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.