based on translation by Sasha
a co-production with
Patrick Mapel, York Griffith, Jeff Perry, Sarah Utterback,
Set Design by
"Set to a Russian hip-hop
beat, the U.S. premiere of Vassily Sigarev's exploration of
youth looks like Trainspotting without the heroin.
Jeff Perry gives the most
nuanced and interesting performance…"
- MAYANK KESHAVIAH, LA
WEEKLY, FEBRUARY 15, 2007
3/23 & 3/30.
4/13 & 4/20 FRIDAYS 11PM
GIRLS ARE EVIL
Ken Roht, BodyCity Dance Co.
APR 11- 29,
WHO KILLED BOB
a solo show
written and performed by Roger Guenveur Smith.
Arthur Jafa and K.A. Chisholm
Music by Marc
A film about a
suicidal American poet in Jamaica goes terribly wrong.
"Against cinematographer Arthur Jaffe’s lyrical images and
Thompson’s pelvic thrusting riffs, Smith’s powerful words
(“My toes like the 10 Commandments circumventing the globe.”)
and Tai Chi style choreography snake-charm our hearts
to get out from behind our comfort zones and be touched by Smith’s
where Basquiat's crown is put on top of Martin Luther King's head
and “this boy Cho, they could have saved him with poetry.”
- FRANKIELY, LA TACO, APRIL 26th, 2007
charisma and wit, revealing his own insecurities as a young
artist, his hilarious but near-deadly encounter with Rastafarians
asking them to lower the volume of their music and his reverential
meetings with August Wilson and Marley."
APRIL 24, 2007
"Long a fan of the
extensive and impressive body of work of Roger
that he was a genius when I saw him breathe through a cigarette
one-armed pushups in the Spike
Lee–directed A Huey
P. Newton Story,
version of Smith’s Obie Award–winning solo performance
TERVALON, LA WEEKLY, MAY e9, 2007
Guenveur Smith’s seminal new one-of-a-kind-man show lives and
incorporates by Marley’s words,
what independence can do to the artist and the man even with 500
sea-urchin needles stuck in his left foot
FILMS UK, JULY 10, 2007
APRIL 18, 2007
Mr. and Mrs.
Kickass and Bootleg Theater in association
Wilson, Michael Dunn Design Consultant: Sibyl Wickersheimer Stage
Manager: Amber Koehler and Phaidra Reed and Winthrop Ellsworth
Allen, Ted Barton, Larry Bates, Patrick Belton, Michael Dunn,
Jessica Hanna, William Dennis Hunt, Christopher W. Jones,
Frank McLaughlin, Vance Reyes, Christ Schultz, Mark Allen Stewart,
Andrea Tzvetkov, Jack Wallace, Kirk Wilson
the topic at hand, it was a glorious thing to see a show and feel
no compunction whatsoever--
in fact, it
would have been bad form to try--to analyze a thing.
have enjoyed it more."
JONES, BACKSTAGE WEST, 2007
“It was like listening to the crackling of a fire while hearing
the best ghost story ever….ambitious and cutting edge…ADD
- HEATHER DOWNIE, LAIST, APRIL 2007
MAY 29- JULY
by Susan Rubin
with Indecent Exposure
BITCH won the
Ticket Holders Award for Runner Up/ Best New Play, Best Actor in a
Play: Nick Mennell,
Mark Bringelson, Best Video: Mark Bringelson and Adam Soch.
Mark Bringelson slick and speedy production
frantic action, video, nudity and simulated sex on Desma Murphy’s
handsome and flexible set,
Roget, Mennell and Marini lend unlikely conviction to wildly giddy
WEAVER, LA WEEKLY, JUNE 4, 2007
JUNE 10, JULY
Productions presents an evening of artistry featuring:
Cyn Da'Poet and
spoken word by Alison De La Cruz and Simon Drake.
Solares featuring Xavier Chavez.
Art by John
Castro and Special Guests. Live Art by Rent One.
Plus a Vintage
Clothing boutique, DJ Melaaza & DJ Tag
exclusive unreleased scene from Marcial Rios Salgido's upcoming
will be hosted by Bill Posley.
produces events that consist of multiple avenues for artist to
showcase their talents. Their productions consist of multicultural
ensemble in hopes to unite our diverse community. Groundwork
strives to bring an array of people under one roof and experience
forms of art that rarely would be considered due to the lack of
access or knowledge. The events will serve as a great forum for
networking opportunities amongst the artist and guests. They hope
to educate, unite, and inspire one show at a time.
Part of the
proceeds from each event will be donated to local charities.
SEPT 6, 2007
In creating a
platform for the diverse, rich voice of Latina culture,
Dance Theater Project creates and presents hybrid performances,
multidisciplinary commissions, conducts education-based
outreach, research, scholarship and produces literary
"Alternating between opera, dance drama and political theater, 'Coyolxauhqui
Remembers' brings to the Bootleg performance space
a sense of
the relationship between Aztec myth and current conditions
sides of the U.S.- Mexico border
….performances deeply persuasive…
gesture based movement enhances the text and drives the piece to
its pure-dance finale:
celebration of feminist pride."
SEGAL, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, 2007
SEPT 20- OCT
THE ROCK OPERA
created by Jef Bek, co-composer Jay Dover
Closs-Farley, Lights: Francois Pierre Couture Set: Sibyl
Musical of the Year by the LA Weekly
Knievel: The Rock Opera" is propelled by the same fuel that
powered the career of its motorcycle daredevil namesake: pure
opening power chords, composer-creator Jef Bek's epic musical,
currently at the Bootleg Theater,
thrust as it nails the churning sensibilities- the musical and
cultural- of the 1970's,
Knievel's death-defying exploits captured the world's
BRANDEIS, LA TIMES, OCTOBER, 2007
the subject of a rollicking rock musical written by composer Jef
Bek that is premiering at the Bootleg Theater and which, besides
offering a happy shuffle down Memory Lane in leisure suits and
denim hot pants,
to peer into the Big Empty that was once the American soul.
