Monday, December 12, 2011

Photos from Woyzeck

Photographer Patrick Gookin actually reached out to us after reading about Woyzeck on Los Angeles, I'm Yours. He said he was intrigued by the review and wondered if perhaps we'd be interested in having some black and white film photographs taken of the show as keepsakes. We were impressed with Patrick's work, of course, super excited about this chance to capture Woyzeck in a new way.

Patrick sent us the photos today and we are floored - so impressed, so humbled, and so happy to be able to share them with you. Thank you, Patrick!

A few of the images are below and the full album is up for view on our Facebook page.

Thank you, Patrick!

LA I'm Yours: "An exceptionally capable cast and crew."

Alec Rojas of Los Angeles, I'm Yours wrote a wonderful review of Woyzeck.

Read it here.

"Red light and branches create the frontlines of battle, soldiers file down aisles, a closed door morphs into a bedroom..."

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Presenting Elizabeth Steele for Woyzeck

Elizabeth Steele is an actress from Los Angeles. Woyzeck is her first production with Lonesome No More! Theatre and she is appearing as the Showman & Pawnbroker. Elizabeth is as hardworking as she is talented and as creative as she is charming. We are super super happy to be working with her on this show and very proud to introduce her to you all!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

How heavy? Yeaheavy.

One view of Yeaheavy, our performance venue and collaborating company for WOYZECK.

Press Release: Woyzeck

Lonesome No More! Theatre Presents Woyzeck By Georg Büchner In East Hollywood November 17 – December 1, 2011.
Exciting Young Theatre Company Collaborates With Live/Work Studio Yeaheavy to Bring Büchner’s Most Famous Work to New Light

October 26, 2011

Los Angeles, CA – Lonesome No More! Theatre presents Nicholas Rudall’s 2002 translation of Woyzeck by Georg Büchner at Yeaheavy, a new home for the arts in Los Angeles located in East Hollywood. Woyzeck has nine performances, including two late-night Saturday shows, from November into the beginning of December.

Woyzeck is the story of a young soldier shouldering overwhelming burdens - a young wife, an infant child, and an entire army of men determined to bully him to madness. In an attempt to cushion his meager wages, Woyzeck voluntarily subjects himself to the paid experiments of a demented Doctor who requires him to subside solely upon hopes of scientific revelation and a strict diet consisting exclusively of peas. Woyzeck is a tragedy of helplessness loaded with temptation, existential struggle, and social satire. Lonesome No More! Theatre’s collaboration with Yeaheay, a new live/work space for exhibition and performance in East Hollywood, brings Woyzeck into the home, inviting audiences to sit at the dining room table while watching the play unfold over every square foot of the domestic space.

Lonesome No More! Theatre is a Los Angeles-based company of creative producers and performers known for highly energetic productions boldly staged to utilize the entire theatrical space. Founded in January 2011, the company’s debut was an award-winning, sold-out production of Frank Wedekind’s Spring Awakening for the Hollywood Fringe Festival in June 2011, followed by a new work titled Making Love Over There at Theatre Asylum in September 2011. Woyzeck is the company’s third production.

Woyzeck by Georg Büchner, translated by Nicholas Rudall
Presented by Lonesome No More! Theatre and Yeaheavy Projects

Performances at 655 N. Berendo Street, Los Angeles
November 17, 18 at 8pm • November 19 at 8pm and 10:30pm
December 1, 2, 4 at 8 pm • December 3 at 8pm and 10:30pm
We will provide complimentary reservations for industry and members of the press.

Press Contact
Meghan McCauley
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Sunday, November 6, 2011

LNM!t & Yeaheavy present WOYZECK

Woyzeck is the story of a young soldier shouldering overwhelming burdens - a young wife, an infant child, and an entire army of men determined to bully him to madness. In an attempt to cushion his meager wages, Woyzeck voluntarily subjects himself to the paid experiments of a demented Doctor who requires him to subside solely upon hopes of scientific revelation and a strict diet consisting exclusively of peas. Woyzeck is a tragedy of helplessness loaded with temptation, existential struggle, and social satire.

Lonesome No More! Theatre's collaboration with Yeaheay, a new live/work space for exhibition and performance in East Hollywood, brings Woyzeck into the home, inviting audiences to sit at the dining room table while watching the play unfold over every square foot of the domestic space.

