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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


co-produced by Nicole Disson & the SERIES
thursday, 9/11  7pm

SURFACING / Holcombe Waller
SURFACING is an unfurling lament, rendered through song, video and stage, of the brilliant human details we lose track of and recreate in the ongoing disintegration and reintegration of culture and history.
wednesday, 9/10: 8pm
friday, 9/12: 8pm
saturday, 9/13: 8pm

ACTRESS FURY / Grand Lady Dance House + Jennie MaryTai Liu
“It’s refreshing to see female performers being this bold.” THE VILLAGE VOICE
saturday, 9/13: 4pm
sunday, 9/14: 7pm
tuesday, 9/16: 8pm

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“Wolfe has risen to prominence in Los Angeles’ small but proud avant-garde dance scene.” LOS ANGELES TIMES
saturday, 9/13: 2:30pm
sunday, 9/14: 4pm
monday, 9/15: 8pm

Phil Soltanoff (director), Rob Ramirez (video designer), and Joe Diebes (writer) have created a dynamic, video Shatner oracle by meticulously cataloguing William Shatner’s words from the original Star Trek series.  Together, the artists attempt to bravely make Captain James T. Kirk expand our universe.
wednesday, 9/17: 8pm
friday, 9/19: 8pm
saturday, 9/20: 4pm
sunday, 9/21: 7pm


This delirious participatory assemblage begins as a reenactment of the film Whity, Fassbinder’s homage to the American Western, and a study of his meta-autobiographical Beware of a Holy Whore.
thursday, 9/18: 8pm
saturday, 9/20: 8pm
sunday, 9/21: 4pm


SLEIGHTING is an unprecedented approach to multimedia performance using real-time motion capture and pre-visualization tools to enable a new breed of performer.


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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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 Oct 13 @ 7pm
And the 2nd Monday of every month


Friends of Bootleg

2 New Classes from Rob Adler!

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

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

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 

Rob Adler
Because Life is Improvised | LinkedIn | IMDB

"'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

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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:


APRIL 23-25




Submit the following information to 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.


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. 



Friends of Bootleg

Multimedia Theater
US premiere
Co-presented with Center Theatre Group

REDCAT opens the Fall 2014 Season with the ingenious British-German ensemble GOB SQUAD that playfully probes Los Angeles with two audacious projects, Super Night Shot and Western Society, that shrewdly mix performance and impromptu video to elevate the banality of everyday life into soaring artistic experiences.

Every night is different when these adventurous artists draw inspiration from the streets of downtown L.A. and sunny Venice Beach.

“One of the most impossible, beautiful, courageous and epic theatrical experiences you can imagine.”  
– The Guardian

“Theater in its purest and best form—ingeniously put together, extremely funny, entertaining, crazy, with a charming whiff of anarchy in the air.”
– Kulturradio rbb

Super Night Shot
Thurs Sept 11 – Sun Sept 14
8:30 p.m. 

Western Society
Wed. Sept 17 – Sat. Sept 20 
8:30 p.m.

tickets and info at

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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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