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Leimert Park Village Theatre Reading

Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 02:00 PM · 92 rsvps

LEIMERT PARK THEATRE FESTIVAL

August 28-31, 2014

Vision Festival of Staged Readings  

Who:       

The Leimert Park Vision Theatre (LPTF)

What:

First Annual Leimert Park Theatre Festival Staged Readings of new and established works Industry Professional Panels on African American Theatre History Q&A with Playwrights, Directors & Artists Closing Night Gala

Where:

Vision Theatre, 3341 West 43rd Place, Los Angeles, CA  90008, Regency West, Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center, and Fernando Pullum Performing Arts Center

When:

August 28 through August 31, 2014

Time:

2:00 to 10:00 p.m. (Matinee & Evening Performances)

Contact:

323.290.2386 or email: LeimertParkVisionTheatre@gmail.com or lpvtconsortium@gmail.com 

Cost:

$15 Single Admission; $25 Multiple Play Ticket

The Leimert Park Vision Theater announces plan to build an Annual West Coast Theater Festival with the staged readings of 14+ plays on August 28–31, 2014 from 2:00 until 10 p.m. all weekend at the Historic Leimert Park Vision Theater located at 3341 W. 43rd Place, Los Angeles, CA 90008; 323.290.2386 as well as these local performance arts spaces: Barbara Morrison’s Performing Arts Center, Fernando Pullum Performing Arts Center, KAOS Network, and Regency West.  The Festival will be comprised of Staged Readings of new and established works, Industry Professional Panels, Q&A with the Director, Playwrights, and Artists and a closing night Gala.  

LEIMERT PARK VILLAGE PERFORMANCE VENUES 

 

MEET OUR PARTICIPATING THEATRE COMPANIES

 THURSDAY, AUGUST 28:  7:00 P.M.

There will be an Opening Night Reception to meet and greet the producers, playwrights, cast and crew, network and discuss the future of theatre in Los Angeles. 

The Bronson Theatre Company opens the Festival by presenting CRENSHAW BOULEVARD written by James Bronson.  The Bronson Theatre Company (BTG) promotes books, plays, written works by author James Graham Bronson.  Crenshaw Boulevard is about the legendary tap dancer Boscoe Bell, by the force of his talent gets the entire Crenshaw Blvd district to dance end-to-end to demonstrate community unity.

 FRIDAY, AUGUST 29, 2014 ~  5:00 TO 10 P.M.

 There will be an Industry Panel on Dance in Theatre from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

 Obba Babatunde Presents IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE at 7:00 p.m.

In the Blink of an Eye is a passionate drama exposing sibling rivalry.  What does a mother do when her three sons struggle to prove themselves to be always right, only to learn life can change in the blink of an eye… without your permission!

Obba Babtunde, actor, producer, director is one of the business men in Hollywood, owning several prestigious nominations that include an Emmy, an NAACP Image Award, Tony nominations and much more with 45 years of stage, screen and television work.  A true renaissance man, Obba Babatunde’s motto is “in life, as you do anything is how you do everything.”

The Watts Village Theatre Company is presenting HOLLYWOOD IN THE HOOD

by Lynn Manning and Directed by Hector Rodriguez at 7:00 p.m.

Watts Theatre Company, founded in 1996 by community activists/actor, Quentin Drew and actor/playwright Lynn Manning is the only professional theatre regular providing theatre and arts education in the Watts Community.  Its mission is to develop and produce new works that honor the cultural diversity and rich history of Watts and South Los Angeles.

Hollywood In The Hood is a comedic parody of Hollywood’s propensity to promote negative, stereotypic images of life in South Los Angeles.  Filmmaker, Terrence Tarantino sets out to make the most violent urban gangster film ever seen.  He attempts to cast actual gang members in the film and inadvertently brings together the two rawest gangs in Watts.  The cast includes 9 actors and 7 dancers. 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 30, 2014 ~ 2:00 P.M. TO 10:00 P.M. 

Lange Productions presents HARPERS FERRY Directed by Ted Lange.  Founded in 1974, Lange Productions, has produced 23 of Ted Lange’s plays for the past 22 years, including Born a Unicorn the story of Ira Aldrich and Four Queen’s No Trump, NAACP Best Play and George Washington’s Boy

Industry Panel:  History of Black Theatre 

The Bilingual Foundation of the Arts presents A HOUSE DISMANTLED by Sebastian Juyet and directed by Denise Blasor & Margarita Lamas.  The Bilingual Foundation of the Arts (BFA) founded in 1973 by Carmen Zapata, has a 41-year history of commitment to all people in the greater Los Angeles area, presenting the finest Hispanic literary culture for both Spanish and English speaking audiences.  BFA’s presence is an integral part of the Los Angeles cultural scene, and provides an added dimension of understanding between diverse cultures by emphasizing the similarities of the human condition which serves to unite us.  