Woyzeck by Georg Büchner, translated by Nicholas Rudall
Presented by Lonesome No More! Theatre and Yeaheavy Projects

Performances at 655 N. Berendo Street, Los Angeles
November 17, 18 at 8pm & November 19 at 8pm and 10:30pm
December 1, 2, 4 at 8 pm & December 3 at 8pm and 10:30pm
Buy tickets:

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Our Latest Production, Opening Soon!

Lonesome No More! Theatre presents....

A new play and exhibition examining the search for love both at home and abroad, created and curated with New York-based playwright and director Tom Dugdale.

LIVE MUSIC, LIVE ART, and LIVE THEATRE. What more could you ask for really?For updates, pictures, and videos make sure to "like" our facebook page: Lonesome No More! Theatre

Opens SEPTEMBER 15th at Hollywood's Theatre Asylum!
Runs through October 1st
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm.
Tickets are $15 general admission.

For tickets and additional information:

We are so excited to be working with our dear friend Tom Dugdale, writer and director. Tom arrived to Los Angeles from New York last Friday and will be with us throughout the next month as we create our newest work! Check out Tom's site for photos of his recent shows and upcoming projects:

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

REVIEWS: Praise for Preview!

We have been getting some great responses about our preview performance of Spring Awakening this past Thursday, June 9th so we wanted to share some of it with you!

"About thirty minutes into Spring Awakening, it seemed a possibility that this would
be THE show to talk about at the Fringe. Directors Dana Murphy and Patrick Riley used every inc
h of The Complex Hollywood’s Ruby Theatre, including the aisles and backstage;
the staging simply blazed with imagination and wonder. There was a palpable sense of excitement in the theatre...Patrick Riley and Jennifer Allcott lead an enthusiastic, unbridled and passionate cast." -Tony Frankel, Stage and Cinema/ LA Bitter Lemons

"Lonesome No More does an outstanding job in bringing this piece to life with a vibrant, youthful energy and passion. Daring and edgy, the cast takes you on a ride as you witness the painful loss of innocence, made all the more tragic because of the older generation’s fear and shame of their own human nature. Don’t miss this show." -Gregory Crafts, Managing Director of LA company Theatre Unleashed

"Have you ever seen a production where the positive energy and passion of the cast made it impossible not to enjoy their performance? Lonesome No More’s production of Spring Awakening has energy and passion in spades." -Adam Emperor Southard, Playwright, Composer and Producer of the new musical GROUP also playing at the 2011 Hollywood Fringe Festival

"full of fantastic actors that hit every note... Not one character in this play is a hero or a villain – it’s almost as if we are just watching a documentary on human nature... Go see this now, with the power of a thousand Gods." -Bryy Miller, Fringe 2010 Participant

We also got some wonderful constructive criticism from Tony Frankel that we appreciate and will take into consideration as we go into the official run of the show. One suggestion that particularly held our attention was this:

"As is sometimes the case with youthful companies, mania replaces subtlety; fresh exhuberance is exciting at first, but too much high energy or creative choices can be lulling to our senses...The directors are encouraged to keep up the wonderful staging; now they must dig into their work internally as much as they do externally." -Tony Frankel

We can't think of anything we would rather do as we move forward with the developement of the production!

If you would like to see these reviews in more detail, or purchase tickets to the show (they are going fast!), feel free to visit our HFF project page at:

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Fringe Friends: Cindy Marie Jenkins and "Voices From Chornobyl, Jr."

We're happy to continue our Fringe Friends feature with producer/writer/storyteller Cindy Marie Jenkins and Voices From Chornobyl, Jr. Cindy covered the 2010 Hollywood Fringe Festival heavily last year and is bringing a very inspiring new show to the 2011 roster. Voices From Chornobyl, Jr. is running June 11 - 26 at Fringe Central (ArtWorks Theatre & Studios, 6585 Santa Monica Blvd.)

Lonesome No More!: For those who might not know, what is your show about? Can you tell us a bit about how the original project came about?
Cindy Marie Jenkins: Our show Voices From Chornobyl Jr. is inspired by real interviews with people ten years after the Chornobyl accident. We take true experiences from real people and create a narrative focusing on a 9 year-old girl and how her life changes.
The original project happened because I was ignorant. A friend showed me the book of Svetlana Alexievich's Voices From Chernobyl, because she had seen the Prologue work as a monologue and I seemed be interested in that kind of work. The more I read, the more I wanted to encompass as many stories as possible. It's just a part of the world and history that we don't remember often enough to learn its lessons.

