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May 21, 1991 | PAT H. BROESKE
As a member of the literary staff for Berkeley Repertory Theater, Richard Hellesen frequently came upon scripts about the Vietnam War. He says he could always tell when the plays were autobiographical. "It's not hard to tell if someone is working out their own feelings and experiences," he said. By and large, those plays fell into two categories: The one about the guy who finds himself in 'Nam, and the one about the guy who comes home a basket case--"the misfit vet."
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May 21, 1991 | PAT H. BROESKE
As a member of the literary staff for Berkeley Repertory Theater, Richard Hellesen frequently came upon scripts about the Vietnam War. He says he could always tell when the plays were autobiographical. "It's not hard to tell if someone is working out their own feelings and experiences," he said. By and large, those plays fell into two categories: The one about the guy who finds himself in 'Nam, and the one about the guy who comes home a basket case--"the misfit vet."
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April 10, 1990 | JAN HERMAN
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.
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April 16, 1990 | JAN HERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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April 16, 1990 | JAN HERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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April 2, 1994 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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March 28, 2003 | Mike Boehm
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").
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May 23, 1991 | DON SHIRLEY, Don Shirley covers theater for The Times.
What is a citizen's duty? What is a parent's? What justifies the killing and the dying that accompany war? Who decides? In the wake of the relatively brief but increasingly complicated Gulf War, these age-old questions seem freshly minted. They are addressed with frightening urgency and anger in "Moonshadow," a play by Richard Hellesen that continues at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa through June 2.
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September 29, 1990 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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)
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April 13, 1989 | JAN HERMAN
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.
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April 10, 1990 | JAN HERMAN
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.
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August 26, 1991 | LYNNE HEFFLEY
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.
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