A HOUSE DISMANTLED is a dramatic comedy about the distribution of a mother’s inheritance and personal belongings amongst the two sisters.  Staring Margarita Lamas and Denise Blasor. 

Foxx Media Productions Presents LIVING FAT by Judi Ann Mason Directed by Ian Foxx.  Foxx Media Productions has been a force in Los Angeles Theatre since the 70’s from staged readings, short film productions, and photography, Founder Ian Foxx has travelled the world producing, directing, writing, filming and acting.  He is grounded in the arts and a mainstay with 40+ years experience from Detroit to New York to Los Angeles, if there is a stage, he will produce. 

LIVIN’ FAT takes place in the front room of the Carter Family’s house which can be described as quaint, humble and homely.   The Carter family is Black, poor, and happy, their scruples are tested when they find $50,000.  But the LORD works in mysterious ways!

SUNDAY, AUGUST 31, 20142:00 P.M. TO 10:00 P.M.

Robey Theatre Company presents PAUL ROBESON IN BERLIN by Dwaine Perry and Directed by Ben Guillory at 3:00 p.m.

The Robey Theatre Company, founded in 1994 by Danny Glover and Bennet Guillory to fill a void of opportunity for Black theatre artists and for twenty years has been dedicated to enriching, entertaining and exposing our community to a superior theatre experience.  Robey’s mission is, through the creative process, to explore and develop relevant provocative, and innovative new plays written about the Black experience, as well as to reinterpret established works. Robey creates a nourishing environment of understanding and support in which multi-cultural theatre artists are compelled to take risks in the search for artistic fulfillment. It provides time, educational opportunities, and encouragement for such growth and contributes to high standards of excellence in the Black theatre in America. Artists of color, particularly Black playwrights, have long lacked a forum where their work can be developed in collaboration with their peers.

Paul Robeson in Berlin chronicles Paul Robeson and his wife, Essie, adventures through Russia and Berlin in 1934.

Theatre Perception Consortium Presents HOWLIN’ BLUES & DIRTY DOGS (the Life of Big Mama Thorton) and Directed by Carla DuPree Clark.  The Theatre Perception Consortium (TPC) is a historical writing team who’s achievements have included the 1940’s Jazz Musical “North On South Central Avenue,” the “Queen of Sass” a tribute to Moms Mabley and “Sick and Tired” (The Freedom Journey of Fannie Lou Hammer) to name a few.  TPC strives to maintain a standard of excellence in the creation and presentation of their collaborative endeavors, making the passionate promise to promote only the highest quality, affordable, positive, multi-cultural, artistic expresssions.

Howlin’ Blues & Dirty Dogs is a tribute to the trailblazing Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton, a Blues Artist who was the first to record “Ain’t Nothing But A Hound Dog” and “Ball & Chain.”  Her life was bittersweet and her fame and fortune small and short lived, but her genius in this genre of music is worthy of recognition.  The cast includes Jewel Tompkins as Big Mama, Larry Robinson, Tom Griggs, Larney Johnson and Phillip Bell. 

Pasadena Playhouse Presents BLACK MEN OF HAPPINESS

GET YOUR HOUSE IN ORDER Presented by Brandi Burks

Industry Panel:  Future of Leimert Park Theatre Festival

CROSSROADS THEATRE Presents Angela Gibbs presents CHECKMATES Directed by Fay Hauser.  This Stellar Cast includes Angela Gibbs, Marla Gibbs, Hawthorne James and Felton Perry.

CLOSING RECEPTION 

Presentation of 12 Full Length Plays

Industry Professional Panel Discussions

Q&A with Playwrights, Director & Artists

Closing Night Gala    

TICKETS ONLY $10

FOR TICKETS CALL 323.2902386

Or Click: www.LeimertParkVisionTheatre.org 

CELEBRATING EXCELLENCE IN BLACK THEATRE

Leimert Park Vision Theatre, 3341 West 43rd Place, Los Angeles, CA  90008; 323.290.2386

Producing Companies: 

  • Leimert Park Vision Theatre
  • The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs
  • Inner City Cultural Center
  • Twinbiz
  • Friends of the Vision Theatre

Media contact: Publicity4you

818.749.9695 / Publicity4you@yahoo.com

Who:       

The Leimert Park Vision Theatre (LPTF)

What:

First Annual Leimert Park Theatre Festival Staged Readings of new and established works Industry Professional Panels on African American Theatre History Q&A with Playwrights, Directors & Artists Closing Night Gala

Where:

