UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter - September 16, 2016
UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter
September 16, 2016
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News and TFT Alumni Events
UCLA on Broadway
TFT received an honorable mention in playbill.com's article, Top Colleges Currently Represented on Broadway , listing alumni Jessica Keenan Wynn ( Beautiful ), Coby Getzug ( The Book of Mormon ), Timothy Ware ( Kinky Boots ), Melissa Mitchell ( Les Misérables ), Satomi Hofmann ( Phantom of the Opera ), Aleks Pevec ( Something Rotten! ), Judy Kaye ( Wicked ) and Tess Ferrell ( Wicked ).
Thrasher Road Completes Principal Photography
Alumni Production of The Country Wife
September 17 - October 23 at King's Road Park
The wickedly satirical comedy, The Country Wife, written in 1675 by William Wycherley, directed by TFT alumna Suzanne Hunt ('00) and starring alumni Lonni Silverman ('05), and Kathy Bell Denton (MFA '76) is being produced by the Classical Theatre Lab and the City of West Hollywood

The Country Wife
September 17-October 23 
Sat/Sun at 3 pm
King's Road Park 
1000 N. King's Rd. West Hollywood.

Admission is free.  
Temptation of St. Antony
Now Through October 2
Los Angeles Times has a feature article with creators Mat Sweeney ('05) and Sebastian Peters-Lazaro (Arts & Architecture '06), whose Four Larks production of The Temptation of St. Antony runs through October 2 in DTLA. 
Ep. 1 of Alumni Webseries
The Call Room Now Streaming

Episode One "Pizza Party" is now live:




Starring Adam Carr ('08), Jonathan Schwartz, Alexa Rose, 

Nathaniel Meek ('06) & Sean Harrison Jones ('08)

    NYC: Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind

    Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, as written and performed by the NY Neo-Futurists, is an ever-changing attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes. Based on the original concept by Greg Allen and the Neo-Futurists (founded 1988, still the longest running show in Chicago). The single unifying element of these plays is that they are performed from a perspective of absolute honesty. The NY Neo-Futurists appear as themselves on stage, speaking from personal experiences. Each short play is written by a performer, honed by the ensemble, and randomly collaged with twenty-nine other plays. Each week, these plays shift as ensemble members add new plays to the existing body of work. Each night of performance, the NY Neos aim to create an unreproducable living newspaper of the comic and tragic, the political and personal, the visceral and experimental. Running for 12 years now, part comedy, part storytelling, part absurdism- a wholly original East Village landmark.

    "..the theatrical equivalent of channel surfing," The NY Times 

    "Best Theater of 2015," Forbes.

    Dates: every Friday & Saturday, 10:30pm at The Kraine Theater (85 E. 4th St.). Tickets: $19 pre-sale, door price $13 + the roll of a dice. More info at www.nynf.org 

    TFT alumnus Alex Vlahov joins the cast for performances for the next four weeks 9/16 + 17 to 10/7 & 8

    2017 National Playwrights Conference
    Now Accepting Applications
    About the National Playwrights Conference

    Each year a community of professionals gathers in the serene setting of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in order to support playwrights and new works for the theater.  The National Playwrights Conference strives to create a supportive environment that empowers playwrights to their own process and to experience the play with a professional company.

    In the years since its inception the National Playwrights Conference has developed more than 600 plays.  During the Conference, playwrights live on the grounds of the O'Neill for a full month and each engages in a week-long process of rehearsals culminating in two script-in-hand public readings.  Up to eight playwrights are selected for this intensive laboratory each summer.  Conference playwrights represent a wide range of experience from those working on a first play to Broadway veterans; directors and actors have also worked on and off Broadway, in film, and in regional theaters, and represent emerging artists and seasoned professionals.  Virtually every major American playwright has been part of the Conference, including Julia Cho, Rebecca Gilman, Regina Taylor, John Guare, Israel Horovitz, David Henry Hwang, David Lindsay-Abaire, Adam Rapp, Lanford Wilson, Wendy Wasserstein, and August Wilson.

