Monday, May 25, 2015

Fringe Spotlight Part II

ASSISTANTS THE MUSICAL: Hollywood gets the Broadway treatment in the world premiere of Assistants The Musical, written by Bryan Blaskie and Manny Hagopian. “This is a close and personal show for me,” says Blaskie, who is returning to the Fringe after last year’s sold-out run of Victorian Courting & Zombies. “When I came to Los Angeles to start my career in entertainment, I had no idea what kind of world I was getting into or what kinds of characters I would meet along the way.” Hagopians show Tonya Harding: the Musical ran for five months at Upright Citizens Brigade, where it just underwent an expansion for a re-mounting this summer. “I come from comedy first. I love making people laugh. And I love a good tune!” Assistants is a love letter to Hollywood; to both those in and out of the limelight. It is a play about the definition of success, finding your footing in a world of endless competition, the process of “making it,” and heartfelt dreams. Today, social media and online press are more important than ever, and these characters struggle to find a sense of self amidst the late night mixers and constant “selfies.” C. Ryanne Domingues directs a cast that includes Ali Axelrad, Christopher Renfro, Abigail Eiland, and Daniel Amerman. June 6 – 28, 2015 at The Actors Company (Let Live Theater). http://hff15.org/2191

FUGITIVE SONGS: 2cents Theatre presents the west coast premiere of Fugitive Songs, music by Chris Miller & lyrics by Nathan Tysen (Upcoming Broadway production of Tuck Everlasting, The Burnt Part Boys), musical direction by Joshua Kranz and directed by Kristen Boulé. This innovative half-musical/half-hootenanny finds hope and beauty in what is past and what lies ahead. Blending traditional folk music with contemporary pop and gospel, Fugitive Songs offers a new sound for a restless America as it follows six troubled wanderers through their unique journeys across America. Matt is in and out of trouble, and finally seeking help. But a broken past keeps driving him deeper… Barrett, unable to handle a choice she’s made, runs away, into the mountains. Gavin runs, leaving a lifetime of struggle. But the further he gets from where he’s running from, the more his path points towards home. Joshua drowns his sorrows as he longs to escape his disillusioned life in NYC, and to Shine. Alysha spends her life ignoring home, until home is turned upside down. Karen can no longer be who she’s told… it’s time for daddy’s little girl to get a little lost, so she can be found. The cast includes Tiffany Asta, Dedrick Bonner, Katy Harvey, Jessica J’aime, Michael Levine, and Juan Lozano and features a live 5-piece acoustic band and a totally immersive experience. June 5 – 28, 2015 at Three Clubs. Tickets: $18.00 at www.hff15.org/2436.

SHAKESPEARE’S LAST NIGHT OUT (OR “WHAT? YOU, WILL??”): Legend has it that Shakespeare died after a night of drinking. This is that night. Orgasmico Theatre Company follows up its previous Fringe successes, Exorcistic: The Rock Musical Parody Experiment and Doomsday Cabaret, with a one-man tavern musical in which the Bard of Avon (played by Michael Shaw Fisher) sings in defense of his authorship. On the eve of his death, an ailing Shakespeare is out drinking when he has a prophetic vision that his authorship will be contested in the future. Thus, he sets out to stake his claim once and for all. Raise your cups with Will as he takes his last audience through the tale of his life with a series of tavern songs, ranging from bawdy to heartbreaking. Backed by his Muses (Alistair Cooper on guitar and Allison Sulock on dulcimer, recorder, ukulele, and percussion), Will recreates the unknown events and eccentric characters that shaped his life and inspired his work. Featuring book, music, and lyrics by Michael Shaw Fisher and direction by Jeff Sumner. June 7 – 27, 2015 at Three Clubs. Tickets: $12 at http://hff15.org/2339 or call (415) 994-4760.

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