Nine Shows for the price of one.
The Group Rep at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood was created by a small group of actors in in 1973. Since then The Group Rep has staged more than 200 shows and presented 37 world premiers.
Now they have launched a brand new exciting adventure, a competition amongst hundreds of playwrights across America. This year over 150 playwrights submitted short one act plays from which The Group Rep chose nine winners. Those nine winning scripts were then produced and are currently running in their new 32 seat upstairs theatre at Lonny Chapman Theatre.
It is a bold new adventure that will hopefully continue and grow into another great accomplishment for the good people that are The Group Rep and for the ever expanding theatre scene in Los Angeles. Here is a brief summary of the nine one act plays currently showing.
“The Third Person” by Dan Borengasser of Springdale, Arkansas is inspired by film noir and is somewhat a slightly creepy comedy.
“February to August” from Neil Ellis Orts of Houston, Texas is the tragic story of a woman with terminal cancer and a young man who learns more of his own life while visiting his fatally ill aunt.
“I Knew It” by Scott C. Sickles of New York, New York is filled with twists and turns and strange relationships set in world of rock stars.
“Dora’s Dynamic Dates” by Majorie Bicknell of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania is a hilarious paradoy of speed dating.
“Alexander the Great” from James C. Ferguson of Plainsville, Massachusetts is a funny tale of Alexander being rendered somewhat less than great by three local ladies with a different perspective.
“Hospice: A Love Story” by Elizabeth Coplan of Seattle, Washington is a powerful look into end of life issues.
“Only You” from Alex Rubin of New York, New York is a display of tough love and coping with a failed relationship.
“A Long Time Coming” by Jody McColman of Portland, Maine examines a relationship with a long lost friend.
“Catatonic” from Nedra Pezold Roberts of Atlanta, Georgia is a hilarious look at a custody fight over a cat.
This is a very unique theatrical adventure with each performance being about ten minutes long and with widely varying styles and subjects. It is absolutely worth a look and is filled with energy and true entertainment.
It is playing now at the Lonny Chapman Theatre, 10900 Burbank Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA. Showtimes are Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. and Sundays at 7:00 p.m. now through August 7th. For resevations and ticketing call 818-763-5990 on go online at: www.thegrouprep.com. It is recommended for persons age 18 and above.
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