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February 8, 1997 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was soul-searching time for the Mark Taper Forum's acclaimed youth company P.L.A.Y. (Performing for Los Angeles Youth) when it lost its respected longtime artistic director Peter Brosius in 1995, after 13 years under his guidance. P.L.A.Y.'s mission to bring quality theater to schools has always been shaped by the passions and commitment of its artistic leader. Without that individual vision, and with a continuous struggle for funding, there were concerns about the company's future.
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February 8, 1997 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was soul-searching time for the Mark Taper Forum's acclaimed youth company P.L.A.Y. (Performing for Los Angeles Youth) when it lost its respected longtime artistic director Peter Brosius in 1995, after 13 years under his guidance. P.L.A.Y.'s mission to bring quality theater to schools has always been shaped by the passions and commitment of its artistic leader. Without that individual vision, and with a continuous struggle for funding, there were concerns about the company's future.
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March 27, 1998
Tony Award winner Zoe Caldwell will perform her one-woman show, "Come a-Waltzing With Me," on May 18 at 8 p.m. at the Mark Taper Forum as a benefit for the Taper's P.L.A.Y. (Performing for Los Angeles Youth) program. For more information, call (213) 972-7660.
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April 13, 1996
The opening night performance of "Andrew Lloyd Webber--Music of the Night" at the Ahmanson Theatre on April 24, will benefit Center Theatre Group's youth programs P.L.A.Y. (Performing for Los Angeles Youth) and YAP (Young Audiences Program). The gala event will include the show, a champagne reception with the cast in the Impresario Ristorante E Bar and valuable prizes. Information: (213) 972-7660.
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January 17, 2007 | Lynne Heffley, Times Staff Writer
Corey Madden, producing director of Center Theatre Group's youth program and a former associate artistic director of the Mark Taper Forum, will leave the company in June, CTG announced Tuesday. During her 22-year tenure at CTG, Madden was involved with the Taper's mainstage productions and new play development programs. As head of the Performing for Los Angeles Youth (P.L.A.
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March 27, 2003 | Lynne Heffley, Times Staff Writer
A rock star and his biggest fan -- a nerdy 12-year-old -- learn something about the seductive and fleeting power of fame and the need for a strong sense of self in "The Legend of Alex," an entertaining, muscular new musical from the Mark Taper Forum's P.L.A.Y. (Performing for Los Angeles Youth) company.
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March 23, 1994 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Mark Taper Forum's latest P.L.A.Y. (Performing for Los Angeles Youth) production, touring Southland public venues and schools, turns out to work quite nicely as a complement to the clown hit "Fool Moon," finishing its run Sunday at the Doolittle Theatre. "Harold's Big Feat," a short comedy created and performed by Wolfe Bowart and directed by Peter C. Brosius, is billed as "a day in the life of an Everyman clown."
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April 4, 2002 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What if you were a 10-year-old boy who woke up one morning to find that everyone, Mom and Dad included, thought that you were a girl, and always had been? And what if your mom sent you to school in the pinkest, frilliest, laciest dress you've ever seen--and everyone at school thought you were a girl, too? Gender stereotypes are given a delicious trouncing in "Bill's New Frock," presented by the Mark Taper Forum's professional theater for young audiences, P.L.A.Y.
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June 5, 1994 | TOMMY LI
Fifth-grader Jennifer Williams learned recently that feet and music aren't the only important elements in dance. Pinkies count too. The 10-year-old had to lock her little finger on each hand with her classmates' pinkies and stay together in a circle to keep up with a 16th-Century Elizabethan dance called a branle (pronounced "brawl"), performed last week outside the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
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January 18, 1994 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What's In a Name?: The Mark Taper Forum's award-winning Improvisational Theatre Project has been re-christened P.L.A.Y. (Performing for Los Angeles Youth). The aim is to reflect the company's gradual shift, since 1971, from story theater and improv to fully produced, scripted plays relevant to the concerns of L.A. area youth. During the past 11 years of transition under director Peter C.
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November 25, 2005 | Lynne Heffley, Times Staff Writer
Angel, devil or fraud? In "A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, a strange being falls from the sky, crashing down into a tiny Caribbean village. Shabby and confused, he looks like an aged derelict ... but for his tattered wings. Adapted by Pulitzer Prize winner Nilo Cruz ("Anna in the Tropics") from a short story by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, this P.L.A.Y.
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