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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For Private Press Link to Festival Contact:

Judith Borne (310) 305-7888

judith@borneidentities.com 

Alternative Theatre Los Angeles in Association with LA Stage AlliancePresents

“TOGETHER LA: A VIRTUAL STAGE FESTIVAL”

Thursday, Oct. 1 - Oct. 17, 2020

TogetherLAFestival.org 

 

Los Angeles, CA (September 14, 2020) - Alternative Theatre Los Angeles (ATLA) in association with LA Stage Alliance (LASA) presents “Together LA: A Virtual Stage Festival” celebrating the vibrant and diverse intimate theatre scene of the greater Los Angeles area.

“While the doors to our theaters may be shut, our artists continue to innovate and utilize new technology to serve Los Angeles and promote the importance of theatre. Join us as we celebrate works that are created specifically for a virtual format. Over the course of three weekends, thirty-four (34) of ATLA theatre companies will showcase 10-minute works, digitally produced and virtually shared. Each evening will be hosted by celebrity guests.” - ATLA 

TOGETHER LA FESTIVAL will be free to the public to stream via Twitch.tv, opening October 1, 2020 and running through October 17, 2020. ATLA welcomes sponsors and donors. Donations will benefit Color of Change. Participating theatre companies include: 24th Street Theatre, Actors Co-op, After Hours Theatre Company, Ammunition Theatre Company, Celebration Theatre, Chance Theater, Coin and Ghost, Company of Angels, Echo Theater Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA, IAMA Theatre Company, Impro Theatre, Independent Shakespeare Company, Interact Theatre Company, Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble, Macha Theatre, Open Fist Theatre Company, Ophelia's Jump Productions, Pacific Resident Theatre, Playwrights’ Arena, Rogue Machine Theatre, Sacred Fools Theater Company, Sierra Madre Playhouse, Skylight Theatre Company, The 6th Act, The Fountain Theatre, The Group Rep Theatre, The Inkwell Theater, The New American Theatre, The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, The Road Theatre Company, The Victory Theatre Center, Theatre of NOTE, Theatre West and Whitefire Theatre. 

Alternative Theatre Los Angeles is a community of 64 professional intimate theaters based in the greater Los Angeles area.  Like Los Angeles, the theatre community has always been at the forefront of innovation. ATLA came together five months ago to discuss how to move through the current COVID crisis and come out stronger. ATLA is committed to uplifting unrepresented voices, raising the bar and pushing the boundaries of professional theatre. At weekly virtual roundtables, ATLA continues to remind us that theatre is a collaborative art form, stronger together as one community.

 

LA Stage Alliance (“LASA”) works with the theatre community to expand awareness, appreciation, and support of performance arts. As a new form of theater emerges, LASA will continue to support artists and engage audiences through a series of programs, events, and advocacy efforts. All our initiatives aim to serve and strengthen the sector — both at an individual and public level. LASA will continue to provide resources that facilitate audience engagement, collaborative marketing, community building, and professional development. LASA has modified its event hub, www.onstage.la, to now promote virtual events and share all that Los Angeles is creating.

The full "Festival" schedule, hosts, and individual works TBA this week.

 

Calendar Information: Run-time: Approximately 10-minutes for each piece

What: “Together LA: A Virtual Stage Festival”

When: Opening October 1, 2020 and running through October 17, 2020 

Where: TogetherLAFestival.org

Description: “Together LA: A Virtual Stage Festival” celebrating the vibrant and diverse intimate theatre scene of the greater Los Angeles area. Over the course of three weekends, thirty-four works created specifically for a virtual format will showcase 10-minute works, digitally produced and virtually shared. Each evening will be hosted by celebrity guests.

Tickets are free but reservations are required. We invite donations to benefit Color of Change

Reservations: TogetherLAFestival.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For Private Press Link to Festival Contact:

Judith Borne (310) 305-7888

judith@borneidentities.com 

“TOGETHER LA: A VIRTUAL STAGE FESTIVAL”

Thursday, Oct. 1 - Oct. 17, 2020

Free with Reservations: TogetherLAFestival.org

 

Los Angeles, CA (Revised September 21, 2020) - Meet the opening night playwrights who will kick off TogetherLAFestival.org. Presented by Alternative Theatre Los Angeles (ATLA) in association with LA Stage Alliance (LASA), “Together LA: A Virtual Stage Festival” is celebrating the vibrant and diverse intimate theatre scene of the greater Los Angeles area.