For in his
1970's heyday, Kneivel tapped into a vast heartland
so much emotionally exhausted by the national debate about the
as it was
bored by all the talk -- a heartland in need of escape into mindless
STEVEN MIKULAN, LA WEEKLY, OCTOBER 10, 2007
Oct 8 - Nov
Adrian Cruz, Set by Jason Adams
was invited to be part of the New York Fringe Festival
Eva is a
published playwright as well as a long time member of the sketch
group "A Kiss From Daddy" and coaches the beta team "Pantsuit" and
the maude team "Oh, Brother!"
credits include 'The Very Funny Show', '10 Dates from Hell' for
TBS.com., 'This Show Will Get You High' for Comedy Central, and
the Onion News Network.
The play: Ethan
Strong is a self-help guru on a lecture tour. He's an unlikely
choice for the job because, as he explains,
he was a wild
boy, kept in a cage in the basement for eight years by his
play is eccentrically constructed; director Adrian A. Cruz seems
to have an affinity for it and weaves it into a compelling whole.
WEAVER, BACKSTAGE WEST, OCT 17, 2007
creates four rich, multi-faceted individuals any actor would be
honored to play. And her style of storytelling is stunning."
- AMBER GALLERY,
AUGUST 21, 2008
NOV 16-18, '07
Gray, starring ZACH HELM
wrote Stranger Than Fiction and Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium
"There is a
stellar new-ish space in town and this weekend they are hosting a
based on an
idea inspired by one of my favorite people, the late great
Bootleg Theatre is a performance space on the edge between Echo
Park and Downtown.
music, performances, readings...all the stuff we love.
weekend Zach Helm will be performing Interviewing the Audience
members of the audience will be asked to come on stage and be
interviewed one on one."
"BOOTLEG THEATER says…
Inspired by pioneering author, actor, and storyteller Spaulding
Gray, this weekend's performance of Interviewing the Audience
affords a new generation of LA theatre-goers the opportunity to
witness a subversive and deeply moving experimental performance
Zach Helm invites volunteers up on stage
and proceeds to extract all manner of engaging, personal,
shocking, and hilarious true stories
from the lives of the brave, unsuspecting souls,
bringing together the best of improvisation, interaction, and risk
into one unpredictable and unforgettable piece of theatre verité."
- FLAVORPILL, December 8, 2007
JAN 19- FEB
a Fellini film
adapted for the stage and directed by Patrick Mapel
co-production with Rushforth Productions
Janne Larsen Light Designer: Phillip Wilson Costume Designer:
Jason Trucco Sound Designer: Fionnagan Murphy
Okulus Anomali Stage Manager: Emily Churchill Producers: Jennifer
Sydney and Kyle T. Wilson
Billings, Ktharine Brandt, Dean Chekvala, Michael Dunn, York
Griffith, Ralph P. Martin, Ben Messmer, Andrea Tzvetkov, Sarah
"This is an
impressively mounted production, executed with aplomb ….
aura that is both whimsical and harsh.
KLUGMAN, LA WEEKLY, January 28, 2008
visually and aurally dazzling production …Felliniesque …"
STANLEY, STAGESCENE LA, January 19, 2008
JAN 29- MAR 5,
performed by Lauren Weedman
correspondent of The Daily Show
is one of the most memorable, nearly perfect productions to come
along since, well,
too-brief run at REDCAT last year."
FAVRE, LOS ANGELES DOWNTOWN NEWS, FEBRUARY 4, 2008
and brutally frank…. "
- LA WEEKLY
THEATER CRITICS, FEBRUARY 4, 2008
MARCH 21 AND
LESBIANS OF SODOM
Busch, starring Alexandra Billings
performer is campier than Alexandra Billings.
possesses an almost terrifying authority …Here she portrays one of
way through history from Sodom to Hollywood,
the blood of nubile virgins."
WEAVER, BACKSTAGE WEST, MARCH 27, 2008
JULY 11 - AUG
TRAGEDY OF MR. PUNCH
Theater Artist Ensemble
Cawelti, Director, Joyce Hutter, Puppet Design, Pat Rubio, Puppet
Design, Ben Phelps, Musical Composer
Lighting, John Nobori, Sound Joel Daavid, Set Design Brian White,
Choice: LA Times
nominations from the LA Drama Critics Circle Awards for Writing
(Adaptation), Scenic Design, CGI/Video, and Puppet/Mask Design
Won three LA
Drama Critics Circle Awards for Writing (Adaptation), CGI/Video,
and Puppet/Mask Design in 2009
Honorable Mentions from the Back Stage West Garland Awards for
Scenic Design (1), Sound Design (1), and Make-up Design (2) in
for Sound Design (John Nobori) in 2008
"Now at the
Bootleg Theater, the rewritten and re-calibrated production is a
triumphant fusion of text and technology,
as potent a
distillation of childhood terror as can be found outside the
Brothers Grimm." -
FOLEY, LA TIMES, JULY 26, 2008
production is so innovative….a grand-guignolesque and
gargantuesque theater feast … made in L.A.
their brand of 'Hyper-theater', an innovative hybrid of theater
mask work, dance, music, and modern technology.'"
LA TACO, MONDAY, AUGUST 4, 2008
"Brilliantly told... a feast for the eyes, don't miss Mr. Punch,
our Critic Pick of the Year."
GARNER, AMERICAN RADIO NETWORK CRITIC
this for the Rogue Artists Ensemble's production of The Tragical
Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch: it can set a mood.
does a brilliant job of creating that darkened reality with a
heightened sense of suspense...
production has moments of poetry and moments of terror (as well as
a few moments of both)
leaves you feeling just a half-step out of touch with the world."
PERLMUTTER, TALKIN' BROADWAY
SEPT 18- NOV
KISS OF THE
A Havok Theater Company presentation of a musical in two acts with
book by Terrence McNally,
based on the novel by Manuel Puig, originally directed by Harold
Creative Team: Music by John Kander. Lyrics by Fred Ebb. Directed
by Nick DeGruccio. Choregraphed by Lee Martino, Set Design by
Lighting Design by Steven Young, Sound Design by Drew Dalzell,
Costumes by Ann Kennedy, Music Design by Michael Paternostro,
Associate Musical Director Steven Ladd Jones, New Orchestrations
by Billy V. Malpede
Cast: Terra C. MacLeod, Chad Borden, Daniel Tatar, Ed F. Martin,
Eileen Barnett, Zarah Mahler, Che Rodriguez, Salvatore Vassallo,
Shell Bauman, Jeffrey Parsons, Hector Guerrero, Mike Motrino
Winner of 2009 Ovation Awards in the categories of 'Musical in an
Intimate Location' and 'Choreography' (Lee Martino)
Nominated for LA Drama Critics Circle Awards for Best Lead
Performance (Chad Borden)
Nominated for Backstage West's Garland Awards in the category of
Performance in a (primarily ) musical production (Chad Borden).
