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November 18, 1990
Occidental College cross-country runners Marcial Beltran and Emmet Hogan earned All-American honors by placing sixth and eighth, respectively, in the NCAA Division III championships in Grinnell, Iowa, on Saturday. Occidental placed fifth in the team standings with 137 points, eight behind fourth-place Rochester. Oshkosh won the meet with 87 points, followed by North Central of Naperville, Ill., (100) and La Crosse, Wis., (109).
October 3, 2012 | By David Ng
"Hands on a Hardbody," the new musical that debuted earlier this year at the La Jolla Playhouse, has set a March opening on Broadway. The folksy production, about a group of people competing to win a new truck, is set to officially open at the Brooks Atkinson Theater on March 21. The Brooks Atkinson is currently home to another show associated with the La Jolla company -- "Peter and the Starcatcher," which recently announced that it will close...
October 18, 2001 | T.H. McCULLOH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The history of the Marquis de Sade is theatrical enough in its factual form, but it has given writers and directors many chances to enhance the story. A ripe example is the current staging of Doug Wright's drama at Stages Theatre in Fullerton. This version of the noble pornographer's incarceration in Charenton Asylum in the early 19th century flashes across the stage as though seen by lightning bolts, a strong and often funny, often very sad, tormented image of de Sade's final decline.
December 5, 2005 | Susan King
Screenwriter Robin Swicord sought to transform herself into an "everyman" when she set out to adapt "Memoirs of a Geisha" for the big screen. She simply had to trust her instincts as she sought to draw out the essence of the bestselling novel by Arthur Golden upon which the movie is based. "I had to go on the simple thought of, 'What I loved [from the book] is what other people loved.' In a way, it is kind of an act of faith," she recounts.
May 29, 2012 | By Chris Barton
Perhaps proving that time and tastes may change, but dreams of a free car are forever, the musical "Hands on a Hardbody" will make the leap from the West Coast to Broadway for the 2012-13 season. The La Jolla Playhouse production, which is based on S.R. Bindler and Kevin Morris' 1997 documentary of the same name, opened on May 12. It features a book by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright of "I Am My Own Wife. " The musical is directed by Neil Pepe, who also directed "Speed-the-Plow" on Broadway in 2008, and in an additional bit of crossover appeal, features genre-hopping music by Phish guitarist Trey Anastacio and "Bring It On: The Musical's" Amanda Green.
November 18, 2013 | By David Ng
"A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder," the period musical comedy starring Jefferson Mays in multiple roles, opened at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York on Sunday, following engagements at the Old Globe in San Diego and the Hartford Stage Co. in Connecticut.  The musical is adapted from the Roy Horniman novel that was the basis for the 1949 Alec Guinness movie "Kind Hearts and Coronets. " Just as Guinness incarnated the members of the fictional D'Ysquith family, both male and female, Mays dons all sorts of costumes and wigs to evoke the aristocratic British family whose members are killed off by an ambitious social climber, played by Bryce Pinkham.
Nothing like a bit of frontal nudity to enliven the conversation during a play's intermission. Such was the case Thursday when Howard Hesseman bared considerably more than his soul as the Geffen Playhouse launched its inaugural season with the provocative "Quills." As the Marquis de Sade, Hesseman showed the opening-night crowd a side of himself they'd never seen on "Head of the Class." Merv Griffin called it "startling."
April 11, 2007 | Mike Boehm, Times Staff Writer
With repeat off-Broadway successes but a less-proven record in commercial theater, stage director Christopher Ashley will become La Jolla Playhouse's artistic director in October, succeeding Des McAnuff, who turned the playhouse into a developmental workshop and launching pad for a series of Broadway hits. Announcing the 42-year-old New Yorker's appointment Tuesday, the playhouse's board chairman, Ralph Bryan, said a wide-ranging search had yielded "an accomplished theater artist ...
July 10, 2012 | By Mike Boehm
The annual Sundance Theatre Lab at Robert Redford 's Sundance resort in Utah means hard work in a relaxed setting for playwrights who get three weeks to tinker with nascent scripts they're hoping to perfect, and a mountainside working vacation amid babbling brooks for an acting corps recruited to help the writers see how well their scenes play. Several acting luminaries are attached to this year's Lab, which began Monday and runs through July 29.  The 27-member ensemble includes  Cherry Jones , who won lead actress Tony awards for “The Heiress” (1995)
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