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3/14 Loose Knit

03/11/2017

This Tuesday, MARCH 14th, Women Playwrights Month continues with a reading of the play LOOSE KNIT, by Theresa Rebeck.

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Once a week in the heart of New York City five women gather to knit. As the sweaters pile up, their lives fall apart. Liz is having an affair with her sister’s husband, Gina’s lost her job, Paula is having an identity crisis, and Margie just wants a date. Into their lives steps Miles, a cool businessman who made his first million before he was thirty and is now looking for a wife. On a series of hilarious blind dates in a sushi restaurant, Miles and the women go head to head in an attempt to define what it is men and women want these days. 

WHERE:
The Complex, Ruby Theatre
6476 Santa Monica Blvd
Hollywood 90038

WHEN:
Tuesday, March 14th
7:00pm

PARKING:
Please try to be on time by taking into account Rush Hour Traffic and Parking. There is metered parking in the area, and after 7:00pm, the meters are FREE. Parking is usually more available North of Santa Monica, on surrounding streets like Wilcox and Lexington.

ADMISSION:
As always, admission for our weekly table readings is FREE, and there will be wine to purchase for a suggested donation.

CAST:
LIZ – Emily Clark*
LILY – Christy Bell*
PAULA – Kashuna Perfected
GINA – Meghan Allison*
MARGIE – Pamela Eberhardt*
BOB – Ryan Harriss
MILES – Connor Pratt
STAGE DIRECTIONS – John Ross Clark*

*Play Club West VIP

3/7 Mean Girls

03/06/2017

This Tuesday, MARCH 7th, we kick off Women Playwrights Month with a reading of the 2004 cult hit teen comedy, MEAN GIRLS, by Tina Fey.

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Raised in the African bush country by her zoologist parents, Cady Heron thinks she knows all about the “survival of the fittest”. But the law of the jungle takes on a whole new meaning when the home-schooled 16-year old enters public high school for the first time. Trying to find her place between jocks, mathletes, and other subcultures, Cady crosses paths with the meanest species of all – the Queen Bee, aka the cool and calculating Regina George, leader of the school’s most fashionable clique, the Plastics.

WHERE:
The Complex, Ruby Theatre
6476 Santa Monica Blvd
Hollywood 90038

WHEN:
Tuesday, March 7th
7:00pm

PARKING:
Please try to be on time by taking into account Rush Hour Traffic and Parking. There is metered parking in the area, and after 7:00pm, the meters are FREE. Parking is usually more available North of Santa Monica, on surrounding streets like Wilcox and Lexington.

ADMISSION:
As always, admission for our weekly table readings is FREE, and there will be wine to purchase for a suggested donation.

CAST:
HANNAH DOTY* – Cady Heron
LESLIE WHITE – Regina George
VINCENT PEREZ* – Gretchen Wieners, Skater Girl #1
ASHLEY GRACE – Karen Smith, Sun Jin Dinh
CHRISTINE CRONIN* – Janis Ian, Jock Girl, Athlete Moderator
ABBEY VEFFER – Damian, Kylie, Taylor, Dawn Schweitzer, Caroline Kraft
EMILY CLARK* – Ms. Norbury, Mrs. George, Giselle Sgro, Trang Pak
CARTRELL DANIELS – Mr. Duvall, Homeschooled Boy #1, Dude, Tim Pak
KATE PURNELL* – Aaron Samuels, Homeschool Boy #2, Lea Edwards, Salesperson, Crying Girl, Marymount Captain
MASHA DOWELL – Spelling Girl, Michigan Girl, Chemistry Teacher, Amber D’Allesio
TERESA WAXER – Cady’s Mom, German Teacher, Bethany Byrd, Taylor’s Mom, Joan the Secretary
EMILY DONN – Homeschool Boy #3, Kristen, History Teacher, Jessica Lopez, Short Girl, Shane Oman, Skater Girl #2
JOHN ROSS CLARK* – Mr. George, Cady’s Dad, Coach Carr, English Teacher, Kristen’s Boyfriend
JOSEPH P. GAMBLE – Kevin Gnapoor, Jason, Music Teacher, Emma Gerber, Huge Guy

*Play Club West VIP

2/28 Fabulation

02/25/2017

This Tuesday, February 28th, we will be wrapping up Black Playwrights Month with a reading of FABULATION, OR THE RE-EDUCATION OF UNDINE by Lynne Nottage.

