Independent Shakespeare - Twelfth Night - Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festical
to Aug 31

Independent Shakespeare - Twelfth Night - Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festical

Celebrating ISC’s 10th Anniversary of Presenting 
FREE Shakespeare in Los Angeles Parks!

Independent Shakespeare Co. (ISC) returns to the Old Zoo at Griffith Park with two plays by William Shakespeare: TWELFTH NIGHT and THE TAMING OF THE SHREW.

In addition to the performances, ISC will again offer family education workshops on select evenings. Players in the Park/Teatristas en el parque (PIP) workshops are an interactive, energetic way for families to learn about the evening’s performance. Led by ISC teaching artists, families will learn about the play, explore Shakespeare’s language, take a backstage tour, and try out how it feels on the ISC stage. All workshops are offered in both English and Spanish.

Also returning this season is the Salon Series, discussions led by experts on topics related to Shakespeare as well as Festival Arts Partners, curtain-raising performances by local musicians and dancers.

June 26 - August 31, 2014
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 7pm.
(some Wednesdays) No Performance July 4th. 

All Performances are FREE! 

The festival is located in The Old Zoo at Griffith Park (near 4730 Crystal Spring Dr.) GPS Coordinates of the parking area: 34*8.034’N, 118* 17.100‘W Visit or call (818) 710-6306 for directions and information.

PLEASE NOTE: There is no seating at the site. Please bring a blanket or low-backed chair. It is also very cool when the sun goes down. Dress warmly.

INDEPENDENT SHAKESPEARE CO. (ISC) was founded in 1998. We have been producing accessible, imaginative performances of classical plays since that time. Our first performances were located on the Lower East Side of New York City. The stripped down production style of our early productions enabled us to travel easily and we quickly found ourselves touring Europe, ending with an invitation to perform our production of Macbeth for four weeks at The King’s Head Theatre in London. In 2001 we relocated to Los Angeles and -- with the support of the Department of Recreation and Parks and the Department of Cultural Affairs -- founded Free Shakespeare in Barnsdall Park, in 2004. Because of audience demand, in 2010 we moved to the significantly larger venue at the Old Zoo and re-christened the summer season the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival. 2014 is our 10th anniversary of performing free Shakespeare in Los Angeles City parks. The growth in attendance is extraordinary: our first season played to fewer than 1,000 people; by 2013 over 43,000 people came to Griffith Park for 40 nights of free classical theater productions. In 2012, we expanded our offerings with our indoor performance space, Independent Co. Studio where we present original work, re-imagined stagings of classics, readings and classes. For more information call 818-710-6306 or visit

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the Bluebird Reading series featuring Angel Garcia, Ariel Maccarone, Donny Jackson, and Kelly Grace Thomas
2:00 PM14:00

the Bluebird Reading series featuring Angel Garcia, Ariel Maccarone, Donny Jackson, and Kelly Grace Thomas

Avenue 50 Studio and Hollywood Institute of Poetics present 


June 8th at 2PM

Ángel García
Ariel Maccarone 
Donny Jackson
Kelly Grace Thomas

with OPEN MIC after the feature
SIGN UP begins at 1:45

Hosted by:
Jessica Ceballos 

Books will be available for purchase and signing

as always - FREE!

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Zombies from the Beyond from The Visceral Company
to Jul 20

Zombies from the Beyond from The Visceral Company

The Visceral Company presents
A 1950s Sci-Fi B-Movie Musical 
by James Valcq
LA Premiere at Hollywood Fringe!!

“Dead aim, deadpan, dead-on new musical!” – New York Times
“This crazy satire is absolutely enchanting!” – New York Post
“Hilarious! Superb! Marvelous! Out of this world!” – NY Daily News

A bevy of flying saucers from Planet X has appeared over the skies of Beertown, led by evil alien aviatrix Queen Zombina, on a quest to “zombify” and abduct all of Earth’s men! The Milwaukee Space Center and the US military are prepared to meet the foes head on, until Zombina unleashes her "stratospheric" secret weapon. It’s up to a mild-mannered scientist, an all-American girl-next-door, a man-hungry secretary and one plucky, tap-dancing delivery boy to save the world from this planetary menace from outer space!

A critical smash Off-Broadway in 1995, this affectionate satire of 1950s sci-fi B-movies makes its LA debut at last, as part of the 2014 Hollywood Fringe Festival.

