Interview with David West Read

davidwestreadRichard Ouzounian, drama critic for The Toronto Star, wrote this incisive interview with David West Read, playwright of The Dream of the Burning Boy, just before the production opened in 2011 at the Roundabout Theatre in New York. http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/stage/2011/03/10/bright_light_bigger_city.html

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Melissa Kite & David Esquire Make Magic

melissaMelissa Kite, featured as “Andrea” in The Dream of the Burning Boy, and David Esquire, our semi-resident photographer and bon vivant, teamed together in an amazing photo/video shoot, in which David combined high-tech (including Google Glass) to create a startling and beautiful video with music by Moby. Enjoy!

Click here to watch magic.

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Katharine and Sam Spread the Love

LL cupcakeThe special benefit performance of A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters was a resounding success.  Starring iconic actors (and long-time married couple) Katharine Ross and Sam Elliott, the fundraiser was sold out and standing room only.  Katharine has appeared twice on our stage — in Rabbit Hole and Kimberly Akimbo — but what most people probably don’t know is that this performance of Love Letters was Sam’s stage debut!  Trust me, ...

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Guest Blog: Becoming Charlotte

charlotte-cropGuest blogger Michael Kearns launched the first of his monthly blogs devoted to the year-long project of his researching and transforming himself physically and emotionally into Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, the protagonist of Doug Wright’s Pulitzer-winning play I Am My Own Wife, which we’ll be producing at Malibu Playhouse June-July 2014. Michael has written a number of books and memoirs about his working as a theater artist, and he plans ...

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Malibu Playhouse Conservatory Begins Classes

The newly rebranded Malibu Playhouse (formerly Malibu Stage Company) will be offering acting classes beginning June 11, 2013.

The Malibu Playhouse Conservatory was conceived as 1) a means to train local artists, 2) as arts education programs are underfunded in our country, we can help fill in the gap, 3) a means to foster the concepts of team building, cooperation, greater sense of self, and understanding and respect for culture and history for participants of all ages, and 4) ...

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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!

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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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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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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