|Gerardo Morales Adds Piano to 'Forever Flamenco' Sunday, Sept 16th |
Smash Hit Flamenco Series at the Fountain
|"La Pamela" Pamela Lourant|
The September edition of the Fountain Theatre's acclaimed series offers a rare flamenco performance, pairing pianist Matt Amper with Gerardo Morales on guitar and percussion; guitarist Gabriel Osuna; singer JosÚ Cortes; and dancers Vanessa Acosta, "La Pamela" (Pamela Lourant) and Oscar Valero. With only 78 seats in four rows, the Fountain is the perfect place to view flamenco.
|Pianist Matt Amper |
Artist Line-Up Sept 16th Dancers: Vanessa Acosta, "La Pamela" (Pamela Lourant), Oscar Valero
Singer: JosÚ Cortes
Guitarists: Gerardo Morales, Gabriel Osuna
Percussion: Gerardo Morales
Piano: Matthew Amper
Created and produced by co-artistic director Deborah Lawlor, The Fountain Theatre's Forever Flamenco! series is now in its 9th smash year. Each performance features a roster of world-class flamenco dancers, singers and musicians drawn from the rich pool of flamenco artists in Southern California, with additional guest artists brought from around the country and Spain. Named "L.A.'s most significant venue for flamenco" by the LA Weekly, the Fountain, with only 78 seats in 4 rows, is the perfect setting in which to enjoy the art form up close.
|Gabriel Osuna |
|Pamela Lourant at Forever Flamenco |
SUNDAY SEPT 16th (323) 663-1525
| Athol Fugard Enjoys "Blue Iris" and Q&A Talkback|
Playwright in lively and inspiring discussion with audience
Playwright Athol Fugard attended a recent Sunday matinee performance of the US Premiere of his new play, The Blue Iris
, at the Fountain. After hailing the performance and production as "superb" and "magnificent", praising the three fabulous actors, Fugard joined the cast and director in a Q&A Talk Back discussion with the audience.
On the page or standing live on our stage, Athol is a spellbinding storyteller. He graciously answered many questions on a variety of subjects, on topics ranging from what inspires him to write, his feelings about his country of South Africa, the process of creating theatre and why he feels so connected to the Fountain.
|Athol Fugard in discussion with actor Morlan Higgins.|
"L.A.'s Most Significant Venue
for Flamenco!" - LA Weekly
"Being the sensual, intimate art form that it is ...
the way you feel after a Forever Flamenco
performance is pretty darn fabulous."
- LA Splash
9th SMASH YEAR! (323) 663-1525
Fountain Season 2012-13
West Coast Premiere!
El Nogalar ("The Pecan Orchard")
by Tanya Saracho directed by Laurie Woolery
World Premiere! A co-production with Deaf West Theatre
by Stephen Sachs directed by Simon Levy
To Celebrate Athol Fugard's 80th Birthday!
US Premiere of his Newest Play! Limited Run! Aug-Sept
Los Angeles Premiere! A Theater Event! Acclaimed New Play!
"Something rare, a new authentically original vision" - NY Times
In the Red and Brown Water
by Tarell Alvin McCraney directed by Shirley Jo Finney October - December 2012
An American Masterpiece
A Moon for the Misbegotten
by Eugene O'Neill directed by Stephen Sachs
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'The Blue Iris' is "Another Masterpiece for the Fountain"
Entire Run Sold Out for US Premiere of Athol Fugard's New Play!
|Morlan Higgins and Julanne Chidi Hill (photo by Ed Krieger).|The US Premiere of Athol Fugard's new play, The Blue Iris, is "another masterpiece for the Fountain" hails critic Dany Margolies of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle. Heralded as "A Gem" by Variety and "Riveting" by Backstage, the entire limited run has already SOLD OUT through September 16th.
Continuing its 12-year relationship with Athol Fugard, The Fountain Theatre celebrates the master playwright's 80th birthday with the U.S. premiere of his newest play. Directed by Stephen Sachs and starring Morlan Higgins, Julanne Chidi Hill and Jacqueline Schultz.
"A theatrical triple threat: great writing, great directing
and great acting"
- Broadway World
"Three superbly talented actors"
- Hollywood Reporter
"A trio of impeccable performances!"
- LA Weekly
READ THE RAVE REVIEWS!
The Blue Iris is set in Fugard's beloved and desolate South African desert, the Karoo. In a burnt-out farmhouse, a widowed farmer, Robert Hannay (Higgins) and his housekeeper, Rieta (Hill) sort through the fire-ravaged debris of their lives. The discovery of a miraculously undamaged painting of a flower - a blue iris - created by Hannay's deceased wife (Schultz) unlocks long-forgotten memories and hidden secrets. Fugard digs deep into the human heart, and the result is a love story full of tender, soul-touching and surprising revelations.