Vision Theatre, 3341 West 43rd Place, Los Angeles, CA  90008, Regency West, Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center, and Fernando Pullum Performing Arts Center

When:

August 28 through August 31, 2014

Time:

2:00 to 10:00 p.m. (Matinee & Evening Performances)

Contact:

323.290.2386 or email: LeimertParkVisionTheatre@gmail.com or lpvtconsortium@gmail.com 

Cost:

$15 Single Admission; $25 Multiple Play Ticket


Vision Theatre/Manchester Jr. Historic Restoration

Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 06:00 PM · 17 rsvps
Leimert Park Village Theatre Reading-STARTS TODAY

Hello Friends,

A diverse group of volunteers, staff, theater operators and theater company directors  are working hard to restore to prominence the once proud Leimert Park Village Vision Theater and I want to invite you, and ask for your support by telling friends to come out and support the First Annual Leimert Park Vision Theater Festival that starts Thursday, August 28th of this week. 

Help us make this a rousing success. The attached flier and Press Release, and the construction designs for the future Fall 2016 opening of the fully restored VISION THEATRE will give you more background on why we are doing this, and who the participants are. Your support as a future subscriber is requested. 

Also join us as we Honor Historic Theaters in South LA such as Inner City Cultural Center, The Performing Arts Society of Los Angeles, Ebony Showcase Theatre, Marla Gibbs and Crossroads Theatre, The Watts Mafundi Institute and that are just a few of the Theaters that no longer exist and available to help educate and raise our children. We will also host several panels that focus on Dance SouthLA, and the Musical Theater Industry. 

I thank you for your for your support in the past of my efforts that have included working with 
ICCC and as the Founder/Director of the Los Angeles African Marketplace & Cultural Faire for may years as we embark on this new and long task of bringing a legitimate theater space and its collective partners back to South LA. Our efforts are designed to support a sustainable program at the Vision Theatre, as well as the Leimert Park Vision Village’s 20/20 plan to further the efforts to make it the hub of Los Angeles African American creative industry, and to make the Village a part of the Tourism industry of Los Angeles.

 

Please feel free to call me (213) 202-5508, or the Vision Theatre (323) 290-2386 if you have any questions or for ticket information.  

James V. Burks
Director, Special Projects, City of 
Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs
Director, Leimert Park Vision Theatre
Director, Canoga Park Madrid Theatre
 

FOR IMMEDIATE REALEASE    -   August 22, 2014

CONTACT: LPVT Consortium, 323.290.2386    

 

 THE LEIMERT PARK VILLAGE THEATER FESTIVAL August 28 – 31

 3341 West 43rd Place Los Angeles, CA 90008

The City of Los Angeles and the Leimert Park Vision Theater Consortium are proud to announce the participation of 14 historic and emerging theater companies who will present new and original works at the First Annual Leimert Park Village Theatre Festival: A Festival of Staged Readings, held August 28 – 31, 2014. This 4-day festival also includes Q&A following the plays and edutainment panels about the history and future of the Vision Theatre.

 

On opening night, Thursday August 28th, the LPVTF presents James Bronson's "CRENSHAW BOULEVARD" produced by the Bronson Theatre Group and directed by Art Evans. A reception will follow. The closing night gala, Sunday, August 31st, will serve as an opportunity for the City of Los Angeles and the Community to recognize actress Marla Gibbs, whose efforts in 1980 prompted the saving and restoration of the historic Vision Theatre. Ms. Gibbs will receive a proclamation from the City of Los Angeles, followed by a revival of her performance in "CHECKMATES”, a work originally produced and performed by Marla at Crossroads Arts Academy alongside the late Paul Winfield. 

The Festival is centered in Leimert Park Village at four separate facilities where the readings will take place. They include the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center, FernandoPullum Performing Arts Center, the Regency West, and the historic Leimert Park Vision Theater.

 