“While the doors to our theaters may be shut, our artists continue to innovate and utilize new technology to serve Los Angeles and promote the importance of theatre. Join us as we celebrate works that are created specifically for a virtual format. Over the course of three weekends, thirty-four (34) of ATLA theatre companies will showcase 10-minute works, digitally produced and virtually shared. Each evening will be hosted by celebrity guests.” - ATLA.

TOGETHER LA FESTIVAL will be free to the public to stream via Twitch.tv, opening October 1, 2020 and running through October 17, 2020. ATLA welcomes sponsors and donors. Donations will benefit Color of Change. Participating theatre companies include: 24th Street Theatre, Actors Co-op, Ammunition Theatre Company, Celebration Theatre, Chance Theater, Coin and Ghost, Company of Angels, Echo Theater Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA, IAMA Theatre Company, Impro Theatre, Independent Shakespeare Company, Interact Theatre Company, Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble, Macha Theatre, Open Fist Theatre Company, Ophelia's Jump Productions, Pacific Resident Theatre, Playwrights’ Arena, Rogue Machine Theatre, Sacred Fools Theater Company, Sierra Madre Playhouse, Skylight Theatre Company, The 6th Act, The Fountain Theatre, The Group Rep Theatre, The Inkwell Theater, The New American Theatre, The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, The Road Theatre Company, The Victory Theatre Center, Theatre of NOTE, Theatre West and Whitefire Theatre. 

Bernardo Cubría is a Mexican playwright. His production of The Giant Void in My Soul with Ammunition Theatre Company garnered a nomination for best playwright at the 2018 Ovation Awards, The Los Angeles Critics Circle Awards, and the Stage Raw Awards. His play Neighbors: A Fair Trade Agreement was a Semi Finalist for The O’Neil Playwright Conference in 2016. It received a production at INTAR in NYC, the home of Latinx theatre, as well as an upcoming regional production at The Studio Theatre in Tierra Del Sol, Florida. The Judgment of Fools received three critically acclaimed productions in NYC, LA, and Houston. Bernardo co-wrote "Spanish Class" which won Best Comedy at the NBC Short Film Festival in 2018.

France-Luce Benson is a Haitian-American playwright. Productions of her work include Showtime Blues, and The Talk at Ensemble Studio Theatre/NY, as well as Fati’s Last Dance at the Billy Holiday Theatre/NY. She has received many honors for her writing, including being the Camargo Foundation Playwright in Residence, recipient of the Djerassi Resident Artist Fellowship, The Kilroys List Honorable Mention, Miranda Foundation Grant Recipient, and many more. Her writing gives a voice to the voiceless and helps to share the stories and traditions of her Haitian culture.

 

“I seek to tell stories about people of all cultures who struggle against oppression, or whose flaws or past traumas create seemingly insurmountable obstacles that they are determined to overcome. But first and foremost, my goal is always to tell compelling stories with characters that are universally relatable. I love a good laugh and I believe there is always light to be found, even in the darkest aspects of human nature.”

 

Nambi E. Kelley served as a season 3 writer on Showtime's The Chi, and is working with the estate of Dr. Maya Angelou to develop a bio play based on her life for Broadway. She won The Prince Prize (2019) which grants $75,000 to Nambi and Court Theatre for a new play based on the life of the great Kwame Ture/Stokely Carmichael. Nambi was named a Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellow and New Victory LabWorks Fellow 2018-19. 

She just completed a residency at the National Black Theatre in New York, was a finalist for the Francesca Primus Award, The Kevin Spacey Foundation Award, and is working on an adaptation of Toni Morrison’s Jazz. She has penned plays for Steppenwolf, Goodman Theatre, and Court Theatre/American Blues Theater in Chicago, Lincoln Center in New York, and internationally. Her adaptation of Native Son was published by Sam French and the world premiere was presented to critical acclaim at Court Theatre. It was nominated for 5 Jeff Awards including best adaptation, production of the year, and was the highest grossing production in Court Theatre's 65-year history. Native Son is in the Kilroy's List 2015.

