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LA Times CRITICS CHOICE: "... this short, sharp
solo piece makes a striking statement about where
America has come and still has to go in terms of race."

The Hollywood Reporter raves "... always conscious of
modulation, the rising and falling of rhetoric and rhythm
in this meaty one-hour monologue...
Frederick Douglass Now is neither an indictment
nor a screed but an appeal to our better selves."

"Roger Guenveur Smith – has created and is delivering
an exquisite verbal and ironic visual portrait of Douglass...
55 minute (with no intermission) tour de force." - ShowMag

Roger Guenveur Smith on Elvis Mitchell's
THE TREATMENT on KCRW

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.


Photos by Justin Zsebe

More info on Frederick Douglass

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

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Blaktina 2 Dance Festival

The BlakTina 2 Festival is a movement festival of cutting-edge work presented by Licia Perea of the Latina Dance Theater Project (LDTP) and the Bootleg Theater.  This is our second exciting year featuring Latina (o) and Black choreographers in one festival and we will highlight the works of 10 fantastic choreographers and their dazzling dancers! 

This  year’s choreographers are:  Cyrian Reed, Crystal Sepúlveda, Dorcas Roman, Joshua Romero, Marina Magalhães & Allison Gray, Maura Townsend, Michelle Funderburk, Rande Dorn and Sofia Carreras!

Thurs, Sept 4  - Fri, Sept 5 - Sat, Sept 6 @ 7:30pm

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Live Arts Exchange (LAX) creates space for and draws attention to contemporary performance emerging out of Los Angeles. This home-grown performance series showcases some of the most innovative artists and independent companies in LA, creates social events that encourage cross-genre hangouts, and provides opportunity for peer to peer critique.

Produced by Los Angeles Performance Practice and the Bootleg Theater, LAX pulls contemporary theater and dance, film/video, animation, music and party into one space.

2014 Lineup Includes:
LAX ARRIVAL
/ Launch Event curated by Nicole Disson
SURFACING / Holcombe Waller
ACTRESS FURY / Grand Lady Dance House & Jennie MaryTai Liu
NEW FAITHFUL DISCO / Meg Wolfe
AN EVENING WITH WILLIAM SHATNER ASTERISK / Phil Soltanoff
DEDICATED TO A TRUE LOVER (and therefore probably nobody) / Zoe Aja Moore
SLEIGHTING / Rache Ho

FOR TICKETS: LiveArtSexChange.org or LiveArtsExchange.org



LA Weekly Pick of the Week

'Personal, Funny and Spell-Binding." - San Diego Reader

 Award-winning solo show returns to The Bootleg
for 3 shows only; last chance to see the show in LA!

At 35 years of age, Michael Kass lost himself. And instead of looking for answers at the bottom of a glass or from the comfort of a therapist’s couch, he quits his job, hops a flight to Peru, and searches for a shaman who can prepare a renowned tea that promises to make him see his worst fears. How far will one man go to find himself? And will he be able to find his way back?

Michael Kass' Ceremony returns to the Bootleg after a Not-Quite-World Tour that took the show to Washington, D.C., San Diego, Chicago and San Francisco. The show won the award for Outstanding Solo Performance at the San Diego International Fringe Festival and prompted at least two (2) instances of genuine soul searching. One person made brownies for Michael and tracked him down to deliver them, thus making him extremely happy.

These will be the show's final three LA performances. So there will be free brownies! Special guests! Cool stuff!

 Tickets: $15 online, $20 at the door

Fri Sept 26 & Sat Sept 27 at 7:30pm
Sun Sept 28 @2:00pm

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Press Release | Like us on Facebook!  - More info at www.ceremonytheshow.com


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 Sept 8 @ 7pm
And the 2nd Monday of every month


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Friends of Bootleg

2 New Classes from Rob Adler!

Improvisation, for Actors not Caricatures (Sundays 3-6pm)

& On-Camera Scene Study (Tuesdays 7-11pm)

www.AdlerImprov.com

Rob Adler is a longtime fellow of Bootleg and recently directed Roger Guenveur Smith in Patriot Act.  Adler's extensive work at Bootleg has included teaching, directing & acting in myriad productions since Bootleg's beginning.  Rob is on the faculty at USC and is the founder of AdlerImprov.  To learn more about classes visit www.AdlerImprov.com 

Rob Adler
Because Life is Improvised

adlerimprov.com | LinkedIn | IMDB

"Magic...it's the creative edge that sets you apart from your peers. Adler is a coach who can marry improvisation with not only scripted material, but the modern demands of the industry as well. Through his humor, passion, intelligence and generosity, Rob has a way of getting actors to let go and play."
 