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Undine, a businesswoman who is skilled at social-climbing, is informed by her accountant that her husband has left her and taken all her money. With her life totally wrecked, Undine returns to Brooklyn and the life she left behind from her childhood. She meets up with her family, all of whom, except for her grandmother, work as security guards. Her grandmother is a heroin addict, and Undine is coerced into going to buy some for her. She is then arrested as her life spirals further out of her control.

WHERE:
The Complex, VILLA STUDIO (Upstairs)
6476 Santa Monica Blvd
Hollywood 90038

WHEN:
Tuesday, February 28th
7:00pm

PARKING:
Please try to be on time by taking into account Rush Hour Traffic and Parking. There is metered parking in the area, and after 7:00pm, the meters are FREE. Parking is usually more available North of Santa Monica, on surrounding streets like Wilcox and Lexington.

ADMISSION:
As always, admission for our weekly table readings is FREE, and there will be wine to purchase for a suggested donation.

CAST:
KATE PURNELL* – Undine
TERESA WAXER – Grandmother/Woman in Line/Addict Ensemble/Guards
FRANCESCA GAMEZ – Stephie/Rosa/Inmate #1/Young Pregnant Woman/Addict Ensemble/Guards
STEPHAN EARLY* – Accountant Richard/Mover/Applicant
RAQUEL ROSSER – Allison/Mother/Devora/Inmate #2
CARTRELL DANIELS – Herve/Flow/Rapper/Drug Dealer/Loudspeaker
CHRISTY BELL* – Dr. Khdair/Addict #1/Judge Henderson
JOSEPH P. GAMBLE – Guy/Lance/Father/Gregory/Yoruba Priest
MEGHAN ALLISON* – Agent Duva/OBGYN Doctor/Caseworker*Play Club West VIP

2/21 Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

02/18/2017

This Tuesday, FEBRUARY 21st, Black Playwrights Month continues with a reading of MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM by August Wilson.

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“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” is the first of August Wilson’s plays to win wide acclaim. It is set in a recording studio in the 1920’s, over the course of an afternoon, as a group of musicians and the legendary blues singer Ma Rainey record several songs. Much of the play takes the form of discussions and arguments among the four musicians, each of whom brings his own perspective to questions of prejudice and the problems facing black people in American society.

WHERE:
The Complex, Dorie Theatre
6476 Santa Monica Blvd
Hollywood 90038

WHEN:
Tuesday, February 21st
7:00pm

PARKING:
Please try to be on time by taking into account Rush Hour Traffic and Parking. There is metered parking in the area, and after 7:00pm, the meters are FREE. Parking is usually more available North of Santa Monica, on surrounding streets like Wilcox and Lexington.

ADMISSION:
As always, admission for our weekly table readings is FREE, and there will be wine to purchase for a suggested donation.

CAST:
STURDYVANT – John Ross Clark*
IRVIN – Emily Clark*
CUTLER – Kate Purnell*
TOLEDO – Masha Dowell
SLOW DRAG, SYLVESTER – Joseph P. Gamble
LEVEE – My-Ishia Cason-Brown*
MA RAINEY – Kashuna Perfected
DUSSIE MAE – Ashley Grace
POLICEMAN, STAGE DIRECTIONS – Emily Donn

*Play Club West VIP

2/14 for colored girls… (STAGED READING)

02/09/2017

On Valentine’s Day, Tuesday February 14th, and in honor of Black Playwrights’ Month, Play Club West will present a Staged Reading of the choreopoem for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf by Ntozake Shange, and directed by Kate Purnell.

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“for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf” is Ntozake Shange’s first work and most acclaimed theater piece, and tells the stories of women who have suffered oppression in a racist and sexist society. As a choreopoem, the piece is a series of 20 separate poems and subjects from rape, abandonment, abortion and domestic violence are tackled. Shange’s writing style is idiosyncratic and she often uses vernacular language, unique structure, and unorthodox punctuation to emphasize syncopation. She wanted to write “for colored girls…” in a way that mimicked how real women speak so she could draw her readers’ focus to the experience of reading and listening. Shange’s “for colored girls…” was only the second play by a black woman to reach Broadway, preceded by Lorraine Hansberry’s “Raisin in the Sun” in 1959. 