Runtime: approx 2hrs including one 15-minute intermission

Frank Blocker*
Lara Fisher
Amelia Gotham
Daniel Jimenez*
Eric Sand*
Alex Taber
Alison England* as Zombina

Robert Finucane, keyboards
Karmann Hillman, keyboards
Karoly Kiss, percussion

Directed by Dan Spurgeon
Musical Direction by Garth Herberg and Robert Finucane
Choreography by Anna Safar
Set Design by Angel Madrid and Jason Thomas
Lighting Design by Joshua Silva
Costumes by Pam Noles
Wigs and Makeup by Dawn V. Dudley
Stage Manager – Rosie Santilena
Produced by Drew Blakeman and Frank Blocker

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Pray to Ball at Skylight Theatre - Extended Run
to Jun 29

Pray to Ball at Skylight Theatre - Extended Run

written by Amir Abdullah
directed by Bill Mendieta 

FEATURING Yʼlan Noel, Amir Abdullah, Ulka Simone Mohanty, Rickie Peete, Lindsey Beeman, Matt Henerson, Cory Roberts & Brice Harris 


Watch to see what the Audiences has to say - Here's what just a few of the critics said: Heartfelt and thought provoking. Tersely entertaining! - LA Times GO! A lean, mean drama. Handles big ticket issues with aplomb and humor! - LA Weekly Pray To Ball Scores Big! A rare, slick visual feast. Brave performances and honest portrayals - LifeInLA What Skylight has produced is a marvel! - StageHappenings Expertly directed. Seamlessly executed. - LA Post PRAY TO BALL is by first-time playwright, Amir Abdullah directed by Bill Mendieta Cast includes: Amir Abdullah, Lindsey Beeman, Brice Harris, Ulka Simone Mohanty, Y'lan Noel, Rickie Peete
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7:00 PM19:00


Flula Borg, Jay Martel, and Pamela Ribon


The Working Poet Radio Show is a new talk show (radio and television) dedicated to the working lives of creative people.



Live show, June 4

7 p.m.
at the Mark Taper Auditorium
n the Central Library, DTLA. 



Flula Borg:

(Written by my Friend David, except of my Quote. I did say this.) Northern Bavaria:  The home of famous beer, flaming brats, and Flula Borg.  With more functions than a Ziploc bag, Flula is custom-built to entertain. From the Viper Room to your living room, from the North Sea to the O.C., Flula brings the heat, the pain, and the goods (don’t worry, all three fit snugly in his trademark fanny pack).

A new resident of Los Angeles, this German is eager to explore American culture–while dropping us some of his.  The subjects of his music are as universal as clouds, cows, and Dirk Nowitzki, and his passion for them is unparalleled. In his own words:

“My Music is like a Hamster who has been fed some Magic Juice.  The Hamster is looking strange in the Eyes, yes, which is probable from the Juice; and the People are saying, ‘Dance, Hamster!  Dance from your Hamster Legs!’…And now, a Secret: I am the Hamster.”


Jay Martel is an award-winning writer and producer. He is the executive producer of Comedy Central's "Key and Peele," and he collaborated with Michael Moore on his acclaimed documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 and was contributing editor at Rolling Stone. He is the author of Channel Blue


Pamela Ribon is a TV writer, screenwriter and best-selling novelist (WHY GIRLS ARE WEIRD, YOU TAKE IT FROM HERE). She’s been in comedy rooms for both network and cable television, most notably the Emmy award-winning SAMANTHA WHO?. Pamela has adapted her popular novels for both film and television, and developed original series and features for ABC, ABC Family, Sony, Warner Bros., Disney Channel and 20th Century Fox Productions. She’s currently writing at Walt Disney Animation Studios on a feature in development, and creating a graphic novel for Oni Press. Her new memoir NOTES TO BOYS (AND OTHER THINGS I SHOULDN'T SHARE IN PUBLIC), called "brain-breakingly funny" by NPR, is out now.

Pamela was an contributor, a flagship contributor to Television Without Pity, and a weekly columnist for the Austin American-Statesman. She’s known as a pioneer in the blogging world with her successful website, which has been spotlighted for Lifetime Achievement from the Weblog Awards. Her stage work has been showcased at the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival and she created the accidental international scandal known as Call Us Crazy: The Anne Heche Monologues. With the support of her loyal fan base, Pamela co-created, a charity that helps books find needy libraries. She once made Oprah laugh with a vagina joke. (At least that’s what Gayle told her.)

A former Austinite with a BFA in Acting from the University of Texas, Pamela has been entered into the Oxford English Dictionary under “muffin top.” That is not a joke. You can follow her @pamelaribon, where she somehow writes even more.

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