In 2008, Nick
DeGruccio was given the The Joel Hirschhorn Award for
outstanding achievement in musical theater:
reason to attend is Borden, surely the Molina of Puig's or anyone
believable as a three-year inmate, thesp never begs for sympathy
but utterly inhabits this role."
VERINI, VARIETY, OCTOBER 6, 2008
formed Havok Theatre Company has put together a terrific creative
MACHRAY, STAGE MAGE, SEPTEMBER 30, 2008
Nick DeGruccio and choreographer Lee Martino have mounted a
terrific production, with a fine cast,
dance ensemble, a huge and handsome set by Tom Buderwitz,
outfits for the Spider Woman by Anne Kennedy
sterling musical direction by Michael Paternostro."
WEAVER, LA WEEKLY, OCTOBER 6, 2008
Sept 30 - Nov
Josh Moyse, Dan Weingarten, Dan Friedman
Saavedra] deftly delivers a complicated, nonsensical, physically
exhausting soliloquy with danger, sensitivity, and even fun,
nearly every shade of extreme emotion in under an hour, dashing
between personalities with labyrinthine wordplay.
remarkable performance by an extremely talented actor.
- LA TACO
Josh Moyse keeps the piece vital by having his actor, Hilario
Saavedra, physicalize a great many things...
striking look is abetted by Michel Moyse's equally eye-catching
to be commended for a great deal: his commitment, his passion, and
Dec. 5, '08 -
Feb. 1, 09
Mar. 6 - 29,
2009 / 39
co-production with Orphean Circus
production with two extensions!
Director and Composer, John Ballinger, Co-composer, Jessica Hanna,
Alicia Adams and Corbett Barklie, Producers, Mark Mendelson,
Scenic Designer, Ann Closs-Farley, Costume Designer,
Lighting and Sound Designer, Danna Hardie and Stephanie Simpson,
Bringelson, Mark Devine, Max Faugno, Tim Hearl, Marvin Solomon,
Sissy Boyd, Uma Nithipalan, Greg Ainsworth, Lisa Bode, Michael
Bonnabel, Patty Cornell, Adam LeBow, Laura Martin,
Kat Meyer Smith, Raul Staggs, Silvie Zamora, Don Allen, Carolyn
Almos, Wendy Arimah, Tad Coughenor,
Michael Lopez, Lucie McGrane, Lauren Oppelt, Katie Puckrik,
Daniele Watts, Sarah Wilson, Jabez Zuniga, Katie Martin
of 2008 Ovation Awards in the category of Costume Design (Ann
Backstage West's Garland Awards in categories of Production,
Musical Score, Costume and Make-up, Choreography, March 13, 2009
again proves his genius at talent recruitment.
28-strong, pitch-perfect company generates enough singing and
dancing power to light up an entire Broadway season."
RADEN, LA WEEKLY, DECEMBER 8, 2008
musical theater visionary Roht achieves absolute synthesis with
this marvelous gloss on beauty pageants and the politics of image.
cast is sublime..easily the franchise's most spectacular entry
"Competition's" not just a fabulous show -- it's a full-blown
LA TIMES, DECEMBER 16, 2008
February 7 and
A weekend of
evenings of Latina performances
FEB 7: Latina
Dance Project presents Embodying Borders, featuring solos from
Licia Perea, Eluza Santos,
Juanita Suarez, & Eva Tessler and special musical guest, Lysa
Flores and her trio
FEB 8: Briseyda Zarate and Co. presents Flamenca, the Testimony of
a woman's truth told through the
passionate and percussive heart beat of Flamenco music, song and
evenings, the pair promise a kaleidoscopic view of what it means
to be a Latino woman
society, touching on such issues as isolation, ageism and illegal
Bootleg, Perea performs several solos to live original music by
guitarist Lysa Flores and her trio.
named by Newsweek as one of 20 young Latinos to watch in the new
millennium, will also play a set of her own.
LOOSELEAF, LA TIMES, FEBRUARY 6, 2009
APR 16-MAY 10,
co-production with REPO Division
cast and crew:
Written by: Eva Anderson, Clay Hazelwood, Wesley Walker and Sharon
* Directed by: Adrian Alex Cruz, Andrew Hopper, Amber Skalski,
* Featuring: Shawn Buchholz, Hank Bunker, Alana Dietze, Michael
Dunn, Jessica Hanna, Lily Holleman, Niamh McCormally, Ben Messmer,
Babar Peerzada, Alina Phelan, Mickey Swenson, Tina Van Berkelaer,
Annie Weirich, Jacqueline Wright*
Art installation curated by: Sandy Rodriquez* Visual artists:
Ron Dotson, Jorge Javier Lopez, Isabelle Lutterodt, Derrick
Maddox, Rigo Maldonado, Anne Martens, Guadalupe Rodriguez,
Rebeka Rodriguez, Sandy Rodriguez, Brian Scott, Allessandro
Thompson, Armando H. Torres, Vincent Villafranca, Victor Wilde and
* Musicians: Toni Senatore and Cody Cameron
* Creative Director: Andrew Hopper
A darkly comic and outrageous look at ordinary people facing the
imminent end of the world
(reminiscent of Don McKellar's minor Canadian cinema classic, Last
the play goes from a lipstick-lesbian scientist's classroom to a
Love Boat cruise ship to an assisted-living home
with a not-so- benign old codger and retired-scientist resident."
- TELY DAVIDSON, JASON COLEMAN ON FILM, 2006-2010, May 7, 2009
"This inaugural production from The REPO Division is a multimedia
with four short plays clustered around a theme of apocalypse and a
future post-human world.
The work is clever and displays a giddily perverse attitude toward
the end of civilization and man’s return to a primal state.