LNM: Why did you decide to make a children's version of the original play?
CMJ: I'd always kind of thought about it, but it wasn't until Co-Producer Rachel Stoll and I were discussing how to broaden the audience and all of the possibilities, and she suggested the new program Fringe Family at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. The younger people are, the less likely they are to have been taught about Chornobyl, and the children's version holds the same encouragement toward self-educating that the now-adult script does. It's all just to get people learning about their world.

LNM: What have the challenges been thus far in the adaptation?
CMJ: We have a video of the team's reactions after our very first reading on the website ( and it truly has been a journey. The original script has the characters jumping in and out of time, sometimes in scenes and sometimes direct address, and for VFC jr. it really became about telling the story through Katya's eyes. She has a lot of questions and her parents can't talk to her about it or they'll get in trouble with the authorities. So this story is now a little more about the tension created within families and on earth can parents talk to their children about subjects that sometimes even they don't understand?

LNM: What have the triumphs been in the development of your project?
CMJ: Finding this amazing team. We've always had a strong ensemble, and at first all of our actors for the 'adult' script were going to perform the same roles in this interactive children's version. Schedules fell out of order, and then I realized in March that I wanted a director so I could focus on the writing and outreach. Now we still have regular ensemble member Kappa Victoria Wood, who plays the young girl, and this new phenomenally talented group of people, all dedicated to the story and bringing a whole new light into it, new ideas and new questions. Another major triumph was reaching out to my fellow Fringers and Arts Education community, who brought two amazing women on as our stage managers. Add our team members, plus Kozak our Director, Corwin the Sound God, all those wonderful people who joined us at Fringe Central to record some foley on short notice--well, I really can't feel more supported through this journey.

LNM: What do you hope to accomplish with your Fringe run?
CMJ: This project has always been about awareness, sharing stories that otherwise may not be heard. With our April Awareness Events, we were successful in consistently bringing new people and new audience to these survivors' stories, and branching out beyond the theatrical community to create a meaningful experience in the theatre for those who aren't in the habit of attending shows. For the Fringe, we want to expand our reach and broach this new audience of young people. The main story of our play is that people should ask questions of the world around them. So if people leave a little curiouser and with some questions and more of an idea of life in another part of the world, we will consider the Fringe run a success!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Fringe Friends: Coeurage Theatre and "The Trouble With Words"

June is upon us, and with it comes the event we've all been waiting for: The Hollywood Fringe Festival! Leading up to the festival, we will be featuring our "Fringe Friends" - other companies and shows participating in this year's Hollywood Fringe that we have had the privilege to get to know over the past year.

We're starting "Fringe Friends" with Coeurage Theatre's Communications Director, Gedaly Guberek. Coeurage Theatre, who had a very successful run in the 2010 Hollywood Fringe Festival, is presenting a new musical "The Trouble With Words" at the Actor's Circle Theater June 10 - 25.

Lonesome No More!: Tell us about your show for the Hollywood Fringe Festival.
Gedaly Guberek: The Trouble With Words is a World Premier Musical by Gregory Nabours. It is a song cycle, much like Jason Robert Brown's "Songs For  A New World," where the show doesn't follow one plot, but each song is its own independent story. It is a play that explores people's relationship with each other and the words they use to communicate. 

LNM: What inspired you to create a new musical (or song cycle) for the Fringe? 
GG: Greg had been working on the piece for a while. This year for fringe we wanted to do something new and unique, the Festival of New American Musicals is happening, and the show needed a production. The timing was just right.

LNM: What are the challenges presented there that are not presented with a straight show?
GG: It's a whole different set of skills to put on a musical for both the cast, crew, and company staff. There's time to be scheduled for music rehearsals, finding studio space for dance rehearsals, sound and acoustic issues to take care of in the theatre... oh, and the fact that there's a band. There's just a lot more people and resources involved so it's trickier to coordinate.

LNM: Coeurage Theatre also participated in the 2010 Hollywood Fringe. Can you tell as a bit about what the last year's been like for you between the two Fringes?
GG: I feel like last year's Fringe served as a big springboard for us. It really help the company learn about the community and vice versa. The quality of work improved because of that... and we did a lot of work. We produced 2 shows at last year's festival. Between then and now we have produced 7 shows, moved to a new theatre, built a new website, and many other steps to move the company forward. I think this summer will be another springboard for the company to progress further.