    In addition to writers selected for staged readings, the Conference serves as a retreat for several writers-in-residence working independently on special projects.  Recent summers' residents include Alfred Uhry, Lisa Loomer, and Tracy Scott Wilson, David Auburn, and Sam Hunter.  Conference participants also have access to discussions with special guests.  Past speakers have included playwrights Edward Albee, Ed Bullins, Romulus Linney and Paula Vogel as well as Eugene O'Neill biographers Arthur and Barbara Gelb.

    Submission Info can be found here.
    The Bootleg Universe Short Script & Story Contest

    We are celebrating re-interpretations of characters and stories. Submit your most subversive or provocative ideas for consideration by this jury. 

    Have you ever wanted to write a fun new interpretation of a famous superhero or an iconic character? 

    Winning short script gets produced with a full production budget by film producer Adi Shankar!

    Read below for full details:

    ScreenCraft and Buffalo 8 Productions are excited to announce our partnership with Adi Shankar’s Bootleg Universe on this exciting short screenplay and story contest, dedicated to finding provocative reinterpretations of iconic stories and characters. The winning script or story will be produced with Hollywood talent by Adi Shankar and distributed for free worldwide via the Bootleg Universe YouTube channel, which has over 30 million views to date. The contest is open to anyone, anywhere, and is dedicated to celebrating new visions and timely reinterpretations of iconic characters and stories. The only criterion to qualify for entry is an interesting reimagining of a popular character or story. 

    This competition offers writers the opportunity to be freed from the constraints of mainstream Hollywood’s play-it-safe approach to famous characters and pre-existing intellectual property. It also offers a context and forum to rewrite any character or story and reverse engineer a social message into an "established brand name,” igniting a global conversation. 

    The contest is accepting entries now until the early deadline on September 5th and the final deadline on October 1st.  The winner will be announced by November 30th and production will begin in early 2017. 

    Full details and entry guidelines here. 

    Adi Shankar is a Film & TV Director / Producer. His film credits include THE GREY starring Liam Neeson, KILLING THEM SOFTLY starring Brad Pitt, DREDD starring Karl Urban, LONE SURVIVOR starring Mark Wahlberg, DIRTY LAUNDRY/THE PUNISHER BOOTLEG starring Thomas Jane, POWER/RANGERS UNAUTHORIZED BOOTLEG (with over 20 million views online).

    We look forward to seeing what you come up with. Let's make some noise! 

    TFT Alumni Nights with The Archive Presents:
    A Kartemquin Films Double Feature
    Raising Bertie and Trick Bag
    Tomorrow Night!
    September 16th at 7:30PM
    This double feature is part of the ongoing program, “ TFT Alumni Nights with The Archive.”

    Free admission to both films for TFT Alumni who say, “TFT ALUMNI” at the Billy Wilder Theater box office at the Hammer Museum.

    In-person:  Margaret Byrne.

    Los Angeles premiere!

    September 16, 2016 - 7:30 pm at the Billy Wilder Theater

    Raising Bertie  (2016)

    The inexorable changing of the seasons, beautifully shot by cinematographer Jon Stuyvesant, lends a poetic undercurrent to director Margaret Byrne’s intensely personal six-year portrait of three young African American boys growing into adulthood in rural Bertie County, North Carolina.  All students at The Hive, an alternative school for struggling kids, until its funding gets cut, Byrne’s subjects fight to define themselves and build futures in an environment where opportunities are hard to find.

    DCP, color, 100 min.  DIR: Margaret Byrne.

    Preceded by

    Trick Bag  (1974)

    Bringing their cameras to parks, street corners, factory gates and homes around Chicago, Kartemquin filmmakers sound the state of race relations in the city in this remarkable document that reverberates into the contemporary moment.

    16mm, b/w, 21 min.  DIR: Kartemquin Films, Rising Up Angry, Columbia College.

    Part of:  Kartemquin Films at 50

    Additional program info: https://www.cinema.ucla.edu/events/2016/09/16/raising-bertie

    Theater and parking info: https://www.cinema.ucla.edu/billy-wilder-theater

    American Cinematheque Presents:
    Paul Schrader Double Feature 
    Fri, September 30

    Discussion between films with DOG EAT DOG director Paul Schrader (MFA '70) and writer Matthew David Wilder.