The experience provided by the list of some two score artists in
several media is well-rounded and interactive…"
- D. JETTE, LA THEATER REVIEW, APRIL 27, 2009
multimedia collaboration explores apocalypse in fascinating,
albeit uneven, ways."
NICHOLS, LA TIMES, APRIL 23, 2009
a kiss is just a kiss, but Doomsday Kiss is a strange excursion
into the unknown
have you laughing at the end of the world."
BUZZEL, EYESPYE LA, APRIL 19, 2009
Kiss” is an often funny, sometimes moving,
impeccably performed riff on the end of the world
degrees of eccentricity."
SISA, THE FRONT PAGE ONLINE, APRIL 23, 2009
JUNE 3- JULY
A Bootleg Theater presentation of a play in two acts by Eva
Anderson and Keythe Farley.
Directed by Keythe Farley.
With: Joe Hernandez-Kolski, Ann Closs-Farley, Molly O'Neill
Lagarto - Michael Dunn The Stranger - Cameron Dye
an LA Weekly Award for Best Comedy Direction (Keythe Farley)
DRAMA CRITICS CIRCLE
a Spaghetti Western with songs, has the visceral kick and grungy,
lived-in feel of a Sergio Leone classic.
premiere production at the Bootleg Theater rocks, from Farley's
Bollas' appropriately thunderous music to skilled actors who tear
into their roles with violent gusto."
MORGAN, VARIETY, JUNE 8, 2009
is a thrilling (and often hilarious) tribute slash lampoon of
Of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More,
Good, The Bad And The Ugly.
pulsating background score by Anthony Bollas performed at rock
concert volume by a live band,
songs, fights, and dances, and a cast that plays it dead serious,
isn’t quite a musical, isn’t quite a comedy, isn’t quite a drama.
What it is
is entirely its own genre, and great entertainment as well."
STANLEY, STAGESCENE LA, June 17, 2009
has the look, sound, and feel of everything glorious about the old
and its classy, interpretive design ropes up your yee-haw and
rides off into the sunset.
and Farley have effectively captured the flavor, brooding menace,
and bloody violence of the genre,
so much shootin' and fightin' that one wondered occasionally if
there'd be anyone left alive for the second act. "
WEAVER, BACKSTAGE WEST, JUNE 17, 2009
Sept 18 - Nov.
8 , '09
association with Bootleg Theater
Cast Don Allen,
Tom Ashworth, Kristopher Bicknell, Keith Ellis, Estela Garcia,
Joel Jiminez, Ben Messmer, Audrey Moore, Nina J. Silver, Miles
Taber, April Warren and Jesse Weinberg
by Ego Plum Lighting Design Haylee Freeman Sound Design John
Nobori Puppet Design Wes Crain, Lena Garcia, Elizabeth Luce and
Brian WhiteScenic Designer Katie Polebaum
Brian White Costume Design Kerry Hennessy Mask Design Pat Rubio
Dramaturge Ben Phelps Technical Director Michael JordanAssistant
Director Tyler Stamets
Award nominations for Costume and Scenic Design
Ovation Honor Award for Music Composed for Theater presented to
Ego Plum for his work on Gogol Project
Citation of Excellence
nominations from the LA Drama Critics Circle Awards for Writing
(Adaptation), Lighting Design, CGI/Video, Puppet Design, Sound
Design and State Direction
Won three LA
Drama Critics Circle Awards for Writing (Adaptation), CGI/Video,
and Puppet/Mask Design
…"Gogol Project" is to rabidly savor each spoken word,
of the eye and flick of the wrist for fear that you’ll miss one
moment of this rare wonder."
ERICA ZHANG, THE DAILY BRUIN, SEPTEMBER 28, 2009
seen its share of puppet regimes,
quite like Rogue Artist Ensemble's "Gogol Project" at the
masked performers, digital animation, immersive sound and music,
and, of course, diverse styles of puppetry,
spectacular new piece deftly balances flights of whimsy and depths
classic short stories by 19th century Russian writer Nikolai Gogol."
BRANDES, LA TIMES, OCTOBER 1, 2009
baker comes constructed out of pastries; two gabby mail carriers
are a jumble of lost letters;
snow storm envelopes the entire theater; two dogs sing cheesy
ballads and write love letters;
emerge in gigantic dimensions, right from a Julie Taymor version
of the Star Wars cantina;
sometimes in simple, beautiful shadows.
This is a
multimedia stage show; half-real, half-imagined, pulled off
perfectly through levers,
tracks, and an atmosphere of ghostly yesteryear."
LA TACO, SEPTEMBER 29, 29, 2009
crazy or just plain silly, but most of all call it absurdly fun."
HUNTER, EYE SPY LA, OCTOBER 5, 2009
Cawelti directs, tethering an astonishing number of elements and
artists to a remarkably homogenous vision."
MARGOLIES, BACKSTAGE WEST, OCTOBER 5, 2009
Dec. 4-5, '09
with ZAC HELM
Jan. 13 - Feb.
Bootleg presents the world premiere of Project Wonderland, an
homage to the mystery, power and beauty of a strange literary
masterpiece, Alice in Wonderland,
and a tribute to its author, the enigmatic Reverend Charles
Dodgeson, better known to the world through his nom de plume,
Incorporating music, dance, and puppetry,
this is a dreamlike carnival and a celebration of the magic of
theater and the power of storytelling.
LA Weekly Award
for Puppet Design, Lynn Jeffries
Award for Puppetry: Lynn Jeffries
for Costumes, Theresa Shea
Nominations for Awards in Book for an Original Musical Robert
for an Original Musical, Indira Stefanianna
result is a highly imaginative retelling of the stories, complete
with outsized puppets and grotesque characterizations,
such as the
wacky Caterpillar played by Michael Bonnabel with the help of the
arms of four actresses.
Queen is a queen indeed, complete with Madonna-like glittering
breasts, and brassy voice thanks to actor Jabez Zuniga."
MACHRAY, STAGEMAGE, JANUARY 23, 2010
inventive staging flows beautifully from one scene to another,
full of absolutely stunning visuals;
Jeffries puppet design is amazing …"
WEBB, BACKSTAGE WEST, JANUARY 20, 2010
whirlwind of giant lobster claws and waves of parachute silk
flower hats and packs of angry cards buzzing about the stage…."