LNM: What advice would you give a first-time Fringer?
GG: Connect: Meet everyone, see everyone's show, hang out at fringe central all the time, hand out your flyers to everyone you meet, make new friends. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Spring Awakening: Featured on! profiles Fringe Festivals all over the world - Orlando to Chicago, Camden to Brighton and more. Last week they featured Spring Awakening - check it out here!

Meet: Mikie Beatty

Michael (Mikie) Beatty is an actor, adventurer and lover of life native to northern California and living in Los Angeles. He started his acting career at 7, cast by AMT and Music Circus out of Sacramento. He studied Acting and Theatre Arts (and anthropology) at the University of California, Santa Cruz where he gained a love for Shakespeare and joined the ranks of Shakespeare Santa Cruz in 2006. Credits with SSC include Sleeping BeautyCinderellaAs You Like It,King Lear and The Tempest. Upon moving to Los Angeles Mikie originated the role of Jason Matthews in the original stage hit ELEVATOR, and was awarded Broadway World's Best Non-Equity Actor for Southern California in 2010. Onscreen, he works as lead host and regular on Disney Channel's Disney 365 and has also starred in several short films including new work from Finite Films, Sam Griffith and Lanfia Tara. Mikie is proud and honored to create with Lonesome No More! and the cast of Spring Awakening! Come watch!

Mikie can be seen onstage as Moritz in Lonesome No More! Theatre's production of Spring Awakening.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Meet: Dana Murphy

Dana Murphy is a director, choreographer, and theatre educator from Culver City, CA. After graduating from UC San Diego with a B.A. in Theatre, Dana participated in the first annual Hollywood Fringe Festival as a performer and collaborator in Pagan Play, an original work by Moving Parts Theatre Company. Since then, she has continued her educational theatre work as Associate Director of deeLightful Productions (a children’s musical theatre company in Culver City) and Artistic Director of the John Adams Middle School Theatre Company in Santa Monica (made possible by a grant from the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation that she received this past December to create a comprehensive after school theatre program at JAMS). If she is not teaching, directing, or dancing, Dana is probably camping, making, loving, or high-fiving.

Directing credits include: Into the Woods, Jr. (JAMS Theatre Company ’11), Dear Edwina, Jr. (deeLightful ’11), Pagan Play (collectively directed by Moving Parts Theatre Company-HFF ‘10), Seussical, Jr. (deeLightful ’10), American Apparel a new play by Spencer Howard (UCSD: Our New Play Spectacular '10), Clementine and the Cyber Ducks (UCSD: Baldwin New Play Festival '09, AD), Once On This Island, Jr. (deeLightful ’09).

Dana is so grateful to the 2011 Hollywood Fringe for providing the nudge of inspiration that was needed for Lonesome No More! Theatre to be born. It has been such a joy to play and discover with each and every member of this extraordinary company, and she cannot wait to spread that joy all over Los Angeles come June!

Dana is co-directing Lonesome No More! Theatre's production of Spring Awakening.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Meet: Meghan McCauley

Meghan McCauley, who is currently without headshot, is a producer and performer based in Los Angeles. She first took part in the Hollywood Fringe as a participant in 2010 with Pagan Play, an original work by Moving Parts Theatre, and has been a very proud member of the Hollywood Fringe staff as Outreach Coordinator since August of 2010. Meghan received a BA in Theatre from the University of California, San Diego where she was the recipient of the David Heikkila Scholarship for excellence in scholarship, service, and collaboration. Currently, she is a freelance theatre producer, actress, and improviser.

Performance credits include Can't Buy Me Love (Theatre Unleashed), Pagan Play (Hollywood Fringe Festival 2010), Woyzeck (UCSD), Danton's Death (UCSD/La Jolla Playhouse), and Good Breeding (UCSD/LJP). Producing credits include the Hollywood Fringe Festival, Pagan Play (Hollywood Fringe 2010), and This We Have Now (UCSD).

Meghan is producing Lonesome No More! Theatre's Spring Awakening and can be seen onstage as The Masked Man.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Spring Awakening: Our Online Ad!

Check out our awesome new ad posted onto the Hollywood Fringe website, designed by Dana Murphy (LNM! Artistic Director and Spring Awakening Co-Director).