- Adam Mayfield, All My Children

"Rob is one of the finest teachers I've had the pleasure of working with.  He specializes in using improvisation for actors, not caricatures"
 
- Aaron Speiser, coach to Academy Award nominees Will Smith, Gerard Butler & Virgina Madsen

"Rob Adler gets right to the heart of the matter giving actors tools and confidence to embrace truthful spontaneity..."
 - Kevin McCorkle, The Amazing Spiderman, Hot in Cleveland, Young & the Restless


More Friends of Bootleg

O Rejane

Thursday, August 21 at 6:00pm at the Central Library - A rare, free screening of the film Great Actresses of the Past offers clips of Belle Époque legends Réjane, Bernhardt, Fiske and Duse with live musical accompaniment. Ilana Turner, playwright of the upcoming world premiere show O Réjane at Bootleg Theater, will talk about the groundbreaking role Réjane played in theatrical and women’s history.

Screening details | About the play

After the screening, there will be a reception at Cafe Pinot next door, who will be extending their happy hour menu from 8p until closing for attendees.


Even More Friends of Bootleg

PENTACLE PRESENTS 

HOME GROWN @ BOOTLEG

  

Have your LA home season be part of a new series:

  • Highlighting excellent Los Angeles dance at a theater with a respected reputation for presenting dance;
  • That gives you three evenings to present your work at affordable cost;
  • That works to build audiences for your company;
  • That gives you an afternoon to engage with audiences directly;
  • That engages you in an effort to give Los Angeles dance a home!
To help meet the challenges of presenting and producing dance in Los Angeles, Pentacle Presents Home Grown @ Bootleg. This pilot program will aggregate Los Angeles area dance companies self-produced home seasons, providing infrastructure support and ideally creating an annual dance series for LA area based companies and choreographers.

 

A panel of respected dance community stakeholders will curate a season of dance to be presented at the Bootleg Theater. Two companies will share a three day run, and have the opportunity to present an engagement or residency activity on the fourth day. 

 

The runs will take place on:


FEBRUARY 19-21

APRIL 23-25

JULY 30-AUGUST 1

OCTOBER 1-3

 

Submit the following information to emilyr@pentacle.org by September 5th, 2014:

  • A description of your organization
  • Either a description of your planned home season or project you are interested in presenting.
  • Number of performers
  • Length of piece
  • Tech requirements
  • A link to your most recent work
  • A link to your website
  • Contact information

Information to keep in mind:

  • Home Grown @ Bootleg is open to all dance companies and independent choreographers in the L.A. County.
  • Companies will share a program with one other company.  Each pair will decide how to use the days and time.
  • Pentacle will act as liaison with the theater, provide a production coordinator, and will work with participants on marketing and audience engagement.   
  • Company must be available for tech the week prior to the show dates
  • Participation in this program requires a fee of $4000.

PENTACLE is a not-for-profit management support organization for small and mid-sized companies and project-based artists working in dance and theater. Pentacle's mission is to provide these communities with flexible and affordable infrastructure support in a sustained way, on an expert level, and at an affordable price. Since 1976, Pentacle has served as a model for arts administration, a direct resource to the groups and artists with whom we work, and a facilitator to the performing arts community with innovative programs of local and national impact. Pentacle is unique in providing infrastructure support directly to dance and theater groups and artists, grounding their services and programming in the creative work of each artist/group, and responding and adapting to the ever-changing needs of the community so that artists have more time to create, perform and engage with the world. www.pentacle.org

 

Follow us on Twitter @PentacleDance

 

Mara Greenberg & Felicia Rosenfeld, Directors

Ivan Sygoda, Founding Director

 

Pentacle's programs are supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, The Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Engaging Dance Audiences a program of Dance/USA, Exploring the Arts, The Hyde & Watson Foundation, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, Capezio/Ballet Makers Dance Foundation,  Deloitte and support from individual donors. 

 

 


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

 


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