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PAN DAMN IT! – A Live Zoom Reading of a New Play NOV 15th 4pm PST @ University of California, Irvine

photo credit: Steve Zylius / UCI

“Pan-Damn-It!” is a “zoom” play written by Kyung Hyun Kim, a faculty member in the Department of East Asian Studies and Visual Studies at UC Irvine, and co-directed by Jane Page, a faculty member in UCI’s Drama Department, and Gavin Cameron-Webb, theater director. The script highlights the much-publicized mask debate in the US by juxtaposing the moral conflict between individual liberty and public health and by exposing the invisible social divisions that are complicated by the dynamic multi-ethnic makeup of Southern California.  Taken from the press release. Continue Reading

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STAGEStheatre confirms they will be closing their doors because of the Pandemic

Taken from the STAGEStheatre Facebook page :

Friends and Family,

When STAGEStheatre was started almost thirty years ago, we had no idea how long we would be around or how many stages we would move through as an organization. Looking back, it’s been a fantastic, wild ride.

In March of 2020, it became clear to us that COVID-19 was here to stay for a while, that it was going to take a significant toll on all live entertainment, and quite possibly decimate many, if not all, small venues as we were left with no way to keep our doors open to the public. Continue Reading

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MASA @ South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa – News

Even though circumstances may keep us apart—especially during the pandemic—food and theatre have a way of bringing people together. MASA is a live, online reading of four short pieces that relate to the historical and cultural importance of masa. This free event will be livestreamed on Monday, Aug. 17, at 5:30 p.m.

“Since every recipe has a lineage, and a story, how do we reach back into the past and embrace the traditions of our ancestors?” asks playwright Juliette Carrillo, who will direct MASA. “I’m interested in how recipes, smells and tastes live in our DNA.”

Taken from the press release

RSVP to watch at this link: RSVP

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Alchemy Theatre Company Presents: The Lion in Winter : Live Virtual Performance – May 30th 7pm

Alchemy Theatre Company is proud to present, in association with Concord Theatricals, James Goldman’s The Lion in Winter. Sibling rivalry, adultery, and dungeons – The Lion in Winter, by James Goldman, is a modern-day classic. Comedic in tone, dramatic in action – the play tells the story of the Plantagenet family, who are locked in a free-for-all of competing ambitions to inherit a kingdom. As Eleanor says, “Every family has its ups and downs,” and this royal family is no exception.

Performing One Night Only this with be a virtual performance on May 30th at 7pm. Alchemy Theatre Company is eagerly awaiting when we can get back out and perform live theatre in front of a live audience in person. But until then, theatre doesn’t stop for us; it’s in our veins. As such, this a show Free for Admission.

You can obtain admission to the show in two ways:

This is our opportunity to keep theatre alive with a group of fantastic actors and crew:

Producers: Alchemy Theatre Company

Arrangement: Adam West and Kelsey Somerville


  • Joe Parrish as King Henry II
  • Rose London as Eleanor of Aquitaine
  • Brandon Sanchez as Richard the Lionheart
  • Jeff Lowe as Geoffrey
  • Jon Cates as John
  • Laura Hathaway as Alais
  • Joey Nestra as King Philip II of France

Taken from the press release

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OC Theatre Guild Has Created a Theatre Artists’ Relief Fund

The OC Theatre Guild recognizes the struggles that face individual artists in light of COVID-19. With theatre doors closing, many have lost contracts and wages on which they depend. We also understand that with the uncertain nature of this crisis, we can not predict when jobs will return.

Our mission is to nurture, support and promote live theatre in Greater Orange County. It is our hope that by supporting independent artists in their time of need, we will nurture the community as a whole.This is where you come in. If you are able, we encourage you to donate to the artists in need by visiting our OCTG Theatre Artists Relief Fund.

If you are an artist that needs financial support as a result of COVID-19, you’ll find an application link on this page as well. (Post taken from OC Theatre Guild)

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Fun Home @ Chance Theater – Review

(All photos by Doug Catiller, True Image Studio)

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Fun Home is currently playing at the Chance Theater in Anaheim.  This musical is not without critical acclaim, taking home five Tony Awards (including Best Musical and Best Original Score) when it was on Broadway in 2015.  Contrary to the title, Fun Home is not actually very “fun.”   When I think of fun, I think of lighthearted, easy-going excitement, and this ironically named show is certainly not something I would consider fun.  It is, however, a tear-jerking and spellbinding look into one woman’s innermost thoughts and memories.

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