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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