Lisa Loomer is an American Theater Critics Award-winning playwright. Chicago productions include Living Out (American Theater Company). New York productions include The Waiting Room(Vineyard Theatre); Living Out (Second Stage Theater) and Distracted (Roundabout Theatre Company). Regional theater productions include Roe (Arena Stage, Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Homefree(Denver Center for the Performing Arts); Expecting Isabel (Arena Stage, The Mark Taper Forum); Bocón (The Kennedy Center, Seattle Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Mexico and Europe) and Two Things You Don’t Talk About (Denver Center for the Performing Arts). Loomer has won the Pen Award, Jane Chambers Award, Imagen Award and Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Film credits include Girl, Interrupted and television writing.

John Lavelle is a member of IAMA Theatre Company in Los Angeles. He received a Drama Desk Award for his work in The Royale at The Lincoln Center Theatre and he has appeared in numerous TV and Film roles, most notably portraying Roy Reed in Ava DuVernay’s Academy Award nominated film Selma. John is the author of several plays including Sinner’s Laundry (Ovation recommended), and his work has appeared in the ABC Discovers Talent Showcase.

Alternative Theatre Los Angeles is a community of 64 professional intimate theaters based in the greater Los Angeles area.  Like Los Angeles, the theatre community has always been at the forefront of innovation. ATLA came together five months ago to discuss how to move through the current COVID crisis and come out stronger. ATLA is committed to uplifting unrepresented voices, raising the bar and pushing the boundaries of professional theatre. At weekly virtual roundtables, ATLA continues to remind us that theatre is a collaborative art form, stronger together as one community.

LA Stage Alliance (“LASA”) works with the theatre community to expand awareness, appreciation, and support of performance arts. As a new form of theater emerges, LASA will continue to support artists and engage audiences through a series of programs, events, and advocacy efforts. All our initiatives aim to serve and strengthen the sector — both at an individual and public level. LASA will continue to provide resources that facilitate audience engagement, collaborative marketing, community building, and professional development. LASA has modified its event hub, www.onstage.la, to now promote virtual events and share all that Los Angeles is creating.

Each night starts at 7 PM PST, and each piece runs approximately 10 minutes. All shows will take place at twitch.tv

After Hours Theatre Company and Schmedake Lighting Design are leading the recording process for each piece, and producing the live broadcasts.

Hosts include Ian Alexander, Parvesh Cheena, Drew Droege, Amy Hill, Del Shores, and more.

Amy Hill  (Oct 1st); Keith Powell Jill Knox Powell

(Oct 2nd); Parvesh Cheena (Oct 3rd) Yara Martinez (Oct 8th); Ahmed Best (Oct 9th); Drew Droege (Oct 10th); Del Shores (Oct 10); Kirsten Vangsness (Oct 16th); Sharon Lawrence (Oct 17th)

 

October 1st:

Ammunition Theatre Company 

The Token by Bernardo Cubría

Description: When Lindsey reaches out to James during the heat of racial tensions, they both confront the unspoken rules of their own friendship.

 

The Fountain Theatre

Talking Peace by France-Luce Benson

A healing circle comes undone when an outsider finds her way in, forcing the women to deconstruct what it means to be Black, BIPOC, and bound by sisterhood.

 

Lower Depth Theatre

whas a rat to do by Nambi E. Kelly 

Description: A couple of New York City rats wonder where the humans are.

 

Company of Angels 

Class of 2020 by Lisa Loomer 

Description: CLASS of 2020 asks…Graduation? Now? What if your college years were the Trump years? A group of friends celebrate anyway.  Or try to…

 

Echo Theatre Company

abrazame pendeja by Bernardo Cubría

Description: Stuck in quarantine and thinking about the past, two estranged friends try to find a reason to hug. 

 

IAMA Theatre Company

You Didn't Die by John Lavelle

Description: On the reopening of her family’s funeral home, one women must support her family....and regulate a Karen.

 

Calendar Information: Run-time: Approximately 10-minutes for each piece

What: “Together LA: A Virtual Stage Festival”

When: Beginning at 7 p.m. October 1, 2020 and running through October 17, 2020 

Description: “Together LA: A Virtual Stage Festival” celebrating the vibrant and diverse intimate theatre scene of the greater Los Angeles area. Over the course of three weekends, thirty-four works created specifically for a virtual format will showcase 10-minute works, digitally produced and virtually shared. Each evening will be hosted by celebrity guests.

Tickets are free but reservations are required. We invite donations to benefit Color of Change

Reservations: TogetherLAFestival.org