The Staged Readings in this year’s festival include “Checkmates” produced by the Marla Gibbs’ Crossroads Arts Academy, written by Ron Milner and directed by Faye Hauser; “Hollywood in the Hood” produced by the Watts Village Theatre Company, written by Lynn Manning and directed by Hector Rodriguez; “A House Dismantled” produced by the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, translated by Margarita Lamas and directed by Denise Blasor & Margarita Lamas; “Swing Low Sweet Steamboat” produced by the Performing Arts Society of Los Angeles, written by Ron Daniels and directed by Ernest Dillihay; “Howlin’ Blues and Dirty Dogs” producedby Theatre Perception Consortium, written by Larry James Robinson, Carla DuPree Clark & Tu’Nook  and directed by Carla DuPree Clark; “Paul Robeson in Berlin” produced by The Robey Theatre Company, written Robert Coles & Bartley McSwine and directed by Ben Guillory & Dwain A. Perry; “The Lion King” produced by theFernando Pullum Performing Arts Center, adapted and directed by Brandon Rainey; “Livin’ Fat” produced by Foxx Follies Theatre Workshop, written by Judy Ann Mason and directed by Ian Foxx; “Black Man of Happiness”produced by the Pasadena Playhouse, written by Peter Harris and directed by Alison De LA Cruz; “The Journals of Osborne P. Anderson” produced by Lange Productions, written and directed by Ted Lange; “In the Blink of an Eye” produced by Master Peace Theater Players, written by Cassandra Sanders & Obba Babatunde and directed by Obba Babatunde; “Payments Due” produced by Oasis Creative Dramatics, written by Carol Connolly and directed by Ursaline Bryant; and “Our Family Secret” produced by Tri-Coastal Entertainment Corp, written by Sanetta Gipson & Joe Plummer and directed by Tico Wells; with panels by the Leimert Park International Dance Association; and Arts Culture Entertainment, LLC.

 

The Vision Theater’s goal when its 750 seat theater is fully operational in the fall of 2016 is to build this event into its season along with future theatrical productions, concerts, convention, and special events to a level that is capable of replicating the notoriety of New York’s Apollo Theatre that has served the people of New York and Harlem. The Festival will position Leimert Park Village as the center for theater in South Los Angeles and will bring creative industry jobs and revenue to the area, and provide educational support to young and seasoned artists as well as bolster tourism in South LA. With the addition of the Crenshaw Metro Line, Leimert Park Village is destined to become a booming commercial and artistic hub.

 

The Leimert Park Theatre Festival will lay the groundwork for a bi-annual West Coast Theatre Festival to compliment the east coast’s, National Black Theater Festival, held bi-annually in Winston-Salem, NC. The Leimert Park Village Theatre Festival will coincide with the completed renovation of the 750-seat theatre and the Vision’s first fully produced season in 2016. The festival's use of an array of creative industry resources complement the community initiated LeimertPark 20/20 Vision plan for the future. 

 

The Leimert Park Theatre Festival is sponsored by the Leimert Park Vision Theatre Consortium which consists of the following organizations and supporters: City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs’ Vision Theatre, Friends of the Vision Theatre, Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center, Inner City Cultural Center, the Madrid Theatre, Twinbiz Maximizing Human Potential, Conscious Youth Global Network, and the offices of Councilmember and President Herb J. Wesson, Jr. and Councilmember Curren D. Price, Jr.

For a detailed schedule of the festival and ticket information contact the Vision Theater at (323) 290-2386, or email: leimertparkvisiontheatre@gmail.com

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The 6th Annual FREE African Art & Music Festival

Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 10:00 AM · 303 rsvps
Vision Theatre Back Lot

Leimert Park Art Walk - Last Sunday of Every Month

Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 02:00 PM · 38 rsvps
Leimert Park Village People Street

Leimert Park Village Studios LA2050 Vote September 2-16, 2014

Tuesday, September 02, 2014 at 12:00 AM · 4 rsvps
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Leimert Park Village Studios is a collection of venues that also serve as production locations and event hosting sites.

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But most importantly, the Studio will be a STEAM training center for the next gen of creative industry talent. 

Let's make it happen people!

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A DOCUMENTARY FILM

In the wake of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, an extraordinary group of artists and musicians create an underground arts movement and transform a community.

Intimate and compelling, "Leimert Park" is a universal tale of the struggles and triumphs of artists everywhere and of the power and importance of art and music in our lives.

Revitalizing Leimert Park Short Documentary

Published on Jul 26, 2013

Filmed in Fall 2012, this short documentary discusses the efforts of Ethnographic Filmmaker Ben Caldwell and Grassroots Emcee VerBS to revitalize Leimert Park, an historic African-American neighborhood in South Los Angeles. 

The Future of Leimert Park:

 What is the future of Leimert Park, the hub of African-American arts and culture?

Nic Cha Kim takes a look at the 1.2 square-mile stretch of Leimert Park, also known as "the black Greenwich Village."

Kim travels to various parts of the village for "SoCal Connected" to ask business owners, residents, and stakeholders about the future of Leimert Park and whether gentrification will impact the neighborhood's culture.

With the scheduled 2019 opening of a Metro stop in the area, how will business owners and residents react to the neighborhood's transformation?

Some say the city's historic art presence is something that can help tackle new changes and preserve the city's roots. Upscale art galleries like Papillion have captivated the attention of Leimert Park residents. But will this change the face of the village or work to raise the art scene and attract new visitors?

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Leimert Park Village Caravan Presents Barbara Morrison's 65th Birthday Celebration

Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 04:30 PM · 45 rsvps
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