LEIGH MORRIS, LA WEEKLY, JANUARY 10, 2010
Mar. 19 - May
ABOVE THE LINE
by Susan Rubin
co-production with Indecent Exposure
Mark Bringelson, Director, Denise Dowse, Jason StuartHeather Marie
Marsden, Nick Mennell, Christian Stewart W. Calhoun
Winner of two LA STAGE SCENE AWARDS for Outstanding Production-
Comedy, and Director
Nominated for STAGE SCENE Awards for video, sound light and set
watching this satire of moviemaking,
help but recall predecessors in the genre such as David Mamet's
scathing films such as "S.O.B." and "The Player."
SPINDLE, BACKSTAGE WEST, MARCH 24, 2010
MACHRAY, STAGE MAGE, APRIL 4, 2010
wonder what happens in the high-rise Hollywood offices and private
Beverly Hills bedrooms where movie deals are made?
wonder no more because playwright Susan Rubin takes you there in
her hilariously biting new satire "Above The Line,"
a spiffy world premiere production at the Bootleg Theatre."
STANLEY, STAGE SCENE LA, MARCH 20, 2010
Sept 25 - Oct
with L'Enfant Terrible
– Executive Creative Director Justin Zsebe – Artistic Producer
Seth Compton – Executive Producer
children is kind of like "Medea" for Mother's Day—not what you'd
think of as a natural fit.
doesn't stop the troupe L'Enfant Terrible from knocking the prince
down from his contemplative pedestal
us to have a fabulous time playing in the sandbox with him."
Webb, Backstage West, April 22, 2010
clowns bopping around and spouting out rapid-fire Shakespearese,
the kids were transfixed at the performance I attended, even if
they didn’t know why."
Nicholson , LA WEEKLY (GO), October 14, 2010
MAY 7-9, 2010
THEN SEE IF
YOU STILL LOVE US
Director, Bradley Michaud
Chelsea Asman, Jay Bartley, Nicole Cox, Jessie Harper, Kalani
McManus, and Bradley Michaud
dance company, Method Contemporary Dance, presents the world
premiere of a new contemporary dance work in the heart of Los
“Then see if
you still love us” is a non-stop, hyper physical, tour-de-force
mediation on love and loss in the modern world.
makes real poetry out of his off- center dancing."
seedance.com, May 14, 2010
audience on Saturday gave the performers a deserved standing
- Ben Widdey, LAist, May 11, 2010
Night at the Home of Michel Leiris:
A Reading of
the Play ‘Desire Caught By The Tail’ by the Painter Pablo Picasso
farcical take on an actual evening at the house of Michel Leiris
of the French Resistance produced Pablo Picasso's play, Desire
Caught by the Tail.
"The script is
inventive, well-wrought, and achieves that miraculous balance of
being serious and funny at the same time."
Scarborough, Huffington Post, July 2, 2010
premise, some wonderful stage pictures, inventive blocking and
Algonquin Club-like dialogue…"
- Tony Frankel,
Los Angeles Theater Review, June 19, 2010
THE GOOD BOY
performed by Michael Bonnabel
In 1960s Pasadena,
tells the humorous and heartwarming story of his struggle to gain
independence from his large, loving and complicated family, led by
a pair of deaf parents.
"But it is
this distinction, the otherness of the deaf community, that is the
most moving piece of the show that the audience walks away with.
HAMPTON, THOMAS HAMPTON REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER, 2010
has an unerring sense of the sounds of the deaf, the few words
they have learned without having ever heard them spoken, and the
inarticulate sounds they resort to when words fail them. These
become vital ingredients in his vivid characterization of his
parents. His gallery of characters is small, but they are richly
WEAVER, BACKSTAGE WEST, SEPTEMBER 2, 2010
imitations of his parents are most moving when he exudes the
various shades of observed emotional turmoil that they never
- LYLE ZIMSKIND, LAIST, SEPTEMBER 10, 2010
HOOK UP TO
READ NEW PLAYS
Theatre Co. and Bootleg Theater present bo^cx2 Reading Series
The Bootleg Theater and Circle X Theatre companies join to
explore, rehearse and present readings of four new plays
evenings at 7pm, September 13-October 4.
YELLOW COUCH by Sam Marks
Directed by Heath Cullens
Performed by: Josh Duvendeck, Hugo Armstrong, Jennifer A. Skinner,
Mishone Feigin, Bob Clendenin
TELETHON by Kristin Newbom
Directed by Jen Kays
Performed by: Tim Wright, Michaela Watkins, Casey Smith, Tarah
Flanagan, Silas Weir Mitchell, Johanna McKay
BRUISE EASY by Dan LeFranc
Directed by Zach Helm
Performed By, Paul Story, Suzy Hunt, Nick Clark, Lisa Dring,
Daniel Borders Ashe, Daniele Manzin , Erika Varela, Doug
MARIA/STUART by Jason Grote
Directed by Matthew McCray
Performed by: Denise Sudik, Wendy Worthington, Johanna McKay,
Linda Bailey Walsh, Nick Cernoch, Anna Douglas
18- May 9
co-production with L'Enfant Terrible
"Housed in a
scrappy, sweet oversized puppet theater (super scenic design by
five-member cast does a fantastic job of zipping through basic
with a light
and zany twist that's kid-friendly without making enemies of the
so-called adults in the audience. "
Webb, Backstage West, April 22, 2010
Movement Bazaar- co-founders Kronis and Alger
24th Street Theater and Bootleg Theater
After a highly
successful run at 24th STreet Theater in June of this year,
Bootleg Theater and 24th Street are proud to announce
an additional 6
performances of Theatre Movement Bazaar’s ANTON’S UNCLES at
Movement Bazaar’s ANTON’S UNCLES is a fresh, funny, and physical
look at Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya.
original work, only the men remain, wrestling with their desires
and pressed to examine a life un-lived.