Spring Awakening Preview: Pay What You Can!

One of the biggest complaints that people have about seeing live theatre is that it's too expensive. We hear you - we've missed shows before because we couldn't swing the ticket price when money was tight one week or another. One of our goals with Spring Awakening for The Hollywood Fringe Festival is to make the show as accessible as possible, and one of the ways we're doing that is with our Pay What You Can Preview.

At 8:30 PM Thursday June 9th, we are having a preview performance of Spring Awakening at our official Fringe Venue, the Ruby Theatre at The Complex. It'll be very similar to the show's regular run - full costumes, full lights, full sound, and hopefully (with your help) a full house. Tickets to this show are pay what you can - from $0 and up. You can reserve them here: Just click the menu bar that says "Select a Performance to Buy Tickets", choose the first option, and enter your ticket price. You choose.

If you're busy on the 9th, that's okay. All of our other shows are still only $10. Keep your eyes open for other special discounts and promotions that just may be coming your way and we hope to see you soon!

P.S. Check out all the other Free/Pay What You Can shows in the Hollywood Fringe Festival here.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Meet: Amara Gyulai

A Los Angeles native, Amara Gyulai had some of her first acting and directing experiences after co-founding a student-run theater company in high school.  She received her undergraduate degree in Theater Arts from UC Santa Cruz, where she appeared in productions such as The Good Person of Sechuan, The Skriker, and Dedokoro, an experimental piece based on the experience of Japanese Americans in internment camps during WWII.  She has worked with Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Université de Bordeaux in France, and is currently attending Playhouse West.   She feels thrilled to be working on such a flawlessly written play as Spring Awakening and to be performing with so many talented actors and old friends.

Amara is playing Martha Bessel, Mrs. Gabor, and Professor Killaflye in Lonesome No More! Theatre's production of Spring Awakening.

Monday, May 9, 2011

The Origin: Vonnegut

The phrase Lonesome No More! was stolen with love and admiration from Kurt Vonnegut's novel, Slapstick. In his book, Vonnegut tells the story of Dr. Swain who runs for President of the United States with a plan to end loneliness in America through vast extended families. Under the plan, all citizens would be provided with new middle names, made of the name of a random natural object paired with a random number between 1 and 20. Everyone with the same name would be cousins, and everyone with the same name and number would be siblings. Armed with the slogan "Lonesome No More!" Dr Swain is elected President, and even as society begins to collapse, Swain's middle name policy continues to unite the survivors. The American population constantly risk their time and their lives to selflessly help their fellow cousins and siblings, ensuring that people may live their lives lonesome no more.

As a theatre company, we embrace this slogan and hope to foster unity between individual artists, between theatre companies, and within the community at large. 

Kurt Vonnegut (November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007) was one of the most influential American writers of the 20th century. He wrote such works as Cat's Cradle (1963), Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), and Breakfast of Champions (1973) blending satire, black comedy, and science fiction

Friday, May 6, 2011

Meet: Lizzie Fabie

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Lizzie Fabie now calls Los Angeles home. Lizzie received her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California in 2010, majoring in theatre. Since graduating, Lizzie has performed in Boom Kat Dance Theatre's production of NeverWonderland, played Camilla in Great Expectations at A Noise Within and just recently wrapped on a web series called All the Wrong Reasons. She is thrilled to be involved in Lonesome No More!'s production of Spring Awakening.

Lizzie will be onstage as Thea, Mrs. Bergmann, and Professor Blodgett.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Meet: Patrick Riley

Patrick Riley is an actor and director originally from San Diego, and now enjoying the extra UV rays that Los Angeles has to offer. Patrick received his B.A. in Theatre Arts from UC Santa Cruz where he directed Peter Shaffer's Equus, and appeared in numerous productions. After his love affair with the Northern California Redwoods, he migrated south again to attend graduate school at UC San Diego, earning an M.F.A. in Acting. UCSD credits include: The Seagull, Camino Real, The Misanthrope, As You Like It, and The Physicists. Patrick has also worked with Shakespeare Santa Cruz, La Jolla Playhouse, and A Noise Within. He recently appeared on the television shows Torchwood and 90210. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to be challenged by this amazingly difficult play and to work with such a talented group of new and old friends!