WHERE:
The Complex, Dorie Theatre
6476 Santa Monica Blvd
Hollywood 90038

WHEN:
Tuesday, February 14th
7:00pm

PARKING:
Please try to be on time by taking into account Rush Hour Traffic and Parking. There is metered parking in the area, and after 7:00pm, the meters are FREE. Parking is usually more available North of Santa Monica, on surrounding streets like Wilcox and Lexington.

ADMISSION:
*There is a suggested donation ticket price of $5 for our Staged Readings. Cash/Check ONLY at the door.
*There will also be WINE to purchase for a suggested donation.

CAST:
KIMBERLY BAILEY
CHRISTY BELL*
MY-ISHIA CASON-BROWN*
DAMARIS CHAMBERS
MASHA DOWELL
KATE PURNELL*
DEBBA ROFHEART
RAQUEL ROSSER
VALAIRA SA-RA
AZO SAFO*

*Play Club West VIP

2/7 Shonda Rhimes Night

02/06/2017

This Tuesday, FEBRUARY 7th, we will be kicking off Black History Month with SHONDA RHIMES NIGHT! We will be bringing T.G.I.T. to Play Club West with readings of GREY’S ANATOMY, SCANDAL, and HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER.

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GREY’S ANATOMY “Losing My Religion” Season 2, Ep. 27
SCANDAL “The Trail”, Season 1, Ep. 6
HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER “Pilot” Season 1, Ep. 1 

WHERE:
The Complex, Dorie Theatre
6476 Santa Monica Blvd
Hollywood 90038

WHEN:
Tuesday, February 7th
7:00pm

PARKING:
Please try to be on time by taking into account Rush Hour Traffic and Parking. There is metered parking in the area, and after 7:00pm, the meters are FREE. Parking is usually more available North of Santa Monica, on surrounding streets like Wilcox and Lexington.

ADMISSION:
As always, admission for our weekly table readings is FREE, and there will be wine to purchase for a suggested donation.

CAST:
Lucas Alifano*
Vernisa Allen
Meghan Allison*
David August
Jeff Scot Carey*
John Ross Clark*
Cartrell Daniels
Taneirva Dodson
Emily Donn
Stephan Early*
Ashley Grace
Ilana Guralnik
Kashuna Perfected
Kate Purnell*
Jerome St. Jerome
Teresa Waxer

*Play Club West VIP

1/31 A New Brain

01/26/2017

This Tuesday, JANUARY 31st, we will be continuing our bi-monthly Musical Symposium with a reading of A NEW BRAIN by William Finn and James Lapine. Spend the evening with us, drinking wine, and singing along!

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Gordon Schwinn, a talented young songwriter, works at his piano to meet a deadline. Gordon is irritated because he must write a song about Spring for a children’s television entertainer who dresses as a frog. He takes a break from his writing and meets his friend Rhoda at a restaurant. During lunch, Gordon clutches his head and falls face first into his meal. Rhoda calls an ambulance, and Gordon is taken to the hospital. He learns that he has a brain tumor and fluid build-up in his brain. Gordon needs an operation, and if he doesn’t have it, he could die or never regain the use of his faculties. While in the hospital, Gordon contemplates his situation. His greatest fear is dying with his greatest songs still inside of him; and so from his hospital bed, and in while in a coma, and all throughout his ordeal, he begins writing the songs. 

WHERE:
The Complex, Dorie Theatre
6476 Santa Monica Blvd
Hollywood 90038

WHEN:
Tuesday, January 31st
7:00pm

PARKING:
Please try to be on time by taking into account Rush Hour Traffic and Parking. There is metered parking in the area, and after 7:00pm, the meters are FREE. Parking is usually more available North of Santa Monica, on surrounding streets like Wilcox and Lexington.

ADMISSION:
There is a suggested donation ticket price of $5 for our Musical Symposiums
There will also be WINE to purchase for a suggested donation.

CAST:
GORDON SCHWINN – Tripp Pettigrew*
MR. BUNGEE/DR. JAFAR BERENSTEINER – Jeff Scot Carey*
MIMI SCHWINN – Emily Donn
RHODA – Emily Clark*
ROGER DELLI-BOVI/THE MINISTER – Andy Ramirez
RICHARD – Lucas Alifano*
LISA – Pamela Eberhardt*
WAITRESS/NANCY D. – Meghan Allison*

*Play Club West VIP