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“Brilliant, stirring and funny” – The Wall Street Journal

The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre, the acclaimed comedy/variety show, will return to THE BOOTLEG THEATER  on Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26 at 7:30 PM. After extended runs at 54 Belowand Joe’s Pub in New York, the show recently made its Los Angeles debut and is back for two more performances. The Meeting* has been called “delicious and delightfully droll” by The New York Post, and “hilarious and sardonic” by The Village Voice. A recent story for called the evening “so deliciously icy that it left me shivering with fear and delight.” The show will feature special guests to be announced.

 Justin Sayre and The Meeting* – known for a signature blend of outrageous comedy, politics, culture and everything in between – were named among the Top nightclub shows of 2013 by Time Out New York, and received the 2012 Bistro Award for “Comedy Artistry” and a 2011 MAC Award nomination for Best Male Comedy Performance. Each month, the I.O.S gathers to honor an artist or a cultural work that is iconic to the gay community. Justin Sayre, the show’s creator, writer and host, serves as the Chairman of the Board of the International Order of Sodomites and brings his singular wit to essential business of the day through such regular features such as ”Letters to the Chairman” and “New Rulings from the Board.”

Justin Sayre’re video The New Hanky Code – taped in March at Joe’s Pub – was a surprise online hit with over 42,000 views. It debuted on The Huffington Post and was picked up by several major outlets around the world.  To keep up to do date with videos from recent shows, subscribe to the I.O.S. YouTube channel. A special highlight reel of the show’s first four seasons is also available.

Justin Sayre addresses The Meeting* to bring back shame, featured on HuffPost Gay

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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 +).

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

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 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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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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