Patrick co-directed Lonesome No More's production of Spring Awakening and can be seen onstage as Melchior.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Spring Awakening & The Complex Theatre

We've already told you a bit about our participation in the Hollywood Fringe Festival, but today we are happy to give you a little photo-tour of our performance venue: The Ruby Theatre at The Complex Theatre & Studios. The Complex is a well-known venue in Hollywood, with several theaters booked solid with Hollywood Fringe shows in June, located at 6476 Santa Monica Blvd, conveniently across the street from Fringe Central (ArtWorks Theatre)!

55 seats in the theatre's namesake shade, waiting for you. The exit sign on the right side of this photo marks a runaround door that artists can (and will) use to exit out the back of the theatre, run around to the front entrance, and reappear somewhere else.

The stage is 18x22 feet with an adjustable back curtain that both hides and reveals the backstage area. If this space looks a little familiar to you, that may be because The Ruby was also a Hollywood Fringe venue in 2010 - and home to Moving Parts Theatre's Pagan Play, a production that several of our company members were involved in.

This is the sidewalk view of The Complex, looking west on Santa Monica Blvd. There are marquee signs out on the sidewalk to grab your attention and plenty of street parking available in the adjacent neighborhoods. There will also be evening valet parking.

We've already begun rehearsing in the theatre this month, building the work inside the theatre to bring you a show that will truly emphasize and take advantage of every nook, cranny, and corner that The Ruby has to offer. There's much work to be done yet, but we are truly looking forward to showing it all to you soon.

Can't wait any longer? Tickets are on sale!

Thursday June 9 & 23 at 8:30pm (June 9th show is a pay-what-you-can preview)
Friday June 17 & 24 at 10:30pm
Sunday June 19 & 26 at 2:00pm
Tickets are $10.

Meet: Jennifer Allcott

Jennifer Allcott is a wide-eyed California native, with the nature to be passionate about everything she does. And Spring Awakening is no exception. She's delighted to be working with so many familiar faces from the UCSC Theater Department, including Patrick who has directed her before as Jill Mason in his 2007 production of EquusShe's played a diverse spectrum of roles, from a waltzing and singing Princess of Veracity in SSC's Winter Production of The Princess and the Pea to a washed-up alcoholic folk singer MaryJoe in a UCSC production of A Piece of My Heart. After graduating with a B.A. in Theater and Psychology, interning and acting in the Shakespeare Santa Cruz Summer festival, backpacking around Europe for 9 months, and finally moving to LA, Jennifer is beyond elated to be starting this new chapter of her acting career--and her LIFE! She believes in this play with her whole heart, and is having the most exhilarating time remembering how beautifully confusing it was to be fourteen: when you're too young to be adult, too old to be a child, and too curious for your own good.

Jennifer is playing Wendla Bergmann in Lonesome No More's production of Spring Awakening.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Fuck Yeah Frühlings Erwachen

We got an awesome shout out on this Tumblr page dedicated to following productions of Frank Wedekind's Spring Awakening from all over the world. It was quite the cool feeling to see our show mentioned on here... happy to see that the word is getting out!

Meet: Ariana Hodes

Ariana Hodes hails from the cold wintry land of New Hampshire, but soon migrated south to DC where she went to school for Musical Theater at The American University. Deciding even the mid-Atlantic wasn't warm enough, she headed to sunny Los Angeles for an acting internship with the classical rep theatre, A Noise Within in Glendale. She has also completed Dell'Arte International's ( in Blue Lake, CA) DAI Summer Intensive where she got her first real taste of physical theater and clown, and now she's kind of obsessed. Ariana sings, writes, daydreams, and dances with wild abandon when the mood strikes.

Ariana is playing Ilse and Headmaster Heart-Payne in Lonesome No More's production of Spring Awakening.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Meet: Matt Shepherd

Matt Shepherd began his acting career as a teenager working in local productions in Virginia. He was featured on THE PROSECUTORS and THE NEW DETECTIVES for The Discovery Channel and went on to work in a supporting role in the independent film THE SNOWFLAKE CRUSADE directed by Megan Holly.   Upon moving to Los Angeles, Matt first starred in MOTHER OF THE YEAR directed by Adrienne Zi; which has won numerous festival awards throughout the country.  He has worked in numerous other Independent films including ARCHIVES OF HORROR, RETINA, and SPEED DATING. He recently concluded a season working at the prestigious repertory theatre, A Noise Within, during their Fall production of MEASURE FOR MEASURE.

