For all Bootleg
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
an exquisite verbal and ironic visual portrait of Douglass...
55 minute (with no intermission) tour de force." -
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
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!
Sept 4 - Fri, Sept 5 - Sat, Sept 6 @ 7:30pm
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:
/ Launch Event curated by Nicole Disson
/ Holcombe Waller
/ 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
LA Weekly Pick of the Week
'Personal, Funny and Spell-Binding." - San
Award-winning solo show returns to The
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.
be the show's final three LA performances. So there will be free
brownies! Special guests! Cool stuff!
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:
MONDAY Sept 8
3 bouts of
2 opposing writers/ 2 opposing ideas
7 minutes apiece
Audience picks a winner
Net proceeds go to charities of winners' choosing
Literature as Bloodsport.
Prize money to charity.
And the 2nd Monday of every month
Friends of Bootleg
Classes from Rob Adler!
for Actors not Caricatures (Sundays 3-6pm)
On-Camera Scene Study
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
Because Life is Improvised
"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
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
- Kevin McCorkle, The Amazing Spiderman, Hot in Cleveland,
Young & the Restless
More Friends of Bootleg
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
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
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
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
JULY 30-AUGUST 1
Submit the following information to
email@example.com 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
A link to your most recent work
A link to your website
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
- 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
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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.
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
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