The Last of Malibu Stage Company

143370276Today the curtain comes down on Blood Knot, the final production of the 2012-13 season of the Malibu Stage Company. It also marks the end of the 22-year run for Malibu Stage, founded in 1991 by Charles Marowitz and Jackie Bridgeman. MSC has certainly seen its share of highs and lows and has made an indelible mark on the Malibu community, who have supported the troubled troupe throughout the years. Although Malibu ...

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Indiegogo Fundraising Campaign

Earlier this week, Malibu Playhouse launched an Indiegogo Fundraising Campaign — Malibu Playhouse Needs TLC — to raise funds for much-needed and vital improvements to the theater building and grounds. The promotional film for the campaign features Doris Roberts Everybody Loves Raymond), Seamus Dever Castle), Dale Raoul (True Blood), Rick Wasserman (signature voice for AMC), and LA theater icon Michael Kearns.

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Launch Party

David Esquire of Esquire Photography edited a slide show of the photos he shot for the 2013-14 Season Announcement Event.

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Launch Party!

0037_esquirephotographyThe generous and fabulous James and Shalene Respondek donated their beautiful Pt. Dume home for our launch party and season announcement event. “The Godmother” Dolores provided some very tasty nibbles, and thanks to the hard-working reception committee — Julia Holland, Claudia Zahn, Diane Carroll, Wendy Carroll, Nancy Little and Victoria Sterling — party-goers soaked up the sunshine and festive ambiance. David Esquire of Esquire Photography did another stellar job capturing ...

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2013-14 Season Announcement

Malibu Playhouse’s dynamic 2013-14 season will open with the West Coast premiere of The Dream of the Burning Boy by playwright David West Read. This 2011 off-Broadway hit explores a high school teacher’s self-recrimination when a popular student suddenly dies in his classroom. The production will be directed by Edward Edwards, who recently directed LA Weekly’s “Pick of the Week”, Tender Napalm, and will star veteran Broadway/off-Broadway actor Jeffrey Hayenga. The production opens September 6 and runs thru October 13.

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Stage Happenings.com Review of Blood Knot

Oscar Best & A MartinezJesse Herwitz of StageHappenings.com has written a rave review for the Malibu Stage Company production of Blood Knot by Athol Fugard, directed by Lou Gossett, Jr., who “gives new life” to this ground-breaking play. This production of Blood Knot is “built on the backs of two powerful performances.” “Mr. Best manifests well the jovial nature of Zachariah’s unrestrained humanity. As Morris, Mr. Martinez carefully walks that thin trail ...

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Red Carpet Opening Night

Esquire PhotographyLast night, celebrities and theater-lovers walked the red carpet to celebrate the sold-out opening night of Malibu Stage Company’s final production, Blood Knot by Athol Fugard.  Directed by Academy Award winning actor Lou Gossett, Jr., and produced by outgoing artistic director, Richard Johnson and Diane Peterson, the production stars A Martinez and Oscar Best, who give impassioned performances in Fugard’s powerful condemnation of aparteid, as depicted by two brothers, one black, ...

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Malibu Stage Company Names New Director

Gene Franklin SmithMalibu Times, March 6 ,2013, by Melonie Magruder

It’s a new day at Malibu Stage Company—right down to the new name: the Malibu Playhouse. The intent, local director Diane Namm said, was “a push to acknowledge Malibu not just as a beach town, but as a cultural destination on a par with the La Jolla Playhouse.”  That regional theater has become famous for developing productions to send to Broadway (e.g. “Big ...

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Welcome! And Please Talk Back!

This is the first of a continuing series of my notes, observations, insider theater gossip and Los Angeles theater news.  I hope you’ll enjoy reading about all the goings-on — and in theater, trust me, there are plenty! — and if you feel compelled to join in the conversation, only your fear is holding you back.

When I was asked to take on the position of Artistic Director, I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy job.  Our theater sorely ...

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