St. Germain’s ‘BEST OF ENEMIES’ in Burbank: Racial fireworks explode from the stage

bestofenemiesOnly one week left to catch Mark St. Germain‘s BEST OF ENEMIES at the Colony Theatre in Burbank, CA.  “The production is mandatory viewing for anyone who values the stage’s ability to provoke thought about serious social issues,” remarked reviewer David C. Nichols of the LA Times.

Based on a true story, Ann, an African-American civil rights activist, and C.P., the Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, are forced to work together by the federal government to achieve integration in their small North Carolina town fifteen years after Brown v. Board of Education.

Read the full review here, and for more information and ticketing, follow here.

Mark St. Germain Will Be One of the Most Produced Dramatists in the 2015-16 Season

American Theatre published a list of the top 20 most produced dramatists for the 2015-16 season, based on surveys of 386 theaters and 2,159 productions.  Mark St. Germain was ranked 9th.  The list is below:

1. Ayad Akhtar, 21 productions.

2. Tennessee Williams, 17.

3. Rick Elice, 17.

4. August Wilson, 16.

5. Sarah Ruhl, 15.

6. Arthur Miller, 15.

7. John Patrick Shanley, 13.

8. Lauren Gunderson, 13.

9. Mark St. Germain, 10.

10. Dominique Morisseau, 10.

11. Eugene O’Neill, 10.

12. Ken Ludwig, 9.

13. Christopher Durang, 9.

14. Tom Stoppard, 9.

15. Christopher Sergel, 9.

16. Aaron Posner, 9.

17. Jonathan Tolins, 9.

18. Laura Eason, 9.

19. Steve Yockey, 9.

20. Anne Washburn, 8.

Read the full article from the Washington Post here.

Fountain Theatre Celebrates its First 25 Years as a Vital, Intimate L.A. Stage

la-2436084-stephen-sachs-kaf350-c-jpg-20150821From the L.A. Times, by Charles McNulty

“I was working at the time at the Canon Theatre in Beverly Hills,” Sachs recalled. “I was there for almost two years, and we were doing ‘Love Letters,’ which was running forever, when I got this call out of the blue from Deborah Lawlor, who said that she wanted to start a company.

“Deborah and I had worked together on a project when she was an independent theater producer in L.A.,” Sachs continued. “But she was in New York and had got in a very serious car accident. When she was lying in the hospital, she said to herself, ‘If I survive this, I’m going to do what I always wanted to do, which is to have a theater of my own.’ Thank God she survived. And she called me — I remember that phone call so well — and said, ‘I want to start a theater. Will you run it with me?’ I said, ‘Absolutely.’ ”

The Fountain occupies an easy-to-miss building on a nondescript stretch of Fountain Avenue, the street made famous by the practical advice Bette Davis reputedly offered young actors with their sights set on Hollywood: “Always take Fountain.”

Inside, with its folksy upstairs café and single unit men’s room with delicate plumbing, it looks more like a private home in need of a gut renovation than a prominent theater and dance hub. (The Fountain, in addition to being one of the top five small theaters in L.A., is also the foremost presenter of Flamenco in the area.)

The moment Sachs and Lawlor walked into the building, they knew they found their theater. “There’s the wonderful relationship of the stage with the audience that’s intimate and embracing. We just felt that this was home,” Sachs said. “We bought the building in 1990. We own the building outright. Smartest thing we’ve ever done.”

Stephen Sachs will be honored on October 3rd at a special event commemorating the theatre’s 25th anniversary.

Read the full article here.

Urban Stages to Present Oren Safdie’s UNSEAMLY

Urban Stages to Present Oren Safdie's New Play UNSEAMLYInspired by a variety of sexual harassment allegations brought against well-known clothing companies, Unseamly follows a young woman seeking legal advice to initiate charges of sexual harassment against her former boss, the CEO of an international clothing company known for its risqué billboards. In Unseamly, female sexuality confronts male corporate power.

“Sexual harassment and power plays in corporate America, sadly are not uncommon. Oren has crafted an edgy, cutting play that explores the truth and manipulation in corporate America. The play asks just how far one will go to get to the top? Although it’s controversial, it’s a very smart and important play to see and Urban Stages is proud to bring this play to the stage.” – Urban Stages Founding Artistic Director, Frances Hill.

For ticketing information: Unseamly will begin performances on October 8; Opening night is set for October 14 through November 1 at Urban Stages (259 West 30 Street) Tickets will be $55 ($35 during previews) and are available at UrbanStages.org.