Anne Hamilton/Hamilton Dramaturgy


OFEM to be Read at the Los Angeles Theatre Center

I’m very excited to announce that my comedic monologue OFEM will be read at the Los Angeles Theatre Center on May 18th at noon, Pacific Standard Time. Sara Israel will serve as the director for my piece.

The event is the 2014 Female Playwrights Onstage Project –  National Festival of New Work. It will be live streamed by HowlRound. It is open to the public, and those in the Los Angeles area may make reservations through http://www.littleblackdressink.org. The address is 514 South Spring Street, Los Angeles. (213) 489-0994, http://www.latc.org.

Many thanks to Tiffany Antone, who created the event to highlight the work of female playwrights under the aegis Little Black Dress INK.

OFEM was read in a regional event on May 4th in an Ithaca, NY event held at Acting Out, produced by Darcy Rose. Professor Cynthia Henderson of Ithaca College directed my piece.

OFEM was in perfect keeping with this year’s theme – Planting the Seed. My character, Sally Parsons, is a farmer in Bucks County, PA, who is announcing a new initiative to take back the fields and farmer’s markets from what she views as an oppressive patriarchy. She makes a passionate speech to roll out the new food movement she has invented. You’ll have to watch online on May 18th to find out what it is. Suffice it to say that Sally is part Rosie the Riveter, part Emma Goldman, and part Susan B. Anthony. Her speech will leave you cheering and laughing.

Planting the Seed LATC poster_web

 

Little Black Dress INK is an experiment in support, inspired by recent revelations in numbers on the subject of just how few female playwrights actually get produced. Through outreach, education, and producing opportunities, Little Black Dress INK strives to create more production opportunities for female playwrights while also strengthening the female playwright network.

Check out The Blog to read up on the playwrights, directors, and other creative people collaborating on Little Black Dress INK’s Female Playwrights ONSTAGE project and the upcoming Planting the Seed new play festival.

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BEHOLD by Tom Cavanaugh Returns to Los Angeles

I hope that you will all join me in Los Angeles on Monday night, March 10th for a reading of BEHOLD, which I have helped Tom Cavanaugh develop over the years. It is a daring and timely play which I am very proud of.

The award-winning stage play returns to Los Angeles with a special workshop production by The Blank Theatre Company, as part of its Living Room Series.

Tom Cavanaugh

The Blank Theatre of Hollywood as part of their Living Room Series presents a workshop production of BEHOLD a new play by Tom Cavanaugh, on Monday March 10th, at 8pm, at Second Stage Theatre. Cast for this workshop production includes David Marciano (Virgil of HOMELAND), Kerris Dorsey (Bridget of RAY DONOVAN), Blaire Chandler, David Hemphill and John Ross Clark, Directed by Christopher J. Raymond and Written by Tom Cavanaugh.

BEHOLD is about a suburban family which loses a son to a Columbine-type shooting at the local high school and how the family changes while dealing with the tragic loss. While the mother descends into depression, and the daughter into violence, the father rips down a cross representing the shooter from a hillside memorial. The central, timely question here is, “Was the shooter a victim of violence, too?”

Rather than playing a blame game, or making a political statement, BEHOLD shows the severe reactions to the loss of a son and a brother from within the family home. Only Bobby, the surviving brother, receives what he feels is a message from above, bringing compassion for the whole series of events. An extended fugue of internal monologues surrounding the father’s iconic destruction of the shooter’s cross memorial opens the second act. “Not only does the play pack a sucker punch along the lines of The Normal Heart and Death of a Salesman,” says artistic director, AJ Ciccotelli of the La Strada Theatre in New Jersey, “The play reveals the destructive force of violence in the home when the unthinkable becomes a reality.”

BEHOLD was one of three plays awarded the 2011 Pickering Award for Excellence in Playwriting and received a workshop production at the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

A twenty-two year veteran 911 operator & police dispatcher, Cavanaugh used his own experience with the murder of his grandfather, who was beaten to death in his home by three teenage boys, and manifested his responses and sentiments during that experience into the lives of the characters.

Cavanaugh, who is a graduate of the MFA program in playwriting at the Actors Studio Drama School in New York City, used his powers of healing insight when he bought a hundred cups of coffee for the people of Newtown, CT in the wake of the Sandy Hook School Shooting. “I wanted to restore some normality in the lives of the people of Newtown,” when asked by a national reporter on his motives. Tom went on to explain, “After the last camera crew leaves, the real grief begins. Hopefully this act is only the beginning to help the people of that town.”

Cavanaugh’s act of kindness caused a media sensation that brought direct donations to the people of Newtown, CT from as far as South Africa and Great Britain. Inspired by Cavanaugh’s actions, people picked up their phones and purchased goods and services from Newtown stores that were given for free with the purpose of directly helping the people of Newtown CT.