Winner of LA
Weekly's choreography award
"I am not
one to rave about experimental theater but after experiencing
Anton’s Uncles from Theatre Movement Bazaar, I may just be ready
to meet the whole family.
production is positively teeming with reasons to love it, from the
traditional Russian folkloric music fused with a jazzy rhythm
force-fed a hefty dose of caffeine), to the insanely explosive
to the soft
and sweet musical numbers dedicated to the loneliness of alcohol
and the friendship of a shadow."
examiner.com, April 23, 2010
distillation of the personalities of the male characters from
Shirley, la stage times, October 15, 2010
with Orphean Circus
Jessica Hanna, Alicia Adams, Corbett Barklie Writer/Director: Ken
Roht Choreographer: Ken Roht
John Ballinger and Ken Roht Music, Dance, and Vocal Arrangements:
John Ballinger Music Direction: John Ballinger
Designer: Ann Closs-Farley Asst. Costume Designer: Anne Hothem Set
Designer: David Offner Technical Director: Jon Stoner
Designer: Brandon Baruch Stage Manager: Alyssa Escalante Video
Designer: John Flynn
Doron Gazit, Clare Graham, Wen Wen Hsu, Kiff Scholl, and Penny
Anderson, Michael Bonnabel, Sissy Boyd, Tucker Bryan, Max Faugno,
Stephen Heath, Spencer Kelly, Tracey A. Leigh,
Lewis, Daniele Manzin, Lucie McGrane, John Charles Meyer, Lori
Scarlett, Lake Sharp, Raul Staggs,
Jonathan CK Williams, and Silvie Zamora
response to the passing of Proposition 8, Roht builds his show
around a pair of male lovers, Eddie and Fred,
and for a
finale he provides them with a lavish gay wedding. The results are
WEAVER, LA WEEKLY, GO, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2010
stunning musical number follows another, leading to a crescendo of
HAMPTON, THOMAS HAMPTON REVIEWS, DECEMBER 12, 2010
"Aesthetically, the show is astounding.
surrounded by the robust, geometrical costumes, textured scrims
and complex, multi-purpose sculptures,
difficult to comprehend all of these products cost a mere 99 cents
MCANANY, LA STAGE TIMES, DECEMBER 5, 2010
"…fabulous in the truest sense of that overused word’s meaning
and its great virtue is that it can still be seen at the Bootleg
if this reviewer had any say, it would run forever."
- HARVEY PERR, STAGE AND CINEMA, JANUARY 1, 2011
Feb 1, 2011 –
Apr 5, 2011
Her 1996 solo play What Ever was described by the
New York Times
as “a masterwork of the solo form.”
Her ensemble play Tale of 2Cities: An American Joyride on
Multiple Tracks won a 2007 Obie for performance
Recipient of the inaugural Spaulding Gray award.
"With her near-legendary ability to somehow perform scenes
featuring a dozen or more characters at once,
Woodbury gets epic this time with a hilarious and haunting tale of
evangelical Christian teens-gone-wild,
environmentalist scientists battling mega-church zealots
(in defense of a “Macguffin” frog),
and the struggling, often meth-terrorized “new poor,” who can’t
quite believe they aren’t middle-class anymore."
- Dudley Saunders, OPTION, March 10, 2011
FEB 26- 27,
Perea, Eluza Santos, Juanita Suarez, Eva Tessler, Jose Garcia
Dance Theater Project is a collaborative ensemble of
multidisciplinary artists who explore through performances
musical, and visual--
controversial issues impacting the global community.
Dance Theater "Projects" bring different collaborators together to
create performance experiences,
new aesthetic in dance-
reflective of the diverse Latin culture of today.
Reason” is a show that defies categorization. It was created by
the Latina Dance Project,
show goes beyond being a mere dance performance;
it is a
fascinating hybridization of dance, theater, video, music (both
pre-recorded and sung live), and performance art. "
commissions 7 choreographers to participate in Bootleg's 1st Dance
Campion, Keith Glassman, Post Natyam Collective, Jamie Benson,
Wife, Arianna Hoffman, Carmela Harmann
an effort to beef up LA’s East Side with a substantial
every-seat’s-a-good-seat dance venue,
Bootleg’s Artistic Director Alicia Hoge-Adams and award-winning
choreographer Heidi Duckler
have curated a sampling of diverse perspectives on the ephemeral
- BEN WIDDEY, LAIST, MARCH 3, 2011
is going to be
ridonculous. Seriously, this show has the makings of an edited
volume for cultural studies in the year 2065.
Heidi Duckler and Bootleg Big Girl Alicia Adams, the festival
serves up a variety usually seen in music at SXSW.
experimental dance scene is starting to evolve into a nice size
tree with a few well-established boughs. Righteous."
- ANN B.
SCOTT, AFROLOGICS; ARTS, ANALYSIS, & ACTION
Performance and Artistic Director Amy "Catfox" Campion premiere
performer-activated video projection and structured improvisations
for eight breakdancers.
synthesizes body language, gesture, and street dance by drawing on
the inherent strengths and core concepts of breakdance
- MUSIC AND
STRENGTH, FEBRUARY 14, 2011
active participant on the east side's small live-club circuit, the
Bootleg Theater plays host to its inaugural three-day Bootleg
featuring seven refreshing performances curated by Heidi Duckler
and Bootleg's Artistic Director, Alicia Hoge-Adams.
Highlights include a double bill of Nina McNeely's WIFE , which
explores the "possibilities of dance, video and fantasy,"
and Jamie Benson's dance
dramedy, Mass Transit.”
June 17- July
premiere written by Gary Lennon
with: Diarra Kilpatrick, Trevor Peterson, RD Call,
Tara Karsian, Leandro Cano, Clifford Mores, Paul Elia, Darryl
Set: Jason Adams, Costumes: Ann Closs- Farley, Video and Sound:
a Romeo and
set in the
transgender world of Los Angeles.
Interlopers at the Bootleg Theatre written by Gary Lennon and
directed by Jim Fall is beautiful theatre,
done, funny, heartwarming, and perfect for this moment in time. "
STRAW, JULY 8, 2011
Kilpatrick perfectly embodies the female-to-male transgender,
with a happy-go-lucky, passionate swagger,
using a nonchalant ghetto patois to belie her vulnerability."
- TONY FRANKEL, STAGE AND CINEMA, JULY 8,
brings me to Victoria, an over the top pre-op played by Darryl
drinks a bit too much, speaks her mind and has yet to meet a boy
she doesn’t want to sleep with:
pre-op version of half your friends (you know who they are!)
