April 16, 1990 |
Given a choice between acting and writing, Richard Hellesen decided it was no contest. "Writing, at least, I could do at home," he says. "And the rejections come by mail." As proof of his wisdom, the 33-year-old playwright not only has a collection of 75 rejection slips dating back 14 years "on letterheads from some of the best theaters in the country," but one of those theaters, South Coast Repertory, is about to stage his first major production.
April 2, 1994 |
A play promoting racial harmony is certainly timely, so the Los Angeles Repertory Theatre's decision to revive "Face 2 Face," a 50-minute musical with the theme "appreciate our similarities and respect our differences" makes sense.
March 28, 2003 |
South Coast Repertory's first "Theatre for Young Audiences" series -- an attempt to instill the playgoing habit in kids via productions using professional casts and established designers -- will feature a new, musical adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's "The Wind in the Willows" as well as a 1980s-vintage musical version of "The Emperor's New Clothes" that was the first professional effort by the Tony-winning team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty ("Ragtime").
September 29, 1990 |
Giving is better than getting? Even young skeptics will get the message in "Gift Rap," a bubbly rock-style musical for ages 4 to 14 at the Encino Playhouse. Three preteens (played by adult actors) go to the Epic Supermall to redeem certificates for the perfect gift. Vera (Liz Hewitt) wants the new debutante Boopsie doll to add to her 42 other Boopsies. Chuck (Erik Chorlton) hopes for yet another book and lonely Dave (Scott Guy) just wants something special. Guiding the proceedings is the Gift Rapper (Sharon Thompson)
April 13, 1989 |
In a newsletter mailed this week to about 23,000 subscribers, South Coast Repertory has announced several plays being considered by artistic directors David Emmes and Martin Benson for the Costa Mesa theater's 11-play, 1989-90 season. Among the contemporary plays they are mulling for the six Mainstage productions are Alan Ayckbourn's "Woman in Mind," Hugh Whitemore's "Breaking the Code," Richard Hellesen's "Once in Arden" and Howard Korder's "Search and Destroy." Korder's and Hellesen's plays, if chosen, would be world premieres.
August 26, 1991 |
The Encino Playhouse will no longer produce children's theater at the Encino Community Center, according to Stephanie Angelini, the playhouse's artistic director. Instead, Angelini will offer her children's shows at the Victory Theatre in Burbank.