The staged reading of BEHOLD will be presented on Monday, March 10th, at 8:00pm, as part of The Blank Theatre’s Living Room Series at:
2nd Stage Theatre
6500 Santa Monica Blvd. (at Wilcox)
Hollywood CA 90038

For reservations please e-mail info(at)theblank(dot)com
Suggested Donations Start at $10.



CTG Launches Ticket-Buying App on Facebook

Center Theatre Group Unveils Facebook App to Organize Theatre Trips

Center Theatre Group in L.A. has unveiled a new Facebook app that will help friends organize a night to the theatre, and gives each friend the ability to purchase their own tickets—yet will keep the group seated together. The app was developed in conjunction with the Tessitura Network, JCA (Jacobson Consulting Applications) and six national theatre partners, and “allows a user to suggest theatre outings with Facebook friends, and then decide on a performance, select seats and purchase tickets–all on Facebook.  Depending on a user’s chosen privacy setting, performance and seating locations can be shared with other Facebook friends.” The Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Kennedy Center, Stratford Festival, San Francisco Ballet, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County and Seattle Repertory Theatre were the other theatres that provided resources and direction for the project. In addition to CTG, the Segerstrom Center and the Stratford Festival also currently offer the Facebook app. A link to the app is available by visiting Center Theatre Group’s Facebook page at CenterTheatreGroup.org/facebooktix.



REPUBLIC COUNTY by Joe Musso

To everyone in Los Angeles – One of my Theatre Artists I Love to Follow (TALFs) will have a play produced at Zombie Joe’s Theatre Group on Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. from June 8 through July 6! It’s Joe Musso’s REPULIC COUNTY. The show’s postcard is attached.

Joe Musso's ZOMBIE JOE'S



“I LOVE SATAN” Staged Reading in L.A.

Here is a message from my long-time friend and client Andrew Barrett, who is based in Los Angeles. He developed this play while in a Royal Court International Residency. I dramaturged the play when he returned from London.

Time: Saturday, February 16th, 2-3:30pm PST

Place: 3269 Casitas Avenue in Atwater Village, Los Angeles, CA 90039
“Here is your chance to enjoy the 90 minute version of my darkly comic play (I revised it after The Blank Theatre reading this past fall). It’s based on a true story of a NYC teen who got beat up by a high school classmate for being a Satanist. Who is going to win in court: God or Satan?Directed by Kirsten Sanderson with an amazing cast.It was selected for The Winterfest Festival at The Ensemble Studio Theatre in Atwater Village. Tickets are FREE (but there is a suggested donation of $10). General seating, so just show up!

I hope you can make it.”



ADAM & YOSHI in L.A.

Congratulations to my long-time client and collaborator Tom Cavanaugh, whose play ADAM & YOSHI has been selected to be read at Play Club West in Los Angeles. The reading will take place on Wednesday, April 18th at 7:00 pm at Rise Up TheatreSky Lounge (formerly known as NoHo Stages) 4930 Lankershim, North Hollywood. I worked as a dramaturg on the play in November, and am proud that it is receiving attention so quickly.

ADAM & YOSHI is a full-length drama which features a young lawyer who is studying for the bar exam and falling deeper in love with Yoshi, who dresses as a superhero. Adam bears with his unhappy home and career, but he learns from Yoshi how to envision a different reality for himself. Themes of masking, unmasking, complacency and bravery are interwoven as Adam’s all-American family adopts a change in values.

Mr. Cavanaugh is a playwright whose BEHOLD was given a developmental workshop at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. He won the Irene Bashore Playwrighting Award from L.A.’s FirstStage for his one-act play WONDER. He holds an MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School. Congratulations, Tom.



Anne Interviewed by L.A. Theatre Works for NPR Show

On June 24th, Anne served as a guest commentator for the upcoming L.A. Theatre Works audio presentation of Lee Blessing’s GOING TO ST. IVES. The topic was Mothers and Sons in Blessing’s play, OEDIPUS REX, THE GLASS MENAGERIE and ALL MY SONS. The segment will be aired on NPR as a companion piece to the rebroadcast of the lay.

The broadcast is set for July 24th. Check this blog for an update with the exact times and member station call numbers.

LA Theatre Works has a large catalog of audio recordings of important plays performed by leading actors.Its website is a terrific resource at www.latw.org.

Lee Blessing’s compelling drama tells the story of the dignified mother of  a ruthless Central African dictator who travels to England seeking surgery for her failing eyes by an eminent opthalmologist. But her real motive triggers a profound moral dilemma and a bloody chain reaction of events with personal and political reverberations.

The performance features Caroline Goodall and L. Scott Caldwell.