Victoria has the best lines and
a tremendous stage presence."
- FAB CITY,
JULY 25, 2011
"There’s no doubt that this is an important piece of
work that deserves to be seen and deserves a future.
contains one of my favorite lines of the season: "God loves you.
But everyone else thinks you’re an asshole."
BERNSTEIN, WEHO NEWS, JULY 82011
affecting, unconventional study of two pre-op transsexuals whose
friendship turns to love…
Lennon's prime achievement is the grit, humor and suspense he
off from Shakespeare, melodramatic patches negligible against the
essential humanity he finds in each character.
author Lennon's devotion to the sorely under-explored subject,
which trumps any vagaries of staging or approach.
should leave preconceptions behind -- and bring Kleenex."
NICHOLS, LA TIMES, JUNE 3, 2011
you’ve ever been curious about what it must be like for someone
about to have a transgender operation,
see this production."
KATHLEEN PICHE, LOS ANGELES COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH,
INFORMATION OFFICE DIRECTOR
Book, music and
lyrics by Daniel Franzese & Hanna LoPatin.
Daniel Franzese (Mean Girls,Party Down) and Hanna LoPatin (Second
City, I.O. )
Daniel Franzese, Hanna LoPatin, Mike Ciriaco, Josh Covitt, Mark
Shunock, Pauly D,
DiConcetto, Rebekka Johnson, Kimmy Gatewood, Aynsley Bubbico and
SHOREsical, A FRICKIN" ROCK OPERA, had a sold-out run at Bootleg
and went on to the 2011 New York International Fringe Festival.
It was then
picked to participate in the Fringe's encore series for six more
shows in late September.
easily one of the more fun, unique experiences you’ll have."
Darden, Working Author/ Writing Entertainment News & Views, July
by far the most meticulously stitched web of comedy and mockery of
TV parody that I have seen in quite a while."
- FANS OF
MUMO, July 12, 2011
Shoresical: A Frickin' Rock Opera" has been garnering rave reviews
from its audiences,
and so far
it has been sold out, standing-room-only for every performance.
extended their run by two shows,
your tickets in a hurry before they're, like, frickin' gone too."
REBHOLZ, PLANET FURY, JULY 22, 2011
"The show was so entertaining! The music was brilliant and was
narrated by three random sluts.
They condensed three seasons into one awesome musical."
- CHRISTOPHO, LETOPHO.BLOGSPOT, AUGUST 25, 2011
Performed by actor/comedian/def poet Joe Hernandez-Kolski
Benjamin Byron Davis
wits, charm, and comedy -- the Polish-Mexican-American one-man act
that is Joe Hernandez-Kolski
rocked the Bootleg Theater here in Los Angeles with his hilarious
yet compelling solo show, Awake."
M. ROHIT, BUZZINE, SEPTEMBER 6, 2011
a daring thrill."
VASQUEZ, CAMPUS CIRCLE, AUGUST 3, 2011
performance couldn't be sleeker; it's perfectly timed and
ferocity that careens from the satirical to the indignant."
LEIGH MORRIS, LA WEEKLY, AUGUST 4, 2011
enviably athletic Hernandez-Kolski and crew execute a
flawless…first 50 minutes of unrelenting talk
every second of which the actor remains just barely the left side
ROHRER, STAGE HAPPENINGS
a L’Enfant Terrible Event
Fun Family Festival of Tragedy
LA’s first Shakespeare festival for All Ages!
Prince of Puddles
Titus the Clownicus
and the world premiere of
Macbeth and the Monster
shows are written by Angela Berliner
Produced by Seth Compton and Directed by Justin Zsebe
"I am happy
to say it was FANTASTIC. The kids boo'ed Claudius and cheered
funny, touching and whimsical -the actors gave such an
But how did
the Baby (who's 5) and the Kid (who's 7) feel about it?
it. Every minute of it they were intrigued, laughing - enjoying
the entire show."
RANTS, JULY 12, 2011
"These amazing Theatre People have taken some serious Bard
tragedy, culled it down to simplest essence in a way that the
lesson is learned,
and manages to keep a bunch of kids engaged for an hour –
THAT is brilliant dedication to one’s craft, I say,
and I can heartily recommend it to any mom who wants the kidlets
to get a little culture and see how people were entertained before
XBox and IMAX."
- ALEXANDRA BOWER, MOMS LA (LOS ANGELES AND ORANGE COUNTY THROUGH
THE EYES OF REAL MOMS), JUNE 11, 2011
simply cannot be avoided: with Fun Family Festival of Tragedy,
L’Enfant Terrible, a startlingly brilliant new theatre company,
is poised and ready to take over the theatre world.
On the surface, their four shows playing in repertory at the
are merely dazzling in design, festooned in frivolity, oozing with
invention, and percolating with the most passionate performers in
But, really, the goal here is compelling and unforgettable
storytelling as a way to bring families and communities that much
- TONY FRANKEL, STAGE AND CINEMA, JULY 16, 2011
Directed by David J.
member and bassist for the punk band Bauhaus
collaboration with Ego Plum
Daniele Watts, Douglas Dickerman
this month, don't watch another cop show on television. Come
ROHRER, STAGE HAPPENINGS, SEPTEMBER, 2011
founding member and bassist for the punk rock band Bauhaus, has
written a chilling new play..."
BRYAN ANDREW SHACKLEFORD, WESTSIDE TODAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2011
is the Butoh dance sequence brilliantly performed throughout by
white tulle like a demented ballerina-bride, with blackened eyes,
powdered skin and a grotesque grimace,
embodies the tormented spirit of Short, whose lingering presence
slowly builds to a cathartic climax.
Daniele Watts as Ms. Comfort steps up to the mic, she gives a
breathtaking rendition of a torchy blues song."
LEIGH MORRIS, LA WEEKLY, GO, SEPTEMBER 13, 2011
gothic sensibility is very much on display in this new play, which
revolves around the notorious Black Dahlia murder.