The Blue Iris
Limited Run! Now - September 16 Buy Tickets
| Cast Set for "In the Red and Brown Water" at the Fountain |
LA Premiere of Important New Play Coming Up Next
Casting is complete for the Fountain's highly-anticipated Los Angeles Premiere of Tarrell Alvin McCraney
's In the Red and Brown Water
. Rehearsals are underway with director Shirley Jo Finney
at the helm.
How far will fast, beautiful Oya go to make a mark in the world? In the Red and Brown Water
is the intoxicating story that charts a young girl's thrust into womanhood, her family struggle, the two men vying for her heart, and her subsequent fall into the murky waters of life. Oya can run faster than anyone, but not fast enough to escape her fate. When pressed to choose between her dying mother and her dreams of escape, she makes a life-changing decision. Her journey from the promise of youth to the complicated yearnings of womanhood is a joyous, raucous, brazenly theatrical experience. Thrilling, powerful, lyrical, moving. in the mythical and ritualistic storytelling style of The Ballad of Emmett Till
, also directed by Shirley Jo Finney
In the Red and Brown Water
|Playwright Tarrell Alvin McCraney|
is Part One of McCraney's acclaimed Brother/Sister Plays trilogy. A hit at major theaters across the country, such as The Public (NY), Arena Stage (Washington, DC), The McCarter (Princeton), ACT (San Francisco).
"This is an important new play by an exciting new voice in the American theatre," says Fountain Co-Artistic Director Stephen Sachs. "We fought very hard for three years to get the exclusive LA rights to this play. It was very important to us that the Fountain be the theatre that introduces this play and this playwright to Los Angeles."
The LA Times has chosen the Fountain's upcoming production of In the Red and Brown Water
for its special Fall Preview edition highlighting noteworthy events in the coming season.
|Diarra Kilpatrick plays the lead role of Oya.|
The talented cast includes Dorian Baucum
, Peggy Blow
, Gilbert Glenn Brown
, Justin Chu Cary
, Simone Missick
, Diarra Kilpatrick
, Stephen Marshall
, Iona Morris
, Theodore Perkins
, and Maya Lynne Robinson
Discount Previews begin October 13th. Opens October 20 - December 16th. (323) 663-1525
Splashes Around the Fountain
Brian Markinson (Sept 1), Alan Blumenfeld (Sept 4), Naila Aladdin-Sanders (Sept 5), Mizuho Sato (Sept 6), Ed Martin (Sept 12), Karen Malina White (Sept 13), Erinn Anova (Sept 13), Judi Lewin (Sept 14), Adam Del Monte (Sept 23), Anna Khaja (Sept 29)
Our fabulous summer intern, Jessica Broutt, has completed her internship with us and is now enjoying a trip to Israel before returning to school at UC San Diego ... Our production of The Blue Iris is being supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts .... Carlease Burke (Gem of the Ocean) is in Helen at the Getty Villa ... Cyrano co-stars Troy Kotsur and Paul Raci are in pre-production for their indie film, Deaf Ghost. Paul wrote the script and Troy directs ... Deidrie Henry (Coming Home) is in American Night by Culture Clash at Yale Rep ... Ipek Mehlum (Cyrano) has returned to Norway and is working at Theatre Manu on Jack and Beanstalk ... Julanne Chidi Hill (Blue Iris) can be seen this month on the Season Finale of Weeds on Showtime.
Fountain Birthdays this month:
See the DVD of the CBS-TV Hallmark Hall of Fame movie version of the Fountain play Sweet Nothing in my Ear
by Stephen Sachs, starring Oscar-winner Marlee Matlin and Jeff Daniels. Buy Now!
Read the play Sweet Nothing in my Ear
(Fountain Theatre, 1997) by Stephen SachsBuy Now!
Read the play What I Heard About Iraq
(Fountain, 2005) by Simon Levy. Buy Now!
Read the play Exits and Entrances
(Fountain, 2004) by Athol Fugard Buy Now!
Read Gem of the Ocean
(Fountain, 2009) by August Wilson
Read the play Coming Home
(Fountain, 2009) by Athol Fugard Buy Now!
Read the book The Temple of Man
by R.A. Schwaller de Lubicz, translated by Deborah Lawlor Buy Now!
Read the play Opus
by Michael Hollinger (Fountain 2010) Buy Now!
Read The Train Driver
(Fountain, 2010) by Athol Fugard
Great Summer Reading! The historical novel The Whip
by Fountain actress Karen Kondazian Harvest the Dust
by Fountain actor
adapted for the stage
by Simon Levy
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Special Fountain Thanks to Rashida Anderson, Erinn Anova, Janvie Cason, Michael Davidson, Joyce Ellenson, Marilyn Fried, Christine Frederickson, Gaye Funk, Shann Hunt, Marsha Jackson, Denise Kassar, Kerry Krenzin, Simon Levy, Terri Roberts, Stephen Sachs, Jacqueline Schultz, Mike Sullivan, Thomas Thomas.