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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

Play Club West: The Actor’s Batting Cage

01/23/2017

PCWESTWHO WE ARE:
Play Club West is a weekly cold reading group, offered by The Unknown Artists, a theatre company in Los Angeles that has been producing new and established works in the area since 2011.  Play Club West fosters a community of actors, writers, and performing artists by sponsoring readings of new and established works.  We strive to enhance the performing arts community of Los Angeles by offering weekly cold readings and staged readings.

All Play Club West cold readings are FREE for actors, playwrights, and audience members.

 

WHAT WE DO:

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Real Women Have Curves

COLD READINGS – Plays, Screenplays, TV Episodes, One Acts, and 10 Minute Plays presented every TUESDAY night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Vagina Monologues

STAGED READINGS – Play Club members are offered the opportunity to direct and/or act in staged readings, with limited rehearsal and memorization.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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100 Minutes of Obsession (10 Minute Plays Night)

NEW WORKS NIGHTS – Playwrights can submit their material to Play Club West for readings (cold or staged), complete with feedback.  We also offer playwrights the opportunity write new material on a theme in our 10 Minute Plays based on a theme in our 100 Minutes New Works Fests.

 

 

 

 

 

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

MUSICAL SYMPOSIUMS – Every other month we present a reading of a musical, with little to no rehearsal beforehand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHERE & WHEN:
The Complex, Dorie Theatre
6476 Santa Monica Blvd, Hollywood 90038
Every Tuesday Night, 7-10pm

 

WHAT’S COMING UP NEXT?:
FEBRUARYBlack Playwrights Month, including a Staged Reading of “FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE / WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF” by Ntozake Shange.
MARCHWomen Playwrights Month, including a TBD Musical Symposium.
APRIL – The start of our bi-monthly PLAY CLUB CABARET, featuring our best PCW performers, and a sneak peek of our upcoming Fringe Show.

 

HOW TO SIGN UP:
ACTORS: Email your headshot and resume to uaplayclubwest@gmail.com
PLAYWRIGHTS: Send a pdf of your script to uaplayclubwest.submit@gmail.com

Play Club West sends emails every Wednesday to our mailing list for casting of our weekly cold readings. People of color & women are encouraged to submit, but we are looking for ALL ethnicities and genders! Remember, only those on our exclusive email list are invited to participate in readings!

 

FIND US ON THE INTERNET & SOCIAL MEDIA:
Official Website: uaplayclubwest.wordpress.com
Facebook: facebook.com/playclubwest      
Twitter: @PlayClubWest

1/24 Moonstruck

01/23/2017

This Tuesday, JANUARY 24th, we will be reading the screenplay to the 1987 film MOONSTRUCK by John Patrick Shanley.

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MOONSTRUCK is the story of Loretta Castorini, a Sicilian-American widow, who is an accountant in Brooklyn Heights, New York, where she lives with her family: her father Cosmo who is a successful plumber, her mother Rose, and her paternal grandfather. One day she meets her fiancé Johnny Cammareri’s brother, Ronny, with whom she shares a whirlwind romance. Written by John Patrick Shanley, the playwright famous for DOUBT, the film is about traditions, family, and finding your true love. This is widely considered a breakout role for Cher, who won an Academy Award for Best Actress for the film. 

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

WHEN:
Tuesday, January 24th
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:
MELISSA BRANDZEL – Loretta
JOSH CALVIN – Ronny
CHRISTY BELL* – Rose
JOHN ROSS CLARK* – Cosmo
DAVID O’HARA – Johnny, Eddie, Lowell, Priest, Jimmy
PAT LENTZ* – Mona, Ava, Patricia, Bonnie, Barbara
TERESA WAXER – Rita, Crone, Vesta
SAM COFFMAN* – Perry, Bob, Gregory
STEPHAN EARLY* – Raymond, Mook, Rocco, Irv, Al (the bartender)
ADAM BRIGGS – Zito, Florist, Voice, Attendant, Old man (grandfather)
MICHAEL BRANDON FALK – Shy Waiter, Bobo, Felix, Harvey, Al Conti
MY-ISHIA CASON-BROWN* – Chrissy, Ruby, Lotte, Lucy, Sheila, old woman, Nancy
AZO SAFO* – Stage Directions

*Play Club West VIP

1/17 Real Women Have Curves

01/16/2017

This Tuesday, JANUARY 17th, we will be reading REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES by Josefina Lopez.

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REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES by Josefina Lopez is set in a tiny sewing factory in East Los Angeles in September 1987. It’s marked by the issues of gender politics and the Latina immigrant experience. The story is told from the point of view of Ana, the youngest employee at the factory. Ambitious and bright, Ana yearns to go to college, but doesn’t have the money. The action follows the course of a summer at the factory, as the women talk about their lives, loves and deepest desires while attempting to meet impossible production deadlines.

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

WHEN:
Tuesday, January 17th
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:
ANA – Kate Purnell*
ESTELA – Azo Safo*
CARMEN – Teresa Waxer
PANCHA – My-Ishia Cason-Brown*
ROSALI – Raquel Rosser

*Play Club West VIP