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Roger Guenveur Smith returns to his Los Angeles home, Bootleg Theater, with his internationally acclaimed solo performance, FREDERICK DOUGLASS NOW. This show brings to life the work of the pioneering abolitionist, feminist and statesman Frederick Douglass. After the continued success of Smith’s critically acclaimed, RODNEY KING, (which was developed and work-shopped at Bootleg Theater), Smith returns with an earlier solo work about another historic figure who moved the American psyche.

Smith bookends Douglass' classic 19th century texts with original narrative, achieving a stylistic mash-up which speaks to the current American moment. Inspired by Hal Holbrook's Mark Twain Tonight, Smith has been interpreting Douglass materials since he was an undergraduate at Occidental College, subsequently serving as graduate research assistant at Yale University's Frederick Douglass Papers. He has since taught at both institutions, as well as Cal Arts, where he currently directs his Performing History Workshop.

"If anyone could bring the legendary 19th-century
runaway-slave-turned-abolitionist and author Frederick
Douglass to searing life, it's Roger Guenveur Smith."
- Time Out New York

"A star turn, a rapid-fire riff, darting among epochs
that mix the sounds of poetry slam, hip-hop
and the old-style preacher. Spoken, sung and
emoted with entertaining conviction." -
The New York Times

August 1 – 24, 2014
Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm
General Admission - $15 | Students/Seniors - $10

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WRITE CLUB Los Angeles is:
3 bouts of
2 opposing writers/ 2 opposing ideas
7 minutes apiece
Audience picks a winner
Net proceeds go to charities of winners' choosing

Only $8

Literature as Bloodsport.
Prize money to charity.

MONDAY Aug 11 @ 7pm
And the 2nd Monday of every month


The Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry presents

Puppetzilla Sizzling Summer Puppet Slam

Sizzlin' Summer Puppet Slam!

SUNDAY, AUGUST 17 @ 6:30 p.m.

It's fun, edgy and subversive
more live puppet madness for adults
at the Bootleg Theater on Sunday, August 17th!
A little vaudeville, a bit of burlesque, and a dash of performance art, Puppet Slams cover the whole spectrum of puppetry styles.
Rough-and-tumble works in progress to polished gems of performance art, you'll see it all at PUPPETZILLA!

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Tickets $10 in advance, $15 day of and at the door.
(Please note that the show is for adults, 18 +).

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Puppetzilla Puppet Slams are made possible with support from the LAGP,
Puppet Slam Network and the Bootleg Theater

Must-read article on Bootleg -
Past, Present, Future


 Bootleg is honored to have made
Time Out's Best Theaters in LA List


Bootleg Theater is a 501c3 non-profit organization (Rampart Theater Project, Inc. is our non-profit name) and all the theater that we make here is entirely supported by donations and ticket sales. You can make a tax deductible donation by pressing this "Donate" button. Thank you for supporting Theater & Dance at Bootleg Theater.

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Getting Here

Bootleg Theater is located at:

2220 Beverly Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90057

Private parking is now available across the street behind the church for $5! Just look for the signs!


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Bootleg is a space for art.

Bootleg Theatre is a year-round inclusive art space for original, boundary-defying live theater and performance born from the diverse cultural and artistic landscape of Los Angeles. Bootleg supports and collaborates with the best of established and emerging theater artists to create daring multi-disciplinary live experiences that are striking, contemporary and non-traditional.

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