Halloween-worthy trappings include a stage littered with bisected
manikins and a live dance sequence featuring Short’s severed
effect as bizarrely whimsical as it is appalling. "
KATHLEEN FOLEY, LA TIMES, SEPTEMBER 15, 2011
J fans, Butoh enthusiasts, and Black Dahlia cultists…should be
- LAIST, SEPTEMBER 2011
again, the Bootleg Theatre has scored big time with an evocation
of a colorful period in
history, that being the Black Dahlia murder case of the late
EEWORLDNEWS.COM, SEPTEMBER 18, 2011
an art installation, it has a terrible beauty and some moments of
bizarre theatrical innovations that linger in the memory."
- HARVEY PERR, STAGE AND CINEMA, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011
JULY 4, 2011
Patrick J. Adams
Dillon, Joe Holt and Arlene Santana
American soldier, Daniel Reeves, is tried for an atrocity against
civilians in Iraq.
for LA Drama Critics Circle Awards in Best Production,
Performance by a Lead Actor and Best Sound Design
for an LA Weekly Award for Best Ensemble
"...a great production of an essential play ... Cain puts Adams
through a wringer, and the thesp in turn does the same to us."
- BOB VERINI, VARIETY, OCTOBER 25 , 2011
"Electrifying ... Patrick J. Adams' characterization
is riveting... His work is complemented by sublime supporting
LES SPINDLE, BACKSTAGE- CRITIC'S PICK, OCTOBER 26,
"Adams led us breath-bated through this tour de force as if his
body were made of tissue paper or a glass vase bursting full of
- LUCY GRIFFIN, ARTSBEAT LA, OCTOBER 24, 2011
"Acted with buzz-saw intensity ... there’s no denying the work’s
A fictional character’s fractured consciousness opens a window
onto the nation’s sickened soul."
- CHARLES MCNULTY, LA TIMES, OCTOBER 24, 2011
"…a razor-sharp ensemble and director Justin Zsebe's energetic
staging inject a surprising level of pathos."
- STEVEN LEIGH MORRIS, LA WEEKLY, OCTOBER 24, 2011
Bootleg Theater and Circle X Theatre Co. come together for the
second year in a row to present
.November 6: GIDION'S KNOT by Johnna Adams
Directed by Darin Anthony
November 13: THE SMALL by Anne Washburn
Directed by TBA
November 20: TREVOR by Nick Jones
Directed by TBD
December 4th: OUR LOT by Kristin Newbom & W. David Hancock
Directed by Larissa Kokernot
DEC. 1- 17,
and Ann Closs-Farley
of Criminal Couture
Howard Cohen, Tawny Featherstone, Kirk Wilson, Alicia Adams, Mary
Brogger, Ann Closs-Farley, Kirk Wilson, Sarah Staskauskaus, Karen
Zuenert, Barbara Lempel,
Robert Prior, Teresa Shaye, Sarah Broyles, Rosey Johnson,
Catherine Robertson, Dian Camerillo, Anthony Garcia, Lisa Fulton,
Angela Wood, John Burton, Alicia Adams,
Christian Svenson, Suzanne Wakefield, Lauren Horwitz, Cristy
Tobin, Jamie Brown, and more,
Auction of 60 gowns on 60 models will be constructed from stolen,
found and recyclable materials created with the theme of all
Brought to life
in the basements of LA’s top Artists and Designers these ravaging
Rip Off’s pay homage the top 60 chi-chi Designers of today.
Where or how
they came into being is better left unknown.
All you need to
know is it is Hot! Here! & Happening at Bootleg Theater for the
first three weekends in December for your guilty pleasure!
Market Catwalk will offer the music stylings of local diva Abby
Travis, and sizzling aerialists to satisfy your desire for all
with Selene Luna
Selene Luna is a small package with a very big presence.
member of the Velvet Hammer Burlesque,
internationally and performs regularly with burlesque idol Dita
probably best known for her role in Lionsgate’s feature, “My
Bloody Valentine 3D”,
and her role
as Margaret Cho‘s assistant in Vh1′s “The Cho Show”
performance that landed her a nomination for MTV LOGO’s NewNowNext:
Brink of Fame: Comic Award.
stand-up comedy has led her to work alongside comedy legends
Roseanne Barr, Robin Williams and Garret Morris.
JAN 26, 27, 28
(with Jesse James Rice and Glen Martin)
A Song Without
& A Play With
(two too short
Broad Daylight (A Song Without Music)
Imagined for Marilyn Monroe if she had lived, but instead
performed by Mr. Littell,
as the type of gal who just didn't feel called to be a movie star.
Billy, the Kid, and What He Did (A Play With Songs) Written by
Libby Larsen and Philip Littell.
Billy, the Kid, and What He Did is a cool take on some bad breaks:
dead guys, guns, guitars, and no girls.
Aided and abetted by Jesse James Rice and Glen Martin, Littell and
Larsen patrol the lawless border between this mean ol’ world and
FEB 10- APR 1,
& Performed by Evan Brenner
Directed by John C. Reilly
Score/Music – Sheela Bringi & Jaeger Smith, Lighting and Set
Design – Francois-Pierre Couture, Costume – Megg Sicotte-Kelly,
Stage Manager – Meghan Hong,
Manager – Jonny Rodgers, Technical Director – Jon Stoner,
Producers – Alicia Adams and Jessica Hanna, Publicity – Lucy
Producers – Fonda St. Paul, David Fuhrer & Dan Brenner,
Program/Flier Art – Alex Grey & Alexandra Maxwell
ESTELL 111, LA WEEKLY, FEBRUARY 15, 2012
"Brenner, with his wonderful performance, seems to capture
infinity in a single moment."
SARA ITKIS, NEON TOMMY, FEBRUARY 15, 2012
"The text, smoothed and simplified by centuries of oral
transmission, possesses a fairy-tale simplicity, austere and
- NEAL WEAVER, BACKSTAGE WEST, FEBRUARY 14, 2012
"For an hour-
and- a- half, this great storyteller moved from one scene to the
- CLARE ELFMAN,
BUZZINE, FEBRUARY 11, , 2012
soothing….profound…Brenner possesses remarkable poise."
MCNULTY, LA TIMES, FEBRUARY 11, 2012
is masterfully portrayed by Evan Brenner."
EXAMINER.COM, FEBRUARY 11, 2012