Mae West will open Saturday, February 17th. Tickets for Saturday performances at: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3328677
ABOUT THE SHOW
THE WICKED, WICKED MAE WEST is a new comedy about the legendary actress, writer and sex symbol. Set in 1959, the play portrays the bigger-than-life, wise-cracking Mae when she was being interviewed by Charles Collingwood for a possible appearance on his popular “Person to Person” TV show.
Directed by Iris Merlis, THE WICKED, WICKED MAE WEST, stars Colette Rosario and Michael Robb.
THE TEAM Written by Willard Manus Directed by Iris Merlis Produced by John Lant and Tamra Pica in association with Write Act Repertory Associate Produced by Jonathan Harrison Lighting Design by Alonzo Tavares Publicity by Sandra Kuker PR
MORE ABOUT WILLARD MANUS Playwright Willard Manus has had over 40 plays produced in LA, regionally, and in Europe. Frank and Ava won a best-play award at the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival and has been turned into a feature film. Other recent plays include Frank And Ava, Bird Lives!, Berlin Cowboys, and Who Killed Comrade Rabbit (co-written with Ilia Volok). Manus is also a novelist whose best-known book, Mott the Hoople, became the name of the British rock band of the 70’s. He is a member of the Actors Studio, Playwrights/Directors unit and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Will also publishes the online literary review, Lively-Arts.com
THE SERIES IN REPERTORY THREE BY WILL - IN REP will open February 11 through May 25, 2018 Friday @ 8:00PM – Their Finest Hour: Churchill And Murrow – Opening April 20th Saturday @ 8:00PM – The Wicked, Wicked Mae West - Opens Feb. 17th Sunday @ 2:00PM – PREZ – The Lester Young Story – Opening Feb. 11th
Write Act Repertory @ the Brickhouse Theatre 10950 Peach Grove Street North Hollywood, CA 91601.
Formed in 1998, under the artistic leadership of John Lant since 2003, the acclaimed theatre group WRITE ACT REPERTORY has produced over 50+ World or West Coast Mainstage Premieres and 75 Original one-act plays in Los Angeles and New York City. Write Act Repertory is dedicated to the development of original plays, lesser known works by established writers, adaptations of classical-themed materials and musicals. Write Act Repertory also produces rarely seen works and unfinished musicals by composers who passed before their work was completed. www.writeactrep.org
May/June 2018 (TBD) - Fridays, 8pm WRITE ACT REPERTORY WITH Producers John Lant and Tamra Pica Present "Their Finest Hour: Churchill And Murrow" A World Premiere Production By Willard Manus Part of a Three Production Series in Rep (more info. coming soon...)
August 26, 2017 - October 1, 2017 Summer Playwright’s Lab 2017 "MADNESS, MAYHEM, and OTHER STIMULANTS… WHEN WOMEN WRITE!" Featuring Works by 3 Playwrights: Linda L. Rand, Susan C. Hunter, Rochelle Perry WATCH VIDEO PROMO HERE. (see full schedule below)
MADNESS, MAYHEM, and OTHER STIMULANTS … When Women Write! Summer Playwright’s Lab 2017 – Write Act Repertory’s annual women’s playwrights returns in our new home spotlighting three prominent Los Angeles playwrights. Write Act Rep's Spotlight Series provides an opportunity for Write Act Rep artists-in-residence featuring a principal performer's written word, with the support of fellow Write Act members. Write Act Rep picks a writer's body of work as a focus for our playwriting groups we work with here. In the past, Write Act Rep worked with members of Los Angeles Playwrights Group, ALAP, At-Rise Playwrights and Women Inventing Theatre.
Produced by John Lant, in association with and written by Linda L. Rand, Susan C. Hunter and Rochelle Perry, with Michael Eiden. Production Stage Manager / Associate Producer: Jonathan Harrison. Lighting Design: Ken Cosby. Graphics: Rochelle Perry. Additional Technical Support: Alonzo Tavares.
Festival Series A – "Diversion of Life" – A collection of short plays written by Linda L. Rand Plays run from August 26th – September 3rd, 2017
Festival Series B – "Kissinup to Mr. Bliss" – Full length play written by Susan C. Hunter Play runs from September 9th – September 17th, 2017
Festival Series C – "A Colorful Conscience" – A collection of short plays written by Rochelle Perry Plays run from September 23rd – October 1, 2017
July 23, 2017 - August 27, 2017 CINDY MARINANGELSTARS IN “MARLENE” World Premiere Of Willard Manus’ New Play About The Legendary Actress, Performer -- And Patriot-- Marlene Dietrich Directed by Judith Rose Produced by John Lant
MARLENE will be performed every Sunday night at 7pm through August 27 at the Brickhouse, which is located at 10950 Peach Grove Street, at Camarillo & Vineland, in NoHo.
MARLENE tells a true story. In May, 1960, Dietrich returned to Germany to perform on stage for the first time since fleeing the Hitler regime in 1939. The play is set in Dietrich’s dressing-room at Berlin’s Tatiana Palast Theatre, where she is trying to decide whether she should go through with the recital. Threats have been made on her life by Nazi sympathizers who still resented her for having spent much of WW II entertaining American soldiers on the front lines. In their eyes she is a turncoat, a traitor, and should be killed..
Willard Manus has had numerous plays produced in L.A., most recently “Joe & Marilyn: A Love Story”and “Frank and Ava,”. Among his other plays are “Prez: The Lester Young Story,” “Bird Lives!” and “Berlin Cowboys.”. He is also a journalist and novelist whose best-known work is “Mott the Hoople,” the book from which the 70s British rock band took its name. Manus is a member of the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors unit and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.
Write Act Repertory @ the Brickhouse Theatre, 10950 Peach Grove St., N. Hollywood, CA 9l601 (one block east of Vineland). Performances are July 23-August 27, Sunday nights only at 7pm. Tickets are $20. Visit www.brownpapertickets.com.