Matt is playing Ernst Robel, Fetch, Reverand Bleekhead, and Dr. Seltzer in Lonesome No More's production of Spring Awakening.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Fundraising for Hollywood Fringe!

One of the biggest hurdles that all artists face is that of funding - it's no surprise nor secret that it is difficult to raise money for the arts, and even more difficult for those who choose to produce it themselves. When creating a piece of theatre, there are the costs of costumes, sets, and props. There is theatre and rehearsal space to rent or find, rights to purchase, programs to print, and much more.

Arts festivals, like the Hollywood Fringe, are incredible opportunities for artists like us to meet like-minded creators, show our work, foster community, and reach out to wider audiences than we'd be able to create on our own. We're pooling our own resources and getting creative, cooking up some fun fundraising ideas, and we are also looking to ask you - our community - for your support.

You can donate directly and safely to Lonesome No More through Pay Pal, and every single donation is a huge help! Every donor will be listed in our program and receive a special thank you gift from the entire company. There are several different levels we've set up, with some examples about what goal your donation could help us reach:

Patron ($0-$49)
$10 Could provide us with 20 postcards to be able to advertise our show around Los Angeles (of which we need 1,000!)
$25 Could create 100 promotional Spring Awakening buttons with our logo and show info.

Benefactor ($50-$149)
$50 Could provide the costumes for two of our adult characters.
$100 Could pay for one week of our rental fees for rehearsal space!

Sponsor ($150-$399)
$150 Could pay our incredible mask designer, Lori Petermann for her mask-making materials.
$300 Could pay for ALL of the promotional materials needed to get the word out and fill our houses!

Associate Producer ($400-$999)
$400 Could pay for the rights needed to have the permission to use this wonderful play.
$850 Could pay for all of our rehearsal rental time plus the cost of box office personnel.

Executive Producer ($1,000+)
$1,050 Could pay the theatre rental fees for ALL of our performances at The Complex Theatres (The Ruby Theatre) during the Fringe.

Thank you so much for reading! Your support - whether monetary or not - truly does mean the world to every member of this company, and we are already so grateful for what we've seen so far. We can't wait until June to show you what we have created.

Friday, April 22, 2011


Officially introducing the amazing-gorgeous-talented FULL CAST of Spring Awakening...

Wendla Bergmann..............................................................................Jennifer Allcott

Martha Bessel/Mrs. Gabor/Prof. Killaflye...................................Amara Gyulai

Thea/Mrs. Bergmann/ Prof. Blodgett................................................Lizzie Fabie

Melchior Gabor.........................................................................................Patrick Riley

Moritz Stiefel..............................................................................................Mikie Beatty

Hansy Rilow/Mr. Gabor/Mr. Stiefel/Prof. Fitztongue ..............Dan Beckner

Ernst Robel/Fetch/Rev. Bleekhead/Dr. Seltzer.........................Matt Sheperd

Ilse/Headmaster Hart-Payne............................................................Ariana Hodes

The Masked Man.............................................................................Meghan McCauley

Full bios and photos to come soon!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Process: MASK MAKING PART 2!

Check out these amazing new renederings of the mask designs for the adult characters from our brilliant designer Lori Petermann!!! Every mask design says something about what each adult wants, how they use their authority, and how they have decided to present themselves to the world, while still appearing fairly realistic and human so as to avoid any scapegoating or mockery. Lori is already beginning to sculpt the clay so look for more image updates soon!

Click the link below for CLOSE-UPS of each design!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Spring Awakening & The Hollywood Fringe Festival

You've seen this term thrown around a bit on the blog, but are you wondering what exactly is the Hollywood Fringe Festival?

Don't you worry.

The Hollywood Fringe Festival is an annual festival for the emerging arts. It is dedicated to providing support and performance and visibility opportunities for artists from all disciplines - theatre, dance, music, visual arts, circus, variety, you name it - and it all happens within an 11-day period in a square mile of Hollywood. This year's festival is June 16-26, with six days of preview performances happening June 9-14.

The Hollywood Fringe is an unjuried, uncurated arts festival that attracted over 180 participant groups last year from near and abroad and sold over 17,000 tickets.

Fringe festivals happen all over the world. The original and namesake festival is the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which began in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1947 during an arts festival dedicated to enriching post-WWII cultural life. Several small theater companies arrived uninvited and set up performances on the "fringe" of the larger festival, taking advantage of the large crowds arriving for the other festival and showing off their work. The tradition continues now, and Edinburgh Festival Fringe is now the largest arts festival in the world.