    Los Angeles Premiere!

    2016, RLJ Entertainment, 95 min, Dir: Paul Schrader

    With two strikes against them, Mad Dog (Willem Dafoe), Troy (Nicolas Cage) and Diesel (Christopher Matthew Cook) don’t have a lot of options. So the three ex-cons are receptive when mobster Grecco The Greek (director Schrader) approaches them with a kidnapping scheme … but the potentially lucrative operation quickly spirals out of control. Adapting Edward Bunker’s seminal pulp underground classic, Schrader employs a gonzo, guerrilla approach to create this brilliantly funny, scattershot noir, which takes us to the underbelly of California with endless bloodbaths, morally corrupt characters and a sadistic sense of fun. “A thoroughly disreputable, sordid and engaging crime drama.” - Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter.

    35 mm!

    1976, Sony Repertory, 113 min, USA, Dir: Martin Scorsese

    Director Martin Scorsese's "savage, many-headed dragon of the American New Wave" (Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice) is still as potent as ever. Cabbie Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro's seminal pistol-packing, insomniac loner) drives through the open sewer that is mid-1970s Manhattan with its pimps (Harvey Keitel), hookers (Jodie Foster), politicos (Cybill Shepherd and Albert Brooks) and other scummy creatures of the neon wilderness. With a ferocious script by Paul Schrader. 

    Program information can be found here.

    Episode Seven of  Soho Haus Rules with Guest Star James Franco Streaming Now
    The seventh episode of alumnus Jason Romaine's (MFA '14) new webseries  Soho Haus Rules  is streaming now.
    Around the World in 80 Days
    at The Matrix Theatre

    Danger, romance and comic surprises abound in this whirlwind of a show, as 5 actors portraying 39 characters traverse 7 continents in Mark Brown's adaption of one of the greatest adventures of all time. The original amazing race!

    Fri & Sat @ 8; Sun @ 3
    September 9 - October 16

    The Matrix Theatre
    7657 Melrose Avenue
    Los Angeles, CA 90049
    (just East of Fairfax)
    (323) 960-4429 

    UCLA TFT ALUMNI: Use code 410 for $10 off! 

    Tix: https://www.plays411.com/newsite/show/play_info.asp?show_id=4524
    Show website: http://www.allisonbibicoff.com/aroundtheworld.html

    Directed by Allison Bibicoff ('90).

    The Beauty, The Banshee & Me
    at the Whitefire Theatre
    Michael Allen Angel ('87) directs the West Coast Premiere of  The Beauty, The Banshee & Me at the  Whitefire Theatre beginning  September 15.

    The Beauty, The Banshee & Me opens for press on  September 15 and continues through 
    October 23. Performances take place  Thursdays at  8 p.m., and  Sundays at  3 p.m. All tickets are  $25, The  Whitefire Theatre is located at  13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423. For reservations and information, call  (323) 960-1055 or go to  www.plays411.com/banshee.
    Airplane LIVE!
    Archway Studio/Theatre
    Airplane LIVE! The greatest film parody of all time comes to the stage in this late night event!

    Fridays and Saturdays
    September 16 - October 1st at 11PM

    Archway Studio/Theatre
    10509 Burbank Blvd. 
    Los Angeles 91601
    (818) 980-PLAY


    Adapted for the stage and starring Chrisi Talyn Saje (MFA '11)
    Job Listings and Available Services
    California School of the Arts: San Gabriel Valley, Duarte, and Los Angeles County
    Multiple Positions Available

    NOW HIRING: Eight fabulously talented conservatory directors/chairs who will be pioneering brand new arts programs at a brand new school!

    Orange County School of the Arts is opening a sister school, California School of the Arts – San Gabriel Valley in the 2017-2018 school year

    There is no admin credential or teaching credential required for any of these positions. The ideal candidate has a professional background in their artistic field and is familiar with the educational practices related to their field. We are looking for motivated artists and educators who are excited about the opportunity to build something special from the ground up. If that's you or if you know someone who would be perfect, please share far and wide!