Lonesome No More! is extremely excited and proud to be a part of the 2011 Hollywood Fringe Festival. You can - and should - check out our project page on the Fringe site (snapshot above). You can read more information about us and browse all of the other awesome projects coming this summer.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Process: MASK MAKING!

We are extremely excited about our recent design collaboration with our friend and fellow director/ designer extraordinaire Lori Petermann.  Lori has designed and constructed masks for productions all around the globe with the world-renowned Theatre Mitu, as well as for her own shows at UCSD, in NY, and abroad.  We are huge fans of Lori's work and we are absolutely honored and thrilled that she has jumped on board to create the masks for our very own production of Spring Awakening!  Since most cast members are playing multiple roles, young and old alike, we are utilizing masks for the adult characters to illustrate the fact that they have already chosen the identity that they are going to present to the world. This past weekend Lori took over our kitchen, threw some plaster on our cast members' faces (meticulously and with the utmost expertise of course), and started makin' some MAGIC.  It was a super fun and messy day and we can't wait to see the finished product! 

 Make sure to click the link below for more pictures of the amazing and crazy mess on our Facebook page! We will keep you posted with pictures and updates along the way.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Process: First Read-Through!

Jennifer, Matt, Ariana, Fabie, and Amara (cast bios to come soon!)

We had our first read-through of the enitre show last night with (almost) the entire cast and it was a truly inspiring experience. It was so exciting to finally be sitting in a room with everyone and hearing it out loud!  We have some incredibly talented actors involved and we feel so lucky to be able to work on this beautiful play with such passionate and dedicated people.

Mikie, Meghan, and Patrick

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Inspiration: Henry Darger

Foreboding and innocent, the art of Henry Darger illuminates a world where the differences between children and adults are magnified and chaotic. His work is at once violent and joyful, dark and comical. This duality is something we feel to be extremely important and authentic in Spring Awakening. Frank Wedekind created a world where knowledge and ignorance are equally deadly, and we believe Darger's work hauntingly and hilariously exemplifies that.

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Monday, March 28, 2011

About the Production

"Spring Awakening" will run at the Complex's Ruby Theatre as a part of the 2011 Hollywood Fringe Festival from June 16th-June 26th.

After participating in the 2010 Hollywood Fringe with "PAGAN PLAY" (an original work), LNM member Dana Murphy knew she wanted to create again for 2011. Patrick Riley, a huge supporter and resource for "PAGAN PLAY", felt strongly about participating as well. Together, they chose "Spring Awakening" and formed Lonesome No More! along with Meghan McCauley, another member of "PAGAN PLAY".

Spring Awakening follows a group of blooming teenagers and their terrified parents as they navigate the hilarious and horrifying experience of growing up. This painfully funny and brutally authentic view of youth illuminates a world of sexual shame, moral order, and too much trig homework. Caught between what is 'right' and what is desired, adults and children alike are at once unbearably innocent, unbearably corrupt, and completely without answers. This production hopes to highlight and explore these complexities using mask-work, song, dance, rough housing, and swinging from the treetops.

About the Play

First performed under heavy censorship in Germany in 1906, Frank Wedekind’s play closed after one night amid public outrage and charges of obscenity. The radical content—which traces teenagers in their painfully funny contradictions of innocence—remains fresh and unsettling even in our own sex-saturated culture.

Far from the popular romanticized rock musical version of the show, this production stays true to Wedekind’s treatment of youth: unsentimental and brutally authentic. Wedekind treats his child characters like fascinating little animals – flawed, adorable, dangerous, silly. They fall far to either side of the safe teen middle ground of coolness and righteousness. They’re at once unbearably innocent, unbearably corrupt, and completely without answers.

Using Jonathan Franzen’s thrilling and definitive translation, Spring Awakening is even more of a disturbance and a reproach to contemporary pieties than it was a century ago.

No one is sure. No one is right. Every one is to blame.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Lonesome? No more.

Hello and Welcome!

This is the new home of the new us.

Currently developing and planning our summer production of Frank Wedekind's, Spring Awakening. It's a fascinating, authentic, hilarious play and we are really excited about it! And it's NOT the musical.

Info, pictures, more info, dates, even more info to come shortly!

Thanks for stopping by!