    Currently Hiring:

    Chair of Dance
    Chair of Instrumental Music
    Chair of Theatre
    Director of Classical Voice
    Director of Creative Writing
    Director of Integrated Arts
    Director of Production and Design/Production Manager
    Director of Visual Arts

    The application window for these positions closes on Friday, October 14th.

    Costume Designer Wanted

    Costume Designer needed for a production of In the Heights at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts at Hamilton High School in Los Angeles

    We are looking for a costume designer to design, produce and run the costumes for our production of In the Heights. The show is in February of 2017. We have a cast of 45. There is no teaching involved in this position. The person would only be required to design, produce, and run the costumes for the show. Parent and student volunteers will be available to assist as needed in the production and running of the show.

    This is a paid position and there is a budget available to assist in what is required to produce the costumes. If you are interested please forward your resume to Gail Chorna at gail.chorna@lausd.net. Specifics in regards to salary and budget will be addressed during the interview process. 

    Sales Assistant for Content Media Corporation

    Content Media Corporation is a dynamic film, tv, and digital sales company focused on acquiring and distributing an extensive slate of television programs and feature films worldwide. We are currently looking for a Sales Assistant for the Los Angeles office for immediate hire. The position is responsible for providing administrative support to the LA based sales team. The ideal candidate must have a strong interest in international sales and a desire to learn the distribution side of the entertainment industry. This is an entry level administrative position with responsibilities that include, but are not limited to:

    • Assisting in the daily administration of various client accounts, both domestic and international. 
    • Inputting and keeping availability lists current on our database.
    • Tracking completed sales relevant to the LA based sales team.
    • Researching available rights for incoming title requests.
    • Ordering screeners for clients and maintaining the screener database.
    • Scheduling market and sales trips meetings.
    • Organizing marketing materials and preparing packages for markets and sales trips.
    • Maintaining the client contacts database.
    • Preparing expense reports.
    • Assisting with travel arrangements.
    • General administrative duties including copying and filing.

    We are looking for someone who is a team player, detail oriented, and very organized with the ability to multitask and prioritize. The successful candidate will have superior writing and communication skills. Bachelor's degree and proficiency in MS Office are required. Previous experience in tv/film sales is a plus.

    Contact us: Please send email and cover letter to jobsla@contentmediacorp.com. No phone calls please.

    Half-Off Tickets to The Actors' Gang Production of 1984

    Thank you so much for fostering the performing arts! We're inviting everyone at UCLA's School of Theater, Film, & Television to The Actors' Gang Theater in Culver City to see: 

    Orwell's 1984, September 8 through October 8, 2016  

    We would love to see groups from UCLA in the audience for this production and we're offering discounted ticket prices. Bring colleagues, friends, family and be part of The Actors' Gang Season of Justice!
    If you would like to buy tickets please visit: www.theactorsgang.com

    Use Discount Code: ucla 

    Take a look at our promo video for the show!


    I wanted to pass on a message from our Artistic Director, Tim Robbins, about our current show. Here is Tim:

    Please come see our new production of George Orwell's 1984 that I have directed at the Actors Gang. We have toured around the world with this production and recently returned from a successful run at the Spoleto Festival in Italy. Although we have done this play before and wish it would cease to be relevant we have recently recast and reimagined it for these Trump/NSA/reality show times.  1984 opens September 8, and runs for 12 performances.  I hope you can join us.

    Tim Robbins

    CTG Presents
    Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and  A View From The Bridge
    The Young Vic Production of Arthur Miller’s
    A View From The Bridge
    Directed by Ivo Van Hove

    2016 Tony® Award Winner—Best Revival of a Play, Best Director

    Tickets Start at $25!  Including stage seating, providing a unique opportunity to get an intimate view steps away from the action.
    Don’t miss an unforgettable, intimate experience of A View From the Bridge. Our onstage seating offers a unique opportunity to get an unobstructed view steps away from the action. 
    Direct from sold-out runs on the West End and Broadway comes A View From the Bridge in a searing revival from director Ivo van Hove, delivering “the stuff of Broadway legend” ( New York Post). Arthur Miller’s tale of a Brooklyn longshoreman obsessed with his 17-year-old niece and his raging jealousy over her love of an immigrant will leave audiences feeling “ridiculously blessed to have been a witness to the events you just saw” ( The New York Times).

    American Masters Package
    $99 Special Ticket Offer – A View from the Bridge at the Ahmanson Theatre

    and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at the Mark Taper Forum
    Use Code: AMPACKAGE


    (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom on September 1 – September 18; A View From the Bridge on September 7 – September 25.  Please select your preferred date for each production.)

    *Valid now through September 18 for selected seat locations.  Offer not valid on previously purchased tickets or combined with other offers.  For Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, not valid on Sunday, September 11.  For A View From the Bridge, not valid on Wednesday, September 14.  Handling fees may apply.  Subject to availability.

    August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
    By August Wilson
    Directed by Phylicia Rashad
    With Greg Bryan, Keith David, Jason Dirden, Damon Gupton, Matthew Henerson, Nija Okoro, Lamar Richardson, Ed Swidey, Glynn Turman, Lillias White

    Mark Taper Forum
    135 N. Grand Avenue
    Los Angeles, CA 90012

    Special $35 Ticket Offer
    Use Code: MRARTS

    *Valid now through September 18 for selected seat locations.  Offer not valid on previously purchased tickets or combined with other offers.  Excludes Sunday, September 11. Handling fees may apply. Subject to availability.

    Blazing lyrical and emotional force…The spellbinding sound of a great American artist singing the history of his culture from the stage, creating a long, beautiful song out of unfathomable suffering. -- Charles Isherwood, Variety
    Ambition and art collide with the business of the blues in this red hot play filled with music that made the '20s roar. An American masterpiece, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is set in 1927 Chicago during a recording session at a white-owned studio with the legendary singer—inspired by real-life Mother of the Blues Gertrude "Ma" Rainey. Tony Award® winner Phylicia Rashad directs this groundbreaking play with a powerhouse cast led by Lillias White (Broadway’s Fela! and Once on This Island), Keith David (OWN’s Greenleaf, Broadway’s Jelly’s Last Jam), and Glynn Turman (HBO’s The Wire, Showtime’s House of Lies) all returning to the Taper from Joe Turner’s Come and Gone.

    Extraordinary! Ma Rainey rides on the exultant notes of the blues! -- Newsweek
    $25 Special Ticket Offer


    Written and Performed by Lucy Alibar

    Directed by Neel Keller

    At the Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City 90232

    September 10 – September 25, 2016
    Use Code: BPGOAT  


    A lecherous goat, Pentecostals on the radio, a clutter of in-bred cats, phone calls from death row, and Daddy’s burnpile. Experience a delicious and magical stew of stories about growing up in Grady County, written and performed by Lucy Alibar, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Beasts of the Southern Wild.

    Complimentary Tickets to the Laugh Factory, Hollywood
    The last few months of Supply and Demand shows at the Hollywood Laugh Factory were such a success that the club has extended the run through December! If you haven't been yet, you've missed many sold out shows, Dane Cook and Tom Papa dropping by, and performances by Whitney Cummings, Jerrod Carmichael, Iliza Schlesinger, Tommy Johnagin, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Alazraqui, Steve Hofstetter, Erik Griffin, Godfrey, Neal Brennan, and more!
    If you already have tickets, great! If not, the shows are every Wednesday through December. We have 50 complimentary tickets to each one - then they go to $5, $10, $15, and $20 as the show sells out. The Laugh Factory is supporting these shows in a big way, encouraging their most famous comedians to drop by and do surprise sets. Grab the complimentary ones before they're gone and go to as many shows as you want. To get your complimentary tickets, visit:
    TFT Alumni Affairs | UCLA | Email TFT Alumni AffairsUCLA TFT

    Noah Green 
    Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs, School of Theater, Film and Television
    Make sure your alumni contact info is up to date.